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    MARU5137 got a reaction from ADP22 in Bf 109 E4 trop Trumpeter 1/32   
    Helll ADP22.
     

     
      That  is just OUTSTANDING  workmanship. 
     
    You did a FANTASTIC  job  to say you are a  vehicles man/modeller. 
    Skills are transferable  and Sir you have done an AWESOME  build.AND CHALLENGING for you no doubt,  but your model is STUNNING. 

    Looking forward to the base.
     

     

     
     
     
     
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    MARU5137 got a reaction from Antonio Argudo in 1/32 Revell P-51B Mustang "kitbash"   
    SUPERBLY started. 
     
    love the Mustang.  AMAZING .


     
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    MARU5137 got a reaction from Len Turner in Texan Returns to Texas   
    what an amazing  story and quite poignant  at that too.
     

     
    Thank you for posting it.
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    MARU5137 reacted to Len Turner in Texan Returns to Texas   
    T-6 tale with a happy ending...
    https://www.mnflyer.com/story/2020/07/01/news/back-in-the-family/1192.html
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    MARU5137 reacted to LSP_Kevin in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Those gear bays look like a bit of a challenge, Max, but I'm sure you'll triumph over them! For what it's worth, I took a similar approach when adapting CMK's resin Zero wheel bays for the old Revell kit.
     
    Kev
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    That's reassuring to know Kev, I'm sure with a bit of lateral thinking and artistic licence something acceptable can be achieved! 
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Thanks Andy. I’m going to treat painting the cockpit as a therapeutic activity but also decide what to do about the wheel wells so that I can then crack on with the wings, think it will be quite a milestone when they are glued up. 
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Thank you Ray, that really would be appreciated. I’ve read through John’s build; to be honest it’s way beyond what I have the skill or patience to do but there are nonetheless some really valuable nuggets of information and tips there which would be very useful to me. 
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    MARU5137 reacted to LSP_Ray in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Max, looking like great progress! I think I downloaded a copy of John's thread on ARC when it was first done and made it into a Word doc. If you want I can see if I can find it and e-mail you a copy. I included all the pics and included only the pertinent posts so reads a lot easier than wading through pages of posts.
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    I’m going to put some primer on the stabilisers tomorrow Matt, that should show if my method worked! 
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    MARU5137 reacted to scvrobeson in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    I've always wondered about how to remove those little pips from the surface. That's what stopped me from finishing a Dynavector Wyvern, couldn't figure out how to remove those without putting little holes all over the surface.
     
     
    Matt 
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Thanks Jack.....err sorry.....Tom!!  Yes the cockpit really is a work of art, I can't begin to imagine how the master could have been made let alone the resin cast so cleanly, all a black art to me.  I just hope I can bring it to life with some careful painting!
     
    Thanks Brian!  The Lightning book is really excellent for colour photo references but it could all be lost in a "dark pit"! 
     
    All down to you my friend, and I'll try to do it justice.
     
    Yes, the missiles and pylons really are remarkably well formed.  Importantly the two halves of each missile are not moulded straight down the middle, one "half" is bigger than the other which shows great thought and planning from Frank Brown.  The fins are to be scratch built though again scale planes are provided so not too demanding.  I've been collecting references for the Red Top missiles, I understand the front domed head is clear on the real thing so I'll be trying to replicate that.  And you're right, I AM lucky to have the Echelon Lightning, see above! 
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    MARU5137 reacted to Alain Gadbois in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Nice work Max!
    Those missiles look surprisingly good for vacuform parts. 
    Obviously this kit was created with good references and also great skill in the vacuform medium.
    You're lucky to have one!
    I'm happy I have the Airfix 1/48 kit.
     
    Alain
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    MARU5137 reacted to Out2gtcha in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Its actually Max doing the work Tom
     
     
    But yes, I agree on the sentiment 100%! That really does look terrific
     
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    MARU5137 reacted to Uncarina in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    That cockpit pops Max! Great progress on all fronts.
     
    Cheers,  Tom
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    I've primed the cockpit and intend doing a base coat of Ocean Grey since my main reference book suggests that's about right:
     

     
    I must admit I'm really impressed with the Aries cockpit, the level of detail is marvellous and the mouldings so crisp, all accentuated once primed:
     



     
    And a teensy weensy bit of "proper" modelling with glue!  Horizontal stabilisers, tail fin and red top missile bodies and pylons.  You can just see in the first picture that all the parts are dotted with a rash of spots, these apparently help with the vacuum forming process but then of course have to be removed.  I've tried a couple of ways of doing this but the least invasive is a curved blade held at a shallow angle glided across the surface then a very light sanding.  The panel lines are light and easily lost:
     



     

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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Kind of tiptoeing right now Andy! I know so little about jets that I feel completely out of my depth! 
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    This is what I'm trying to achieve in the main wheel well:
     

     
    Getting there:
     



     
    Don't think I need to do much more though a coat of paint will show me more. As well as adapting the Aries resin I’ve made the wheel well opening that I cut smaller by adding a thin bead of plasticard in places.
     

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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Sanding the pips is not the problem, losing the already faint panel lines IS the problem! I’d rather not have to rescribe if I can help it, I’m rubbish at scribing. 
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    MARU5137 reacted to thierry laurent in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    If the plastic is thick enough, there is no problem sanding such pips out of a vacformed part. With thin vacformed parts, simply put some epoxy putty on the other side before sanding the pip. 
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    MARU5137 reacted to Mark_C in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Ted Taylor built up an Echelon Lightning some years ago.  In the build he said he sanded off the pips:
     
    http://tedtaylor.hobbyvista.com/82-echelon-lightning/page-82.html
     
     
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Thanks Ray for looking, that’s very kind of you. I’ve got John’s build on my reading list and Ted Taylor’s so I’ll probably be OK. 
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    MARU5137 reacted to LSP_Ray in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Max, I went through the usb stick I brought with me that was supposed to be a backup of my modeling info from my desktop. Unfortunately, the Lightning build wasn't on it.
    I must have it archived in my desk somewhere, 1500 miles away. Wont be back till June (virus permitting). Sorry.
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    MARU5137 reacted to Alain Gadbois in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Keep your mind young Max! 
     
    Alain
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    MARU5137 reacted to mozart in EE Lightning - Echelon vacuform   
    Hmmm, work of art or a plane crash mebbe! I was dreaming about the Lightning last night and came up with a solution to a bit of scratch-building that awaits me. It reminded me of my student days on my art course learning about the creative process: investigation - incubation - INSPIRATION!  
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