As I was enjoying a bit of a break during filling orders, I spent some time in one of my favourite Facebook scale modelling groups: IPMS UK USAF Special Interest Group. A great bunch of scale modellers specializing exclusively in USAF subjects; 91 members strong and growing. While chatting with members, It was "gently" suggested that a set of LAU-117 Maverick single launchers would be nice if "someone where to do it, hint, hint." Ha!, I took the hint loud and clear. In kind, I posted a teaser pic to get the guys going.
Well, I have been working away and I wanted to share some in-progress shots with you all. As always, I start from scratch using a Maverick from an A-10 kit for size, scale, reference. One of the most recognizable features of the LAU-117 is the prominent sway braces situated above the rail and data-link box located aft. When scratch-building, I always establish basic shapes first, then refine. For the missile rail, I used a spare piece of kit plastic, sanded and filed to the basic shape. I checked against the kit maverick and reference photos for proper scale. I slowly added small bits of strip and sheet styrene to establish the components.
At this stage, after creating the over-all launcher, I'll rely heavily on reference photos to add minute detail and finally refine my work. It's nearly complete, just a few hours to go till the master mold can be poured. Did you hear that Mr. St. Clair?" LOL! Check back for more updates here on the blog or the MH FB page. Additional photos below: