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Crimea River

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  1. Another stunner from the master! great result John. Andy
  2. I like what I'm seeing so far. How did you achieve the effect on the prop. Looks like the old salt trick.
  3. Thanks once again for he kind reactions. The last thing to attend to before I could get the fuselage halves together was the Sutton harness. I made the belts from scratch using Tamiya tape. The buckles were made with lead wire bent around a toothpick that I carved to the proper shape and I threaded the tape through the buckles and folded it back on itself to give a somewhat realistic look. The belts were then glued in place and given a brushed-on coat of Tamiya Deck Tan. I have not found a good way to replicate the grommets and, in this case, I simply twirled a lead pencil on the belt at each location. These can't be seen in the below pic and aren't worth showing anyway! Once I finish the shoulder straps after the fuselage is together I'll need to make these look better as they will be quite visible on those straps. The shoulder straps will hopefully also drape into the seat bucket to hide the fact that I didn't hollow out the bottom. The floor is now glued in place with CA. One thing I didn't point out earlier was the scratch-built "trough" above the radio. This feature supported the cables for the Sutton harness shoulder straps, which I'll add later. Almost forgot to add the switch on the port side of the instrument panel coaming. The black object, which turns out to be the control for the cockpit heat, was easily made of styrene card and rod. And now the fun begins! The absence of locating pins on the mating surfaces of the fuselage halves demands patience and a staged approach to gluing the halves together. I realized after I started that I perhaps should have made some tabs on the inner surfaces to help with alignment but so far things seem to be working. I started at the vertical stab, making sure that the parts aligned well and that the rest of the fuselage was more or less aligned before gluing and clamping the fin area. I then progressed along the bottom seam, aligning, gluing and clamping about 2 inches at a time. I'm using Tamiya Extra Thin cement for this. The picture below shows how far I progressed before setting things aside to cure overnight. The fuselage bottom seam has been aligned and glued up to the nearest Berna Clamp and yet look at the misalignment that still exits at the front. Yes things are a bit twisty here so I will be using some internal tabs to help stregthen this area. Thanks again for following along.
  4. Thanks Jeff. I gain familiarity as I go. Plenty of good reference pics around, including here at BM. A blessing and a curse.
  5. Thanks everyone. Work continues on the cockpit and the instrument panel was next. The kit decals for this have nothing but black discs so I wonder what the philosophy of the clear panel is supposed to be? Option 1 is shown below. I decided to try painting blobs of white on the back of the panel and then scratch away where I want the black to be, leaving a semblance of dials and numbers. Result: FAIL. The Tamiya white, being acrylic, came off in flakes, plus the clear plastic is so thick that the back of the instrument would be barely visible, even if I painted the faces perfectly. Option 2 entailed painting the front of the panel Tamiya Rubber Black and working with that. So much for the need for a clear panel. I didn't take any further pics until I finished the panel but here as what it looks like now. I have an old sheet of Mike Grant instrument decals for jets that has many different modern instrument faces and I selected those that appeared to be close to the RAF WW2 instruments. They were cut out individually, placed into the bezels and several drops of Future were added over time. The throttle assembly is the kit part with an extra control rod and knob added. Edges of the panel were traced with a silver pencil and placards were simulated using white paint. The cockpit floor was modified and then painted. The floor panels next to the seat were cut out as this area was open. Straps were added to the rudder pedals using aluminum foil tape. There's also an extra strut that was added just in front of the seat using round rod. After all this was done. I trial fitted the floor into the fuselage and found that the area forward of the pedals was visible. There was a large fuel tank there so I went ahead and added that using rod and card. On the fuselage sides, an abundance of reference pics made it hard for me to ignore missing detail so I built what would be seen. Below you can see the start of the added detail on both sides. And here are the finished sides: Fitting the instrument panel involves some fussing and fighting but, after a lot of trial and error, I found out that the key is to allow the side panels to sit on the horizontal framing on the walls and forget about trying to line up the upper edge of the panel with the coaming. This is the only way that it will fit properly. One reviewer had trouble here and ended up trimming the panel to fit but I don't think it's necessary. That said, I did cut off the extreme lower corners of the IP, not because they caused fit issues but rather because they weren't there on the real aircraft according to reference that I used. In the above pic, there's one more detail to add just above the throttle. There is some kind switch that needs to go there and it's an easy add. Because of the gap that's created at the top of the panel, I made sure to paint the exposed face of the locating ridge on the other fuselage half black as this will be impossible to get at when the fuselage is buttoned up. I painted the one in the above pic after I took the picture. Back to the bulkhead behind the seat, closer looks at the reference pics revealed that what I did there wasn't quite kosher. The lower portion of this bulkhead is actually open to the rear. Rather than tear it all out, I made some additional framing and painted the in-betweens black. This is a decent compromise I think as, once everything is buttoned up, this should look just fine. For the seat belts, I once again decided to make my own rather than wait 2 weeks for Eduard ones to get here so that will be covered in my next instalment. Thanks for looking.
