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

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Really nice work Peter which I only recently appreciated by how almost indistinct the NAA logos are on the rudder pedals of Eduard's Mustang and Sabre etched parts.

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Peter this is brilliant. Your metal working skills are better than some journeyman airframers like myself. I have been catching up with this build (2 days reading and slobbering). You have an  airframers mentality......" Beat It To Fit....Paint It To Match" 

 

Outstanding work sir,

Jason

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On 7/14/2019 at 12:39 PM, airscale said:

good evening my fellow model nuts :)

 

 

 

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

Seriously, you need a Youtube channel to show us all your techniques!

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evening all :)

 

back with a bit more Mustang mayhem...

 

..in trying to get the cockpit 'pod' in a state where it is complete and can be fitted into the airframe, I have had to take care of many small details I had earlier left, thinking 'I will do that later...'

 

first up this sidewall..

 

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..I had added the straps for the flare pistol cartridge box (the four little beige tabs), the landing gear handle I made from brass in a previous post, some black switch covers in the top switchbox along the canopy slide rail and a completely missing thing - the bomb selector handle & cover (with a red top)..

 

maybe seen better here..

 

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and bomb release lever..

 

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..the cockpit floor was also finished with the canvas cover under the seat with it's pop-off fasteners, and the control column was added and the boot/gaiter - these canvas parts were made with household 3" masking tape which I think worked reasonable well..

 

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..then a step right out of my comfort zone... I can make anything mechanical - I take a look, break it down into shapes and make thise bits - here though the parts I needed to make were the seat back life preserver (I think) and the cushion... two completely organic shapes..

 

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..I thought the life preserver could be made of milliput on a base of lightly curved & distorted plasic card covered in foil tape so hopefully once complete I could remove it as it wouldn't stick to it..

 

..then it was a matter of playing with the milliput and trying to shape with cocktail sticks to get creases - the button like things were tiny punched plastic discs..

 

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..I added some piping from sprue & milliput and tried to paint it (another weakness...)

 

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..same for the cushion, though this time a strap was added at the front from folded tape & foil brass retaining straps...

 

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..I am not 100% on it and may try painting it again, but for now it looks like this...

 

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..and at home in the cockpit...

 

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..getting there...

 

TTFN
Peter

 

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I was really looking forward to seeing the entire cockpit sub assemblies all put in place.   Not to be disappointed, obviously!   Well done Peter.   I love it.   

 

Troy 

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You are no doubt your own worst critic Peter.  To me it looks like a picture of the real thing.  Way to go!  It's hard to get the texture of a wrinkly cushion - that's about the best effort I have seen.   

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Looks pretty bob on to me Peter - I think you’ve captured a seat cushion that looks like it’s seen quite a few long range sorties... marvelous stuff.

 

Torben

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thank you chaps :)

 

question:

 

here is a Mustang pilot - he has a whole load of stuff strapped to his rear end including a parachute..

 

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here is Don Lopez sitting in Lopes Hope...

 

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do you think the cushion is a false lead - as in in the outfit Don is wearing does he look like he would have had a seat parachute, therefore if he got out of the aircraft there would be no cushion?

 

and note the life preserver / seat back cushion behind him - to me that doesn't look yellow, but is that just a trick of B&W photo's?

 

thoughts please my learned friends..

 

TIA
Peter

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