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    VintageEagle got a reaction from nmayhew in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally a new update. After the tedious work of riveting the wings, I planned to build the landing gear wheel wells out of the box. But that plan was soon abandoned and I ended up investing (too) many hours again for upgrading the wheel wells. So far, so good. The Eduard P/E parts are fragile and I hope everything will hold together when installing and painting the wheel wells. I did a few modifications which I have summarized in the photo below. 
     
    Meanwhile, I have also received the excellent landing gear legs from 'Synthetic Ordnance Works'. The oleo strut is not only metallic like the real strut, the whole leg is also much stronger due to the internal metal structure. I like that the outside (except the strut) is plastic as I can more easily work with this material than with bronze like Eduard's aftermarket legs. I first thought (wrongly!) that Eduard got the lenght right, but it was the opposite: the Eduard legs are too short (fully compressed oleo strut) and 'Synthetic Ordnance Works' got it right (see other photos). 
     
    Next will be painting, then installing some pipes and wires in the whee wells. Then installing it into the wings/fuselage. 
     
    Cheers, Roger
     
     
     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Kais in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally a new update. After the tedious work of riveting the wings, I planned to build the landing gear wheel wells out of the box. But that plan was soon abandoned and I ended up investing (too) many hours again for upgrading the wheel wells. So far, so good. The Eduard P/E parts are fragile and I hope everything will hold together when installing and painting the wheel wells. I did a few modifications which I have summarized in the photo below. 
     
    Meanwhile, I have also received the excellent landing gear legs from 'Synthetic Ordnance Works'. The oleo strut is not only metallic like the real strut, the whole leg is also much stronger due to the internal metal structure. I like that the outside (except the strut) is plastic as I can more easily work with this material than with bronze like Eduard's aftermarket legs. I first thought (wrongly!) that Eduard got the lenght right, but it was the opposite: the Eduard legs are too short (fully compressed oleo strut) and 'Synthetic Ordnance Works' got it right (see other photos). 
     
    Next will be painting, then installing some pipes and wires in the whee wells. Then installing it into the wings/fuselage. 
     
    Cheers, Roger
     
     
     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from TAG in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally a new update. After the tedious work of riveting the wings, I planned to build the landing gear wheel wells out of the box. But that plan was soon abandoned and I ended up investing (too) many hours again for upgrading the wheel wells. So far, so good. The Eduard P/E parts are fragile and I hope everything will hold together when installing and painting the wheel wells. I did a few modifications which I have summarized in the photo below. 
     
    Meanwhile, I have also received the excellent landing gear legs from 'Synthetic Ordnance Works'. The oleo strut is not only metallic like the real strut, the whole leg is also much stronger due to the internal metal structure. I like that the outside (except the strut) is plastic as I can more easily work with this material than with bronze like Eduard's aftermarket legs. I first thought (wrongly!) that Eduard got the lenght right, but it was the opposite: the Eduard legs are too short (fully compressed oleo strut) and 'Synthetic Ordnance Works' got it right (see other photos). 
     
    Next will be painting, then installing some pipes and wires in the whee wells. Then installing it into the wings/fuselage. 
     
    Cheers, Roger
     
     
     

     

     

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    VintageEagle reacted to Seversky in AT-33A T-Bird (1/32 Special Hobby)   
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    Hi Peter,
     
    Fantastic work! Regarding the suspected Ausgleichsgefäss an original installation guideline can be fond here:
     
    https://www.deutscheluftwaffe.com/archiv/Dokumente/ABC/a/Askania/Einbauvorschrift Variometer.pdf
     
    Note the similarity of the shapes.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    That is the ‘Ausgleichsgefäss’ usually connected to a rate of climb indicator, but I don’t see any rate of climb indicator. It most likely was used for one of the additional test instruments.
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    Looks absolutely fantastic! I can almost see the fuel running through the transparent part of the fuel line.
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    VintageEagle reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14 Hartmann Double Chevron   
    It looks the drop tanks had just as many variations as the aircraft!  No surprise there!  The hex plug adds a little bit of visual interest to the tank  so I'll probably keep it but I'm still wanting to reduce it in size if I can.
     
    The cockpit for the G-14 has been painted.


     
    Getting close-up shots of the cockpit can be very unforgiving, revealing flaws that you miss in person.  But it is also a very good way to improve one's technique.  I'm a firm believer that good photography can make one a better modeler.




     
    Chipping was done with a combination of hairspray (major areas on the seat and floor) and dry-brushing.  A pastel wash and dry pastels added a little more wear.  The few data stencils were from Airscale.  The sidewalls are not yet attached to the cockpit tub so we can get a sideways view into each side of the cockpit... a view that won't be possible when the fuselage sides are glued together.


     
    The downward view is probably more important since it better approximates the actual view into the cockpit.  This shows the added MW50 gauge and also some sloppy painting on the actuating rods coming out of the throttle quadrant.

