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One-Two

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  1. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Hi Guys. Only some minor progress…I decided to install at this stage the main exhaust pipes, although normally this must be done in the final stages of the build, for the ease ok masking/painting. However, the shape on the IAR 80 forward fuselage/cowling was such that from certain angles of sight, the exhaust manifold could the seen through the space between the cowling and fuselage, even if the cowl flaps was in close position. This exhaust manifold is not provided by HobbyBoss and I just scratched it from some evergreen bits (half-round on the upper part and normal strip on the rest) which were sanded to the desired shape. Then I attached the main exhaust pipes on the lateral of the forward fuselage, which had to be blended-in somehow with the rest of the exhaust manifold (small plastic bits, Mr surfacer 500, sandpaper). This would have been impossible to do once the cowl was installed. Also for anybody interested in a similar build, please be advised that installing the main exhaust pipes as requested by HB is wrong – this would result in the pipes being somehow too close to the forward fuselage lateral walls – in reality, as you may see in the b/w picture above, the main exhaust pipes were installed pretty outward of the fuselage. Thanks for looking and cheers,
  2. One-Two

    IAR 80

    The windshield is glued in its place. In order to fix it in the right position, I applied glue only after it was aligned with the antenna (the right angle for the antenna mast) and with the rest of the canopy. Probably due to the modifications performed (IP, antenna mast, etc.), the fit of the windshield was not great. I had to use some very small plastic pieces in order to fill-in some empty spaces here and there. I have to apply some putty and then some fine sanding in order to get a smooth contact area between the windshield and fuselage. The antenna is not permanently installed, it can be removed. It also had to be shortened a little bit, but I think it captures the shape and attitude of the real thing much better that wat was in the box. I will permanently install it only in the final stages of the build. Thanks for looking and cheers.
  3. One-Two

    IAR 80

    After a long time away from the hobby, I’m trying now to restart the IAR80 project. I made some preparation work on the transparencies. First, I installed the red handle on the inside of the canopy. Then I moved to the windshield, but here it is much more complicated, because of the IAR80 particularity of the antenna mast. As seen in the b/w pictures attached, the antenna mast was protruding the windshield through the upper-right corner (from pilot’s perspective) at a certain angle, and was continuing through the horizontal shelf behind the IP. However, according to HB, in order to represent this, one should just stick a small piece of plastic on top of the windshield and that’s it. Terrible inaccurate. So I decided to modify a little bit the windshield. First, on the left side (pilot’s perspective), I installed some sort of ventilation pipe that was characteristic to the IAR80 series (it was deleted on later series of IAR81). Then I drilled a hole through the upper-right corner of the windshield, using a 0.4 drill and then enlarged it to 0.5. This is where the new antenna mast will be installed. Great care has to be taken during this process, because there is no room for error and the hole must be drilled at the right angle, in order to be sure that the antenna will reproduce the attitude and angle of the real thing. I think I’ve made it, but I wouldn’t like to repeat the process:) The antenna (and the venting pipe also) was made on 0.3 brass tube from Albion Alloys. Now this stuff is expensive but this is really good sh#t. I really like it. Then I installed the first piece of the gunsight, on the support struts just behind the IP. The first airframes of the IAR80 were provided with old school gunsights, composed of a metallic grill installed outside of the windshield and a sighting piece just inside of the cockpit, between the windshield and the IP. I installed the inside piece, I’ll be using the metallic gunsights provided by a dedicated Eduard PE set. That’s it for now, hope cu come back soon with new progress. Cheers,
  4. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Thanks guys for your kind words. Unfortunately, I've been so busy lately that I was unable to make any more progress with my IAR 80. Hope I will manage to restart the build soon. Yes Troy you are right, the early IAR80 camouflage is almost certainly of British influence, via the Hurricane imports from UK. Man, thanks a lot for pointing my attention to these items. I will use the kit's plastic UC legs, but I ordered those QB resin machine gun barrels and will use 'em. I was planning to use some resin barrels designed for the new Airfix P40 kit (they somehow resemble with a FN 303 model 38 used for only a few IAR80 airframes), but the new dedicated QB set is really more appropriate. Hope to bring new updates soon. Regards,
  5. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Not so much time for hobby lately…I only worked a little bit on wing controls. For some unknown reason, HB decided to mold the flaps and aileron in one single piece. Of course this is unacceptable and they must be separated – it is just a simple cut. Once the pieces separated, I was not happy with the way in which these elements are attached to the wing. If left as they are, it is only possible to pose them in neutral position. But in real life, once the engine stopped for any length of time, the hydraulic system was slowly losing the pressure and the flaps was sliding down in the landing position. Almost all pictures with parked IAR 80’s show the flaps in this position. So I had to modify the flaps and ailerons…I completely eliminated the HB attachments, cut new spaces for new hinges/attachments…I modified a little bit the shape of the upper side of the flaps…and finally installed new attachment points on the wing, for flaps and ailerons. These modifications will allow me to pose the wing controls (flaps and ailerons) in any dynamic position I choose. That’s it for now. Thanks for looking, cheers,
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    IAR 80

