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Bruce Hunt

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  1. These have turned out so nicely I've sent you payment for both sets. B
  2. Nicely done, love it. Long one of my favorites. This is what happens when you get it wet
  3. Please forgive the puns. I'm a Luftwaffe guy and we seldom get such opportunities. So this subject is unusual for me. I intended it for a group build with my local IPMS chapter but that deadline came and went six months ago. Yes I am a speedy builder...not. Haven't built a Japanese subject in 30 years but I am used to disagreements about color (RLM what?) so I'm feeling reasonably comfortable. Here goes. ​My subject: Thierry Dekker's profile w/ some additions that I think are warranted: Mr. Dekker's profile is very nice but shows some license. I'm going to try to be a little more faithful to the photograph. So I'll be attempting a heavily weathered bare metal with a tighter but less proficiently sprayed mottle. I'm being a little lazy on this one; not going to do much in the way of scratch improvements. Rather I'm just throwing the available Photo Etch (Eduard Big Sin) and resin (Aires and Quickboost) at it. I always start with the front office. My research suggest that internal colors vary depending upon production period; early = aotaki, mid = dark blue grey, late = bare metal. I've gone with mid production but got a little too much green IMHO...oh well who can argue. The Aires cockpit set did not blow my skirt up. Usually they are large enough that you have to do a lot of carving to get them to fit, but not so here. The set is too small IMHO. I ended up cutting off many of the details and grafting them onto the kit parts. In most cases the resin detail wasn't any better than the styrene. I kept the resin sidewalls however as they were significantly better. The Eduard photo etch seat is a jewel and I can't say enough about Radu Brinzan's micro fiber belts. Paint is Tamiya with Vallejo for details. All the levers and knobs have been removed and replaced with my own. Since the radio can't really be seen, I just bent up the Eduard photo etch. It was easier to set in place than the Aires but since you can't see it the better representation of the resin was wasted. I used the Eduard pre-painted panel which I was reasonably pleased with. The weathered surfaces on the side walls were 'scuffed up' with a 'cool grey' Prismacolor pencil. Then the entire structure was pinwashed with Vallejo black wash and dry brushed with neutral grey. The fuselage can get closed up now and I can move on to some riveting and subtle surface distressing. While I was waiting for Radu to send my belts, I got some other sub assemblies done. The Big Sin set had a lot of photo etch to doll these up but the only parts I found useful were for the doors. The brake lines are lead free fly tying wire with True Detail fittings. Then on to the power egg. Again the Big Sin photo etch was IMHO useless. I did my own wiring harness and some additional minor details, the ones that can be seen anyway. As with the rest of the airplane, the structural rivets have been added and I've used Alclad as the base for the heavily oxidized aluminum. So there's my progress to date. The riveting and distressing will take a while so I won't have much more to post until that's well on it's way. Hope you enjoy and please don't hesitate to point this old Luftwaffe modeler in the right direction when needed. Alles Bestens. b
  4. Watching with great interest. Have just started one myself. Do you have a particular scheme in mind? b
  5. CyberHobby...yah, probably not appropriate in an Eduard build discussion. But I'm cheering you on regardless of where you start from.
  6. your well covers look great. In the decision to use tape, milliput or plastic, I used all three. The canvas itself is milliput, the zipper cover is tape and the stitching is sprue superglued onto tape.
  7. Thank you! It's Grey-Green. With no experience in this genre and with my research limited to the web and WNW instructions, I relied on WNW for color reference. The instructions call out Tamiya XF76 Gray Green (IJN). So I went with that. In fact, with the exception of the metalics, all the colors are Tamiya and mixed according to WNW. Oh, and oils for the wood effects of course.