  6. Ah yes, I know the feeling. I found a profile of a Norwegian Gladiator I was interested in on Pinterest and it was attributed to Juanita, who is a member here. Turns out she had nothing to do with the profile and the guy pasted her name on it.
  7. Not necessarily a mistake but perhaps less caution than some in drawing conclusions. Unless the author has a first hand source saying that "I remember putting a new rudder on and painting it 81" then he shouldn't draw the conclusion any more than Green should say that it's red primer, though I'd tend toward the more likely primer scenario at that stage of the war. From where did you get the profile and captions? I did another check after I posted and, in Gaemperle's "Captured Eagles", there's another JV44 262 with ETC racks pictured at Innsbruck, WNr 113369. He says the racks at that stage of the war had to be match-marked to the aircraft with WNr and L/R because of the fit issues experienced with poor quality in production at the time.
  8. According to three references I have ("Me262 Schwalbe" by Murawski and Rys, "Me262 in Action" by Stapfer and "Stormbird Colors" by Green and Evans), 111712 was an A-1a, not an A-2a. Both the above pictures are featured singly in two of the above publications but no others appear. The picture from the 5 o'clock position above appears in Stormbird Colors. Conclusions on the wing finish are not drawn but the flaps appear to be very light whereas the rear uppers of the nacelles are darker so may be painted. The authors say the rudder is red primer, not 81. The picture from the 8 o'clock position appears in Me262 in action. The caption states ".....This particular Messerschmitt was flown from Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental to Neuberg on der Donau on 30 March 1945 before being assigned to Jagdverband 44....This particular Me262 ended World War II at Innsbruck-Hötting airfield in Austria". Pics also exist of 111711 in both publications and it is also unfinished, including the nacelles. This is the aircraft in which Hans Fay defected to US forces on March 30, 1945, the same day that 111712 was delivered to Neuberg. So while 711 languished in US hands, 712 presumably saw some 5 weeks of service, which could suggest that the original unpainted nacelles and rudder could have been replaced. It's been stated that the reason these late Schwäbisch Hall produced 262s were delivered unpainted was due to the paint shop having been destroyed in a bombing raid on March 22, 1945. Several pics of 111711 in Sormbird Colors show it fitted with two ETC503 racks though these are not evident in the two pics of 111712. The racks on the fighter version were used to mount the WGr 21 tubes so their presence did not necessarily mean the a/c was a bomber version. Hope this helps. Andy EDIT: Since there appears to be some license taken in the caption that you posted, I would suggest that the tail unit is NOT primed but is rather bare metal. The pic from the 5 o-clock position looks to me to show bare metal rather than a primed assembly.
  9. Thanks Air Ministry. So Receiver = Telescope. Good to know.
  10. Thanks all. A bit more work was done over the last couple of days. The structure behind the cockpit was built up with card and the basic kit radio was added. Before I got too far ahead, I painted what was there. The closeups, as always, show some areas that could be cleaner and I'll see what I can do about those. I forgot to mention that in the last pic above, the moulded diagonal brace was scraped away and a new piece was added to replace it further inboard. I'm using as a reference the excellent pics posted in the below thread, which is driving me to add more detail than I had originally intended!
  11. "Danutless Rear Gunner...." Poor fella. How did he pass his medical?
  12. Thanks for the info Air Ministry. It does add to our "enlightenment`....ahem. It confirms a lot of the discussion but what leaves me wondering are a couple of things: 1) The date of the second document is already 1945 and refers to fit-outs yet to be completed on 2TAF Mosquitoes and all Bomber Command aircraft. It makes me wonder whether the fairing on the Mosquito was for an earlier purpose that was found to be a convenient mount for the new equipment. This was suggested in an earlier post an some Mosquito photos with the fairing predate January 1945. 2) Reference is made to transmitters and receivers. Whereas the "transmitter" could mean the signaling box referred to earlier, we now have a "receiver" whereas reference was also made to a special telescope. So does the January document refer to some kind of updated Type F system?
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