RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

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RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby ericg » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:50 pm

I was inspired by a photo that I recently found on Facebook that I felt would be a great thing to make in 1/32 scale. I have been looking for a project that would be something different to the usual aircraft model, without taking me too far away from my preferred genre. This ‘thing’ seemed to have been wheeled out for special occasions and was based at RAAF Butterworth in Malaysia whilst our Mirages were stationed there.

Firstly, the pic that inspired me. (Copied from the ADF Serials Facebook page).

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I recalled that I had seen pictures of a couple of the pilots that I have done builds of recently with them sitting in this contraption, so I got in touch with Sean Trestrail and asked him if he had a pic. He sent me back this one, and I decided there and then that I was going to build a model of it, with him sitting inside it. This moment was captured after Sean’s 1000th Mirage hour.

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I haven’t used my 3D printer for ages, so I took the opportunity to get it back into action quickly printing out 2 x 44 gallon drums and a cone scaled to 1/32.

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Next up, I cut some wings and a tail out of plastic card.

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I then assembled the parts to see if the project was feasible.

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I hollowed out the ‘cockpit’ in the forward drum and made up a pilot out of a few different figures that I had laying around. By the time he is finished he will be mostly made up of superglue, as the original body of the pilot was standing and the arms and legs have had to be significantly modified.

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A quick dry fit to see how it fit together. I primed it with SMS primer filler, which once sanded down has smoothed the layers of the 3D printed fuselage and nose.

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I scratch built one of the small wheels and copied it to make the two main wheels, and also made up the front wheel in a slightly different pattern. I made up a higher tail and have been playing around with the pilots head and tweaking the posture to match the first of Sean’s pictures as above. As can be seen, there is virtually no evidence of 3D printing under the coat of Tamiya fine surface primer.

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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby hughb » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:32 pm

Ha Eric thats hilarious! Do you have a 1/32 mirage to display it with?
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby ericg » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:42 pm

Hi Hugh, I have two 1/32 Mirages to display it with.

I have been in touch with Kevin Bricknell and Noel Furber, both ex Mirage pilots that have been involved with previous projects of mine. They both have had a ride in the buggy and sent me pictures of the event. First up is a small video of Brick in the buggy. To me, this stuff is absolute gold and preserves the memory. click on the pic below to view.



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I moulded the first parts of the buggy today. This is my first draft of the resin parts so that I can check how they all fit together and see if it is going to work as a kit or not. 



First up was the boxing up of each part using lego like pieces. I constructed the casting blocks that the parts sit on using modelling clay.



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I vacuum degas my silicone to ensure that it is bubble free. Whilst it is quite possible to pour the silicone moulds without degassing, if you are going to pressure cure the resin using these moulds then you will need to degas to ensure the highest possible quality.



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Parts demoulded! the second best part.



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Examining fresh resin (the best part if it goes according to plan). Very pleased with the outcome.



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A test fit of the parts.



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These are the products that I have used. I have added a grey pigment to the resin as it looks alot better than its natural cream colour.



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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby AndrewDoppel » Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:05 pm

I gotta say Eric,

I saw that same image the other day and thought how fun that would be to make as a model to sit beside a Butterworth Mirage.
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby surfsup » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:38 pm

I remember when you told me at PX you wanted to Build something different other than A/C but this is way out in Left Field and I love it.....Cheers mark
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby DesTROYer » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:36 pm

Finished it yet? ;) Nice mate.
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby ericg » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:44 pm

AndrewDoppel wrote:I gotta say Eric,

I saw that same image the other day and thought how fun that would be to make as a model to sit beside a Butterworth Mirage.


Imagine if someone produced a model kit of one mate?!

Brick sent me a pic of him after celebrating 5000 hours total time.

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I finished all of the parts for the buggy and assembled my first ‘test shot’ for fit and to se how it was all going to work. I think the main undercarriage is a little too close to the fuselage so has reworked the master parts of the wings to move them further out and will re-cast these.

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As I wanted to do Sean’s buggy, I cut out some panels from Thin aluminium sheet and glued them onto the fuselage.

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Painted, just have to change the wings.

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Still a lot to do. I will build the trailer and also the tug and am working on designing a small decal sheet.
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby Brenden S » Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:18 am

Pretty nifty that you have made this up. Nice work so far.
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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby ericg » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:46 pm

I received the Aerobonus United tractor and mocked up the combination with a scratch built trailer. The United tractor is of course not the right type but I purchased it to give me an idea of size and breakdown of parts. It will also serve as a useful basis to convert it into the tractor that I need. This has led me to a small stumbling block! The picture of Sean and Bricks buggy have it hooked up to a tractor that I am simply not able to find enough reference to do anything in detail with. The other pictures I have of this celebration, including Bricks video, feature a Clarktor CT20 tractor of which there is plenty of references for. I was able to discover that the tractor in the other pics as mentioned was Australian made by Domino Industries Group and there are some very good pictures of later models but unfortunately the trail goes cold on anything earlier. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: RAAF special occasion Mirage buggy

Postby bell209 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:19 pm

It could be a Towmotor. There was actually a tow tractor by that name in the 70s.
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