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Good evenin' folks, from Middle Earth.

 

My first thread here in over two years - it was supposed to be my Kittyhawk OV-10A, however I'm waiting on some EZ Line getting here (I'm ruthlessly copying Brian's idea on mine), and this 109 has been waiting patiently for three-and-a-half years for me to finally notice it, so this afternoon I started hacking at it:

 

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Hopefully at the end of the process it will look a little like this... hopefully !!

 

In the meantime, I put the block together to a point where it's ready for a splash of paint and started filling/sanding the myriad of sink holes in the cowl covers.

 

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Couldn't resist taping together, just because...

 

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The moulding are superbly detailed and the rivets/panel lines very delicate indeed. Also they match exactly the drawings in the old but still good IMHO AeroDetail book from Bunrin-Do, published in the mid 1980's. Stay tuned, folks, I don't think this one will take-up too much time on the bench... or I could be completely wrong and still be working on it in eighteen months time !!

 

AFN

 

Ian.

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Thanks Kevin, never really been away, just building smaller stuff, how's the weather your side of the ditch ??

 

Ian.

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First update:

 

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As you can see, nothing whatsoever added, just what came in the box. For the block I mixed my own 'iron black' then sprayed it in a couple of passes with my Iwata BR. Everything else is hand-painted with a hairy stick. Mostly Tamiya acrylics and enamels. As a 'weathering' touch, I've lightly brushed-in some 'Red Desert' MIG pigment... even sealed behind its' covers the block would have got some sand & dust, wouldn't you say ??

 

Next, I'll build-up and spray the 'pit. Stay tuned.

 

Ian.

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Thanks Mark, if I'd found that thread m'self, I would've used it as a reference, no matter I'll keep-on keeping-on !! - Got a light work day so will be able to enjoy some bench-time a little later.

 

AFN

 

Ian.

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The last few days I haven't had too much work on, and the NZ weather has been very mild, so managed to get a fair bit of bench-time: Started working on the 'pit on Monday, and got the main bits together quite quickly.

 

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First time I've used Trumpeter etch and found it an absolute pleasure to work with. By Monday evening I'd brought all the 'pit bits' together and added the engine mounts. On Tuesday I started the 'staged' painting process by getting all the basic colours on. Also built-up the machine guns.

 

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This was where I was up-to on Tuesday evening. Basic colours are all on - I mixed my own RLM66 from Tamiya acrylics and the RLM02 came right out of the Lifecolour bottle !! - I'd also don a little old school dry-brushing.

 

More in a min', don't touch that dial.

 

Ian.

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On Wednesday, I was able to add a little more dry-brushing and 'chipping' around the engine mounts. 

 

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Fit of all the parts at this point (and beyond) has been exceptional, well up to Tamiya & Hasegawa standard. Instructions are clear and unambiguous. Very nice indeed. That said, there's no excuse for not test-fitting as you go !!

 

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Which brings me to the next 'natural break'.  Next instalment when I've finished editing it in a few minutes. Stand-by.

 

Ian.

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Now with added Eduard etch and Mig pigments - Red Desert, same as I used on the block:

 

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Not forgetting the fuselage sides. 

 

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Used the kit throttle quadrant & leavers painted using the old 'Aero Detail' book as a reference. May not be 'perfect' but looks nice and busy to my eye. Finally (today), got some test-fitting done, just to be certain.

 

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So that's it until after the weekend, thanks for looking and/or commenting, more next week.

 

AFN

 

Ian.

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Great job so far mate! Is this a 1/48 scale? Which manufacturer is it?

I would like to build a Me 109 at some point too that has a full engine.

Cheers

Alan

 

Alan - It's the Trumpeter 1:32 kit.

 

Ian.

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