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Make a Scale Model Airplane - Part 3 (Subassemblies)

In this part of the tutorial we look at making sub assemblies.

Part 1 of this tutorial is here


An assembly diagram

One of the big things about a kit like this is that you often build little sub assemblies which is kind of fun. This picture from the manual shows the cockpit subassembly you make.

The assembled cockpit

And here it is all built.

Painting the cockpit

And sometimes the instructions will recommend you paint the subassemblies before putting them into the airplane. This is because it can be very difficult to paint these parts once installed. So here I am painting the cockpit sub assembly.


Sub assembly drawing

And the sub assemblies will then be glued into other parts and other assemblies. Here the instructions show to glue the cockpit into the fuselage of the plane.


Installing the cockpit

So now I am gluing it in. And you can see that I have also painted the internal part of the fuselage.


Painting parts while on the sprue

Here is a tip. Model makers will often paint some of the parts right on the sprue. This makes it much easier.


glue the wings onto the fuselage

Now we glue together the wing sub assembly and the fuselage sub assembly.


Glued parts look good

Looks good.


Assembly is near complete

Okay! We have finished most of the assembly and it looks good.

NextLet's continue by painting it and applying the decals


Grizzly Bear Model Tank

Building and Weathering a Tank

Here is another tutorial by John. He makes a German Brummbar (Grizzly Bear) step by step and shows us some fantastic weathering techniques. If you like military models you should check this one out. Building and Weathering a



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