     
    On the starboard side, you can see the additional gauges near the oxygen regulator that were given the same treatment (Airscale gauge decals and clear plastic dials) as the instrument panel.

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    VintageEagle reacted to 109 in Pauke! Pauke! – NIGHTFIGHTER! Me 262 B-1a/U1 Red 12   
    Hi,
     
    airbrushed the black lower surfaces with satin black including some Tamiya neutral grey and a drop of redbrown.
     
    Bye, Bernd
     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS - Höhenjäger   
    This is my recently completed conversion of the 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6 kit into a Bf109G-6/AS using the AMUR Reaver resin cowling.  Incliuding the AMUR Reaver cowling, I added the following aftermarket items into the build:
     
    1. AMUR Reaver Bf109G-6/AS resin cowling and supercharger intake
    2. Aires Bf109G-6 resin cockpit
    3. Barracuda Bf109F-G-14 resin prop and spinner
    4. Barracuda Bf109G resin wheels, ribbed tire/smooth hub
    5. Barracuda Bf109G resin exhausts
    6. Synthetic Ordinance Works Bf109G resin/metal landing gear legs
    7. EagleCals Bf109G6 decal sheet #32-42
     
    The national markings and swastika were painted using custom cut masks.  AK Real Colors RLM 76 Version 2 was used for the external colors.
    The complete build log can be found here...
     
     
















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    VintageEagle reacted to Miloslav1956 in Ki-61-l Tei & Ki-61-I Hei mjr. Teruhiko Kobayashi 1/32 Hasegawa   
    Today small update.
     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    VintageEagle reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Zoukei-Mura Ta152H-0 White 7   
    Thanks guys!  Obstacles have yet to be put in the rear view mirror but I'm working on it.  More detail work on the Ta152...
    I'm not going to deal with the Eduard Origami metal flaps and will simplify this build somewhat by using the kit flaps.  But first, I have to address the sink marks on the outside surface of the flaps.


     
    The molded ribs on the fabric covered control surfaces have been sanded down.

     
    I made wheel masks using an Olfa circle cutter.


     
    A few views of the painted Barracuda tires mounted on the SOW landing gear.  Hopefully, these pieces of resin convey the impression of metal and rubber.



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    VintageEagle got a reaction from TAG in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    It looks like you are using the same type of tools that I'm using.  You're doing excellent work and I hope that you can get the cannon fairings worked out!
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from turbo in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from MikeMaben in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from D.B. Andrus in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Hi Peter,  many thanks for your kind comments! Cheers, Roger
     
     
    Hi John, thank you very much! I have been a close follower of your Bf 109 and Fw 190 builds. They are among the best I have ever seen. I used a RB riveter wheel (0.75mm) for most rivets, a riveter punch tool for the larger rivets on and around the wing main spar (I think it is a jeweler tool, most likely the one that you also use) and for individual rivets a scribing tool with a pointed metal tip. I'd say 60% of the work was studying photos and documents to figure out the pattern. Cheers, Roger
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Shiba in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle reacted to PeterOlsen in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Hi Roger, beautiful rivet work, very neat, well done !
    Cheers,
    Peter
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    VintageEagle reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Beautiful  riveting work!  Which tool did you use?
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    VintageEagle got a reaction from AceofClubs in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from scvrobeson in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Bil in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    VintageEagle got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Fw 190 F-8 & A-8: Working on the wheel wells!   
    Finally! Riveting of the wing's upper and lower surfaces is complete. To get the rivet pattern as close to the original as possible, I used photos from actual aircraft, original spare parts manual and even original Focke Wulf riveting instructions. Most of the rivet pattern won't be visible well once the aircraft is painted, but it gives me peace of mind to know that the pattern is close to the original pattern. I added the landing flap indicator hole as well as the control link inspection holes on the upper surface. I still need to install the MG 151 covers on the upper surface, but the two pin holes are already drilled. I also added the rivets to the leading edge, which was a bit a challenge due to the bent surface. 
     
    Next will be the landing gear bay where I will use a combination of Eduard P/E and Revell parts. I won't use all of Eduard's P/E parts as in my opinion some of them a) don't fit well and b) don't resemble the original parts. 
     
    One other challenge I have is the cover of the outboard MG 151 canons. They are not moulded into the Revell kit parts, but Revell just asks you to drill a hole into the leading edge (as the wing was made for the original Fw 190 F-8 kit that didn't have these outboard canons). The original covers look like the one in the last photo below. EagleParts offers such covers in 1/32, but they need to be glued on top of the leading edge, while the original cover was flush with the leading edge. I'll therefore try to scribe the panel lines (difficult around a bent surface) and to build the parts myself using a plastic tube and some filler. If that won't give the results I hope for, I'll go with the EagleParts cover and will try to sand it a bit thinner. 
     
    Still a lot to do, but finally a different task ahead than the hours of riveting and one big step closer to complete assembly to start painting.
     
    Cheers,
     
    Roger
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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