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Johnny_K

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  1. I can now connect to Britmodeller A big thanks to everyone that got this thing fixed.
  2. Hi, Thanks to everyone for their very nice comments regarding my P-38. I would have replied earlier except that I have not been able to connect to this site for about 10 days. However, the connection problem has been fixed.
  3. Thanks for the nice words. I think that the light wash made the foil look more realistic by reducing the shine of the foil. The wash also highlighted the panel lines.
  4. The Hobby Boss P-38 is finally finished. The final step was doing a light weathering of Black on the top surfaces and a mud color on the bottom surfaces. This was a very easy kit to build. Hobby Boss did a great job engineering this kit. There are no gaping seams to deal with and no alignment issues with the two booms. The radiator pods fit perfectly. Hobby Boss did a great job on the canopy. It fit so perfectly that I did not need glue. It just snapped into place. Plus the plastic is very clear with no distortion.
  5. The clamps are made by americanlimitedmodels.com. Unfortunately, I went to their website and they have no clamps. I do not recall where I purchased the clamps.
  6. The main wings have been foiled and rivets were added. Note the subtle changes in the colors of the foiled panels. This is accomplished in two ways, using two different color foils (matte aluminum and chrome) and by changing the direction of the foil's grain. The majority of the foil was Matt Aluminum and the majority of the grain ran sideways (right to left). A few panels were foiled in Chrome and a few panels had their grain front to back. Here I a close up of the rivets. It is important that the rivets are in straight lines and that all the rivet lines are equally spaced within each panel. Also visible is the subtle changes in foil color. Here is how I applied the rivets: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052774-tips-to-apply-aluminum-foil-and-rivets-to-an-airplane/
  7. Clamps were used to keep the landing gear doors in proper alignment as the glue cures. Note that the rocket racks have been added. Just a few more thing left to do before the model is finished.
  8. Now I have this mess to contend with. Every Revell bomber has the problem. This is my B-29. Same nasty problem. First I filled the seam with Bondo Glazing Putty. After sanding the Bondo stuff, I applied Mr. Dissolved Putty. Then I sanded, applied more putty, sanded, and repeated until the seam disappeared. While I waited for the putty to dry on the engine nacelles I applied Bare Metal Foil to the rear wing. I painted the fabric areas of the wing with Tastors' Metallizer Aluminum, followed by Metallizer Sealer. The deicing boots were painted black. All painting must be finished prior to applying foil. Go here to see how I applied the foil: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235052774-tips-to-apply-aluminum-foil-and-rivets-to-an-airplane/
  9. Great suggestion regarding the nacelles???? Thank you. First I cut a hole in the front of the nacelle. The hole will be covered by the spinner Next I poured lead fishing weights into the nacelle until the nose dropped down. Then I added some more for good luck. Finally I squeezed some white craft glue into the nacelle to keep the weights from rattling around. Again, thanks for the solution!
  10. Oh Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I made a BIG MISTAKE when estimating the amount of weight needed in the nose to keep the nose down. The model has turned out to be a "tail sitter". I think I know what happened. When I estimated the amount of weigh to put into the nose I had the landing gear temporarily installed perpendicular to the wings. In actuality, the landing gear is angled forward about 30 degrees. When the landing gear was glued in place the center of gravity was moved rearward. Now I need to figure out how to fix this.
  11. I do not seal the decals after they are applied. The stick really well to the foil. No need for a sealer. You are correct. Any kind of sealer would have a negative affect on the appearance of the foil.
  12. Those little cone shaped things were painted with Testors' Metallizer Aluminum nd buffed to a nice shine. The rockets came out okay. A lot of fussy work. I used a light wash to dirty them up. I drilled out the nozzle ends.
  13. Thanks for the kind words everyone. The landing gear have been installed. The main gear are =a tight squeeze due to the blue pipes. The front gear is kind of delicate. I need to be careful when I install the gear doors.
  14. The KitsWorld decals provide two different set of artwork. I liked the Buckaroo version. These are nice decals to work with. They are thick enough so that they do not rip, yet the carrier film is crystal clear. After the decals dried I dirtied up the model with a acrylic based wash from a company called Wilder. This wash can be reactivated with water after it dries. I used a Black wash on the top of the model and a Mud wash on the bottom of the model.
  15. This airplane is real tail heavy. Weights need to be added to the nose to keep the tail off the ground. I added three solid weights behind the bombardier and a bag of lead fishing weights behind the landing gear. I know that it looks pretty primitive, but none of this will be visible once the fuselage is assembled This is a photo of a B-24's engine that I found on-line. I liked the copper colored sparkplug cables, So I thought that I could duplicate those without too much effort. I bent a thin copper wire to the approximate shape of the sparkplug wires. Upper left is the engine provided with the kit. The first thing that I did was to paint it an aluminum color. Next I highlighted the cooling fins with a thin black wash, painted the pushrod covers black and painted the rocker arm covers silver. Lastly, I glued the sparkplug wirers into place and added a red hose that was included with the real engine. I know that the number of sparkplug wirers is incorrect, but it gives a good impression of the real thing. The main wings are warped. Nothing looks worse on a big bomber model that warped wings. I needed something really stiff to fix the warped wings, so I entrusted the task to my architects scale. I don't know what kind of plastic it is made from, but it is impossible to bend. Next came a small army of clamps and rubber bands. The result is a perfectly straight wing. .
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