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  1. And so it begins: The first round of sanding wasn't too bad. Most of the putty was easily accessible to the 800 grit sanding stick. However, there was one gap that was too big for putty. I could have closed it up by squeezing the fuselage halves a bit, but then I'd have had a massive step to the wing piece. .040 inch Evergreen styrene to the rescue! Once the super glue holding that in cures, it will be trimmed back and another round of putty applied. I suspect I'll need one more after that too, before these gaps fully disappear.
  2. Same here. It was a mid-lockdown "I-haven't-spent-much-money-recently-so-I'll-try-and-ignore-the-eye-watering-shipping-price" kind of a purchase. So far, I'm pleased to report that the wings of the Kora kit were dead straight.
  3. Just be fore-warned that you'll want a lot of thinner. The stuff has the consistency of PVA glue straight out of the bottle! I made a bit more progress this evening, and got the main fuselage components glued together. Unfortunately, I had to cut the sides off the instrument panel to make it fit. It's still a bit tall too. In fact, the bottom edge of the panel is almost behind the rudder pedals. Oh well. I'm going to crack on with filling and sanding all the gaps before I attach any more parts, to avoid the very real possibility of breaking them off again. If you don't hear from me for a few days.....I'll still be filling and sanding I suspect. The interior is pretty hard to see... ...except when using the flash on the camera Good enough, I reckon!
  4. Well. the green certainly is lurid! The gloss finish doesn't help, it made the whole thing look slimy! It looked a lot better after picking out some details in different colours, and some Tamiya washes. I know the details won't be at all accurate, but they're better than nothing. I also sprayed some Vallejo matt varnish all over, which successfully killed the slimy look. I know the Vallejo acrylics don't have the best reputation (though I've never had issues with them myself), but their matt varnish is definitely the best I've ever used. Far superior to the Tamiya or Mr. Hobby offerings. I'm also quite pleased with the seatbelts. Painting them was tricky but the results were good!
  5. G'day everyone. The types built at Fishermens Bend continue to fascinate me. However, many of the more esoteric prototypes have never been tooled in a high-quality injection molded kit. Crazy, right? So this has lead me down the path of resin. I try to model the prototypes where possible, so at some point I'll be shortening the tail of a Nomad, grafting a Gypsy Major onto the nose of a Wackett and removing the cowling from a Ceres. However, I had an idea. Maybe I should try a resin kit straight out of the box before I go hacking up some perfectly good (and somewhat expensive) kits. This is where the CA-15 comes in. Every kit's a model of the prototype if they only built 1! I had the option of the CMR or Kora kits. I'd head bad things about the CMR one, but couldn't find any reviews or builds of the Kora. Photos of the parts showd that it had nice surface detail though, so I got myself a copy of it. I'm not completely new to resin (having built a Beaufort Mk.V with the High Planes conversion), so I knew to be careful when cutting and sanding the parts. Lots of slow, careful sawing under a running tap in the laundry, and some sanding in similar circumstances, left me here. Everything needed to build the cockpit and close up the fuselage is separated from the casting blocks. Clean up wasn't too bad, and the surface detail does indeed look nice. The kit also comes with a few photo etch pieces. After a bath in soapy water, I cracked out the super glue and put together the cockpit pieces. These went together without issue, but a test fit suggests I may need to trim the corners of the rear bulkhead. And this is how far I got before the notion of building it without any modifications ended. I looked at the fuselage pieces, and just couldn't make myself be happy with the outlet duct form the radiator....mainly because there isn't one. Just a flat plate, which I was presumably meant to paint black. So, out came the saw again. It actually wasn't too hard to cut along the existing contours to achieve this result. I've since cut out the other side too. Now, on to some paint. I hit the interior of the fuselage, and the assembled cockpit, with some black Mr. Surfacer. Straight from a can, because I can do it outside and not have to ever use laquer thinners in my airbrush indoors. Despite the high volume of paint, it settled into the details well. I also sprayed the photoetch sprue at the time. At this point, I had to stop work on the cockpit. I've got a delivery of modelling goodies arriving tomorrow that includes some paint for the lurid RAAF interior green. I could mix it myself, but I just can't motivate myself to do it when I know I'll have the right stuff arriving tomorrow (which is also going to go inside a CAC Mustang, possibly, pending research of colours of the early kit-built Mustangs). But, I wasn't quite done. I found some clear plastic lying around and glued the paper instruments to it, using Micro Scale Industries Micro Crystal Clear. It looks a bit rudimentary like that, but after attaching it to the photo-etch panel, it looks pretty great! The panel was dry brushed with dark grey and had some entirely fictional splashes of colour added to make it stand out a bit more once the canopy is on. Trust me, it looks a lot better than my phone camera under indoor lighting could convey. The clear plastic worked well, the instruments reflect light at the right angles, and they appear to have depth. So that's where I'm up too. I hope to get the cockpit pretty much done tomorrow. I'm stuck at home with a (thankfully mild) case of covid for the next week. I'm luck in that it's bad enough not to go to work, but not to bad to sit at the workbench. Fingers crossed it stays that way!
