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9 months 3 weeks ago #31 by KitModellerNZ
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I've been using the streaking grime wash to add some tonal variation.





I've also been using it to tone down some of the areas I have applied yellow zinc chipping.
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9 months 3 weeks ago #32 by KitModellerNZ
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Last night I airbrushed a matte coat over most of the cockpit parts. I've left the seat gloss until I add the fabric seatbelts. I'm going to add a small amount of dirt using pigments on the lower sections.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #33 by KitModellerNZ
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HGW fabric belts assembled and then given a wash with W&N Raw Umber oil highly diluted with odourless turps;






The instructions don't mention the small fine adjustment belts, but these small spigots that held the shoulder harness (1) on were the perfect size;






Assembly of cockpit continues;






Intake ducting assembled. Lovely detail on the radiators filters and tailwheel doors;





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9 months 2 weeks ago #34 by Maarten
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Very nice .

'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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9 months 2 weeks ago #35 by Fritz
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Very nice indeed, loving that cockpit.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #36 by KitModellerNZ
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I applied a small amount of AK's European Dust pigment to the cockpit floor and rudder pedals. Fixed in place with a mist coat of white spirit.




Cockpit assembly continues.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #37 by Bishop
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I really like the look with washes and weathering. Great stuff.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #38 by KitModellerNZ
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Belts attached and finished off with a coat of flat varnish;




Photo of IP before attaching the port sidewall;




Cockpit module assembled;

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9 months 2 weeks ago #39 by KitModellerNZ
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I sorted out a minor fit issue at the rear of the cockpit opening;




Dry fitting the tail inserts revealed a slight step, so I have thinned out the plastic on the inside to give it a better fit;




There's going to be a small gap, but that'll be easy to fill;

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9 months 1 week ago - 9 months 1 week ago #40 by KitModellerNZ
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Over the weekend I closed up the fuselage, filled, sanded and polished the gaps. There will be some rescribing required as there is some soft detail (not due to sanding) on a few of the panel lines which I hadn't noticed up till now. I also primed, painted and applied a wash to the undercarriage bays;



I've been having a few issues with my AK washes. Pretty pissed off with them really. Over time they seem to have thickened and they just don't flow like they should on gloss surfaces. Will try thinning, otherwise they will be retired and I'll go back to the trusty W&N oil paints.

I'm going to apply another wash to the undercarriage bays to try and cover the shit result from the AK wash I applied last night. Then I'll be able to assemble the wings. The fit looks pretty good.
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9 months 1 week ago #41 by KitModellerNZ
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Highly diluted raw umber oil wash applied over undercarriage bay; ready to assemble the wings once I add the 3 lights on the outer wing.





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9 months 1 week ago #42 by Bishop
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Just lovely work. Sucks about the AK washes. Have they thinned our again?

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9 months 1 week ago #43 by KitModellerNZ
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Bishop wrote: Just lovely work. Sucks about the AK washes. Have they thinned our again?


I'll try thinning them tonight. Pretty happy to go back to the W&N oils though.

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9 months 1 week ago #44 by KitModellerNZ
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Last night I painted the underwing nav lights then airbrushed the panel they insert into with Vallejo aluminium. This will make masking easier when it comes to painting the rest of it.




Gear bays attached and then the wings glued together.




Dry fitting reveals that there is going to be a fair bit of adjustment required to get a nice join between the wing root upper wing.
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9 months 1 week ago - 9 months 1 week ago #45 by IAN
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Excellent progress. The kit looks almost as well detailed as the Tamiya one (mine is still happy on the Shelf of Forgetfulness), but at roughly one-third the cost... I wonder, truly, how RoG are able to retail their kit at such a relatively low price.



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9 months 1 week ago #46 by johnsnz
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It’s a good kit The cockpit is very good but it’s not the same as the Tamiya kit.

Fit on the Tamiya kit is more precise for example.

So I don’t think you can do an apples with apples comparison...

Nice progress.. What scheme are you going to do?
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9 months 1 week ago #47 by PJNZ
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Great Work!
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9 months 1 week ago - 9 months 1 week ago #48 by KitModellerNZ
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Progress made on the fit of the wings last night. Quite a few fit issues overcome;

Firstly the leading edge inserts. There was a step where they join the wing. Unable to find some plasticard thin enough, I tried a piece of decal paper... perfect





This resulted in an almost perfect fit (photo taken before I glued insert in place);




Next the wing to fuselage join. Waaaaay off!



About an hours worth of scraping and sanding, including narrowing the wingroot on the fuselage because it was too wide;





Much better now;




Also described a few areas that were too soft, including the upper cowling.



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9 months 1 week ago #49 by KitModellerNZ
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johnsnz wrote: Nice progress.. What scheme are you going to do?


Hi John, I'm just going to build her as LouIV as per the box art.

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9 months 1 week ago #50 by johnsnz
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Ok,

Go easy on the weathering Lou IV didn’t have a very long career...

P-51D-5’s started showing up in Europe just prior to D-Day and Lou IV was shot down on the 12th of August so that’s a maximum of what 8 weeks operational flying..

Also blue or green on the camo???
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9 months 1 week ago #51 by KitModellerNZ
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I'm going to go with blue for my build;

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9 months 1 week ago #52 by johnsnz
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But not that blue???

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9 months 1 week ago #53 by KitModellerNZ
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Definitely not that one :lol:

Researching it at the moment.

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9 months 1 week ago #54 by johnsnz
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There was an extensive thread over on HyperScale about it last year Dana Bell was involved IIRC.

I think the consensus was if it’s blue then it will be one of the blue paints available to the squadron so possibly insignia blue.

That or RAF Dark green....
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9 months 1 week ago #57 by grover
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Really nice work KM. Enjoying watching the build.

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9 months 1 week ago #58 by KitModellerNZ
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The wings and fuselage are now glued together. A bit of sanding will see the join flush;




The intake assembly goes together nicely... Will need a little persuasion to get the fit right though;



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9 months 6 days ago #59 by Bishop
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I really like the idea of the blue scheme. Excellent bogging, filling and straightening up of the wings etc.

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