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#1 Sparzanza

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:02 PM

So now .. we begin. :)

 

Box art:

 

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Cartograf decals:

 

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Two different schemes to choose from, December 1940:

 

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Or July 1940:

 

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I'm leaning towards the December one at the moment.

 

Starting assembling the engine a little. It actually needed filler.. so that'll have to cure before I can continue:

 

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More to come later! :)



#2 Thomas Lund

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:07 PM

Gawd you are a machine. You'll be running out of 1/24 kit soon :-)

 

Looking forward to seeing you progress. I second the december spit, black/grey wing bottom looks great



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:11 PM

Gawd you are a machine. You'll be running out of 1/24 kit soon :-)

 

Looking forward to seeing you progress. I second the december spit, black/grey wing bottom looks great

 

Haha, running out of Airfix 1/24's at least! When that's done, Trumpeter's in line. ;) But as I recall it, Airfix made a Spitfire floatplane as well.. or was that Trumpeter, too? :0

 

Glad you agree with the December scheme, thanks for stopping by!



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:44 AM

Sanded the filler smooth, added another couple of pieces on top.. sanded them to get them to align properly.. and then I had to add even more filler. :) Oh joy. The tiny thing in the middle of the last picture is hell to remove flash from! But I managed:

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 05:49 PM

Starting to look like an engine now eh!

 

But alas. More problems with things simply not lining up. I'll get to that. I thought there'd be gaps at the exhausts once they were glued together as well, but as you can see all that it needed was some sanding. :) The one furthest back needed a little bit a filler though. Easypeasy. I also decided to glue all the hatches in the wings, simply because the "detail" (pfhaha) is not worth showing. Plus there'd be 16 of them in total... 4 on top of each wing, and 4 underneath. Eff that.

 

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Edited by Sparzanza, 13 October 2013 - 05:50 PM.


#6 Mal_Belford

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:29 PM

Allright,

 

In the workshop allready :D after finnished your Hurricane :D

 

 

You manage that engine real nice, looking good

 

 

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:53 PM

Sparz

Nice start on your Big Spit. After tackling the Hurricane, I thought you might need some R&R but alas, not to be. The Merline sure looks to be a model in itself with all the sanding and filler normally needed.

Keep 'em coming

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:53 PM

Thank you Mal & Peter for your comments! Indeed, no time for R&R! Like we'd say in Sweden - ingen ro & ingen rast! ;)

 

The left-hand side exhausts are now glued in place, and I have started working on the right-hand side. Just finished applying filler at the exhaust furthest back, in fact. And, since I'm so nice, I'll treat you all with a dryfit of the engine with the propeller in place! The propeller has sinkmarks at the back of each blade that will need filling. Oh joy ...

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:25 PM

Damn...

 

 

Fast forward moving progress and it shure looks good :D

 

 

/Mal



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:21 AM

Hello!
Sparzanza don't need R&R what he needs is more model airplanes.
Boris
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:29 PM

Nice work with the engine so far!

 

Wanna start one 1/24 too. :)

 

Håkan



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:25 AM

Thanks for stopping by, Håkan! :)

 

The engine is more or less complete now; I even sorted the problem with things not lining up. I also assembled the seat, armor plate, and instrument panel. I then proceeded to fill the sinkmarks at the back of each propeller blade. Still not a drop of paint though.. but it won't be long now.

 

 

... the pictures aren't uploading.

 

I now wish to do unspeakable things to Telenor employees. It involves removal of heads. :) I'll see what I can do.

 

With the net, that is.

 

EDIT: Uploading the pictures one by one seemed to do the trick for my slow net.

 

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Edited by Sparzanza, 15 October 2013 - 12:46 AM.

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:57 PM

looking good Sparzanza!

 

nice seeing these old Airfix super kits being built-up, imho they're great kits.

 

Just a word of caution, on my example I had some issues with the engine alignment affecting the fit of the cowls, you may want to do some trial fitting before actually gluing the engine in place. Some of this was due to how the supercharger assembly was glued to the engine proper (pretty sure I glued it on crooked), however I also used the cowls from an MPC issue on an Airfix airframe, so who knows that may have also contributed to the issue. The cowl fit was not good though, but after a lot of fitting and trimming and shimming they fit great now, so they can be made to work.

 

look forward to seeing this one progress!

 

cheers

 

greg v.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 11:53 PM

looking good Sparzanza!

 

nice seeing these old Airfix super kits being built-up, imho they're great kits.

 

Just a word of caution, on my example I had some issues with the engine alignment affecting the fit of the cowls, you may want to do some trial fitting before actually gluing the engine in place. Some of this was due to how the supercharger assembly was glued to the engine proper (pretty sure I glued it on crooked), however I also used the cowls from an MPC issue on an Airfix airframe, so who knows that may have also contributed to the issue. The cowl fit was not good though, but after a lot of fitting and trimming and shimming they fit great now, so they can be made to work.

 

look forward to seeing this one progress!

 

cheers

 

greg v.

 

Thanks for stopping by, gregv. :) And thank you for the heads-up! I will definitely keep an eye out for the fit issues you mention. As it stands now the cowlings fit nice-ish, although I should've followed the instructions and waited with the exhausts until the fuselage halves had been joined.. they don't fit too well between the engine.. erm.. cage. Things. I forgot the word for it. But yeah. A little violence does the trick!



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:36 AM

I absolutely loathe these ejector pin marks, flash things, or whatever they are.. sticking out at random places inside the cockpit.. they're thick and harder than concrete. My hobbyknife is too big and clumsy to remove them! I will have to switch a lot between the knife and some sandpaper to remove these. :(

 

The what I assume to be engine bearers had a terrible fit at the horse shoe item. The horse shoe actually broke when trying to glue the bearers in place... how about that.  On top of that, I'm not even sure the horse shoe is facing the right way, as the instructions said nothing of it. It is angled differently at each side. Lovely!

 

Other than that things are still moving forward, I guess...

 

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