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    zaxos345 got a reaction from chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    Really love it Chuck!! 
    John
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    zaxos345 reacted to chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    Thanks Rick for the tips!  Yes I do have it since I used the other gun-sight in my Spitfire build, but I'm not sure which one I'm going to use yet, because the kit resin one is pretty good too.   I also have some gun-sight parts from my P-51D build, so I will likely mix and match the best of each like you did.  FWIW, I've built one of these before in my P-38L build, but the front pad is much different.
     

     
     
    Thanks Matt and you are correct.  If you look at the second post on the prior page, I have the instructions for same and the correct mounting bracket, which is Part J21, which is also in this kit.  The instructions for this kit have omitted how to mount it, probably because you need to drill two small holes at the top of the instrument panel, to match the Mk II Tempest instrument panel.
     
    Thank you everyone else for your words of encouragement.  This build may be slow, but I think it will turn out pretty good if I keep plugging away.
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Amazing!!!!!!!!!
     
    John
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Simply... Awesome John!! 
     
    John
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    Amazing as always  Chuck!! 
     
    John
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    zaxos345 reacted to chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    June 14/20
     
    About 3 weeks ago I got up to Step 12, but it was time to start painting.  As mentioned earlier, I will show you how I paint and detail cockpits.  The first step after all the parts have been trimmed and cleaned up is to spray all cockpit parts with a gloss coat of black lacquer.  I’ve been doing this for may years for the following reasons.
     
    1. The gloss black finish reveals small imperfections like seam lines, which can be easily fixed this early in the build.
     
    2. Some of the cockpit parts are going to wind up black anyway.
     
    3. The gloss finish is perfect for applying small decals and placards.
     
    4.  The black causes shadow effects when other colors are sprayed over it.
     
    5.  The lacquer dries fast and harder than enamel, so small enamel imperfections can be wiped off with a little solvent.  Be careful though, because too much solvent and too much rubbing will also remove the lacquer.
     
    6.  I find that gloss black with a dull coat looks more natural than flat black, which is often too rough.
     
     
     
    So here’s the beginning, with all parts painted with Gloss Black Lacquer.  Note that some parts are not glued into place yet, for ease of painting, or different colors other than black and green.
     
     

     
     
    Next, black areas are masked off before spraying with RAF Interior Green, which is much greyer than USAAF Interior Green.  Other small parts are also painted separately with different colors.
     
     

     

     
     
    Gauge decals and placards are then applied to the gloss black, followed by Microsol to melt them into the fine detail of the cockpit parts.  The kit decals are better than I expected, but they do need many applications of Microsol to settle them down.  I added a few supplemental placards, courtesy of airscale.
     
     

     
     
    For the instrument panel which comes in 3 large decal parts, I cut out most of the small gauges into separate pieces to avoid decal film as much as possible.  I didn’t hit the very center of each gauge as much as I would have liked, because you can’t see the edges of the gauge until the decal has already settled down.  Too late!  To repair the decal would be a nightmare, so I left them as is, which isn’t that bad, especially from a distance.  All other switches and small details were picked out using silver and red paint as required.
     
     

     
     
    After the decals dried, I dry brushed a bit of silver to pick out some of the surface detail, then sprayed a coat of flat coat to dull the finish.  Finally, I placed a droplet of Future into each gauge, to bring the glossy glass look back.
     
     

     
     
    Some of the masking is tricky, like this steel colored tank behind the seat.  Oxygen?
     
     

     
     
    The central control stick and floor assembly should be fairly dirty, so I used Tamiya pastels and bit of sandpaper to replicate same.  Most of these parts are the kit resin supplements, which are much more detailed than the older kit parts.
     
     

     
     

     
     
    Pre-assembly, with the throttle dry fit only to avoid future breakage.  Until the seat it installed, this is about all you can glue together.
     
     

     
     
    The cockpit cage positioned on the fuselage walls, more or less where they will reside after final assembly.  Note that the flare holders (?) were picked out with silver and all of the gloss black was knocked down with a flat coat.  I applied a bit of a dark wash here and there to dirty up the other parts a bit.
     
     

     

     
     
    A dry-fit walk-around.  Note:  Most of the holes that the pins should fit into must be enlarged with a small drill.   Excuse the dust!
     
     

     

     

     

     
     
    No plumbing or electrical wiring yet, which will be minimal because this cockpit is quite busy without it.  Once I’m ready to glue the cockpit into place, I will figure out where these wires will start and end, so that fit isn’t an issue with tight tolerances.
     
     
    Cheer,
    Chuck
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    zaxos345 reacted to Jennings Heilig in VLR Mustangs   
    First, if you’re interested in VII Fighter Command P-51s, read this guy’s blog.  Excellent stuff!
     
    https://iwojimamodels.com/category/build-blogs/
     
    I’ve been looking at the VLR birds for a long time, and every time I see photos of them, I see things I hadn’t noticed before.  There is so much discussion and gnashing of teeth over what color(s) P-51D wheel wells were painted.  But according do two WWII era P-51 crew chiefs I’ve spoken with in the past, as well as a couple of current P-51 detail gurus, it turns out that most operational P-51s during the war used their factory supplied snap-in canvas wheel well liners most of the time!  Here you can see the canvas where it snapped around the upper part of the gear leg.  Iwo Jima is a volcanic island, and the dust kicked up there is highly abrasive, so any crew chief would do whatever he could to keep it out of the innards of his bird.  Notice how completely dull that drop tank is.  Not a hint of NMF shine on it.  I have to wonder if it was painted?
     
