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

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Sounds interesting Rich

 

Given the time between crash and the date of the diorama, you'd probably see a lot of vegetation growth around and through the aircraft, that'll be interesting to see depicted...

 

Matt

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*UPDATE 04/01/15*

 

Happy New Year!

 

Here's my first update for 2015.

 

As is customary, I began with the cockpit. Here are the kit parts laid out - floor and sidewalls.  The detail is for the most part moulded on, and is fairly accurate, but for a model of this size it just isn't good enough. I therefore removed the sidewall details, filled in any holes and covered the resulting bare surfaces with thin plastic sheet ready for detailing.

 

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This photo of a Dauntless undergoing restoration shows the front cockpit in bare metal, devoid of fittings - perfect for me because it shows the rivet patters.  I decided from the start that I would cover everything with pewter sheet again, as nothing replicates metal better than metal - especially when it's going to be all smashed up later.

 

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I am concentrating on the left hand corner first - here's another couple of pics:

 

Panel with trim control, parachute flare release handles, fire extinguisher pull handle:

 

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another view looking downwards - the levers on the floor are (top to bottom) the wobble pump lever, and the arrester hook release:

 

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making a start on the control panel:

 

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arrester hook lever detailing, floor panelling begins:

 

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you can see here the (for now) blank sheet plastic sidewalls.  I might cover these in pewter as well later…

 

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This is the bulkhead behind the pilot, plus the armour plating. At this point I realised that the armour plate isn't quite the right shape…


 


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The armour has notches cut into it, and you can see what looks like a white bungee cord disappearing behind the seat:


 


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 This is the seat operating shock cord - you can see it better in this illustration from the maintenance manual (labelled ‘3').  The attachments for the cord double up as supports for the seat frame:


 


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I needed to remove the sections highlighted with pencil:


 


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Duly done, then the whole thing altered slightly with plastic card, and skinned with pewter:


 


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test fit - looking better!


 


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that's all for now, more soon!

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RIch

Brilliant start on the fron offcie and the planned detail work is going to be a knockout

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Hi Rich,

That's looking very cool. The metal skin will allow very realistic weathering when you get to that stage.

 

You're going to need alot of pewter for a big bird like this. I'm curious, where do you get it from please?

 

Cheers.

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Great start ! Looking forward to more.....Harv :popcorn:

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thanks guys

 

RIch

Brilliant start on the fron offcie and the planned detail work is going to be a knockout

Keep 'em coming

Peter

 

cheers Peter, it'll take time but once you cover one bit with metal it looks so good that you just keep going!  Very satisfying result.

 

Stunning start, I really like that pewter skinning

 

cheers mate, I'm a big fan of it now and use it whenever possible.

 

Hi Rich,

That's looking very cool. The metal skin will allow very realistic weathering when you get to that stage.

 

You're going to need alot of pewter for a big bird like this. I'm curious, where do you get it from please?

 

Cheers.

 

thanks, you are quite right.  I get mine from www.sylmasta.com

 

It is quite expensive but worth it, and you can make a sheet last a long time if you are economical with it

 

looks good.whats the metal cable for?

Oliver

 

cheers mate - the metal cable is the hoisting cable

 

Great start ! Looking forward to more.....Harv :popcorn:

 

good stuff Harv!  Stay tuned for more coming soon

 

Wow awesome start there Rich!

I see another masterpiece appearing before my eyes

Cheers
Anthony

 

thanks mate, appreciate the kind words :-)

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