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    Trak-Tor reacted to mpk in Your modelling plans for today   
    This morning I'll work on models to be given as gifts for Xmas. I have 2 1/32 aircraft and a 1/35 tank. My only break is 2 hours drumming at 4.00.
    I'm at the Cafe across the road having toast and coffee. I'm a bit sleepy due to my medication. I reckon a couple of double shot flat white coffees should wake me up. 
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    Trak-Tor reacted to mark31 in Do you want a 1/32 P-3 Orion?   
    damn nice plane but very big
    I have to think about it
    but yes count me in
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Out2gtcha in F7F-3 Tigercat - BuNo 80405 - VMF 312 MCAS - El Toro, CA 1946   
    Thanks all!  
    Yes, this one by far and away has been blowing my mind with regard to how its supposed to go together.  Its really tough on my OCD, as NOTHING "pops" or "snaps" into place, and everything is just a bit off here or there, requiring guestimations, scratch building and loads of cursing. Combine that with flubs in manufacturing from the factory, and instructions that really are images only, and even then don't always show how or where exactly things are supposed to go. 
    Its maddening at times honestly, and if the F7F was not my all time favorite aircraft, Im not sure Id persevere on this one. 
    I'll NOT be giving up on this one however..........as at some point next year, I WILL have a finished 1/32nd scale F7F Tigercat!!
    On a good note however, the latest factory flub in the kit (engine bearer brace being WAY too short) I think has been fixed, and that has lead to (hopefully) one of the last major "how-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-this" moments of the kit:
    I managed to cut open the port side engine bearer brace that was too short and add some styrene tubing to that, sanding it down to fit over the internal wire. From there, I used some larger aluminum tube for the bearer bases. Its not perfect by ANY means, but after about two hours of drilling holes in the wrong spot, cutting the new brace open a couple times, because the angles didnt match up to the starboard side, I had a pair of somewhat matching engine bearers:


    You can see the styrene tubing extensions on the back and front of the outer port brace. In retrospect, it wasn't off by a mm or two but more like 5 or 6mm. Enough to where it should have been VERY noticeable it was not the same as the other 3:

    This then will lead me to building the rest of the engine mounts which consist of two V shaped upper side parts, two V shaped lower side parts and a front hoop that the engine will rest on. Getting these last engine bearer parts assembled will be one of the last really tough parts to do.  You can see what the finished bearer is supposed to look like once all parts are glued on in the lower left side of the instruction book:

    There was a very nice build of an HpH Tigercat by a Czech gentleman that has helped me considerably. I have used his build pics quite a bit to help me understand where things actually are supposed to go. Here you can see how the front engine bearer "hoop" must align just forward of the firewall itself, in order to have the engine where it needs to be inside the cowl:
    Forward engine mount and firewall:

    As you can see here, the engine mound hoop is JUST barely smaller than the opening in the firewall:

    With this being said, theoretically when all 4 of the outer engine bearer parts are put together correctly, they come together at a single point at the top and sides (the bottom has a space in-between the braces unlike the top and sides). That seems WAY easier said than done with the inconsistencies of the resin parts in the kit. 
    You can see here in the Czech gents build, how the firewall must be blended with the nacelle exhaust cutouts. The firewall then protrudes off of the nacelle by 4 or 5mm;

    This leads to the main issue with the engine hoop. The nacelles themselves need to remain separate until all the internal wheel well detail is added, BUT the engine bearers need to be build before the nacelles can be installed..........yet you NEED the nacelle installed with the firewall installed on it, to make sure the engine bearer hoop will like up correctly with the hole in the firewall.
    You can see here how the engine bearer hoop must align exactly with the hole in the firewall, and also must protrude ever so slightly (about the thickness of the hoop itself) in order to get the engine seated where it needs to be in the cowl:

    Im really looking forward to figuring out this issue, as once I DO do that, The rest of the difficult parts will be things like the landing gear, and clear parts, but those I dont think will take NEARLY the mental fortitude that all of the rest has taken to this point. 
    Man, this kit really makes you want it bad if you are going to see it all the way to completion!! 
    Ive got the fire in me for this one boys, so Im going to utilize that feeling to press on through the crappy parts of the build, then onto the good stuff, like detailing and painting.
    Cheers until you older! 
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    Trak-Tor reacted to PhilB in tsetse 1/24 scale   
    The Alleycat conversion may be of help.
    Whilst I understand you have looked at am, there's a lot of parts in the conversion and whilst you will have to scratch the actual gun, the conversion may well give you an additional "leg up".
    I used their TR33 conversion on mine and it certainly helped.
    The Tse Tse was a pretty awesome beast and I recall a story in one of my references when they were U-Boat hunting in the Bay of Biscay.
    They used a flight of 4 FBVI's to take on the protecting JU88's whilst the Tse Tse went for the submarines.
    Apparently on one occasion the Tse Tse actually used the gun on an '88 "to great effect".
    I can imagine !

