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  1. Made a start on painting and assembling the cockpit: Made a false floor for it out of plastic paper. Still needs a few wires adding.
  2. Re-riveted and scribed the upper wing fuel tanks: Couldn’t face skinning the wing undersides, so I’m giving another technique a try; representing the wing rib cap protrusions with 0.6 mm Kabuki tape. I’ve sealed it with Klear, and will give it a couple of coats of primer when it’s all in place: The printed 20lb bombs turned out OK for a first attempt, but I think a bit more optimisation of the settings is needed. I painted them just to get a benchmark. Way better than the originals even as they are:
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    Vallejo Primer

    Yes, I use that as a light-duty seam filler - applied with a cocktail stick. What grade do you use a a primer? And what airbrush thinner do you use for it? Cheers!
  4. Always on the lookout for new materials etc, I got fed up of my usual method of priming - decanting Tamiya Spray primer into the airbrush and applying it in fine coats. Once dry it’s easy to flat/repair, and takes acrylic nicely. I thought Vallejo grey would at least save the decanting, because it’s in a bottle. It goes on well enough, but doesn’t seem to stick that well ( Tamiya tape sometimes lifts it), and it’s impossible to feather the edges of it - it’s a kind of rubbery consistency and peels off in rolls if you try to sand it. I realise they’re different types of paint, but I expected more of a primer, which by definition may need corrective work after application. comments? Alternatives? Stick to Tamiya?
  5. Scratched up a pair of machine guns from brass tube, and made a replacement crash pad out of plastic rod to replace the the moulded-in one I removed previously:
  6. Lower wing done - two halves: Edges secured with cyano - after much experimentation... Now for the ailerons. They’re saying it’ll be over by Christmas ...
  7. Decided to try the skinning on the ‘real’ wing - nothing ventured nothing gained. If it turns out badly in the end, I’ll buy another kit and try something else. Marking out: After flatting the tips (still work to be done there - it’s impossible to get the plastic to conform to a compound curve), and a coat of Vallejo primer: Now for the bottom wing...
  8. Fuselage scribing pretty much done: The sanded wing ribs didn’t look right - as if the ribs were about 200 mm wide. I thought I’d experiment with one of Harry Woodman’s favourite techniques - “skinning”, as featured in his classic plastic modelling book: I had some 0.1 mm Tamiya Pla Paper left over from my home made Tornado canopy, and a spare Airfix Gladiator upper wing: First job is to draw around the outline and pencil in the rib positions: Then lightly go over the lines with a ball-point pen. The tape is there to try and get a consistent edge to the riblets: You’re left with a fairly realistic looking wing skin: ...which is epoxied to the sanded, flat wing, with the edges being attached with poly cement: The excess paper edges are then sanded away and blended to the periphery of the wing. The result doesn’t look bad for a first attempt: Still undecided. It’s a risky process. I might experiment further with 0.6 mm strips of Tamiya tape overcoated with Mr. Surfacer instead.
  9. I’ve been experimenting with polished metal finishes for the forward fuselage. One of the latest “amazing, must-have, easy to use” systems is Xtreme metal from AK Interactive. I saw some reviews, so got the black base and polished aluminium. I did a test on an ancient Matchbox Mosquito nacelle. Tried it on bare plastic and Tamiya primed surfaces. I didn’t find it particularly easy to apply, and it didn’t look much like a polished surface to me. I then put some bare metal foil next to it, and applied some Klear, MicroSol and a spare decal: No contest; for me, if you want bare metal, use real bare metal. Next experiment is refining the bombs supplied in the kit: I opted to bin them becasue they are so crude, so I put them aside and filled the bomb rack holes under the port wing. Then I thought I’d see what they should look like, and found what I think is the right bomb in the WW2 Equipment Data website. I eventually decided to model the bomb in CAD, using the original diagrams as a guide within Fusion 360: A few details to add, and then it will be a good test for a resin 3D printer. If it can print this (at 8 mm overall length), it can print anything...
  10. Removed the ailerons, and flatted the fabric detail a bit off the upper wing. Plenty of filler required in that 3-piece assembly... The lower wing doesnt need much work - it has a very thin trailing edge. Just some bomb rack holes to fill. Made a start on re-scribing the fuselage. Also separated the elevators and dropped them a bit:
  11. more work on the cockpit - scratchbuilt some rudder pedals, and found a trim wheel, control column and throttle quadrant from the spares box. The belts look ok even though they are for WW2 Luftwaffe aircraft. Also added some stiffeners to the cockpit sides: Decided to remove the raised panel lines on the forward fuselage (top image). I’ll replace them with scribed lines which will ultimately make a panel line wash much easier.
  12. Made a start on the cockpit spaceframe, at least the bits that will be visible from the outside: Bit more work on the cockpit - spaceframe just needs detailing with scrap p/e and bits from the spares box: The upper wing is unusual in that it’s in three overlapping pieces. Seemed to fit ok so hopefully there will be no issues later: It needs thinning a bit, and I’ll probably split the ailerons to add a bit of interest.
  13. Experimented a bit with BMF. This is Matte Aluminium, I think the Chrome I’ve got on order might be better: Now to scratch build the cockpit from the spares box.. .
  14. Proper old school instructions (perfectly good): Of course, there’s a stand (which I might use, although the pilot is a bit of a blob): The engine is a highlight of the kit: Builds into something easily comparable with modern kits: Fuselage also looks good, it features different textures for the aluminium and fabric, fine raised panel lines, stitching and rivets: Most of the work will be improving the cockpit I think. Everything else is there, just needs a bit of refinement in places.
  15. The initial posts here are from another forum, still W.I.P. though. I'm trying a few new techniques on this one: I’m currently struggling with an atrocious Cyber Hobby Helldiver, so I decided to start this Classsic Airfix kit (1969) as some light relief. I picked it up at Telford last year for a few quid. Still a great moulding, particularly the engine and fuselage, it’s going to be re-released soon I believe: Decals are probably dead, so I got some new ones: Also got an instrument panel: Plan is to add a few small refinements, maybe bare metal foil for the forward fuselage, but keep it pretty much standard. Last time I built one of these was in the late ‘70’s, and I still remember it looked pretty good even unpainted.
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