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    Chasing my kids, gym rat, making my wife laugh. Steelers, Penguins, Cheesesteak/With and bottle of Iron. Single malt and maduro.

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  1. This worked for me: MRP 122 RAF Yellow, MRP 183 Oxford Blue, MRP 123 RAF Red. I read (i forget the source) the MRP 124 RAF Blue is early war. Late war RAF blue is darker. The RAF "Brick" Red is also an early war. Not sure if my selection is accurate. I'll be happy to be corrected by anyone smarter than me, flood gates now open. I'm pleased with results. Model on...Rick ___________________________________________________ All national markings, ID bands will be painted. Using Maketar masks the 4 color roundel application begin. A base of MRP135 Insignia White is applied for roundels, fin flash and ID bands. I'm applying markings using this method as I want to keep paint build up to minimum. MRP122 RAF Marking Yellow is applied. This late war aircraft, flown by New Zealand ace Evan Mackie, will have C1 roundels in all 6 positions. After yellow cures masks are carefully positioned. MRP183 Oxford Blue is applied. I spend much time deliberating on the correct "blue" for late war RAF a/c. I took the FICE approach and I'm pleased with my decision. The blue has cured and more masks carefully placed. I applied liquid mask on all tape seams to insure no bleeding. MRP123 RAF Marking Red completes the national insignias. Masks removed. No bleeds, no lifting. Win, win.
  2. This was my fix for my "Slick Chick" build. Good luck and have fun: THE DOCTOR IS IN carefully removing the engine mount after fuselage is glued and cured, the one piece canopy (I'm using the two piece option for both final builds) is very handy to protect the pit during surgery... using 1.6mm styrene angle 3 pieces are cut and glued, port and starboard sides are easy to position however, the critical bottom piece is dropped 1mm. initial test fit (with complete engine parts) shows an acceptable fit... a final test fit of engine mount then... add a .05mm styrene card placed to recapture space lost from the "saw off" and give the repositioned engine mount some glue area... engine mount positioned and glued... styrene card shows "saw off" recovery... and the final fit is good...
  3. The largest 1:32 a/c turnout I ever saw was 2016 ODO there was about 2 dozen entries. It's a combination of Jet and Prop aircraft, any era, which may lighten the 1:32 a/c entries at this show. The 1:32 rigged a/c are combined with 1:48. The other 1:48 and 1:72 a/c are well segregated in this type of categories 1:72 Single Engine Prop Axis Single Engine Prop Allied & Other Nationalities Multi Engine All Nationalities Single & Multi Engine Jet All Nations 1:48 Single Engine Prop Axis Single Engine Prop USAAF/USAF Single Engine Prop USN & Other Nationalities Multi Engine Prop All Nationalities Single Engine Jet All Nationalities Multi Engine Jet All Nationalities Rigged Single & Multi Wing Some if these "small" scale builds were just stunning.
  4. Thanks Gazzas! Thanks Mike. Yes, this build almost got 86'd multiple times. Thanks Hubert Thanks Ray. That which didn't kill me just made me stronger. Thanks! Thanks Scale32
  5. bravo on the hairspray work. looks great. one of these days I'm gonna drink the hairspray, chipping, oils kool-aid.
  6. PM inbound. ------------------------------------------------------------- Here's the article! https://www.largescaleplanes.com/articles/article.php?aid=3401 Cheers, Kev ----------------------------------------------------------- Thanks Kev!
