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Title: Wip: Italeri 1/48 V-22 Osprey
Description: for APAC


xamel1975 - October 5, 2007 02:12 AM (GMT)
This is for APAC entry. Subject chosen is Italeri's 1/48 V-22 Osprey. The box says that this version is an updated version (the 1/72 version is a prototype). I did a quick build on the major parts just to see the build up. Some problems that I expect to overcome:

Raised lines - have to rescribe them.
Rivets that might be lost since some are locates near the seam line.
Sink mold - I guess it's a normal issue for a large scale [aircraft] kits.
Soft details on the interior (cockpit, cabin).
Tinted canopy - why? WHY?

Planned modification:
Reposition the flaps.
Open the pilot/crew door.
Detailing up the interior.

On with the pictures...

Tail section
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Cockpit and seats
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Wing
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Fuselage
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Wheels
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Rotors
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Arrrgh!!! The canopy is tinted! So are the windows...
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Some noticable sink mark
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The overall build-up is approximately 36cm in length.

kuman - October 5, 2007 02:49 AM (GMT)
wah.. i'm getting inspired after seeing this in Transformers Movie last couple of month... but must not give-in to the urges.. :D .. not yet at least.. :lol:

good poison there brother of druid_99 :D

Bomber Vince - October 5, 2007 08:02 AM (GMT)
I've been looking for this kit for quite some time but still can't find it, can't wait to c it done.

Viper - October 5, 2007 04:28 PM (GMT)
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Arrrgh!!! The canopy is tinted! So are the windows...


I managed to get the earlier pre-production 1/48 Osprey from MH during their 40% sale not too long ago and it came with clear transparencies.

You might be OK with tinted windows though. From reference pix, the window on the production version looks tinted - V-22 from Airliners.Net. The V-22 looks awesome with its silverish scheme.

As for the panel lines, you might get away with just sanding most of them off, as referenced in this article - 1/48 V-22 Review

xamel1975 - October 8, 2007 12:50 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the links, Alex.

kuman - October 8, 2007 01:06 AM (GMT)
alahai.. Alex.... your link added to the poison set by xamel... :D
hope i'll survive this posion.. :D

kuman

judge dredd - October 9, 2007 01:05 AM (GMT)
Anyone know or have read how an armed V22 gonna be? Most said of a minigun at the rear ramp like those on the Stallions.

No way to have pylons under the wings due to the big rotor. What about guns or bomb bay at the sponsons? Great to hear any input from you guys.

Cheers

xamel1975 - November 30, 2007 09:08 AM (GMT)
I'm stumped.

Right now, I've already cut out all the flaps. The tail flaps have been repositioned while the wing flaps is still in progress. I'll get the pics later.

I plan to have the side door (pilot access hatch) open. The door has 2 part and so far I know that the lower part flips down and form a stair. My question is, how does the top part opens? Does it slide inwards like passenger planes?

Hope anyone can shed some light on this. A photo would be great too.

QUOTE (judge dredd)
Anyone know or have read how an armed V22 gonna be? Most said of a minigun at the rear ramp like those on the Stallions.

No way to have pylons under the wings due to the big rotor. What about guns or bomb bay at the sponsons? Great to hear any input from you guys.

Cheers


So far I saw some photos where the Osprey has the minigun mounted on the rear ramp.

Silantra - December 3, 2007 01:00 AM (GMT)
saw the link that Viper put..

for Marines Osprey, the color scheme is like a metallica finish. Isit true and i only see 1 window at the starboard side... on the kit it has 3 window on each site...

btw i just started building the 1/72 version and plan finish the Marines version...
so metalic is not metalic??

my progress so far
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if sempat this will be in APAC

xamel1975 - December 3, 2007 01:10 AM (GMT)
Zaidi,

The 1/72nd scale kit is the prototype version. The aircraft is somewhat still evolving. On my kit box, it is stated that the kit is the 'updated version' but I think the latest version of the Osprey is a bit different.

Read various articles about this craft. Apparently, the Osprey project has a lot of controversy attached to it (crashes, budgets, etc).

