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4 months 2 weeks ago #31 by Calum
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Really like that the work on that cockpit. Great photos and explanation as well.
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4 months 2 weeks ago #32 by KitModellerNZ
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Photos relating to my previous update;










Last night I assembled the main undercarriage components;

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4 months 2 weeks ago #33 by Nosferatu
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Wow! How good is that fit!!!

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #34 by KitModellerNZ
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Oil paint rendering on main gear completed. Photos show before and after comparisons.



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4 months 1 week ago #35 by Bishop
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Lovely work as usual! The oil rendering is very effective.

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4 months 6 days ago #36 by KitModellerNZ
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Over the past couple of days, I've been removing engine parts from sprues and tidying them up. I've just placed orders for a whole lot of wiring and tubing etc that I didn't already have, from overseas. As that will take a while to arrive, I can set the engine aside and continue with the paint prep on the aircraft exterior. I will be using the Scotch Brite black basing technique for sure.

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4 months 5 days ago - 4 months 5 days ago #37 by KitModellerNZ
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Masking of undercarriage bays completed. It's just the front canopy that needs to be done now. Before I mask it, I am going to Polish it with Meguiar's Mirror Glaze Plastic Polish 10, which is a final stage polish with anti-static properties. I've gone completely off dipping canopies in floor polish, clear varnish or any other shyte.

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4 months 5 days ago #38 by Bishop
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Why did you give up on the dipping of the canopies if I may ask? I need to think about this when I come to the planes in the stash.

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4 months 5 days ago - 4 months 5 days ago #39 by KitModellerNZ
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Bishop wrote: Why did you give up on the dipping of the canopies if I may ask? I need to think about this when I come to the planes in the stash.


When I use Future or Alclad Aqua Gloss I get bubbles, regardless of trying to remove them with a brush immediately after application. Not talking lots of bubbles, just 1 or 2 (enough to piss me off when I know they're there :lol: ) . I find AK's Gauzy often pulls off when I use vinyl masks. It's annoying after the clear coat has cured to find a spec of dust, fine hair etc. Polishing is easy and eliminates these issues.
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4 months 2 days ago - 4 months 2 days ago #40 by KitModellerNZ
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Forward canopy after polishing with Tamiya polishing compound;




Canopy masked with Montex masks;




The vinyl doesn't adhere well when on curved surfaces, so I removed this piece and replaced with the kit supplied mask;








Forward canopy attached. Beautiful fit here;




Cockpit now sealed and ready for paint;




Nav lights painted. These just need to be masked and attached to the wingtips;




Very impressed with the results using the Molotow chrome marker;

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4 months 2 days ago #41 by Bishop
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Gee I like that marker! Great result

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4 months 2 days ago - 4 months 2 days ago #42 by KitModellerNZ
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The only disappointment so far... the lack of any detail where there should be a light lens for the nav lights. I have added basic detail by filling with putty and it has paid off. The putty has shrunk just as I hoped. I could carefully drill and add a small piece of stretched clear sprue to represent a bulb, but will leave as is. Will colour it with the chrome marker before attaching the wingtips.





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4 months 1 day ago #43 by KitModellerNZ
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Chrome applied and clear tip in place






Removing ejector marks from the insides of the cowlings;



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4 months 14 hours ago #44 by KitModellerNZ
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Cowling interiors primed and ready for paint.

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4 months 13 hours ago #45 by IAN
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Really cracking-on with this matey... as ever, the hard yards now will be worth it all later.


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3 months 4 weeks ago #46 by KitModellerNZ
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Laid down some Vallejo black primer last night;





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3 months 3 weeks ago #47 by KitModellerNZ
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Engine covers painted and weathered. Still some refinement to be done on the lower panel;



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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #48 by KitModellerNZ
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Weathering with oils continued. I'm going for a really grimy look;









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3 months 3 weeks ago #49 by IAN
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H*ll yes !


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3 months 3 weeks ago #50 by Bishop
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Well you’re getting the effect you want. SWEET.

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3 months 3 weeks ago #51 by KitModellerNZ
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Vallejo aluminium sprayed over areas that will be getting the chipping treatment courtesy of the Maskol technique. This is going to give me more control over the chipping pattern than the hairspray technique will.



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3 months 3 weeks ago - 3 months 3 weeks ago #52 by KitModellerNZ
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Messed around with the Maskol last night on my test model. I tried using it with a sponge, brush, scotch brite, flicking with a brush, straight from the bottle, diluted with water.




Close up of fluid applied with scotch brite;




Close up of flicked fluid;




I quite like the results of flicking the fluid on. Can easily remove it if it goes where it's not wanted.
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3 months 3 weeks ago #53 by KitModellerNZ
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Some of the tubing I ordered for wiring has arrived. This is the finest diameter micro tube that I ordered and it's hollow;

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3 months 2 weeks ago #54 by KitModellerNZ
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Masking for chipping underway using Maskol. I printed some illustrations to scale to use as reference.



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3 months 2 weeks ago #55 by KitModellerNZ
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Masking almost complete. Just a little more required on the starboard side.





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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #56 by KitModellerNZ
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I've finished off the majority of the chip masking now. I just need to do the engine cowlings and then I can spray another coat of the black primer before starting on the camo colours.

My package has finally arrived from BNA, so I can get stuck into building and detailing the kit engine now.
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3 months 2 weeks ago #57 by KitModellerNZ
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Weathered the interior of the upper engine cover. I've also finished applying the Maskol to specific areas on the exterior of the engine covers.




Applied black primer over the excess aluminium paint

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3 months 1 week ago #58 by KitModellerNZ
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Black basing of undersides completed using the scotch brite technique and then the same colour misted on to tie it all together. Am going to do a little more preshading work before I apply the underside colours.




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3 months 1 week ago #59 by Nosferatu
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Looking good! That scotchbrite works well...will have to give it a go..

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3 months 1 week ago #60 by KitModellerNZ
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Medium sea gray built up using thin coats over the black basing.



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