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Everything posted by BloorwestSiR

  1. We had a number of shops here in Toronto growing up that I would try to go to. - Rigby's was the closet to me. A 15 minute bike ride. Every year, they would bring their big display cases of finished models to the Ex. - Keith's Hobby Shop was further away but was a great, well stocked shop. One of the best at the time. - Leisure World was in the basement of a building in the downtown core, practically suurounded by office towers. Then there was Mr Gameways Ark, Northstar Hobbies, Dragon Hobbies and some smaller shops that specialized in Anime mo
  2. Near the top right of the Tamiya Japan page for the kit it says production pause. Just above the pics of the kit. https://www.tamiya.com/japan/products/60316/index.html Wonder what that means.
  3. I was planning to attend and then have the family join me on the weekend and make it a family trip. But the mandatory 2 week quarantine on return has kiboshed those plans. We can't quite afford a 3 week vacation. So it'll have to wait another year. Carl
  4. Now the fun began with the wiring. Upon installing the ignition harness and after checking several reference photos, I noticed that some of the wires thread through the metal cylinder head plates. Some go over and through, others under and through. It was a bit of a struggle to make sure I got them all oriented correctly. Here's the end results.
  5. Deciding that I should pay a bit more attention to the instructions, I noticed that I needed to assemble and paint the exhaust and intake stubs prior to joining the two cylinder banks together. Once dry, I installed them on the back of the front cylinder bank. The exhausts were installed onto the firewall at this time.
  6. Thanks folks! It's been fun making the small changes. There's still a couple more I need to make including the tailwheel fork. Meantime, I worked on the engine. The cylinder banks were painted with AK Extreme Metal Aluminum. I then masked them off for the grey crankcase. I repeated this with the pushrods. I drilled out and wired the ignition harness. Getting the holes centred was a bit of a pain.
  7. I just am email from DN that mine are on their way along with a custom project they did for me.
  8. I started on the changes to the fuselage that the plane had as it was built as a land based fighter. The tail hook was removed and the opening was covered over. In addition, the rear half of the tail wheel doors were fixed shut. Tamiya include the multipart doors so I used the closed option for the rear part. On the inside, it's even marked where to cut it. After cutting it apart, I glued it into place along with the rear fairing. After looking at some pics of what the cover for the hook opening looked like, I cut on
  9. Tom, here's the best I can do comparing the two. It's definitely not based on the kit seat and the seat pan is much shorter than the kit one. Edit: I decided to trim away some of the frames so here's a better comparison.
  10. I just received the new Resin2Detail Lancaster seat and it's stunning.
  11. I built their Jagdtiger in the same series as the Panzer III kits and it went together very nicely. This was OOB with nothing added. The price was great too, less than $40 CAD when I bought it. Carl
  12. Nice start on your cockpit Michael. I have the Eduard PE set but decided against it on my Corsair. I still have a few more in the stash so it won't go to waste. Carl
  13. I double checked that but the buckle is etched to fold a certain way. I just checked their Skyraider belt set and the buckles there are correctly made. So a minor goof up.
  14. Before I closed up the fuselage, I painted around the cockpit opening. This way it'll be easier to mask it off. Then it was time to close things up. While that dries, I can start on the engine.
  15. I finished off the IP and installed it in the cockpit. I then installed the rear bulkhead and seat, basically finishing the cockpit. I still need to add the gun sight and head rest.
  16. Using the HGW belts, I ran into an issue. The buckles for the shoulder straps (parts 6 & 7) are too small for the belts to thread through. Notching the belts helps but they look odd being narrower than the belt. With the way I'm planning to mount them in the cockpit it won't be too obvious.
  17. Time for an update. The cockpit really gave me a hard time, probably as a reminder for not having worked on planes for a bit. Mostly I had problems doing the detail painting until I realized I had finer brushes and remembered the magnifier in the corner of my bench. The HGW decals are thin but will fold on you if you look at them funny. With a drop of Tamiya Mark Fit Strong, they confirmed over the various switches and panels on the consoles and IP. I used a Prismacolor pencil to add some wear and chipping to the rudder pedals an
  18. I haven't been able to reset my password so don't have any access to the website. I've emailed them so hopefully they get back to me and let me know what I'm doing wrong. Carl Edit: just got a email from them and it's been sorted. I can surf their site again.
  19. Starting with the cockpit, I cleaned up the fuselage halves and lower centre wing section. There's a couple ejector pin marks and that's about it. Then I shot some interior green on those parts as well as the other cockpit parts. I've done some post shading as well. The tailwheel bay framing is also together. So far so good. I then started on the black for the panels.
  20. Here's the kit: A pic of the contents. There quite the mess as it seems I dumped the leftovers from my previous Corsair builds in here. Here's the plane I plan to do: For AM, I have Barracuda resin wheels, HGW belts and cockpit stencils, masks for the insignias and that's about it.
  21. Well it's been a while since I've worked on a plane kit, much less a GB. I burned out on planes after some spectacular recent fails and switched to other subjects. Mostly armour and cars but it was time for a plane again. So I picked my favourite prop- the Corsair. A few years ago Fundekals released a set called Whistling Death. One of the planes is a USMC F4U-1A called Blue Baron that has an unusual camo scheme possibly due to weathering and touch-ups. In either case, that's my subject. I'll be using the Tamiya kit with some AM besides the decals but nothing to crazy as t
  22. Dspiae makes the ones for Meng, that's for sure. I think some of the Wave ones are made in the same factory as the Trumpeter ones. Here's the Dspiae V3 on the left, V2 in the middle ( I re-ground the tip after it snapped so that it's usable if a bit stumpy) and the Trumpeter on the left. I also have a couple of the Wave bent cutters which are handy for tight spots. The rest of my cutters which include God Hand, Gunze, Tamiya and Wave.
  23. The Trumpeter ones work very well. I have a pair of those as well as the Dspiae V2 and V3. Whichever ones you get, don't drop them as the blades can shatter. Carl
  24. How do they compare in size? The Horizon kit was pretty big. When you do get around to the Horizon kit, try to get some sort of reinforcement into the main body. Mine kept collapsing under its own weight. It was my first vinyl kit I'd ever built. I had much better luck later on when I built the Screamin' 1/4 Boba Fett.
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