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Hobby Boss IL-2M3 (*DONE* and more pics added to Pg.7!)

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I determined that, before proceeding with more of the cockpit, I needed to work on the rear fuselage. The cockpit is going to require the addition of some rather fragile parts on the sidewalls that I didn't want to risk breaking or losing when working on the fuselage halves, later. For those who are familiar with this kit, you know that one of the main complaints about it is that the rear fuselage is rendered as metal, with panel lines and rivet detail, where it should actually be wood, devoid of any real details. So, the lines/rivets have to be removed. To do this, I've masked off the metal portions, where they would meet the wood and applied Tamiya white putty to the "wood" areas.

 

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I will probably give this a day or two to completely cure, then sand everything flush. After the interior is completed and the fuselage and wings are together, I'll have to go back and do some work on the wing roots, specifically at the rear portions, as they don't have any panel lines where the metal would have overlapped the wood rear fuselage. I think I'll be masking this off and building up the wing root panels with Mr. Surfacer to get the required effect. In the meantime, I'll be working on some more of the cockpit details and painting of the interior (basically everything that doesn't need to be attached to the sidewalls. I just wanted to get this fuselage detail fix moving along, first.

 

John

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Hey John

Great to see you moving along on this!  Just a heads up- the panel lines for the wing root are missing both at the rear (you mentioned above) AND the front.  I didn't notice the front ones were missing until much later in my build.  They are easy to miss and kind-of a pain to get to.

 

Looking Good!

 

Kai

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Thanks for the reminder, Kai!

 

Actually, I recall reading about that in your build thread, just the other night. I'm not sure what possessed them to leave out this detail, but it is what it is and we just have to deal with it.

 

John

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John

One sweet project and looking forward to following your progress. Nice start and it's a shame that HB made sure a mistake, requiring so much putty and filler work

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Thanks, all!

 

Kai, I noticed that the panel line at the front of the wing root is also missing, but only on ONE side! :mental: Whatever. I'll deal with it, I guess.

 

I've been busy with other stuff this weekend, but did manage to get a little bit further. I sanded the putty back down on the rear fuselage and also pecked away at more of the cockpit details.

 

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The placement of some of the parts in Eduard's instructions is a little vague, so I'm going to check some photos before going any further. I think I might have to relocate a couple things, but better to have to do it now, rather than later. I'm also considering adding some more wiring/tubing to the cockpit and, in particular, the control column/yoke, just to liven it up a bit. The real thing was a bit more complex than what the kit provides, so if I can get a little closer to looking like the real thing, that will be good. Otherwise, I'm liking the Eduard set, so far. Most of the parts are actually useful, which is more than I can say for some of their other sets I've used.

 

Thanks again for dropping in!

 

John

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John, I found that when I tried to place the Eduard parts on the starboard side of the cockpit to match photos I could find that they wouldn't fit. It's like the Eduard parts are a bit over sized. In the end I got them close and liked the look but they are off a bit from photos.

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OD,

 

After doing some research of my own, I see exactly what you mean. I'll probably do something similar to what you did with yours and just try to put everything in to "busy it up" the best I can. Another problem I'm facing is finding good photos of the real thing. Plenty of flight sim renditions and drawings out there. Even one photo of a restored cockpit, but plenty of contradictions between them. Then, comparing them to the kit and the Eduard set leads to even more confusion. I'm just going to forge ahead with what I have and hope that no Sturmovik pilots stop by my house in the future to critique my build! :innocent:

 

John

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Considering the number built and the crazy Russians I suspect there was some variation anyway so I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. Control column looks good !

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Thanks, OD.

 

Quick question for you! I think I'll be building up the engine, next. I see that you opted to just do the basics on yours, as I plan to do, as well. However, I also noticed that it appears as if you added the exhaust stacks AFTER painting the exterior/camo. Did you have any issues getting the pipes in by doing it this way? I have the Quickboost pipes, but I'm sure the same principles apply. Was just wondering if it was any hassle, because masking around them and not knocking them off has it's own hassles!

 

I also just opened up the Eduard exterior set, wanting to make sure that there isn't anythiing in there that I should be adding before completing/painting the cockpit and engine, then buttoning up the fuselage. Looks like I'm safe for the moment and I see that there are parts abound to cover the radiator. In fact, this set is LOADED with parts. Not sure I'll use them all, but it's nice to know that so many details are available, if I should decide that they fit the bill!

 

Thanks again,

 

John

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