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Hi Guys,

 

Once again I'm off course with a build or seven, now shunted onto another project.  This one is Project Perry, because out very own Wunwinglow is involved (again!)  Recently I made a Mistel using the Revell Me-262 and He-162 kits with a pile of 3D printed parts and laser cut acrylic sheet by Tim.  I made it as if it was a field conversion of a battered old fighter with the nose from a different aircraft.  This time I'm surmising the production plants would be up to speed and churning out the flying bombs on the standard production lines.  So all buttoned up, gun ports closed, no undercarriage and stripped of all non-essentials.  And because its a fly and forget, none of that tedious filling and sanding regular fighter types received.  So I needed a fully riveted airframe.  Three guesses?  Obviously the Trumpeter kit.  And the pilot aircraft for this combo?  The new Junkers EF-126 from Das Werk.  So all I needed was a quick call to Tim and I picked up the parts a couple of days later.

 

Please read on as nothing is ever that simple and there are some items in the photos that need explaining.

 

I managed to lose one of the acrylic plates for the side of the launch dolly so I laminated some plastic sheet.  Simple stuff.

 

50016501222_f1706cc577_c.jpgNew Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

A day's work.

 

50016501247_b996137b81_c.jpgNew Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

On the original version, there's a huge step at the rear.  We just copied the 1/48 Dragon kit, scaled it up and then I realised that as usual, Dragon hadn't actually done any research.  So a day after building the dolly, I carefully took it apart again.  The good thing about superglue is you can break the bond easily if you know what to do with it.  Then I started hacking lumps out of the 3D printed axle and rear body piece.

 

Superglue residue everywhere, nothing that can't be shifted.  Line scribed for the new dolly height.

 

50019199257_5aa1203b2b_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

With a chop, chop here and a chop, chop there...…..

 

50018413073_cb58e9f4ec_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Old scratch building techniques: make one important part fit and everything else oversize, then trim afterwards.  The laser cut acrylic sides were ditched as they are a swine to cut without that bloody laser!  Once again laminates of good old plasticard

 

50019205657_1f4a46c862_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50018947301_12775affd0_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Lots of cursing and swearing (superglued my fingers to the model, we've all been there!) I ended up with the chassis together but lots of raised edges. All part of the plan, if I had cut to exact size, something would definitely been undersized, that's the way it goes.

 

50019237891_58ff339f30_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

And after attacking it with Infini Zebra 100 grit sanding sticks, the raised bits are all smoothed down. I've got it sitting with a few smears of Mr White Putty on a few areas where the plasticard laminations can be seen, this photo taken before I applied the putty.

 

50018708013_1c924ea084_c.jpgUntitled by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

So love it or loathe it, that's where I am at the moment.

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Guys,

 

Now where were we?  Ah yes, the second Mistel.

 

The main wing panels were assembled then lined up with the dolly support arms to mark and drill the wing mounting points.

 

50025127121_e064b865cd_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

A few nose panels in place.  They are only levelled up loosely, I want the build to look disjointed, rough and badly put together by the diminishing labour pool.

 

50025126241_296bd7f11d_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Some coinage of the realm superglued into place as ballast -  I know from the first build the model will try to sit on its backside given the chance.  There will be some weight in the front of the engines as well.

 

50024584158_409bd82e61_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Only a slight gap at the wing root, easily sorted with some Mr Surfacer and a wipe with Mr Thinners on a cotton bud.

 

50025384437_2fcd539c79_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Trumpeter don't provide in-flight undercarriage doors so there was fair bit of thinning and hacking of the inner doors.

 

50025384627_285d36fcf4_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Intakes and exhaust pipes and fan blades will get some paint shortly then I can close up the cowlings.

 

50025127061_838ae275d8_c.jpg262 airframe by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Guys,

 

A bit more work on the me-262 Mistel.  Time to blank off the cockpit and I reverted to old fashioned scratch building techniques.  So laminates of plasticard to build up the shape.

 

50030338493_719aa183e1_c.jpgBlanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Then determine the extent of the reshaping.

 

50031139637_cc5cbbfa7b_c.jpgBlanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

After attacking with a Zoukei- Mura Scraper and 100 grit Infini Zebra sanders, I got a reasonable shape then covered with 10 thou plasticard and ran a Rosie over it.

 

50031139222_b81c1b0851_c.jpgBlanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Then the same again for the rear part.

 

50030878226_ba9c965fa2_c.jpgBlanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

 Finally time to reinstate some lost details with the Rosie and a Hasegawa Scribing Pin with one of their templates.

 

50031139167_a230e02a72_c.jpgBlanks by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Not much but it took a while.

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

 

 

 

 

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A start on the Ef-126 from Das Werk.

 

50041226297_037b818679_4k.jpgEffi by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50047914936_0e2253e51a_4k.jpgMist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Mist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50047355678_9ba90a65b7_4k.jpgMist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50047354438_98c7b2c338_4k.jpgMist by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Guys,

 

Well, the Ef-126 morphed into three kits!

 

The single pulse jet type:

 

50130059632_6cdb2ccfb8_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

The twin pulse jet:

 

50130058667_b17d38294b_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

The rocket motor 127:

 

50130059652_be5c68ddf0_b.jpgMistel3 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

I'll be using the twin for the Mistel build.  somehow Das Work managed to miss the rudder off the single engine version, you can see the rivets end in the middle of nowhere!

 

50129268098_e1e4631499_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Two more IP's.

 

50130057927_7d5bf9f14b_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Paint on the engines.

 

50129264018_708ee6b227_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50130054417_f3f1d1874e_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50130054297_8ebdf47c74_b.jpgMistel 2 by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

And that's just about it.  I've been decorating at my Lady's house so nothing much has moved on models for a while.

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Guys,

 

Some updates on the Mistel.  First up the Ef-126/7 seats all have Eduard colour etch seat belts now

 

50134087031_fdf1924f1a_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Then I was thinking about the clearance when the 262 and 126 separate and decided to trim the fin and rudder.  I looked in the Classic book, Vol 2.

 

50134087446_9210637247_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

So out with the JLC razor saw and a couple of minutes later.............

 

50134087841_6f7183871d_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Then separate the upper hinge/balance

 

50133535028_61ed02de3f_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

And set it into the shortened rudder lower down.

 

50133529348_c4e4bc37ec_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Fillers, putty, plasticard, lots of panic and messing about.........

 

50134082976_f204a74960_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

And after some cleaning up with sanders, ScotchBrite and a bit of spit, here's the result so far.

 

50134082831_7684e65e5e_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

50134311537_6e8631ce69_b.jpgMore Mistel by Bruce Crosby, on Flickr

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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