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#31 Jack

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 09:22 PM

Great work Thomas, looking forward to see the end result....!!


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everyone in the circuit switch off your radios....now switch 'em back on again......


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 04:32 AM

I certainly agree with Jack. The updates are always awesome Thomas. What a great model shaping up here. Well done so far.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 06:21 AM

Coarse files are sometimes very useful for "heavy" modelling.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:38 PM

Fun to see a vac coming together - a very rare treat!


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#35 Thomas Lund

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 06:58 PM

Ok, time for an update. Last time I was fighting the control surfaces, and especially the ailerons gave me grief. I have now completed the third pair and I am happy with that. I will not mount them until I've scribed the plane. Ailerons in the back

 

 

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But overall the plane seems to have fewer and fewer rough spots

 

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And I've started sketching out the lines to scribe. I really dread scribing, but it has to be done.... (still a bit to clean up on the wingtip)

 

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It seems that every time I complete a task I am thinking "just a little clean up and I can get to the painting..." but oh no - something new pops up every time

 

This time it was remebering that this version had a landing light in the nose. After a little thought and a little experimentation, I settled on this approach. Some clear plastic was cut from a toothbrush

 

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A suitable gap was milled out of the nose

 

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And the clear plastic with a lens painted on the back side was mounted. Now I have to file it down, sand it gently to shape and polish it back to a good shine. I plan to do the same with wingtip navigation lights

 

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#36 Lee White

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

Abso-frickin'lutely fantastic. And you say you'll never do another? Say it ain't so.


1/35 AH-56A Cheyenne-DONE!
1/32 Yak-38- Done!
 

 

 1/32 F-111C for the ABIM Group Build!


#37 Thomas Lund

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:35 PM

Thanks Lee... I think it'll be a while until I do another...

 

Forgot: I've been mounting the vac canopy's on the fuselage (no pics, they are covered right now), and and I've been adding frames to the opening part of the canopy. Rest will get same treatment

 

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#38 Thomas Lund

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:53 PM

So, after half an evening of sanding, first with my proxxon, then finer and finer grit sandpaper and finally polishing with tamiya polishing compound, this is the result. Way above expectations - actually so clear that I wish I'd made a better rendition of the light on the back side :-)

 

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#39 Shaka HI

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 05:27 AM

I need to do the same with my Hellcat for the lights on the wing tips...I had billion of those used toothbrushes with parts of it that were clear, but the latest batch I bought are white opaque handles! I guess, I'll get some toothbrushes this weekend!


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:43 AM

Love what you're doing here Thomas!

Keep up the good work!

Phil


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 07:01 AM

Shaka - lol yeah, I had to go and buy a toothbrush specifically for this.

 

I was very surpriced how well it turned out - how clear it got. Way smaller problem than expected

 

I'm thinking about re-doing it with a nicer lamp behind


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#42 Troy Molitor

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 10:50 AM

Man I love every update on this bird Thomas. Your aircraft projects always look awesome. My favorite is still the A6M3 waaaay back.
Thanks for sharing this build with us.
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Posted 18 August 2017 - 12:17 PM

Thanks Troy - my favorite as well



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:26 PM

Ive been watching this one Thomas, but for whatever reason never seemed to comment on it.  Its REALLY starting to come together!!

 

I guess I should be thanking you for starting this, as now we have an IM Ki-45 coming, and its probably the direct result of your hard work on this vac.  :lol: 


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 02:33 PM

Just catching up on this Thomas and I can't believe this is your first vac kit.

The gear is astounding. How did you drill the holes in the brass tubing so neatly?

Carl
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