As the X-Plane display install night approaches, here are some photos of my newly completed X-24s for your amusement. The X-24A, a.k.a. the “finned potato”, is for the imminent display.(I built the X-24B, highly modified from the “A” version, to complete my lifting body collection. Bill Glinski is loaning his “B” to the display.) This was a Mach 2 twin kit – 2 complete experiences of limited run, brittle, misshapen, styrene goodness. Schedule constraints forced some shortcuts but I did add a proper ejection seat, and detail to add interest to the XLR11 cluster* at the business end of each bird. I had hoped to substitute the nice and clear Wings 72 canopies for the kit pieces, but the fit was just too much surgery for the available time. The Mach 2 kit canopies required extensive sanding and polishing, using grits I’ve never dared apply to clear styrene, to get to a modestly passable state; the scale thickness is still excessive. Another misjudgment was to use the kit gear doors, which are too thick and nearly interfere with the main gear. I plan to eventually replace them all with the Wings 72 vacuform kit gear doors, much thinner and easier to pose. Mach 2 decals were unusable but fortunately the Wings 72 set was marginally acceptable, and 2 rounds of Solvaset got them to nearly lay down.
Mach 2 got the shape of the “B” pretty close, but the “A” is too oval in cross-section, missing the pronounced flat bottom. Significant time was spent getting the axle lengths and gear stance of the 2 ships to match references. All the online photos I’ve seen of these Mach 2 kits seem to show out of the box gear installation, which yields very goofy-looking results.
Until such time as Tamiya releases the X-24, this will have to do…
See you on Thursday – we have some X-Planin’ to do!