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#1 Cap'n Wannabe

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:46 AM

Some years ago, a gentleman wandered into my work carrying a number of old vellum drawings under his arm.  He wanted to scan them on our large format printer, and I put my hand up for the job.  Turns out they were real gems of drawings - there were 9 original drawings of TAA liveries for different aircraft....3 x DC-3's, a Cessna 182, a Cessna 180 belonging to the Bureau or Mineral Resources, a DeHavilland Drover, a DC-6, a Bell 47J2, and the subject of this project, a Piper Aztec.  So naturally I made copies for me  :)

 

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The Aurora kit has painting guides engraved into the plastic, so the first thing to do was to fill them in.  They're not quite finished yet, but getting there..

 

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I also painted the cockpit/cabin in what I think are appropriate colours.  Meh, they'll do....although I'm going to paint the floor a shade or two darker, I think.

 

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 10:07 AM

Ahh the Aztec..the exception to the rule 'if it looks good, it will fly well'

It flew well!
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#3 Cap'n Wannabe

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 10:55 AM

Done a little more work on the Aztec today..
 
Firstly, I repainted the cockpit floor a darker blue, and drybrushed a bit of light gull grey over the top to give a little contrast.
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Next, I painted the interior colours - Gunze off white and light gull grey
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Finally, the instrument panel in Tamiya semi-gloss black and drybrused Gunze off white.
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Now I need to deaden the gloss on the seats, cockpit floor, and interior.  The thing is, I'm always having trouble with the Gunze clear coats - they always make the colours run.   Normally I thin them with laquer thinners....should I be spraying them neat?


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:01 PM

Last night I finished up the cockpit..
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The kit has some horrible sink marks in the side windows.  Luckily, they're on the inside, so all I have to do is sand them out.  Almost done one side.....I hate sanding!

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:41 PM

Looking good, Damo!

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:06 PM

Isnt that a little gem!  I like it.   I would absolutely LOVE a Cessna 182 in larger scale.   This lil guy is coming along swimmingly.   Model on! 



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 10:00 PM

Nice!


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#8 Cap'n Wannabe

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 01:37 AM

Just to give you an idea of what I'm up against...
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And here you can see the sink marks a bit better....I've started sanding the RH side windows.  The LH side is done for now - I sanded the marks off the inside, then separated the windows into individual pieces.  This will allow me to position them proud of the fuselage, then sand them flush.
 
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:35 PM

bummer about the clear bits, can you replace the side windows with sheet stock?


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 08:59 PM

bummer about the clear bits, can you replace the side windows with sheet stock?

I suppose I could, but they're thick enough that I can sand out the sink marks and still glue them in proud of the fuselage then sand them flush.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:38 PM

Almost done with the LH windows....they're still a touch proud of the fuselage, and need more cleanup, but they're looking good.....at least to my eye   ;)
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:39 AM

LH windows done, RH on the way.  I had a little difficulty positioning the RH windows because I sanded a little too much around the edges, so they fell through the openings.  Yes, I dropped all 3 windows at one time or another....but the carpet monster must've been on holiday..
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 12:47 PM

Don't forget the struts in the cockpit, the Aztec is a tubular steel fuselage with a skin wrapped around it to make is aerodynamical... damned things, I hate working on them. But there are two visible struts inside the windscreen. Picture off the web, copyright the photographers, the tubes would often have a leather padding wrapped around them to protect the pilots in a crash.

 

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