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shortCummins

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  1. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    any landing you can walk away from.... must have been frightening for them
  2. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    thanks Terry this is the first ICM kit I've built, my only complaint is getting some of the more delicate items off the sprue, I'll certainly be looking at some of their other offerings Thanks Chris I couldn't get on with the Trumpeter riveting tool, the 'Rosie the Riveter' ones and around twice the price of the Trumpeter version but well worth it. I'll have a go at the CA/talc filler, my concern with this is that it would be a little too hot? there's always more than one way to skin a cat! rgds John(shortCummins)
  3. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    I agree with you on this, this is the first time I've tried using it on sink marks, I think "next time" I'll use squadron green (my perfect plastic putty has solidified in the tube!) live and learn? rgds John(shortCummins)
  4. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    thanks Chris the 'Rosie the Riveter' tools are really good the only problem I have is "when" to apply the rivets, I can't decide if I should apply them before or after primer? Before primer its easier to mark out and lightly sand after they've been applied however, there's a risk of loosing the detail under too many layers of paint. After the primer reduces, at least, one layer of paint however you don't really get the chance to sand them, 9 times out of 10 this doesn't matter especially if the finished scheme is camo' as I often use a well worn sanding stick as part of the weathering process. This time I'm going for a 'clean' look as the aircraft will be an early 1960's version and therefore would have been well looked after, unlike a war period version. won't be long, hopefully this weekend, before I can get the first coat of paint on her, I'll be doing the white fuselage top, black anti-glare panels and aluminium coloured control surfaces. After those I'll be tackling the shiny shiny polished aluminium, I'm looking forward to that rgds John(shortCummins)
  5. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    So after letting the sprue-goo fully cure I had to apply more to the sink marks in order to build them up to the correct height. I also notice that I’d missed the corresponding sink marks on the top of the fuselage. Now that the sprue-goo has cured I can sand and polish it A little re-scribing was needed, I used an ALEC Holly t0.2 line engraver I've decided to add some rivet detail, I used a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ to create the rivets The wheel wells and engines were masked with sponge and everything was cleaned with some isopropyl to remove any oil and dirt from my fingers, and then everything was given a coat of black UMP/Stynylrez. laying down the primer shows I’ve still got some work to do on the seams. Next up I’ll be painting the white fuselage top, anti-glare panels and fabric covered control surfaces. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  6. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    I started by joining the two halves of the rear wing which was then fixed to the fuselage I’ll be painting the twin vertical stabilisers and rudders separately The control yokes, crew and passenger seats were then fixed to the cabin floor There was an issue when I tried to join the wings to the fuselage, they didn’t ‘sit’ together however this was easily remedied by shaving a little off the bottom of the forward bulkhead The fit was then really quite good, I’ll check for any gaps, once its dried, but I’m guessing they’ll be small if there are any. There are a couple of obvious gaps, easily remedied There is also a couple of ‘sink marks’ that’ll need some attention To check the ‘main seams’ I used a black sharpie… …and filled the gaps with some sprue-goo, Tamiya Extra Thin with old sprue(s) dissolved in it making basically some molten plastic that can be sanded and re-scribed once cured. Now I’ll leave the sprue-goo set over 24-48 hours before I can sand and re-scribe and then I can prepare for primer and paint. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  7. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    ENGINE & STUFF The manual would have you paint the engine/landing gear support chromate however, on photographs I’ve seen these were aluminium, so I’ve over-sprayed them with vallejo acrylic metal colour 77.717 dull aluminium The frameworks were then assembled and attached to their bulkheads The main landing struts were given a coat of vallejo 77.717 dull aluminium and I used some thin wire to represent break leads I had planned to leave the landing struts until after paint, unfortunately these can’t be fitted easily afterwards so I’ve had to fit these now. I’ve also given the engine a coat of dull aluminium, the manual suggests the engines should be black but I think that would make them too dark. The engine cover was then painted medium blue grey Akan FS:35237 and the pushrods black XXX small holes were drilled to accept some thin lead wire which I gave an ORANGE 80% - DARK RED 20% mix, Tamiya X-6 orange, vallejo 70.814 burnt red I know that these ignition leads? would probably have been black but adding a small touch of colour is me using my ‘artistic license’ Both engines were attached to their firewalls(?) Tamiya black panel line was used to give the engines a bit of depth The carburettor intakes(?) were painted black and then dry-brushed to give a slightly worn look. The engine and landing gear sub-assembles were then attached to the nacelles And finally the top and bottom of the wings were fixed together Next up I’ll be joining the wings to the fuselage. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    Before the fuselage halves can be joined the instrument panels are fixed to one side One of the passenger seats is also attached to the rear of the cabin There is only location points at the front and approx 2/3rds the way down the fuselage so I glued the fuselage “in stages” to ensure as clean a fit as I could The cockpit windscreen was a really tight fit Next up I’ll be fitting the engines, landing gear frames and glueing the wings together. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  9. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    Micro Kristal Klear was used to create “glass” for the instruments Once dried this is what they look like… The seat cushions were then added to the crew and passenger seats Before I attached the seat belts I used Tamiya dark brown panel line accent to add a bit of wear and tear Seat belts were fashioned from some old wine bottle/cork label As most of the wine I get these days has either plastic “corks” or have screw tops so getting hold of this material is proving difficult, I guess I’ll just have to buy more expensive wine whenever I need to make some seat belts in the future. If thats not a “good excuse” then I don’t know what is. Strips were cut using a ruler and knife, I made the lap belts wider. These were then cut to length, note that one of the lap belts is slightly longer. These were then sprayed with UMP/Stynylrez primer and then spayed with Tamiya XF-55 deck tan. Buckles and strap adjusters were depicted with vallejo acrylic 71.065 steel The belts were then attached to the seats This is the first time I’ve tried to make seat-belts and I’m really pleased with the way they’ve come out, their not as detailed as a set of Eduard PE belts however, I’ve managed to make each seat slightly different, as they would be “in real life”? Next up I’ll be installing the interior and closing the fuselage. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  10. shortCummins

    Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    to be fair it would have been unbalanced as the other one I believe is in the Albert Hall
  11. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    Hi Jeff I've used both PE and decals from Airscale on this, they really are excellent and offer far better quality rather than 'normal' kit decals that is very tempting, thanks for the link rgds John(shortCummins)
  12. shortCummins

    Hitlers Pocket Rocket

    very nice so far, except that seam! I'll be interested to see how the wooden decals perform rgds John(shortCummins)
  13. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    If I'd have known about these I'd have been very tempted by some of the Canadian schemes, if I build this again I'll be using them, thanks for the tip rgds John(shortCummins) Detail painting the IP’s I started by first dry brushing vallejo 71.065 steel, and then picked out various buttons and levers with yellow, green, red and brown. I also added some PE placards, you can see some of the superglue will need to be “dulled down” I managed to find some decals for the instruments, spares from various Eduard kits and most from airscale’s generic WW2 RAF instrument dial decal set AS48RAF I’ll add a drop of Micro Kristal Klear to each dial to give a ‘glass’ effect and then the IP will be complete. Next up I’ll be adding a bit of light weathering to the interior, making some seat-belts an closing the fuselage. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  14. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    So for the main cockpit/interior colour I decided to use Akan BS:283 aircraft grey/green Akan (Akah) are really nice acrylic paints however they are difficult to get hold of, I sourced mine via Greece, they spray really smoothly using a .02 needle at approx 1 bar 15(ish) psi. The engine bay and wheel wells were painted with Tamiya XF-4 yellow green, when sprayed over black primer I think it gives a good approximation of chromate. Seat cushions were painted with Hobby Color H302 green FS34092 I’m undecided about this colour, I had hoped that it would be a darker colour giving more contrast between the cushions and seat frames, I’ll sleep on it and decide weather or not to change the colour. The IP was left black with the foot wells given a coat of the Akan grey/green I used Tamiya XF-68 NATO brown for the cabin floor. Next up I’ll be . until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  15. shortCummins

    1:48 C-45F

    ha ha ha, well I'm 99% I got the idea from someone else, unfortunately I can't remember who so I can't thank them rgds John(shortCummins)
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