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My Raffle Prize: Final Update 21/Aug/19


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HI everyone,

     I was fortunate to be the latest winner of the LSP raffle.  The kit, donated by Kitlinx is  PCM's TA-152C:

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The injection molded kit comes with Eduard PE and some nice resin details as well as a pretty large decal sheet for a plane that didn't reach series production before the Russians overran the factory.  Three schemes are provided for in the directions.

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Not many sprues and no engine to bother with...  which is cool cuz I like em' closed up.

 

The first thing i did was checked the fit of the largest components:

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Anybody know the dihedral of the 109 series, offhand?

 

Thanks for looking!

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Welcome back again, everyone!

 

I spent some time painting up the innards (such as they are) for this bird.

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Nothing exciting though I do like the Eduard PE IP.    There were PE Rudder panels, and later when I insert the seat, there'll be PE belts.

 

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One little detail to glue to the starboard inner wall.

 

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I needn't have worried about the wing dihedral.  There was a stub spar which to mold the wing.  I gave it overnight with clamps on to dry.

 

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There were a few erroneous (and non-erroneous) cartridge ejector holes to fill, and I  got rid of the upper wing bulges for the MG 151's.  I braced them at the back with card and then filled them with CA and baking soda.  After checking my work with gloss black paint, I filled the tiny errors with Mr. Surfacer.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz

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3 minutes ago, nmayhew said:

i had this kit in my stash a while back and quite liked the look of it

 

I reckon it will turn out as quite a mean looking beast - the Ta152 H's wings just look too long and floppy for me!

I always found this body style of FW/TA a bit unusual due to the closeness in length of fuse and wings.  But I agree with you, the H-style wing is just a little too long.

 

Gaz

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HI everyone,

    I've finally joined the fuselage to wings.  It's been a bit of a struggle to get the surfaces as clean as I like, but I feel I've got much done.   Here's some pics:

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I've filled the upper fuselage gun troughs, and replaced the hitherto closed radiator flaps with new flaps made of card.   With all of the control surfaces at neutral...or closed, I felt this was a change needed to make the model more engaging to the eye.

 

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The original radiator flaps had only 8 external and 8 internal flaps represented in the molding.  It took me quite a while to find a useful picture because all of the surviving TA-152's and FW 190D's use the Jumo 213 engine whilst the TA-152 utilizes the DB 603 engine.  I found some pictures of the radiator arrangement on the Heinkel 219 Uhu which also utilizes the DB 603 engine.  After a lot of looking, I finally decided that twelve inner and twelve outer flaps were required.  I also just remembered that I need to make 12 pushrods for the flaps...

 

All of the trailing edges needed a bit of work to make acceptably sharp.  It actually took up a fair bit of time.  Of course, that meant that I lost all of the raised detail on the control surfaces.  Never fear...  Silhouette Portrait is here:

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I found a drawing of the FW 190's framework online and imported it into my Silhouette software.  After cleaning it up a bit, I cut the masks and used a few thick coats of Tamiya Matte Red to give me back the raised detail.

 

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There's a bit of overspray to remove....

 

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I'm going to have to pin the stabilizers, too.  I was going to show them dry-fitted, but they looked a bit too droopy that way.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Gaz

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9 hours ago, Out2gtcha said:

Excellent work Gaz!    The silhouette is a great idea to reproduce the raised detail for sure!

Thanks Brian!  I tried once in the past to work the plastic into acceptable condition and it ended up a mess.

 

 

3 hours ago, ade rowlands said:

I have thought about doing similar with my Silhouette for rudder and aileron detail but cutting them out on to decal sheet. 

I thought about making decals, too.  However, trying to slide that complex shape into place with all of it's holes makes me think that I'd ruin quite a bit.  And cutting each decal into a lot of pieces just seemed like more work easily ruined by my clumsy hands.

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