    Now I turned my attention again to the power unit…which consist of 4 sub-assembles/pieces: engine cylinder rows, the cylindrical-shaped cover for the engine crankcase, propeller and propeller hub/cover. They should be assembled one on top of the other…and in this case the propeller would be impossible to move: Now of course that normally this should not be a problem, since this is a static model which will just sit on a shelf or something. But that part of me which wants to take the model in hand and move it around the house, making engine-like and machinegun-like noises and blowing air over the propeller just to watch it turning like the real thing, just doesn’t let me to leave the propeller immovable. I mean static model it is, but at least the propeller should be functional! After analyzing a bit I concluded that the cylindrical-shaped engine crankcase cover is the problem. On the real plane, the propeller disk was independent of this cover and free to move, but on the kit the propeller disk and engine cover are in one piece. So I just sliced the cylindrical cover and cut the propeller disk free. Then I covered both the resulting sections with plastic disks – now I have a separation between the 2 pieces and the propeller support is free to move: I installed a propeller axis, made out of brass tube…then I adapted the propeller for this axis. And voila, now I have a fully turnable propeller Thanks for looking and regards,
  7. One-Two

    IAR 80

    I installed the stabilizers...starting to look like an airplane by now:)
  8. One-Two

    1/48 Airfix Gloster Meteor F.8

    What a beauty! Love it...
  9. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Now onto the tail controls...I separated the horizontal rudder from the stabilizer and also made the necessary cuts for the horizontal and vertical rudder hinges. Also added some details for the vertical trimmer controls.
  10. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Ok so I returned to the cockpit area a little bit, since I had to finish with the armor plate for head and shoulders and the related head rest. Now, probably for the sake of simplicity (although I suspect that it was rather a cost problemJ), HB choose the mold the pilot seat and the head armor/head rest in one single piece. The result is highly inaccurate in shape and dimensions, especially for the head armor and head rest, which were completely different in reality. So my approach was to separate these pieces and treat them as completely different items, as they were in reality. Once separated from the seat, the original head armor was used as a template to make a new armor plate, out of plastic sheet. Then, on the head armor plate I used Milliput in order to create the shape of the head&shoulders rest. While not perfect (especially for the head rest), I think that the result is much better than the original arrangement. Thanks for looking and cheers,
  11. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Thank you very much Steve. After mating the wing with the fuselage, some problems on the underside of the plane must be solved. The IAR80 airframe had some sort of longitudinal reinforcement strips installed on the underside of the rear fuselage. These longitudinal reinforcement strips are represented by Hobbyboss, but in an uneven way, given that they are molded on two different items (underside of rear fuselage and part of underside wing insertion). Anyway, they do not look like a continuous strip, if I leave them as they are. Therefore, I decided to completely eliminate the reinforcement strips and to fix all the problems related to fuselage-to -wing joint (re-scribe all affected panel lines, etc.) Then I installed new reinforcement strips, made out of evergreen. I will probably have to sand down a little bit the new reinforcement strips, because they look kind of too obvious now, but I think they look better now than before. That's it for now...thanks for looking and cheers:)
  12. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Ok so next step was mating the wings with the fuselage. Decent fit, but it could have been better. In order to get everything aligned properly, I had to insert some plastic bits here and there.
  13. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Thank you Terry for your kind words. Not much spare time lately, so I was only able to add some small details here and there. First of all, in the wheel bay I deleted some details that were erroneously molded in positive and just replaced them with some new panel lines made with the scriber. I also added two small openings in the wheel bay roof, which were used in order to visually inspect the gear locking mechanism, as I read. Having made these modifications, the work in the wheel bay area is mostly done. In the cockpit area, behind the instrument panel, I also installed some supports that were visible through the windscreen. They were also used as gun sight supports. That's all for now. Thanks for looking, Cheers
  14. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Engine painted and weathered.
  15. One-Two

    IAR 80

    Thank you Guys! Last evening I installed some new pushrods and some basic wiring for the engine. I installed cables only for the sparkplugs located on the front side of the cylinder heads, since the ones situated on the backsides would not be visible anyway. The cylindrical-shaped cover from the front of the engine is not glued yet. Regards,
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