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Whirly

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  1. Thank you for all the positive comments I'm glad this subject attracted so much attention because I also love it, I received a feedback from Minicraft and probably I will get a replacement soon. If this is ok with the moderators I will keep posting here when I can resume work. Fabio
  2. I was feeling quite self confident after all the building problems but there was a final surprise. The decals shattered as soon as they left the supporting sheet, so for the time being this is a write-off. I duly wrote to Minicraft asking for a replacement at whatever conditions, let's see what happens. Sorry for leaving without happy end, I had really hoped for a good result this time.
  3. Thank you Cliff! Time for another update. Unfortunately things didn't go so well in the last two weeks: first I caught a bad cold just when I was ready to start painting, then after resuming operations my airbrush went out of service and I had to wait another week for the replacement part After all these mishaps I applied two coats of GSI Blue Angels blue which came out rather well: Then another accident happened while masking.. (that damned brittle plastic!) More work for the repairs and then onto masking for the yellow tips. I tested the kit decals on one of the u/c doors and unfortunately they are very translucent as it often happens with Blue Angels subjects, so to avoid a glaring mismatch with the painted surfaces I had to use Lemon yellow, Revell 12. I know it's not historically correct but I couldn't figure out a better solution. And this is the final result. I painted the underfuselage arrow since the decals provided are not correct according to the only image I could found of the belly. Now I have still to tackle the black and grey details on the nose and engines, given the little time left I doubt I will finish it before the GB end... Anyway I will try and after that there's KUTA!
  4. Boeing Vertol CH-46 / KV-107 family

    Yes, sorry for not specifying: I would certainly do a JASDF KV-107II-5 in rescue colours.
  5. Boeing Vertol CH-46 / KV-107 family

    My heart would say YES but my actual output rate suggests staying on 1!
  6. Boeing Vertol CH-46 / KV-107 family

    Challenge accepted! I have three kits I want to build one day so I welcome this STGB for a change. Fabio
  7. Naaah, one step forward and two steps back... the tailpane broke completely off while finishing the joint with the fuselage: it was a sloppy joint but plastic glue seemed to react well, probably another side effect of the brittle plastic. This time I used plenty of superglue so it should stay in place but my patience is running out...
  8. Very nice Dermot, I like the look of the Mitchell and the Italeri kit is not that bad despite its age.
  9. You're doing an enormous amount of work with this kit, It seems at least to have restored greatly your modelling mojo. Keep up with with the good work!
  10. Ajmm, believe me I persevered only because the kit was already started and I had all those resin corrections purchased before the appearance of the Revell kit. Now I'm nearly regretting my choice because of all the finishing work I'm still doing: this morning the last (I hope) coat of Mr.Surfacer was applied. If all goes well tomorrow I will finally start painting
  11. Yeah, the Connie is so graceful that even the worst kit is still a beauty to look at Here is my latest progress: I glued on the resin engines with two-part epoxy, a very tedious process since I had to wait for every engne to set in place before manipulating again the model. The joints are very poor, I flooded them with Mr.Surfacer for a start, then I'll see what comes out. I also applied a thin coat of enamel over all the repairs to check the result and to smoothen a little the surfaces before progressing to the painting stage.
  12. Thank you for the words of encouragement, despite the small scale they are really needed for this kit More work done on the nose joint, a coarse sanding pad made the kink less noticeable... A liberal amount of putty was the spread all over the joint to smooth everything up. The broken wing was reinforced from inside with a spare brass fret to add strenght. Before joining the wing halves I completed the rework of the air conditioning outlets: square holes were cut in the wings and filled with plasticard to give a correct representation of this feature. Another major job is preparing the resin engines for joining: the mounting rings on the wing were sawed off as well as the casting blocks from the resin parts, they will be installed later once the main airframe is all together. I finally joined the wings and taiplanes, fit was very mediocre and I had to fill with stretched sprue or plasticard the biggest gaps. Putty was again liberally spread, followed by Mr Surfacer on most joints. Now the real fun begins! Thanks for looking!
  13. Now dealing with the resin nose: I measured as best as I could where to cut the kit fuselage since there isn't a reference panel line to use. I rolled some rigid masking tape around the fuselage to avoid distortion and then checked again by Mk.1 Eyeball if the cut guide looked right. Then I took a deep breath and rapidly cut away the kit's nose. The result is not bad, quite square enough A quick dry run with the resin substitute showed a quite good interface but a noticeable diameter difference, will need some work with sandpaper after mating... I positioned the nose with small spots of superglue as best as I could, then I covered the joint with sellotape pressed tightly to avoid leaks and finally poured some two-part epoxy from the ventral wing aperture. This should grant a solid bond between the parts.
  14. Thank you Cliff! Did some more progress and the broken parts seem to have recovered well. My fear is for the smaller details (props, u/c...) which could hide some bad surprises. We'll see...
  15. Glad this is attracting interest and thank you for your wishes Martin Well, I checked the box and found some interesting items inside: first a DACO sheet of de-icing boots which I probably robbed from the Minicraft while building a Lockheed Starliner some years ago. Other useful additions are resin replacement engines and nose: the first are really needed for the mediocre kit items, the nose is subtly different and only marginally better than the plastic item. On checking the kit conditions I found out that the plastic has become extremely brittle and prone to cracking: a slight pressure on the fuselage joints to check for resistance caused all these damages. I will have to treat every part most carefully... The kit is VERY similar to the 1/72 Heller original and inherits also its inaccuracies, for example the air conditioning outlets which are represented only on the right wing. This configuration is correct for the L-749 but not for its bigger brother which ha simmetrical outlets of a different shape. For a start I have filled with plasticard the offending areas. The tailpanes are really demanding, hope a second application of filler will be enough... That's it for now, good night!
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