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Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:06 PM UTC
Paul: Your build of the Mustang is really most enoyable! Landing gear bay is great with all this wiring and the wing improvement is awesome!

Thomas: Great work on this bad fitting butcher bird. I will remember Your solution of stretching the fuselage with sprues. Very nice idea!

Richard: Be careful with the fitting of the lower wing on Your Typhoon. You can avoid lots of sanding, when You glue it in correct. Mine wasn't! Hence more sanding is needed!

Chris: Nice choice! like to hear more about this kit!

Oliver
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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:00 PM UTC
okay guys I'm in with this kit the Airfix new mould Blenheim as a night fighter. It's a gorgeous little kit with heaps of detail I can't wait to build, so here we go!

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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
1/48 Fw 190 A(G)8 Revell/Dragon/Trimaster

After filling, sanding and a coat of primer over the cowling I'm here now...





Quite happy, much more useful now. Mybe still some minor touch up's.

Thomas
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 02:22 AM UTC

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I'm going to be waiting on paint and varnish drying on my current ship project for a few days so instead of twiddling my thumbs it's time to officially crack open the box on the Mk1 Hurricane from Airfix.

Im excited to start this one, the detail and molding looks to amazing.



It's a very nice kit Paul! I wish I had several more. You'll enjoy it. Really glad to see Airfix back in the game!

I hope to get started on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51D this weekend. We'll see...

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 01:55 AM UTC
I'm going to be waiting on paint and varnish drying on my current ship project for a few days so instead of twiddling my thumbs it's time to officially crack open the box on the Mk1 Hurricane from Airfix.

Im excited to start this one, the detail and molding looks to amazing.
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 02:05 PM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

Time for another update, continuing on with the landing gear bay.

I added break lines to the landing gear and installed them into the gear bay. The lines are 0.015" lead fly wire with fittings made from aluminum micro tubing. I like the effect these give, and it is a pretty simple addition to make.

The gear bay is now complete with the exception of the tires. I'll add those at the end, they are going to require some cleaning up to make them look good. The mold seams will need removed and likely the tread pattern redone with a micro saw.


The legs click into place with some pressure. The fit was so tight there seemed zero chance they would come loose but I glued them anyway to guarantee it won't collapse suddenly one day.


Brake lines added. I considered using micro-tubing for the upper and lower lengths which were not flexible on the real thing, but decided just to paint them silver with black for the flexible hose through the oleo scissors.


Decent view of the gear bay and all of the added wiring detail. I like how it came out, it looks much busier now.

One thing of note. I debated replacing the wheels with resin, but it was going to be tricky. Meng have molded the brake drums into the gear leg unlike most every other kit out there, which just have the legs and axles. This meant I'd either need to modify the resin wheels by removing the drums from each, or I'd have to conduct some surgery on the kit gear to remove the drums. In the end I decided to keep the build simple and go with the kit wheels. They aren't bad, they just are not as nice as the hollow wheels you can source from Eduard or Barracuda.

On to the wings...

I am happy with my putty work. A quick coat of primer showed almost no flaws.


The wings are nice and smooth now, with just a few panel lines remaining. I do need to correct the bottoms.

If you notice the five clusters of rivets in a line towards the rear edge, those will need filled. Meng molded the wing as a P-51D-25, meaning those are the mount locations for the HVAR rails that became standard with this version of the Mustang. It's honestly a nice touch, but I need to get rid of them as "Big Beautiful Doll" was a P-51D-20 and wouldn't have have the zero rail mounts. FYI, the kit does not include HVAR's, just the mount locations on the wings.


All those rivets are gone finally.


This was the only flaw I found. I'll need to sand this spot smooth so it doesn't show under paint. Easy fix.

I'm going to put the wings together and then do the final pass with filling and repairing the seams. It should be easy now that the majority of the putty work is done.

One last note while I am on the wings...

Meng did another small detail that really made me appreciate the detail they put into the kit. While I was hollowing out the gun barrels (so easy to do in this kit!) I noticed something I hadn't before: Meng molded the plumbing locations for the drop tanks.


Nicely done, Meng!

Adding plumbing to the drop tanks will be a snap. I am not aware of any other 1:48 Mustang that the kit manufacturer bothered to go to these lengths to include these little details that stand out. I don't know, I just found that to be a nice touch.