    Paul Fisher was considering making a set of these liners as a drop-in resin piece before his unfortunate loss.  I’ve got all the specs, including the markings that were painted on them.  How to get them done!??!?  Sure would save a lot of work detailing and painting those wheel wells!
     

     
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    zaxos345 reacted to Gelerth in [W] F-16C/CJ Block 50 - Tamiya 1:32   
    Sorry guys - Google Photos is quite unpredictable.
    I've replaced pictures to the ones posted on Scalemates - hope it's ok now.
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    zaxos345 reacted to Subodai in [W] F-16C/CJ Block 50 - Tamiya 1:32   
    Same no images for me either.
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    zaxos345 reacted to Dave Williams in [W] F-16C/CJ Block 50 - Tamiya 1:32   
    I don’t seen any photos.  Just empty outline boxes with some random alphanumeric characters in the upper left corner.
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    zaxos345 reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    I appreciate any and all comments, Pete!
     
    Just to show that the Silhouette Portrait is not infallible...

     
    The upper wing cross was a simple fix...

     
    The sawtooth correction was a little more involved.  First, I had to re-establish the RLM 76 base.  In order to equalize the new RLM 76 with the old, I put down a base of neutral grey underneath.  After the RLM 76 was applied over the neutral grey, the new masks with a smaller and tighter pattern of triangles was used.

     
    The result is a little less dramatic than the first attempt, which was the goal here.

     
    In preparation of the re-painting, I brilliantly thought to use the mask leftovers to protect the crosses. So that saved me a step or two!


     
    The sawtooth redux is complete.  As you can see, I've lowered the camo demarcation on the front end but have not started on the mottling yet.

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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    John, Awesome work!!!!! As always!
     
    John
     
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    zaxos345 reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Thanks Les but I really don't know any specifics about the prop construction other than they were primarily wood.  I know the wood props on the D-9 had metal plated leading edges so it quite possible that the VS9's were constructed the same way but I chose not to replicate this.
     
    I finally got the radiator flaps and cowling into place.  It took some force and fidgeting to get it to seat right.  The clear parts have also been glued into place.  


     
    With all of the forward fuselage components in place, I wanted to check to make sure the HD prop looks ok when mounted.



     
    The canopy frames were painted in RLM 66 Dark Grey from the outside.

     
    The cowling has been primed with Mr Surfacer 1200.  The painting process can now begin!



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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    John, Awesome work!!!!! As always!
     
    John
     
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    zaxos345 reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Again, I don't blame Z-M for all of this mess.  I think, with much more precision than I was able to muster, and a little luck, these fit problems could be avoided.  I personally am not a builder that incorporates too much internal detail in my builds and I think Z-M is gearing their kits toward those inclined.  It's all good... better to have choices and I applaud Z-M for bringing these subjects to the large scale format.
     
    Thanks for all of the supportive comments!  I've needed the encouragement on this build with all of the corrective work that I've had to do.  But I think I've reached a turning point on this build. After a few iterations of leveling out the bottom as much as I could, I've added the detail back onto the surface.  And it wasn't as difficult as I had feared.  The mix of different putties and plastic behaved fairly well under my rescribing tools and rivet wheel.


     
    It may not look like much but that little area of real estate has set me back about a month or so.  I feel pretty good about where the Tank fighter stands right now and can finally start moving on.
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    I will, for sure, pay close attention Chuck!!!!!
    John
     
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    zaxos345 reacted to chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    Thank you everyone!  This puts a little pressure on me which I need right now with all this pandemic.
     
     
     
    Thanks for the tip Will and I will pay close attention to that.  If anybody else has some tips for this kit, please let me know so that we can create a "how to" thread, which I like to do.
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    zaxos345 reacted to chuck540z3 in SH Tempest Mk V "Kicked Up A Notch". July 3- Fuselage Closed   
    April 28/20
     
    With my KH Harvard put away in my display case, it booted my poor Spitfire down to share a crowded shelf with my Eagle.  Oh well, that bright yellow sure looks good in there, but I really need to buy another display case, because I can’t just throw out the oldest model to make room like I used to.  These are all keepers from now on!
     
     

     
     
    My next project is the 1/32 Special Hobby Hawker Tempest Mk V kit, which comes with many extra bits like lots of resin, cloth seatbelts, masks and a few photo-etch parts.  For subject, I’m going with French Ace Pierre Clostermann’s “JF-E” of RAF No. 3 Squadron, Serial Number NV994, for a few reasons.  First, it has no black and white invasion stripes that I really don’t like and two, Pierre nick-named his ride “Le Grand Charles”, so I had no other choice!  There’s a good historical documentation of this aircraft here:
     
    Hawker Tempest "Le Grand Charles"
     
    And I think I will be doing this version of it post war with the red spinner, because it looks so cool.  Photo art courtesy of Eduard.
     
