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    Fvdm got a reaction from airscale in 1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"   
    Excellent. When I see what you can achive with sculpting and the litho I just wonder why you don't scratch the entire plane. Making the fuselage would almost be a walk in the park for you. 
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    Fvdm reacted to Ryan in 1/32 WNW Albatros D.V Richthofen   
    More fake wood talk....
    This effect is straight sponge with no wet follow up swipe.
    MS Type N by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr
    And this is a really wet application.
    Metal Floor by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr
    And some hand painted plywood.
    Untitled by The 3rd Placer, on Flickr
    Note these are on other models and not the Baron's mount.
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    Fvdm reacted to mark31 in where east meets west   
    ok time to try somthing not everything whent well but we have time
    the windows are out so i have to make new ones
    im not going to put much detail in the cargo bay and pit because the windows will be whaeterd so you cant look in

    windows in on one side

    so know im going to try to do a bit on the pit
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    Fvdm reacted to ericg in Iconicair Supermarine Attacker FINISHED.   
    Now that the majority of the major work has been completed it was time to start to focus on some of the smaller details. Close examination of photos reveal details that by themselves are no big deal but combined will certainly add a lot of realism to the model.
    Not sure what role it performs,  but there is a small round circle under the cockpit represented with an engraved line on the kit. Most pics show this to be inset and not flush with the fuselage skin.

    I drilled it out and installed a flat disk punched from plastic card.

    The next detail that I wanted to add was the small fold out step used to gain access to the cockpit. Like most tail draggers, entry is by climbing up over the wing and this step is right where it’s needed. Represented on the kit by a nicely engraved panel.

    I chiseled out the hole required 

    I made the step by filing down some brass plate and added the outer cover from thin aluminium window blind shaped to exactly fit the previously chiseled out hole.

    Dry fitted

    A small but important detail that will bring the model to life.

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    Fvdm got a reaction from bcauchi in A tale of two Bf110's   
    Awesome! When I saw the first picture I thought it was a real plane. I like it very much.
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    Fvdm got a reaction from LSP_K2 in 20th Anniversary Monthly Raffles!   
    Darn, I just startet to early with the Swordfish  Maybe a good reason to do more than one build this year. 
    I think this is a nice intiative 
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    Fvdm got a reaction from Out2gtcha in 2nd build in 30 years... Trumpeter 1/32 F4U-1D   
    Looking good so far. Just have fun building it and trying different techniques.
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    Fvdm reacted to BiggTim in Hasegawa Ju87G Kanonenvogel - vacuforming done!!   
    One pod down, one to go. Believe it or not, this took me about 8 hours to do in fits and starts, given my hamfists and all those incredibly fiddly parts. Lots of cuss words, glued fingers, and long breaks to recover my perspective. How I hate little PE parts!

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    Fvdm reacted to Durangokid in Marine F-4J Phantom - Decal time!   
    Finished the IP and attached the HUD glass.  I think the superglue worked out a bit better than the clear part.  Unfortunately, the film behind the panel fell off and I had to re-glue it back on but I didn't get it lined up right.  I didn't notice this until after everything was glued together. 

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    Fvdm got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in 20th Anniversary Monthly Raffles!   
    Darn, I just startet to early with the Swordfish  Maybe a good reason to do more than one build this year. 
    I think this is a nice intiative 
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    Fvdm reacted to Vincent in Revell Bf 109 G-10 Erla   
    Blue is the new green RLM 83 will be brown next year
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    Fvdm got a reaction from kkarlsen in Aeromarine 75/Curtiss F-5-L (Finished)   
    Looks really great Kent. 
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    Fvdm reacted to machine_marty in HK B-25H   
    First go at a group build here on LSP. My entry is the rather large HK B-25H Mitchell.
    I started this late 2018 but it's only just started so suitable for this GB.
    Looking forward to this - got a few after market items;
    Eduard Brassin wheels
    Eduard fabric seatbelts
    Eduard interior etch
    I'll post pics as soon as figure out how to

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    Fvdm reacted to mark31 in where east meets west   
    time to work on the hip
    changing the windows and make 6 instaed of 5 windows

    after the cutting

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    Fvdm reacted to richardchapman5 in HK Models 1/32 Avro Lancaster   
    This arrived in the mail today. Very happy with the quality of the PH and decals.

