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#1 LSP_Kevin

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

I was scratching around trying to figure out what I could start working on while waiting on bits and pieces to finish various other projects, briefly toying with the idea of starting another vac kit after having such a blast with my first one. That build was an answer to one of my three main modelling resolutions for 2013; two weeks in and I've built a vac kit.
 
The second modelling resolution was to build a resin kit, so what better way to continue how I started than to pull one out and get going! I've chosen the XS-Models Hughes H-1 short-wing racer:
 
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Andreas from XS-Models sent me this kit to review, and I've been wanting to build it ever since. Most of my other resin kits are from Silver Wings, and there's no way I want to tackle a biplane for my first resin kit! (Or a resin kit for my first biplane, for that matter.)
 
The kit itself has all the major components in resin, with a bag of white metal parts, a PE fret and a couple of vacform canopies. There is also a couple of small decal sheets.
 
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The first thing to do is take all the resin parts out of their bags and give them a good scrub in warm soapy water:
 
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If you look carefully you can see some water still beading up on the parts, so I followed this up with a generous wipe-down with Windex (an ammonia-based window cleaner). Whether this is enough to remove all the mould-release agent, I guess we'll find out!
 
The parts are now ready for clean-up, which they need quite a bit of. I plan to test-assemble all the major components after that to get an idea of any potential hazards and pitfalls. But that's for the next update!
 
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 12:41 PM

After a vac, resin will be cake. 

 

BTW, cured resin is usually very chemically resistant.  Most of the time, you can get away with something harsh, like lacquer thinner, but I'd test it on some pour blocks before you commit.  Denatured alcohol is pretty harsh on styrene, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt the resin and it'll take any mold release off they may have used.


Can't wait to see how this one goes!

 

 

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

Cheers Kev, I am REALLY excited about this one!  The Hughes Racer is one of my all-time favorites.  Hope to one day own this kit!



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

Ah, the H-1. Lovely plane. I'll follow with great interest :)


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:00 PM

FRICKIN-A-YUM!!!!!!!

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

You're turning into quite the explorer Kev. I may have to start calling you Magellan. :)


Kevin

I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress: 1:24 Bf 109K-4, MiG-15, Soviet Ace, Fw 190F-8,

 

 

 

 


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

Kev

Holy Smokes ... a Hughes H-1 ... can't wait to see this one under way.

Keep 'em coming

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

Brilliant Kev, such an elegant plane too!!



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:43 PM

Nice....................Ill definitely be following this one!

 

Ive got several XS kits to build including their Pond racer, so Im anxious to see how they build up.

 

Cheers,



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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

This is one to watch. Thanks for sharing it.


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

IS IT DONE YET? IS IT DONE YET? IS IT DONE YET?


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

IS IT DONE YET? IS IT DONE YET? IS IT DONE YET?

 

Ha! Funny man. I'm still cleaning up the resin and test-fitting the parts (in between catching up on site updates and preparing to go back to work on Thursday). The casting is certainly not as crisp and flawless as that of Silver Wings for instance, and so far the fit is proving to be a bit agricultural, but taping parts together is not the same gluing them. The main challenge so far looks to be getting both the main wing assembly and its rear fairing part to fit into the fuselage cut-out happily. They each fit nicely enough on their own, but don't seem to get on so well when brought together.

 

I'll get some photos up a bit later on.

 

Thanks for you interest folks!

 

Kev



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:07 AM

That's the coolest one !

I take a seat too !

:popcorn:

 

In opposition to what my builds may show… Racers are my thing !

 

Started this one… loooong ago!  'stalled when I started to rebuild the wheel wells…

 

 

I completely agree with the casting… but it's still a very good starting base !!!

 

"My" engine was a bit crude and did not look very… hummm... :crying:

So I got my hands on two WB Twin Wasp Jr. sprues…

 

... You got me ? :coolio:

 

It should look 1000x better than the rough piece of resin of the kit!

One would just have to find a solution to attach it to the firewall.

 

An other option I went for is the very nice Vector R1830 …

(this one : http://www.martola.c...59/r_1830_style - nothing to do with the store, 'was just the first I found on the Net)

 

… with a few modifications (mainly crankcase if I remember right) may work, or look as a P&W Jr. - almost too much if you keep the cowls closed !

 

Anyway… I also have some documentation you might be interested in, Kev'…?

(photos, plans …)

 

;)

 



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:30 AM

I have never seen nor heard if this aircraft.. But I am curious so yep I have the middle seat and popcorn to see this one Kev.. Way to go!! Are WE. Done..are we there yet? Hehehe... :)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:37 PM

Great choice for a resin kit Kevin.  Looking to you to see how you go.  I still have a Mondex Fury that I so want to build but I'm way too chicken even though I dropped way too many $$$ at Expo for it a couple of years ago for it.  

 

Dan


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