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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in Mosquito MK 39   
    Any updates....even small?
     
    I just totally love this project!
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in Mosquito MK 39   
    Wow, love this idea and great start!
     
    I will follow with great interest, keep it up!
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    Jeff reacted to Moonraker 1 in Mosquito MK 39   
    Well apart from the immortal Spitfire which I've built the entire Tamiya 1/32 range of different marks. My other passion is the De Havilland Mosquito which again I built the 1/32 MK VI Tamiya version which was an absolute joy to build
     

     
    I wanted a little bit more of a challenge so keeping to the Mosquito theme I decided to have a go and 'kit bash' a 1/24 scale Airfix Mosquito MK VI and turn it into the MK39. After doing a fair bit of research I can understand why  there is not a current conversion available for this in any scale, as it's not really a 'looker'. Once I had some basic plans I scaled them up to 1/24 scale on my PC ready or some surgery!!.
    Getting the kit is not much of an issue as I already have one in my stash (haven't we all;) and so it it was a case of converting it. Sounds easy.... NOT! I'll have to change the engines, props to 4 bladed, canopy, reposition the side entrance door, scratch build an entire new nose section and add a cupola and detail the interior for the winch operator.
    First thing is to drill out the hole for the rear Cupola. Old rule of measure twice cut once.
     

     

     
    Once cleaned up I was quiet satisfied with the result and was in the right place!
     

     
    Further adaption of the fuselage is required as the side reinforcement strip on the port side was removed on the MK39 and was transferred to either side of the rear fuselage to where the fourth crew member exit hatch is (Yes this Mozzie had a crew of 4!) 
     
     
     
    The next was to fit the front side door and fill in the seams 

     

     
    Well that's all for now and hopefully this will work out. If not I will need to get a bigger 'spares' box!
     
     
     
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    Jeff reacted to Martinnfb in Got my jet back from rehab   
    Awesome, congrats !

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    Jeff reacted to Rick K in Revell P47 RAF Thunderbolt Mk.II SEAC   
    Prop, engine and drop tanks get a little love.
     

    While drying rack is full I'm going to work on the prop.
     

    Engine work complete abd test fitted in the cowling and prop.  Prop tips painted MRP122 Yellow.
     

    Another test fit this time with the fuselage.
     

    Prop boss/spinner painted MRP135 White and masked with tape and maskol.  Tips masked and ready for a shot of Tamiya FX69 NATO Black.
     

    After the NATO Black cures more masking to paint the prop hub Alclad 102 Duraluminum.
     

    Making removed and I'm happy with results.
     

    Test fit with engine.
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Thank you Sir!! 
     
    Finished up all the screw fastener detail on the skin work around and under the nose.  Soon get to spray green in the gunbay...

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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Nose lamp wired in, gun adjuster tubes added etc, now painted, clear coated ready to glue on once the machine gunbay is finished and painted.  Unfortunately you can hardly see any of this interior

     
    Thanks for looking
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    Jeff reacted to Ryan in With a partial lockdown lift and Kiwi's back to work (Congrats!) WNW   
    Finally someone got it.

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    Jeff reacted to Ryan in With a partial lockdown lift and Kiwi's back to work (Congrats!) WNW   
    Interesting and a bit of what the definition of "is" is.
    Resume operations to sell of remaining stock or.......
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    Jeff reacted to Ryan in With a partial lockdown lift and Kiwi's back to work (Congrats!) WNW   
    If you don';t know that is a good thing.
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    Jeff reacted to RonGUSA in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    I know what you mean about enthusiasm, I'm having the same problem on the Beaufighter, so I jump around to keep interested.
    Ron G 
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Nice to be working on something other than the wing....needed to look at, and work on something else for a change of scenery and to keep my enthusiasm alive!
     
     
     
    Cheers and thanks for looking
    Anthony
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    Jeff reacted to Wolf Buddee in WNW website news update   
    So sad on so many levels!
     
    I have been patiently waiting for the release of their Lanc and Dr.1 but I guess that won’t be happening now.
     
    Worst of all, of course, is the loss of the jobs associated with the entire WnWs operations. “Unfortunate” is an extreme understatement! I wish everyone who was there the very best as they cope with a difficult new reality!
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
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    Jeff reacted to John1 in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Nice work Anthony, I'm really enjoying this build!
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    Jeff reacted to airscale in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    such clean, detailed work - it looks spot on Anthony
     
    very much enjoying the care and attention you are lavishing on it and what spectacular results!
     
    Peter
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    Jeff reacted to CJP in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Fabulous work Anthony - all looking very realistic
    CJP
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    I have spent HOURS on the underside of this wing and there is still much to go.  
     
    All of the fuel tank panels have been scribed, doublers added (couple more still to go), drains, vents and access panels etc appropriate for the Series II wing.  I have been feeling like I have not achieved anything so I did what our Chuck here does and flooded one wing with Tamiya Panel accent wash.  I thought I best do one wing at a time so I didn't feel overwhelmed.
     
