Righty – Teeee - Ooooo – howdy folks……
Now I have whittled down SWMBA DIY list a bit (Still think she is adding more to this ) Plus with the nice weather lots of outdoor jobs getting ticked off - I have snuck in some time on my next project.
Oh I am such a sucker for big guns on a plane UHHHHHM Sweeeeettt
So a Desert Can Opener it is! Love the look of the Hurricane. Stick them big cannons under the wings just makes it look – well - more of a Pitbull IMO.
And I have always liked the desert colour scheme.
Okay the kit and bits
Also on top of these bits there is great reference here on LSP with PhillB and Ripaman – Which I will be uhhhmmm referencing (Steeling) quite a lot!!!
If I can get her to look halfway as amazing as these two have then I will be a very happy chappy! Plus I hope they don’t mind me borrowing their hard work.
Okay the Trump Brass expansion kit. There is a lot of it. I am no expert here, as all this detailing with Brass, Resin and scratchy bits is still very new to me! But on fist look the detail looks nice if a bit simple on some of it but then very detailed on others. Having used some of the Eduard stuff this feels quite industrial and thick.
One thing I have found very nice about it, is that Trump backed both sides with a thin clear plastic – like cling film – Now I am not sure if you are meant to take this off before use or not? But I am finding it very useful, especially on the little bits because you can cut them off with out the fear of them shooting into the hinterland and the waiting maw of the carpet monster! All bits intact and none missing YET!!! Finger crossed.
Lets get started with the front office. First up the armchair.
I cut this off and then given it a quick bath and scrub with an old toothbrush, it folded up quite easily. But either my inexperience or just cause the Brass is quit thick it was a bit of a bugger to stick! Also it seemed a bit flat and had some detail missing that I could see in my ref pictures. So to that end I added some starched sprue to the edges to try and give them a more rounded edge rather than flat. Plus punched some plastic discs and added some very thin plastic strips. The centre divot on the bottom is very shallow on the chair so using the thin end on my long scalpel handle pushed this out whilst the seat was resting on some thin foam giving it a bit more depth. The last bit added was a thin bit of leather that runs from the centre divot up the side. I couldn’t find any ref to this on any WW2 planes but it was very prominent on the refurbed plane. Thought it would add a bit of interest to the seat and the BIGGEST PLUS meant I got to eat a KitKat so I could use the thin foil. This got scrunched up then gently smoothed back out to try and give me a leather texture.
A brush over the edges and seams with Mr Surface 500 and a rub back to shape I am calling this bit done
Picture of my effort next to the kit one
Okay folks I am hoping that someone can help me with some info.
The Can Opener emblem that was painted on the side cowl. I have found several references to this, One off a cool YouTube film of them practising so this seems to be authentic but also have found the more neat version as well!?
Does anyone know if this emblem was changed over time and if so what time frame?
So for now I have drawn up both and I ask your opinions or if you know which one would be the correct one to use?
Okay - we are off and running back in a mo with some more