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    Brett M reacted to jbrundt in Trumpeter TBF-1C Ready for Inspection   
    Well, the big Trumpy Avenger is done. For those that have followed this build it has been an adventure. Her she is in her glory, warts and all...
     

     


     
















     
     
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    Brett M reacted to jbrundt in Trumpeter TBF-1C Avenger   
    Big update..
    Wingfold has lots of PE..


















     
    Techmod masks for outside, insides were done using the carrier as a template










     
    MRP paint was used...




     
    Jig required to set wheels plus brake lines added to gear:




     
    Techmod decals were used, some finesse was required for the port side insignia to fit over the air vent scoop as solvaset had zero effect on the decals. Walkways were done using ammo paste.






     
     


    Getting close to done...
     


     
    Now please go to the Ready For Inspection forum section for the final reveal....
     
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    Brett M got a reaction from Miloslav1956 in Bf 110C-2 1/NJG 3, Benghazi 1941 1/32 Revell/Dragon   
    Very nice work!
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    Brett M got a reaction from Alex in A6M2b Zero Lt. Fusata Iida, Carrier Soryu, 07 Dec 1941 [Tamiya 1/32]   
    Really nice looking Alex, great work!
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    Brett M reacted to Miloslav1956 in Bf 110C-2 1/NJG 3, Benghazi 1941 1/32 Revell/Dragon   
    My first Bf 110. 1/32 Revell kit HGW Seat belts & wet transfers All colours MRP Finished.          
     
     
     
     

           

     
     
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    Brett M reacted to Alex in A6M2b Zero Lt. Fusata Iida, Carrier Soryu, 07 Dec 1941 [Tamiya 1/32]   
    And then with the wingtips extended and cowling buttoned up, as spotted on deck prior to the raid on Pearl Harbor.
     

     

     
    (the extended version of the wingtips has too thin a coat of paint on them.  I will fix this at some point...)
     

     

     

     
    And one of the undersides, for completeness
     

     
     
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    Brett M reacted to Alex in A6M2b Zero Lt. Fusata Iida, Carrier Soryu, 07 Dec 1941 [Tamiya 1/32]   
    Some more views of the "opened up" mode.
     

     

     

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    Brett M reacted to Alex in A6M2b Zero Lt. Fusata Iida, Carrier Soryu, 07 Dec 1941 [Tamiya 1/32]   
    By far my longest, most involved project to date.
     
    Many people followed along and offered advice and encouragement on my build thread, but I would like to especially call out and thank Ryan (A6M) whose expert advice on all things Zero was immensely helpful and made this a better model than I otherwise would have been able to build.
     
    I tried to up my RFI game a bit on this one by purchasing a cheap tablecloth to use as a background and actually digging out my old DSLR (versus just taking iPhone photos).  Perhaps for the next model I will further improve on this by ironing the tablecloth...
     
    First some shots featuring the detailed innards of the forward fuselage, plus the folded wingtips.
     

     

     

     

     
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    Brett M reacted to REJ in 1/18th Merit SBD-2 "2106" at Midway   
    She measures out to 20 and 1/2 inches nose to tail and 28 inches in wingspan. Juuussstttt a little bit larger the 1:32nd scale.
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    Brett M got a reaction from REJ in 1/18th Merit SBD-2 "2106" at Midway   
    That works....dwarfs my little 1/32 -5 
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    Brett M reacted to REJ in 1/18th Merit SBD-2 "2106" at Midway   
    I don't have any soda cans around (gave soda up to loose weight), but this is a standard 16 ounce bottle of water if that helps....?
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    Brett M reacted to JayW in 1/18 Scale Blue Box F4U-1A Corsair Modification   
    Ok the "intermediate rear crankcase":
     

     
    Similar to the intermediate stage supercharger section already described, this piece started out as a lathe turning, and then a bunch of plastic add-ons.  I don't have any early-on pictures as they are so similar to what I already described.  But here are some pics of the basically finished part:
     

     
     

     
    The large white flat area is where the "rear crankcase" will be mounted.  The round white flats are for mounting of the aux stage air exit ducts.  Wahoo!
     
    And attached to the intermediate blower stage:
     
      
     
    See that weird looking circuitous rectangular section pipe running horizontally on the near side of the assembly?  That is an oil passage pipe:
     
     
     
    Here is what the engine looks like so far:
     

     

     
    Coming right along.  The last remaining section of the engine is the rear crankcase:
     

     
    This is also a lathe turning that starts out round:
     

     
    ...and then gets alot milled off:
     

     
    Until it looks like this:
     

     
    So much has to happen with this part!  You will see that next post, so stay tuned!
     
     
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    Brett M reacted to Anthony in NZ in FGR.2 WILD HARE Phantom Conversion   
    So I took your advice Albert and got back to work,  as I had spent a long time on that heat shielded area and figuring out how to modify it.
     
    Just finishing off the back end before I cut it off.  I posted this side because I am waiting for some superglue to dry on the other side to fix a panel line that shouldnt be there (looking at a drawing and not photo's).  
     
    For those who know your Brit Phantoms, after seeing this will know which version I am now building

     

     
    Not much of an update....but progress is progress!
     
    Cheers guys
    Anthony
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    Brett M reacted to spyrosjzmichos in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    Very nice progress Brett! 
    The engine is looking marvellous!
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    Brett M got a reaction from jgrease in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    Putting away at this still, just not a lot to really show. Since I've attached the horizontal stabilizers, I figure that's something...... I'm currently ready to spray a gloss coat and start the rivet decals, but am waiting on a circle scribing template to arrive via Amazon......hopefully a day or two more only! I've also ordered Master .50 caliber barrels to replace the pilots guns.....I had forgotten I'd only ordered the rear .30's, so I have to wait on attaching the section directly in front of the cockpit (sat in place for now).
     
