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  1. Still not had any free time to do anything on the Skystreak, but I gave the primer a look over a few minutes ago and in general, it doesn't look too bad. There are a few sink marks along the filler line around the new cockpit fairing, as seen below. As soon as I've finished my coffee, I'm off to slap some filler on there. It will have several days to harden off as I've got a four day WW2 event with my Jeeps later this week.
  2. Nice subtle weathering jobs. I've dabbled with model railways/railroads on and off since the early 1970's. Starting in Hornby OO, then British N scale, British OO9 ( set in WW1 ), and mainly settled on US N scale. Here's some of my US locos and rolling stock. I don't have a layout right now. I've built several, displayed them at one exhibition and then usually find someone wants to buy them. The last layout I built for myself was around 2007 ( other than a My Little Pony themed railway built with my daughter in 2016 - last pictures ). Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 'Big Boy' Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 'Challenger' Union Pacific 2-8-8-2 'Mallet' Union Pacific 2-8-4 'Berkshire' Union Pacific 2-8-4 'Berkshire' ( 2 off ) QMC USA 2-8-2 'MacArthur' #9506 Boxcars, coaches, tankers, stockcars and flats. The "My Little Pony" railroad - a double sided layout based on scenes from the animated kids TV show.
  3. Moving on from Travis, here's my Davis-Monthan pictures from July 2000. At one point, the tour guide pointed to an empty piece of desert and told the tour that this was the jigs for the stealth fighters. Several people took pictures of the empty ground! This might have been Pima.
  4. Our honeymoon was planned around aircraft museums and national parks. We did 6,000 miles in 3 weeks through 9 states. Quite an adventure! 21 years later, we're still together so we must be doing something right!
  5. Those pics bring back some memories. I called in to Travis on my Honeymoon in 2000. Here's a few of my pictures. I was also shooting with film and since I went to a number of other aircraft museums including Pima/Davis Monthan, Hill AFB, Castle AFB, Boeing & Museum of Flight and others, I was limiting how many pictures I took, trying to save shots for unusual aircraft or those I was unlikely to see in the UK.
  6. I've been away in London for a week, so not much to report, other than I shot a coat of primer over the model before going away. That's had ample time to harden off now, so I can look the model over and see where it needs attention before going any further with details such as the bracing wires pylon and landing gear. Hopefully I can get a little more done this week. Wheels are going to be an interesting challenge as the original Chipmunk wheels were replaced with much larger wire spoked wheels in the film. I'm not a fan of after-market spending and would rather try to make something than buy it, so I'm interested to see where I go with this. I may well be as surprised ( or horrified ) as you are!
  7. A lovely set of Starfuries. Here's my Revell version, with a scheme based on a 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron P-47 scheme I had on a radio controlled P-47 many years ago. The pics use my own astronomy photos as backdrops.
  8. I think my Chippy was a blister pack. Don't worry, that was always planned as my workshop. She's got a nice office in one spare room and there's still plenty more wifey spaces in the house!!
  9. After the fairing was fully blended, a small hole was cut for the cockpit using the tip of a scalpel. The hole was slowly carved out using further pencil lines as guides to the shape and how far down the fuselage the opening should be. The opening is smaller than the original cockpit opening, so the pilot's arms also needed slimming down to allow him to be slotted in later. The tailplane halves were glued back on next, then left to harden overnight. Some filled was added over the joints the next day and sanded later on. The elevators were also drooped at this point and liquid solvent run into the scored hinge line to set them in that position. That's as far as I've got in the conversion. Probably the next step will be a coat of primer to see what needs attention. While I've made a good start and it's not a big project, I'm not sure how fast it will progress. I've been slowly moving house over the last six months ( I own both houses at present ) and my workshop was one of the first rooms to sort ( see below ). There's still lots of work to do in other rooms, which are really more urgent, but I'll try and "Chippy" away at the model!
  10. The fairing glue was left to set for a while before sanding and then further glue and filler were applied over the joints which was again left to fully dry. This fairing needs to blend smoothly before opening up one cockpit for the pilot. On the film aircraft, it looks like a large rectangular sheet of metal was used to fair over the original cockpits. The edges of this panel are quite obvious, so I may have to try and replicate this later in the build. The fairing was sanded slowly and carefully to blend the new plastic into the old fuselage without sanding the fin strake off or the top of the cowl.
  11. It was then slowly trimmed to fit the recess where the canopy formerly fitted. A rough cut first with scissors, followed by some marking of lengths and widths and further trimming with a scalpel and sanding blocks. The plastic was a little thick, but this would allow enough material to sand and blend the edges without cutting through. Once the fairing was a good fit, it was clamped front and rear and then a combination of liquid solvent and tube cement were used to attach it. Pencil marks show the location of the original rear cockpit so I'd know where to break through when the time came.
  12. The following day, the filler was all sanded smooth before moving on to the new cockpit fairing. I'm sure there will be more filling needed, but I'll wait until I've got a little more built and have some primer on it. A piece of styrene was heated with a hot air gun and folded around some dowel to form a curved piece for the cockpit fairing. It was much biger than needed but would be slowly trimmed to size.
  13. Both tailplanes were a little loose, so they were removed and the elevators cut so they could be repositioned in the drooped parked position. There was quite a bit of filling to do on poorly fitting joints and where parts were removed. There would also be some scratch building needed to replicate the changes made to the aircraft for the film. It was all left to harden overnight. It's a smallish model, but not as tiny as the picture suggests. It is sitting on one of the large Humbrol tins, not the 14ml tinlets!
  14. Eventually, all the paint was removed, along with the canopy, wheels, and prop which weren't needed. Some of the detail was removed during the paint stripping stage. One pilot would be retained and refitted. The original kit dated from around the 1970's I think and as a result, it followed the trend of the time and was covered in dockyard sized rivets. All the heavy 1970's detail was sanded off. Some of the parts hadn't been joined with good alignment and so some sanding and filling would be needed. Most of the detail has been sanded here, but due to the silver grey plastic used back then, it still shows its previous location and so doesn't look like it's been removed at all.
  15. It had been painted in gloss Airfix or Humbrol enamels, which after almost 40 years, were as hard as diamond! My normal use of a soak in brake fluid and a light scrub to remove the paint didn't touch it. It needed more effort. I ended up wet sanding it with 400grit wet & dry paper first to break through the top layer of the gloss paint, then scrubbed it with wire wool and brake fluid. This began to work. I know there are other substances that can strip paint, but I had nothing else in stock and wasn't going to wait.
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