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  1. looking fabulous and that is some really helpful tips on staining - I have always struggled with it so will try this next time Peter
  2. Jeez - if it wasn't for the desk clutter, this could 100% be an F4U in the shop getting some wrenchtime.. ..looks real Jay, and that is that... incredible work and attention to detail and awe inspiring to watch develop Peter
  3. evening ladies a little more done... I had already asked Tim to print the gun cover parts before I thought there were no guns on my subject, so now i know there are, these were up next.. I had only 3D modelled the basic shape and knew they would need a lot of work to get in the right place and faired in on the model.. ..first, a lot of careful measurement & marking out.. ..then chopped out the upper cowl so the parts fitted and made up a jig with carbon rods to hold them at least parallel in one dimension - in the end the whole model was laid out over datum lines to make sure the covers were level in all 3 axis... ..CA'd in place and filler added... ..more fettling.. ..and done... fortunately these are painted black as they are in the anti glare panel, but I haven't figured out how all this area will be skinned with all the many panels, fasteners & rivets (some raised) in this area... ..with that done, it was time to get back in the cockpit - starting with adding some components to this sidewall... I hope to get both sidewalls finished and I might join them where they meet above the instrument panel (all done in a jig) so I can add the panel and cross bracing and then drop all that onto the fuselage floor / seat bulkhead.. ..with some components added, including the canopy winder and other bobbins.. ..then the seat frame which is quite recognisable.. ..started by drilling and filing some ali tubes to get the mount points that meet the bulkhead, and adding some micro rivets as seen in the photo.. ..the bend was added by ensuring the rods were parallel, taping together and clamping against a rounded block of card - I also fed fuse wire into the tubes so they didn't kink when bent.. ..then they were made to fit the mounts on Sta #5 and the floor.. ..to make sure I could add the rest of the structure, but at the same time ensure it still fitted where it should, I CA'd a block of card jig to hold everything exacty where it was while I added the remaining frames.. ..then the remaining framework was bent up and added and the jig carefully removed.. ..and a test fit of the seat to see how it all looks.. ..still a ton to do, but getting there slowly TTFN Peter
  4. Now then OBG, clearly Nowhere, Ga is the home of the galaxys best observers as I think you are right.. Having convinced myself of what I wanted to see, on closer inspection there is clearly another reflective line.. thanks for the corection - thats what I love about LSP Peter
  5. WOW! the bar just went up... A LOT.. that is some incredible work - flawless scratchbuilding & detailing and the paintwork is beyond exceptional.. quite breathtaking, thank you for sharing Peter
  6. Looks incredible Patrick - i know all those parts intimately and you are capturing them perfectly the seat cushion looks excellent - I wish I had added the text, but forgot to add it to the decal sheet I had made.. I need to look into printing my own too Peter
  7. this looks incredible, definately worth the effort in adding and I know one thing - when I grow up I want to be able to paint like you Peter
  8. evening folks & thank you got a bit more done, like finishing off the carb intake... ..this needs to be ever so slightly proud so that metal skins around it will sit flush with it - it will ultimately be painted as i can't really make it from metal and polish it (I did try..) ..this is done by marking the boundary with dyno tape and adding a very thin skim of P38 filler which is sanded down to the tape - hey presto, a great, proud edge to skin to.. ..the gun covers either side of this intake are being 3D printed, so in an idle moment I started on the gun breeches... ..these are PE and stock and are the Browning M2.. ..thankfully, very early in the build of the guns, I looked at my subject... ..now I did a couple of double takes, but there are no gun covers on that aircraft - just the central carb intake right? this is with the covers.. ..so that was news, and good news as skinning around all the humps & bumps would have been tricky.. it also meant I didn't need to make guns... ..as I wanted to get all the big ugly building on the fuselage done before I can start on the cockpit, I wanted to start the stabiliser.. ..I used plans to make my own drawing which was stuck to 2mm plastic card.. ..hopefully you can see the slots I need to cut in the leading edge to slide ribs onto.. ..the ribs were cut from thinner card and slotted into place and all the borders done in black