SNCASE Aquilon
(Sea Venom conversion)
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Aquilon in 1/32 scale CONVERSION  by Meindert de Vreeze

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Steps 15-17 and Steps 26-27 and Step 37
Next, the main assembly continued with the wings and root sections.

It was decided to show the engine and leave the upper panels separate. (if you want to close these, you will need considerable amount of filler and sanding on your model). 

The assembly of the wing roots on the fuselage needed quite some filler and plastic strip. Also, at the fine intakes and bay sections, some filler was needed. Step 37 indicates to fit in the wheel bay covers (parts # 21 + 23), do this at this stage.

and after some sanding....

For this 1/32 Aquilon model, it was decided to cut out and show the trailing edge flaps and the "airbrakes". Part of the flaps are in the tail boom. This required careful cutting with a razor saw. 

This also needs "fitting in" oval boom sections inside the opened up flap area; this is to be done with plastic card bended in an oval shape. 
The "airbrakes" in the wings (next to the tail booms) holes were opened up.

The thin trailing edge flaps are fitted on the "outsides" of the tail booms and not blended in. 

Steps 21-24
The tail booms were made as sub-assemblies. First fill and sand any edges and ridges before fitting to the fuselage. The pitot was cut off, to be refined later on and do not fit the rudder parts #32 yet. 

On the Aquilon, the horizontal stabilizer has a single trim tab and also the stabilizer extends outboard as on early Sea Venoms. The extension was made with thick plastic card, sanded in an air foil section.

For the Aquilon also, the trim tab was cut and filled and the lower fairings were repositioned.

(note: later views with primer already sprayed on and rudders fitted)

Step 25
Careful alignment is now required mating the tail booms to the fuselage. Some trimming was needed on the mating glue edges. It gives no further problems however. Leave aside to dry. Some sanding and filling is needed, but it was not that bad.  

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Step 50
The parts #52 were added and for the Aquilon 203, part #51 was slightly modified; it received a base fairing to close the gap. Also, an extra antenna was fitted. 

For both models, the main wheel bays need some extra detail from card and closing the edges of them was done with white glue. Also, the insides of the separated flaps were detailed on the Aquilon model as seen above. 

Details were now added in the bay areas and cockpit of the Aquilon.

With some plastic card and parts from the spares box, some details were made. More details were added in the cockpit. Note that the Aquilon 203 only has 1 crew member only being the pilot.

Immediately aft of the seats, some boxes were added on the fuselage with wiring. I did not have detail pictures but used the Air International drawing as a guide.

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