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#31 LSP_Kevin


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:57 PM

I can't believe what a good job you made of that instrument panel, Peter. It actually looks good!



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Posted 31 December 2016 - 12:47 AM

You doing this old kit justice for sure!

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 03:31 AM

You are definitely transforming this old kit! The cockpit looks especially effective.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:53 PM

Thanks Guys! :)

This update is later than planned, but this doesn't mean that nothing had happended in the meantime. ;)


The Dauntless got its first layer of primer.

I always use Revell 75, thinned with approximately30% laquer thinner, 15% white spirit and 15% turpentine.

It looked like this:




...but closer inspection revealed blemishes like this:




and this:



So that meant filling and sanding etc... until it looked like this:






The engine cowling was rescribed and the dive flaps were sanded as well:




After a final coat of grey, I decided to install the landing gear now, because it will have the same colour as the lower side.


Because the G-Factor gear legs are designed for the Trumpy kit, I had to improvise an attachment into the wheel wells.

On the original, the main gear is hinged on a long pivot at the rear of the legs, which is attached to the main spars of the wing.

A construction similar to the Fw190 and the P-51. The wheel well is just an empty void above the gear legs.


Well, not on this model! :D

I went for something not prototypical but sturdy:




Little boxes were made from little pieces of plastic strip to provide some strength here and to ensure easy alignment of the gear struts.


These were installed with super glue:




The alignment of the wheels was checked quickly and found to be OK:




The protruding foot of the tail wheel had to be sanded away from the fuselage because it did not correspond with the G-factor tail wheel fairing (by the way, the original hinges into the fuselage when loaded).

After that, the tail wheel leg was glued on with superglue.




Now a final coat of grey to blend everything in and off to the paint shop for some colour!







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#35 Shaka HI

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:31 AM

Fantastic progress!

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:04 AM

Nice work.




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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:13 PM

Looking great!!!!

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:31 PM

Terrific stuff, Peter.



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Posted 13 January 2017 - 09:47 PM

Coming along swimmingly indeed! Starting to look much more Dauntless like now.



Looking forward to paint 

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