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2 years 3 weeks ago #61 by CyNaKyL
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These engines you do keep getting better and better.

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2 years 2 weeks ago #62 by grover
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Damn, thats some outstanding work on the engines mate. Just amazing

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2 years 2 weeks ago - 2 years 2 weeks ago #63 by KitModellerNZ
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Been off work for past couple of days. Pretty much incapacitated on Tuesday, but yesterday I sat at the table for a couple of hours and worked on finishing the interior and painting the pilot. Figures are definitely not a strong point, but I think he's looking okay at the moment.





I also annealed the Trumpeter etch parts for the gunners seatbelts with a lighter, primed and airbrushed them with Tamiya Deck Tan and touched in the buckles with Mr Metal Aluminium. They just need some weathering and attaching to the seat.

Was pretty pissed off when I removed the Montex vinyl mask from the turret gunner's reinforced glass shield, after painting it, to damage the AK Interactive Gauzy glass coat :angry:. Going to have to do some more tests on some scrap before I dip the rest of the canopy parts in it. Might have to use the Alclad Aqua Gloss instead.
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2 years 2 weeks ago #64 by KitModellerNZ
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Ordered some Vallejo flesh tone acrylics and finished painting the pilot. Pretty happy with the end result.

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2 years 2 weeks ago #65 by Tiger
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Yep, I would be happy with that. He looks happy in his job as well.
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2 years 2 weeks ago #66 by KitModellerNZ
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He fits perfectly


This aircraft is a monster when you see how small the pilot looks sitting in there
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2 years 2 weeks ago #67 by KitModellerNZ
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Just realised how terrible that figure looks close up :ohmy:. Definitely a case of looks better in person.

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2 years 2 weeks ago - 2 years 2 weeks ago #68 by Nosferatu
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Looks Fine to me... Gives you an idea of how big those Planes are tho with him sitting there like that!

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2 years 2 weeks ago #69 by Fooesboy
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Great progress, the engine looks brilliant!
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2 years 1 week ago #70 by KitModellerNZ
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Guts of the turret complete.




Turret masked and airbrushed. I sprayed a light coat of clear over the masks just to prevent any paint bleeding under them. It's a painless process applying these Montex masks. I decided against masking off the insides, as little can be seen of the interior framing once complete. I sprayed a coat of interior green first before the topcoat of sea blue. Still some fading to add and then I will gloss and weather. Once this is complete, I can close the fuselage up.

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2 years 1 week ago #71 by grover
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Cool tip about spraying a coat of clear on. Was is an Acrylic or lacquer coat?

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2 years 1 week ago #72 by KitModellerNZ
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Used my usual X-22 thinned with Mr. Levelling Thinner
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2 years 1 week ago #73 by KitModellerNZ
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Misted a coat of highly diluted Tamiya Deck Tan over the turret to achieve a sun bleached effect, clear coated, applied a med grey panel line wash, removed excess, airbrushed a coat of Vallejo flat clear and removed masks








Tomorrow night I can close the fuselage.
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2 years 1 week ago #74 by Bishop
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Looking so good. Love the pilot and really love that turret glass!

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2 years 1 week ago #75 by KitModellerNZ
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The completed turret cannon. Will mask it up again before I close the fuselage up.





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2 years 1 week ago #76 by Kiwimav
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Awesome...cant wait for your next installment...liking this build a lot

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2 years 1 week ago #77 by Nosferatu
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Very Very tidy work mate!

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2 years 1 week ago #78 by Fooesboy
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Wow, you are knocking this one out of the park!
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2 years 1 week ago - 2 years 1 week ago #79 by KitModellerNZ
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Fuselage is now together.



Fit was pretty good, except for up the front end where the engine mounts were creating a gap of about 0.5mm. Easy to resolve as they're not required other than if you wished to open a panel or two to show the inside of that area.

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2 years 1 week ago #80 by RED
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this is coming together really well (I have a 1/48th waiting in the stash)
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2 years 1 week ago #81 by KitModellerNZ
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Me too. I've got the Accurate Miniatures kit.

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2 years 1 week ago #82 by KitModellerNZ
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Worked on the cowling last night. The kit part is a little bit s*** with mold lines etc, so I cleaned them up and rescribed the cowling ring because the detail is soft. Not perfect, but a lot better than it was.

Rescribing in progress


Tidied up and extra thin cement run into the panel lines


Primed and ready for paint
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2 years 1 week ago #83 by Nosferatu
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It will look fine! if that you is the worst you have to worry about you are not doing too bad!!

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2 years 1 week ago #84 by grover
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thats looking awesome there KM. The fueslage shot shows how big of a brute it really is

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2 years 1 week ago - 2 years 1 week ago #85 by KitModellerNZ
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Today I airbrushed the interior of the cowling, and sprayed the area underneath the cowl flaps with intermediate blue. Tidied up the seam lines with filler. Below is the worst of them before filling, so no worries there.



Trumpeter overlooked adding a landing light lens inside the lower starboard wing, so going through the spares box, I found a lens from one of the missiles in my 1/32 Mig-29 kit and it fitted perfectly. I've drilled a hole in it, so I can add a bulb made from clear sprue, and airbrushed it with Mr. Metal Chrome Silver.





I've also pretty much finished putting together the starboard wing. A lot of slow going required as there are quite a few small areas of flash and everything needs careful test fitting. There's also some photo etch to go on the external areas of the wing fold area.

All of the clear parts for the lower section of the fuselage as well as the landing light have been dipped in AK's Gauzy.
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2 years 1 week ago - 2 years 1 week ago #86 by KitModellerNZ
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The finished piece including stretched sprue bulb




There's also no detail for the leading edge light, so I bent a piece of plastic sheet, drilled a hole for the bulb which still needs to be added, attached to the inside of the wing and painted. Not perfect, but better than looking into a void.



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2 years 6 days ago - 2 years 6 days ago #87 by KitModellerNZ
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Port wing assembled. The larger piece of etch keeps pinging off, so instead of using super glue again, I have used Micro Crystal Clear to secure it because it's pretty much PVA and that can be used for gluing etch. It's also more flexible than CA. I wiped the excess away with a damp cotton bud and tape it down.

The fit was pretty decent, except the wing tip where there is a step that I couldn't avoid. Glad the Trumpeter styrene is easy to sand.

Size comparison compared to the F-4U's wing :ohmy:

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2 years 6 days ago #88 by Nosferatu
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Yup! She's a big bugger!

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2 years 6 days ago #89 by shaunfletcher
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Lovely detail work there!
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2 years 6 days ago #90 by Tiger
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Man this is looking awesome, great details in there.
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