Right off the top I have to Say Thank You to Saluki who gave me the heads up to this Impressive little 2 complete model kit.
I purchased another of the Dragon 2-model kits earlier in this scale (1/144th) of the Bell X-1 and was disappointed as it was simply Way to small for MMX conversion. Saluki purchased one of the X-15 Dragon kits saying we should give it another look as it seamed like a MMX motor would fit.
I relented ordering the $14.50 kit (sort of expensive for 1/144th scale) with reservations but since I really Like the X-15 in all it's forms did it anyway.
The Good new is A: We get 2 complete models in these kits
B: They Are in fact Perfect for PMC Micro conversion! YEAH!
I am also very impressed with the quaility of these tiny but very well produced kits. All the tiny parts are very nicely modeled and molded in grey styrene plastic with engraved panel lines throughout.
One of the most interesting things has to be the fact the body Halves are produced as tubular sections rather the a top and bottom as in most plastic kits.
We'll look a bit closer at the parts. As always I've chosen to seperate the nose of the X-15 two body seams behind the cockpit. Some might want to use the provided centeral body seperation however I like having a bit more room for a recovery streamer so I solvent welded the body halves into one solid unit then carefully parted the seam in the new location.
To move the CG to the proper location 2.6g of Nose weight is needed in the nose and T2 shoulder so the cockpit tub,seat and dash were eliminated.
With two models to work with I'm doing the first one Wheels Up with the round blunt nose rather then trying to adapt the small aeroprobe to brass wire as was done on my 1/130th model. On the second Wheel & skids down model I may make an attempt at the nose probe alteration.
Sorry guys most of the construction pics are still in the camera along with several other PMC projects currently in the works. Just to Wet the imagination 1/144th F20 TigarShark, and F-14 Tomcats are also underway, along with a T3 Phoenix AIM-54C scratch scale.
Pics to follow.
Ps: the 1/144th Bell X-1's will end up being built as Static models to go along with the remainder of the flying 1/144th scale "Manned Space flight" series I'm building.