January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
Plan is to build a pink GR.1, but not certain on which airframe yet. Current decision is either Mary Rose or Pink Spitfire. Starting kit will be the Hasegawa black Jag combo
Which will also get the Flightpath improvement set, drop tank pinched from the 2 seater in the Hasegawa combo, Master Models pitot and Aires wheels. Decals will be determined by subject chosen. Plenty of time yet.
Went through the kit and pruned out all of the parts that are not for the British version, are not used or are replaced by aftermarket parts in the kit and this is the state of affairs waiting for next week's kick off. The drop tank is from the two-seater as these are not supplied in the single seater.
Keen to get this one started. Plan is to spend Sunday doing minor tasks and parts clean-up/prep/correction. Having built one of these kits in this scheme before (sadly no longer in existence as it got demolished in a move), I'm familiar with what is needed for the PP Aeroparts/Flightpath detail set, Hasegawaq kit corrections, and Op Granby mods. Hopefully that means I can bang this one out in under a month, so I have more time for some of the other GBs and to try and hit my 10 completions for 2016. Just need to Flightpath set to turn up now. Also going to add a pair of CBUs and a pair of AIM-9s from Hasegawa Weapons Set 9 for the stores loadout.
Fixes/mods to the baseline kit include:
- open intake and vent on heat exchanger behind canopy
- remove spurious hump under the nose
- cut out the solid LRMTS windows in the nose to be replaced with some clear sprue
- remove the VOR/ILS antennae on the tail fins and replace with scale etch/card
- drill gun port vents (only 3 per side on kit - should be 6 and deeper openings)
- box in nose wheel well
- remove anti-collision lights on the spine and under-fuselage as wrong shape and need replacing with clear lenses
- remove solid HUD on coaming
- rescribe all lower fuselage panel lines as they are very indistinct on the kit
- remove all radio antennae ready to replace with the etched ones
- remove wing fences to fit overwing Sidewinder rails
- drill gun port openings and add gun muzzles from brass tube
Once all of that is done and the parts are ready to begin construction, I'll get the cockpit done next week and try and get the fuselage closed and start tidy up. This is more of a checklist for me to remind myself what I need to get through this weekend.
The other area that needs a lot of attention in this kit is the landing gear as it is very basic and has some funny features due to the moulding limitations when the kit was designed.
Got some of what I needed done today, but not as much time at the bench as originally planned.
Tail fin had the antennae removed and a line scribed in place for the correct position of the new photo etch ones (or I may make from sheet styrene). Waiting for the Flightpath update set.
Nose assembled, then pitot cut off and hole drilled to fit Master brass one. Removed LRMTS window ready for a clear replacement.
Boxed in the nose wheel well, removed the rudder pedals and seat mount from the cockpit and filled the hole for the instrument panel attachment point. Might add some detail in to the nose gear bay later. Also assembled and sanded the centreline drop tank (no fins as I'll most likely use the etch ones in the Flightpath set) and got the CBUs from the Hasegawa weapons set assembled.
Removed the wing fences, anti-collision beacon and antennae from the wings.
Joined the fuselage halves after opening the heat exchanger intake and vent on the spine. Also added the 3 extra gun port opening either side and started scribing in the lost panel lines under the fuselage. Still more clean-up to do yet.
Better view of the opened heat exchange intake and the 6 gun port exhausts per side (the 3 forward ones are new).
Fixes/mods to the baseline kit include: - open intake and vent on heat exchanger behind canopy - remove spurious hump under the nose - cut out the solid LRMTS windows in the nose to be replaced with some clear sprue - remove the VOR/ILS antennae on the tail fins to replace with scale etch/card - drill gun port vents (only 3 per side on kit - should be 6 and deeper openings) - box in nose wheel well - remove anti-collision lights on the spine and under-fuselage as wrong shape and need replacing with clear lenses - remove solid HUD on coaming
- rescribe all lower fuselage panel lines as they are very indistinct on the kit - remove all radio antennae ready to replace with the etched ones - remove wing fences to fit overwing Sidewinder rails
- drill gun port openings and add gun muzzles from brass tube
Looks like I got most of it done. Need to finish rescribing underside of the fuselage (needs seams filled and sanded properly first now) and do the gun ports and barrels.
Good news and bad news. Good news - Hannants order with the Flightpath Jaguar update set and Kitsworld decals for the Jaguar arrived today. Bad news - the Flightpath set had the photo-etch and the resin, but no sign of the white-metal.
The white metal parts are the Operation Granby / Desert Storm specific parts, such as the scabbed on chaff/flare dispensers, the corrected parts for the pylons, the over wing Sidewinder pylons and rails and the updates for the guns and vents. Time to chase Hannants!
At least I can carry on somewhat now that I have the etch, but the lack of white metal is annoying.
Already some useful build tips for a Gulf war variant (of which I'm a fan!). I'm looking forward to watching this kit come together. Thanks for making and taking the time to post it here Craig.
Will post update pics from what I got done last night soon, but this build is clearly not meant to be! Discovered that not only is the white metal missing from the Flightpath set, but also the photo etch fret that has the boarding ladder, which I am wanting to use on my jet!. Another email to Hannants.
To top that off, I received shipping notification and tracking info for the order that has the Armory wheels in it, and it has been addressed to Australia!. I have let the retailer know and he said to wait and see if it got delivered or returned. Fek!