sharpie so I can see where to sand to.. ..first gob of P38 filler.. ..after the first rough sand down to the rib outlines.. they are really only a guide.. ..final sand before final prime.. ..and the finished stabiliser - the intention being to cut away the front and some of the fuselage so they slot together.. ..working out the alignment... ..after dremelling away most of the 5 min epoxy in the joints.. ..and just in case you sit there thinking I don't regularly screw things up, this is the second time I had to chop it all apart, this time after filling & blending it, I noticed I just had it in entirely the wrong place - as you can see above, the elevator hingline should be a couple of mm behind the rudder hingeline - I had it waaay behind.. ..also notice the damaged tailwheel well walls where the CA impregnated foam is just too weak for handling.. ..finally in place and blended in - the filler acts as a base for the complicated one-piece metal fairing that goes around the joint.. ..also chopped away all the lower rear and rebuilt the tailwheel aperture with a sheet of formed plastic card.. ..the next thing to do before starting getting the cockpit together is the scalloped panels behind the rear cockpit glass... these were made from drawings interpreted from photo's and tape templates from the model itself.. ..I had read that these panels are NOT cockpit green, but olive drab (or camoflage colour if camo is used), so I painted them OD and added the pipe bases... ..and in place.. ..a dry fit of some components, the next stage of the build is figuring out how to detail the cockpit in a sequence that will work - a particular problem being the instrument panel, rudder pedals etc will need to be a free standing assembly coming off the floor I think as it's gonna be tricky to mount a crossmember to the sidewall carrying it all.. ..until next time.. TTFN Peter
  9. Thank you all Very kind words and I appreciate all of them Hey Mike - I hadn't noticed that - good spot! I prefer the look with the dorsal fin so glad I included it Thanks Ester - you guys are 100% behind anything to do with this model - grateful for all the help you all gave and one day would love to pay the shop a visit Hi Jay - no, not yet, but I do plan on entering it in this years IPMS Comp at Telford - now covid bought us a year I have this one 'in the bank' as it were Thanks Matt & Richard - not this time, Kev is working on so many books and the poor guy already has one of mine on the backlog so this one can only be seen in the home of Large Scale Planes @ LSP All the best everyone & thanks agin Peter
  10. well I can't believe I haven't updated this since February been so busy - I did finish the P51C Lopes Hope and have launched 18 new airscale products in the last few months so have not had much time at the bench at all.. ..that being said, I have done a few bits.. ..sorted out the fin from being a big slap of perspex, but only took one pic.. ..opened out the tailwheel well from the slot with a mounting tube in it that it was.. ..to the correctly shaped aperture by using a template, but didn't take a pic of that either.. so on to the nose - I had let in a bit of ali tube to provide the foundation of the carburettor intake atop the cowling.. ..turned out this was waaay to small in diameter, plus having found the drawing of the casting, it is also a complicated shape and very definately not round.. ..it has fluted fairings at the front, tucks up under itself and becomes squareish at the upper rear so is a bit of a handful to reproduce.. ..in the end I made a 3D one, but I don't know enough to do all the fairings so just took the basic shape as defined in a few axes by the drawing and will let filler do the rest.. ..chopped out the old one and after having airbrushed the insides interior green (should prolly be ZC but too late now) I masked the insides and let it into the fuselage.. ..bit more fettling... ..and with the fairing built up, the basic shape is there - I still need to make the whole casting area stand proud so I can skin up to it so will do that with more filler up to a dyno tape seam.. ..the next schoolboy error I needed to correct was the seat bulkhead... I had intended to just sheet over the hole in the bulkhead as I had seen this in some cockpit pics, but it turns out it should be open with the fuselage fuel tank behind it.. ..like this.. ..you can just see the tank, much like the P51 one I did, it's covered in some rough material, perhaps the rubber self sealing stuff.. ..so butchery ensued while I chopped out the hole and made up the tank blank from plan templates & hard foam.. ..also refined the top of the spine a bit by adding a bent litho angle part each side to accept skinning & glass much later.. ..bulkhead #5 prepared - the hole is painted green under the masking and with the tank in place you can't see anything about how rough it is inside.. ..and the finished tank, made by covering the blank with tissue & diluted PVA glue.. ..so a bit of a disordered update, but I should have a bit more time now so hope to be back soon TTFN Peter
