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I finally was able to join the engine and its cradle so that part is all finished now.

 

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Back to the cockpit, I painted the seat up. I'm using a Barracudacast one with the seat padding painted green as per Steve. Hopefully it's the right shade of green.

 

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I then started assembling the belts.

 

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They were then attached to the seats and bulkhead accordingly.

 

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The one for the XVI is on the left side.

 

Carl

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Just caught up with this Carl, agreed with all that the red and chrome Merlin is something else, but I think I'll be having nightmares tonight after seeing the pic of all those sprues across your "organised" workbench!  Looking forward to further progress as ever.

Max

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Just caught up with this Carl, agreed with all that the red and chrome Merlin is something else, but I think I'll be having nightmares tonight after seeing the pic of all those sprues across your "organised" workbench! Looking forward to further progress as ever.

Max

Thanks Max! Your Tiger Moth is looking good too. I need to catch up on your progress there.

 

My bench isn't that bad. I just had all the sprues out so I could paint them. They're mostly back in their respective boxes now. Here's how my workbench currently looks:

 

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Carl

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That's very true on things being relative Max. This is a huge improvement from how my bench used to look.

 

I assembled the main wing and set it aside to dry.

 

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Next, I did the final assembly of the cockpit.

 

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In place of the gun sight, I mounted a box to represent the radio.

 

I then attached it to the right fuselage half and joined them together. The blue tube is grease that Tamiya provides for the sliding portion of the canopy. It's so the mount for it moves smoothly. I can't believe they even thought of that.

 

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With the fuselage together, I mated up the wings to it.

 

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That's it for now. Tomorrow is my oldest's 6th birthday so I don't think they'll be to much bench time.

 

Carl

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I can't believe it's been over a month since I last updated this build thread. I have been slowly working away on the Spitfire with the biggest challenge having been trying to find a suitable silver paint. I finally ended up using Gunze H8 silver.

 

 

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The engine is just dry fit to see how it looks.

 

I've also assembled the rad fairings and the tailplanes.

 

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To keep the lines of the plane clean, the rad flaps will be closed.

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