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  1. I took no offense to any comment you made. Don't worry. Just glad you are feeling better. The problem with my hands is a permanent loss of tactile sensation due to complications from shingles outbreaks I've had beginning in1991. It's like my hands are permanently asleep. Modeling helps with my eye hand coordination and general attitude. Just keep building, and for selfish reasons, keep the historical stories coming along with your builds.
  2. The Master Plastic Kit Machine is at full speed it seems. For someone laid up, you sure do a ton of model making. (I'm hoping your output is a sign you are feeling better and the back is behaving.). Looks like an an interesting pair of trainers will be produced shortly. When mr. Nigel Heath paid a visit a couple of years ago, I took him to the No. 1 British Flying Training Museum located in a small town near Dallas. Apparently several thousand British and Commonwealth air cadets learned to fly and received some culture shock in the fields of Texas. It is a really nice museum with several trainers in various states of restoration. The museum also has some significant amount of retained records concerning who trained, air hours, etc. I think you would like this little museum Mr. O'Toole. A link to their web site is here. No. 1 British Flying School. For decades, whenever one of the cadets that trained their passed away, their obituary and other relevant information was posted in the museum's newsletter. The latest is on the web site. I think one of the Texan walk arounds posted on this site was from pictures when Nigel and I visited there.
  3. Still more motor update. I must have done something to appease the modeling gods as when I walked into the modeling room, I stooped down to pick up some lint off the floor, and lo and behold, it was the missing cylinder head. Somehow it travelled about 15 feet away from the modeling table. It was quickly glued into place. I started looking at pictures of actual Avenger motors including the main one I was using as a reference and the secondary reference photo. The secondary reference photo clearly has the four tabs that attach the ring to the front of the cylinder housing. I think the main picture I am using has the tabs, but they have either been painted the same color as the cylinder front housing or they are obscured by some grime. Some tiny little tabs were made from just plastic stock. I just needed 4, but I cannot tell you how many I made as most were pinged off into space while attempting to install them. Finally, I got four of them installed. After the superglue hardens, I will sand and shape them a bit better. While I wait for glue to dry, metalizing the exhaust system takes priority. I overcoat the base color with a very thinned version of metallic copper. Then a dark wash is applied to tone down the shininess. While the exhaust dries, I take a big breath and start surgery on the port fuselage. I plan to expose the engine by opening an inspection panel on the port side of the cowling and the port side of the fuselage. Dyno tape is placed around the boundary of the inspection panel and the outline for cutting is scored into the plastic using a new blade in the hobby knife. I then use one of my fine-tooth saws to cut out the sides of the inspection panel. The long side running the circumference of the fuselage is scored a bit more and until it very gently breaks off. To keep from cracking the fuselage with all the scoring and sawing, I found a Tamiya primer rattle can was the correct diameter to fit inside the fuselage and keep me from breaking it in to when putting pressure to make the cuts. The inside of the fuselage walls were then sanded thinner with some coarse grit sanding sticks. Seeing how this went okay, I then take hold of the cowl and begin its conversion. The main difference between a TBF 1-C and a TBM-3 cowl is the TBM-3 cowl has air inlets both top and bottom. The TBF 1-C only has a top air inlet. I started by sanding the opening for the bottom air inlet and reshaping the bottom of the cowl. After I got the basic shape in place, a piece of card plastic was cut to fill the lower air inlet gap. This was done with superglue so it would withstand the next go around of sanding and, also for the gap filling properties. Finally, for this update, a coat of silver was given to the four tabs after they were sanded into their final shape. A little more touch up needs to be done and then finally the plug wire battle will begin. The inner structure for the inspection panel needs to be built up, some more touch up on the engine, getting the plug wires installed, putting all the pieces together, and then seeing how much will be visible to determine the next go around of homemade pipes, wires and plumbing that will need to be added. As always, all comments are welcome.
  4. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Top marks for the above progress. It really looks good!
  5. What a beautiful 109 you have made. Glad in a way you could not sell this kit as you have made it into a little gem!
  6. Really nice build so far of this Mosquito. Will anxiously await the next installment of this build.
  7. Your 109 and diorama are very nice! Can't wait to see it finished.
  8. Okay, so what was all that fuss about not being able to get the green right, chunk the kit away, blah,blah, blah? Seems as though you have instead, a little gem of a build that most of us, me included, wish they could pull off! And you added your excellent research and behind the scenes story to complete this pretty bird. All in all, it seems you have a winner on your hands. As mentioned above, your messups are the equivalent of what normal people like me wish could be their standard build level. Now, I do hope your back is better than from Monday, the spasms have died down, and you are a bit more mobile. Really enjoying this build. I hope you will post your Malaysian build.
