# Plastic Model Conversion (PMC) Gallery

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#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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After final detail hand paint, Decals and Pledge with Future the model is complete.
I decided to make a Clear Acrylic display stand using some Old 3/4" clear acrylic I had laying around and a piece of 1/2" Clear acrylic rod. After MC assembly all scratches and saw marks were sanded out and Polished to visually clear condition with sandpapers and Finessit-II (wet sand papers down to 8000 grit). Printed vinyl label with clear overcoat.

One of the hard things with PMC's it keeping them from getting damaged in transit to meeting or Contest launches. Here is what I came up with as an alternative to foam peanuts in a tote box or wrapping in bubble pack. both of which has not helped much in the past. This fitted styrofoam box was made with scrap 1/4", 1/2" and 1" Sheet Styrofoam with Aleene's "CLEAR" Tacky Glue & toothpicks as fasteners and centering pins. YES it took a little time to build but with the 1/8" oval Elastic band closer in place I can and HAVE thrown this box with model inside accross our meeting room landing on a hard deck without damage to the box or more importantly the model inside. These styrofoam boxes also allow me to STACK & Store a bunch of Finished models in a smaller space.

Hope this little trick helps outers with storage and transport of our PMC's.

#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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Next Up on the 13mm conversion list is a Tamiya #60011 1/100th Saab AJ-37 Viggen Delta wing Fighter. Originally planned as a Micro Maxx 1/100th scale PMC. Once open I dicovered a BT-5 could be used with a good bit on internal plastic removal. Making the nose separation point between the intake nozzles was a little tricky but also serves as a rotation stop for the cockpit Nose section. Doesn't leave a lot of room for chute and wadding but makes for a pretty neat little PMC.
To get the CG far enough forward I had to completely fill the cockpit/nose section and ended up using a single lead shot as the pilot's head and still had to add a bit more in the intake openings
Kit comes with some nice external store missiles but I had to add a couple custom pylons to use them all A very nice little (but Heavy) 13mm PMC.

#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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Way back on post #48 (01-18-2008) I showed and briefly discussed working on a micro maxx Patriot Missile fleet #MM-413 from the 1/48th scale Heller #81138 Patriot Missile Battery kit purchased in April of 2003. Yes I realize how long it took to get around to A: Completing the MMX Missile conversion and B: Figuring out HOW to convert the 1/48th Missile battery and transport into a WORKING MMX model Launcher/diorama but yes it's done now.
The Missile is painted in Proto type Red/white*& Black colors with decals & Markings custom printed.
Converting the 4 missile storage/transport stack to launch the single MMX size model was a challenge but fun. I lined the open end pod with Stainless steel tape, custom made a base block/ Launch rod holder with exhaust port and external micro Clips the hide under the rear trailer wheels. The entire model is Epoxy fixed to a real beach sand covered base board fitted with a 1/4-20 threaded insert that will attach to any camera tripod allowing the diorama to be tilted to elevate the launcher stack to nearly vertical or any angle the fits our RSO's request 30degs or up
Standard controller hook up screws are hidden recessed in the bottom of the base board.
Our Custom 1/8" thick acrylic dust cover attaches via 4 brass thumb screws allowing the model to be displayed without worry of grabby little fingers damaging the model before taking it out to the pad
Yes it took a very long while to work out the plan and get this Launcher/Diorama model done but I am quite please with the finished product.

Now to build something for it to shoot at

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#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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OH yeah! If we're going to launch a Patriot anti-missile missile I need something for it to aim at LOL!