  7. The Fa330 Bachsteize (Wagtail) always interested me as a unique aircraft with an equally unique mission. This was towed aloft to about 400ft (120m) by the U-Boat so the pilot could see beyond the horizon view (25 nautical miles) and report any enemy activity. Stored in 2 water tight compartments by the conning tower a team of 3 can assemble and disassemble the Fa330 in about 20 minutes. U-boat commanders disliked the Fa330 as the prolonged time on surface make their boat venerable to an air strike or detection by enemy ships. The Fa330 was abandoned in the North Atlantic due to allied air superiority but continued use in the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The only recorded successful use of the Fa330 was 5 August 1943 by U-177 on the Indian Ocean off the coast east of Madagascar. Greek merchant ship Efthalia Mari was observed by U-177's Fa330. U-177 proceeded to intercept the Efthalia Mari and sink her with 2 torpedoes. Efthalia Mari lost 1 crew of 43. U-177 did not survive the war and was sunk 6 February 1944 in Atlantic west of Ascension Island by an American P4BY-1 Liberator. U-177 lost 50 crew of 65. Not a easy build as there was plenty of angst and head scratching moments. This build also gave me an opportunity to practice rigging as a WNW bird will be landing on my bench soon. WIP link here. Build Details Replaced over a dozen tubes with styrene rod .5mm .4mm .3mm Scratch All Grab Handles on frame and underside rotors Cleats on skids Parachute Pack and all straps Turnbuckles on Outriggers on top of rotor hub Pitot Tube and mount Instrument Panel mounts Foot Pedal and Straps Rigging & Cables INFINI Medium 110 (.121mm) Black Lycra thread EZ Line Medium ANYZ Black .5mm Braided thread Brown .4mm Braided thread RB Productions P32023 Turnbuckles GasPatch Rigging eyelets Albion Aluminum Slide Fit Tubes .3mm .5mm .7mm Gunze RLM 66 RLM 76 RLM 81 Vallejo 306 Dark Rubber Tamiya XF86 Flat Clear MiG Washes Dark Wash Decals MDC Luftwaffe Instrument Dial HGW Luftwaffe Textile Belts Thank you all for your encouragement and support during this build. I don't get many opportunities to follow and respond to many of the awesome builds on this site. I wish I had the time to as there and many exceptional projects going on here at any given moment.
  8. That PE work hurts my eyes. great job on the progress
  9. Parachute pack and parachute shockcord expoy cured. Epoxy applied for rotor mount. A little assist from my son's LEGO for alignment jig.
  10. Long story short. I lost the WIP images only because of impatience with my Photo Bucket account issues and PhotoShop. I'd always preach to my kids: "Never enough time to do it right. Plenty of time to do it over." This time its a lesson on me. These images will hopefully cover enough for the parachute pack, belts and foot pedals. Shock cord on the tweezers is .4mm braided thread I secured at a garment store with xs Ultra Wire fed through to allow bending. Seat belts and foot pedals in place. Parachute pack with straps and shock cord release. One of my reference images shows the parachute pack as a "treated canvas" pack with lots of straps. So I got a creative. Flat lead wire straps adjusted to final position and secured with CA. Epoxy applied to parachute pack mount area and shock cord glued to mast then set aside to cure.
  11. Thanks Troy. My son is happy to see his LEGO helping me with my bench work.
  12. The most intimidating step for me will be the instrument panel. The attachment of the IP to front tube will be executed as I noticed on the real Fa330. I drilled out the with a 7mm drill and used Ultra Wire size medium/gray. Once wire is secured to the IP the wire will be fed into the front tube and secured with epoxy. The resin pitot tube provided is replaced with scratch work. New pitot tube was fashioned with 5.mm aluminum tube and glued to the styrene strips with epoxy. At bottom one 2mm disc and one 3mm disc punched from sheet styrene are used to split bottom. A .30mm hole is drilled on each strip to accept the exposed wire from the braided thread. The pitot mount is secured to IP with thin cement. The photoetch panel with bezels is glued to the kit IP. Seat cushion painted Gunze RLM 81. Panel painted with Gunze RLM 66. IP wire is ANYZ .5mm braided thread with Ultra Wire xsmall threaded inside the braided thread to hold the bends and shapes. I lost the build images of this. The IP wires are attached to the pitot mount. The other ANYZ .5mm braided thread runs from base of rotor mount along frame to the IP and will be secured after IP is installed. IP painted and MDC Luftwaffe IP dial decals used. You can see where the wire IP mount will fit in front of tube. A toothpick and clay alignment jig is fashioned to keep the IP assembly in position. Notice the white wire behind the seat cushion and halfway up the main mast? Think belt locators. While epoxy cures HGW seatbelts are used in lieu of the photoetch belts provided. I loathe the time needed to assemble these textile belts. However, the end result is well worth the effort.
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