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    Fvdm got a reaction from Jankowski in Skyraider 1/32 Trumpeter.   
    Great detailling!
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    Fvdm reacted to Smokey in JASDF F-4EJ Kai   
    Here is my entry into the group build.  Still rounding up the last of the after market parts I need. 

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    Fvdm reacted to Isar 30/07 in Bang seat paint explosion help   
    If there is a chance to untighten (I´m sorry, if this is not the correct term) the cushions without any damage, that´s the first step.
    Option #1: cover these parts with lead foil. Then you could do some crinkles to the into the lead foil, depending on the wear and tear the seat should have.
                           Be careful that the parts would fit onto the seat once you put the lead foil on the parts - maybe you need some trimming. Add some filler (i. e. Gunze) if you like and then paint.
                           Some wash and/or drybrushing would do the rest.
    Option #2: put some tissue onto these parts, dip some water with a drop of white glue onto using a brush. I would recommend to put the tissue plain to the parts without or without any huge
                            crinkles (I haven´t seen any worn seat cushions so far but no rule without an exeption....). When the tissue has dried once again some filler and paint.
    Option #3: sand off the paint and some glue onto the parts. Mayabe you have to repeat this a few times to soften the styrene. Then you can do some crinkels using a knife, a little screwdriver
                           or whatever you like. If you´re satisfied, let it dry. Next step is painting.
    Option #3a: Soften the styrene using glue, then press something onto the parts to create some texture, i. e. rough sanding paper.
    I would recommend to try these options first, using some spare parts. You will see which one is perfect to your eye.
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    Fvdm reacted to Geddyme in 1/32 385th BG(H) B-17G - Fictitious   
    Hello all, it’s been awhile since I updated this thread. I’ve been out of town for work nearly two months, then the holidays...blah blah blah.
    I’ve continued to make progress over the past couple months, albeit at a slower pace, but progress nevertheless. First I assembled the control surfaces and addressed any seam issues with those, then finally mated the fuselage halves together, and then to the nose and tail sections to the fuselage. Two areas here have seam issues that are more significant, which are simply my issue, not the kits. One is just ahead of the ball turret, and the other at the join for fuselage and nose compartment which the nose has a significant issue that you will see in the photographs. I will persevere, but any and all suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!
    Here are the control surfaces, during assembly and some edge seam work I feel is good enough for primer. I am currently aiming to do as much of the exterior primer at the same time as I can, once spring arrives and I can do so in my detached garage.


    Before the joining; I actually forgot to photograph this step when most of the tape and some additional clamps were in place, as it took me an entire NFL football game of test fitting, sanding and such before I felt comfortable in starting with the glue. I was so relieved once glued, I put the fuselage, aside and went to bed. 




    The two problem seams of my own making. The first is the nose to fuselage join, you can see the fuselage is actually “raised” a bit, the lightning exaggerates it somewhat, but it definitely catches a fingernail. It extends just shy of an inch along the radius of the join... and there is also the gap between the pilots. The second is a pretty wide gap in the fuselage join ahead of the ball. Both are due to misaligned bulkheads within the fuselage, despite 3 hrs of fitting and what I thought was proper test fitting as I assembled the compartments along the way. I plan on using Milliput for that wide gap... There’s a bit more minor seam work and a bit of glue cleanup as well, so I have a good amount of work to do filling, sanding and rescribing. I will be watching plenty of tutorials! : )


    I will post progress photos of the seam work as it progresses and will likely have some questions. There’s also much work to do elsewhere on the plane which I will be posting as well... so thank you for reading through, I’m off to look at some of the builds I’m following here first though!
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    Fvdm reacted to Durangokid in Marine F-4J Phantom - Decal time!   
    This is kind of a boring update but here is a few other modifications:
    I used iridescent film for my hud lens.  It's really easy to do and it looks neat especially looking at it from different angles.  The camera doesn't really pick that up though.  I just glued to pieces on the bottom and it's done.