More to come soon. I should have the wings assembled this week.
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 02:31 AM UTC
1/48 Fw 190 A(G)8 Revell/Dragon/Trimaster

And again, as expected the fit is awful.
The cowling/fuselage connection is horrible! To join at least the upper and under portion (guns and wheel wells) and aligning the exhausts I had to use a trusty stick of a cotton bud to stretch the cowling. So there will be "only" gaps on both sides...



Thomas
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 01:51 PM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

@Terri - So far I am very happy with the kit, personally I think it is a big improvement over the older Tamiya and Hasegawa kits. They are nice, but Meng had close to 20 years to improve on them. I will get another but I'm curious to try the Airfix and Eduard offerings first. My only real criticism is the same as many others have noted, fit is good but the kit needs glue to get some areas perfect. That's not a black mark in my opinion, I for one don't get offended it isn't truely "glue free".

Anyway, as far as my progress goes. I added some wiring to the gear bay just to spruce it up a bit. A couple strands of copper wiring and some braided lengths as well to give it a busier appearance. I loosely based it on some googled photos of the gear bay. It's not remotely accurate to a rivet counter but I like the way it came out.


A splash of color and a little busier appearance now with the wires. Brackets were added from bare metal foil.

I will have the wings done tomorrow, I'll post some more pics after I shoot some primer to see how my putty work turned out.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:41 AM UTC
Wings are looking good Paul . Finally made a start on my and got the base colours on for the cockpit .

What do you think of the kit so far ?



Terri
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
First obstacle cleared! I successfully dremeled out the exhaust openings and cooling gills on my 1/72 Hasegawa fw 190! Now I suppose I should be filling them with some pipes but first I need to fit the resin AML wheel wells and make sure that will work out because if not Ive already chopped up the wing and I'll need to move on to a different kit.


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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 05:25 AM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

@Michael -I didn't completely fill the wing panel lines, just all of the rivets.

I used J. Heilig's diagram for P-51 wings to determine which ones to fill. It's easily found on the web but I'll re-post it here in case anyone wants it as a reference.


Credit and copyright to J.R. Heilig, as indicated.

As you can see, there will still be a few panel lines remaining. Meng covered the wings in rivets though, which would look nice on a plane whose wings had been stripped but I don't know if Big Beautiful Doll was one of those. It's possible but I chose to fill them as I wanted smooth wings.


After the first pass of sanding. I need to touch up a couple of the lines and re-putty.

I used Tamiya Basic Putty thinned down with lacquer thinner for the fill work. It was easier than Mr. Surfacer 500, which I tried and found too thick.

Anyway, that's where we are now. I will post some shots of the wheel wells next. I added some simple wiring to spruce them up a bit.
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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 04:39 AM UTC
Great point Michael. My experience on the F-16 is that the 'putty' was actually applied under the panels. They laid a bead of putty along the wing structure (stringers and ribs), then pressed the panels into place and held them in location with spring loaded pins, When the putty cured, they trimmed it flush to the adjacent skins. Then they removed the panel and trimmed the overflow putty with the edges of the structure. This left an upside down "T" shaped gasket between the panels. So that when they reassembled the skins and riveted or screwed them in place there was no gap between the panels.

So they could have done this on the gun access panels and kept a reasonably flush surface even with combat maintenance.
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Posted: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 02:53 AM UTC
Quite the putty job Paul! But I have a general Mustang related question. I know the wing seams on the real aircraft were puttied and painted to keep the airflow smooth, but would that have extended to the gun bay doors? The had to be opened for every mission to service and re-arm the guns. I just have a feeling that in front line combat units, they wouldn't have been re-puttied and painted every time that happened, and NAA would have recognized that and not done it to them either.

My 2 cents worth.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 02:30 PM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

On to the wings...

One day I hope someone molds the wings smooth for a change. Are you listening Eduard???


Got putty?
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Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 05:40 AM UTC

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Thomas: Nice progress. The bomb seems really big for the Focke Wulf. I guess the performance of the plane was bad carrying this bomb, and the pilot was glad to get rid of it.

Oliver



Thanks Oliver!
Yep, and now imagine 2 additional fuel tanks...
To compensate the weight they usually remove the cowling guns and/or at least a pair of the wing guns. And often they use only 1 fuel tank under the wing. But at the late wartime all versions were possible and mixed depending on the mission.

