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Spitfire IIa of 1690 BDTF: finished 3 March (RIP)

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Thanks Shawn and Guy, good suggestions both so I think that's the route to go down.  I have some Albion Alloys tubing which might do, I'll have to check the size, if not it's the painful business of a trip to the Frome Model Centre over the weekend, oh dear such a chore!!! :)

 

Yes Dennis, some things just have to be done don't they?  I'm doing internal doors with fifteen panes of glass in each.....only three doors to do.....both sides!!! :(

Max

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Max, a thought occured. (Mark it in your diaries)

 

I suspect that you may have already scratch built the flap down indicator mechanism but if you have n't, would you like the ones from my Tamiya kit? I shall be closing the flaps on my build so won't need the kit parts. TBH they are nothing special but you are welcome to them if you think they'd be of any use.

 

HTH

 

Cheers.

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Thank you Guy, no I haven't had the time to make them yet, been too busy painting doors!!!! That's a generous offer which I'll gladly accept. I'll pm you my contact details and very happy to re-imburse postage.

Max

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I've fitted all the control surfaces, hopefully positioned to show that the pilot has received a red when about to land and is just starting to pull up to starboard!  She's not too far off a coat of primer now.  Geedubelyer is kindly sending me a pair of flap actuators from his Tamiya kit to save my scratch building efforts, thanks a lot Guy!!

 

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Now, the question of simulating a spinning prop.  I'm afraid for me a still prop just doesn't do it for a plane in flight, so the real options are the clear disc or Prop Blurs....I'm going with the latter.  I know they're not to everybody's liking but well done I think they're pretty convincing.
Max
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Experiments with Propblur.  Luckily I have a spare prop from the kit and a spare Propblur blade.  I'm hoping to achieve as seamless a transition from prop root to "moving" blade as possible: 

 

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Experiments with painting tomorrow :)
Max

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Yes Guy and Harv, it's possible that the prop blur painting could be important in the final look of the plane. I'm planning to build up several thin layers of dark grey, fading from root to tip but I've got to be careful because the frets are so fine and could be easily clogged by paint, especially with the primer.

Max

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Thanks Kev, I've sanded the propeller stub to as thin a profile as I dare with the blade glued in place then primed it with literally one quick pass of Tamiya fine primer per side.....no clogging! I'm looking forward to the top coats tomorrow, not forgetting the yellow tip of course.

Max

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Good looking work Max.

 

I bet the prop blurs (never seen anything like that before.its the first time anyone has ever posted a picture of them in their raw state.) Will look smart once the paint goes on and are positioned.

 

I am looking forward to seeing more .

 

:goodjob:

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I'll be interested to see how your prop blurs turn out.  I've tried things like clear discs before, but my current preferred option is just to ignore the whole thing, remove the blades and fill/sand the blade locations, leaving the "prop blur" to be supplied by the viewer's imagination. 

[Edit for typo]

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Ern, the pilot tightened the friction nut a little before his acknowledgement! :) Yep, I know where you're coming from Mike, if the propblurs don't work well enough that could yet be an option.

Max

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