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1/18 SBD-5 Dauntless - update 18/11/16 - FINISHED!!

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Well that looks pretty fantastic to me!

 

If I may - and I hope grandmothers and eggs don't spring to mind - I always use a gel type flux when soldering, even if the solder claims to have a flux core.

When heated, it lowers the surface tension of the solder and makes it behave like thin cyano. That is, it's subject to capillary action, and prevents 'blobbing'.

 

Nevertheless you've created fine replicas of the flaps and their mechanism.

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many thanks for the encouragement guys it means a lot...

 

like I said, I'm pretty crap at soldering, but that's down to lack of practice.  I may give it another shot as I really want to emulate the kind of stuff that Peter (Airscale) is doing with metal at me point in the future.

 

thanks for checking in!

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Great work Rich !

 

I am sure you are aware of this "build" thread over on ARC :

 

http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=284363

 

This is the most fastidious work I have ever seen to achieve an accurate result, even if the end product will only be an electronic one.

 

Keep it coming

 

Hubert

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many thanks guys!

 

Hubert - yes, I've seen that guy's digital SBD. In fact, several useful observations he has made have helped me out. If nothing else, people in our line of the hobby will be able to use the scale drawings he's produced

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Stunning work on the dive brakes/ actuators......they will be a real focal point when she is finished.

 

Keep up the great work.

 

Regards. Andy

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Great link.......I did not know the cowl was pushed on the dash 5....I thought the extension was in the fuelsge itself.......Now I just need a gun site and later windscreen.

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*update 30/6/16*

 

Hi everyone

 

I've been hard at work over the last few weeks. Last time I showed you how I made the actuating mechanism for the wing dive brakes. This time around, it's all about metal skinning.

 

A major shortcoming of the kit is the fact that every rivet is recessed (this being basically a scale up / rip off of the old Accurate Miniatures 1/48 kit). You can get away with it in 1/48 - not so 1/18.

 

Every panel was measured, riveted and cut from pewter sheet. Some were easier than others. I had to bear in mind at all times later stages in the construction - for example, the wings won't be attached to the fuselage for some time, but I still had to make all the relevant panels ready to attach.

 

Here are a few photos showing where I am up to - around 90% of the body is either metallized, or has panels ready to attach later:

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I've also been working on all the flaps, ailerons and moving surfaces…some pics:

 

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for the fabric surfaces, I thought long and hard about trying to replicate the excellent results achieved by Peter (Airscale) on his 1/18 Spitfire build using scratchbuilt frameworks covered in Solartex.  In the end I decided I just don't have the time (or frankly, the skill and inclination) to try that with this build. It's already nearly 18 months in and I'm impatient!  In the end I tried a different technique. I put a grinding bit in my dremel and let it ‘dance' over the fabric surfaces on the flaps - this left random little nicks and gouges across the surface of the parts. After I'd polished them up using a polishing wheel (again in the dremel) the flaps had a high gloss shine, the harshest edges of the indentations were nicely burred out and it looked kind of cool. Time will tell if it has worked or not. Without the benefit of an undercoat, the effect kind of looks like wood grain as opposed to canvas…..but we'll have to wait and see. Check it out:

 

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The plane is now slowly approaching the stage where I can attach the wings to the fuselage. However, before that happens I must first scratchbuild the actuating mechanism for the central dive brake…. and tackle the cockpit transparencies. For now though, here's a mock up - as it is difficult to convey the sheer size, I roped in a rather handsome model to hold the plane for the cameras. One other thing I can't really convey is the weight of this beast - which is going up considerably the more metal I add!

 

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more soon, but possibly not for several more weeks

 

Rich

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