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  1. Hi all. I've managed to finish this one at last! Thanks for all the support. The RFI thread can be found here. Cheers Jimmy
  2. I started this one as part of the Maritime Patrol and Coastal Command Group Build earlier this year, but was unable to finish in time due to lack of enough free time. I did however push on to eventually finish it. The WIP thread is here. Cheers Jimmy
  3. I've not posted an update in more than a month. Apologies for that. Standard lame excuse; "I was busy". Anyway... The wheels as well as the wheel well doors are on And she's standing on her own legs! All that's left is the aerials and radio wires, which is usually no small job, but is the only thing standing between where I am now, and completion.
  4. A few more progress photos from the last few weeks. Decals on and varnished. I decided to cut off the OOB turret gun barrels and replace with, believe it or not, the nozzle from an old Humbrol poly cement bottle. Here I have it dry fitted on the turret Painted and glued I should be finished soon. I'm moving house next weekend, so doubt it will be before that. Cheers Jimmy
  5. Thanks Steve. Keen eye you have there! I did indeed mix it up The horizontal stab is what the elevator is attached to, and the vertical stab is what the rudder is attached to. Cheers Jimmy
  6. Hi all, an update at last. I've finally glued on the vertical stabilizer. And gave it a coat of paint And then glued on the painted horizontal stabilizers. I did make a bit of a mashup and broke off the vertical stab trying to get the fins in place. This photo shows after I've glued it back on. Here I've got the windshield on as well I'm now busy placing the decals. Feels like I am getting closer to finishing this one Cheers Jimmy
  7. Hi Steve. Humbrol 34 for the white underside, but the two shades of blue is my own mix of Humbrol paints. I usually use an empty Humbrol pot for the mixed color, and then paint a circle on the top of the cap with the mixed color for future reference, which is what I think you see in the background. It's no secret, I just cannot remember what I mixed for the upper dark blue. I usually document and keep my mix ratios for future reference, but for some reason I didn't this time. For the light blue I think started with the same color I used on my F4U Corsair, but I added so
  8. I've made a bit of progress. I've finished painting the fuselage as well as the wings. I don't usually paint the fuselage and wings before I glue them, but it felt easier with this one. And glued on Next is the tailplane. I hope for good progress over the long weekend. Cheers Jimmy
  9. Hi Corsair, I can't remember any major issues. I think the fit was alright. I do remember that the vertical fin had accuracy issues. Somewhere between a -1 and -2 (too big for -1 and too small for -2, or the other way around). Don't know if you want to attempt to correct that. Also the decals were crap because it was an old kit. Not sure if yours has new decals. Good luck! Feel free to post a link of your build here. Cheers Jimmy
  10. Hi all. Unfortunately I'm not going to make the deadline for this GB. I will however continue the build and post updates here. Thanks for everyone's support. Cheers Jimmy
  11. I've been spending some time on this build in between studying for an exam. Since I work in IT, I guess I will never really be done with studying My aim was to finish the gear bay this week, and I did. Here can be seen the OOB gear bay (I've also started applying coats of white to the wing underside). I've used these photos I took of a PV-1 at the Swartkop SAAF Museum for reference. There's a section effectively splitting the bay in two (I'm guessing it's the main wing spar), which I tried to
  12. It's been a month! I'm starting to worry about not finishing by the end date. Although I didn't post, I did work on this a bit. I built up the section behind where the windshield comes on. Not pretty but I can smooth it out a bit. Now the windshield fits a lot better After smoothing it out it looks ok. Then I went back to the engine intakes. This after cleaning it up a bit Glueing back the cut off front of the intake Then I added a piece of plast
  13. I have a few more photos of progress made. I took a bit of a risk, and attempted to give the wheels that slightly low pressure look. Maybe I overdid it a bit, but it should look okay in the end. I basically used a lighter, held about 8cm below the wheel (which was held with pliers to reduce risk of burning myself), and held it there for about 10 or so seconds to start melting the plastic. Then press is down lightly on a flat surface to bulge the tire to look like there is weight on it. I've done it before with great results, but I tend not to do it, since if I screw it up, I'l
  14. I've spent quite a bit of time on the Ventura this weekend. Firstly I needed to get the fuselage closed-up, since I was spending too much time on the cockpit and interior. Well arguably one cannot spend too much time on it since these scratchbuilding really improves on the OOB, but relative to the quality that is possibly achievable with this kit that has questionably accuracy to begin with, one is to reach diminishing returns on hours spent adding detail to the interior while the bigger outer bits (fuselage, wings etc.) which is actually visible remains of questionable accuracy (s
  15. I'm making some progress, albeit slow. These photos were taken over the past couple of days. I'm currently getting ready to close up the fuselage, but before that, here's some pictures leading up to it. Spraying the inside of the fuselage. Dry-fit of the cockpit section Another dry-fit showing the rear section I've added behind the cockpit which I scratch-built And the completed cockpit floor and section behind I've also started doing other preparation
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