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Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:50 am

For my next trick, I foolishly went and brought another Trumpeter kit. You'd have thought I'd have learnt my lesson after the Chinese space ship (which is nearly finished now - another update soon), but no, I'm a glutten for punishment.

This is the SA-2 guided missile. They also released the kit with a transporter instead of (or perhaps as well as ?) the launcher. However, this kit is just the missile and launcher.

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You get 1 light grey sprue for the missile itself, and two sprues, plus a couple of separate parts for the launcher.

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The decal sheet has a nice lot of stencils on, and there is also an odd bit of wire in the kit.

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Finally, hopefully to remove some of the many rough edges from the kit, the Eduard etched detail set :D

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I've made a small start, and the fit is so-so. It's going to be hard work to get a good finish. I'll post and update when there is more progress to report.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby SkyFire » Mon Jul 07, 2014 5:57 am

For once a missile / rocket that will not be getting launched toward England. Good luck with the build. :)
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby casper » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:07 am

Interesting subject Mark :)
Can i ask what age the kit is.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:25 am

I think it will be quite challenging !

If I recall, the spruces are dated 2002 or 2003
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:01 am

I re-checked - 2003 ! I've changed my mind about calling the fit questionable. I tried dry fitting some of the main parts yesterday. It was hard to tell the difference between flash and badly moulded locating tabs. It's absolutely awful in places. (An anagrammatic fresh water fish (4) - if you're into cross words !! ( and no, you don't need to post the answer :shhh: ))
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby steve131 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:48 am

I thought Trumpeter were good kits, what's occurring with yours :think:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:50 am

The two I'm building are circa 12 year old moulds. Perhaps the newer kits are better ? :think:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby steve131 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:37 pm

Hello Snapdragons what do you think, are the new kits better than Marks old ones, so avoid older ones and stick to new :?: ,thought you might know as you just done some Trumpeter kits. :think:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby snapdragon » Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:23 am

Trumpeter kits have got much better than the old stuff. I have actually considered this kit, but at the time this was released (2003) Trumpeter had a bad rep on quality.

However from about 2005, if my memory is right, Trumpeter started to get it's act together and invested in new moulding technology, CAD and recruited some decent designers etc and things have just got better and better over time.

They're releasing a Russian IS-7 Next month which of course being a WoT player is on my to get list.

Their aircraft, especially 1/32 scale are gems and build up to be a great representation of the real thing. There is the odd faux pas, but they are few and far between. There is a one with their EE Lightning kits over the jet intake nose cone fitment I believe, but it is easily correctable. Also there is the Ju87 which I built on here not long ago. Nice to have some large scale kits of this and it's variants, but there is some major correcting needing to be done. you can read about that on my build.

If you wish to try one of their kits that is just superb try these

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 you should be able to get this for around the £30 mark or less on Ebay.

http://www.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/pro ... 3/236.html


Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a

http://www.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/pro ... 0/160.html

They have two or three ME 262 variants including the 2 seater Night Fighter and a clear fuselage kit. On their initial release, and are still the best 262 kits around and have a lot of detail. They should retail about £50-£60. Well worth it though. Be warned for these kits - you will need to sort out some nose weight.

Of course, Eduard has sets and masks available.

Their prices sort of mirror Dragon with the armour side, but they are good quality kits. Their object 704 is a beaut to build and their new IS-4 looks to be the same. Try one!
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:48 am

I've assembled the base of the launcher, but not added the bright shiny bits yet.

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I think it's going to need its fair share of filler, but should make a nice model in the end :pray:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby steve131 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:20 pm

Thanks for the reply Snapdragons cleared it up for me, Trumpeter site not working today ,so cant see any goodies, will try again later.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:20 am

The first of the cabinets (for want of a better word) is largely replaced with a large etched part. This involves some fairly extreme surgery.

Here is the cabinet dry fitted together. It took a lot of fettling to get it to fit properly. It's an awful moulding. Probably the worst part of the kit.

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This is the cabinet after being viciously attacked with a razor saw, knife and sanding sticks.

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And this is the etched part that was a bit of a devil to fold and glue. Lots of super glue, and a fair helping of gel superglue to get it to stay together and fill the gaps !!

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Will it fit ? Tune in for the next exciting episode of "How to spend more on the Upgrade than the kit, and still make a botch of it !!"
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:55 pm

Nobody interested then :think: :think: :think:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby chill » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:09 pm

Looking good maybe Paul can assist with supply of glue from the super variety
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Gundog » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:16 pm

I Like the advice on the glue tube Mark. "Keep out of the reach of children". There's a few models on this forum that could have benefitted from that :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:59 am

Well, amazingly, it does all fit together :o

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You can see there was a good helping of filler needed on the back. There is actually quite a lot of internal detail on the inside of the doors, and door stays, etc. However, I shall fix the doors closed, so I shan't bother fitting any of those.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:38 am

Here's the first door in place. These are quite involved, so Ill show you how I did them later.

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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby steve131 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:53 pm

Excellent as ever :clap: shame you didn't use the internal parts.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:00 pm

Thanks Steve. The internal parts were door stays, the rubber seals, etc. other than that, the boxes are empty, and in don't fancy trying to find out what they look like inside and then scratch building all the interesting bits. I'll be happy with the model with closed doors :D

The carpet monster claimed it's first victim. The part at the top of the photo. I cut it, and it pinged, never to be seen again :angry-banghead: Luckily they are the same both sides, so I have a pattern......

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First, cut a few small bits of plasticard.

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Then add a couple of bits of thin rod.

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Drill a couple of holes......

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And finally add the handle. Simples !!!

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The glue marks are not as bad as they seem. It's just where the extra thin cement has made the surface shiny.
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Re: Trumpeter SA-2 Guided Missile

Postby Mark » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:09 pm

Here's how the raised ridges in the doors are done. There are half etched lines in the back. Put the door on a mouse mat, so similar softish material. The draw in the lines with a biro.

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It looks like this from the front. Unfortunately it all deforms a bit, so you have to bend it straight again :angry-banghead:

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Bend the radius over a file handle, drill bit, or similar.

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Then you can superglue it in place.
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