  11. Hello again everyone Pleased to announce the launch of another new range of products which are availabe now Seatbelts for RAF, USAAF and Luftwaffe aircraft in both 1/32 and 1/24 priced at £6.95 and £7.25 RAF here USAAF here Luftwaffe here Simulated fabric & twill seat harnesses. Laser cut paper representing the straps & harnesses. Laser cut card representing the leather protective padding. Etched nickel silver and brass parts representing the buckles & hardware Assembly required ..here are details on the 1/24 sets for example.. Luftwaffe 1/24 RAF 1/24 and USAAF 1/24 I hope you like them Peter
  12. evening folks This set is now available Hope you like it Peter
  13. Well Jay, I feel your pain - I have been there many times when I made something from drawings and then found my subject was different - it is a disheartening feeling, but never irretrievable.. We all know your compromise-o-meter is set at a flat zero - anyone who builds an 18 cylinder radial, cylinder fin by cylinder fin and then adds all the anciliaries for 'fun' approaches their subject with the discipline of a nuclear scientist, so there is no situation where you can 'live with' something you know is not right, I 100% understand that However, in this case, I think there is a bright side. If I read you right, the only actual rework is the cooling flaps atop the cowl and much as it is painful to write off work, really this is the only casualty. The reason I think it's a good thing is that the rest is fixed by choosing another subject & here I have never favoured doing super well known subjects, they are a bit 'Disney' for me. While they obviously have a place in the model world, I think in our efforts to recreate the machines from our past, I would far rather look at a more esoteric, less well known, if not unknown subject. Hopefully you can refocus, and to be honest when my mojo gives, I just move onto another part of the airfame and come back to what was getting me down later. Ultimately everything needs building so the order can be played with a bit It doesn't help you, that I see it as a hidden bonus, but at least you know there are other perspectives on the problem All the best Peter
  14. funny when I look at this hopeful post from 2014 how many on the wishlist came to be, in fact lots in this thread came to be so maybe it is just a matter of time before we all get what we want Still missing a P51B/C which is probably the biggest modelling enigma of modern times.. Peter
  15. Good morning & Happy Easter Please to say the upgrade set for the Hobbyboss 1/18 Fw190-A8 is now available 1/18 Fw190-A8 @ £21.95 I hope it is a welcome addition Thanks Peter
  16. Hi everyone I have a bunch of new products coming out in the next few weeks and the first two are ready to order First up, Prop Logo's 1/24 @ £10.95 1/32 @ £9.95 1/48 @ £7.25 Each set includes: Individual Propeller manufacturer logos and specification decals in 1:48 scale are designed for kit, modified or scratch built models and represent many prop manufacturer logos found on piston powered WW2 military aircraft Suitable for both Allied & German aircraft, featuring manufacturers like Hamilton Standard, Rotol, DeHavilland, Curtiss, Aeroproducts and VDM. Each logo is separate on the decal sheet with a minimum of carrier film Fully illustrated instructions _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ...and also as our RAF set was one of the first sets we ever released, I wanted to remaster them with additional instruments and most importantly in full colour, these have come out really well.. 1/24 @ £8.25 1/32 @ £7.25 1/48 @ £6.25 Each set includes: Instrumentation as found in the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mosquito and common to most RAF types Instruments for flight control, navigation, engine, oxygen and ancillary management Each instrument is separate on the decal sheet with a minimum of carrier film Includes a small sheet of optically clear replacement simulated instrument glass Fully illustrated instructions I hope they are a welcome addition to our hobby Next week will see two more new releases in the 1/24 Harrier GR1 / 3 PE panel & decal set for the airfix kit and the 1/18 Fw190-A8 PE & Decal cockpit upgrade set for the Hobbyboss kit, shortly followed by a range of Seat Belts for RAF, USAAF & Luftwaffe aircraft in 1/32 & 1/24 busy times All the best Peter
  17. been meaning to drop in for weeks now and say how impressed I am Patrick, you are doing an incredible job here and for me it is like reliving my P51C build a big difference is I had the luxury of PE to make up loads of bits and you are just turning them out by hand which is waaay harder. The skinning & details look magnificent and I tell you this, once you start building using in metal you never go back... wonderful to watch Peter
