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Your engine is beginning to look superb Max and I really appreciate the step-by-step. Seeing what you do is helping me discern where everything goes when I look at reference photos.

Great stuff.

 

Cheers.

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With the detailed, comprehensive and acclaimed Tamiya Spitfire IX kit I thought I wouldn't need to discipline myself not to buy any AM, but not so!  Just had to buy Barracuda's sublime detail bits for the cockpit!  I'm such a sucker for extras...:)

 

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Talking of extras, I think I've done as much pipework on the Merlin 66 as needed to make it look busier:

 

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It's been primed, I'm looking forward to the painting and weathering stage next.
Max

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Your Merlin looks fabulous Max and I don't blame you at all for choosing to adorn the cockpit with Roy's resin detail bits. Barracuda studios stuff is lovely and will make the office look even better.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing paint on the motor.

 

Cheers.

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Wonderful work on that engine Max..

 

Just hope I can do half as good a job when I attempt a Tamiya Spit..

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Managed to get some time to start painting the engine having first put down a few random areas of silver enamel  which when dry were coated with hairspray.  When this was well dried I sprayed the whole engine with a base coat of Mr Paint's "Exhaust Metal" which was then top coated with Mr P's "Gunmetal", this top coat being applied lightly to allow some of the base coat to show through. This was followed by Mr P's "NATO black" applied in the same manner as the Gunmetal, trying to get tonal variation in a predominately black lump!

 

Then I started randomly chipping - this exposed some pretty bright silver so when finished I sprayed the whole engine with a very thinned mixture of mid-brown/black to bring the whole thin together then applied some subtle highlights to some of the cables and wires. Finally :) ........I stippled some brown soft pastel dust in places.

 

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Max
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Thank you both! I'm going to put just a little oil staining on it tomorrow then call the engine done, pending mating with the firewall and bearers of course.

Max

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I'm, in full agreement with Shaka and Andy Max, that is some splendid work on the Merlin. Most inspirational.

 

I've taken a similar route with the enamel undercoat though I chose Humbrol aluminium metalcote. It is a challenge to give a largely black lump any kind of visual interest but you've managed that with aplomb.Great job, well done.

 

Cheers.

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Thanks Maru, it's all going to plan.......so far!! :)

 

Temporarily bringing the firewall/bearers assembly and engine together....I need to do a bit more cabling but I wanted to see just how much of it will be visible to make it worthwhile:

 

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Max
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