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Hasegawa's Curtiss BF2C-1 *DONE!*


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A close friend has commissioned me to build a whole lineup of pre-war, "Yellow Wing" aircraft. The first was the F4B-4 that I finished recently. Next up is the BF2C-1. I'll be using the LSM resin cockpit and Yellow Wings' decals for this one, as well as anything else I think I can throw into it for improvement, within reason. No real progress, yet. However, I figured I better get this thread started, as it will help to light a fire under my butt if I have an audience. :whistle:

 

John

 

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So.... F4B-4 is finished (and looks very nice), BF2C-1 is in process, you can do the P-12E and P-26 from Hasegawa, F9C-2 Sparrowhawk from Wms Bros, P-6E from Silverwings (just out), F11C/BFC conversions with spats instead of retractable wheels for the BF2C-1 from LSM (they should be out about now?), F3F-3 from Revell/Monogram (with LSM modified wings and interior), maybe a Brewster Buffalo (Special Hobby) and if you care to go there, SBC-3/4 vac from Combat and Kingfisher from Combat. You could fill a big collection with all of those. Keep them coming, they are some of the most beautiful planes out there.

Tnarg

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Thanks for the encouragement, Grant and Maru!

 

Actually, you're not too far off, Grant. In addition to the F4B and BF2C,  we have already obtained the kits for the F9C, F3F, Buffalo and early F4F-3. And, even though my friend is a retired Marine and leans towards anything USN/USMC related, we are currently in the process of obtaining the new P-6E kit, as well (we both agreed that it's just too cool to pass up!). We'll see what happens after that, but I already have a stack of kits large enough to keep me busy for quite a while and I still have one other person and myself to build for, also. 

 

John

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Guest Peterpools

John

Eagerly looking forward to the start of the build, as the Golden Age of Aviation is my true passion

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Okay, the very first step is done. I removed the molded cockpit detail from the fuselage sidewall with my Dremel, then smoothed it out with sand paper. I also removed the rear bulkhead behind the pilot's headrest to make room for the new resin bulkhead/headrest. Then,I had to clean up all the resin cockpit parts and start fitting. The only thing that required any real hard sanding was the cockpit floor. It was a little wide, so I sanded down both sides. Here are all the main components in place.

 

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I don't think I'll be adding too much, if anything, to the cockpit parts, but we'll see how it goes as I progress. I think the next step will be to clean up a few small details and air bubbles, then start painting.

 

John

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Okay, only a small update, today. Unfortunately, the last couple days have been a bit stressful and I haven't had much time at the bench. My oldest daughter fell and broke her wrist in gym class, yesterday. It was a clean break at the end of her radius and, upon initial examination, the doctor felt that it would be okay with just a splint, until the swelling went down and they could put it in a cast. They had a specialist look at the X-rays later and he determined that it needed to be reset and casted, as soon as possible. So, I spent five hours today at his clinic, where they set the bone back in line and gave her a nice, big cast. She's taking it okay and I think the biggest bummer for her is that she is going to miss out on the rest of volleyball season and possibly part of basketball, as well.

 

So, here's what I've done in the last 48 hours:

 

First off, I determined that the headrest on the rear bulkhead was quite asymmetrical. The left side seemed to have a slope/curvature that did not match the fuselage, or the right side of the headrest. So, I had to sculpt and sand a bit to get it to a better looking shape. I have primed the cockpit now and will probably just add the rudder pedals before painting the interior. The stick and IP will come a little later.

 

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While I had the putty out, I took the opportunity to fill in a large sink mark on the left side fuselage bulge. There may be more, smaller sink marks to fill, but this one caught my eye, right away.

 

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I'm hoping that life gets back to a relatively normal pace, tomorrow, so I can dive back into this!

 

Thanks for looking,

 

John

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Best of luck to your daughter. At least she gets bravery points. My business partner's daughter took a big spill down the side of a hill yesterday while in second place in her cross country meet. Winning is great, but more people know your name with the disasters. At that age it could be a better deal. Hope she heals OK.

 

Tnarg

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Thanks, guys.

 

I ran into a snag today. I started assembling the IP and rudder pedals and that went fairly well. However, when I went to test fit them, I discovered that the cockpit is going to be much too narrow for the rudder pedals to fit. The problem is that the new resin sidewalls are so thick. The first thought is to remove the cockpit sidewalls and thin them out. BUT, that would be kind of a headache at this point and there's no guarantee that I could thin them enough to fit the rudder pedals in, anyway. I would hate to go through all that work to see that they still don't fit. So, what I'm going to do is cut the pedal assembly apart and and try to strategically cut/reassemble them enough to fit. I just hope that I can get them to that point without making them look too close together. :rolleyes:

 

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Okay, so I was able to cut the rudder pedals apart and reattach them to be a little closer together. However, I also ran into another problem. The fuselage sides were still too thick for the IP to fit in place, so I had to remove some material to make room. All should go together now, so I can finish painting the cockpit and get her buttoned up.

 

The areas where I removed material are circled in red:

 

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I'm going to try to get as much done over the weekend as possible. Not sure when the site will be down and back up again, but I'll post updates as soon as possible.

 

John

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