  18. just mesmerising watching you do this Jay - every step is a lesson in mastering complexity and challenge It seems the Corsair is a very complicated aeroplane and with opening it's kimono like that you have 3 models worth of model on your hands Pretty much why I keep mine closed up now as I just can't take the work it involves or each one would take me years more than the years it already takes Inspirational stuff Peter
  19. Wonderful Chuck - everything just looks perfect, and what a moment getting that big hunk of detail safely onto the airframe I hate that time of year when your spring comes and you find other distractions - i am sure i speak for many when I say it leaves a vacuum around here.. looking forward to seeing it done and hearing about whats next Peter
  20. well, it's been a while this model sat in my cabinet for the last few years missing it's canopy parts and aerials, so this week I thought I would actually finish it first the hinged canopy panel was added to the lower cockpit - nothing complex, just some contact cement where it can't be seen ..then the side and upper panel, the upper has pins locating it into the side screen and then hinge parts and a little extension lock were added to the front.. ..and finally some aerial parts were added to the upper fuselage - here there is a white isolator with a fitting and a small post went into a pre-drilled hole to locate the aerial mast.. the fitting is a watch part with a 0.4mm hole drilled through it to accept the end of an aerial lead.. ..the post aerial was made by pressing some ali tube flat along part of it's length, cutting a micro-fine slit in the end and adding a tiny PE tag with a hole in it to accept the aerial lead.. I used EZ line for the lead itself.. ..this was fitted and some tiny tube painted white for the isolators before the whole thing was rigged.. ..and thats it - Lopes Hope 3rd is finally completely finished Thanks to everyone for coming along for the ride and I have posted an RFI here TTFN Peter
  21. Hi everyone, 4 years after I started this build, I have only just got around to adding the finishing touches and calling it done.. A bit of background: Lopes Hope is a P51C-5-NT that Aircorps Aviation in Minnesota have put back in the air. I was so blown away by the photographic records they kept and the absolute commitment to accuracy they employ that I wrote to them asking for more info about the airframe. I was stunned when their VP wrote back offering to share info, permission to use their photo's in my build log and any support I needed - starting a relationship that flourishes to this day. They are the same guys that host the Aircorps Library which is an incredible online resource offering for a nominal membership fee access to all the factory drawings and manuals for a range of seminal aircraft. Their notes on this P51 and why they chose it echo my own: "Lope's Hope 3rd was a P-51C flown by Lt. Donald Lopez. Donald and Lope's Hope 3rd served in the China-Burma-India theater with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Squadron. The 23rd Fighter Group was the descendent of the famous American Volunteer Group or Flying Tigers after the US entered the war. Lt. Lopez had 5 victories in China and went on to become a test pilot in the early years of the jet age. Later he was the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum until his death in 2008. Donald Lopez was instrumental in the construction and opening of the National Air and Space Museum. The original wartime Lope's Hope 3rd was a P51C-5-NT, Army Air Force Serial Number: 42-103585. The serial number information was just acquired through the generous contribution of pages from Lt. Lopez's war time log book by his granddaughter Laura Lopez. Normally a WWII fighter's serial number is easily determined by just looking at the tail number. Squadrons in almost every theater of operations number planes this way, but not in China. In China the 23rd Fighter Group's squadrons were assigned a block of numbers for differentiating their aircraft. The 75th squadron's block was 150- 199 (or to 200 depending on source). Lt. Lopez used 194 on both his P-40N s and on his P-51C , Lope's Hope 3rd. Without his log book it might have been impossible to figure out his Mustang's AAF serial number. Our restoration airframe is a P-51C-10NT Army Air Force Serial Number: 43-24907 , that remained in the continental US during WWII and was used for training purposes during and immediately after the war. The decision to paint her in Lt. Lopez's color scheme is intended to honor him and his service to his country in WWII and to aviation all his life." The model started as a 1/18 HpH Desktop GRP shell.. and 1,230 pictures and a lot of work later, it looks like this.. I really enjoyed this one... it spoilt me though, having every drawing of every part and great references from the restoration meant i could just build everything i saw in front of me - that collection of hundreds, if not thousands of parts resulted in I think my best model. It is certainly a more complex aeroplane than the Spitfire I made, for example the gear bays on this were about 3 - 4 months work, on the Spit a week or two, there is virtually nothing in it's bays I hope you enjoy it and all my thanks to Aircorps and everyone who chipped in with encouragement in my build thread until next time Peter