Silantra - December 3, 2007 02:25 AM (GMT)
xamel,
so betullah kaler dia matallic??

xamel1975 - December 3, 2007 02:34 AM (GMT)
Not sure, lah. I think the latest version is metallic.

xamel1975 - December 3, 2007 04:40 AM (GMT)
As promised, some progress photo.

Propeller
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Tail flaps - done
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Wing flaps - in progress
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Rear ramp hatch - split to open
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xamel1975 - January 21, 2008 01:03 AM (GMT)
Separating the top portion of the hatch. I use pin-vise drill to remove the top portion of the hatch since it has rounded corners at the top; which makes it difficult for me to work with blades. I lost a drill bit in the process of removing the top portion <_< . The top portion of the hatch slides up when the hatch is opened, so I think it I can do away with it. We'll know more once I started working on the interior.
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Close-up. Note that the vent have suffered a bit of 'stress' during the separation process.
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Removing the lower half of the hatch. The lower half is relatively easy to remove. It just requires a lot of knifework.
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Close-up of the door cavity. Need some clean-up and a bit of detailing here.
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The hatch doors. Note the jagged edge on the top portion of the hatch.
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Rear flaps. Repositioned to add a bit of realism.
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Rescribing the wing panel lines.
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This portion looks pretty rough. Need to clean up a bit.
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Recreate the leading edge of the flaps using A+B putty. The top two have been sanded while the remaining is still rough.
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Recreate the missing detail which was lost during the extensive sanding process.
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razmanosaurex - January 22, 2008 03:03 AM (GMT)
man hang banyak wat renovation ke kat kit ni

xamel1975 - January 22, 2008 05:35 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (razmanosaurex @ Jan 22 2008, 11:03 AM)
man hang banyak wat renovation ke kat kit ni

Planned modification:

Reposition the flaps.
- Done. Except the flaps on the main wing.

Open the pilot/crew door.
- Successfully cut out. Need detailing. Maybe rebuild the doors for realism.

Detailing up the interior.
- Not done yet. Gathered some interior shot and I can conclude this will be the 'fun' part :D .

Panel rescribing.
- Work in progress.

Nampak mcm tak banyak tapi tang detailing tu yg ambik masa sikit.

xamel1975 - February 8, 2008 06:46 AM (GMT)
Minor update.

Scratchbuild the steps on the lower hatch. I use 0.5mm styrene and a bit of artistic license to create the steps.

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Tacking the steps onto the fuselage to see how it looks like.
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xamel1975 - June 12, 2008 01:54 AM (GMT)
Update

For the past few days I've begin to work on the Osprey's interior. I will add some details since this build will feature opened rear ramp and side hatch.

Original piece - pretty much bland and not much of details.
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I started by drillling holes between the seats. These are seats on the left side of the aircraft.
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Once drilled, I cut out the remaining plastic using my Olfa knife.
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All done!
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Still got another row to go. A bit of sanding and trimming required.

I've added what I believe is the navigation system control box which is located just behind the cockpit. More detailing is required.
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Silantra - June 12, 2008 05:40 AM (GMT)
nice work on the steps...
yg lain2 macam sama aje macam 1/72

keep it up bro...........

nih utk event end of this year jugak ke??

razmanosaurex - June 15, 2008 02:10 PM (GMT)
to sil,
aku tau hang mesti dah kecur tgk model nih....bile nak buat.
wei aku kat putrajaya

koowilliams - June 16, 2008 02:48 AM (GMT)
just watched discovery channel about this bird and makes me feel like owning one... now seeing this great WIP makes me even more motivated...

off i go with my search...

xamel1975 - June 16, 2008 03:50 AM (GMT)
Zaidi,

I hope I can make it for this year's event. Don't want to commit yet. Pelan2 kayuh :D.

Koo,

Good luck on sourcing this kit! I found out that this bird also has a lot of controversy attached to it. The most popular one would be a "Marine Killer" issue.

