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Did some work on the inside and the landing gear

 

47968156982_35501e92ee_k.jpg110_5528 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

47968175733_7af3439ee0_z.jpg110_5529 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Working on the internals, starboardside cockpit done. Made the sidewalls behind the cockpit to cover the area to the observers place. I know most of it will not be visible but I know it is there. Ran out of ribbing material...

 

47968156652_447e7b8274_k.jpg110_5534 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

IP done with a little help from Airscale. Used all references I could get. Maybe not all that accurate but with some paint on it, it might just look right.

 

47968217871_d59e9e20dd_k.jpg110_5536 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Starboard side console done

 

47968217611_9c0f35febb_k.jpg110_5539 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Made a start with the floor, all out of Evergreen card.

 

47968174628_2f04eb3d39_k.jpg110_5543 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Also made a start with the landing gear. Filled the ejectionmarks and hollowed the wheelhubs.

 

47968174383_6b0cd44d8c_k.jpg110_5544 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

The bench is the usual mess...

 

Hope you like it.

 

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Beautiful.  I wish there was a new tool beaufighter because I'd love to build the plane, but know I can't scratch build like you're doing.

 

Cheers

 

Jeff 

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Posted (edited)

How do you ever find anything in that mess!!!??? You're making a great job of the beautiful Beau though! :) 

Edited by mozart

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Great work on the interior details!

That kind of chaotic workplace seems familiar to me :)

 

Cheers

Alex

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Looking good, I really like these old kits, built quite a few in my time but alas the Beaufighter beat me, I started to build a new interior but in the end it went into the "Too Hard" box and is now in the loft.

I know that there are after market parts out there now but I would prefer a new tool, who knows if and when one will arrive, but with 200 kits in the loft I have enough to get on with.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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Finished building the cockpit.

 

48032537883_f46a05a7bf_z.jpg110_5545 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

Overvieuw, dials are from Airscale, wiring is made out of lead wire. All the rest is Evergreen and the sparebox.

 

48032604272_ed9c12a329_z.jpg110_5547 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

The tub and the port side, all the levers are made out of small strips of metal.

 

48032537198_91b4d36fe9_z.jpg110_5550 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

Instrument panel, both sidewalls and the steering wheel.

 

48032603687_44cdbe1234_z.jpg110_5551 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

The seat, the belts are made out of an empty cheese tube, the rest is Evergreen

 

48032493466_325dc701da_z.jpg110_5555 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

Dryfit

 

48032536653_5365a4e00e_z.jpg110_5554 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

Port sidewall

 

48032603102_9191f0aa9f_z.jpg110_5556 by Rick Martens, on Flickr

 

Slowly it comes together now. I am quite happy the way it turns out so far.

 

Rick

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This is looking rather good. I know the kit gets a poor press, you can tell from the very cheap prices the kits available for, but is it that bad? Is there much AM out there for it? It's one cool looking aeroplane, the work on this one is very good indeed.

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