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33 minutes ago, Scale32 said:

I always put one or two in and get free entry for the whole weekend [...]

 

Actually, I'd forgotten about that! Maybe I'll just pop the Snowspeeder in for fun and cop the free entry. Probably won't be there all weekend, but a couple of trips seems likely.

 

Kev

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I think I can finally declare the prop a done deal, aside from any weathering I might do:

 

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The carrier film on the stencil decals is barely noticeable now, though not gone completely. Certainly good enough for gubment work. I'm still undecided on the extent of weathering I'll perform on this build, but I'm leaning towards heavy - just for the practise as much as anything else - and that might help disappear the decal film completely.

 

I've also touched up the nose chequers, and given them another gloss coat. I couldn't resist posing it with the prop in place:

 

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I'm currently in the middle of trying to deal with the vac windscreen. I managed to slip the razor saw into one of the frames, but luckily not the clear area. There's still a nasty scar there, however, and these are difficult to fix on this kind of clear plastic. I'll have to mask it up and paint at least the frame in question before I'll know if it's usable. If not, I'll fall back to the kit windscreen, and use the vac sliding hood. Details in the next update!

 

Kev

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On 6/7/2022 at 11:30 PM, dennismcc said:

Looking good Kev

 

Cheers

 

Den

 

Thanks, Den. Still slow-going with this one, but I thought I'd snap a quick photo of the vac windscreen dry-fitted to the fuselage:

 

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Fit looks OK. The white vertical line that looks like a highlight is actually where I slipped with the blade cutting it out. I need to see the frame under a coat of paint before I decide if it'll pass muster, which means masking it up first. The frame lines are so light that they're quite difficult to see, and without any pre-cut masks, doing it manually is going to be quite a challenge! That alone is a point in favour of using the kit part, but we'll see how it goes.

 

Kev

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7 hours ago, dennismcc said:

Now that looks  good fit, I should imagine that the scratch will be fine, if not a touch of Mr Surfacer should fix it.

Which vac is it from.

 

Cheers

 

Den

 

It's the Squadron set, Den - made by Falcon in NZ I believe. Whether or not I end up using the windscreen, I'll definitely be using the sliding section (unless I really botch it).

 

Kev

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11 hours ago, LSP_Kevin said:

 

It's the Squadron set, Den - made by Falcon in NZ I believe. Whether or not I end up using the windscreen, I'll definitely be using the sliding section (unless I really botch it).

 

Kev

Thanks Kev, I have lots of Squadron vac canopies but not a P51D version so wondered where it was from, they are not my favourite thing but with care, a new #11 blade and filled with Blu Tac they can be made to work..

 

Cheers

 

Den

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So, as promised, another update! But, as is often the case, it's just a token one. I've been sweating over how best to mask the vacform windscreen part, as it's so thin that you can hardly feel—let alone see–any frame lines. This got me to thinking, however, that perhaps it's actually too thin. So I hit the books and discovered that the open trailing edges of the part were in fact too thin for scale. Sure, I could beef them up with styrene strip, but then I may as well just use the kit part, which would be easier to mask anyway. So I did. Here's the comparison:

 

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The kit part is too thick, but looks much more convincing on the model, whereas the vac part looks anaemic. Mark had already added some styrene strip to the base of the kit part, presumably to help a bit with the fit. I must remember to paint them before I install it! I still intend to use the vac sliding part, however.

 

Here's the kit part on the model, after a wash and a bath in floor polish:

 

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Once it's masked, painted, and installed, I can really get on with the paint job then. Hopefully the next update will be a bit more substantial!

 

Kev

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