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Decalling is done and they are setteling right now so pics probably sunday.

 

I also had to make the torpedo. I've nothing heard of the LHS or Trumpeter so I went on making my one. I started with a piece of PVC roughly cut to lenght.

 

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Then I took this to the lathe , rounded the front and tapered the end. After that was done I had to make the fins. Looking at the instructions and various pics I made the following.

 

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This must be refined but at least it's a start. 

 

See you next time.

 

Ferry

 

 

 

 

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On another forum someone thought the tapered end was rough. I can tell you that it isn't. I took a sandingstick, a 100mm macro on the camera en made the following photo.

 

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Here you can see the sanding marks over the whole surface. I think some primer will do wonders.

Thanks for watching.

 

Ferry

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Nice torpedo! On my wooden one, I built up grey cellulose primer as used in car painting until it could be sanded and polished to a high shine, before applying Humbrol metaliser.

Not sure about painting PVC, but a similar process should work just the same.

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I went fruther working on the torpedo and there are some grooves wich I had to make. I did this on my millingmachine en it worked great. I had it working yesterday so this was a great exercise. The grooves are a bit large but I don't care. I'm very happey my millingmachine is working great.

 

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And here an impression for those who are interested.

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Thanks for watching.

Ferry

 

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I promissed some pics of the decals. In one way or the other I have always kits with a few decals so it was quickly done.

 

Each wing gets one decal.

 

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De right side of the fuselage gets 5 decals.

 

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The decal on the vertical stabiliser cracked a little so this one is a littlebit shorter then the left side.

 

And theleft side also gets 5 decals

 

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Here I was a little impatient and didn't long enough to let the sol do its work and so de roundel got a little damaged on the upper right side.

 

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Great, only 12 decals and I managed to damage two of them  :BANGHEAD2:

 

Thanks for watching

Ferry

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When the paint dryed I could tape the wings and fuselage. It looks like this after quite a while

 

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When this was done I could spray the smoke

 

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I also installed the control cables,

 

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and fiwed attached the wings to the fuselage

 

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Finally it's looking like an airplane :D

 

Next is the torpedo. The longer I looked at it, the uglyer it became. The grooves are way way to big. So I decided to make a new one. Now that i finally have a cnc-millingmachine i must use it. 

 

Thanks for watching 

 

Ferry

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The definitive built for this kit.

 

Ahhh the proxxon mill Mf70...it's my new GF...

 

Amities

 

Fab

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Posted (edited)

As said, the torpedo had to be replaced. First I had to make new proppellorblades. I found a nice picture on the web, and made a dxf file of it. I loaded this in the software of the millingmachine and then i had this little propellorblad.

 

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They where very small so i made quite a few off them. I made some smaller and shorter grooves in the torpedo and assembled everything. Eventually I got this.

 

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Much better then the first one if I may say so.

 

Then I assembled the landinggear to the plane and the motor. Here are some pics.

 

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Now i can give it a wash and a final coat of matt. 

 

This week I got a reply from Trumpeter on my mail for a replacementsprue. They have the replacementsprue I need and with shipping it will cost me 10 USD. I think this is quite a lot of money but better expensive then not available. I decided to order the sprue and now I will see how long I have to wait. I will use the brackets for the torpedo so i hope the delivery is fast :piliot:

 

Thanks for watching

 

Ferry

 

 

 

 

 

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