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  1. Thanks guys! I appreciate the welcome back. After such a long break, it feels weird/good to be modeling again. My work schedule is a lot more hectic right now and I don't have as much time after work as I used to. So progress will be spotty during the weekdays, I imagine. Started building up the detail on the roof of the wheel wells. I worked on one side so that I can show the comparison between the two. There is much more detail to be added to the wheel well walls, which I will get to soon. But overall, this PE addition is going fairly smoothly. Everything seems to fit just where it is supposed to. I replaced one PE stringer with a piece of stretched sprue because I couldn't get the metal part to bend to the contour of the wheel well roof.
  2. After filling the ejector pin marks on the inside, the wing bulges have been glued into place. The wheel well roof sheets were just placed for this photo but got glued into place soon after. The wheel parts including the roof parts have layers of photoetch to give some 3D depth to the assembly but first I wanted to check the fit of the wheel well walls against the removals that I performed earlier. These dropped in fairly easily into the wing bottoms, with only some minor adjustments to the removal areas to accommodate the walls. With the wheel well walls simply resting in place without glue, I check the fit. I didn't notice any problems so I can continue adding stacking photoetch to build up the wheel wells. But it's getting late and I have a busy week at work so I'll stop here. Surprised at how much work I did over the last two days... proud of myself!
  3. With the wing riveting done, I want to turn my attention to the photoetch landing gear wells. These are made by Radu over at RB Productions and will help dress up the rather simplistic renditions that Hasegawa offers. As with many aftermarket detail sets, some removals are necessary to get the new parts to fit. The RB instructions seem very detailed and that gives me a bit of confidence that I won't be getting stuck in a dead end alley. The molded detail on the inside of the top wings need to be removed. I used a curved x-acto blade to slice off the portruding plastic and then cleaned it up with sandpaper. Late model 109G's and K's had fatter tires and therefore had to incorporate a larger upper wing bulge to accommodate the new rubber. The RB photoetch takes that into consideration and requires a rectangular cut-out from the upper wing to portray this additional space. Outlines are made of the wing bulge parts and then the inner rectangle is traced onto the upper wing using the measurements in the RB instructions. I chain-drilled holes to facilitate the lateral cuts. The aerodynamic curve of the upper wing allowed me to use a straight saw to start the longitudinal cuts. The holes are complete and wing bulges can now be glued onto the upper wings but there are some ejector pin marks that need to be filled before I do that. Some removals are also required from the wing bottoms. The photoetch also calls for the replacement of the half-tunnel gear leg receptacles but I'm playing with simply hollowing out the holes in the kit part since the required removals are bit tedious. The wheel well roof is dry-fit onto the upper wings. Comparing with the first photo, you can see how the deeper accommodation for the fatter tires is better replicated than the kit parts.
  4. Hello again. I hope everyone has been well. I've been enduring another long break without the desire to build models. I've checked into LSP now and then but even that eventually petered out. Fishing season is long over and both my daughters have left the house and are in college. I've got the time but the motivation is still lacking. I forced myself into the modeling room today. It's a long weekend and I thought Veteran's Day would be an appropriate time to mark a return but... honestly, I don't know how long it will last or how consistent I'll be. I'm trying. Of the two projects that I have going, I picked to K-4 to do some work on. I feel more comfortable with Late War Luftwaffe subjects than anything else. After reviewing my own build posts to catch myself up on this one, I thought I'd do some riveting. The Hasegawa kit is pretty well molded but does not include any rivet detail. I'm sure it is not everyone's cup of tea but I rather like the visual interest that riveting can give to the surface of an aircraft. Here's what the clean wing looks like before I put hundreds of tiny holes in it. Using a detailed plan view of the Bf109K-4, I draw the lines of rivets on the wing using a soft lead pencil. Balancing the desire for accuracy with my innate laziness, the accuracy meter for these rivets is probably around 75%. Using a roller-type rivet tool (RB Productions Rivet-R being the accessory of choice), I slowly apply rivets all over the wing, one line at a time. The key is keeping the wing solidly in place on the table while applying steady pressure on the tool as it rolls. It kinda feels like mowing the lawn on a microscopic level. Forcibly punching holes creates little craters of plastic around each hole. I like my rivets to be very subtle so after wiping off the excess pencil marks off with a paper towel damped with iso alcohol, I sand the riveted surface with fine sandpaper to remove the craters but leave the hole. The sanding process makes the riveting work difficult do see in the photos but they are still there! The weathering process way down the road will make them pop out more but for now, the riveting on the wings is complete.