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    Trak-Tor reacted to LSP_K2 in LSP Christmas Raffle 2020   
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Dukie99 in LSP Christmas Raffle 2020   
    I would like to participate and I will donate this Hasegawa Fw-190D boxing for the raffle:
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Tanker12B in tsetse 1/24 scale   
    Hi Guys,
    This is my first post on the forum, so hope you enjoy. Bought the Airfix 1/24 Mossie a while ago so decided to make a start. It was meant to be an out of the box build as it is an impressive model anyway. So having started I came across the Mk XVIII and that really intrigued me.
    Cosford is only 4 miles from me and low and behold they have a complete Molins gun and autoloader on display. I was hooked and as the build hadn’t progressed too far by that stage I took the plunge to replicate it in all its glory complete with Molins gun in glorious 1/24 scale. Whilst I hadn’t expected anything in terms of aftermarket items, I could only find a resin muzzle/additional armour in this scale. This didn’t really do what I wanted as I wanted a full gun actually fitted into the Mossie complete with Autoloader.
    This was the start point for trying to find out some information on the installation. The gun was simple enough, even the Autoloader is pretty straight forward, but trying to find installation details/photos etc has proved to be difficult. Cosford very kindly allowed me to have access to their example of the Molins installation to take measurements and photos which has proved to be invaluable.
    The only evidence of the actual in situ mounting I have found to date is the excellent book “Shipbuster” which has an isometric sketch of the gun mounted in the plane and so in the absence of anything else I am using that as the basis for mounting my example in the model. I have a couple of screenshots of the design and photos of a prototype build but until I find out how to attach an image via URL that will have to wait.
    The whole is a combination of 3d printed parts/turned brass/scratchbuiding etc so is a real mish -mash of techniques. All designed on a 3d designing app which is excellent. So having wetted your appetite for this under modelled version of the superlative Mossie it would interesting to see what you think.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated and also whether any of you guys out there have attempted this in the past. Feel free to comment!
    Kind Regards 
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    Trak-Tor reacted to HL-10 in UFO   
    In 1969/1970 there was a TV series about aliens coming to earth and abducting humans to use as spare parts to keep their dying race alive.
    The show was UFO and centered on the secret defence organisation SHADO, set up to combat the aliens.
    The producer of the show was Gerry Anderson, who also produced, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 & Stingray.
    The shows miniatures, and effects were masterminded by Derek Meddings, ably assisted by Mike Trim.
    Among the numerous fantastic designs was SKYDIVER.
    A nuclear powered submarine which could launch a supersonic interceptor to shoot down any alien craft that got into the Earth's atmosphere.
    I have been a BIG fan of Gerry Anderson's programmes and have slowly been making a collection of the vehicles from his series.
    Some are commercial kits, others are "garage kits" and some I have scratchbuilt.
    My latest addition is a studio scale (3 foot long= 1/36th) SkyDiver.
    It is a garage kit from Studio2 Models, in resin & fibreglass.
    It came with water jets so I fitted some radio control equipment and it has been patrolling my local pond on the watch for aliens!





    On patrol
    Thanks for looking
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    Trak-Tor reacted to GDW in Hasegawa F-4EJ Eggplane   
    This evening I went after one of the jobs on the list above. I was in the mood to see if I could figure something out for the intakes on the lower forward fuselage. 
    Rummaging through my kits, I found two air scoops that fit the bill, in the old, Monogram 1:48 F-105D kit. 

    Part number twenty one, shown on step six.


