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Anders_Isaksson

1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk VIII "Grey Nurse"

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Hello all,

 

While I have been an LSP member for some years I have not yet gotten around to posting any WIP, but here goes.

 

It has been slow work on this one but the cockpit was finally completed last summer.

 

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The kit cockpit was enhanced with the relevant resin bits from BarracudaCast, excellent stuff indeed! http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/public/style_emoticons/#EMO_DIR#/smile.gif

 

Hope to resume work on the main fuselage soon...

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Very nice, so far. Don't stop now. Need to see more !.....Harv :speak_cool:

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Oh c'mon Anders, this is no time to stop now. I've found that time at the bench has been hard to come by myself but we need to push on my friend. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some building done myself today as there's a bunch of stuff I need to scratch-build on the engine of my Mk IX. I was actually hoping to get it finished before year's end but I'm beginning to think that it simply won't happen. Keep at it though and I look forward to seeing some more WIP posts from you.

 

Cheers,

Wolf

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Looks great so far.

 

Also, if you are interested, Ad Astra has made a set of masks for the GreyNurse markings. I have a set on order from Ian there. They'd re not on his website but drop him an email and he can send you the details.

 

Carl

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Hello Anders,

 

Slow is best...The quality of your work is outstanding - I love the way you have painted and weathered your cockpit - very subtle (I wish that I could paint like that!).

 

Derek

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Harv, Wolf, Maru, Loic, Carl and Derek:

Many thanks for your encouraging replies and apologies for my belated response.

(Seems like the automatic email notification is not working for my topic.)

 

Not much to show for progress, but at least a little step forward has been taken. :)

 

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A pair of fuel tank vents need to be added, me thinks.

 

Looks great so far.

 

Also, if you are interested, Ad Astra has made a set of masks for the GreyNurse markings. I have a set on order from Ian there. They'd re not on his website but drop him an email and he can send you the details.

 

Carl

 

Many thanks for the tip, Carl! I will investigate this ASAP.

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Not sure why this build came to a halt but I hope to pick it up again soon. smile.gif

 

Ok... soon is about now, right?  :rolleyes:

 

Finally got this one back on the bench.

With the fuselage closed up I turned to the engine. This was sort of a speed build where I didn't spend an extra second on cleanup, so not much to see here.

 

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Too bad about Tamiya's excellent engineering and detail here but not much to do as I plan to have all panels in place in order to show off the sharkmouth.

Still, I figured most of the engine had to be included in the build to act as a point of reference for the exhaust stubs framework for the panels.

 

Thinking about wether to use a set of QB exhaust stubs or go with detailed and thinned out kit parts (as per Mr Buddee's impressive build).

Decisions, decisions...

 

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The styrene parts can of course be glued the usual way with plenty of time to get everything aligned, while the resin stubs probably will require messing about with slow drying epoxi to enable time for alignment - not an attractive proposition.  <_<

 

The basic airframe is taking shape, and as expected no problems have been encountered so far.

Wings only dry-fitted here.

 

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But I am wondering about the separate parts for the MG and cannon fairings, should these be faired in so the seamlines completely disappear?

My references does not really have a clear pic of the wing leading edge so I am a bit in the dark here.  :(

 

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The MG fairing has not been glued just yet, that is why it looks to be a bit off in the pic above.

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Hello Anders.

 

Splendid work so far..

 

Nice to see lovely detailed work..

(MY E mails notifications also haven't been coming thru at all so you are not alone !)

 

 

Keep Up the excellent work

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But I am wondering about the separate parts for the MG and cannon fairings, should these be faired in so the seamlines completely disappear?

My references does not really have a clear pic of the wing leading edge so I am a bit in the dark here.  :(

 

1-P1010017.jpg

 

The MG fairing has not been glued just yet, that is why it looks to be a bit off in the pic above.

 

Looking good, Anders.

 

To answer your question, yes the MG and cannon fairings should be blended in with the wing. All to often I've seen otherwise excellent Tamiya Spitfires that have this seam showing.

 

The good news is that the rivets on the leading edge of the wing back to the spar (i.e. the panel line in line with the forward edges of the ammo covers) were filled and sanded smooth. You will not have to restore any rivet detail lost by filling the gun insert seams, but rather you can fill in the rivets forward of the spar.

 

Cheers,

Tony

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