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2 years 5 months ago #121 by KitModellerNZ
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Back on the bench and wings now attached. What a nice fit and they feel sturdy.


Excuse the language, but she's a huge biatch!
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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #122 by KitModellerNZ
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Remembered I needed to mask and airbrush the serial numbers before attaching the horizontal stabilisers.



Glued on the horizontal stabilisers. Fit at top was very nice and underside needs some filling... or so I thought.
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2 years 4 months ago #123 by KitModellerNZ
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Now things are about to get %=÷#$% ugly! Early on it became apparent that the dihedral was too great. The Avenger's stabilisers should be level with the horizon. I decided to set her aside and go out for the day. The issue is too much for me to ignore, so I am going to break them off, repair the damage from doing so, reattach, fill joins that there will definitely be on the upper and lower sides and touch up the intermediate blue and insignia white areas.
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2 years 4 months ago #125 by Tiger
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Wowza this is looking good.
Great job on re positioning the stabilisers, you wouldn’t even know.
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2 years 4 months ago #126 by Terry
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Well done getting the fix sorted. One thing I've learned is bonding plastic together with Revell Contacta glue means any attempt to break the joint apart (even after partly set) is with the understanding it won't happen willingly, and the parts will be totally trashed during the process!
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2 years 4 months ago #127 by Bishop
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Worth doing though painful. Having pull a number of things apart two or three times in the last day or so I get the pain, but getting it right is always worth it. Such a good looker this one. The paint looks superb so far, particularly the signage.

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2 years 4 months ago #128 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #129 by KitModellerNZ
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Dissolved putty applied and cleaned up. Just a light sand and paint touch up required.
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2 years 4 months ago #130 by KitModellerNZ
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Respray complete.


Next step is masking the roundels on the upper wings and applying the dark sea blue to the wings and horizontal stabilisers.
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2 years 4 months ago #131 by KitModellerNZ
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Glossed overall with X-22.


Ready to start painting the upper surfaces of the wings and horizontal stabilisers.
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2 years 4 months ago #132 by Bishop
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Yep see, all fixed and looking great for the repairs. Gee this is s nice build.

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2 years 4 months ago #133 by KitModellerNZ
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Wingroot demarcations masked with blu tac and plenty of tape to avoid overspray.



Same treatment needs to be applied to horizontal stabilisers, but that's a job for tomorrow.
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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #134 by KitModellerNZ
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Horizontal stabiliser roots masked and painted this morning.

Upper wing roundel white portions masked and blue airbrushed. Lines drawn with permanent marker to make realignment of masks easier.

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2 years 4 months ago #135 by KitModellerNZ
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Masked up in prep for painting wings. Glad I have a decent stash of masking tape :lol:


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2 years 4 months ago #136 by Gary
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That's a lot of tape!!! Still watching.



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2 years 4 months ago #137 by KitModellerNZ
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Wing painting underway. I first sprayed a layer of intermediate blue followed by a coat of primer green and then clouded on some intermediate blue over this.





Next will come a coat of gloss and then I will spray light layers of the dark sea blue and then I am going to gently sand tbis to reveal areas of the green and lighter blue underneath. Was initially going to use the salt method, but want to experiment. The initial coat of blue acts as insurance should I accidentally rub through the green.
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2 years 4 months ago #138 by Bishop
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Nice and scary, don't bugger the paint up though! lol

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2 years 4 months ago #139 by KitModellerNZ
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Painting of wings underway. Did some preshading with dark gray and then thin layers of highly thinned intermediate blue to tone it down and blend.





Next step will be building up layers of highly thinned dark sea blue.
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2 years 4 months ago #140 by KitModellerNZ
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Upper wings complete.



Next step is gently sanding the inner wing sections to create wear.
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2 years 4 months ago #141 by KitModellerNZ
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The results of a gentle rub with some 1200 grit


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2 years 4 months ago #142 by Gary
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Very nice, I might have to try this with my next Olive Drab project, thanks.



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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #143 by KitModellerNZ
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Walkways applied and gjven same treatment.



Need to paint the filler caps red and then it's time to remove all of this tape and hit the new paint with clearcoat. Then it's weathering time.
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2 years 4 months ago #144 by Maarten
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'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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2 years 4 months ago #146 by Tiger
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Yeah that is looking friggin awesome :whistle: :woohoo:
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2 years 4 months ago #147 by Bishop
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Top stuff withe the weathering. Gosh this is nice.

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2 years 4 months ago #148 by Kiwimav
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WOW...looking really really nice...top job...cant wait to see more

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #149 by KitModellerNZ
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Well into the first round of weathering - undersides have had the Ammo Pacific Dust PLW applied and excess removed. The fuselage panel lines also completed. Just working on the wings and horizontal stabilisers now. On the Corsair I used a medium grey wash on the dark sea blue. I'm using Pacific Dust overall on this build.

PLW applied


PLW cleaned up


Port wing PLW underway
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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #150 by KitModellerNZ
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First round completed.


Next stage requires a flat coat, so I will airbrush a couple of coats of Vallejo matt tomorrow.
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