    I'm one of those weirdos that likes doing the weapons and pylons.  I actually like it more than airbrushing which I always put off until the last moment, crazy I know.  I try to look at them as a kit unto themselves.  Which reminds me, I just spent a lot of money buying a bunch of weapons from Video Aviation and Eduard MER's and TER's.  I really like the Video Aviation stuff and for this build I bought the MK-82's and the MK-20's.  The kit MK-82's aren't all that great and it doesn't come with the MK-20's.  I just can't see going all out on a kit and half assing the weapons plus I got a little extra Christmas money
    So here is the basic pylon.  They need some extra detail and need some modification.  The parts that attach to the MER  don't look right and they don't match up well.


    After some mods and adding rivet detail.  Sorry I don't know the name but I modified the parts that attach to the MER's.

    I'll just call these hooks that attach to the inboard pylons and this is the original

    I glued evergreen pieces to the bottom so I could reshape them:

    Then sanded them to this:

    I forgot to mention that I attached the tiny washers:

    I also added this:

    Here are the MER's and TER's.  I glued evergreen to the attachments to they would fit snug to the pylon, it worked surprisingly well:


    Here they are attached to the pylons:


    The Eduard MER/TER's are nice but if I had to do it all over again I would have just modified the kit ones.  Honestly, I expected them to have a bit more detail.  You might notice some of the photos are a little better, I finally got my good camera working.
    More boring updates ahead!
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    Fvdm reacted to Out2gtcha in "The Star of Africa" - Hans-Joachim Marseille's Do-335 A-2/Trop - Yellow 14 - FINISHED!   
    Indeed, definitely much more stress free than a lot I have worked on lately. 
    Still more progress.................Im really rolling on with this one, and its basically building itself with very few exceptions.  Ive got the seat chipped up and finished (at this point minus the seat belts)  and finished up painting and adding the rudder pedals, along with a start on the control stick:






    So here is where I ended up......................Got the seat and seat belts completed, along with painting and weathering the OOB nose wheel well, which I must say is quite nice for OOB. I wasn't trying to get too crazy here, and it turned out far from perfect,  but pretty decent:






    Lastly for yesterday, last night and today's work, I got a small start on the cockpit PE. This is a mix of Eduard and the scratch bin for the side consoles and levers, and Yahu for the IP. Not played with the Yahu IP yet, but it looks VERY yummy in the package. I still have yet to add some scratch details, levers, dials and a bunch of other stuff to this. I couldnt resist a look at the pit in the fuselage. What a cool looking plane:




    All for today boys. Ive been working from home all this week so progress seems hot and heavy. Ill be back on the big push/pull tonight.......
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    Fvdm reacted to ericg in Iconicair Supermarine Attacker FINISHED.   
    The wing join makes the cannon fairings a bit misaligned as the join passes straight through them. I wanted to make sure the barrels lined up and also fix up the area in question at the same time. First up, I drilled out the holes that the barrels fit into and fitted some brass tube.

    I then used the length of the brass tube to ensure that it was aligned with the longitudinal axis of the the model and glued it in place.

    I repeated it for the other barrel and did the same on the other wing.

    These tubes were then cut off with a small amount protruding

    to match the area where the barrels fair into the wings and the rear of the barrels themselves, I punched out some disks from plastic card that exactly match the diameter of the  cannons.

    These disks were then fitted over the ends of the brass tubes already glued into the wing and then the wing was filled and sanded to match the diameter of the disks. Notice that I have also drilled a section of brass rod into the barrels that will give them plenty of strength and and also slide straight into the tubes glued into the wings.

