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Hello LSP Folks!
Clearly I dont already have enough projects going on the bench but I have to say that of all 5 ongoing projects, this one is the one I looked forward to working on the most.

A few weeks before Christmas last year (2011) my Girlfriend asked me what I wanted the most as far as model projects for 2012. Pastor Johns AIMS Conversion and a New Revell JU 88 were at the top of my list and so it all came to pass!

I sent Pastor John the payment and he replied almost instantly ( he was awake in the UK when I sent my email and payment at "Oh I should be sleeping" thirty from Oregon and the first part of the plan fell into place with his timely ( less then 5 minutes after sending ) reply. :speak_cool:
Sprue Bro's came to my aid for the kit and then I figured I'd be waiting a while on the Royal Mail. NOPE.. :party0023: Pastor John pulled off a Christmas Miricle and I had both parts of the project a week BEFORE christmas!

I had already read Pastor Johns build log here at LSP a dozen times, Daydreaming etc. and was eagerly awaiting the box from the UK.
When I opened the box all I could do was stare at the parts in amazement! I mean a picture is awesome but MAN he did some nice work on ALL of the parts of the conversion.
All of the castings were FLAWLESS. The Photo Etch is TOP Notch, the decal sheet is vivid, clear, on register and WELL researched. The Vac parts are clear and distortion free and the rest of the details are simply put..divine. Pastor John and AIMS IMHO are exactly what I hoped for and have definitely exceeded my expectations in every respect in both product and service.

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I had never seen the contents of the JU 88 kit from Revell in the flesh until now and honestly, it lives up to all the descriptions Iv'e read here at LSP and now that I have one I already want another , perhaps a AIMS JU 188 conversion some time down the road.

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Ok Back to this build/ conversion :

I just started this on 1/ 1 /2012
Pastor John did some refinements to the original castings for the replacement engine nacelles, they are now hollow molded with the engine faces/radiators cast as solid separate pieces. THANK YOU PASTOR JOHN! :speak_cool:
The less resin I have to grind, the happier I am ! Even with a respirator and vacuum running, it's still not fun to prep resin, but the parts cleaned up easily and no details were lost or damaged during the process.

The first thing I wanted to do was get the main resin parts attached and then go back and detail/sand/ fill and file everything so that I could concentrate on the project as a whole. I cleaned up any remaining pour stubs, washed the parts with soap and water, then mineral spirits to de grease them, then washed them again in Oxy Clean.

The AIMS parts lined up PERFECTLY with the kit parts and were attached with Gorilla Brand 5 minute epoxy and superglue.


I taped the fuselage halves with the wing and tail spars trapped and floating inside, then built the wings. I modified the parts of the kit per AIMS instructions and "tacked" then glued the resin conversion parts into place. I worked from a totally flat and level surface to make sure my Dihedral was dead on, the tail surfaces were flat etc. and then used a 8 inch level, calipers and a few small steel "squaring" blocks and rulers to make sure all of the parts were going to be perfectly aligned. I held it all in place with rubber bands to temp everything in place, re checked my fit, then glued it all for good.

BANG...dead on, First try! :party0023: This set is so easy to use, even I can do it LOL!

I will be done with work for the week this thursday and I'll set to work on the cockpit while also refining details on the nacelles with a minimum of sanding and filling. One thing I did do already to modify the parts of the conversion was to hollow out the air intakes on each nacelle. they are provided as separate parts with nicely recessed detail, but I wanted more! With careful use of micro drills and a Dremmel tool, I got them hollowed out and mounted onto the nacelles and the see though look is a nice improvement/ detail so far.

I need to figure out if any of the Kagero JU 88 books has plans for the G6 in it that show the rivet lines, and I may rivet the whole plane as well.

So this is where I am, I'm MOST incredibly happy with my progress and the kit and AIMS conversion thus far.
If anybody reading this has any questions or comments, pointers etc, PLEASE feel free to jump in! I'm anticipating nothing more then modeling 101 and some mild scratch building from here on out but your support and suggestion are most welcome :speak_cool:

More soon,

Paul

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Hi Paul,

 

Whow this is mouth watering.

 

With the announcement of Revell's next twin release being the He 219 Uhu, I'm rethinking as to whether I would sell these off my Revell Me 110-G4 night fighter with all the bells and whistles and the Revell Me262 night fighter (yep both require quite a bit of work but I like that), and as I'll get the 219 being a new tool LSP twin (the He-111 as nice as it is doesn't interest me) being a night fighter, on seeing your project and having a Ju88 in the roof (as one does), you may have just resolved my pondering as to whether I'd keep the old Revell kits and form a new 'theme' of night fighters as I have four or five other LSPs I can steer that way in my stash.

 

Looks great so far, keep up the good work and I'll be watching all the way.

 

Trust 2012 is a good one for you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Brent

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WOW !!! Amazing start....