  5. Thanks Mark! Yes, fishing is one of those interests that I picked up when I was a kid, just like modeling. Don't consider myself a master at any of those things but I do enjoy them!
  6. Thank you very much! Yes, the canopy was dipped in Future prior to painting! Sometimes it takes a few tries to get right. If I get a dust speck or Future pooling, I'll wipe it all off with Windex and re-dip. Thank you! Just to let everyone know, I have a couple of builds that are in suspended animation at the moment. It is summer time and I've been doing more fishing than model building. Here is a sample of what I've been up to ... But hopefully, I'll be back on the Tamiya F4U-1a and Hasegawa Bf109K-4 builds soon! Thanks for commenting on this Fw190D-9 build!
  7. Props on such a great build. Your attention to surface details is amazing and I love your dedication to the removal of all of the surface irregularities, even when it is difficult to do so. I've been using rubberized CA for my surface fills and find it a little easier to sand than regular CA.
  8. Thanks guys! Thanks for additional insights, David! I noticed the tight fit of the main landing gear legs and had trouble removing one of the legs but luckily I was able to work it loose without damage. I will most likely avoid any more fitting of the gear legs until it is time to attach them permanently. I'll take another look at the tail gear... it would probably not be too difficult to replace the plastic post with brass rod since the tail is not yet permanently attached.
  9. My June is still heavily booked with family obligations. My youngest just graduated from high school and we'll be taking a family trip to the Eastern Sierras this weekend. And then driving up to NoCal next weekend. So not much modeling until next month probably. I had some time to glue the wings to the fuselage. As typical on this kit, the fit is amazingly good. Since I'm planning on leaving the wings removable, I'm very close to the painting stage. So I'm playing around with some pre/post-shading techniques using a Scotch Brite pad and splatter painting templates.
  10. Thanks Reuben! I love the Dora and plan to do a few more in the future!
  11. Thank you Paul! Not a big tail Dora but I do have a couple of those big tail kits in my stash and am planning to build one (probably Brown 4) in the future. Thank you Iain! I appreciate the comments!
  12. Thanks guys! I thought you guys would appreciate these color schemes! These will be fished and I'm pretty sure they'll produce but getting it on video will be the challenging part! I'll try and post the lures in action the next time I go bass fishing, which will have to wait until July since my June is so booked with family activities. I love the idea of kill markings in the form of fish!
  13. Hey Guys! Still too busy to jump back into my model builds but I'll get back to those soon. Fishing season has started and that usually takes a bite into my available time as well. Since I've not gotten to the exterior colors of either the Corsair or the K-4 build, I thought I'd play around with my fishing lures and paint a couple up using WW2 schemes. First, I did a US Navy tri-color scheme using the AK Real Colors paints. I looked around in my decal spares box and found the red mouth from the Eduard 1/48 Hellcat that looked like it would fit. With the second, I did a scheme that could be found on a 109K-4, RLM75/83 on the top with the late war RLM76 variation on the bottom. The lures will be coated with epoxy before the hooks are put on. Not sure how the bass will like em but I'll report back after I put them into action.
  14. Recommendations based on having two high school/college-aged children in the house. Bananagrams is a fun and simplified spin on Scrabble. Coup is fun role-playing card game. Games are very simple and short.
  15. Thank you for the comments! To Damian... Thank you for the additional details regarding the antenna mast. It makes sense that there would be an airfoil shape instead of the square cross-section represented by the kit part. I'll see what I can do about that! And the absence of the external bulge on the main gear doors should be correctable. I''ll have to refer to the kit parts to confirm. To Kais... Thank you for the comment about the canopy. Based on my understanding of Airfixer's comments on my G-10 build, the overlap between the rear edge of the canopy and the fuselage was a feature of the early Galland hood that were retrofitted to existing 109G airframes. And not a feature of the later G-10 and K-4 models? I was not planning on trying to replicate this overlap. June is a very busy month for me, fishing and family-wise so my work on Weisse 8 and the Corsair will be limited. I DID get my camera situation resolved however. I just received a replacement for the balky Canon S100... This Canon Powershot S110 was purchased used from EBay for less than $100. A preliminary test was conducted to see if the focusing and exposure compensation features were working correctly. The camera seems to work a-ok. As you can see, I've started to clean up the Henri Daehne resin spinner.
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