    Overall I am really happy with the way it has come up.  I can see a few areas that will need attention, but considering all the work gone into the wing structure I am actually pretty pleased.  There are a few item's of photoetch to add on there when the sheets turn up so don't worry it's still not done!

     

     

     
    Bit of tidy up then wash the other wing and see what I have to tidy up...
     
    Then its weld beads and rivets  on the 100gal long range tanks
     
    Thanks for looking
    Cheers Anthony
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in Mosquito Question - Floor Board Color   
    Definitely green, one of multiple pieces of unrestored FB-VI's I have examined.  This is the floor section out of PZ474, TE758 is the same etc.  I have seen some evidenve of very late service ones being black and you can see the green under it where items were brushed around.

     
    As for the 'boot' I have seen originals in black and a very dark green
     
    HTH
    Anthony
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Slowly...….

     
    Cheers Anthony
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Might as well slap a photo up since the thread has moved back up here
     
    Work continues on the firewall and now upper cowl 

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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Thanks guys, I just wish it wasn't so tediously long for you...
    I work on her most days, but finding time is an issue as always.  However after many hours work I got the nacelles set at their correct angles (all the wing mods ment re-jigging the datums again).  The resin carb intake got removed 3times before I was happy with the final sit and orientation.  Now I have started detailing up the firewall.  I cant finish this area until I finish detailing and painting the wheel well and then gluing the nacelle halves together.
     
    In the meantime here are a couple of pics to show where this nacelle is at.  There will be a lot of detailing and plumbing in here as well as using a modified Merlin from the Airfix Hurricane as the powerplant. I can now however remove the nacelles and finish off all the surface detailing, especially on the lower wing.  There are loads of panels, fasteners, drain holes to be added.
     
    Sorry the update is not very exciting and does not reflect the hours gone into this.

     

     
    Thanks for looking in
     
    Cheers Anthony
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Hey, welcome to LSP, and great to have you here!
    Yes the masters are with the (well known) caster waiting their time for production.  I could make up a bit of a drawing on how to fix the upper wing, or the shape it should be if you like?
     
    In the meantime between my busy schedule, work continues most days.  This was taken on the weekend.  Here I am setting up all the datums and sorting all the firewall out.  Both of the Paragon firewall fairings are now on and the 2 nacelle halves almost match up.  Still a bit more shimming to do there.  The rib you see in the photos next to the radiator is going as I am making a more detailed one out of plastic card

     
    Getting myself set up to detail this area...

     
    Checking alignment again (not been any issues) but also remind me what I am doing and try to see a bigger picture of where I am going!

     
    Sorry its not much of an update, I figured I should do a little one since I was replying.
     
    Nice to have you along!
     
    Cheers Anthony
     
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Ok so now the radiator outlets are shaped and primed.  Once the wing is eventually attached to the fuselage I will scratchbuild radiator cores etc...
    Here is a cross section of whats going on in there

     
    Where I am at, note the extra hole I drilled on the nacelle just inside the upper wing leading edge.  This will have a piece of brass tube just poking through.  

     
    New end rib for the radiator has been made, this just needs detailing etc as the side covers will be off to expose the engine

     
    Here is an overall view of the other wing.  Finally the wing structure is complete.  I am happy with the shapes, profiles, dihedral and chord measurements.  I have been all over it with my Vernier's and everything is lined up and match port and starboard.  Just a matter now of refining some surfaces, replacing lost rivet/fastener detail and back to the nacelles.

     
    Finally happy it looks correct for a Mosquito wing.  
    It should be noted that this could have been fixed much easier than how I went about it by shimming the spar at the radiator and removing a slice from the outboard spar and clamping it all together and gluing with epoxy glue. 
    If you plan on doing this fix, I would make a one piece front spar and make the inner section thicker by approx 1mm (as per my prev photos) and inner section thinner (or stepped down) by about 2.mm, giving about a 2.5-3mm difference to the inner and outer sections.  Do this on the upper wing edge.  I suspect you will still need to extend the leading as it is very blunt.
     
    Cheers Anthony
     
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Thanks buddy!
    Oh I know...don't remind me LOL!!!
     
    I really need to get this finished
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    Jeff reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    This update is not pretty, it's purely for those mad enough to do what I am doing...
     
    The radiator outlets are completely the wrong shape and I feel will be quite visible once completed.  So draw along the spar line and cut the curved panel off.

     
    Glue a piece of card along the leading spar leading edge with the corners sanded off on both gluing surfaces (this will become for panel line for the curved piece rear edge). Flip the panel you just cut off and flip it 180 deg and glue it to the piece of plastic card on the front end of the spar.
     
     

     
    There needs a serious amount of backfilling and plastic card.  Get the file out and start shaping it to look more like this
     
    Here we go.  I have since finished this side since the photo

     
    You can see what I am talking about here, when you look at my Tamiya 1/32nd one I am building too

     
    Cheers Anthony
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