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    BiggTim reacted to Wolf Buddee in Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A   
    Hi Mark,
     
    Thanks for checking in. I cut the line so I could mount the hydraulic cylinder for the MLG door without obstruction. On that side the hydraulic lines ran straight behind the hydraulic cylinder. On the other side the lines, according to the photos I used as reference, ran down lower below the hydraulic cylinder. Those than ran higher ran behind the cylinder but it was easier to bend them enough to clear. I couldn’t tell you the gauge of wire, I knew someone would ask, but it came out of a length of insulated wire. I simply stripped the insulation and used the individual strands. I didn’t think of annealing it.
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
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    BiggTim reacted to airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    evening folks
     
    not had too much bench time strangely, but thought I would drop in with progress - most of my time has been building up a big PE fret of many, many parts..
     
    first up, I got a 3D printed console and made up a litho side panel - the details on this will be replaced by PE...
     

     
    Also made the sidewalls and added the doubler and the single stringer that runs fore and aft.. (though I made it too long, it stops at the Instrument panel but anyway..
     

     

     
    ..now to the PE - I have spent ages trying to find drawings and have a CD off ebay and the few manuals available, but they are mostly illustrations rather than schematics and really to do this properly you need a good dimensioned drawing..
     
    anyways - some of the stuff on here:
     
    floors
    radiators
    cockpit panels
    canopy panels
    canopy details
    bulkheads
    seat parts
    rudder pedals
    cowl flaps
    prop blade bosses
    exhaust parts
     
    ..basically months and months of parts if I had to make them traditionally.. take a look around
     

     
    I always print them so I can check they are sized correctly..
     
     

     

     

     
     
    ..here I can see I used the wrong fuselage template for the sides so these rear fuselage panels wouldn't fit properly.. (though they mount slightly forward of this position on the seat rails)..
     

     
    ..the radiator parts fit well..
     

     
    ..so these need to get off to PPD to be etched, but they are still in or recovering from lockdown so there will be a delay in production
     
    I also put a walkaround of all the parts and a 'how to' video on Patreon so folks can see how easy this all really is
     
    TTFN
    Peter
     
     
     
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    BiggTim reacted to airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    WIP photo test..
     

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    BiggTim reacted to airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    hey folks
     
     
    Hi Levier - that is what I thought, so that is what I have done for now
     
     
    Thanks Alain - yes, I saw the radiator is different and have started making up those shapes, once the PE arrives I can sort it out
     
    So while I wait for the PE, a few little things done..
     
    ..the big under fuselage airscoop needed a resin nose so I could hollow it out so this was thrown in a mould..
     

     
    ..then cast and starting to drill out the waste..
     

     
    ..and it's good enough to skin when the time comes..
     

     
    ..also the cowl was reshaped as the front opening was a bit too wide.. also added fake cowl flaps so I can get the positioning of the radiator and the rounding of the fuselage under them..
     

     
    and here my nice 3D fuselage front has been reworked, the centre spigot made bigger and the exhaust port openings made up..
     

     
    ..the 3D radiator was split in two and a spacer added to get the right width..
     

     
    ..that was then skinned in brass until the PE turns up..
     

     
    ..so now the spacing internally in the cowl is correct..
     

     
    ..the spinner was next, a backplate detail was made with rivet detail..
     

     
    ..this was then painted RLM 66 (hope thats right..)
     

     
    ..then rivets added and an alclad basecoat..
     

     
    and I decided for now to shoot the spinner black and wire wool it to see some of the rivet detail..
     

     
    ..for the blades, I scaled a good profile picture and looked at whether I could repurpose either the Hobbyboss or the 21st Century Toys blade to suit..
     

     
    ..decided on the Fw190D blade and stuck the profile to the blade and dremelled away the difference..
     

     
    ..and after finishing a master, I cast 3 more..
     

     
    ..and the prop is nearly finished - I still need to add all the PE parts at the base of each blade (pitch controls?) they are notched discs present on most blades..
     

     

     
    ..just waiting for the PE now before I can really get started..
     
