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  1. Primer (Tamiya Liquid Surface Primer Grey)... shows you all the scratches, flaws etc. Obviously some more puttying and sandig is required close up Have a nice weekend Ze Baron
  2. Update: Fuselage is ready for applying primer: It's a rather big bird....
  3. Minor update: The cockpit recieved its decals. Most of the details will not be visible later, but I know they are there Next step: "sanding time" (fuselage, radomes)
  4. Hi there, last week the dacals arrived. I am very happy about the very fine detail still visible (e.g. the instrument panels): Now the fuselage halves are put together, the two radomes added (they fit better than I expected) and the seams filled with putty. The long fuselage parts are made of rather thin plastic so they tend to warp and therefore the seams are not fitting precisely (some more locating pins also would have been a great idea, dear friends of Academy's construction team). Luckily putty and sandig paper were invented somewhen .
  5. Thanks! The 3D-parts are printed in PLA, which is harder (sanding is really hard work here!) than the usual plastic used for model kits, but similar in many other aspects. E.g. it reacts well with plastic cement (I am using Revell Contacta).
  6. Miracles of Academy - where are the doors? The instructions of Freightdog's 1/144 conversion set tell you to "cut the fuselage off at panel line just forwand of entry door". It is not difficult to locate a similar panel line on Academy's 1/72 C-97 kit, but... where is the entry door? Well, the kit does not have doors! Ok, that's not 100% correct as there are some - you will find them... on the decal sheet! The doors are only provided as thin black lines! It is the same with the vents on the engine nacelles or the wings. Only decals, no recessed lines or so on the plastic parts! Hey
  7. The Moment of Truth.... Will the new radar nose fit well to the kit's fuselage IT DOES!!! (no glue used here, only 'dry' test fitting) You wonder about the engraved door? Wait for next episode: Miracles of Academy - or - where are the doors? Cheers, The RED BARON
  8. Hi there, things are developing: the nose gear well was assembled and painted (US Interior Green, Xtracolour), got a washing with dark brown water colour, later a bit of dry brushing. You will not see very much of this, but I know it is there . The nose gear leg was painted in Revell 99 Aluminum and later washed with black water colour. Then the lower forward fuselage section was glued onto the main parts. I needed some thin pieces of plastic to fill the gaps. Later lots of lead balls were glued into the nose in order to prevent the bird becoming a tail-sitter.
  9. Thanks! I hope I can make progress quickly so this project will not end like many of mine, 50 - 75 % finished but the lost interest or had not enough time or both. I‘ll try hard
  10. Sunday is surgery day! The bird is about to get its new nose test-fitted while the front gear assembly was painted in interior green (US) and is drying. By the way: I forgot to show the ingredients of this project besides the 3D printed parts: To be continued! Cheers Red Baron
  11. Hi there, next step is creating the forward landing gear: I wasn't really happy about the 3D printed results so I did it the old fashioned way: scratchbuilding. Only the "roof" of the wheelbay is printed, but some structural details are made of plastic sheet as well. All in all I am content with the result, also because it has much more detail than Academy's part (the grey one). I also like to show to you the inside of the lower forward fuselage. You still can see the remainders of the supporting structure of 3D printing. Next steps will be p
  12. @ TheyJammedKenny! The bird will be wearing dark sea grey feathers (like the AEW Shackletons), maybe with a white top (like the Shackleton MR.3s). Here is a sample of the decals (in low quality ) Roundels and fin flashes will be taken from a Xtradecals sheet. The RAF serial WF517 comes from a gap in the Washington B.1 serials range. To me, this seemed to fit. Cheers, the Red Baron
  13. so, here are the photos / screenshot: the 3D parts in Blender and printed, with the Freightdog 1/144 parts for camparison (yep, the radome tops ar a bit more rounded) on the right side are the parts for the wheelbay an -doors (top) and for the cockpit with a tool for forming the canopy's clear parts The rest ist sanding and priming and priming again and puttying and sanding and ...... let's see.
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