In Progress: 1:48 Lindberg BFC-2
You would be right to say "Hey Mark, are you nuts or something'? Lindberg never made a BFC-2 kit!" But we can't always get what we want right off the shelf, so why not just make it ourselves, right? After all, we're modelers, and that's just what we do!
I started with the ancient Lindberg F11C-2 Goshawk kit (now readily available since Lindberg fired up production once again). I then proceeded to design and produce the necessary resin components required for the BFC-2 version of the Goshawk.
Draw, draw, draw..
Mold, mold, mold
Cast, cast, cast
Bam! Like magic!
Don't forget the canopies
Here we see the cockpit parts being assembled. The actual BFC-2 cockpit is rather sparse, but anything is an improvement over the Lindberg kit, which gives you a seat, and that's it, Charlie.
The fuselage needs to be slightly modified for the BFC-2 turtleback:
The "teardrop" fairings being affixed:
Cockpit assembly placed:
Turtleback is glued in, then puttied:
The stabilizer needs to be cut in order to work with the new turtleback:
Rudder is trimmed slightly at the root, then glued on, along with the stabilizer parts:
Assembly continues with wings, wheel fairings, etc.:
Fuselage gets a coat of gray paint:
Here is the Wright 1820 engine, assembled, painted, and ready to install:
Painting continues with the silver (all doped surfaces were painted silver):
My favorite part of any build - the decaling. Decals were generously provided by Wayne Tevlin of Yellow Wings Decals. They went on like butter! Highly recommended.
Here, the vac-formed canopy frames are painted:
That's about it for today. Next up is the rigging and final details. Stay tuned!