Here are the components of the Flightpath update/detail set. First up, the resin bits. The only part I am using is the ALQ-101 ECM pod at the top (note that it has to be cut to length at the back). The other parts are; on the left, 2 x CBU-87 cluster bombs (using Hasegawa ones instead), 2 x CRV-7 rocket pods (not using), and the Vinten centreline camera pod (not using); on the right, the Paveway GBU body (not using), and 4 x 1000lb RAF bombs (not using).
The photo-etch fret with the most useful detail including parts for the cockpit, antennae, various weapons fins, nose gear doors and other sundry items.
The missing boarding ladder (these pics taken from the manufacturer's site).
And the missing white metal parts - you can see why they are important by the sheer number and most of them are needed, including the AIM-9 bodies and pylons, the chaff/flare dispensers, missing cannon bulges and vents, the Phimat pod, and a TIALD pod (not used).
On top of that, I discovered I'd forgotten to get an updated seat to replace the kit blob, so I have ordered a NeOmega MB Mk.9 ejection seat. Knowing my luck it will end up in the Arctic circle.
I managed to:
- Finish rescribing the lower fuselage.
- Drilled the mounting hole for the white metal centerline pylon (when it arrives). I had previously filled the openings in the fuselage with some scrap sprue.
- Glue the tail fin
- Attach the inner intake pieces
- Attach the ventral fins (the instructions have the part numbers reversed in step 6, as they have different size tabs on each fin and can only fit their specific slot - the opposite way Hasegawa show in the instructions. B18 and B19 should be swapped).
- Remove the tail hook (there is a more scale photo-etch replacement in the Flightpath set)
- Attached the upper wing.
- Added the etch side consoles to the cockpit.
- Opened up the underwing pylon attachment holes, so the pylons actually fit.
- Cut the ECM pod to the proper length and rounded the end as applicable.
Here are the pics
Pod length sorted - needs pins for pylon attachment added. Now just need to update and detail the pylons...
Have our monthly club night6 tonight, so there wont be much happening tonight unless I get a little done when I get home.
Another gotcha for the Hasegawa Jaguar I remembered. When fitting part A10 in step 3, you HAVE to remove the 2 small tabs at the front, so the sides are straight. If you don't, the lower arm on the speedbrakes has nowhere to fit.
You can see in the previous images where I have done this. The Hasegawa speedbrakes have raised areas where the open slots should be and I'll be replacing the kit ones with the etched speedbrakes from the Flightpath set.
Quite surprised how lacking my library is on all things Operation Granby, so will be borrowing this from a friend which hopefully has some period specific reference images to help with some small details I need to clarify.
Online resources are surprisingly scarce on actual in theatre photos of the Jags. Have found some, but nothing definitive. The best one to date is
, but even that does not answer everything about the aircraft, as most images tend to be of the jets when they were back in the UK.
Started installing the photoetch (tailhook and antennae bases on wings and spine). Finished off adding the intakes. Cleaned up the centreline drop tank and dded the etched fins.
Biggest amount of work at present is sorting out the speedbrake bays. The image I posted of an error is step 3 is in fact not an error and part A10 should have had the tabs left on the front. I have now had to reinstate the areas covered by those tabs and add new slots (they are still missing on the original kit parts so you still have to cut the slots for the lower speedbrake arms).
It was during this process, while looking at references I discovered something I had not noticed before and something which is an error on ALL Jaguar kits. The speedbrake opening is NOT the same shape as the speedbrake. The rear of the speedbrake sits on top of the aircraft skin. I cut the rear off the kit airbrake parts and glued them into the hole, so the back end was flush. When I post pics you'll see what I mean. I also shaped the Flightpath photoetch speed brakes.
On the missing parts front, there was no response to any emails to Hannants over the missing parts, so I went to DJ Parkins (the owner of Flightpath), and the missing parts are being sent as we speak. Top notch service, so that is one part of this build back on track.
The Gulf War book I borrowed was not as much use as I had expected. Most of the photos of the jets are heading over to the sandbox, or returning - not many/any of the photos show the Jags in action. I want to build mine with only a partial set of mission tallies on the nose, as if some of them were yet to be painted to show the jet part way through the campaign. Have to keep looking.
Unfortunately, I have both of those and they were both taken after the Jags had returned to Coltishall. The jets were all fitted with the singular blade antenna at some stage of OpG and then most reverted before returning home.
The trick is finding the one elusive photo, which has to be out there, showing nose art, weapons fit with CBUs, mission markings and finer details to finish the model.
I have those good images for about 1/2 the Jag fleet in theatre, just neither of the two jets I'd prefer to build yet.
Good luck finding that photo Craig. I know just how hard it can be, having spent years trying to find period photos of Jim Clark's Lotus 25 as raced in the 1963 Dutch GP. Got there (mostly) in the end. If it's no bother, do you mind if I hit you up for some photos and info for a Jaguar GR.1 when I get around to building my one please? (I've not decided which nose art yet, but it'll be either Fat Slags, Buster Gonad or Johnny Fart Pants. (making all three are out of the question )
Some are easy - these are the sort of thing I'm talking about - you can make out pretty much most of what you need to know - full false canopy, aerial fit (both types shown in theatre along with number of mission marks at time of the image)). No such photo seems to exist (that I've seen) for Pink Spitfire.