Milliput used to fill in the reshaped undercarriage bay.Also used it to shape the top of the cockpit coaming (sorry its kinda upside down in the pic) & used a black pen & acrylic to detail the instrument panel. Just the bottom shape to paint & glue in position & the fuselage can finally be closed up.
I decided to add detail to the engines & came up with this idea & so far it seems to be woring out.I drew an outline of the kit engine & added the detail of what will be seen in the intake duct.The plan is to cut a hole in the main engine part through which a plastic straw will fit & will be positioned inside the kit intake.The straw is about 6mm diameter so everything is pretty small.The Viper engine has 28 compressor fan blades in its first row which can be seen if you look into the intake.So the 360° lines give an idea for marking the blades (a few mistake lines in there too plus a few lines for the three aerodynamic shape supports in the duct) which I made from white Milliput.First I had 6.4mm plastic rod which was put in a drill & sanded down till the end fitted snug in the straw.A few mm was cut off for one engine & the remaining bit left on the rod for the second one.The inlet cone was shaped from plastic rod in a power tool & marked for the supports.A 5.4mm Milliput pizza about 1mm thick was put on the end of the large plastic rod which was roughly marked on the side for the 28 blades (this got smudged from the water used while keeping the Swann Morton blade moist to prevent the Milliput sticking to the blade).With the inlet cone (bullet shape) placed in the centre of the pizza,I used one of the new (?) Swann Morton thin fine blades to press into the Milliput to give the impression of the fan blades.I slipped some of the spare offcut straw to slide over the finished work so it all fits in the straw.This was left overnight to harden up.
I'm thinking of using some brass rod for the 3 support shapes (maybe tricky but doable).
A closeup of the cone & compressor blades after a lick of grey acrylic.
Cheers for lamping,
Anon. .. .
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