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7 years 8 months ago #1 by Gary
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Finally found a good excuse to build this beauty of a kit, other than a few aftermarket bits and pieces like cowl corrections, exhausts, and weighted wheels it's out of the box. I'm looking at something like Shep Paine's classic D-Day loading of the Skytrain.
Enjoy, comments and sugestions welcome.






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7 years 8 months ago #2 by Andrew
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Nice choice G1 B)

Will you be doing it as RAF or US?

It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.

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7 years 8 months ago #3 by Gary
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US, can't get 1/48 Paras or I would be doing it as RAF, I got some Screaming Eagles for the field and a nice 1/48 jeep



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7 years 8 months ago #4 by jimmy07
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Very nice! I have the same kit and it does look VERY nice indeed! Look forward to seeing more.

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7 years 8 months ago #5 by Tiger
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Great choice there G1. That bird would have to be the GMC 2.1/2 truck of the sky. Cool :)
Looking forward to checking it out as you go.
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7 years 8 months ago #6 by eyepaule
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I like these :)

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7 years 8 months ago #7 by Gary
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I just ordered the Voyager flaps and Eduard external sets for this, I think the internal details are good enough, to be honest so is the outside but I'm a bit of a sucker for those flaps and I wanted spruce up the engines as well.



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7 years 8 months ago #8 by 1/35th Battalion
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Watching this one with great interest Big Guy

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7 years 7 months ago #9 by Fritz
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Cool! look forward to seeing more of this!

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7 years 7 months ago #10 by Wally
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Count me among the avid watchers of this one too G-man.
I have one of these to build one day as an RNZAF version so I'll be watching with interest.
I like the way you "go the whole hog" with extras and detail sets Gary.
One of the things I most associate with D-Day is the C-47 Skytrain.

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7 years 7 months ago #11 by Kiwimav
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Me too Wally...I got one I want to do in RNZAF as well
Detail is pretty good straight from the kit, but I want to see what tricks G1 has got up his sleeve
Just got me a 1/48 AT-6 for $8.00 that I will put into RNZAF colors too...eventually
Some nice group builds happening these days.
Watching with HUGE interest G1

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7 years 7 months ago #12 by Gary
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No pressure then :)
I made a start last night, all I've done is prime the sprues (not something I normally do but I want to paint a lot of the parts up front with acrylics) and drill out the dials on the dashboard. Might post something tonight if I get chance.



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7 years 7 months ago #13 by Kiwimav
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No Gary...no pressure at all, but we are all watching yah tho...hehehehe

:woohoo: :ohmy: ;)

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7 years 7 months ago #14 by Tiger
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I'm sure this will be just as good as your JU-52
Heehee
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7 years 7 months ago #15 by Gary
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First stage of the interior has now been completed it's been really nice working with this kit, no major dramas everything went together really well. The PE seatbelts were a bit fiddly, each of the rear seatbelts is made up of 3 PE parts but I got there eventually.













On to step 2 of the interior.



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7 years 7 months ago #16 by Gary
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I also built this 1/48 Hasegawa jeep over the weekend, it was the Follow Me airfield one but I went for the standard USAAF version instead. I want to add it to the airfield if I get time. It went together really easily and I used mainly AK and Vallejo paints on this as they dry really quickly.













I'm also going to add a generator and a couple of mechanics doing some final tune up, with some Screaming eagles standing around waiting for the show to start.
Comments welcome.



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7 years 7 months ago #17 by Tiger
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Wow that's neat G1
You have built in a weekend what would take me a month or two.
Looks good
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7 years 7 months ago #18 by Viperbuilder
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Both the C-47 and the Jeep look really good Gary. I'm impressed. I've found the size of the C-47 to be quite a drawcard in past model shows and displays so I'm looking forward to seeing your model progress and ultimately, at next year's Armistice show.

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7 years 7 months ago #19 by Gary
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Thanks guys, it was only the jeep I did over the weekend and it's not much bigger than a matchbox so wasn't that hard.



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7 years 7 months ago #20 by Wally
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Your C-47 interior and Jeep both look excellent Gary.
You've made Trumpeter's PE seatbelts look so realistic, all laying differently and there's so many of them!
Can't wait for more progress shots.

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7 years 7 months ago #21 by Gary
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The secret to the PE is to aneal them first, I stole my wife's cooking torch thing, the one that you use to caramalise things. Now when I want flexible PE I just warm them up with this until they glow (it's a very fine line between glowing and melting) cherry red and then let them cool, don't dip them out in cold water or that will harden them and make them brittle instead. I sandwiched the clamp between the two halves of the belts with CA and when that was set I just pulled them around until I was happy and glued them to the seats.
After I torched them but before I removed them from the frets I painted them with Mr Metal coating which helps bond the acrylic paint to the metal, and then sprayed them with Vallejo Radome tan as it's flexible. I then painted the buckles once they were in place on the seats.



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7 years 7 months ago #22 by Rangi01
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Wow, that's nice Gary and thanks for explaining the PE tips. Love the woodgrain on the door, you really nailed it (excuse the pun)

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7 years 7 months ago #23 by Gary
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Thanks Shane, I just found out today that they were actually metal doors but hey this one got broken and was replaced with one from the local pup..............



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7 years 7 months ago #24 by 1/35th Battalion
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:whistle: :whistle: :P Explains the poor fit :P :P :lol:
Crikey we're only 3 weeks into an 11 month build and you're firing on all cylinders.
Damn nice work so far G1 B)
Good tip with the PE too. I'd given that a go a while back but hadn't heated the metal long enough and it still didn't want to be twisted about once cooled. HOTTER - Roger Guv :evil:

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7 years 7 months ago #25 by Gary
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That's why I use the mini blowtorch, put the point of the blue flame on the PE and you can see it visibly sag, I did actually melt one of the belts on the pilots chair but you can't see it now.



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7 years 7 months ago #26 by Rangi01
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Maybe the dunny door eh! (Bloody auto spelling on my phone keeps wanting to change dunny to funny :angry: )

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7 years 7 months ago #27 by Gary
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That is where the toilet on the C-47 is.



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7 years 7 months ago #28 by Gary
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Update, I've now buttoned up the Fuse, filled the gaps, rescribed and rivetted it but before I did that I took some photos.













Enjoy, as usual comments and feedback welcome.



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7 years 7 months ago #29 by Dangermouse84
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Amazing Gary!! You definitely an artiste

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7 years 7 months ago #30 by Kiwimav
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Very nice indeed Gary. Looks awesome, great detail.
looking forward to seeing more
how much of the R/O station will be seen once the fuselage halves are put together I wonder?

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