As for my build there is a major issue with the wing roots. Comparing my last post it wasn't easy to fit the wings. So there was no chance of fixing the wing roots on the fuselage before assembling the whole wing.
... and of course there is a huge gap on both sides

But instead of using amounts of putty I spreaded the fuselage with 2 styrene spacers to fit - turned out much better, just few putty should be enough.
Next step will be the cowling - first look shows a hard way too...


Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 05:55 AM UTC
Here is my entry for this campaign:-





I have a aftermarket set to go with this but have misplaced them
Antilles
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Posted: Friday, March 03, 2017 - 03:23 AM UTC
Thomas: Nice progress. The bomb seems really big for the Focke Wulf. I guess the performance of the plane was bad carrying this bomb, and the pilot was glad to get rid of it.

Oliver
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Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 06:04 AM UTC
1/48 Fw 190 A(G)8 Revell/Dragon/Trimaster

Well, some WIP-details&pics

This kit is quite nicely molded and has fine details on the surface but the fit isn't that good and fiddling.
Before glueing the wing halves together you have to fix the wheel wells and check carefully the alignment especially for the gun openings (had to be drilled for better shape) and front closure. So better you glue it step by step.
Also the empty shell chutes are closed and had to be cutted out.


Done the headrest/canopy-mechanism (4 parts, and added 2 additional struts from sprue). To align you have to use the canopy while glue them together for a correct fit later on.
Painted the (drilled out) exhausts, won't be much visible when cowling is on.
btw the cowling: 4+3 parts and a challenge to glue...


Some sub-assamblies : Wheels, struts and the 7-part SD/PC 1400 bomb.


Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 08:20 PM UTC

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Thomas, nice kick off! The pit looks good. It is always a pleasure to follow Your build!
Oliver



Herzlichen Dank, Oliver!
@ Mike: Thanks a lot for the kind words! Hope you'll wake up your Fw190 soon...

Nice progress here, guys.
Paul: great work on the Mustang-pit and sidewalls!

Robert Jan: nice choice and progress. It's a cool and not often seen aircraft.

Paul-KelticKnot; surely will follow that Hurricane-build as I have that in my stash as well from the "Ready for Battle"-kit.

Oliver: Very good start, will seriously follow your progress as the kit is on my wish list
btw: to get your avatar back/changed you have to click "save changes" very down on the "settings-modify profile"-site in the yellow ribbon.

... meanwhile doing some smaller things on the "Butcher", some bench-pics will be shown soon ...

Thomas
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 04:13 PM UTC
Meng 1:48 P-51D Mustang

I finished up the cockpit and closed the fuselage up. Next will need to decide to putty the wings or not.



I continue to be impressed by the little things in this build, such as the kit K-14 gunsight above. Typically I find kit gunsights are not much better than clear blobs with something resembling reflector lenses. Meng's gunsight has some very good detail. All I did with it was tape off the lens surfaces and add a spot of liquid mask to sides of the sunshade framing. A quick spray with the airbrush and some dry-brushing and you have a completely acceptable 1:48 K-14 reflector sight. Nicely done Meng!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 11:09 AM UTC

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Paul: The Airfix Hurricane is a wonderful choice. Please tell us more about this kit.

Oliver



Ive only had a peek into the box so far but it looks very good. Similar to your typhoon I imagine with a lot of interesting interior detail. This will be my first truly modern aircraft model and I hear good things about Airfix's new toolings.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 10:32 AM UTC
Robert Jan: The Fokker kit has really fine details and You are building and presenting it very nice!

Paul: The Airfix Hurricane is a wonderful choice. Please tell us more about this kit.

The inside of my Tiffy is mostly done. I just added some tamiya tape seat belts. The detailing of the inside is very nice in this kit, but, I am afraid, not much will be visible after closing the frame.




Oliver
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Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 01:48 AM UTC
I promised myself I'd enter more campaigns this year so once I finish the tiny New Orleans in the background I'll get going with Airfix's really nice looking Hurricane Mk1 in 48th scale.

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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 03:42 AM UTC
Nice indeed Robert Jan! Special Hobby kits can be tricky (I'm building their 1/32 P-39 right not) but they do interesting subjects and are generally worth the extra work.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 02:28 AM UTC
Progress so far the Fokker D.21. Like it very much. First time Special Hobbies, so will get some more...





More to come.

Regards,

Robert Jan