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1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:35 pm

So I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment so another wont hurt right?

I wanted this kit from the time it was announced a few years back. I decided to fund the purchase of the kit with the proceeds of my resin Boomerang panels, just to make the hobby cost neutral (yeah right!). I like obscure types and of course this fits the bill nicely. I also enjoy the uniqueness of building a resin kit and not having seen an Iconicair kit before, my curiosity kicked in so I got stuck into it whilst there was a bit of downtime in the Boomerang build.

There have been a few in box previews of the kit here and on my Facebook page (Manscale Models), as well as others. The kit is quite exceptional right from the get go, being very nicely boxed and thoughtfully packed. Lots of zip lock bags, a stapled instruction sheet, photo etch seatbelts and nicely printed decals. I will try and keep this as out of the box as possible, with the exception of doing something about the lack of any internal structure, meaning there is no jetpipe, turbine face etc. On initial examination, it appears one may be able to see right through the model from intake to exhaust, a less than desirable feature of any jet model.

A quick `on the workbench' pic.

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I got stuck into the cockpit parts. it is quite simple parts count wise, but very nicely detailed. All of the parts required minimal effort to cut from the casting block and glue in place. I have built up most of the small parts on the cockpit side walls. The throttle quadrant and side panels are very nicely detailed and will look great once painted.

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The instrument panel calls for a decal (provided in the kit) sandwiched between the main structure and the panel faces. I prefer to use Airscale instruments, so some additional work was going to be required.

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The faces of the panel are quite deep and would easily swallow up the instruments so I assemble the parts and then punched out some thin plastic card and inserted it into each hole to bring the instrument faces closer to the front of the panel. If you have the RP Tools punches, I used the 1.9, 2 and 2.4mm punches to achieve this.

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This part will look great painted and with Airscale decals.

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Parts fit is great.

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The wings come with some sturdy resin spars which almost snap into place. Alot of thought from Iconicair has gone into how this kit assembles, sometimes lacking in alot of resin manufactures. It is quite good.

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Glued into place with gel superglue, they make very strong structures.

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:47 am

Forgot to add a link to the post on my Facebook page which has my in box preview of the kit:

https://www.facebook.com/49428926074743 ... 405126912/
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:34 am

Thanks for the comments guys.

I purchased both of the available reference books from Viceroy books, a Queensland based online book seller. They have a very good range of books and are well worth a visit. https://viceroybooks.com.au/ . They arrived just minutes before I left home to go to work, so I packed them in my nav bag in case I got bored on the trip!

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I painted the instrument panel Mr Paint Tyre Black. You can see the difference that the small mod has made to the depth of the holes that the instruments will placed compared to the earlier photo. It fits into the cockpit very nicely.

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The ejection seat parts.

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Built up, it pushes onto a peg on the cockpit floor. Once again, a lot of thought has gone into the ease of assembly of this kit.

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The wheels are a simple two part affair, and fit together very well using minimal glue. There is the slightest evidence of 3D printing in most of the parts as can be seen here but they will clean up easily.

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I wicked Mr Surfacer into the join between hub and tire and wiped the excess of with Mr Thinner to tidy things up a bit.

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby DesTROYer » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:49 pm

I know nothing of this plane, Eric, but I look forward to learning about it as I watch your build.
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Thinking about the lack of fuselage internals, I came up with a possible solution. Not to say I will go with it but it might work. The Mig-17 had a Russian copy of a Nene, the Trumpeter Mig-17 has a reasonable depiction of one and it would be better than nothing. Here it is test fitted into the fuselage roughly aligned according to my references. The jet pipe is considerably longer than the Mig-17 so I have found some thin brass tube that is the correct diameter and length to suit.

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At least there will be something to see up the rear end!

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Whilst the kit instrument decals are OK, I felt the Airscale stuff just makes the panel pop. I used various decals from the RAF WW2 and early allied jets sheets.

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I will put on some placards and also clear instrument faces but I am pretty happy with how this part is progressing.

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby saxon » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:35 am

Looks good, an odd subject to find in 1/32.
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby qfa_tsv » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:53 am

Impressive work as always, that IP looks great
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby Calum » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:42 am

Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)
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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby ericg » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:07 pm

Thanks guys,

Calum wrote:Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)


Very harsh mate, but yes, the aeroplane has some aspects that look as dodgy as Bruce does looking at his mobile phone after a few drinks

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Re: 1/32 Iconicair Supermarine Attacker.

Postby Calum » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:39 pm

ericg wrote:Thanks guys,

Calum wrote:Nice work as usual Eric.. The Panel looks lovely

But what an awful looking aircraft. Supermarine should be ashamed of putting that name on such a thing:-)


Very harsh mate, but yes, the aeroplane has some aspects that look as dodgy as Bruce does looking at his mobile phone after a few drinks

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Nothing is as dodgy as Bruce - even when he's sober :lol:
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