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    gfiend reacted to Cees Broere in B-17G 'A Bit O' Lace'   
    Indeed Iain, please show it at Telford.
    How are you going to tackle the windscreen now you have altered the top decking?
    Cees
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    gfiend reacted to KevinCG in 1/24 Scratchbuilt P-38L A retrospective to the present   
    Never was a truer word said Shawn and I hope the pic below tries shows some of this complexity in its entirety although the cabling will not be added until the undercarriage is installed. The whole construction took about 8-12 mths for both main wheel wells.
     

    The round hole about 1/3 distance from firewall on the outside of the boom is the metal tube into which the undercarriage fulcrum will fit. These were drilled out using the jig mentioned earlier and a metal tube inserted for strength..
    Undercarriage.
    This was made from metal as the finished model will be rather heavy due to the amount of lead which is required to prevent a tail sitter.
    I can only speculate upon why it was necessary to make the undercarriage so complex but i confess it took hours of looking at photos and diagrams to work out how all the various struts etc were connected and worked.
    The following diagram from the maintenance manual may give some sense as to this problem.

     
    The rest of the bracing and struts were pre-affixed into the wheel well as described earlier and can be seen in the pics above. To make the nuts i used brass pins which were then made into hexagonal nuts using an indexing head to create the six sided nuts from the circular pin head.
     
    The main issue of difficulty was creating the main undercarriage fulcrum which was a machined piece of steel that was both tapered and of rectangular section.  Recognizing that fitting the u/c would require some jostling into position and that I will not want it fully extended until the model is complete, it was necessary to make all the parts able to be able to be pivoted as on the real thing - talk about making a rod for ones back!
    To make the fulcrum i constructed the out piece from rectangular tube stock which was then slit to produce a taper. Into this was inserted a piece of brass tube that will locate the whole assembly into brass inserts that 
    The complete set of part in various forms of assembly is shown below. 

     
    Pins are used to hold pieces together until final assembly.
    One item which was invaluable in this exercise was paintable solder. This material can be painted upon brass and copper and when heat is applied it fluxes and creates a solid and very neat joint. It comes in a range of heat sensitive grades. Makes soldering much neater and i wish i had found about about this stuff years ago.
     
    Other pieces were largely fashioned out of brass stock, the torque arms being made from I-Beam which was slotted to induce the taper and then had the central area filed out at either end in order to create the pieces into which the bolts (pins) were inserted as shown.
    The top piece is the cover which is attached at the back of the wheel well for covering the actuating mechanisms. It fell off and needs to be re-attached. The strengthening horizontal indentations were made by first making a plastic card female piece into which were cut the slots for forming the final lithoplate structure the was formed around the card pattern.
     
    To make sure that the aircraft would sit level and square the undercarriage was fitted onto the trial assembled aircraft using the screws mentioned earlier. The painstaking work of building jigs and continual trial fitting of components etc paid off and the model sat correctly -  a relief I can say.
     
    Once again thanks for looking and the nice comments
    Kevin
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    gfiend reacted to Marcel111 in 3 x Revell 1/32 Hornets!!!   
    Let's see what game Revell brings to the table. If it's their 1/32 Tornado game, I am bursting with enthusiasm. If it's their (more recent) 1/32 Eurofighter Typhoon game, then I will definitely pass.
     
    PS It's always a little sad to see organizations lower their standards, which is what seems to have happened with Revell (at least with regards to 1/32 jets, not sure how they roll with other products).
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    gfiend got a reaction from kkarlsen in PBY-5A Catalina (Cutaway)   
    Hi Kent,
     
    I'm loving what you're doing with the cutaway.
     
    My Catalina build is currently stalled as I've distracted myself with a 1/16 King Tiger armour build. However, I'm looking forward to seeing how yours turns out. If it's anything like your B25 it will be stunning.
     
    The step in the fuselage picture shown on the previous page is an issue I found with my kit. (The picture is of my build from the large scale modeller forum.) I was going add some plastic to the shorter step and blend it with the other half. I don't think it would be too difficult to achieve.
     
    Keep up the great work
     
    Paul
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    gfiend reacted to zerosystem in G-Factor wish list! Add your's too.   
    1/32 Trumpeter A-10
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    gfiend reacted to Palm-tree in G-Factor wish list! Add your's too.   
    1/32 set of the correct length undercarriage legs ( main and tailwheel) to support the HK Models B-17 please!
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    gfiend got a reaction from kkarlsen in PBY-5A Catalina (Cutaway)   
    Great to see this kit being modelled. It's no small undertaking (I have my own on the work bench which has taken second place to my Trumpeter 1/16 King Tiger - both really big projects) but a very impressive project. Seeing your build come together could well get my inspiration going again.
     
