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Righto chaps, moving right along. With the way everything is fitting together so far, I've got a feeling this model will go together quite quickly (by my standards). I've begun working on the PE cockpit parts. I started by giving them a quick soak in some methylated spirits:

 

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This removes any chemical residue that might interfere with glue or paint adhesion, and etches the metal slightly to give it some tooth. You only need a few minutes of this at the most, and if you see the metal start to discolour, pull it out quick!

 

And the first sidewall part installed:

 

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I have to say that this is the easiest PE material I've ever worked with. The parts cut from the fret very easily, and are easy to manipulate into shape and place. The installed PE you see in the photo above is a single piece. It took a while to finagle into position, but it was no real hassle.

 

Here's the first stages of building the cockpit insert:

 

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The white metal bulkheads have been given a couple of coats of Mr Metal Primer, thinned 50/50 with Mr Color Thinner. I'll give them a coat of Mr Surfacer, along with the rest of the cockpit parts, prior to applying the base colours.

 

OK, more soon!

 

Kev

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Thanks Dan! Didn't work though I'm afraid, as I've struck a bit of a snag. In working through all the PE for the cockpit, I thought I might assemble the separate entry door, which on the instructions appears to be made up of a main resin part and 3 PE pieces. Well, I can't find a resin part anywhere, and the instructions just label it "Outer surface B". Since there's no parts plan or inventory in the kit, I didn't notice that it was missing. To make matters worse, just below the assembly photo for the cockpit door is a photo showing how to assemble the flaps. Similar thing - resin outer parts with lots of PE details. Well, do you think I could find those resin outer parts? Nope. Unless I'm mistaken and am reading the instructions incorrectly, and the outer parts are actually PE. I'm just not sure at this stage. I'm already missing one of the resin exhaust stacks, so it's certainly possible that the other parts are missing. It's also possible that I'm just being confused by the instructions, but PE outer parts don't make much sense to me.

 

Anyway, I'll get another email off to John at Marsh Models seeking clarification, but I don't hold out much hope, as I haven't yet heard anything about the missing exhaust part.

 

Kev

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Right, well...let's not let a minor speed bump slow me down! I've finished installing the PE framework inside the fuselage:

 

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For the record, I'm attaching it with thick CA (gel), using either a toothpick, or a sewing needle that has had have the eye cut off, forming a nice little 'fork' to pick up small amounts of CA with. To be honest that particular tool is more effective with thinner types of CA, where control and amount are important. The thicker gel types tend to overwhelm the tiny forks, and you can usually put those where you want them with toothpick anyway.

 

Here's the cockpit developing:

 

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Note the PE rudder pedals. There are PE foot straps somewhere on one of the frets, but I'm not sure if I'll add them yet. Here's a test fit of the cockpit parts into the fuselage:

 

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Quite snug! I'm liking it so far. With the wing fitted, it really looks quite effective through the cockpit opening:

 

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I've got the seat cleaned up and ready to install, but I'll do that after painting and adding the harnesses.

 

One last testament to the fit of parts on this kit. Here's the large under wing radiator cleaned up and pushed into place:

 

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One thing to note about this kit is that the resin sands really easily, so when you're cleaning up the parts or adjusting for fit, be very careful! It doesn't take much to go too far. Slow and steady wins the race!

 

Kev

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Thanks fellas. I'm really enjoying this one, and so far it has been a vice-less build. Still trying to work out what the go is with the flaps and cockpit door, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. I've got all the supplied cockpit detail parts installed now, and was debating whether I'd add any more. I've decided not to, as I've still got other builds to get back to, and really don't want to make this one harder or more involved than it needs to be. I'm already thinking I might be back later in the GB with a vac kit!

 

Anyway, hoping to get some primer on the cockpit parts next.

 

Kev

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Nice work so far Kev. It IS rough when you get a kit & all the pieces parts are not there. I hope you can get things straight with Marsh.

Its not like we have enough trouble finishing models without missing parts from the box.

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OK fellas, how about some more photos?

 

Prop with spinner cap on (main unit has been sprayed with Mr Surfacer, hence the colour difference):

 

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Still not sure about the fit, as I suspect there's a slight step there. Will know for sure when the entire thing gets a coat of Mr Surfacer.

 

The instructions call for the removal of the compass shelf moulded into the white metal IP bulkhead, to be replaced with a PE unit:

 

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The metal is so soft that a pair of old sprue cutters and a rounded hobby blade took care of most of it, and some clean-up with a diamond file did the the rest. The result:

 

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Here are the two fuselage sides with all the PE and white metal detail installed:

 

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And after primer and paint:

 

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I've elevated a few of the PE knobs and such with some styrene discs to reduce the 'flat' look. Otherwise it's totally stock. There's even a couple of parts on the fret that don't get a mention in the instructions, and given the modification you're asked to perform on the IP bulkhead, my suspicion is that this kit shares many parts in common with the company's prototype Spitfire kit. DougN has that kit, so perhaps he could comment?

 

Right, here's the main cockpit assembly with the seat placed into position (not glued), after primer and paint:

 

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Still a few more details to add there, and I completely forgot to paint the control column!

 

Here's a couple of (poor) photos of a test assembly of the painted parts:

 

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Next steps are to apply the interior green to those bits I missed (XF-71 in this case), get a gloss coat on the parts and then a wash, followed by a flat coat and some dry brushing. I'll also have to remember to paint the detail colours in. I won't be able to do too much, as the already-closed fuselage really limits access. Once the IP is finished, I can then install the cockpit.

 

More soon!

 

Kev

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