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Tamiya P-51D, Sinai, 1956, Finished, 2.1.18

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Nicely busy. Will look great when painted.

And that brings me to ask:

Hello Mark 

How will you do for painting such small and difficult access détails like wiring and tubing and also surface behind these???

raf

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How right you are, Kevin.

 

Thank you, Babs.

 

Thank you, Brother Bear!

 

Thank you, Rick.  IOU.

 

Thank you, William.  Gobi, that's funny.

 

Well, Raf, I've been contemplating that same question.  All I can say is that I'll do what I can.

 

Small update.

 

Found a new drawing and scheme:

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I like this layout better.

 

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I spent a bit of time messing around with rockets and bombs but the mold material never cured, twice!, and the only thing I found to really clean the material off of the LEGOs is HOT!  As in, melt the plastic.  So lots of LEGOs were deep sixed.  Anyway, the Sinai distances are relatively short and extra fuel tanks aren't really necessary but I wanted something under the wings.  Put in some piping.

 

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Drilled some holes.

 

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Sanded the back flat and glued in some screen.  It probably doesn't belong but I liked the idea.  It's from a tea bag.

 

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Worked on the engine a bit.  Ignition lines are solder and represent braided stainless steel sheathing.  In post 55 I tempted myself with braided sheathing as an idea but decided against it.  To imitate the sheathe I rolled solder under a flat file to impress the diamond pattern into the surface.  You can see the texture better on the solder strip at the magneto.  Hanging coolant hose ties in.  

 

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I had nothing but trouble here.  So much so that I'm considering closing up the engine and being done with it.  Wire with red is piston primer.

 

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Most of the work was done on this side.  Air intake/carburetor is tension-fitted into the bell housing.  The blue insulation on the ignition wires just has to go.  White is CA remover.  Don't now how that got there.  Coolant hose ties in.  Ran a center-line down the rod to help with alignment of the protuberances.  Lost linkage detail while working on the front end.  Oh well.

 

Not really happy with my execution on this engine.  I'll step back for awhile and see what develops.

Thanks for looking in.

Sincerely,

Mark

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Mark...Heads up....it looks great...but, them ignition on the sides, big risk that when the exhaus plate komes in place its a big risk that them cables come between...they dont fit....

so you may need to trim them plates (the one with them exhaus pipes) on the inside...just want to give you heads up....happened to me....

 

So dryfit with them fuselage halfes and all them plates and wowling to make shure it fits niceley inside....

 

also your engine looks absolutely fantastic...

 

/Mal

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Guest Peterpools

Brother Bear

Nice detailing on the drop tanks and the Merlin; WOW! Nothing as spellbinding as watching your thread develop when you are on a roll!

Looking fantastic

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Mal: I will be sure to double-check the fit.  I checked the fit when the ignition wires had blue insulation leading into the engine.  I had to remove them.  Since I had super-glued them in place I had to use CA Remover to remove them and the insulation.  A bit of Remover overflow caused the white area below the oil pump.  At least I think it's the oil pump.

 

The wiring should now be able to lie flat beneath the exhaust panel, something it wasn't able to do with the blue lead-in insulation.  I was so tired of messing with this that I did not put the engine back in and re-panel the nose to check the panel fit.  But I will go double-check now.

 

Thank you, Brother Bear!

 

Sparzana: Stay away from the engine!  You may have read in the beginning of my post that I had difficulty with the silicone moldings.  I haven't forgotten you.  I am awaiting some new molding material that is not the two-part blue molding material one often sees.  The last batch of that I bought has twice not solidified for me.  It created a mess with time-consuming clean-up, but I haven't given up.  I appreciate your patience.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

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Sparzana: Stay away from the engine!  You may have read in the beginning of my post that I had difficulty with the silicone moldings.  I haven't forgotten you.  I am awaiting some new molding material that is not the two-part blue molding material one often sees.  The last batch of that I bought has twice not solidified for me.  It created a mess with time-consuming clean-up, but I haven't given up.  I appreciate your patience.

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

And I appreciate you trying! :) And, of course, the exquisite attention to detail of your builds... always such a pleasure to watch, and inspiring as well!

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I don't see a lot of reasons to be so hard on yourself, Mark. The engine looks very good to my eye! 

Nice trick with braided sheathing. Looks super convincing on thicker lines! Will try to remember that.

More please!

 

:popcorn: 

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fascinating subject and lovely engine details... I am working on a similar engine for my Spit and am fascinated by the add-ons you have done... fun to see your work... I do not have the wherewithal to do these kinds of details, but admire yours...

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'Mark, this is the kind of model building I love, very inspiring indeed!  Taking notes for my own Tamiya RNZAF one. Keep up the awesome work.'

Thank you, Anthony.  Better to use aftermarket than to follow too closely what I'm doing.  I've incorporated some license in the wheel well and engine bay for sure.  I look forward to following your NZ build.

 

'And I appreciate you trying!  :) And, of course, the exquisite attention to detail of your builds... always such a pleasure to watch, and inspiring as well!'

Thank you, Sparzana.  I am honored that others feel what I do is inspirational.

 

'Nice scratching on the engine!'

Thank you, Bill.  I never thought I'd reach this point.  It has taken a while.  It seemed so daunting when I stopped building back then.  But the engine bay seems to be settling down into itself.  I'm just hoping I can manage a good job of it.

 

'Engine looks great Mark!'

Thank you, Kevin. Very tedious work.  Cutting, filing, trimming, gluing, keeping track of lots of especially tiny pieces.  It's a wonder it got done at all.

 

Thank you, Martinn.  Those are the photos of all photos for which I have been looking.  A big appreciation to you for dropping them off.

 

'I don't see a lot of reasons to be so hard on yourself, Mark. The engine looks very good to my eye! 

Nice trick with braided sheathing. Looks super convincing on thicker lines! Will try to remember that.

More please!'

Thank you, Tomek.  I will be less hard on myself.

 

'fascinating subject and lovely engine details... I am working on a similar engine for my Spit and am fascinated by the add-ons you have done... fun to see your work... I do not have the wherewithal to do these kinds of details, but admire yours...'

Thank you, Mitch.  Here is a Spitfire engine to all of our liking;

Ready for Inspection:

http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=50015&hl=

Work In Progress:

http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=32822&hl=

 

Sincerely,

Mark

 

 

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