  6. Ooh this sounds pretty neat. I'll find something to build, surely. Sign me up, please!
  7. You can sign me up to this, the Mirage IIIO is a particular interest of mine.
  8. Sign me up then, this is my favourite of the SAABs!
  9. 1/144s are a ton of fun, and (usually) nice and quick. Count me in for at least 1!
  10. I'm in, with an Air-Sea Rescue Spitfire if I can find a suitible kit and decals.
  11. You can count me in! I've been planning a build of CAC Mustang A68-1 and discovered that it still exists and has raced at Reno in a totally different colour scheme. That would make a cool pair of models.
  12. Well, I wasn't planning to be here (much as I love the F-14). I went online a couple of weeks ago to buy an F-14 in preparation/hope for the What If group build next year (if it passes the bunfight). However, in a little bit of fat-fingered clumsiness I put two in the shopping cart. There was enough other stuff in the order that the price looked about right and I didn't notice until they turned up together in the box! So now, I've got a spare one of these and there's a group build on so I may as well try and throw it together! This will be entirely OOB except for maybe a masking set. No fancy resin or scratch building this time! So without further ado, I got the first parts off the sprue: One evening and a lunchtime decal session later (the joys of working from home), we have this: So far, I've been impressed by the detail in the kit, but a bit suprised by the number of raised ejector pin marks I've had to remove from mating surfaces. Nothing to challenging thankfully. Now on with assembling the main body!
  13. I've got a whole bunch of Australia prototype models to make, I could definitely do one for this group build. Please sign me up!
  14. Got it in one! I guess the museum had the two incomplete aircraft and figured people would rather see a complete WWII fighter than some disassembled pieces. Maybe I could do a story along the lines of: A ship carrying P-40s to Australia hits a rogue wave and loses a container of wings overboard. The perfectly good fuselages are put into storage on arrival. A few years later the production of CAC Mustangs is ramping up but isn't providing fighters to the squadrons fast enough. The entire Mustang wing is a sub-assembly that's joined to the fuselage in a near complete state. Some bright spark at CAC realises that if they produce a few extra sets of wings and pay some engineers a bit of overtime, a few extra fighters can be had quickly and cheaply...
  15. I'm already signed up, but I'm having thoughts about a second build, and operational version of the infamous "Kittystang" from the museum at Moorabbin:
  16. I'm working on a small layout at the moment that will definitely involve some structure kits, and also possibly some freight cars. I'd bee keen to build one of those for this group build!
  17. I've got a couple of builds needing modification for my GAF / CAC prototypes theme, including: CMR CA-6 Wackett, modified with a Gypsy Major engine and cowling. Avro Lincoln, made from Airfix Lancaster with Blackbird conversion High Planes Winjeel, with the engine and vertical tail moved to their prototype locations So, count me in for one of those!