 

Keep up the good work Sir,

 

MARU 5137 :thumbsup:

 

Maru,

Thanks for checking in on my project. It is going to be one heck of a model some day if I'm lucky. 12 hour shift at work ahead of me tonight, Lots of time to plan my next moves on the kit. More soon,

Paul

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Great stuff, looking forward to seeing this progress... :popcorn:

 

Thank you Kagemusha! This really is an exceptionally well designed kit from Revell, and the Conversion Set from AIMS is every bit its equal. The research I've been doing on the JU 88 and in particular the G series has really been as much fun too! Hopefully I'll turn out at least a passable model of the G6 when it's finished.

Thank you for watching.

Paul

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Hi Paul,

 

Whow this is mouth watering.

 

With the announcement of Revell's next twin release being the He 219 Uhu, I'm rethinking as to whether I would sell these off my Revell Me 110-G4 night fighter with all the bells and whistles and the Revell Me262 night fighter (yep both require quite a bit of work but I like that), and as I'll get the 219 being a new tool LSP twin (the He-111 as nice as it is doesn't interest me) being a night fighter, on seeing your project and having a Ju88 in the roof (as one does), you may have just resolved my pondering as to whether I'd keep the old Revell kits and form a new 'theme' of night fighters as I have four or five other LSPs I can steer that way in my stash.

 

Looks great so far, keep up the good work and I'll be watching all the way.

 

Trust 2012 is a good one for you,

 

Kind Regards

 

Brent

 

Hello Brent!

Thank you for checking in on my build. :speak_cool:

 

I am thinking long term along the same lines, Revell's announced 219, this kit I'm doing as a G-6, The announced P-61 and possible new Mossie comming from a couple of potential companies. This is a great time to get the night fighters done the way I've always wanted, in 1/32 and detailed! I may even do a couple of the 190 and 109 single engine Night Fighter s as well some day. For now this project is realy keeping me entertained and learning, and I'm grateful for the chance to build it and share my work and progress here at LSP.

All the best to you too in 2012,

Paul

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Nice work so far. Are you going to use the vac spine, or modify the kit part? I feel the vac part is a little flimsy and hard to blend into the Revell plastic. Modification of the plastic part is easy so that you can incorporate the loop:

 

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Hey hey....

 

How cool is that !! I am all into the nightfighter "way of thinking" myself :evil_laugh:

 

I started with the Do-335, I just bought one Me-110 and converting the Ju-88 is into my plans too (but most probably a C6 rather than G6 for me) while waiting for the Uhu... Russ and I also started a while back to look at building a Do-217 but this was stopped for the reasons we all know but this project is close to "ready to start" state :rolleyes:

 

I will be following this build with MOST interest!

Keep the good work and the updates coming :speak_cool:

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Nice work so far. Are you going to use the vac spine, or modify the kit part? I feel the vac part is a little flimsy and hard to blend into the Revell plastic. Modification of the plastic part is easy so that you can incorporate the loop:

 

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Yes James,

I was thinking about doing my own spine mod's as well. For the Belly, I am probably going to beef up the vac parts by pouring a thin layer of resin into the vac, then fill and re-scribe the panel lines to more closely match the scale of the kit parts. Your 188 looks quite impresive already! Man isn't it nice to have such incredible parts from AIMS? I'd love to see more of your conversion too!

All the best,

Paul

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Hey hey....

 

How cool is that !! I am all into the nightfighter "way of thinking" myself :evil_laugh:

 

I started with the Do-335, I just bought one Me-110 and converting the Ju-88 is into my plans too (but most probably a C6 rather than G6 for me) while waiting for the Uhu... Russ and I also started a while back to look at building a Do-217 but this was stopped for the reasons we all know but this project is close to "ready to start" state :rolleyes:

 

I will be following this build with MOST interest!

Keep the good work and the updates coming :speak_cool:

 

Loic,

Your Arrow and Christian's Ju52 are a couple of the most inspiring and motivating models I have ever had the pleasure of watching come to life on here. I read both posts daily and await new developments from you two keep me going on my feeble attempts to create like you do.

 

I'd love to see the 217 re born in honor of our lost comrade Russ, I know he's GOT to be smiling down from above on you and your work.

 

Thank you again for the kind words, and Please, If you see something I can easily improve or have a comment or suggestion, I'd look forward to it. Words of encouragement don't hurt either.

 

All the best,

Paul

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Great stuff, I just started this same project too! At the rate I build you'll probably done long before me though! B)

 

Mike,

Have you decided what particular aircraft youre going to end up with yet?

I dont build all that fast, I tend to do it in spurts, then switch projects. This one however I am commited to 100% and will exclusively focus on until done more likely then not. :speak_cool: Thanks for the kind words, and if we can help each other along, I'll gladly do my part.

Paul

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Ahhh! One last thing, I wanted to thank Florin 13 for generously getting me a file with the rivet locations / plans for this plane. Now, If I muster up the courage to rivet it, I know where they go!

MANY Thanks again Florin,

Paul

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