This model was also purchased around the same time as the Patriot Missile battery back in 2003. and like the Patriot I just couldn't see building one without having the other to go along with it.
This is an ARII kit #A688-2400. @ $29.98. about the same as the patriot battery kit. Converting this missile was super simple. with a little internal grinding I could have installed a BT-20 body tube for Standard 18mm motor but the model is so light It would have been a one flight model. so I decided to make it a 13mm A10-3T powered model. Converting it's Transport/Erector/Launcher into a working 13mm motor launcher was another thing entirely. As a 13mm model the missile is fitted with wire "antenna Lugs" to fit a standard 1/8" stainless launch rod. As such I couldn't really mount the rod anywhere on the Transporter without destroying the overall look of the vehicle. So I decided to mount the Big Wheeled transporter on a beach sand base and fix the mobile launcher in the Up position then carefully thread a shortened 1/8" stainless launch rod beside the built-in blast deflector....After covering said plastic deflector with 2 layers of Stainless steel tape. Yes I know this will only work for perhaps 3 or 4 launches but that's about all I intend to fly this model from the launcher. I was surprised at how fast this particular model went together...particularly after sitting around for all this time. Painting and detailing were super easy as the Russians simply use a lot of Flat GREEN LOL! Masking all the window in the Transporter took more time then anything. The Diorama base is fitted with the same 1/4-20 brass threaded insert as was used on the Patriot battery diorama base with has the same hidden micro-clip connections and recessed controller contacts on the bottom. I have two Camera tripods so I can set up the Scud-B and the left side of the Launch Range with the Patriot Battery set up over on the far Right side. Have the Scud- B launched first then quickly switch over to the Patriot to "intercept" mode. Should be an interesting dual Launch. Our completed Scud-B R-17 Diorama has it's own 1/8" Acrylic fabricated cover which also attaches to the wooden base block with brass thumb screws. I've also made a black leather/velcro binder strap and over the top leather carrying handle to allow the combination of both models be carried out or stored as a single unit. This one was a great deal easier to convert and complete then the Patriot Missile Battery but I'm pretty happy with the way it came out also. #### Micromeister ##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter After detailing, decals and Matte clear UV resistant coating we're ready for the launch field. Flying on an A10-3T is little Scud-b can fly from a short 1/8" x 19" launch rod. That will help a bit with limiting rod whip Last edited: #### Micromeister ##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter Next Up is one of two Special Hobby X-15A-2 Models. Fleet #696 is their 1/32nd Kit #SH32033. kind of expensive at 58.08 but I wanted to see if it would fly on as small a motor as a D12-3? She's a bit of a beasty and required a good bit of nose weight to get the CP-CG right . So I may have to fly it with either an E9 or possibly go with a 24mm APCP motor which is against my religion! Was a fun build anyway once I made the decision on what size stuffer tube I wanted to use and how much of the Cast Resin parts would be included. I was very impressed with the detail given to the cockpit and instrument panel even though once the canopy is on and painted it is almost impossible to see without a flashlight and magnifier. I was also surprised at the amount of Cast Resin that had to be removed from the Cockpit tub to get the darn thing into the nose section. #### Attachments • 302.4 KB Views: 59 • 329.5 KB Views: 55 #### Micromeister ##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter Pre-painting & Nose weight #### Micromeister ##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter Another Model I've had under conversion for a number of years Fleet #697_ Douglas X3 Stilleto a Lindberg Kit #543 which I purchased 08-1997. Opened & started almost as soon as I bought it. I ran into a little problem.. How to seal in two 13mm motor mounts in an altered BT-60 stuffer with BT-50 Chute compartment. For YEARS the model sat waiting for a solution. recently I just thought I've got to finish this model....John just do it. if it works GREAT, if you screw it up it was only 6 bucks. As it turned out it is a real Pain to get the twin tubes together with the slide on Horizontal Stab in the way. After a lot of pushing and shoving I got the body halves to match up used Epoxy and CA to seal the Styrene. Used glue soaked tissue to seal the seal around the Twin BT-5's into an reduced BT-60 stuffer and fitted a centering BT-50. some of the photos will help explain what I'm saying. The kits one piece wing had to have the entire center section removed. To fix the wing halves to the fuselage cardboard supports had to be made. Once all this was done the rest just sort of fell into place. #### Micromeister ##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut TRF Lifetime Supporter TRF Supporter The other X-15A-2 my fleet #698 is Special Hobby 1/48th kit #48008, a little more reasonable at$28.28. This Scale X-15 I've been looking for since the Old Revell model from back in the 70's.

Back then I had no idea about CP-CG relationships, Cardboard cut-outs or swing tests. This one is going to be a great flying PMC on D12-3's. The conversion was pretty straight forward using a BT-50 stuffer/motor mount.
Finished with it's requred nose weight, 16" Red Flat Nylon Chute, Wadding and D12-3 is well within the max lift off mass for the motor.

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#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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Here's the last of the 1/48th X-15A-2 conversion photos.
just like the 1/32nd scale X-15A-2 the Cast Cockpit tub had to be greatly ground down to get the nose section halves to close without bulging, Even then the fit was anything but good. all body joint seams were filled, filed and sanded using Med. CA and glit-stick 1/4" sanding band sticks. Once all the unwanted seams were gone the Body Panel lines were re-scribed. Mask and painted Gloss Black, Decals applied then given a Matte UV clear coat of Krylon UV resistant clear #1309.

With the completion of this X-15 I now can fly an X-15 in 1/144th, 1/130th, 1/65th, 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/32 scales. powered by just about all motor sizes from 6mm MMX-II's to 24mm.

On to the next PMC Project.

#### Saluki

##### Well-Known Member
I know there's not to many do PMC rockets, but I know a lot of work goes into it.
My hat is off to you, for doing the hard work ahead of us who will
come in and build there own using your instructions. PMC is an art, and not everyone can
do it right. once again thanks.

Have any plans for a airfix 1/144 Saturn 1B or a X-wing?
I have been wondering if a X-Wing PMC could use the same method of putting the extra fins
for stability could be in between the wings like they did with the North Coast X-Wing.
Thanks again. Your post are always informing.

#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
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I know there's not to many do PMC rockets, but I know a lot of work goes into it.
My hat is off to you, for doing the hard work ahead of us who will
come in and build there own using your instructions. PMC is an art, and not everyone can
do it right. once again thanks.

Have any plans for a airfix 1/144 Saturn 1B or a X-wing?
I have been wondering if a X-Wing PMC could use the same method of putting the extra fins
for stability could be in between the wings like they did with the North Coast X-Wing.
Thanks again. Your post are always informing.
Yes! I have the AIRFIX 1/144th Saturn 1B currently in the que. Actually I've already done the tape Up but have SOOOOOOOOOOOO many other KEWL potential PMC models I'm having a hard time working on the Saturn 1B which I already have as the old Estes 4-C6 Scale model and the 1/200ths Saturn-1B from the MPC Men in Space collection....OBTW EVERYTHING in that 1/200th kit is very convertable..including the tiny LEM's

I've had an X-wing fighter in the pile for over 20years. I just haven't gotten around to converting it To be sure the X-wing has a few concern areas. Lots of Nose weight required but they do fly well once done. Just need a push to get around to converting it

Currently I'm working on two very interesting Jet conversions: a 1/72nd F4D SkyRay and a 1/72nd F-107A Ultra Sabre. Prehaps I'll try the Saturn-1B after that.

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