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#121 Bstarr3

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:37 AM

Thanks for the thumbs up, Harv.
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:40 AM

Cheers, Wolf. I appreciate the additional info. I remember looking at another build that had extended those coolant pipes past the front of the cylinder heads. They even used great little model car hose clamps. It was obviously for a different Merlin on a different plane. They plumbing and wiring differences on these engines between airframes is very confusing for the newbie researcher. Anyway, thanks for continuing to follow and weigh in. Your comments are much appreciated
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Posted 24 January 2018 - 03:02 AM

The other build you might be referring to is probably my Spitfire build. I scratch built the coolant elbows that came off the cylinder heads and was going to use the Model Car Garage hose clamps. I posted a pic showing that and then discovered photos that showed a completely different style of clamp and had to scratch build the correct style of clamp.

While the Merlins were very similar for the Mossie and the Spitfire the plumbing was very different. It took me a long time collecting pics and drawings for the Spitfire's engine and then I had to sort out what was original or restored. I wanted to get my details as correct as possible for a war time aircraft. Half the fun, for me anyways, is the research involved.

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:12 PM

Yeah, Wolf, I think that's the one.  I appreciate your input. 

 

I, for one, am still learning what it is I enjoy most about modelling.  This is the first time I've tried any significant detailing or scratchbuilding, beyond just wiring up a radial engine.  I do find poring over the research photos interesting, and the ingenuity of figuring out how exactly to model a detail with bits of wire and plastic is fun.  On the other hand, like I said, I really felt like I got in the weeds with these engines, and it felt good to finally say, "that's good enough" and go on to painting and weathering them, with the possibility of getting to the next page of the instructions somewhere in my future.  I think my future is probably going to look like this - some AM, some additional detailing, but not meticulously researched and painstakingly scratch built details like you do.  They're neat to watch in your build threads, but I don't think they're what I want to do with my hobby. 


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 05:19 PM

Brilliant looking work on the engines. I actually like the ignition wires using silk suture. Thanks for the tip
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 06:14 PM

Cheers, Tim.  Thanks go to those crazy Spaniards over at Mig. 0 size may be slightly out of scale.  If I try this again, I might go with 2-0 instead, or use something with a tighter weave, like Vicryl. 


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 06:52 PM

More updates today.  I have all the fiddly bits attached to the port (detailed) engine, and am ready to assemble it into the nacelle. 

Here is the nacelle, which I painted in Vallejo Metal Color aluminum, and post shaded with some MMP burnt iron. 

 

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The instructions call for this part to be flat brown.  I feel that I can see some wood grain in my reference photos, so I assumed that I was modelling a wooden structure and used the WNW oil paint technique to apply some wood grain.  Three layers of colors total - first Model Air Middlestone as a base, then a wash of raw umber to get some dark shadows, followed by a mixture of 70/30 burnt umber and burnt siena, thinned with lighter fluid for faster drying.  This was brushed on and then light brushing with a soft bristled flat brush after it had dried for a bit, until I acheived the grain texture I was after.  It looks better in person. 

 

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The exhausts were sprayed with Metal Color exhaust manifold, over black primer.  Then weathered with AK engine wash, and dark earth and rust pigments.  I wanted the rust to be almost imperceptible, and I think it is. I applied Tamiya black panel line wash to the exhaust openings.  I just picked up a bottle of this stuff, and am going to have to get it in other colors!  Big fan - very densely pigmented, flows beautifully.  Unlike some of the Mig and AK washes I've used though, it absolutely needs mineral spirits to clean, and dries pretty fast.  The other stuff can be removed with a dry qtip if you don't let it dry too thoroughly. 

 

Also evident, sadly, is just how invisible the ignition wiring that I worked so hard on is, once the exhaust stacks are glued on!

 

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And finally, the oil tank, weathered with AK engine wash and Tamiya black panel line wash, and a shot of the additional plumbing added to the underside of the engine.