    TTFN
    Peter
     
     
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    BiggTim reacted to Dave Williams in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    You’ll need to speak to a supervisor.....
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    BiggTim reacted to OldTroll in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    OMG - Is that a sleeping Norwegian Blue?  Is "The Lumberjack Song" next???
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    BiggTim reacted to chrish in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    Complaint department is down the hall, this is the argument department.
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    BiggTim reacted to europapete in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    "I wish to register a complaint!".........
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    BiggTim got a reaction from barkhorn in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    I honestly couldn't give a flying rat's ass about WNW anymore.
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Lud13 in P-47D Thunderbolt 1:32 Hasegawa   
    Looks darn good to me!!!
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Rick Griewski in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    Agreed.
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Rick Griewski in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    I honestly couldn't give a flying rat's ass about WNW anymore.
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    BiggTim reacted to chuck540z3 in Franz Stigler and Charles Brown   
    This topic was done very nicely at the June Model Contest at Nanton, Alberta.  I'm not sure who the modeler is, but he should be commended.
     
    Both pics below are courtesy of Vaughn MacPhail, who posted them on the Rocky Mountain Model Club Facebook page.
     

     

     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    BiggTim reacted to Mel in Franz Stigler and Charles Brown   
    Well guys, I don't know if this story has already been shared in the forum, if so, I apologize.
    I personally think it's a beautiful story
     
     

     
    The Charles Brown and Franz Stigler incident occurred on 20 December 1943, when, after a successful bomb run on Bremen, Charles 'Charlie' Brown's B-17 Flying Fortress (named" Ye Olde Pub ") was severely damaged by German fighters. Luftwaffe pilot and ace Franz Stigler was ordered to shoot down the crippled bomber, but instead, for humanitarian reasons, decided to allow the crew to fly back to their airfield in England.The two pilots met each other 40 years later after an extensive search by Charlie Brown and the friendship that the two developed lasted until their deaths several months apart.
    Brown's damaged bomber was spotted by Germans on the ground, including Franz Stigler, who was refueling and rearming at an airfield. He soon took off in his Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 (which had a .50 BMG slug embedded in the radiator which risked the engine overheating) and quickly caught up with Brown's plane. Through the damaged bomber's airframe Stigler was clearly able to see the injured and incapacitated crew. To the American pilot's surprise, Stigler did not open fire on the crippled bomber. Remembering the words of one of his commanding officers from Jagdgeschwader 27, Gustav Rödel, during his time fighting in North Africa, “You are fighter pilots first, last, always. If I ever hear of any of you shooting at someone in a parachute, I'll shoot you myself. "Stigler later commented," To me, it was just like they were in a parachute. I saw them and I couldn't shoot them down. "
     
     

     
     

     
    Between 1990 and 2008, Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler became close friends and remained so until their deaths within several months of each other in 2008.
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    BiggTim reacted to Lud13 in P-47D Thunderbolt 1:32 Hasegawa   
    few more...






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    BiggTim reacted to Lud13 in P-47D Thunderbolt 1:32 Hasegawa   
    Hello all
     
    This is my Hasegawa P-47D, built OOB with kit decals.
    Nice kit as uisual from Hasegawa. Iused Vallejo metal colors and varnishes.
    I know this markings where done to death but I always like the look of skull and bones on Thunderbolt.
    All in all could be better specially in weathering area ( will never learn that part obviously) but in the end I like the result...
     










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    BiggTim reacted to Basta in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    Rip WNW speculation. 
     
    We return you now to your regularly scheduled speculation, "When will X kit My Favorite Plane?" 
     
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    BiggTim reacted to Dave Williams in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    +1.  I don’t even care what the “real” story is, if there is one.  They are either going to continue to make kits or they aren’t.  I can live with either because I have no impact on the outcome.
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    BiggTim got a reaction from LSP_K2 in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
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    BiggTim got a reaction from LSP_Ron in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
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    BiggTim got a reaction from williamj in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
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    BiggTim got a reaction from williamj in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    I honestly couldn't give a flying rat's ass about WNW anymore.
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    BiggTim got a reaction from chrish in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
    I honestly couldn't give a flying rat's ass about WNW anymore.
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    BiggTim got a reaction from Radub in On The Bench, episode 85 "what happened to WNW"   
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