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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:06 
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Here's my next SAAF build :

Base kit is the Kinetic IIID2Z - a really nice kit :

ImageIMG_0752 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ScaleWorx BZ conversion set

ImageIMG_0754 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

There were only 3 BZs delivered, two of which are at Swartkop. I'll be doing the delivery scheme of natural metal with red GT stripes and red vertical stabiliser.


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:09 
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Here are the ScaleWork resin parts :

Neatly packed in separate bags :

Image20180629_164544 - 600 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The parts are well cast with no bubbles. The seats particularly are really well detailed. The IPs have been modified by John to be representative of the BZ IPs.

ImageIMG_0744 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The nose and tail pipe diameters match the kit accurately :

Image20180629_203723 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0746 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:15 
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But before we get to the resin, some modifications are required to the bottom wing section :
- All the intakes and vents must be hollowed out - 30 minutes with a drill and sharp knife
- Quite a bit of removal of plastic from the mating surface to eliminate a nasty step on the wing underside - 20 minutes work

ImageIMG_0733 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Before the hollowing out of vents :

ImageIMG_0734 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Hollowed out vents - much better :

ImageIMG_0735 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

The vents adjacent to the gum barrels must be removed as the BZ did not have these. These came in with the D, E and R models :

ImageIMG_0736 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:21 
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Wheel bays painted chrome yellow and green. Little wing data plates care of Airscale decals :

ImageIMG_0740 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Nose U/C bay - really fine detail OOB

ImageIMG_0739 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Loose wing to fuselage fit - really neat :

ImageIMG_0741 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Resin rear ventral bay cover - required as the BZ had the simple 2D blade ventral fin unlike the kit parts which have the wider 3D fin for the later D, E and R. Fit is great. You can also see the gap between upper and lower wing surface filled with Perfect Plastic putty :

ImageIMG_0745 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:24 
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Time to sort out the tail cone :

ImageIMG_0746 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Cutting off kit parts with razor saw :

ImageIMG_0747 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

Compare the two halves - one has the rear removed, the other not :

ImageIMG_0748 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 20:29 
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Time for the cockpit - fits well but no detail on the side walls - added some bits and pieces from thin plastic card to add some detail and cover some mould punch marks. The white floors from plastic card as I had to cut out the base kit seat stands which left holes in the floor as they were too high for the resin seats :

Image20180701_081832 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

All painted up - black base with Tamiya NATO black over spray to tone black down a bit. Dry brushed with XF-20 medium grey. Details picked out with sharpened toothpick and Revell acrylic paints. Mirage cockpits were rather bland with very few colour details - I took a bit of artistic licence to add some colour again to add interest :

ImageIMG_0750 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr


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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 21:16 
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Hey Mistral,

Nice work on the instrument panels 8)

Mistral wrote:
There were only 3 BZs delivered, two of which are at Swartkop.


Do you know what happened to the third one?

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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 22:16 
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Stratobat wrote:
Mistral wrote:
There were only 3 BZs delivered, two of which are at Swartkop.


Do you know what happened to the third one?

This is 817, 'Skydancer' (SA flag colour scheme). Last I heard, it was at AFB Hoedspruit,

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PostPosted: 01 Jul 2018, 23:42 
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Hi Dean,

Dean wrote:
This is 817, 'Skydancer' (SA flag colour scheme). Last I heard, it was at AFB Hoedspruit,


Is the aircraft still airworthy?

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I don't think it has flown in many years. :(

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Good going Malcom, great and neat work as always :smt023

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Mistral wrote:
The vents adjacent to the gum barrels must be removed as the BZ did not have these.


mmm... And I thought a 30 mil HE round would leave a nasty hole! :lol:
Great work as always! Will be following this one with interest. Have you decided on her colours yet?

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PostPosted: 03 Jul 2018, 10:23 
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Gum :oops:

Going for delivery scheme. Silver plus red lightning bolts / red tail panel.


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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2018, 20:29 
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Been busy finishing this one.

ImageIMG_5870 - 800 by Malcolm Reid, on Flickr

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PostPosted: 21 Oct 2018, 20:31 
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