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Jim Barry

Scratchbuilt 1/24 Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat

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looks good from here

what are u going to use for the skin off the aircraft

Imstill in the planning and looking for good reference pics for my project but there will be a wip

 

keep going

 

Mark

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Hi Mark. I'll skin it with aluminum hardware tape (same as what I did with the Fury's metal panels). Sad to then paint it but that's the deal with this bird. 

Thanks, Maru.

 

Got some more filling and sanding done on the fuselage  with a small  lesson learned. The foam sands away too easily! I'll have to fill where I over did it. Live and learn (and use blocks). Also sent some previous work off to Shapeways. The tire/wheel  is a rework of the first one I did print perhaps too hastily.  

 

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Thanks, Ben. They are pretty aren't they.  Do you have a good ref pic? I have this I worked from:

 

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It's a mild rim/lip from what I can see here. I built some indent as such to model the effect. Not very visible from the other image, but it's there. 

 

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Well as the story goes, the basic dimensions are set in the fuselage and so it looks like it's time to now get cracking on the cockpit. Here, I have the floor and the the rear bulkhead in there. I expect to build the seat, controls and panels and so forth, then surround it in sheet styrene or litho  with interior wall details. 

 

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Looking good Jim! I also note, with interest, your use of plastic trays to hold random workbench tools. Novel idea! I guess this sits comfortably in between placing everything back in its assigned place every single time you use it and having to spend an hour looking for it underneath a pile of other tools strewn across the bench....! :)

 

Have you given any thought to printing the sidewalls (as in structure) of the cockpit? With what I am seeing here, I feel it would not be much of a stretch on your talents......

 

Keep up the great work mate. 

 

Craig

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I sadly don't have any reference pics on hand, but I can tell you there is always a raised rim as the tyre would not stay on the wheel rim without it. I think I'd use a Corasir wheel as reference as the shape of the wheel rim seems to be extremely similar!

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By the way, your wheel rim looks very big in diameter compared with the tyre - maybe you could slightly reduce its diameter whilst increasing the height of the tyre walls?

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 I agree a little more  rim will be both realistic and purposeful for painting so though I've sent the old ones to the printer, I'm going to try again here. 

 

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In regards to proportions I agree I'm off a bit. However, when I select all 631 parts of the tire to scale it up, my machine locks up, so it's kind of stuck like this. It's not that bad really (or I'm just in denial).

 

 

 

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Craig. I do like my trays. They are just used take out salad bowls. I have one for big tools and one for little tools. One for things that sand. I still make a mess in the heat of battle but clean up is pretty easy. I have thought about doing a 3D print cockpit but think I want to try by hand first. Though I'm enchanted by 3D and all, I'm still trying to keep it from "taking over". Time with my hands is time well spent. 

 

Guy, Thanks

 

Cees. Ha! 

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More work today on the cowling. This is the master form made of Magic Sculpt that I'll soon vacuform a styrene shell over. It's quite a bit of sanding since it's like a stone , but it's also good at preventing an over-sanding situation, so you just make a little time, put on the respirator and goggles and get to work. 

 

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