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  1. So I'm working on the Hobby Boss Su-27, and most of the pictures of parked aircraft have the hydraulics turned off. As a result, the leading edge slats, wing flaps, and horizontal stabilizers are drooped down, like in this picture: http://scalemodels.ru/modules/photo/viewcat.php?id=17670&cid=430&min=12&orderby=dateA&show=12 The hydraulic actuator for the stabilizer is contained at the base of the vertical fin, and you can see the scrape/scuff mark from where it slides in and out of the housing. However, it seems that Hobby Boss only planned you to have the stabilizers in a level position; the actuator is molded as part of the vertical stabilizer, so without modification it's not possible to have it in negative deflection/deployed like this. It would require lots of surgery/sculpting/scratchbuilding to represent the sagged stabilizers, some of which is outside of my skill level, and some of which is outside of my level of effort for what was supposed to be a quick, fun build. 1) I do have the option of easily dropping the slats and flaps. Would it be completely unrealistic for the systems to "bleed" at different rates (i.e. stabilizers level and flaps/slats deployed?) Or is it going to be an all-or-nothing sort of thing? 2) How long after shut-down would it take for the control surfaces to sag down? If it's not instantaneous, I might just have these all still up (the rest of the jet, like the cockpit and engines, will be in a shut-down state) Any suggestions? Thanks
  2. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Brake lines added to the landing gear Resin exhaust painted and installed Some light exhaust staining Cannon barrels
  3. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Masked and painted the hinomarus Salt weathering, sprayed diluted light gray over the salt After removing the salt, the effect was a little too strong, so I went back over it with the IJN green. I also painted on the tail numbers, wing stripes, and added some decals Here is the underside. As suggested above, I went over the control surfaces with XF-14 A brown enamel wash brought out some details Drop tank painted and weathered l
  4. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Painted the IJN green with several fading layers, and also masked off various panels to give some variation After the paint had dried, I activated some of the chipping fluid with water and started to flake off some paint along the high-traffic wing roots What do you all think? I'm always afraid to overdo things like this. My plan is to keep it like that, and then add some more fainter/more subtle chipping with a silver colored pencil around the engine and outer wing areas. Again, I don't want to go overboard.
  5. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Primed Images of the specific aircraft, taken from the front quarter, don't show a ton of chipping. I'm still going to add a little bit around the cockpit and wing roots, so I painted those areas with aluminum The underside much more thorough attention
  6. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    The fit was excellent, dropped right in without a problem. Technically, the cockpit was for an N1K1, so some details are wrong like the machine gun breaches, but I don't think it's very visible.
  7. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Thanks, I'll take a look The cockpit fit neatly into the fuselage halves. I needed to add a spacer from sprue to improve the wing root fit Added the wings, stabilizers, and gunpods Filled some sink marks and seams, rescribed what was necessary Gunsight installed Canopy interiors painted I was going to use a Vector resin engine, but in this aircraft it sits pretty deep in the cowling behind a large spinner, so I went with the kit version instead. To simplify painting the exhausts, I opted to build the engine and cowling as it's own, removable unit. To do that, I needed to mount the engine to some spacers to provide the right offset from the firewall Engine + cowling finished Ready for paint
  8. Used oil paints to represent wear and scuffing on the wing walk areas Made my own canvas sleeve for the removed front gun out of epoxy putty Build is pretty much done, going in the ready for inspection area soon
  9. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    The reason I ask is for the underside; if I'm going with the interpretation that the underside was bare metal, then the control surfaces shouldn't be silver, right? I was planning on doing the bare metal underside with the IJN grey on the drop tank, elevators, and ailerons.
  10. 1/48 Hasegawa N1K1-Ja

    Thanks. 1) Does anyone have any close-up images of the N1K1 landing gear so I can replicate the brake lines? I can only find good pictures from the N1K2 2) Were the control surfaces fabric or metal?
  11. Resin cockpit by Aires Basic cockpit paintwork. The exact shade of Kawanishi cockpit green seems to be disputed, so I ended up just picking one of the most-quoted FS values and went with that. Finished cockpit, after detail painting, light chipping, and a wash
  12. Bombs and ladder mounted Same view from the rear Underside pretty much finished, you can see the German cross peeking through the paint
  13. Resin tailwheel installed to replace the kit version Better view of exhausts + tire weathering Using the AIMS photoetch as a guide, I made my own entry ladder out of rod. I also assembled + painted the Eduard MG81Z and added it to the gondola hatch Gondola hatch installed
  14. All decals added Canopy masks come off after a matte coat Graffiti decals on the bombs Weathered exhausts Weathered tires, brake lines, gear doors
  15. Radiator flaps installed and painted Started adding some decals, and roughly blocked off where the old German markings would have been with tape I then taped around these to create hard-edged masks, and after adding some random dark green I took the masks off and freehanded around the edges to blend them Did the same with the swastika on the tail Propellers painted and ready For the final signs of the aircraft's past German life, I masked off and painted the black crosses on the upper wings, before blending them in with the base RLM 70 color