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#1 Wackyracer

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:51 AM

Here's my entry, first in progress work and GB on here so go easy please.
 
Hobbyboss as the main kit and canopy and filter from Hasegawa
 
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Selection of decals and masks (kit was second hand and decals missing from box)
 
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AM
 
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And reference
 
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And finally the aircraft
 
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#2 Wackyracer

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:54 AM

Started with the pit

 

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Yahu instrument panel

 

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Couple of hours work to assemble

 

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Engine built up just for alignment of prop and exhaust stubs

 

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#3 Kagemusha

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 10:15 AM

Nice choice!


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:37 PM

Nice stsrt on the HB Spit.
Looking forward to following your progress
Keep ‘em comin
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Trumpeter SBD-1

 

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 01:39 PM

I'll be following along on this one - great subject!

Malta is special to me - I have a little Maltese ancestry...
 

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And that's where my Grandmother, Rosetta, was born (known in the family as 'Rosetta from Valletta') :)

Iain
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Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:44 PM

This should be good, will be following this one.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 02:52 PM

Noice !!.......Harv :popcorn:


There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away
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Trump P-38M BACK ON BENCH FINISHED!!!
 


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 04:30 PM

Nice choice, in regards of the overpainting. Is there any evidence of that, order etc.? I would say that the surface was just faded by sun. But that is only me :) 

I will follow with interest

Cheers

Martin

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here is T-H , please note how the colours are blending together and judging by the shine of the surface it was fairly new paint job .

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249 Squadron Ta Quali, Malta


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Posted 25 December 2017 - 08:35 AM

Sunday afternoon bench time.

 

Gave the pit a coat of Mr Surfacer grey then Mr Paint Interior grey green. Instrument panel glued and dials filled with Microclear 

 

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Other bits of the pit painted

 

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PE belts installed

 

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Gun covers installed into top wing sections. Fit was nearly perfect on this kit. The Trop version although the same took some filing to get a neat join.

 

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Now the biggest challenge for me. Fitting the Hasegawa canopy to the kit. After a couple of hours head scratching I used the incorrect tail sections from my Trop build (the profile was almost a perfect match) to fashion 2 fill-in panels between the pit and the framework.

 

I jointed the fuselage with tape so I could see side to side and also width. The Hasegawa is about 1mm narrow but will 'spread' a touch.

 

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And with the canopy 

 

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Need to let the glue fully cure then I can in-tape the fuselage and refine the joins


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Posted 25 December 2017 - 12:52 PM

A flying start for sure!

 

Torben


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 07:48 AM

Great fix on the Windscreen!  That's really going to look excellent on there.

 Keep up the good work!  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

 

Paul


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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:55 PM

Nice bit of goodies for your build and a great progress on it too! 

 

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#13 Wackyracer

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 08:34 AM

Managed some more bench time.

Gave the pit some washes and filters

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Assembled the wings top and bottom

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Sorted the Quickboost replacement stabilisers

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Joined the fuselage and tested the wing joins. Each side had a small gap, so a shim of 0.2mm on one side and 0.3 on the other.

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Bottom join was almost perfect

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 08:35 AM

Then with the engine cowlings in place I grabbed the Hasegawa trop filter to see how it went. I was guessing the kit base would need fitting then the filter part grafted on but it was almost a perfect fit!

I chain drilled the front section to match the rest of the kit.

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Then test fitted

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Before committing to glue.

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Very happy with the outcome. With the canopy sorted and this it should be straightforward from now on.
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Posted 30 December 2017 - 10:49 AM

great progress looking forward to see more

 

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