I-16 from Hobbycraft... note the "Warning" on box cover from Pete. When I bought it, we checked the parts and they were complete. However he warned me that "we don't guarantee that a Hobbycraft kit won't be crap..." thanks Pete ;-)
Half-round file comes in handy!
I continued with assembly of the rest of the plane after that. A surplus GW Imperial Guard autocannon fit underneath the nose, HS-129 style, while the rocket pods from a Whirlwind launcher were cut apart and positioned under the wings on pylon-mountings.
Please ignore the superglue residue that's everywhere... arrgh
I also found some bits in the bits box to detail the new jet engine.
Who doesn't love "bits"... sorry "bitZ"
There was a bit of an issue caused by my ham-handed hackery on the fuselage to fit the new jet engine. I cut some strips of card to hide the worst of it and greenstuff and more detail bits would be applied to conceal the rest... I hope!
Superglue residue... now with added bloodstains!
I would have preferred a closed cockpit model but the one available at my local hobby shop was an open cockpit variant. So rather than screw around with more plasticard and greenstuff I decided to add a pilot. Fortunately I had purchased a pack of Copplestone's "Pilots" from his Back of Beyond range. The pack included a few half-figures so one of these was decapitated and slotted into the cockpit.
(Don't worry, he'll have a head swapped on from the Pig Iron standard bearer. This model had an odd head that I thought never really suited an infantry model, but which I think looks great on a pilot)
Some statistics on the project:
- Cost of materials: kit $15 (secondhand from Sparetime Hobbies), flare nut $2.19, other brass bit $2?
- Time investment: maybe 6 hours? (I bought the model yesterday afternoon and finished the project before supper tonight)
- Injuries incurred: cut thumb from new Xacto blade (I literally poured my blood into this model; that's the red stuff you see in some of the photos)
- Stuff I screwed up: as usual, lots of cyano-acrylate glue residue and smears. I've been using thin dollar-store glue and it runs everywhere. Thankfully primer and paint covers that up pretty well.
Thanks for reading this, and if there's interest, I'll post an entry on painting the beast!