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OFFICIAL: The Night Shift Campaign
Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:10 PM GMT+7
Finally made a start on my FW190s, the cockpits went together pretty quickly, just need paint before I attach the colour photetch parts.

md72
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 04:28 AM GMT+7
Mike, looks like the rod and cover in your first try is accurate for an F6F-3N. The F6F-5N used the flat screen you ended up with.
Of course, I put the post style on what turns out to be a -5N Since I added the -3 rear window, I might get away with it...
mrockhill
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 03:34 AM GMT+7
The cockpit of my 1/72 F6f-5n is ready for paint now that Ive finished adding some details. My first step was to improve the pilot seat and bulkhead. In the seat I added a scap of .010 styrene sheet that is cutout to simulate the reinforcement across the lower back side. I also added a lever to the left side that I see in photos. I have no idea what it is or where it attaches but there it will go and should look the part. On the bulk head I rebuilt the "towel bar" with some stretch sprue and added some strips of Tamiya tape to simulate the harness ends going behind the seat. I also opened up the upright ends of the seatframe.

Next I decided to tackle the left side console with all of its levers. I added some razor saw cuts to the throttle quadrant hoping to catch some of the dark wash to come later. Some touch ups to the area were naturally required. I then drilled for the levers using a #80 bit.

For my levers I used stretched sprue that was glued into the holes, trimmed to length, bent into position and given a coat of tamiya extra thin to help them hold shape. To these I added blobs of micro kristal clear for the knobs and handles. A little tough to see here unpainted.

My next stop was to detail the dasboard which should have a radar display of sorts. So using the Squadron in action book on the Hellcat I fabbed up this display using a piece of .040 rod a 1.1mm punched disc of .020 sheet and stretched sprue.

I also took the opportunity to spruce up eduard's rubbish Mk.VIII gunsight. Instead of a semi shaped bit clear plastic theyve opted to give us a pillar of opaque grey to represent the combining glass and all(seen here on the unused alternate PE base dash piece). Using a razor saw and my trusty xacto I removed the glass portion leaving some side pieces to support a clear piece to be added later.

Naturally after I finished this effort I got a hold of this reference shot showing the nightfighter specific equipment

and another link with more details here
Great stuff for those interested the operation of US WWII night fighting radar. So I learned I actually had built a display for an earlier AN/APS-4 radar and not the proper AN/APS-6 which looks much less conspicuous. So Eduard's treatment, by adding nothing more than an orange circle on the instrument decal, is pretty fair in this scale. Still I needed to correct mine and add the control boxes to the cockpit, built and wired with scrap bits of styrene. OCD commands it.


Now for some paint, finally!!!
c4willy
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 11:44 PM GMT+7
Hi Mark super glue and kicker is my recommendation. Glue the harness to the ignition manifold hit it with kicker then let it cure for an hour or so. Then glue each individual lead down with a drop of super glue followed by a drop of kicker when in the correct place working systematically around the engine. Or alternatively drilling holes and using copper wire as per my harness on the 1/32nd scale Zero.
md72
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 06:30 PM GMT+7
OK, I'm at a difficult spot. Next up is wiring the engine.

Any sage words of advice? Multiple doses of 5 min epoxy, lotsa superglue?
rochaped
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:25 AM GMT+7
Tom,
Looking forward to see your build. Like iíve mentioned earlier, the Havoc family are great looking planes, and superb models have been made from that mould.

Cheers
Pedro
macotra4
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - 04:53 AM GMT+7
And some update on the insides. I did some research on the color used on interior and i came up with using two different ones: interior green and green zinc chromate.


mrockhill
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 09:32 AM GMT+7
I guess it's time to roll up the sleeves and get to work on this campaign. With such a wide variety of builds going on I dodont feel to bad bringing another F6F-5N into the fray, my selection being Eduard's 1/72 weekend edition. Most likely I will build as the 20mm cannon equipped box art subject of VMF(N)-542 on Okinawa may 1945. It will look nice on the shelf next to the 1/72 Zeroes I've been working on!

I have a couple quickboost goodies coming to spruce up the engine and the droptank. Also some seatbelts for the cockpit, which otherwise needs little improvment.

The sharp eyed will notice my phone says it's a balmy 9 degrees F (-13C) so there will be model building today and not much else!!!
PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 07:13 AM GMT+7
Pedro, great looking cockpit.

Meanwhile continuing with Mosquito. It's quite typical 1990's Tamiya: everything fall together nicely, but there are some design decisions I don't really like. Mainly decal seatbelts look quite bad. I hope canopy will restrict visibility (I'm doing this OOB)



rochaped
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Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 02:59 AM GMT+7
Hi Everyone,

a last update before painting the overall green...



glued the back on the engine nacelles to the wings so that the camouflage painting goes easier, and to do so i had to reorder the exhaust pipes construction steps.
Therefore removed the pipes and sanded the contours to a more in scale depth.


