Buck Rogers Thunderfighter mods

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  1. Revell-Fan

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    Seats and components installed.

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    Cockpit tub attached to upper fuselage.

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    The top cover is installed.

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    The bottom view reveals why the hole had to be cut.

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    This is the current state of my 2-seater. I'll be tweaking the landing gear assembly now to make it removable.
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    Alright folks, now to something ... different! ;)

    As I was about to test-build the revised parts for the quad I immediately thought if I presented you "just another quad" you might get bored by that. So instead, I'll be giving you something new. A new variant called the "Krait". It is a very aggressive looking fighter designed by CanisD and Kurt Feltenberger. RB and I found some orthos of it in the web, merely by accident. This version has never been built as a model before and exists only as a 2-D drawing.

    Building begins with the usual components. I'm using a print of the Stealth TF which I also printed out two years ago. A few parts had to be adapted because of the new additional parts which will be attached to the plane and the fact that I had printed the 2-seater version. I recoloured the parts for the quad and proceeded with them.

    Unfortunately I'll have to go back to work now, so I'll be showing you the build pics later this eve. So far, enjoy the orthos which give you an idea of what to expect.

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    The BSG TF looks GREAT!!!

    These new TF variants will make GREAT additions to the fleet!!!
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    Thank you! :)

    OK, I'm back from work. Here is the update on the Krait, as promised ;) :

    The build starts with the new cockpit tub.

    As you can see the shape of the tub was heavily revised. The new front makes the use of additional formers obsolete. You save parts, paper and time.

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    The middle console is much easier to build now, too.

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    I used the season 2 joysticks because I thought the Krait to be a more advanced model.

    The passenger consoles are now a beam-shaped block. The difficult previous structure is gone. Again, you save on parts, time and paper. And no, you can't tell the difference once the canopy is in place. :)

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    The tub is glued to the top fuselage cover.

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    I noticed that the underlying flap was a bit too wide and had to be shortened.

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    Rear top part attached.
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    The canopy was assembled using clear sheet. I used some left-over sheet from my Colonial Blaster project.

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    These are the frame parts. The outer frame is on the left.

    Please don't be confused by some "weird texture" on the back side of some parts ;) ; I re-used misprints of earlier projects and design studies for this build to save paper.

    The parts on the right are the inside covers which are attached to give the whole structure some depth and additional strength. RB added some lines to the parts which makes them look much better. In addition, these lines may serve as cutting lines to make a working canopy with movable parts.

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    The clear sheet was flexible enough that I decided not to cut out the single windows (which would have taken ages) but to gently cut out an outline covering all windows.

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    The clear parts are glued to the inside of the outer frame using regular UHU glue.

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    The inner frame parts, front and back piece are attached.

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    Top view:

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    The top and bottom halves of the inner skeleton look much like the ones from the 2-seater. The hole for the tub is much larger, though ;) . I have taken the picture before the new formers were attached to the bottom piece so you can't see them here (they are there NOW, I assure you ;) ).

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    Here come the first all-new parts: The wings!

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    They are constructed exactly like the wings of RB's Mk. III.

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    The mounting pieces are laminated to 1 mm cardboard and inserted into the wing shell.

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    Since the shell has a very special shape the mount can't be simply pushed into the shell; instead, the shell has to be tightly wrapped around the mount. That shouldn't be much of a problem though. :)

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    The wing mounts are inserted between the top and bottom inner skeleton parts when these are glued together. I used a pair of tweezers and made good use of the notches in the formers to press the parts together.

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    The wings are attached.

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    Time to insert the cockpit tub! :)

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    Bottom view (look, there are the formers! :D:p:D ):

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    Again, I chose to glue the bottom cover parts together without using the lip (this is not the final design but it worked on the test plane):

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    Glued into place:

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    OK, that's all for today. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates! :)
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    I like the new TF variant parts!!!
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    RB, are you going to make those awesome stiffeners for part #247 part of the upgrades?
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    BAM! :)

    For all TF builders..! :)

    Print at 100 % and enjoy! ;)

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    AWESOME!!!!! Thank you!!!!! but, you got the print size wrong, should be 178% :D
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    LOL!!! :D:D:D

    You'll get your chance, buddy! ;)
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    The quad front console was re-designed, too.

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    RB came up with these box structures below the dashboard which make everything look much more realistic and functional. At first they consisted of boxes which had to be assembled and attached separately from the other parts. We were thinking of merging everything into one piece to make assembly easier and to cut down the parts count. The result can be seen here.

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    After the part is cut out several cuts are made. The boxes are folded and glued together.

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    The boxes are temporarily folded upwards to allow the dashboard to be attached to the front cover.

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    The piece is turned around ...

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    ... and closed.

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    The boxes are folded back and glued to the bottom part.

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    I chose to show the display up. It really says something but I won't tell you what it is; you'll have to find out yourself..! :D

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    The console is attached to the fuselage. It fits so well like it was a snap together kit! ;)

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    And I have added a decal to the wings to make them look more interesting. ;)

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    CU later! :)
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    P.S.: I know I should paint the edges of the parts but I do want to finish this project and release the parts as soon as possible for you to enjoy! ;)

    I have begun work on the removable landing gear which immediately began with a "glitch": In theory the inner landing gear mount and the compartment doors had to be enlarged. The "foot" is glued to an insert which looks like the inner mount but which is a tad smaller. Well, you might have guessed it by now. Instead of enlarging the inner mount I made it smaller and instead of making the insert smaller I made it larger.

    FRAK happens! :)
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    Some new parts in the making. :)

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    Well then, the parts for the LG have been corrected.

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    This is the inner LG mount.

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    It is glued to the back of part 54.

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    Again, a fancy texture covering the back side! ;)

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    I used a rod to make the tubes for the foot.

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    In the middle of the image you see the smaller box piece I was talking about. CU later when glue has cured! ;)
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