    One thing I would suggest is to make sure you get the fuselage halves matching first at the join line and then get the formers to fit correctly. You can see what I mean if you have a look at my build progress to date over at the Large Scale Modeller WIP forum.
     
    All the best
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in HpH Catalina-beaching gear   
    Hi Anthony,
     
    What a great project.
     
    I have been working on this kit on and off and can offer some suggestions if it would help.
     
    Before starting any interior make sure the primary airframe components fit together well. I spent quite some time sanding the fuselage halves on a large flat tile to ensure they edges match nicely. Further, each fuselage frame needs to be individually fitted to match the interior profile.
     
    With respect to the -5 RNZAF Cat the nose w/w needs to be removed and replaced with a truss structure to which the pilot's seats are mounted. (Check out the Pensacola cut away Cat on the Seawings website.)
     
    The main gear w/w need to be removed and the internal layout in that area changed as a result. Again, the Pensacola Cat has some good reference pics.
     
    And lastly, the forward turret needs to be modified/rebuilt to reflect the twin machine gun configuration with bubble top.
     
    Having said this, the kit is amazing and, despite being a huge project, very rewarding. I think you'll be able to build something stunning.
    I haven't gotten round to starting a build thread here but you may find it helpful to have a look at my thread on LSM.
     
    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Chris Wimmer in The old Mosquito Restoration Project   
    Hi Chris,
     
    It's fantastic watching this kit come to life. I think the before and after pics will be quite something.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in HPH PBY   
    Hiya,
     
    I have this kit and have been slowly (very slowly) making a start. It's a fantastic kit but no small undertaking, particularly if you don't have much spare time. If anyone is interested I've got a build thread running over at Large Scale Modeller in the work in progress forum.
     
    Cheers Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Vandy 1 VX 4 in Bitten by a Mosquito!   
    Wolf Buddee,
     
    I always enjoy reading your updates - there's no shortage of inspiration from your posts.
     
    If I may I'd like to know the location of the previous photo. The reason I ask is that it looks like it was taken at the Avspecs hangar in Auckland on the day that the Mosquito rolled out of the hangar. If so, I was there that day. I was on a three hour layover between flights and the Captain I was flying with suggested we kill some time and head out to Ardmore aerodrome to see the mosquito rollout.
     
    On arrival we got speaking to the photographer who said words to the effect of "If you think the mosquito's nice wait till you see what comes out of that hangar over there." Being somewhat clueless we thought that perhaps there may have been another warbird previously kept under wraps. But no, two smoking - and I mean smoking - hot models appeared for the photo shoot. Everyone's jaws just hit the floor. Of course, my colleague, being somewhat smooth, was the one chatting to them as the shoot was being planned. I just stood there like a lame duck gobsmacked. Sigh...
     
    Keep up the fantastic work
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Fooesboy in 1:32 IMCTH P-51 Mustang. 27.08.2017 Engine fitted   
    Great work, Chris. I'm really enjoying the updates.
     
    It's a shame that IMCTH won't be releasing any more kits like this (Anyone, please feel free to correct me on this.) as I was rather hoping for a Spitfire or a Stuka.
     
    Regardless, you're providing plenty of inspiration.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from phasephantomphixer in 1/32 Do-17 Z   
    What we need is for someone to spend vast quantities of time building the Tigger Models vac-formed model. Within moments of the finishing touches being applied the chances increase exponentially of a manufacturer announcing their release of a 1/32 Dornier 17.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from mywifehatesmodels in 1/32 Do-17 Z   
    What we need is for someone to spend vast quantities of time building the Tigger Models vac-formed model. Within moments of the finishing touches being applied the chances increase exponentially of a manufacturer announcing their release of a 1/32 Dornier 17.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from scvrobeson in HpH News   
    Hi all,
     
    First off, I'm awed that anyone would kit an Me 323 Gigant in 32nd scale. I imagine building it would be somewhat similar to climbing Everest, not to mention what one would do with it once built. But what an awesome journey it would be.
     