  22. amazing Jay - I knew you would nail this technique a couple more tips - if you are not already, always make holes before cutting out panels - it's so much easier when you have a lot of area to work with, rather than making up a panel detailing it and then making a hole. the other is get some 0000 wire wool so once the panel is finished & detailed, a gentle rub with wire wool deburrs everything and gives a great finish for painting - this can also be done on the model - just always work away from where you are holdingf the panel down or you can catch it and fold the panel back on yourself - tell me how I know... lastly always wipe the panel down with adhisive thinners as when you use the awl through tape, you actually cut loads of little tape discs which can either stay in the rivet depression or can mar the surface when burnishing the panel after rivetting to get rid of pillowing & quilting as you say, it is like real skinning, not only making it, but the look and feel of the finished result love how it's going Peter
  23. evening all Hi Jay - no sculrpting involved here, other than on a computer the toothed part is a photo-etch facsimile of the part on the aircorps curtis drawing - I could never hope to be that accurate in cutting & filing! been a bit fraught in the day job, so not much bench time - but did a few bits.. first the rudder pedals, seen here - note the raised writing and toe treadplate - another opportunity to cheat with PE ..I used brass tube for the support frame and assembled more PE parts to make up the pedals and brake cams.. ..times 2.. ..these were then primed, painted and assembled - the beam at the top is hidden by the panel, so didn't bother making up the true parts and just used some plastic channel.. ..next up my favourite part - the instrument panel - for me, this has always defined the quality of a model, I sort of look at the exterior, but evry time I look at models at shows, I go straight for the interior ..I made the panel from a few laminates - the rear backplate that holds the decal, a thin mid panel that has some of the dial interior bits & shapes on it (on the left) and the face panel on the right.. ..obviously with PE, the detail can be as good as you are as an artist.. ..the panels were painted - MRP supermatt blach for the face and rear, and NATO black for the mid-panel. Also seen here is the 'glass' which is cut from OHP acetate just like we supply in airscale sets and the decal.. ..the decal is an interesting one as I am still waiting on the ones I am having printed, but Ray at Fantasy Printshop sent me a test sample from a new computer printer he has (vs silk screen printing) - while some of the stuff is a bit blobby for me, curiously the panel dials came out really well so I thought I would try them - I can always change them later.. ..and with the laminates assembled and a few details added - when the proper decals for all the placards & labels arrive it will really pop.. ..still some tidying up to do, but you get the idea.. ..and thats it for a while - I am chancing some travel and going to the Carribean for a couple of weeks to get out of this damn $hitty weather TTFN Peter
  24. Hi everyone, We have an exciting range of new products coming in the next few months and I am pleased to release the first today These are Metallic Airframe Placards & Dataplates in scale Brass / Aluminium colours Available in the following scales: 1/24 @ £8.95 1/32 @ £7.95 1/48 @ £7.25 Available here Product Details Metallic Placards Individual airframe and engine placard decals produced using metallic inks for real brass & aluminium effect. Representing many manufacturer Dataplates found on engines and in aircraft serving in WW2. Suitable for both Allied & German aircraft, featuring manufacturers like Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Wright, Bell, Vought, Boeing, North American,Focke-Wulf, Junkers, Messerschmitt, Bosch, Bendix etc. I hope they are a welcome addition to our hobby We also have Prop Logo's, a remastered full colour RAF set, the HobbyBoss 1/18 Fw190 Cockpit Upgrade, 1/24 Harrier etched Panel, a brand new range of Seatbelts and even a 1/72 scale superset coming soon Thanks Peter
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