    Anyway, stabilizers on, neither side was the same thickness as the other and there were massive gaps on the underside. Lots of sanding and CA, we have something somewhat acceptable. Otherwise, I believe I have everything filled and am just in standby mode for the main plane. Off to work on the engine!

     
     

     

     
    A bit of white putty stuck in the panel line, I'll clear that later!

     
     
     
    And, tried to escape the heat of Salt Lake and headed up into the mountains. Even at 10,400 ft, it was still mid 80's. No escaping the heat bubble in the southwest!

    Our Golden Retriever, Chester, telling me it's time to go back to the shade. 

     

     

     
     
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    Brett M got a reaction from jgrease in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    Well, that’s one side filled. I have a bit more cleanup to do and some repair to panel lines. But, we’re making progress!
     

     

     

     
     
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    Brett M got a reaction from MikeMaben in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    BTT!
     
    Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer.
     
    Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though.
     
    Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the spinner and aluminum for the hub. My yellow orange tips might be resprayed as they aren’t quite even.
     
    The overall airframe has been gloss coated and stands ready for rivets and black basing! Soon 
     

     

     

     
    Close up shots aren’t nice! Definitely reworking the tips, now that I see that ridge at the bottom.

     
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    Brett M got a reaction from spyrosjzmichos in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    BTT!
     
    Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer.
     
    Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though.
     
    Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the spinner and aluminum for the hub. My yellow orange tips might be resprayed as they aren’t quite even.
     
    The overall airframe has been gloss coated and stands ready for rivets and black basing! Soon 
     

     

     

     
    Close up shots aren’t nice! Definitely reworking the tips, now that I see that ridge at the bottom.

     
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    Brett M reacted to Phartycr0c in HPH FW 189 Uhu   
    Entering into the foray of my first full resin kit build, I decided on the 189 as its an unusual subject very rarely modelled in any scale let alone gods own 1/32. 
     
    I have to say, I really enjoyed putting this together and while I did have a few issues of my own doing, generally, if the clean up is done correctly, it goes together well with few fit issues. 
    The problem areas i encountered were around the following areas. 
     
    Where the booms attach to the underside of the wings, a gap needs to be dealt with. 
    The glazing at the rear of the fuselage  where the transition from square to round took me an age to deal with. its still not spot on but this was more likely a me issue rather than the kit itself. 
    The section of upper fuselage was undersized and needed considerable shimming and re alignment to mate with the glazed areas. Again its not spot on but its good enough for government work as they say. 
     
    First time with a HPH kit. The glazing was weird, being soft and maleable polypropelene (i Think) they gould be bent easily without cracking or other damage.
     
    There are other mistakes I have made but for anyone who is thinking of building this kit, do it, just ensure you take your time and dry fit multiple times before committing to glue. Anyhow, on with the show. 
     
    Based VERY VERY loosely on this colour scheme, 
     
       
     
    Here we go. 
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Brett M reacted to Archer Fine Transfers in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    Yes, it has the loop antenna according to William Reece. The Smithsonian did a series of cockpit books and there's a photo of a -6 with the mounting bracket, but missing the loop.
     
    Damn, son you're making some serious progress and the engine looks awesome. I'm completely stalled on my build.
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    Brett M got a reaction from Fanes in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    BTT!
     
    Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer.
     
    Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though.
     
    Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the spinner and aluminum for the hub. My yellow orange tips might be resprayed as they aren’t quite even.
     
    The overall airframe has been gloss coated and stands ready for rivets and black basing! Soon 
     

     

     

     
    Close up shots aren’t nice! Definitely reworking the tips, now that I see that ridge at the bottom.

     
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    Brett M got a reaction from Alex in A6M2b Zero - Attack on Pearl Harbor - 1/32 Tamiya   
    Looks great, Alex. Very nice build and looking forward to seeing the RFI!
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    Brett M reacted to Alex in A6M2b Zero - Attack on Pearl Harbor - 1/32 Tamiya   
    So I think this is a wrap for this model.  I'll post the usual iPhone photo on messy bench for the record here, but I am going to try to do a better RFI.  I ordered a cheap gray tablecloth from Amazon to use as a visually neutral backdrop, and I dug out and charged up my Cannon DSLR (which I don't think I've touched in 3 years).  I'm going to try and make some better looking photos to document the completed model.
     

     
    Next up will be a Ki-86a IJAAF trainer (a license-built Bucker Bu131) over in the Training Day group build forum!  I am excited to get started on that.
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    Brett M got a reaction from Uncarina in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    BTT!
     
    Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer.
     
    Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though.
     
    Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the spinner and aluminum for the hub. My yellow orange tips might be resprayed as they aren’t quite even.
     
    The overall airframe has been gloss coated and stands ready for rivets and black basing! Soon 
     

     

     

     
    Close up shots aren’t nice! Definitely reworking the tips, now that I see that ridge at the bottom.

     
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    Brett M got a reaction from chuck540z3 in 1/32 Trumpeter SBD-5 Dauntless in NZ livery   
    BTT!
     
    Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer.
     
    Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though.
     
    Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the spinner and aluminum for the hub. My yellow orange tips might be resprayed as they aren’t quite even.
     
    The overall airframe has been gloss coated and stands ready for rivets and black basing! Soon 
     

     

     

     
    Close up shots aren’t nice! Definitely reworking the tips, now that I see that ridge at the bottom.

     
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