    Dry fitted. I can leave these off until the last minute to prevent them from becoming damaged.

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    Fvdm reacted to vvwse4 in Liquid-8-Or   
    Small update,
    Been working on the bombardeers office, the bombsight and reworked the chin turret.  Question about that when the turret is pointing to the side there are two "black" panels showing in the pictures. Are those clear panels or something like that?
    110_4436 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4435 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4434 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4433 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4431 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4430 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
    110_4429 by Rick Martens, on Flickr
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    Fvdm reacted to airscale in 1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"   
    Thanks for all the info Jay - I have found the drawings of the panels and copied them to make up PE versions - also caught they are different each side as there is a hatch at the front of one side.. the panels denote the aperture angle so I will go with that - I think they will turn out pretty cool as I can get all the fastners etc as well. I am just about to get a test shot for a new Hobbyboss B24 cockpit set I am doing so have made up a P51 set with a load more bits & external panels I can get run in that test shot
    Thanks Kage - very useful - I am talking to Arthur about getting a 1/18 set but also he has some amazing CAD I want section drawings of too, however he is a bit busy with kit CAD work so will be a while I expect..
    I will get there eventually - there is a difference by the sounds of it - to quote Arthur in recent correspondence: "the wings of the P51B and C were very different structurally from the P51D.  The rib positions in the gun bay area were different, the wing root and undercarriage doors were different and the cut line for the outer wing tips was in a different location"  I assume if the ribs were in different locations, the doors would be different too?
    so, Happy New Year folks & onto this P51..
    having corrected the fin and added a dorsal fin, the stabilisers were next. I checked the parts and again unfortunately they were not up to my accuracy standards so I set about making new ones. I learned from my Spit not to make and skin the stabilisers before adding them (easy to damage the skins..) so I thought I would just get them built & added now..
    ..started with the mounts & fillets - first I copied the aerofoil section in brass and used drawings to locate them, after that I added a brass tube to mount them to and started to set out the slight incidence they have...

    ..once all was set up they were cemented into position and filler added to start to blend them in - this is P40 car filler and is super useful for modelling - I taped up the brass face so as not to have to clean it up later..

    ..after shaping & priming they were done..

    ..the stabilisers themselves were taken from drawings and set out on 3mm plastic card (with marked rib positions) - as were the spars..

    ..test fitting..

    ..bulked out with more P40 and sanded until I can see the blach sharpie lines along the tops of the ribs..

    ..and fixed with JB Weld - I drilled small holes on the mating faces to let the adhesive really get a good hold of the parts..


    ..will clean them up later..
    ..while they were drying, I started to think about the airscoop.. pretty challenging set of curves nad the resin part that came was not quite right, passable, but not perfect..
    you can see the features here include a straight, sharp top, curved bottom and 'V' shaped fairing between it and the fuselage... going to be a laugh skinning this in litho thats for sure..

    ..again, all the drawings are in aircorps library so I scaled a set of formers and a keel - the keel has had a bit of the hollow inside removed...

    ..this is the assembled according to the former positions and a big, hard card lip so get that top edge right..


    ..I want to skin the inside in litho so made up paper & tape templates to get the shapes..

    ..cut out the shapes, added rows of rivets and fitted them to the central tunnel.. you can see it is slathered in CA to give the whole thing rigidity as much will be removed from the structure..  also added a dam from card at the top to roughly shape the triangle fillet where it joins the fuselage...

    ..then the whole thing is covered in more P40...

    ..lost of sanding to do, so thats a job for the garden tomorrow before I go back to work on Wednesday
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    Fvdm reacted to ShelbyGT500 in MIG-15 Bis BG Air Force Trumpeter 1/32   
    Hi guys
    continue with detailing the parts of this ugly duck
    A lot of spare and Part photo-etched parts, alumunium foil and scratch:








    Cheers friends
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