WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6 - now finished

WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6 - now finished

Postby DerekF on Wed 03 Jan 2018, 10:31 pm

Another stash lurker. I thought I'd do a build thread to kick off 2018.

The preliminaries. Looks a good kit.

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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby Jamesv9820 on Thu 04 Jan 2018, 4:24 pm

Looks good - if not unusual!

first build on the forum of 2018!

Do keep us posted.
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby ArabJazzie on Thu 04 Jan 2018, 9:32 pm

Will be watching this.
Arabest,
Geoff.
52 in a year! We must be certifiable!
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Sat 06 Jan 2018, 10:40 pm

First update.

The cockpit. Quite nice bt very small for someone used to to bigger scales. There's some PE parts that I haven't put in as most of it will disappear behind the heavy glazing.

ImageIMG_1370_eit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

In place in the nose section.

ImageIMG_1374_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

Some of the 50g of weight the instructions call for. I hope the landing gear is strong enough.

ImageIMG_1373_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

The wings completed.

ImageIMG_1375_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

The engine pods ready to attach to the fuselage side. I've found that 1/48 scale Phantom drop tanks fit nicely in the intakes as Trumpeter had not provided any detail. They did provide a couple of intake covers to insert.

ImageIMG_1377_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Sun 07 Jan 2018, 8:37 pm

Fuselage together and engine pods added. . I've left the nose section off until I know if it needs any more weight in the nose.

ImageIMG_1378_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

Wings added. It looked OK until I looked head on and everything was twisted. I've packed out the underside joint of the left wing to keep the anhedral correct.

ImageIMG_1379_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

With the tailplanes added. A fair bit of filler needed on most of the joints.

ImageIMG_1380_edit by dereknferguson, on Flickr

Next job is tidying up the joints and checking with the landing gear fitted that the nose weight is enough.
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 10:47 pm

Small update. Turning into a filler monster.

Image20180109_194756 by dereknferguson, on Flickr
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Sun 14 Jan 2018, 6:45 pm

On its gear (thankfully) and masked ready for painting.

Image20180113_084209 by dereknferguson, on Flickr

First coat of silver and a tight fit in the spraying booth.

Image20180114_150652 by dereknferguson, on Flickr
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby Col. Chibani on Mon 15 Jan 2018, 10:50 pm

DerekF wrote:Another stash lurker. I thought I'd do a build thread to kick off 2018.

The preliminaries. Looks a good kit.

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This boxart shows an interesting refueling technique ... :sweat:
Hope that the parts of this kit are better aligned than the trajectories of these planes !
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 11:37 am

Well quite...

Now masked up and ready for some underside white.

Image20180115_230821 by dereknferguson, on Flickr
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby Jamesv9820 on Wed 17 Jan 2018, 6:54 am

That thing looks huge Derek.

How are you finding the build so far? Enjoying it?
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Wed 17 Jan 2018, 7:02 pm

It is quite big. Almost the size of the Nimrod. Fit is quite good but I have had problems with things lining up, engine s, wings etc. It'll be fine when the wheels are on. I'm sure.... There are grand total of 8 decals to put on. I'll find some stripes and stencils to cheer it up a bit.
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 10:48 pm

The undersides now sprayed with Vallejo white.

Image20180117_190432 by dereknferguson, on Flickr

Ready for decals.

Image20180119_150920 by dereknferguson, on Flickr
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Re: WIP Trumpeter 1/72 Xian JHU-6

Postby DerekF on Sat 20 Jan 2018, 7:55 pm

Now complete. Not a bad kit but a lot of fiddly bits and slightly obscure instructions.

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