  18. Thanks for the kind words everyone! In excellent news on the "Aircraft-built-at-Fishemans-Bend" front, the Avro Lincoln conversion set from Blackbird has just come back into stock, and I've ordered one. That's going to be a big project! If anyone else had been eyeing up that set, get in quick and order yourself one!
  19. Which parts are you looking at using? I saw that CMK do a full conversion set now. If the rest of it has as much detail as the hedgehog exhaust I used, it should be great. The HPM set is pretty good too, but hard to find these days.
  20. G'day everyone. With my Beaufort project finished, I summoned up the mojo to deal with a few outstanding issues on this project. And shortly after that, it was done! This is the Airfix Beaufighter TF.X with some modifications to turn it into the first Mk.21, as flown on May 26, 1944. The work needed for the conversion was relatively tame compared to the Beaufort, but I ended up making a bunch of extra work for myself with resin engines and Eduard lowered flaps. Here are some details Kit: Airfix Beaufighter TF.X Aftermarket: - Barracuda resin wheels with tread pattern - Eduard general photoetch set - Eduard photoetch flaps - Eduard masking set - HPM resin autopilot housing, instrument panel and rear canopy - CMK resin hedgehog exhausts - Vector resin Hercules engines - Quickboost resin undercarriage doors Paint: - Exterior: Gunze H-302 (approx. RAAF Foliage Green) - Interior: Mix of Tamiya XF-81 (Dark Green 2 (RAF 2)) and XF-21 (Sky) Decals: From the HPM set, tail number modified into A8-1 (the font is not quite correct but close enough. If I stumble across a better set in future I'll repaint and re-decal that area) Other modifications: - Drilled out the gun ports in the lower fuselage - Left off the HPM machine gun barrels as A8-1 and A8-2 didn't have the extra wing guns - Drilled out bulbs in the wingtip lights - Opened up tubes on the front of the exhausts by rotating the point of an exacto knife - Added EZ-line aerial wire - Removed second antenna behind DF loop - Added greebling inside the fuselage (slightly visible from just the right angle) - Added feature on front of canopy (rear-view mirror?) from styrene card And now, here are the photos! This is definitely one of my better finishes for an aircraft with a single colour all-over. The canopy windows are big and very clear. The after-market flaps, wheels and gear doors all look great! Finally, here are a few side-by-side with the Beaufort. At this rate, I think I'm actually finishing kits faster than buying them this year!
  21. Your wait is over! Here's the link to the RFI: This one turned out pretty good in the end, I'm super pleased with it!
  22. Update time! The Foliage Green (Mr. Hobby H302) went down well. I added a tiny bit of white to do the canvas control surfaces, and then used lighter and darker shades to add a bit of variety around the aircraft. Then, I painted up the gear bays, re-did the flaps and added the gear doors. As of right now, it's also had a gloss coat added where the decals will go, and I'm waiting for that to dry. I'm really pleased with how the flaps and gear doors look! The propellers have been painted up. And I've painted/assembled the engines/cowlings. The resin exhausts from CMK were a big upgrade from both the Airfix and HPM parts. I see that CMK now offer an entire conversion set, it looks pretty good and I'll keep it in mind if I'm going to build another Mk.21. Finally, I had a go at the wheels. Eduard don't provide a circular mask for these, presumably because Airfix provides wheels with separate hub and tire pieces. I've got one-piece Barracuda wheels though. Luckily, I had an idea that allowed me to spray the hubs without tedius masking with flexible tape: Those are the Airfix tire-halves, blue-tacked to the wheels. The result was pretty good. A black wash around the hub covered up a tiny bit of green overspray onto the tires. So that's the state of play. I'm hoping to get the decals on tonight, and a flat coat if they set quickly enough. Then it will just be installing the sub-assemblies and a couple of small details to make and attach.
  23. I once wondered the same thing.....and ended up getting Tamiya Mark-Fit instead as it does the job just fine with only one product.
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