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    Thunnus got a reaction from Kagemusha in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from MikeMaben in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from AceofClubs in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Just to clarify... the painted drop tank I posted was for a previous build.  It was for the Revell 1/32 Bf109G-10...
     

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    Thunnus got a reaction from XOPCT in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Thanks for the great discussion, everyone!  Lots to think about when it comes to the belly modifications but I'll make some decisions when I get to that point.  Right now, I'm still working on the cockpit.
     
    I brush painted some colors over the RLM 66 base on the instrument panel.

     
    The instrument panel was given a gloss coat.  I have a set of Airscale instrument panel decals as well as a placard set.

     
    Using a punch set, I began to populate the panel, one instrument at a time.



     
    Using the same punch set and sheet of overhead transparency plastic, I created a set of glass dials for all of the instruments.

     
    Before the glass dials are stuck in position, I give the instrument panel a final flat coat (actually a 50/50 gloss/flat finish).  You can forgo the dials and put a drop of Future/Gloss in each dial and call it finished.

     
    The glass dials are just an extra touch.  Here is what the finished panel looks like in the light box.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from Out2gtcha in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from GDW in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from rafju in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from Fanes in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Thanks guys!
     
    I've sprayed a base coat of zinc chromate into the wheel wells and landing gear covers.  These will be given a coat of hairspray before the final color (Insignia White) is applied.






     
    My digital camera is acting up.  Exposure is wonky and I have to manually set it at +2 or -3 stops to get it from exposing too dark or too bright.  And it won't focus like it used to.  Definitely something wrong and it just started happening yesterday.  I've since given the camera a few hard resets and even updated the firmware but no improvements.  I can still get photos out of it but it takes me a lot longer due to the issues.  It's a Canon S100 that replaced a Canon S95.  I'm monitoring EBay for a used Canon S110 right now.
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    Thunnus got a reaction from Gazzas in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from Lothar in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Wow... great shot!  Thanks for that info, Alexey!  I'll take that into consideration and modify accordingly!  So much expertise here at LSP!
     
    Using the template that RB Productions provided in the photoetch canopy set, I set about to correct the overly square fuselage spine.


     
    The error is very slight in my view and looks to be easily correctable.  A few swipes with the sanding stick gets me close to the desired shape.

     
    I want to do the same with the canopy but I noticed that there is a flange on the starboard edge of the canopy that is meant to be a gluing surface for mounting the canopy in the open position.  I can properly position the canopy in the closed position for the correction so off it comes via razor saw.

     
    After preliminary shaping, I place the uncorrected canopy on the fuselage.  The difference is VERY slight and hardly noticeable although it will be more so with the canopy painted.



     
    I'm pretty close to being done with the re-shaping of the fuselage.

     
    I haven't put the sanding stick on the canopy yet but the work should be pretty minor.  Waiting to get a Novus plastic polish set delivered.

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    Thunnus reacted to Fencer-1 in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    The 109G/K oil cooler flap actuator located actually not at the center of flap. It is moved to about 1/3rd right side. The only Erla G-10 model had it in the center.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Thanks guys!
     
    I've sprayed a base coat of zinc chromate into the wheel wells and landing gear covers.  These will be given a coat of hairspray before the final color (Insignia White) is applied.






     
    My digital camera is acting up.  Exposure is wonky and I have to manually set it at +2 or -3 stops to get it from exposing too dark or too bright.  And it won't focus like it used to.  Definitely something wrong and it just started happening yesterday.  I've since given the camera a few hard resets and even updated the firmware but no improvements.  I can still get photos out of it but it takes me a lot longer due to the issues.  It's a Canon S100 that replaced a Canon S95.  I'm monitoring EBay for a used Canon S110 right now.
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    Thunnus got a reaction from chuck540z3 in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Thanks guys!
     
    I've sprayed a base coat of zinc chromate into the wheel wells and landing gear covers.  These will be given a coat of hairspray before the final color (Insignia White) is applied.






     
    My digital camera is acting up.  Exposure is wonky and I have to manually set it at +2 or -3 stops to get it from exposing too dark or too bright.  And it won't focus like it used to.  Definitely something wrong and it just started happening yesterday.  I've since given the camera a few hard resets and even updated the firmware but no improvements.  I can still get photos out of it but it takes me a lot longer due to the issues.  It's a Canon S100 that replaced a Canon S95.  I'm monitoring EBay for a used Canon S110 right now.
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    Thunnus reacted to Radub in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Sorry, I was going somewhere with that observation about the door, but got diverted. :-) I think that the "squareish" shape of the door might have caused Hasegawa to think that spine/canopy should also have a "squareish" shape (even though they still used the early door). In any case, that whole area is a terrible mess.
    Radu
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    Thunnus got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Thanks guys!
     
    I've sprayed a base coat of zinc chromate into the wheel wells and landing gear covers.  These will be given a coat of hairspray before the final color (Insignia White) is applied.






     
    My digital camera is acting up.  Exposure is wonky and I have to manually set it at +2 or -3 stops to get it from exposing too dark or too bright.  And it won't focus like it used to.  Definitely something wrong and it just started happening yesterday.  I've since given the camera a few hard resets and even updated the firmware but no improvements.  I can still get photos out of it but it takes me a lot longer due to the issues.  It's a Canon S100 that replaced a Canon S95.  I'm monitoring EBay for a used Canon S110 right now.
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    Thunnus reacted to D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    That's for sure!
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    Thunnus got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Yeah, I was almost going to refer to those things as spiders!  Look what else turned up...
     

