I've got the same kit in my stash as well James. Don't be disheartened by a the gaps. It does build into a good model with perserverance. A video worth checking out is David Damek's build of this same model on youtube (in two parts) This is part one:
So a bit of an update... I've added the tail, re-scribed some of the panel detail on top of the fuselage and finished the interior, which I went all out on with Eduard PE for the seat belts and the IP and some dry brushing and careful painting. My better half bought be a fancy camera for Christmas which I'm still getting the hang of, so I'm sorry the interior pictures aren't especially clear.
Most of the interior won't be that clearance the lute glass pane canopy is is place, although I'm not really one of those modellers who find satisfaction in "knowing that it's in there", I just want the practice for when I make a nice large 1/32 scale fighter (like my stashed Tamiya A6M5 Zero or P 51D Mustang which I can't wait to do.)
Also some extra stuff I've done. For some stupid reason I decided to add this tiny photo etch to the engine cowl, it was a lot of work for something that will likely not be noticed. First I had to sand and sand the interior of the col with a course Flory skinny stick until it was a more realistic thickness
The finished result:
And I've also got the wings well on the way, just some more putty and filling to fill the gaps and hide my mistakes and some re-scribing to do.
Apologies for being slack with updating my progress. I think I get a bit obsessed with build and forget to take more pictures and update the thread more often. Here's how she's looking now
So since I last posted, as you can clearly see the wings have been attached.they had nice big tabs, but they were a tad thick so they needed to be sanded to slot in. Once glued in place, as I expected from David Damek's YouTube channel build of the same kit, there were some rather large gaps on the leading edges which filled with Tamiya Basic Type Putty and some Mr Surfacer 500 and 1000. I attempted to re-scribe the panel lines back, I'm not sure how successful I was, I'll see once it's primed.
I also tackled the gondola on the underside. This tested my somewhat modest gluing/ building skills. Here the kit is fine, I just struggled with my ability, or lack thereof. the front of it has clear parts, although they will be painted and a couple parts have windows that I masked with Eduard pre cut masks. There were also some clear parts for the sides of the gondola which I needed to use Tamiya extra thin for strength rather than regular canopy glue, and some wicked up onto the window panes which was a bummer. The rear of it I'll leave off until the end because it has a rear facing MG which I'd much rather glue on near the end of the build.
The wings feature seperate control surfaces, and I thought they'd go on nice and easy and fill out the wings nicely and give me a sense of achievement that the kit was coming together, but I kind of ballsed that up. One side was okay but the other was a pain to get right and glue in the hinges (?). A bit of a fiasco followed which had me feeling a bit discouraged, but they're kind of in and with the help of Vallejo plastic putty I've hopefully disguised my mistakes. David Damek's build looked flawless as well as some others I saw online, so unfortunately it was pretty much my inexperience and ineptitude!
Otherwise, I've masked the front canopy (thank god for Eduard pre cut masks), masked the cockpit for priming, glued on the pods for the bombs (of which I've also been busy gluing together), glued the engines together (which just need to have to be sanded smooth and glued on) and generally re-scribed and tidied up those annoying little gaps.
I'm going down to Tauranga on Monday, and I'm probably going to take it with me, so I can get the sucker primed and *maybe* make a start on painting the underside.
Don't ever compare yourself to someone that makes models "prefessionally" I don't know the name of the guy, but if they're putting stuff on youtube, and it comes out great, they've probably been doing it a long time, and very skilled. I don't watch a lot of youtube model vids... don't like to get disheartened by seeing an imaculate build before I fudge mine up hahaha.
I was wondering about your masking there. Good stuff with the eduard ones.
Xtr3meNZer wrote: Don't ever compare yourself to someone that makes models "prefessionally" I don't know the name of the guy, but if they're putting stuff on youtube, and it comes out great, they've probably been doing it a long time, and very skilled. I don't watch a lot of youtube model vids... don't like to get disheartened by seeing an imaculate build before I fudge mine up hahaha
Hey K2, thanks for your encouraging words. Yeah I can see this particular modeller has a lot of experience from watching his stuff on YouTube and I know it's silly to compare, I guess there's this part of me is a bit of a perfectionist as well as aspiring to one day have those kinds of "professional" skills. I've got some updates to share soon and while there are a few stuff ups it's starting to take shape and I'm pretty happy with how things are going.
So since my last post I managed to glue on the engines and deal to a few gaps and so some masking, as well as get the whole thing primed.
First up I decided to make my own pitot tube using some Albion Alloys telescopic brass tubing I bought on eBay. I also thought I'd try dry fitting the wheels to the landing gear, and the fit was snug even after a bit of drilling. Then foolishly I left them overnight to find next day that they were stuck! So despite my best efforts to remove them the rods to attach the landing gear snapped off, so thankfully with some more brass rod I could fix the mistake.
Then some time was spent finding out any gaps by painting any suspect areas, then making the appropriate fixes with Mr Surfacer and the odd bit of Vallejo plastic putty.
I finished priming everything last night. I've been using black basing for my past 2 builds and the main disadvantage I've found is that it can make dark colours way too dark. When I was painting the camouflage on my last build, a hurricane, the dark green was mega dark so I had to mix some yellow in with the RAF green and apply very thin randomly diffused tinting. That made the colour lighter but at the same time diminished the original effect I was after, which is a kind of patina effect. So this time I'm wary that the RLM 70 (black-green) will end up just black with a hint of green.
To offset this I've primed the the model with Mr Surfacer 1500 black and knocked it back with some 1500 grey, so I guess I'm now employing the very dark grey basing technique. I've been experimenting on an old model and I think (or at least hope) this it will do the trick.
Yes, I use black or very dark grey as a base coat for post-war & contemporary aircraft builds, where pre-shading isn't a requirement. Interesting to see how this turns out. As I'm doing a tropical scheme on mine, I'll be using an overall coat of RLM-02 as a base.
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Cool scheme. I saw that book while researching stuff for this build. Do their plans include rivet detailing? I wouldn't mind having a guide because I would like to try ICM's 1/48 kit some day and apply my own rivets.