A-model model in 1/72 scale : kit review ? modelling report
|The Burt Rutan Voyager was the record
breaking aircraft that flew non-stop without re-fuelling around the world
The aircraft is full composite with two engines driving each a pusher and tractor prop. The wing aspect ratio is extremely high to give it low induced drag and also the fuselage is very small to lower parasite drag. The Rutan team succeeded after several start up troubles to get this new record.
kit no. 7229 is injection moulded but is short run. Th
kit comprises around 30 parts; you will need first to clean "up" all the
parts with sanding paper and a sanding block. Once that is done, you can
assemble the kit with some attention needed in the alignment of the parts.
The kit has a very large span even in 1/72 scale: over 42 cm!.
- fill with putty and sand all areas.
sequence of assembly:
- make fuselage and forward canards; adjust the slots in the forward fuselage to accept them.
- assemble the wings no. 15-18
- assemble the tail booms including the bays.
|Now check the receiving slots and
tabs and adjust them by cutting.
- glue the outer wing to tail boom; check 90 degree angle and let dry
- do the same for the other wing
- glue the inner wing 15-16 to the tail boom assembly with 90 degree angle; let dry
- repeat other wing
- now fix to fuselage/canard and align! Let dry!
This will assure a correct alignment of the various parts.
some parts assembled; start with these sub-assemblies to get a straight result later; fill all gaps and sand flush. Wing lets are also fitted here.
detail of the very small interior. The separate hatch will be left opened
first coat of white added
|The model was finally completed.
The white glossy paint was applied in several coats and polished after
each application with some household polishing cleaner powder with plenty
The final detailing was done with:
The undercarriage is very delicate, so added were some metal pins to give some extra strength. It was painted white with scratch made single doors. These are black inside as well as the bays as they are unpainted and from fiber composites.
The decals are OK, but the stripes on the fuselage are too long; they should end under the canards. Unfortunately the smaller markings with "experimental " and the smaller registration on the booms are not supplied but are to small to make.
The end-result is a very special model
with a spectacular wing span.
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