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#61 Thunnus

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:15 PM

Good to know Brian!  I'm just stoked to have such a useful tool.  Wasn't cheap but it wasn't too expensive either.  It should pay for itself by the end of the year, based on decals/masks that I no longer have to buy.

 

On with the 262 build.  Having played with the Aires resin set for some time now, I feel fairly confident that I can make it work.  So now it's time to commit and start hacking at the kit plastic.  The resin cockpit/wheel well tub cannot fit until the molded details on the insides of the fuselage are removed so I'll start there.

 

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I use my Tamiya cutters to remove the bigger protrusions and then a stone grinding head on a Dremel to remove the ribs.  Coarse sandpaper is then used to even out the surface.

 

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Ok, that's done.  Once I get closer to attaching the resin tub to the fuselage, I may have to thin these areas but we can stop for now.

 

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I also have to remove the main landing gear boxes molded into the upper wings.

 

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Due to the depth of the resin box, I have to perform some thinning of the inner wing surfaces as well grinding down the height of the resin box.  So much so that I've broken through the roof of the resin box.  Not a big deal here since the main landing gear mounting hole is reinforced by big rib running north/south through the mount.

 

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Repeated iterations of sanding and dry-fitting get me closer to an acceptable fit.  The main thing here is to make sure that top and bottom wing halves close naturally without having the resin box increase the depth of the wing, which would result in a step at the wing root when the wings are attached to the fuselage.

 

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I also have to check to see if the wheel wells are oriented correctly within the wheel well opening and that the landing gear mounting holes are clear of the opening edges.

 

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Removals at the wing root of the fuselage are also necessary to allow the new boxes to fit unimpeded.

 

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You can see that my removals have poked through the surface of the wing root, I need to make sure this area is reinforced before any glue hits this area.  Note the sink mark caused by the big mounting tab on other side,  There are a few of these that need to be addressed.

 

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Slipping the wings onto the fuselage shows me that the new wheel boxes have been accommodated.  That's one piece of the puzzle.  The big cockpit/wheel well tub assembly is the bigger piece and I'll have to tackle that carefully.

 

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I can't make an accurate assessment of the fit with the resin pieces sliding around.  So I need to connect some parts together.  The tub and rear bulkhead is a smooth butt joint and can't be held together with Blu-Tack or tape.  So I am going to temporarily glue them together with white glue.  We'll let that dry before we continue.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:46 AM

After the resin tub and rear bulkhead were glued together, I tried another round of dry-fitting.  The main resin tub components seemed to fit without too much trouble.  I had to cut the ends off of the forward resin spar so that it would fit within the fuselage extension at the wing but other than that, it seemed to be a preliminary thumbs-up.  The view into the wheel wells represents the main attraction of this Aires set with lots of fine detail along all of the walls.  There are a bunch of other small parts... spars, braces and even resin wiring runs and I'll have to figure out the construction order (What do I paint first?  What do I glue in place first?).

 

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The cockpit tub doesn't contact the fuselage sides except at the sill so no thinning of the fuselage sides is necessary.

 

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That was a major effort so I breathed a sigh of relief and occupied myself with a smaller detail.  I'm going to cut the main landing gear legs down a few millimeters.  I haven't gone through the effort of gauging the actual stance of my 262 but I've read enough builds to trust this step will be ok.  If not, I always have the metal legs to fall back on.

 

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To give the legs some strength, I'm using brass tubing to reinforce the joint.

 

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Here are the cut-down plastic legs compared to the full length metal legs.

 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:00 AM

Great work so far!!
Cheers
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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:06 AM

Nice update!  Gald things are going together well.

 

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:40 AM

Well done! Looks like you're having a blast.

On the bench, on the shelf, Finished. Just take a look here:https://www.scalemat...te.php?id=17982

 


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 10:59 AM

That resin has some great details.

 

Sincerely,

Mark



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 03:14 PM

Well done! 



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:05 AM

Thanks guys!

 

I've added a few details to the landing gear legs before moving on.

 

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Jumping over to the instrument panel... Aires has provided a resin panel with a blank forward face and instrument housings and wiring on the back.  All of the wiring is pressed against the panel so I thought I'd add a few free-hanging wires to give the back of the panel some 3D detail. 

 

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I'll leave the new wires sticking straight out so that I can paint the other wires more easily.   I'll bend them into position when the IP is complete and ready to be installed.

 

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The front of the Aires instrument panel is dressed up with clear acetate with the instrument gauge detail printed in black sandwiched between the resin panel and a couple layers of brass.  I prefer this "older" approach to the decals and the pre-painted Eduard stuff.  Before spraying the back of the acetate with white paint to bring out the gauge detail, I selectively dabbed some red and blue onto the dials for some color.

 

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The instrument panel parts are given a coat of RLM 66.  I've picked out the instrument bezels in black.

 

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The painting is not quite finished but here's what the instrument panel face looks like.

 

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 04:21 AM

Great modeling, great photographs and great explanations of just about everything you do, which makes this the ideal WIP thread.  I have now become a fan of all your work!

 

Cheers,

Chuck


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Current Challenge:  1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk IXc

 

 

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:12 AM

Great modeling, great photographs and great explanations of just about everything you do, which makes this the ideal WIP thread.  I have now become a fan of all your work!

 

Cheers,

Chuck

 

Thank you Chuck!  Likewise on your builds... I gain lots of inspiration following your builds, not only for the subject matter but the presentation.  I really want to up my game on this aspect and builders like you are great examples to follow.

 

A little more work on the cockpit... I've finished the painting of the instrument panel by adding some color highlights around some of the bezels.  Are you impressed with the perfect circular rings of red, white and yellow?  Look to the upper left of the photo to see how I did it!

 

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I've attached the acetate to the PE instrument panel face using Alclad Aqua Gloss as a glue.  This gives me plenty of time to center the instruments in their dials.

 

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The back of the instrument panel has been painted as well.  The overall color is RLM 66 with the wiring either light grey or yellow.

 

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Some more of the small details in the cockpit before painting: the PE foot pedals and some wiring added to the resin control stick.

 

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:47 AM

Excellent work, John!

 

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:53 AM

Phew, mind blowing stuff.



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Posted 11 February 2018 - 09:30 AM

Great to see you didn’t forget the bolts on the oleo torque links!!
Cheers
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 11:59 AM

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Great tip.  Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Mark


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:51 PM

You're welcome Mark!  One nice thing about instrument panels that have holes where the dials are... you can punch masks to paint colored bezels neatly.


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