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  1. Really good, I expect to learn a lot about "skinning" with foil. Had a coffee in a bookshop this morning while perusing The Owner's Workshop Manual on the B-29. Quite something, that plane. Incidentally, but not that it matters, the paper blending thingy is called a stump, or artist's stump. Cheers, Dennis
  2. Hi JB, Really nice P-38. Interesting about the polished oval on the inside of the boom. I bought this stuff some weeks ago with the express purpose of experimenting a bit on my P-38 build but forgot about it until now. The House Plan Template provided the oval shape and I first tried cutting it out of masking tape but that didn't work out as the tape left its sticky residue around the oval. Next I just cut it out of cardboard but that didn't work very well either as the adhesive, Microscale Foil Adhesive, left a ridge around the edge that was clearly visible. Finally, I marked the oval out on the boom with a pencil and free-handed the Microscale inside the oval. Close, but no cigar. Still need a bit of practice. The problem is getting a smooth finish with the adhesive. Might be something better out there than Microscale. Anyway, worth a try. Cheers Dennis
  3. Very, very nice, and timely posting also. Just bought Jack Samson's book on General Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers. The book and this post have whetted my interest in the P-40 (one of my favourites some 60 years ago). I just might have to get one after I do a little research. Also, I think your photography is superb. Shooting a dark subject against a white background is usually pretty risky as the camera has a tendency to read the lighter value and the detail in the subject is often lost. How did you manage avoiding that problem, if you don't mind? Cheers, Dennis
  4. Hello Uncle, thanks for tuning in. Pleased you like my work but to be honest, we are learning together. Cheers Dennis Thanks, JB. Really should do something about photo posting. Looked at most of the options some time back but it seemed like a case of "better the devil you know". Now I'm not so sure. Took a long time to get the these last two photos posted. I'll look into, again I think. Cheers Dennis
  5. From the same Squadron book as before: from front to back, red, blue(yes), yellow. Apparently, the blue was sometimes replaced with green. Cheers Dennis
  6. Darn!, Photobucket can be infuriating. I had to sneak this image thru the back door using my old PlayBook. The windshield came out okay but you don't get very crisp edges with plunge moulding. I tried cementing a length of copper wire around the edge and there was some improvement but I reckon to get a really good edge I'd have vacuum-form it. And, besides,the wire came out when I removed the clay mould from the styrene. I've a spare windshield moulding so I might try sanding it to improve the edges and then try polishing it out. All good experience. Except for a little dust pimple on the aft part, the rest of the canopy came out pretty good. Cheers, Dennis
  7. Well, I really let myself in for a lot of extra work when I decided to open the hood on the camera bay and show (as best I could) the Fairchild aerial cameras. The pressed reinforcement web is non-existent on the Minicraft hood and completely wrong on the Monogram one. Nothing for it but to carve out one from a .060 duplicate of the thinner .030 outer panel. Finding a good reference photo of the complete inner panel took almost as much time as carving it out. Should be able to do the starboard panel in about half the time, however. The blister came out pretty good but I doubt I'd be able to do a neat job of fitting a sliver of "glass" in the opening. I've plunged another blister out of PETG clear sheet and I think that will work out okay with a bit of tape to mask off the clear opening. I've also plunged all of the canopy sections out and I'll post a photo of the results as soon as Photobucket stops messing me about. Cheers, Dennis
  8. This should help you get started: Cheers, Dennis
  9. Thank you, JB, good to read a positive reply Wow!, all the way from Kansas yet. Thank you. Thanks, Tony, there's one on eBay even as we speak. Terrific decal link. Spent some time drooling over all the options. And for anyone interested in recon P-38s there are these: Cheers Dennis
  10. Not that clever, but Squadron Signal Walk Around Number 30, on pg 38, states that the door is closed in flight and open on the ground. I've enjoyed following this build. Nice work. Cheers Dennis
  11. I don't seem to be able to finish one piece of this kit without seguing over to another part. I realized that I wouldn't be able to close up the top and bottom fuselage without doing something about the cockpit. That lead to the kit canopy which is a bit crude and a poor fit. Out came the clay and balsa again and I fashioned male and female moulds of the three pieces that make up the canopy. I plunge moulded each piece using plain white .030 styrene. The styrene is reduced in thickness to about .020 after moulding so it's not too thick. Using white styrene gives me some idea how good the moulded pieces are. In this case I think I lucked out and won't have to bother with making any more moulds. The cockpit sides of this Monogram kit are curved and have a slight dip in profile. They should both be dead straight and the roll-up window(?) flat. I used a bit of scrap from the kit to flatten out each side and eliminate the dip. I'll be leaving the window down and the hinged middle section open in order to see down inside. Not much to see, however, even in 1/48th scale. Cheers, and thanks for looking Dennis
  12. In the reference books I'm using there are several good photos of the F-5E's camera bay. I thought that I might open the hood and make an attempt to replicate the look of the K-17 and K-22 cameras and accessories. This the nose from the Minicraft kit, a close fit but it needed a little work to get it right. The hood from the Minicraft kit is a little thick so out came the clay and balsa again. The styrene is .030 and is just about thin enough after moulding. A second moulding will provide for the internal bracing. Decals for the photo reconnaissance P-38s, or F-5Es are pretty thin on the ground. Still looking, however. Dennis
  13. Thank you, BB, for the follow up. Yes, I get the personal opinion thing, not taken any other way. My wife has taken control of my diet, so eating plenty of red and orange things. The thing about the Amsler grid is, if it's wonky already, how can you tell if it's getting worse? Anyway, I'm managing well enough at present. I can read this laptop screen with my regular glasses and I've spent a couple hours this afternoon on a scratch building project. I think this was it. Not sure as my wife read it out to me. Dennis
  14. Can't really blame her, those thick lenses can also be heavy. If (when?) I get to the stage where I need to do something, I'd certainly consider it provided the success rate was pretty high. Managing ok now, however, so fingers crossed. Dennis