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#1 Gigant

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:04 PM

Just to show a resin nose-job on a plastic kit:

 

30175576144_1611c2caf6.jpg100_0439 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

The biggest challenge was cutting each exhaust horn off its plastic base and re-installing them on the resin nose. 

The cowling flaps were almost as tough, but, you see the results.

 

30506298750_20670c54b8.jpg100_0441 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

30506294690_5d0746ec52.jpg100_0440 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

Since the model still exists, I can do more photos.

 

For the record, this model was built a while back.

 

Since I had no air-brush at the time, the finish was hand-bristle brushed Testors enamels.

 

At the time AMtech was taking a standard P-40 IM kit, and modifying it by adding a resin nose or tail-piece for a different variant.

 

This one was their so challenging of a build, that a well-published author wrote a chapter in a book devoted to its' construction.

 

I bought both the book and then the kit, and went tool shopping!


Edited by Gigant, 18 February 2018 - 01:17 AM.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:19 AM

Interesting. I got four of these kits in a trade a year or so ago.


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I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.

 

In Progress:

 

 

 

 


#3 Gazzas

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:25 AM

Tom,

    Very nice job!  Replacing those exhaust stubs and getting them lined up right would be tedious. 

 

Yes, more photos, please!

 

Gaz


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 08:37 PM



Tom,

    Very nice job!  Replacing those exhaust stubs and getting them lined up right would be tedious. 

 

Yes, more photos, please!

 

Gaz

 

As you wish, Sahib Gaz:

 

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Please excuse the erroneous time/date stamps. My camera's batteries were dead, and between the "down-times" I didn't bother to re-set it when I hurriedly did these photos today.

 

I am amazed at the quality of AMtech's decals and how they have stood up over the years!

 

This was model was built 15 years ago!


Edited by Gigant, 19 February 2018 - 01:18 AM.

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#5 Gigant

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 09:10 PM

OK, Gaz, here is a teaser for you:

 

An old 1/48 Monogram P-40B I decorated in "Pearl Harbor" period markings...

 

 

39448100075_3a3a387eaa.jpg100_1533 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 09:19 PM

As explained elsewhere, I decided to post this to illustrate how my "first-timer" for dealing with resin, with the right tools, was able to make a clean job of it.

 

To install the resin nose piece, I used a micro-saw with a miter box, cutting each fuselage half separately, open-side down.

 

To trim the resin nose-piece/plug, I used a flush-cut saw.

 

In my case, I needed no putty and did not have to re-scribe the panel line.

 

If you or others wish for me to share more, just ask, I can fill you in on the rest, to help if you decide to install the resin tail on your P-51, you will have a neater fitting seam like I did.

 

That kit has great markings Kevin-well worth the effort.


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:36 PM

Nice pics. Thanks! I would have never thought to use a mitre box to cut the piece.

To date, I've been reticent to buy large resin AM external parts.

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 12:23 AM

Nice pics. Thanks! I would have never thought to use a mitre box to cut the piece.

To date, I've been reticent to buy large resin AM external parts.

Gaz

Here is a review that came out after I got the book and built it:

 

http://www.p40warhaw..._F-L/P40F-L.htm

 

If you look at the nose-piece, you will see why it needed trimming to fit the fuselage:

 

 

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As I recall, I C-Clamped it into the miter box.


Edited by Gigant, 19 February 2018 - 12:26 AM.

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