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Ben,

 

The equipment platform and fuselage interior look terrific. From my perspective, you have provided more-than-enough detail for this area, especially given its shadowy location on the model. But even the occasional "prying eye" will come away impressed by the adornments.

 

The paint work is really well done, including the very realistic chipping effect, which is not easy to achieve over white surfaces.

 

Can't wait to see more!

 

Rich

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Cheers gentlemen, I highly appreciate your comments! :) 

 

I've made some progress during the weekend. The wings have been glued on, the lower rudder fairing has been modified (pic will follow) and the engine bay doors have been glued in. What a huge joy to close hatches which are intended to remain open...

 

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Thanks a lot Jim and Anthony! :) There is still a lot of work ahead of me. I have spent most of the evening puttying and sanding the engine bay hatches. I love wotking with Tamiya Putty, but the last tube I've opened is much more liquid and shrinks much more than I am used to. Maybe they have changed the formula? Anyway, this means much more work for me. No pics of this though, they'll follow once the sanding and scribing are finished.

 

I have also relocated and replaced the inner wing fences. They sit further inward on The EA-6B. I had already decided that I wanted to replace the very thick fences from the kit with thinner parts.To make sure the new fences fit and stick properly, I made a cut at the appropriate location to insert a fixing tab located under the new wing fences.

 

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I firs made a new fence with 0,5mm PS but the part literally broke when I looked at it... so I decided to use 0,25mm stainless steel for the fences.

 

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Some putty to eliminate any gaps...

 

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Everything will be sanded smooth today after work. I am pretty sure the new fences will cut my finger before I manage to break them off. 

 

Cheers! :)

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This is truly marvelous work you're doing on this kit, I wish I'd be able to attempt a scratch building project like this at some point, maybe make that 1/32 Su-34 a reality.....Anyhow, I was curious what you're thinking of for a camouflage scheme for this one...have you thought about the desert scheme in the various shades of brown, or the one with all the different grey?  I'm curious which one you're going with.  Also, I live close to a museum here in Denver that has an EA-6B Prowler on display and I'd be more than happy to provide you with any photos should you need them.

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Thank you all for your kind comments, they are more than encouraging - I hope I can keep the momentum.

 

I am going for the 2000 VAQ-136 CAG bird - decals have already been drawn (by me) and silk printed (in Czech Republic). 

I also have a full custom mask set based on the same artwork which I'll use in combination with the decals in some areas.

 

Here's the decals:

http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=57040&p=786015

 

And the real thing (first pic):

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/phantom3825/e/95c02dbc5743f67ac55d414e71d46700

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Hi Ben,

 

The big Prowler is really starting to take shape now, what with most of the internals finished and the wings attached. I love it!

 

Good catch on the inner fence relocation. And choosing metal over plastic looks like a smart move...taking notes here for when I reach that point in my build.

 

Are there any tricks to cutting and shaping stainless steel?

 

Rich

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Thank you very much Rich, it's starting to shape up indeed! :) I am already looking forward to seeing more progress on your conversion - I will definitely get a set once it's available, but I am even more curious to see how yours will look at the end. I am sure it'll be a stunner!

 

I have used some scissors intended to cut PE parts to cut the stainless steel (is 'metal shear' the right English term?) - it's rather easy, though. The edges can easily be sanded down and smoothed at the end.

 

As I was getting a bit bored of sanding the belly, I decided to spend the evening adding the walkways. My method is very easy - mask the desired shape, then apply Mr Surfacer by dabbing it on with a hard, soft brush. Another method is to apply Microballs onto wet paint, but as the anti slip surfaces are often simply painted on, they have a very irregular structure which in my opinion is easier to obtain with the Mr Surfacer method.

 

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Looks good Ben. I have to ask (sorry) - what's a "hard soft brush"? I have a few that are so messed up they could probably fit that description ;)

 

Jim

 

Ps walkways look great!

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such a great build, and the way you are building this makes me to not even think about building one. 

 

Cracking work! how are things coming on that 1/32 S3 Viking? 

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