     

     
     
    I’ve read quite a few build threads about this kit and many have complained that a lot of the parts don’t fit properly, etc., but based upon so many absolutely beautiful Tempests created out there, it can’t be that bad.  Since I just built 2 Kitty Hawk models in a row, this kit can’t be any worse.
     
    Here’s a pic of the resin that comes with this kit, which is extensive with two sets of wheels/tires.
     

     
     
    And here is what I’ll be adding, although I’m not sure all of it, since the kit seat looks very nice already:
     
    #32234 Barracuda Nose Correction Set with Props
    #32124 Barracuda 4 Slot Wheels set
    #32141 Barracuda Intake Ring
    #32142 Barracuda Seat with Backpad
    #32239 CMK Exhaust Set
    #32122 Maketar Paint Masks for all insignias and other markings
    #232016 HGW Wet Transfer Decals (OOP!)
     
    I have two Barracuda noses, because for some reason the first ones were faulty and Roy Sutherland replaced them, free of charge.  Great products, great prices and great service!  Having used the HGW Wet Transfer Decals very successfully on my Spitfire Mk IX (#232001), I wanted to use the same product on this Tempest.  Well, low and behold, not only are they no longer made, but neither are the Spitfire’s!  If you can find any like I did grab them while you can, because I found that they worked great with zero decal film to worry about.
     
     

     
     
    Like most aircraft the first step is the painting and assembly of the cockpit parts, starting with the front fuselage halves.  Checking out the big parts, there is lots of rivet and panel line detail, but the finish is rough and a bit lumpy, while panel lines are a bit too wide and the rivet detail is not consistent. 
     
     

     
     
    Just like my Kitty Hawk kits, I decided to sand everything down, then re-scribe all panel lines and re-punch most of the rivets.  VERY time consuming, but I think it will be worth it in the end.  Here I have added a dark wash to show this new detail, which isn’t a fair comparison to the unaltered part on the right, but I think you can see how the panel lines in particular have tightened up and are much crisper.
     
     

     
    A few more angles.
     

     

     
    It looks like the big wings have similar issues, so I will be very busy and progress will be slow.  Summer is almost here as well, so this could be a very slooooow build, but as always, I’ll get ‘er done!
     
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    zaxos345 reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Thanks guys!
     
     
    I've been using a mixture of Tamiya Black, Brown and Dark Grey.  After the tires are painted, I start adding Tamiya Buff (or other light color) to the mixture that is already in the airbrush cup to gradually lighten the wear surfaces.  I apply the lighter shades unevenly, using perpendicular wipes of the airbrush across the wear surface of the tires.  Keeping the tires' flat finish, I stain the wear surfaces further using pastel washes.
     
    The Ta152H hasn't beaten me but I'm taking a slight breather from the battle.  I did get the tailwheel painted up though...

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    zaxos345 reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Thanks guys!  Obstacles have yet to be put in the rear view mirror but I'm working on it.  More detail work on the Ta152...
    I'm not going to deal with the Eduard Origami metal flaps and will simplify this build somewhat by using the kit flaps.  But first, I have to address the sink marks on the outside surface of the flaps.


     
    The molded ribs on the fabric covered control surfaces have been sanded down.

     
    I made wheel masks using an Olfa circle cutter.


     
    A few views of the painted Barracuda tires mounted on the SOW landing gear.  Hopefully, these pieces of resin convey the impression of metal and rubber.



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    zaxos345 got a reaction from chuck540z3 in KH T-6/Harvard Kicked Up A Notch: Apr 14/20: Finished!   
    Another masterpiece work Chuck!! You should be pround!!! 
     
    John
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    zaxos345 reacted to chuck540z3 in KH T-6/Harvard Kicked Up A Notch: Apr 14/20: Finished!   
    DONE!!  The ending of every build is super challenging, because that's when you attach all the little bits and complicated features that you left off due to fear of damage.  And then you stick them all on, after paint, which makes things even more complicated and full of risk.  Anyway, I will do a full write-up in the next day or two, but right now I have 4 teaser pics to show off.  I've decided that this model is going to a future model contest after all!
     

     
    I think I nailed the real look of the exhaust and heater pipe.  Excuse the dust, although the walkway is supposed to be a bit dirty.
     

     
    The rear flaps were a biatch to attach cleanly with no glue mess, but I managed to do it.
     

     
    And the antenna wire fought me every step of the way.  No wonder I don't build bi-planes with rigging.  Thankfully the wire on the real deal looks just like this:  Fairly tight, but also a bit wobbly.
     

     
    Later boys!  I will take proper pics of every angle in a day or two.
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Thunnus in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Another awesome build John!! 
    Congrats!!! 
     
    John
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Another awesome build John!! 
    Congrats!!! 
     
    John
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    zaxos345 got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Awesome work John!!!
     
    John
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