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Iain (32SIG)

HobbyBoss 1:32 Liberator GR Mk.VI - RAF Coastal Command

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It is nice, isn't it!

 

Has advantage that it uses kit front and rear turrets - and leaves the upper turret spare.

 

The nose artwork was added over the 'shark mouth' - so there's the option of just doing the shark mouth.

 

Either way, nice job for my Silhouette cutter!

 

Also - there are photos showing the Leigh Light wasn't always fitted to this airframe...

 

Meanwhile - positive conversation with our resident rapid prototyping expert earlier this evening regarding the digital 'cutting out' of the wing profiles.

 

Still number crunching on wing formers...  :)

 

Iain

 

 

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I love the problem solving going on with this build, especially given all of the discussion about the wing profile issue.  I don't think I'll ever build a 4-engine bomber but it's interesting to see the gritty work on a brand new release.

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On 12/30/2018 at 8:43 PM, Iain (32SIG) said:

Back on the Lib tonight whilst the gloss coat cures on the Spit.

 

Drawing up profiles in CorelDRAW for the various stations along the wing - just spotted the airfoil plotting tool I linked to earlier has a 'halo' function - that's enabling me to automatically allow for the plastic thickness of the kit wing - making generation of each profile easier!

 

In breaking news, I'm now leaning towards the RCAF GR Mk.VI with the nose art, as provided as one of the options in the Eduard 1:72 special edition:

 

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Too many potential schemes for a Liberator!!

 

Back later...

 

Iain

 

 

You've just really made me want a B-24 even more... that scheme! :o  

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Although thread started last week - I believe cutting wings and fuselage from the sprues, and plotting evil retribution on the wings, is just slightly under the 25% rule - so here she is - where she belongs, in what I suspect will be one of the best Group Builds in LSP history!

 

Off to cut some formers...

 

Happy New Year!

 

Iain

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Hmmm...

 

Spotted this nice image of a 220 Squadron RAF GR Mk.VI, KG904 ZZ-E, parked at Lagens (now Lajes) in the Azores:

 

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Now - wunwinglow of this Parish has been working on some ace depth charges,  Graham at Iconicair does a beautiful bomb trolly (albeit a different type) and I've found a rather nice looking 1:32 white metal model of the Fordson 'N' tractor.

 

Just thinking aloud - have to build the Liberator first, then see...

 

Iain

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12 minutes ago, LSP_Matt said:

If you save it as a *DXF  it'll usually work with a 3d printer.

 

Cheers Matty

 

Indeed - but *not* for 3D printing - either CNC milling, or laser cutting - we know a man that can!  :)

 

Iain

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4 minutes ago, Iain (32SIG) said:

 

Indeed - but *not* for 3D printing - either CNC milling, or laser cutting - we know a man that can!  :)

 

Iain

Crikey...I need to get to bed. 1.30am Of course, they use STL files.

 

Tim will sort it. If you need help sing out...I have 'Inventor'.

 

Great scheme.

 

Matty

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Nice choice of schemes. In fact that was the one I was looking at earlier as well.  There's also pics of it with just the shark mouth and no face as well.

 

I'm glad to hear it just uses the kit turrets so that makes it slightly easier.

 

Carl

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Iain

 

Do you know anything about that scheme? The whole 'face' of the creature is very similar to the design on a well known Macchi M5 (can't find a good image of it at the moment)...

 

Matt

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I know very little about it at the moment, except that I've found a few photos online - along with an image that show's her with just the mouth.

 

Would be interested in anything anyone finds - that scheme isn't set in stone yet, but is certainly tempting!

 

As a break from more Spitfire work - and drawing B-24 wing profiles - I've made a start on the other controversial area of the HobbyBoss B-24 - the front and rear turrets.

 

As first removed from their sprues:

 

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Front turret - Emerson:

 

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Rear Turret - A6C:

 

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Back shortly with some more...

 

Iain

 

 

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At this stage I'm gathering my thoughts on both the shapes/accuracy of both turrets - but want to get them in rubber so I can cast solid resin copies that I'll use to make patterns so that I can vac some panels, maybe more...

 

So - whilst heading in that direction I thought I could also see how easy it was to polish up the front Emerson turret, and what the result would be, for those that want to go that route.

 

So, my usual 'dodge' to reduce internal reflections and make the glazing look thinner, I've gone around the mating surfaces with a Sharpie permanent marker.

 

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Before placing the two halves together and joining with extra thin cyanoacrylate:

 

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At this stage it looks very much like the openings for the guns are too close to each other - and the turret may be short in height, or over in diameter, or both.

 

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The rear A6C - shape looks more prototypical - but jury is still out.

 

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Glue applied as a series of small tack-welds, using a cocktail stick, prior to running along the joints completely. The super thin stuff does a nice job of running into and around the joint by capilliary action, and has the advantage for pattern making that it won't shrink and will polish up well with the surrounding material.

 

If anyone has any dimensioned turret drawings (for either turret) I'd love to see them. I have lots of tech drawings - but no dimensions.

 

Right - back to wing formers and structure...

 

Iain

 

 

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awesome thread so far - definitely following this one!

 

what are your references for the Lib with the shark mouth and the face etc?

 

are you able to post pics here of this bird?

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