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1/18 P51C Mustang "Lopes Hope the 3rd"

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hello again fellow modellers :)
 

On 6/29/2019 at 9:47 PM, JayW said:

Lathe?  Can you show us some pictures of your lathe?

 

 

Hi Jay - it's just a cheap Chinese one, but seems perfectly adequate for my needs - I just need to learn how to use it :)

 

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On 6/30/2019 at 9:02 PM, Trak-Tor said:

Ehmm, Peter, there's something new and shining flying over England these days:

 


G-IRTY by David Whitworth, on Flickr

 

But I think you're not thinking about your next project yet, are you?

;)

 

Juraj

 

 

Ahh - that is one good looking Spit - but having done one, I doubt I will do another (especially as it was my favourite Mark..) :)

 

 

On 7/2/2019 at 10:50 AM, Chek said:

... and while you're over on Flickr, there's a half dozen very nice hi-res shots of LHIII at Oshkosh last July.

 

They are really useful - thanks Chek, I have lots of resto shots, but very, very few of it actually finished so these are brilliant!

 

..I have been away much of the week, so just a little more done - but each part is one more step towards completion!

 

..firstly, the control column was finished & painted - I just need to work out what to make the canvas gaiter from as all the materials I have the weave is over scale..

 

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..and dry fitted in place..

 

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..next, the rudder pedals... these are in Lopes Hope... a very obvious feature is the writing on the faces

 

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..this was taken care of by making PE parts - here the rounded shape is being imparted by taping & rolling over some brass rod..

 

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..soon the base pedals were made..

 

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..then a kit of parts assembled, including the forks that hold them..

 

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..I checked and only the bottom of the assembly can be seen, so all the upper gubbins was pretty much ignored..

 

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..and these were then painted and some light scuffing - washes & weathering will come much later...

 

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..thats it for now..

 

TTFN
Peter

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Oh yeah GIANT thumbs up on the rudder pedals.  How did you create the printing?  And BTW - you will have to be satisfied that they are there - they are all but invisible in my Miss Velma!

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16 hours ago, airscale said:

hello again fellow modellers :)
 

~snip~

 

I just need to work out what to make the canvas gaiter from as all the materials I have the weave is over scale..

 

~snip~

..thats it for now..

 

TTFN
Peter

 

Mesmerizing work Peter. Truly beautiful to see.

 

Have you considered cigarette paper moistened with dilute PVA glue? 

Another alternative could be a snippet of silk. That's pretty finely woven

Or, some ladies beauty salons use an adhesive backed material as a basis for false resin nails.....apparently......ahem.:blush:

That could work. A local salon might have some small bits that you could have?

 

Eager to see more. Keep up the stellar work. :clap2:

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Peter,

 

How in heck did you create that raised lettering and logo on those metal pedals?  How the heck do you create all these tiny and accurate metal parts?  Do you have a workshop full of high precision metal working tools and equipment?  Again, I'm having trouble figuring out which pics are your model and which ones are of the real deal and THAT, my friend, is the pinnacle of all modeling, no matter what the subject is. Crazy Good Awesome! 

 

One other thing I've noticed is that you are now creating parts fairly routinely, while you seemed to struggle a bit with the parts in your Spitfire before they came out perfect.  Like all modeling skills, I'm guessing that practice on your Spit is paying off now.

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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good evening my fellow model nuts :)

 

On 7/7/2019 at 11:54 PM, JayW said:

Oh yeah GIANT thumbs up on the rudder pedals.  How did you create the printing?  And BTW - you will have to be satisfied that they are there - they are all but invisible in my Miss Velma!

 

On 7/8/2019 at 5:09 PM, chuck540z3 said:

Peter,

 

How in heck did you create that raised lettering and logo on those metal pedals?  How the heck do you create all these tiny and accurate metal parts?  Do you have a workshop full of high precision metal working tools and equipment? 

 

Cheers,

Chuck

 

well, I have to confess there is no witchcraft, the pedals and the lettering on them are simple etch parts derived from the plans - the etch drawing just says dissolve a layer of metal (and create the shape) but leave the lettering untouched - bingo you get nice raised letters - I did the same on the fuel tank selector panel you will see in a minute...

 

..as for the tiny parts, they are just made by deconstructing the thing I want to make into simple shapes and then cutting, filing, drilling stock to get the same ingredients :)

 

again, not a huge amount to show, but I want to try as best as possible to keep a weekly log, so this week's challenge was the collection of fuel control gubbins that sits below the main instrument panel (in fact the switchpanel below that but whatever) - seen here:

 

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..for the central control selector I designed two methods - I had a decal made, and I tried making an etch part with all the lettering so I could paint it black and sand off the top layer to leave the letters and lines..

 

..the remaining parts were made up from sheet or bits & bobs...

 

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..these were then painted & assembled - you can see I used the etch part for the fuel control rather than the decal..

 

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..and they were added to the lower switch panel using templates to set the angles they all sit at..

 

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..and thats it for this week - told you it wasn't much :)

 

..need to start getting the cockpit pod ready for assembly now, at which point the weathering will be added to make it a little less toy like..

 

TTFN
Peter

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Superb looking IP!  On Miss Velma (1/18 D-model) I worked like the devil on the cockpit digitally modelling it so as to prevent mistakes.  But for reasons of file size, I split the cockpit and fuselage tank areas into two, creating two separate CAD models, with the boundary somewhere around the front of the pilot seat.   That, combined with inherent inaccuracies with the fuselage, gave me about a .06 inch length error and resulted in a clash between the fuel selector panel and control lock mechanism in front of the stick.   I just screwed up, that's all.  But it forced me to have to scramble!  That's a tight clearance even without the error.  Make sure you have that all correct!   

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