     
    Missing part DOES show up after I've finished the replacement.  I'd swap it out but I did a pretty good job of gluing so I'm not sure I can get the replacement part off.  I can hear the carpet monster snickering away.
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    Thunnus got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Finally pushed myself to get some wiring done on the Corsair wheel wells.  And it's not like it is elaborately complex and mind-blowing either so sorry if you expected more!  A very basic level of detail added.  I just need some time to think about the order of how this was going to come together.  After the wiring along the wheel well sides are done, I am going to paint the wells.

     
    I'll then paint the other components and install them afterwards.  The final wiring connection between the central hydraulic junction (which I've pre-wired) and the gear door actuators (which I've pre-drilled holes for the wiring) will have to come after the gear doors are attached.  Unless I separate the actuators from the doors, which I am thinking about doing.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Lost part did not materialize after completion of the replacement. So let's keep going...
     
    The glue mishap on the flap part created a weird dimple texture that need filling as well as sanding.

     
    After the surface work, some careful re-riveting and I think we can move on.

     
    The outer wing control surfaces have been added so these are done.

     
    All control surfaces will be posed in the closed or neutral position so I am not bothering to paint any of the interior portions of these areas.

     
    The wings slide into position and the fit is very good.  I'm still hoping to make the wings removable for transportation purposes.


     
    Here's a closer look at the bottom of the wings.  I've glued my scratchbuilt replacement fairing into place.

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    Thunnus got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    The connection between the ETC rack and the drop tank is pretty weak... the four supports on the tank simply touch the four posts on the rack.  So I'm going to create a pin/socket connection to provide a more positive joint. The fuel lines on the rack don't physically touch the drop tank so they are cut off and new ones made of brass tubing are inserted into the tank.


     
    A strap has been fashioned from brass sheeting and I've added little circular discs to the rack mounting posts.


     
    Here's the ETC rack in position on the bottom of the fuselage.


     
    The drop tank in place. I've added some small dents to it.


     
    I've also started playing with the RB Productions Erla canopy.  I'm not sure if this is going to work for me as it is difficult to fold it in such a way that it will fit exactly onto the fuselage.


     
    Another complication is that the K-4 kit has an inaccurately squared off top of fuselage in the vicinity of the canopy.  RB Productions provides a template to help the modeler re-shape it but I'm screwed if I re-shape the fuselage and botch the fiddly photoetch canopy.

     
    The kit canopy has the inaccurately squared off profile on the back edge but it fits the unmodified fuselage.  It may be possible to re-shape the kit canopy to fit the corrected outline but the canopy edge would be thinner, which may be noticeable if the canopy is posed open.  Some contemplating is in order...
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    Thunnus got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    It feels like I'm in some sort of holding pattern on both builds.  I've got the K-4 data stencils to wait upon and also a reference that I've always wanted to get my hands on:
     
    So I looked around and tried to find some of the small things that need to be done.  I boxed in the MK108 cannon chute with plastic card and topped it with piece of brass sheet.

     
    This will fit underneath the wing spar structure and keep the spar from being seen.


     
    The oil cooler housing needs some work like thinning the trailing edges of the fairing.


     
    I've added the small drain pipe to the front of the oil cooler in a way that I can leave the oil cooler intake detached.

     
    I'll be able to do any fill work required around the base of the oil cooler after it is attached to the fuselage.

     
    And then the oil cooler intake can be slipped on afterwards.

     
    A preliminary look at the drop tank and ETC rack.

     
    I've filled in the forward-most panel line on the tank with black CA.  The molded strap has been removed and will be replaced by a strap fashioned from brass sheet.

     
    I've glued the front and rear fuselage pieces together.  Mostly to get a stronger bond.

     
    The fuselage halves were then taped together.  I thought it'd be better for the glue to cure with the fuselage halves mated together.

     
    Some possible candidates for shimming have been identified.


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    Thunnus got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf109K-4 Weisse 8   
    Thanks for the great comments and the additional info about the G-10 breather placement!
     
    And thanks to the generosity of an LSP member, I've received MDC resin exhaust chutes so I don't have to make my own.  Thanks Damian! These have a curved surface on the downwind edge of the chute that would've been hard to replicate.


     
    I've performed some corrections to the central belly portion based on an excellent article by Vince K.  These include filling in the vent in the center, opening up the Mk 108 chute and putting in some breather outlets for the engine.  Some questions were asked along the way regarding components of the correction and Vince himself was kind enough to elaborate on the reasoning behind these changes.  As you can see, the Mk108 chute needs to be blocked off since the wing spar part is visible.

     
    The exhaust tips have been previously hollowed out.  There exhaust deflectors supplied as separate parts in this kit but they are on the thick side.


     
    Instead of trying to thin them, I thought it would be easier to replace them with brass sheeting.

     
    The port side deflector has a bend to deflect the hot exhausts away from the supercharger intake.

     
    Much better in-scale representation, I think!


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    Thunnus got a reaction from TorbenD in 1/32 Tamiya F4U-1a Corsair - Boyington's 17740   
    Yeah, I was almost going to refer to those things as spiders!  Look what else turned up...
     

     
    Missing part DOES show up after I've finished the replacement.  I'd swap it out but I did a pretty good job of gluing so I'm not sure I can get the replacement part off.  I can hear the carpet monster snickering away.
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