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#46 CANicoll

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 04:02 AM

Always loved the P-39. Not sure which one to buy, SH or KH. Will be watching closely. Great work so far.

Dan

 

Dan - Having built (building) both - I'd offer this advice:

 

The SH kit is a pretty quick build with no engine or any of the nose parts.  You get a terrific Eduard PE cockpit (with a funky machine gun fit but maybe that is just me) so you end up with a nice looking bird, without a lot of time to invest.

 

If you want a fully open P-39, the KH kit offers that option - check out JohnB's build thread.  He did the best job on the KH P-39 I've seen and he included a plug to make the fuselage length more accurate.  (I said Peterpools earlier - who also does amazing work - but it was JohnB's KH P-39 you will want to check out)

 

I tried to build mine with the nose open, but found the other panels fit so poorly that closed up they looked horrible, and had such bad fit problems in the nose, that all that detail ended up in the trash and that got closed up too.  You can check my build thread, but also check the other SH and KH build threads here.  YMMV is all I'll say to that.

Good luck!

(On the other hand, the 1/48 P-39's from Eduard are a dream... Just sayn...  :innocent: )

 

Chris


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 07:41 AM

If you want a fully open P-39, the KH kit offers that option - check out Peterpool's build thread.  He did the best job on the KH P-39 I've seen.

 

Chris, got a link to Peter's build? I don't recall him building this kit, but I know what a great job he usually does, so I'd love to see it!

 

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 02:27 PM

Chris, got a link to Peter's build? I don't recall him building this kit, but I know what a great job he usually does, so I'd love to see it!

 

Kev

 

Kev,

 

I was mistaken.  It was JohnB's amazing build that got me going on the KH kit.  Between those two guys, they both do such amazing work I just am in constant amazement.   Here is his build thread.  And my memory is SHOT.  He used the SH kit.   :oops:  :mental:   I think I need to stay away from sharp objects for a while!

 

You going to start on a P-39?

 

Chris


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 09:55 PM

Thanks for the corrected info, Chris.

 

You going to start on a P-39?

 

Done and done:

 

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http://forum.largesc...showtopic=58381

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 12:20 AM

Oh that was a nice one!  Seems like AGES ago tho!


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 12:38 AM

Minor update since I'm really waiting on the new canopy and masks.  Also been working on a HobbyCraft 1/32 Nieuport and having some (self inflicted) issues I think are pretty much over now.

 

For Spare Parts did a bit more work getting the color PE onto the doors - save the handles which I put on last as they are likely to get knocked off in the meantime.

 

Still using the Vallejo acrylics over primer.  Thought about doing the doors in a different interior green - as if coming from different aircraft and perhaps field repainted, but pretty much kept the same shade.

 

Using a black/gray for the tire color, and aluminum for the hubs.

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The resin exhausts were painted in steel, then dry brushed with rust, dry brushed with black, then dusted with rust powder and a final dusting with a light gray powder.  The interior of the exhausts is painted with black gray.  I will go back and repaint the inside of the exhaust in a flat black.  The gray black is not dark enough.

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More to come!

 

Chris


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 01:04 AM

Oh that was a nice one!  Seems like AGES ago tho!

 

Yeah, finished it a bit over 12 months ago.

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:09 AM

Latest update:

 

Ok, put down a coat of primer to see how it looks and see just how hopeless I was with the seams.  Overall, not horrible news.  But a few things first:

 

1.  This is one of the first P-39 kits I've built whose doors actually fit into their openings well.  The right side (which I will have open) fits like a dream and the left side seems to fit well, but might need just a bit of adjustment.  So good news!

 

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That is still the cracked canopy I'm using as a temporary mask.

 

2.  The Vallejo black primer is actually gloss, not flat like the white is:

 

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I painted a set of 1/48 scale B-17G Monogram wings in preparation for a White Basing/Black Basing demo I'll do at one of our club meetings.  Cool stuff.

 

So back to the Airacobra.  I also noticed that when I sprayed the primer, the first coat is fairly translucent.  Subsequent coats get you the nice black (and glossy) color.

 

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Also did the bits and bobs that go along with it...

 

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While glossy, it is not the smoothest of finishes - but it is a primer!

 

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Definitely some work to do, but not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

 

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So am going to let the primer dry for a couple of days (and continue working on the HobbyCraft Nieuport 17), hope the new canopy and masks arrive, and get working on the landing gear which right now is all painted and just needs some assembly and detailing.  

 

Thanks for looking, as always, comments are welcomed.

Chris


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:10 AM

OHHH perdee !........Harv :popcorn:


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 05:54 AM

Chris,

    Glad to see some progress!  Can't wait to see how you detail and weather all of that blackness.

 

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 01:39 PM

Chris,

    Glad to see some progress!  Can't wait to see how you detail and weather all of that blackness.

 

Gaz

 

Me too!  I'm not really sure yet...


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 04:53 PM

Wonderful work on the Airacobra, Chris!


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 02:50 AM

So checking in with Special Hobby it seems that the canopy and masks I've ordered are on backorder so got to work on the resin tires and wheels, and the landing gear.

 

Here are the main gear with and without the other side piece.  The nose wheel has the three PE backing plates in place for the wheel covers.

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And a close up of the nose wheel - never saw those ejector marks until I saw the photos...

 

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So for some reason decided to add the brake lines to the main gear.  I took some of the model ignition wire, and stripped the insulation for the bottom metal tubing, leaving the insulation on to model the rubber hose part at the top of the gear.

 

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And painted and shortened

 

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Bare metal foil for the oleos.  Fun build!!

 

Chris


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 08:21 AM

Foil on the oleo's is a great touch!  Brake lines look good, too.

 

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Posted 27 January 2018 - 03:39 PM

Chris

Terrific progress on the P-39. Grey primer looks very smooth a and I couldn't see any imperfections at all. Black primer and those nasty leading edge intakes ... just a bit more work and considering how far you have already come, those pesky parts need a bit more filler and you will have then whipped into shape.

Looking so good

Keep 'em comin

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