No latest update yet. Been coughing my lungs out since last week. <_<

xamel1975 - June 30, 2008 01:29 AM (GMT)
Update:

Osprey has a pontoon-like bulge on the side that houses it's rear landing gear. The kit mold the fuselage in one piece which results this 'hole' in the interior. The passenger cabin provided by the kit doesn't cover this 'hole' properly so I need to fill in the area.

After much thinking and consideration, I choose to close the hole using 1mm plastic which I have a lot lying around. I need something to support the plastic sheet so it won't slip or sink in too deep inside the hole.
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Using Bondite A+B putty, I create a support place so that the plastic has a place to rest onto.
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A couple of close up shot of the Bondite support 'beam'.
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I cut the rough shape to close the hole.
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Test fitting. Need some trimming to get it to fit in.
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After trimming, filing and sanding, I managed to get the plastic sheet to fit in. The remaining gap will be filled in with Bondite A+B putty later.
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I also lined 1mm plastic behind the passenger seat.
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Test fitting of the cabin. Only a little gap here (marked with red box in the 2nd pic). Maybe another 1mm or 0.5mm plastic sheet will fill in the gap perfectly.
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Silantra - June 30, 2008 02:50 AM (GMT)
good work so far
the 1/72 doesnt come with this problem... the gear bay is all covered,,,

rtfoe - June 30, 2008 09:30 AM (GMT)
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Osprey has a pontoon-like bulge on the side that houses it's rear landing gear. The kit mold the fuselage in one piece which results this 'hole' in the interior. The passenger cabin provided by the kit doesn't cover this 'hole' properly so I need to fill in the area.


What were the guys at Italeri thinking leaving such big holes after molding the interior ribbing....tsk..tsk.
Good job Xamel!

I'm not an Osprey guy but the level of scratching and mods does interest me. On the sponson holes, I would have taken the harder way and used sprue to support the card or just added shims at the edges. Me being a figure sculptor, the use of bondite that way...ayuh!..painful lah! And it's added weight for the behind...I think.
Anyway is good whichever suites the builder and there's no wrong either. :D

God speed ahead.

Richard.

Silantra - July 1, 2008 01:03 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (rtfoe @ Jun 30 2008, 05:30 PM)
And it's added weight for the behind...I think.

true....
the one that i build in 1/72 was slightly off balance. The manuals asked me to put about 10grams on the nose..so i did.. it wont be noticeable until the rotor were put.
just to let u know that u will need more weight to the nose...stuff some 1/2" hex nuts under the cockpit floor.

2 sen aku

xamel1975 - July 2, 2008 04:52 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the comments Richard & Zaidi. I'll take note on that matter.

Updates. Add frame ribbing on the interior. I use Evergreen's 1.5mm styrene strips.

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What we can see from the side door.
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From rear ramp.
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Test fitting with interior. To see how it fits in.
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More details will be added later.

rtfoe - July 2, 2008 04:57 AM (GMT)
I like both the side and rear angles already...nice. Just enough to make it interesting.

Richard.

xamel1975 - September 10, 2008 12:23 AM (GMT)
More interior details added.
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There'll be more to come...

Flaps - the white plastic is from Evergreen's 0.5mm sheet.
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A couple of Hasegawa's pilot figure - just something I want to put near the Osprey since I'll make a tarmac base for this build. I also have a couple of generators but not sure whether to use them in this build.
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Silantra - September 10, 2008 01:43 AM (GMT)
Nice work on the flap down... looks correct from here.. :)


kuman - September 17, 2008 08:54 AM (GMT)
harman...

wondering jer..

any chance of seeing this in wingfold configuration :D

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look cool.. :D

kuman

hashaney - September 19, 2008 12:11 AM (GMT)
Xamel, hang mmg terre bab scratchbuild...

dremel - September 19, 2008 08:06 AM (GMT)
Well done Harman.....keep it up, ;)

xamel1975 - September 22, 2008 12:02 AM (GMT)
Thanks, guys!

Lan,

Yup, the photo looks cool. I've tried it but the Osprey looks like a bus rather than an aircraft in that configuration.




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