    About two thirds of the length was removed from each scoop, then the aft portion was shaped with a course sanding stick. Then, the parts were sanded with progressively finer grit sanding sticks until smooth. The pictures below show them just after being attached with Tamiya Extra Thin cement.
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Flex66 in 1/32 P-51B   
    Thank you all for the comments.
    @Antonio Argudo
    I followed your work with great attention before starting mine. For the transparet parts I 'm considering clear acetate cutted to shape.
    @Johnny Cloud
    Well, what you correctly underlined is call "age"! I confused what I really have in my hand with my initimate whish!
    With this second post I  put in pair both forums.
    Arranged the frame and radios



    Cables, paint a fuselage closing.



    This model will have the engine not exposed because I do really want to enjoy her elegant silhouette. This create a problem with the exaust, as they should be glued to engine block.
    I made a template of exaust holes

    and replicated on 1mm plastic sheet

    then glued the exauts an cover


    All this block was glued inside the nose.


    A also cut out section with the wing fillet.
    I decided to try a metal foil cover for the fuselage and after many test I feel confortable with 0.2mm tin foil, heavy but flexible fot this first attempt.

    I started with epoxy glue 2 panels in order to have a solid straight pattern.


    I made a copy of the fuel fuselage cup with the coocking alu foil and glued it from backside

    The result




    Now  one of the herdest poit: wings.
    I carefully studied Antonio's work and the drawing that MikeMaben added (thank you!). I made 4 templates of the highlighted wing stations

    Cutted the kit wing root, inserted the templates and refined the whole as per scale plan





    Eduard set gun by for the revell kit adapted here

    and roughly ammo ejection holes

    Filled all panel lins with epoxy putty

    Final stage and forum paired


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    Trak-Tor reacted to Fanes in Italeri TF-104G Marineflieger - decal fun   
    It's not dead!
    During the last two weeks I've spent several hours with applying the stencils to the zipper.
    I worked in small sessions to keep the frustration level low.
    Somehow I had huge issues with the decals this time. They're from the kit (printed by Cartograf) and are nice and thin.
    It can go well (with Microsol):

    One decals looks like it somehow melted??

    And some others (read a lot) show heavy silvering

    Right now it's mostly the inconsistency which annoys me a lot. Nonetheless the belly is all decaled up and the port side about 90% finished.

    There will be a small halt until I've figured out what I'm doing wrong with the decals.
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    Trak-Tor reacted to airscale in 1/18 Hawker Fury   
    Thank you chaps - very kind
    Hi Alain - thanks - no, no clear finish, I almost want them to oxidise to give a bit of age to things
    Gotta call that out Ben - totally untrue! I have seen what you do and it scares me - you easily have this sort of stuff in your locker
    I thought I might change things up a bit having been in the 'pit for a few weeks (and while I search for pics or drawings of the ammo boxes / chutes...) so thought I might make a start on the lower wings. These are more simple than the uppers (no ailerons) so are better candidates to learn on..
    .. I copied the techniques in the Alcorn book - they made it look straightforward
    ..first up make a brass template of the rib - thankfully these are constant chord across the span until it gets to the tip.. the holes they are pinned through are the centrepoints of the two tubular spars and match the mounts on the brass tube fuselage section...

    after making about 30, they are put together as a laminated block (using broaches to align them), clamped and finished to all are identical.. as the book says, they were taken out and 'shuffled' a few times to get them equal..

    ..i created a drawing of the wing with the outline & rib position marked and then stuck lots of little plastic 'U' channel strips where each rib meets the leading edge. The leading edge itself was a bit of half round plastic strip..

    ...cut the tip shape from black plastic card so I can see the midpoint during sanding later and stuck those to carbon rod spars..
    ..also made a jig for each wing so the assembly is flat & true..

    ..started adding the ribs having reamed the holes to fit the spars as a tight fit..

    ..there is a loose rib yet to be attatched at the root so the root rib is double thickness..

    ..added the ribs to the tip as blanks and sanded them down, also added a folded litho trailing edge for a nice crisp edge..

    ..added lots of sheet strengtheners - even with these the wing doesn't have a great deal of torsional strength against twisting, so will have to watch for that..

    ..also added mounts for interplane struts and rigging... just thick 3mm card & brass tubes for now

    ..then realised I had not allowed for dihedral (doh...)
    ..so I put a slit in each spar and built a jig so I could crack them and CA at the right angle... once that was done I added a brass rib at the canted angle and backfilled with CA to surround the cracked spars - all seems strong enough thankfully..

    ..and now I have started experimenting with scoring ribs into sheet with a ballpoint pen in order to skin them... I will most likely do one big skin and wrap around the leading edge..

