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  1. ericg

    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Glad you like it Bill. I have used the Gunze masking fluid, applied with a toothpick. I trace the codes and artwork using a mouse. I define points and then manipulate the lines rather than drawing around each shape. I am onto the finishing touches now. An important part of each build is the stance of the model. I epoxied the undercarriage legs legs into place to make sure that everything still lined up. I also attached the cowl flaps. Almost done. Still lots of small details and tidying up to do.
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    Tamiya F-15E

    Well done mate. I thought everyone said Tamiya kits just fall together? cheers, eric
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    Hobbyboss B-24: no turret fix in sight

    It looks like the join is over the top most clear panels. Why not just make a copy of the top of the turret with silicone, cast it in resin and then make a part from the resin cast that can be vac formed over to replace only the top of the turret? Cut the top off the original turret and replace it with the newly vac formed clear part. You might have to invest some time learning a new skill if you haven't vac formed before, but lets face it, if you are attempting a kit of this size that you want to look half decent then a small diversion away from just chucking plastic together and painting will be time well spent.
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    Hobbyboss B-24: no turret fix in sight

    Couldnt have said it any better myself. I try and do something different in each of my builds and try a new technique or method. I can garauntee that the pile of failures to get the perfect result quickly stack up, but persistence and innovation always win the day. With the advent of pre coloured resin instrument panels (Eduard ‘look’) and the prefabricated, ready to attach to the model wooden propellers, I think that genuine modelling skill is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Too many people don’t want to put in the effort, delaying building the model whilst they wait for someone else to essentially do it for them.
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    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Derek, nice spotting there and thank you very much for bringing it to my attention. I really appreciate it. It is of course wrong and I have removed the decal. Red Roo produce a small sheet of CAC logos which are correct that I coincidentally had ordered a couple of days ago as I messed up the port side logo, so as soon as they get here I will be applying them. I have continued the weathering process, applying a highly thinned dark brown mixed with flat clear to represent the significant exhaust staining down the side of the fuselage. I may apply some more and there is still a dark wash to pick out the detail but so far it is looking OK. I fabricated a new pitot tube as the kit supplied resin one will last a few minutes before breaking. I made it from 3 pieces of brass rod, pinned together The parts were then soldered together And were then cut and filed to shape. There is no competition here for strength that’s for sure. I have made it removable to make it easier to chuck this model in a box when it comes time to transport it.
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    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Thank you gents. Another small detail. I should have added this before I painted the model but I didn’t. I made the bracket that is attached to the top of the fin that the radio aerial wire is secured to from scrap photo etch brass. I finished scratch building the undercarriage legs, adding many small parts to add detail to them such as the brake lines from copper wire. painted with SMS Aluminium. I will paint the oleos and other details later.
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    Vacuum Chamber or Pressure pot?

    G’day Dan, i use a 10L paint pressure pot as a way to pressurise my resin casts as well as using it as a vacuum chamber to degas my silicone moulds. I had a thick piece of clear Perspex cut to fit over the top of the tank and plumbed it to accept a vacuum line attached to an air conditioning mechanics vacuum pump. This is the one that I purchased: https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/blackridge-blackridge-air-spray-gun-siphon-feed---paint-tank-10-litre/156470.html?cgid=SCA01050104#start=11 they have gone up a little in price since I got mine, and you dont need most of the stuff hanging off it. Super cheap usually have these in their sales though, so they do come down significantly in price if you are prepared to wait until the right time. hope that helps, Eric.
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    Hobbyboss B-24: no turret fix in sight

    How about instead of complaining about a lack of a fix coming, approach a reputable company and commission them to design and produce the fix that you so desire if you lack the skills to do it yourself?
  9. Will watch this one with interest. I know you built the SBU-1 as I did as well. Might be worth having a look at how far back the top wing is compared to photos. I shifted mine a fair way forward than where the kit has it.
  10. Wouldn’t mind getting this one, although I will wait and see for some better pics of the kit. Those ejection seats and undercarriage legs look a bit clunky.
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    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Cheers guys. Moving on to some of the smaller details. I added these before I painted the model but forgot to post an update. A small drain and vent were added to the area between the wheel bays. I opened up the panel that covers the ground power receptacle (bottom left of the Q) most of the pics that I have of these aircraft in theatre show it as being left off. I drilled a small hole in the spinner, I guess this is to allow access to a grease nipple on the prop hub. I had dry fitted the exhaust and found that it looked as if something was missing compared to photos. There is a small duct that comes off the rear of the exhaust and enters the fuselage. This was missed in the kit and I felt that it would look good to include it. The exhaust as I had it, ready to install. I made a duct from some plastic rod, heated and bent to shape. Also visible here is a small oval panel below and to the left of the exhaust which was missed in the kit that I scribed when I was working in that area. (There is a stencil data decal provided for it though) The modified and now complete exhaust ready to install. There will be lots of exhaust staining in this area as well as some burnt off paint on the panel around the exhaust, so it is only dry fitted at this stage. Glad I did this little mod.
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    B17G "D Day Doll"

    Looking great mate. Bring it to club?
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    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Thanks! I have started to add some different weathering effects now that the markings have been completed. The chipping on the wing roots needed to be toned down a bit, so I removed the tip of my airbrush and sprayed a lightened and thinned mix of SMS Forest Green around each of the chips. Removing the tip allows for very tight lines to be sprayed. The different colour green suggests fading and underlying primer. I will add a panel line wash as well as other effects to this area soon A good clear picture of a similar Boomerang from the same SQN shows the darkened panel aft of the exhaust running along the fuselage. This panel was metal unlike the rest of the fuselage which was wood. I masked it off and tinted it with Tamiya Smoke. I will add exhaust staining once closer to finishing the model. The machine gun ports were next, I sprayed the forest green around the 2 ports to simulate the white area having been cleaned and washed away and then sprayed the red doped area freehand to depict multiple applications of the protective dope. I outlined the forest green area with the Foliage Green. I had to adjust the white demarcation of the tail as I had it slightly wrong when I first sprayed it. Once that was complete, I applied the A number in the neatest but roughest way that I could to depict a field applied serial number. getting there. I am looking forward to applying the stencil data and bringing it all together with a panel line wash.
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    'Grace' type two-seat Spitfire in 1:32

    Well done Iain, love all the extra effort that has gone into this build. cheers, Eric
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    CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

    Thanks very much gents, I appreciate the comments. I always say that for the price of a couple of single engine Wing Nut kits that you will only end up stashing anyway, you can get something that you will use every build and that will make every build unique, freeing you up from the kit provided decal options. Do it, you won’t regret it! cheers, Eric.
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