This one will be a straight up build, I'll add some seatbelts and 50's etc but other than that straight out the box. There doesn't seem to be any Aftermarket stuff out there yet.
When the 'D' comes out I'll be going nuts on that, I've got a full set of original Liberator manuals so I'll be filling it up to the top, will need to source a 1/32 Bolton Paul turret though if I'm going to turn it in to an RAF Liberator.
On to the seats, had to glue the framework as it was a bit fiddly, the rest is just push fit. Next up will be to attach the rest of the PE in the cockpit area then start slapping some paint on and reassemble it. Very impressed with the dry fit so far, it shows that you shouldn't listen to the "armchair modellers" on the internet who know it all but never actually build anything.
I have, thanks mate.
I think I need to get this one as it has the 'D' variant, I'll still think I'll go out the box with a NMF if I can, at least then I can fall back to a painted kite is I stuff up the finish.
I know these are 1/72 but I expect they'll also release them for 1/32 in the very near future.
While the paint was waiting I quickly mocked up one of the engines, and yeah while they aren't as good as the HK ones or even the big Trumpy ones they are more than adequate, it's not like you get to see much of them once they are in the cowlings anyway.
Did you ever start one of those things and about 10 minutes in wonder WTF am I doing? Well this was one of those moments lol.
I looked at the Instrument Panel (IP) decal and thought to myself there's no way that's going to settle in to all those holes and look half decent, one reason is the depth of the holes and the sheer number of instruments. I wanted to keep the look of the original kit as much as possible so decided to punch out all the dials and individually set them in place. Bordering on insanity it was done, and looking at it now I'm glad I did it.
The coloured lines are masking tape I cut and painted then stuck on, they may look fat and nasty but they are so fine, I couldn't paint a straight line that thin and straight and I didn't want to make a mess. It'll all look ok once I've got some weathering done, flatted it all down then "glaze" the dials, but that's a job for tomorrow.
Still plodding along, just got to add the seats now, once they come out of the oven I'll add the belts and stick them in. The IP came out nice, I've done a bit of weathering to the the office which I'll probably leave there, it's far too easy to go over the top.
Thanks mate, I used AK Real Colours Bronze Green from the US aircraft interior set, I don't like their Yellow/Green Chromate, I prefer the Mr Hobby one so I'll be using that for the structural components that were painted in Green Chromate.
I've got everything I need to make my own spray booth, I have to large sheets of stainless steel, a brake press, an air cutter and a large volume Squirrel cage ducting fan that moves around 1,000m3 an hour. I just need a workshop to build it in as I converted the last one in to my modelling studio lol.
So in between building the HEMTT I'm also putting seat belts together for this, I couldn't just build these I need the distraction of the HEMTT or I'll go mad.
I've built to of these so far, I was in the workshop at 07:00 this morning as I woke up early.
The 1st two picture show the main buckle before on the left and after it's been bent on the right and a regular cocktail stick for size comparison.
Attached the main straps to the centre buckle, next up will be to attach the two buckles shown above
And here they are attached
The finished item with all the other buckles and straps added.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Nice work on punching out all the dials G1. Belts look premo. I agree about going over the top on pits being something of a waste of time. In isolation most plastic kit cockpits look a bit bare, and my current 1/32 HK Mossie build is a good example of this. I made a bit of effort to scratchbuild the Oboe equipment for the Mossie , but once I closed the cockpit up, a lot of added detail just vanished into thin air! Perhaps only the big glass houses of Lanc's (or modern jet aircraft canopies) make the extra effort worthwhile?
It should be worth it on this and the Lanc there's a lot of glass on both these kits, the downside of being 1st off the block is there's no aftermarket stuff like masks, decals, PE etc, so you have to make your own. I might make templates for the canopies and cut masks on the die cutter, which reminds me I need to post yours off, will get them in the post/courier tomorrow.