    ..this is all uncharted territory for me, so we will see how it goes
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Out2gtcha in F7F-3 Tigercat - BuNo 80405 - VMF 312 MCAS - El Toro, CA 1946   
    Thanks all.
    These last few days have all been about the nacelles/wheel wells. They are seriously complex with not only the number of parts, but the fitment. The nacelles themselves are each made up of two horizontal side bulkhead rails, followed by 8 small vertical bulkhead pieces a side, times 4, + the main forward U shaped bulkhead, all made out of very thin resin that is extremely fragile. 
    The only good news here is that I got a lot of the most tedious elements out of the way 2 years ago before I put it down, in having already cut out the seemingly hundreds of holes in the bulkheads. This was done with a variety of sharpened brass tube. This just left the parts themselves to be cut out and sanded smoothed which in itself is a tremendously tedious task as each rib has to be labeled and kept track of, and which side it does on:

    One tube for port and one for starboard:

    Each of the 4 main horizontal ribs had notches for each vertical rib, and were even easier to snap in twain

    Since it was now time to deal with the nacelles and wells, I knew it was time to then fix the port nacelle, which had its trailing end filled with resin. So in seeing  this 2 years ago I promptly cut off the trailing end of the nacelle, and hollowed out the resin with a cone sanding bit in my Dremel. However, right after that the overall tediousness of the build caught up with me and I put the whole thing aside. 
    Fast forward to 2020, and I had to make a tiny jig to seat things right, as there are some complex curves to the rear of the Tigercat nacelles I used some extra tick gap filing CA to glue the rear portion on, then slathered on the MS 500:


    Height and shape seem about right when comparing the sbd nacelle:

    Once the port nacelle had set up and had things sanded a bit, I set about dumping each sides clear tube of bulkhead pieces out, and gluing them in one by one. I did end up adding a piece of small hardened wire to the forward gear well bulkhead, as it was very flimsy, and the bulkhead didn't look right bowed in:


    All the bulkheads are installed, and the interior of the nacelles, firewalls and upper internal nacelle roof parts are ready for primer:





    A view down into what you will see once installed, which is much less, especially once the gear is installed. The gear bays will definitely be busy when done however:, as I have a lot of small detailing to do and things to add that will need to come after paint, but before weathering:

    Off to the spray booth these went, and got a few coats of MS 1500 black. In fitting the overhead parts of the rear bulkhead parts I found they were too long, but already installed. So to get them to fit, I cut them and took a small suction out of the center (the nacelles get "squeezed" together a bit to fit in the end) and will fill in later before full paint:



    While that MS 1500 was hardening off, I started assembling the starboard engine mount parts. THIS is a section that has driven my OCD around the bend.............
    There is absolutely NO direction on how to install these or even WHERE exactly to install them (no marks, holes or indicators what so ever as to where to drill) so this was all guess work and cursing. In the end, to my utter amazement I somehow managed to get the two main holes drilled fairly correctly and two of the cross braces initially installed:


    Laying the recently sprayed nacelle over the engine bearer portion, so far yielded great results:



    I guess it was at this point after ALL the tribulations of this kit I should have known something was about to go horribly wrong..................
    SURE ENOUGH!!   I busted out the port side engine bearer parts and then had a bit of a head scratcher moment when I started comparing identical parts from the R and L sides:
    Same part from the port side compared to the starboard side


    This was getting ridiculous, and reminded me of the factory misaligned wing sections. Yikes. Well looks like Im off to the LHS to get some similar styrene rod to make my own mount!
    Cheers till next time
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    Trak-Tor reacted to Alain Gadbois in ICM Tiger Moth!!   
    I found some reference on the paint scheme on the ICM box cover. The artwork comes from a book I have had since the 90's from Czechoslovakia.  The caption says the aircraft is from No. 25. Polish EFTS (direct quote), and crashed after a mid-air collision with another Tiger Moth on November 10, 1944.
    This is very nice book with some nice detailed drawings and color profiles, but not many photos.


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    Trak-Tor reacted to X15 in Hurricane PCM 1/32 Douglas Bader   
    Hi everybody,
    For the Battle of Britain 80eme aniversary i buif this Douglas Bader Hurricane from Pacific Coast Models kit. Not an easy kit !!
    Paint with Tamiya and Gunze and oil paint weathering.

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