Mark's Bell X-1

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Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:51 pm

I didn't think I was going to have time ot make an entry this year, but.... inspired by Chill's microscopic entry, and I happened to stumble across this little gem on fleabay.

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Dragon do a 1/144 Bell X-1, clearview model with interior. You actually get two models in one box, so you can do one clear, one painted, or any other variation.

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Here are the parts. It's all very tiny.

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The fuz is clear. It's a very clever slide mould, so the fuz in moulded in two secions, front and back. Makes it a right swine to paint the inside ! It does make it easier inserting the interior parts though.

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Here is the clear parts onthe box lid. It shows them up slightly better.

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Here is the cockpit assembled. 7 pieces in this tiny little assembly. Enough to make you want to use naughty words ! I'm not going to go overboard with painting or detailing as it's barely visible inthe finised model.

I'm not adding the rest of the interior as I'm going to paint the model orange.
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Paul » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:39 pm

Hi Mark,

Are you going to do both of the variations, or just the one?

NB, It looks even smaller than Chill's ...... If you pardon the expression ! :shock: :oops: :lol:
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby morrigan » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:24 pm

I like :D
Very nice detail for such a small scale kit.
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Paul » Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:26 am

I reckon that with the decals being so small, they'll be a real swine to do
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby casper » Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:24 am

A great little Kit Mark. cool shape :D
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:27 pm

It is one of my favourite planes.

More progress. Here is the finished cockpit. I jsut painted the seat pad brown and gave it all a black wash.

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This is all you can see once it's installed. The clear fuz is painted green on the inside.

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The inside of the u/c bay is installed in the rear fuz. You have the option of adding an engine and fuel tanks as well if you wish, but I left them out as they wont be seen.

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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:29 pm

PS. You can see a lot more detail in the photos that you can in real life. It's an amazing moulding. (Probably says more about my eyes than anything else :shock: )
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby chill » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:34 pm

Eeek makes my Tornado look mighty!
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Paul » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:55 pm

chill wrote:Eeek makes my Tornado look mighty!

Just glad that I didn't go for this, as it's way too small for me !
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:39 pm

My brother keeps asking why I don't build kits he can see :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby morrigan » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:26 pm

Thats when you tell him he will need to buy you a hanger to fit models that are big enough for him to see and then run for it. :lol:
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:27 am

LOL I'll remember that onr :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby casper » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:29 pm

Hi Mark :)
great finish on the cockpit . did you use an acrylic wash
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:30 pm

Thanks. It was Vallejo's black dipping wash. To be honest, I prefer an oil & thinner wash, but this is quick.
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Paul » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:15 pm

Mark wrote:I prefer an oil & thinner wash, but this is quick.

Hum,

Isn't that Chill's line .......? :roll: :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:37 pm

More progress.

Here is the nose and tail section of the fuz united and the tail feather fitted.

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Then the wings go on.

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Finally the u/c doors. Made a bit of a pig's ear with these. I only realised how bad they were when I looked at the photo. Oh well...... too late to fix it now. I'm electing to do a flying configuration, although there isn't a pilot included. Not that you can see much through the windshield anyway.

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Now she is ready for painting.
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby tom1992 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:56 pm

Nice work Mark especially on such a small model, Have a K for your efforts.
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Paul » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:12 pm

It's looking great Mark ! :D :D
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Mark » Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:38 pm

Thanks guys :D
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Re: Mark's Bell X-1

Postby Eric » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:19 am

Great work Mark!

How about building a superfortress to hang the X1 underneath?
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