 

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I have the parts for the other engine all painted up as well.  It was 1am when I finally called it last night, so I just had to stop at some point!  But it should be a fairly short amount of work to be finally, finally past the engine construction steps of this kit.  I'll post more when I have more.  Thanks for following. Comments/criticisms always welcome!


Edited by Bstarr3, 26 January 2018 - 06:56 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 07:05 PM

Great work!  The Tamiya Mossie has to go down as arguably one of the greatest aircraft kits in any scale.

 

Even when it gets late/early in the AM, when Im on a roll, Im on a roll, and usually end up hating having to stop at those points!


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 07:34 PM

One of the best exhaust finishes I’ve seen in a very long time bstarr3!!!
The transition from lighter to darker areas on the individual stack is smooth and gradual. Excellent work done buddy. Looking forward to having the engines attached to the wings
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 08:05 PM

Great job Brian! Your paint work is wonderful and really bringing the model to life. I particularly like the way you did your exhaust manifolds.

The brown on the cowl frames wasn't wood but a heavy woven fabric material, sort o' like burlap, that acted as an anti-chaffing pad to prevent metal on metal contact between the cowl panels and the frame. That said, judging by your photos, I wouldn't change anything you've done other than maybe painting the back side of the framework interior green.

Well done Sir!

Cheers,
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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:02 PM

Great work!  The Tamiya Mossie has to go down as arguably one of the greatest aircraft kits in any scale.

 

Even when it gets late/early in the AM, when Im on a roll, Im on a roll, and usually end up hating having to stop at those points.

I agree, Brian.  This is far and away the best kit I've ever worked on.  Number 2 is Tamiya's 1/48 P-47, which a lot of people regard as the best jug in any scale and some have called the best 1/48 scale kit, period. It's just a joy to work on Tamiya kits!


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:05 PM

One of the best exhaust finishes I’ve seen in a very long time bstarr3!!!
The transition from lighter to darker areas on the individual stack is smooth and gradual. Excellent work done buddy. Looking forward to having the engines attached to the wings
K

 

Karim, I'm honored at such high praise from someone with your skill level! I am very happy with the way the exhaust stacks came out.  The exhaust manifold paint doesn't quite look right fresh on, but it really pops to life with a little bit of weathering. I'll bet I'm looking forward to having the engines attached to the wings even more than you are.  :frantic:


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:10 PM

Great job Brian! Your paint work is wonderful and really bringing the model to life. I particularly like the way you did your exhaust manifolds.

The brown on the cowl frames wasn't wood but a heavy woven fabric material, sort o' like burlap, that acted as an anti-chaffing pad to prevent metal on metal contact between the cowl panels and the frame. That said, judging by your photos, I wouldn't change anything you've done other than maybe painting the back side of the framework interior green.

Well done Sir!

Cheers,
Wolf

Ah, Wolf.  Somehow, I knew that you'd be the one to tell me it wasn't wood. You know, I even thought of asking on here about it, but I just convinced myself that I saw wood on my reference photo and went with it.   :doh:  

 

Well, it's good to know what the actual purpose of that bit is, and thank you for the compliments on my paint work. Depending on how difficult it will be to get a smooth interior green over that layer of oil paint, I may try that or I may just leave it inaccurate. We'll see. The holes in that strip then represent screws attaching that fabric to the frame? Should they be metal color, or green?


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 03:03 AM

Hi Brian

The holes in the framework are where the cowl fasteners secure the cowl panels to the frame. Just leave 'em as holes. The anti-chaffing strips were secured to the framework with flush rivets. Those would be tricky to represent. I used small silver dots from an aftermarket decal sheet on my Spitfire.

As far as painting the back side of the framework interior green, I'd just mask off the front face and spray the green. Easy peasy eh?

Cheers,
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Posted 27 January 2018 - 04:12 PM

Thanks Wolf. I laid off last night but between naptimes today and later tonight I hope to make those corrections and get both nacelles completely finished. It will be nice to move on to another part of the project

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