  8. Remove the top wings from the sprue and look at them head on. The starboard wing is concave spanwise (IMHO as it should be), the port wing is convex spanwise and has a noticeable dip at the root. It also does not have the same camber as the starboard causing the starboard trailing edge to be lower. I first thought this was just warping from the tight boxing but further examination suggests they might be molded this way. Both my copies are the same and every online build shows it to one degree or another. I can't see this difference in the wings of either Mr. Jackson's replica or the museum piece so it makes no sense to me why they would have done it deliberately. When the 'Late' model comes out it will be interesting to see if it is the same. I'd definitely like to know if your example does not appear warped.
  9. Thank you Kevin. Yes, you may publish. I would be honored.
  10. Not only my first WNW but my first post here as well. This was quite a change from the Luftwaffe stuff I'm used to doing and I don't do much in 1/32. Although WNW could have me rethinking this. Excellent kit (guess they all are). Fun all the way through like a book you can't put down. One question for those of you who have built this one. What's the deal with the port upper wing? I was thinking it was warped but both this and the other unbuilt in my stash are the same. Furthermore every online build I've seen, that port wing has a hump in it. Period pics don't show it and I can't imagine it would fly if it was really that different from the starboard. I got some of it out of mine but not nearly enough I think. So here we go... hmmm...there seems to be some difficulty getting the full size images. Oh well I'll figure that out for next time. Don't have a fancy signature. guess I'll work on that next. Thanks for looking. b
  11. Very helpful and exciting to see yours coming along. I've started mine and confess to using your build to guide me. A couple of things I have noted with my build so far: That front bulkhead is supposed to slant backward, more than the tab an slot will allow. You'll see when you mate it to the fuselage. I cut the slot away completely and glued directly to the floorboard. The cabane structure has two pullies on the bottom for the rudder cables. It's much easier to rig if you drill the supplied holes all the way through the pullies before assembly.
  12. Outstanding work John. Thought about going that route until I looked at the prop on an Eduard 109. As long as you are in a casting mood...
  13. Don't let the spinner issues bog you down. You're doing a great job and I'm enjoying it immesely. Even if you get the spinner perfect, it won't look right on the cowl. This is because Trumpeter incorrectly molded everything with up-thrust when in fact there should be about one degree of down thrust. If you shim the top front of the cowl about .030 you will be amazed at how your corrected spinner suddenly looks right. The shim is simple but of course it will exaggerate the incorrect upward line of the exhausts. Here's a picture at the right angle if you don't already have it http://i919.photobucket.com/albums/ad32/BruceHunt/Discussions/Ju87A04f2565b.jpg~original Oh, BTW, since when is three months not a quick build???
  14. Let me start by saying nice work. Really enjoying the thread. I didn't want to start mine any time soon but you have inspired me to see if I can fix the nose. Secondly, I'm coming to the opinion that the easiest way to fix the spinner is to replace it. I can't seem to get enough of the curve out of mine. I've filled it and am turning it until it looks right...doesn't quite yet. Anyway I am dubbing this FrankenStuka...seasonally appropriate.
  15. Gentlemen, I wish someone would have contacted me via Hyperscale. The Buchvertrieb-AH is actually an eBay store http://stores.ebay.com/Buchvertrieb-AH?_rdc=1 that sells Luftwaffe manual CD reprints from the Anton Hafner Archive which you can buy directly from http://www.luftfahrt-archiv-hafner.de/ There is a significant amount of work to be done in the cockpit of the Silver-Wings Kit. They got it close but off enough that many things just didn't com out right. In the end I bit my lip and scratched the instrument panel and the rudder controls, modifying other components and lived with the misalignment imposed by the incorrect angles of the interior tubing. I really appreciate a couple of the photos posted here that I did not have. Specifically the top of cowl although I knew it was spit and the intake remained with the engine when the cowl was raised. There are many shots of the cowl up and the gap apparent. I knew also that the sway braces on the aux tank probably attached at the wing roots but I had no clear picture to tell me where. Thanks again for those. I enjoyed that kit quite a bit and I'd like to do another and address some of my omissions and compromises. It still embarrasses me that it should have been orange and not yellow....DOH! When the time comes to tackle the second one I will summon the courage to post the progress here. all the best b
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