|I'm almost done with my 1:15 scale X-15. This is the first model of the X-15 that I've built that's not the A2 or A3. This one will be finished as it appears hanging at the National Air and Space Museum in DC. At this point there's still the application of the silvering to make the model look just like steel. And the last thing I do is put on the fragile details like the pitot tubes and tail pipes.|
With each model I build I add more 3D printed/mastered parts. The next A2 that I'm currently working on will have a full cockpit and landing gear, I'm also working on a stand alone XLR-99 stripped of all the tiny tubes and wires so you can actually see the major components.
Two things are helping make this possible. I signed an agreement with Xtremeprototypes to use their CAD models created for their amazing X-15 flight sim. You can fly an entire mission and all the switches/systems are simmed.
I also got a copy of the XLR-99 engine manual and that has drawings and illustrations never seen befeore and I'm using that for the engine model.
I've created a 2D decal layout that covers about 80% of the model including the nose. I'm using a "trompe l'oeil" process for the textured chines. Once I have this really worked out I'll be able to offer the layout in 1:32 scale. You'll still need to put on a few rows of rivets, but not the entire model.