Following on from my previous kit build i thought it was apt that the second build be a jet. Now as always this jet leans heavily on some aircraft I like while adding / altering them to suit what i think would be advantageous alterations. So during the era of the 60s/70s the Mig 25 Foxbat was flying about the SEPECAT Jaguar appeared and loads of other similarly proportioned aircraft went into front line service. So i took the basic layout of the Jag, added much larger engines as the RR Turbomeca engines always looked a bit feable. This alteration combined with a fin from a Crusader (well why not) led to this design.
Use VTOL and TRIM to tilt the model about, as per the real one, dont do it too much or crash bang wallop goes your nice model.
You will need to used your scalpel (attachments detacher), glue (hopefully the parts should click into place for you and stay that way), your fingers to nudge the pieces into place (its handy for complicated pieces if you use the nudge tool to nudge the proposed connecting parts up out of the way before multiselecting the part into place)
Remove the seat, control panel and cockpit floor from the sprue and attach them together
Remove a cockpit side and attach cockpit into it
Remove the other cockpit side from the sprue and attach to the first cockpit side
Remove the engine exhausts from the sprue and install
Remove the nose from the sprue and install
Remove the jet engines and their ducts from the sprue and assemble
Remove intakes from the sprue and attach to engine/duct subassembly
Remove the remainder of the engine ductwork/fuselage from the sprue and attach to previous subassembly then attach to the fuselage (note nudging highly recomended for this bit)
Remove wing sections from the sprue and assemble
Remove the fin from the sprue and attach to the rear of the wing section
Attach wing to fuselage (again nudging is v helpful here)
Remove tailplanes from the sprue and attach to the model
Remove undercarriage bays from the sprue and insert into model (nudgy nudgy)
Remove undercarriage legs from the sprue and install
Pitot tube next, dont snap it!
Remove pylons from the sprue and install onto the nice ready made matching protrusions on the underside of the wing (yeah you heard that SEPECAT, the UNDERSIDE)
Remove and install the weapons
Remove and install the droptank
Remove the completely clear, hard, brittle canopy from its equally hard brittle mold without cutting it (it goes frosted) or snapping it or even just cracking it... and install with minimal amounts of glue (or it goes frosted) dont varnish it (or it goes frosted) careful with maskol as it might not cover what it looks to have covered and it will get painted (which can only be removed with care and attention, dont use turps or it goes frosted, pattern emerging here eh.) I use the same connection as it used to connect it to the sprue to attach to the thin middle panel on the fus, after nudging it up of course..
Assemble the stand
Fit stand and aircraft together
All doneski, now time for pictures before paint and transfers
Apply paint in a colour you think is remotely similar (note this doesnt necessarily mean use the supplied humbrol paint that bears only a passing resemblance to the colours on the real thing) and apply transfers as shown in these pretty pictures
All done, feel free to make your own whooshing noise as you tilt the plane about on the stand.
The "Guttersloh" green is as per the below image, i dont think the rest need much explanation. PS any other interesting schemes people may want to paint it in are all acceptable =)
Built model here
And yes it was meant to say PANTHER, my dyslexic fingers however made me type it as if Mike Tyson was saying it...
- Predecessor Airfix Challenge
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 90.1ft (27.5m)
- Length 70.9ft (21.6m)
- Height 6.4ft (1.9m)
- Empty Weight 10,435lbs (4,733kg)
- Loaded Weight 10,439lbs (4,735kg)
- Wing Loading 355.2lbs/ft2 (1,734.5kg/m2)
- Wing Area 29.4ft2 (2.7m2)
- Drag Points 1185
- Number of Parts 652
- Control Surfaces 0