Trumpeter 1/48 JL-9- Family Resemblance

The airframe of the JL-9 is pretty much together. I left off the instrument coaming and nose cone so I could add more nose weight if needed. I’m using Liquid Gravity, which works great- but if you’re not careful it goes everywhere. So far the center of gravity is good, but I’ll need to test it one more time after adding a few more bits on the underside.

The fit of this model is very good, though I did have a tough time getting rid of the seams on the underside. There are a lot of bumps, lumps and panel lines, and sanding the seams away while still trying to preserve detail was a bit of a chore.

Overall though, this is an outstanding kit. I’m really enjoying it. You can really see its MiG-21 lineage. I guess you’d call the MiG-21 its grandfather, and the J-7/JJ-7 its father. It definitely has those familiar lines.

Almost ready for paint!

By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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