  9. Felonious Tea Brewing? Assault with Intent to Brew? Possession of Mood Altering Herbs?
  10. Great build of this kit. Really like your painting.
  11. More engine work update. Looking at the engine parts made, the parts of the engine that still need to be assembled, and determining where the plug wires were to be run, left me with the conclusion I should finish the piping at the back of the engine and the exhaust system as it would be easier to run plug wires around the piping and exhaust rather than piping and exhaust around the plug wiring. The two sets of cylinders were glued together with fairly positive location pins. After the cylinders were together, I thought I might need to add some more detail to the homemade ignition ring so it would match the kit part. The kit ring has 4 little flat tabs. I then referred to the picture I had of the actual engine so I could determine where to mount the tabs around the homemade ring. When I looked at the actual engine picture . . . It has no tabs. Now, either Trumpeter put the tabs on to help hold the kit ring in place, or they patterned their ring on another version of the engine that I have pictured above. There is a difference in the engine series between the TBF 1-C and the TBM-3. That could account for the difference. For my purposes, I am patterning the engine for the kit after the picture I have of an actual engine. Lucky for me, it has no tabs on the cylinder ring! Back to the kit parts. All the pipes should go in a specific order around the back of the engine. Here I am carefully putting in the first pipe. Seems pretty easy. And here, I have one set of the pipes meticulously installed in the back of the engine. I then start to assemble the next set of pipes, with the exhaust system installation to follow. I look at the instructions, I look at the remaining parts to be installed. I look at the instructions again, I test fit the exhaust system. I discover I have incorrectly installed the first set of pipes and must redo them as I have placed the ends of the pipes into the holes where the exhaust system is supposed to go. The first set of pipes are correctly repositioned with me glad the glue had not completely set. The second set of pipes is then put in place. Now, it probably was just my cylinder assembly being slightly out of alignment, but the second set of smaller pipes were just a tad too long to properly fit where they were supposed to go. I had to cut about a 1/16 of an inch (Sorry, just a colonial that doesn’t use the metric system, apologies to Mr. Heath) off each end to make everything line up. With the pipes correctly set, putting in the exhaust system was easy peasy. With all the moving, removing and hacking on these little pipes and removing some seams on the exhausts, a paint touch-up is needed. As I was touching up the paint, off pinged one of the tiny cylinder heads. After some futile searching for this miniscule part (seeing I can’t find an ignition ring which is a whole lot bigger!) it looks like I will have to scratch this teeny little part. It will have to be done as it is on one of the front cylinders and will be visible through the cowl opening. This sounds like a lot of fun. I also take a long hard look at the exhaust system. The exhaust system has its initial paint coat on it, but it needs a bit more work to make it look somewhat real. But the ends of the exhaust . . .? There is some bit of depression that starts to form the impression the exhaust pipe is hollow, but it is much too shallow. Some drilling and filing must be done to make the opening much wider and deeper. Perhaps doing this prior to installation at the back of the engine was the opportune time, but why should I make life easy? The next steps are to drill out the exhausts more, give them a metal look, and then finally, set the plug wires in the engine. As always, all comments are welcome.
  12. Seems close to pictures of the this aircraft with the same serial number. It seems, though this aircraft is in a Turkish livery, not in the same livery as the decal sheet. It probably is a restored aircraft and the decal makers patterned the camo scheme after the restoration. The reason I think this is a restored paint job is in the background, there are roped areas with civilians in casual clothes just wandering about. Didn't see that too often in Vietnam/surrounding countries when I was there.
  13. Just went through this whole thread. What a magnificent build. I am impressed with the electric motor installation as I just recently got a hairbrain idea to add motors to my 1/24 Airfix Hurricane and Mustang. Even have the Airfix motors. Now just need to get the gumption to build them. Your build may do this. Your brush painting is awesome (Don't know how you and Tony O'Toole get such fantastic results. it looks just as good, if not better, than an airbrush application)! And the construction of the kit is superb! Can't wait to see the finished product. By the way, that stray armor target that wandered into your excellent aircraft build, nicely done, even if it is just a target. (Gonna get the armor guys up in arms with that comment)
  14. Thanks Hendie. I am thinking, given my past level of mediocre modeling, I should be able to achieve that level once again! Gots to have goals. I am discovering that, without a fine sense of touch, trying to persuade little, fine pieces of wire into a wiring harness for the engine is a bit daunting. That, and I drop nearly every piece at least twice as I am not holding it tight enough. I am slowly wading through your Pullman build. It is massive, impressive and highly educational as to trains and scratch building tricks. You really have a talent for scratching art objects out of bits and bobs of random pieces of plastic, metal, and whatever may be lying around. Thanks again for stopping bye and taking the time to comment.
  15. Pete, i would predict I find the missing plastic ring just as I have the last one of 28 plug wires to install on the home made ring! Thanks for looking in. Oh yeah, the calves were not cooperative today and still have 3 more to round up. I really should not have let them get so big as they are a handful now.