    I really like HPH products - at the moment I'm working on their PBY-5a Catalina and I'm enjoying it hugely. (My slow progress can be viewed over at Large scale modeller.) The kits do seem to have their quirks. For example, the numbered parts in the parts lists don't always equate to those same parts in the assembly instructions. This can cause some confusion and it is absolutely essential that time is spent working out where everything goes before gluing is started. An assembly strategy must be in place as you must plan several steps ahead to avoid shooting yourself in the foot later in the build. I'm aiming to ensure my fuselage halves are prepped and matched before I begin assembling the interior. And yes, there are some potential alignment issues.
     
    So, despite the huge amount of preparation and patience involved, this is a wonderful kit that is beautifully cast with fantastic detail. However, it is definitely not a shake and bake special.
     
    Here's to the 323 - bring it on!!
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Vandy 1 VX 4 in HpH News   
    Hi all,
     
    First off, I'm awed that anyone would kit an Me 323 Gigant in 32nd scale. I imagine building it would be somewhat similar to climbing Everest, not to mention what one would do with it once built. But what an awesome journey it would be.
     
    I really like HPH products - at the moment I'm working on their PBY-5a Catalina and I'm enjoying it hugely. (My slow progress can be viewed over at Large scale modeller.) The kits do seem to have their quirks. For example, the numbered parts in the parts lists don't always equate to those same parts in the assembly instructions. This can cause some confusion and it is absolutely essential that time is spent working out where everything goes before gluing is started. An assembly strategy must be in place as you must plan several steps ahead to avoid shooting yourself in the foot later in the build. I'm aiming to ensure my fuselage halves are prepped and matched before I begin assembling the interior. And yes, there are some potential alignment issues.
     
    So, despite the huge amount of preparation and patience involved, this is a wonderful kit that is beautifully cast with fantastic detail. However, it is definitely not a shake and bake special.
     
    Here's to the 323 - bring it on!!
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Out2gtcha in HpH Supermarine Walrus - Operation Torch - 1942   
    Hi Brian,
     
    What a great kit - I'm looking forward to seeing you work your magic with this one.
     
    Just one small question, was the chocolate that HPH include still in the kit when it arrived? LOL
     
    Cheers
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from Mal_Belford in Fw-190 A8 R/2 Sturmbock "Yellow 17" - JG 3 - FIN!!   
    Hi Brian,
     
    I've been meaning to post for some time to say how much I'm enjoying your build. I've learnt a lot from your posts and hope to apply some techniques to my own future projects.
     
    Keep up the fantastic work.
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from MARU5137 in Silver Wings Bristol Bulldog   
    Hello everyone,
     
    I've been watching builds on this great site for quite some time now. However, there's come a point when I need to do some modelling of my own and see if I can't apply some of the techniques I've learnt from watching in the background.
     
    I came across Silver Wings through various modelling websites and their products really appealed, particularly the inter/early-war models they produce. (I haven't been able to help myself and have managed to acquire most of the Wingnut Wings kit sets as well. Definitely a bi-plane theme going on.)
     
    I've chosen to kick things off with the Bristol Bulldog for a couple of reasons. The first dates back when I was about ten. At that time I built the 1/72 Airfix Bulldog in 17 Squadron colours. Anyway, it's appeal has remained with me over the years and I'd like to see what I can produce now that I'm an adult.
     
    I've also seen the results Brian has achieved with foiling and I'm keen to experiment with the Bulldog. With some patience I think the results could be quite impressive. (I've also got the Silver Wings Hawker Hart waiting in the wings, which is another aircraft I'd like to foil.)
     
    I've begun the build by cleaning up the various resin components. This takes time but it gives me a feel for what I'm working with before I start gluing. I'll post some pictures of where I'm at later this evening.
     
    Cheers
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from John F Smith in 1/32 IMCTH Zero Type 21 Fine Structure - 20/07 - Finished!   
    Looking good John,
     
    The paint looks great with the wing structure.
     
    I'd like to start a thread for the dual 109F build but the big challenge is finding more hours in the day to make this possible. Sigh... If/when I do it may be the world's slowest build thread.
     
    Enjoy your new family addition
     
    Paul
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    gfiend got a reaction from John F Smith in 1/32 IMCTH Zero Type 21 Fine Structure - 20/07 - Finished!   
    Hi John,
     
    I'm enjoying following your build and taking notes along the way.
     
    I particularly like your idea of building the equivalent kit in plastic at the same time. I recently bought the 109F and would like to build it in tandem with the Hasegawa 109F-4 and all the associated aftermarket goodies. (I have a particular weakness for the 109F)
     
    Originally I was going to keep everything natural metal but I'm now keen to paint the interior components. Your Mustang shows just how good this approach can turn out.
     
    Keep up the great work
     
    Paul
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