The pipes are glued to the buffers that will only be applied last




Seatbealts put in place (at last!).

The fuselage-wing joining was trouble free and almost no putty is required in all construction... very much what we expect from Tamiya engineering.

Next update will the the completed model.

Cheers
Pedro
rochaped
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Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 05:18 AM GMT+7
So I've got tired of waiting for the postman to deliver those darn PE seat belts and decided to go ahead with gluing all cockpit components followed by the kits's halves.
The seats aren't glued pending the missing seat belts to arrive.

This kit as been a lot of fun and also some learning, which definitely is what rocks my boat

Here's the usual pics


























looking at this photo became apparent that there is a seam line to be scrapped, not visible on the naked eye

Cheers
Pedro
rochaped
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Posted: Saturday, December 23, 2017 - 06:07 AM GMT+7
Ahah Bob, better late than never so get that beauty going!

Cheers
Pedro
Bigrip74
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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 03:07 PM GMT+7
I am back in swing on my F6F-5N finally.
rochaped
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 08:37 AM GMT+7
Just a quick post of a few engine photos from my Gekko build







Waiting for some PE seat belts to arrive so I can complete the cockpit and interiors. Will post progress then.

Cheers
Pedro
md72
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 05:45 PM GMT+7
Wow, I haven't commented since Nov 3, and the site has kicked this thread off of my "My Posts" list. I finished up my TBM and F-16C for a couple of other campaigns, so I can work on this, my ANZAC and maybe even finish up my hanger queen in the next 2 weeks.
rochaped
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 11:34 AM GMT+7
Thatís an excellent black widow Totem !

Congratulations on a fine work
TotemWolf
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 04:19 AM GMT+7
I'm calling this one done. I may build a base for it later next year, but that's for then.







rochaped
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Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 - 06:01 AM GMT+7
Hi all,

Nice to see a few projects underway and a couple new additions... I find the Havoc Night Fighter a very cool project indeed. Been years trying to find the A-20 1/48 in any of its several box/maker incarnations but never found one that was a fair deal...always too expensive.
By the way, that Myrt looks promising Chris.

Here goes a few photos of my Gekko as it is right now over my bench


















Other small parts are also painted but I just forgot to include them when I decided to get the camera.
It's the first time I use the "Aotake" hue, and found it the hardest shade to weather or to do some blending/degrades. The reason is because it is essentially a metallic color, and using it straight from the bottle makes the cockpit look to toy like to my taste.

Cheers
Pedro

c4willy
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 07:53 PM GMT+7
Okay I decided on the Hasegawa kit of the Nakajima C6N1-S in 1/48 scale. It's a nice simple kit with some good details which should build quite quickly. (Famous last words!) Parts have been removed from the sprues and painted in some cases but no assembly ... yet.

IMG_1548 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1547 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1546 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1544 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1541 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1540 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1539 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
macotra4
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
and i will join the campaign with a 1/48 P-70. I hope that i will be able to finish on time... at least one of all of them i am trying to finish..

md72
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 05:30 PM GMT+7
Finished the office on my F6F-3N. It's an Eduard ProfiPACK kit. And this is the most brass I've ever put into a plane.

I recently tried putting seat belts in another cockpit, and the free ends looked terrible. I noticed that they molded in the the bar the belts draped over. So I shaved it off and replaced it with a bit of wire. Then I bent the belts over the bar and glued them in place.



PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 04:19 AM GMT+7
I'm in with Tamiya's Mosquito NF Mk.II:



It's the radar equipped all black RS*B.
rochaped
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
No photos, all bench time going to a lot of PE parts in the wheel bays and cockpit.
Guess this part will be long and tedious, but worthy in the end iím sure.

Btw, this campaign needs more bumps, I mean with so many good modelers enlisted and some great subjects chosen, it should be more active.

Cheers
Pedro
rochaped
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 03:04 AM GMT+7
Time for me to jump aboard the night shift!

My entry is the venerable but outstanding Gekko late production from Tamiya in the quarter scale.

The kit has some few itens already glued, the top and bottom wing and one of the stabilizers. Also placed are the masks (wonder if the glue is still ok after 8 years or so...) and some putty on the inner fuselage holes. These will be a pain to smooth to surface.







will post ongoing photos during these next few months.

Cheers,
Pedro
TotemWolf
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 01:40 PM GMT+7
Well the first coat of paint/primer is on.




I used Vallejo Dunkelgrau primer purposely sprayed a little thin and mottled to give it a worn look. I will be adding black and as needed other grays to get it just the right look.