FA-37 Talon From the movie 'Stealth'
And for my order waiter...I'll have...
Canards On Steel Wire Ala Mole Grips And A Side Order Of Tail Feather Please
Okedoke then folks, welcome back.
Right, the nose canards to be delt with so in simple order,
the rough shape was cut from 2mm styrene and given a little heat bending treatment.
The surface rough sanded and the void filled with car repair putty, sanded flat and some 15thou styrene sheet glued to the bottom.
The leading and trailing edges had a couple of short lengths of 4x4mm strip styrene glued on and that was the basis.
much sanding and a wee bit of shaping later we have...
And so to the panel line scribing thing.
First was to draw the pattern on the top and bottom like so.
Then a light run over with some 600 wet and dry, drill two holes in the surface that will meet the fuselage, stick in some 1.5mm steel wire and razor saw out the ends of what look like control sufaces at the rear of the canards.
Another light rubdown and a fix in an appropriate holder, namely mole grips, a goodly dab of primer and we get...
So the same lark done on both and that's the lot for that in basic construction.
Some surface defects to clean up but all's well so far methinks.
I was going to make the canards seperate but i've decided to make them a permanent fix to the top fuselage.
Two extra parts will be made for the Talon 01 which will carry the leading edge of the canard right to the nose.
As in the pics below which shown the Talon 02/03 nose and the Talon 01 in that order.
With me so far?
Now for that thar tail thing.
Only one will be needed as it's pretty much the same for both so, out with the 2mm styrene and laminate two cut to shape bits together.
Much sanding, scraping and slicing later we get this with some pencil lines drawn on.
After even more sanding, scribing, puttying, sanding, painting, repeat once more for good measure and we have...
Well then, that little lot done.
The tail will require the bottom part that mates into the rear sides but that will all be sorted when the engines are built on as I still have to work out a 'click stop' mechanism so the tail (like the wings) will be movable.
Oh yes, always try and include the play factor I say!
Well that be ya lot for now gang, I have to go nail a couple of flatish bits to the sides of the large curvy bit in the middle...
Or fix and fair in the canards to the forward fuselage sides if you really wanna get technical!
Go easy you merry lot!
Good Grief! An Update to An Update!!
Well don't sit there looking all suprised.
It's not like i've never done this before.
Ok, to keep it brief, the past several hours have been good, the glue cured as advertised, filler putty likewise and smoothing/primer paint application off went without incident.
The results of which can be seen below with brightness and contrast adjusted to hopefully show some detail...
Not too shabby overall and the project will certainly be helped along by the arrival of some soon to be be needed materials.
All goodly resins and rubbers and soon the hellhole will reek to the smells of same, oh that do bring back memories.
And that truly is that, go easy my modeling muckas!