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Everything posted by Thunnus

  1. Thanks John! The fuselage has been riveted. A look at the holes cut into the wing bottom for the ammo chutes. Here's what the Quickboost guns look like mounted in the cowling. The kit wheels look pretty good even compared to the Barracuda resin wheels.
  2. First go at the photoetch flaps. This set is sold by Zoukei-Mura but is obviously an Eduard product. No English on the instructions but we shouldn't need them right? Gonna start with the upper flaps because these look much simpler to fold than the lower, movable flaps. I used the Small Shop hold and fold to fold up the two end wall sections. I then folded the middle section up "manually" using tweezers. The end with the delicately attached spars is then folded up 90 degrees. Before folding this section completely down, the spars are carefully rotated 90 degrees so that they are perpendicular to the flap surfaces. When folded down completely, the spars can now be secured into place with glue. Looks good right? I wish it stayed that way. After securing the majority of the spars down by running thin CA glue along the joints. I went back and used debonder to clean up the glue residue from the spars that didn't get secured properly. The debonder seems to work not just on contact but on proximity to fumes and seemed to weaken the bonds of the other spars because they kept popping up. Glue one down... another one would pop up. It turned into an arcade game session... After re-gluing all of the spars down at least once and breaking two off in the process, half of them are still not glued down. Maybe my batch of CA glue has gone bad? Before I did something I would regret, I pushed myself away from the work station and called it a night.
  3. Cockpit is done so I can start preparing the fuselage for closure. A few things to take care of first. One of them is to modify the exhaust installation, which are designed to be placed from the inside. I don't like that so I've trimmed the bases of the Barracuda resin exhausts so that they will slip into the sides of the fuselage AFTER painting. And I've blocked off the openings in the fuselage from the back to give the exhausts a backing to glue them on to. I had to make a slight adjustment to accommodate the front of the AMUR Reaver cowling. Checking to see how it looks with the entire cowling in place.... a-ok! Some other things to attend to are opening up holes in the wing bottom to accommodate the future ammo chutes and installing the mounting tube for the tail landing gear. Which brings me to the subject of the Revell parts numbering system. It is so ridiculously random that I believe that they must use a random number generator to do it. The partner to part 30 is 31 and since those numbers are sequential, Revell was forced to put it on another sprue. Another small item to address are the circular discs molded onto the fabric control surfaces. These are supposed to be weep holes but in reality, they are subtle enough to be unnoticed. So I scraped these down to almost gone.
  4. Great job on this one, John! A very interesting scheme that was excellently executed! Deserves to be on a higher shelf in your cabinet though!
  5. Lovely! I do love the late war Luftwaffe colors. Excellent details and weathering in the cockpit... something I need to get better at!
  6. This is fantastic! Great job on the amazing assist!
  7. Thanks for waiting, Brian! The Tamiya kit gave me no problems whatsoever so even though I took a break from modeling this summer, I KNEW in the back of my mind that it would be completed for sure.
  8. Another great result for an esoteric subject! Well done! And I recognize that pilot from a recent build! But I gave up trying to paint it!
  9. Thank you for the nice comments! The Tamiya kit is indeed outstanding and, as far as I am concerned, befitting of the title of the best model kit available today.
  10. Fantastic build of a very interesting subject! Do the fuselage guns fire through the engine compartment?
  11. Got the last bits onto the Aires cockpit tub including the HGW harnesses. The sidewalls are glued into place. Once that is done, the cockpit details get swallowed up into what is probably one of the most claustrophobic cockpits of any WW2 fighter plane.
  12. Thank you for your input as always, Vincent.
  13. Great progress Andy! I used the Vector cowl flaps so I'm very curious to see the more comprehensive Eduard cowling set.
  14. Thanks Ray! It was a very enjoyable build. Sorry it to so long to complete! Yes, I'm able to devote more time to the Ta152H-0 and Bf109G-6/AS builds now. Thank you Rob! The finished photos were taken with a Canon 5DMkIV/EF24-105f/4L IS. No flash, no external light sources... just ambient outdoor lighting. Thank you! Yes, we are all worthy! I'm just like everyone else here... someone who enjoys to build plastic models! I'm glad to have a community that I can share and learn from.
  15. The wood flaps came out beautifully! Nice point of contrast with the normal metal flaps.
  16. Hats off to you on such a massive project, Dan! One of a kind, for sure!
  17. Great to see you dust this one off Andy! The Tamiya kit is amazingly well engineered and it almost feels like it is building itself. Your cockpit looks great!
  18. Hi Vincent... would the one on the far right be appropriate?
  19. Beautiful Zero! I love the base!
  20. Using the small bulge pieces from a new 109G-6 donor kit, I've glued the upper wings together so that I can address the riveting prior to gluing the wing halves together. This is a good candidate for riveting due to the lack of panel lines on the wing surface. Riveting will add some sorely needed depth/detail to the surface. Using some left over Quickboost resin gun barrels, I've grafted new barrels to the kit gun barrels. I've completed most of the painting on the Aires resin cockpit parts. I've dressed it up a bit with a few Airscale placard stencils.
  21. I was able to do a little bit of work on the Ta152H. While playing around with the wings, I noticed the ceiling of the wheel wells featured this rivet detail. The detail is soft and vague so I thought I'd give this product a shot... They are applied like decals but instead of flat markings, they are tiny resin bumps. First, the raised detail in the wheel wells is removed. The Archer's rivets are applied in custom cut strips. I used Microsol to bond the thin carrier film to the plastic. The ailerons have the opposite problem. Raised detail that's a little too defined and sharp. I've toned down the ribs by sanding. I've glued the frontal insert piece into the wing uppers so that I can address the seams and riveting before glued the wing halves together. Finally, I've completed the riveting on the wing bottoms.
  22. Yes, lucky! But earned it too. We worked hard to get our girls a good education and they are now both in college. Being empty nesters has created some free time!
  23. Thanks Warbird! Thanks Chuck! I'm trying to get some momentum on the other two builds and I'll be posting some updates soon! Thanks Miloslav! I appreciate it! Thank you Kagemusha! One of my favorite movies, BTW! I'm a big Nakadai Tatsuya fan. It was a fun one! Mostly because the Tamiya kit is so well engineered that most of the things I normally associate with "modeling" such as trimming, sanding, filling and sanding were minimized and I was able to concentrate on other things for a change.
  24. Thanks so much for that insight, Tim! I guess I'll have to check out the GM/Rutman fuselage when it arrives for warping/shrinkage issues and take it from there! As I mentioned in your other thread, I'd love to see this build on the Work In Progress board!
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