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Eivind Lunde

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  1. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Unfortunately this kit is heading for the shelf of doom for now, as we have decided to part ways to pursue other interests. We may find ourselves together sometime in the future so I`m not giving up, we`re just taking a break from each other.
  2. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Yeah, I will look into solving the fit problems sooner or later, but as I have said earlier in the thread, this kit and I haven`t really gotten along so far. I used to be a serial starter but just an occasional finisher back in the day, but after I came back to the hobby a few years ago I have finished about half the kits I`ve started, which is much better than usual for me. The unfinished kits I have considered learning projects.
  3. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Yeah, you may be on to something. Perhaps I have stared myself blind on the 2D angles and not seen the curve? I have read that there are some niggling fit problems around the nacelles too, and as I have had my share of irritating busy work for now, I will put this project on the shelf for a while. I have many kits in my stash that whisper "build me... BUILD MEEEE!", so I may just pick something simple and enjoyable to build. The Airfix Sea Fury is simple and enjoyable, right?
  4. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    My primitive sprues does the same thing as your little tabs, but one would think the wing would fit even if I followed the instructions, hehe. I guess doing it your way would make it easier to have the lower wing parts fit, and easier to hide the problem with putty if they don`t.
  5. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    This kit is really testing me now. The slender fuselage of the Do-17 seems to be warped somehow, I just cannot get the wing to fit properly. I mean, it is not even close! The way ICM chose to do this, with a full upper wing mated to bottom wing halfs and a fuselage without any form of guides except a 0.5mm lip at the front and the rear, is just begging for trouble IMO. I tried glueing in some reinforcements from sprue, which helped a lot with keeping the bottom half of the wing aligned with the wing root: But still there are big gaps and lots of job with filler ahead of me, even if I could get the front part of the wing to align with the fuselage at the same time as the rear part: Note the lip at the front, getting it to stay in its place under the wing without another part of the assembly snapping out is almost impossible. Has anyone else built one of these kits and had the same problem?
  6. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Thank you. The real test comes with the work on the exterior though, how can I make an overall black aircraft look interesting? Time to try something new!
  7. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Of course. After I had bought what I hoped would be a fine reference book with pictures of the internals (Dornier Do 17/Do 215 (Monographs), and finding out it really wasn`t, and closing up the cockpit, I did a search for pictures of the lower gun position only to find this page: http://www.modellingnews.gr/el/νέα-μοντελισμού/airframe-detail-no-2-dornier-do17z-technical-guide-richard-franks It is from a book made to accompany the Airfix kit it seems, and loaded with pictures from the cockpit. Many of the pictures are reproduced in good quality in the pictures of the book in that link, so for those of you building a Do 17 Z I would recommend visiting the site and buying the "Dornier 17Z: A technical guide" book reviewed there. Ah, well.
  8. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Well, I told you this would take time... I have hated this kit for a while now, because I find it a bit frustrating to build due to the kit itself and a lack of useful reference photos for the Z10 cockpit (the few I`ve found makes me doubt the correctness of the ICM cockpit), combined with the general frustration that comes with photoetched micro parts. I also suspect there were some germs hidden inside the box that gave me the dumbs the moment I opened it, because I have done lots of totally idiotic mistakes which has forced me to redo things, and that has just made me stop working on it because this hobby is supposed to be fun! But after staring angry at it for a month, thinking I should bin it and build something easy by Tamiya or maybe the Eduard Spitfire to get my mojo back, I pulled myself together and soldiered on with the cockpit. The left hand side of the cockpit is pretty barren. I added some more realistic MG15 ammo containers to the back wall for detail, they should really be clipped to the top of the "shelf", but there is no way they will fit there since the kit back wall only vaguely resembles the real one. They are also taken from some resin MG15 kit I had lying around, since the kit ammo containers are just as overscale as the pilot seat is underscale. I built the little switchbox with two levers on the left and broke my finest drill bit trying to drill out a hole for the second lever that should be there, and decided after yelling and swearing that one lever was more than this kit deserved anyway. The right hand side is much more busy, I didn`t do anything but adding the prominent electric cables that runs there and the cable attached to the yoke. The seat snatched from the HS-126 fits fine and is a big improvement over the underscaled kit seat. Should have made a square opening for the seat belts in the back of the seat, but.. you know... scr*w that. I glued the fuselage together, and after test fitting the wings to the fuselage I can predict a lot of fiddling and filing to get a good fit here. Patience will be the key word. But overall the cockpit ended up OK. Not my finest work, but it`ll do as it does look pretty busy when it all came together., and there are no open windows there anyway.
  9. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Oh, by all means. You should use a sheet of thin plastic though. I used a bit thicker plastic taken from a blister pack, and while it gave the instruments a pleasant dept, it also made the panel thicker so I need to carve out a bit of plastic from the inside of the fuselage to make it fit now.
  10. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    My god, I see it has been nearly a month since I`ve posted an update here, but real life and a new job has taken its toll on me lately. I have done a lot of research online and it is very difficult to find good pictures of the Z10 cockpit, and my Monograph "Dornier Do-17/215" reference book wasn`t of any real help in the matter either. So when it comes to things like the breech of the MG 151 gun which likely protrudes into the cockpit, and other more obscure detail, I will just have to guess. But the book did have drawings with rivet plans, and that will come in handy if I dare to use this as my very first venturing into riveting. Which I most likely will, as I think the big wings and overall black colour of the aircraft makes for a pretty dull sight without the rivets. So little actual work has been done, other than gluing the cockpit parts and spraying them dark gray. I have to say the ICM instructions are just horrible for the cockpit area, and I have spent just as much time trying to find out where the parts actually go as I have spent on the carpet looking for the small parts of Eduard photo etch that got away from me. One thing that is clear is that the pilots seat is way too small, so I sourced a replacement seat from a stillborn 1/48 Henschel 126 project: As you can see, the original seat on the left looks like a baby car seat in comparison. Other than that, the rest of the cockpit is sprayed and awaiting the Eduard radio fronts and some amateurish attempt at wire detailing (another first for me!).
  11. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Not much work going on at the moment since I`m waiting for my reference book, but I do wonder about some parts of the ICM kit. According to Wikipedia, the Z-10 model had 4x MG17 and 2x MGFF cannons in the nose, while keeping the MG15 machine guns in the rear cockpit and ventral position. But Wikipedia sort of contradicts itself a few lines of text later: "When the Z-10 was stripped of all non-night fighter equipment, it had a maximum weight of 7,300 kg (16,100 lb). Armament fit was similar to that of the Z-7, with an added MG 17 and an additional 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the nose section. " So are there 2 variants of the Z-10 (3 if one include the lone radar equipped plane), with 4+1 and 4+2 gun noses? The ICM nose in the picture above has just 1 MGFF, and the instructions makes no mention of the ventral position MG15. I see the Revell 1/72 Z10, which is an ICM rebox, has the ventral gun position in the box picture at least. So what is the correct armament for a Z10 Kauz II?
  12. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Painted the instrument panel Vallejo RLM 66 and sandwiched a clear plastic sheet between the photo etched dials and the instrument panel proper, to simulate glass. I could never get clear gloss varnish to work properly, as fluid physics always pulls the varnish up around the edges and ruins the reflection. It looked OK, but never completely satisfying. The clear plastic is a marked improvement, as it reflects the light in the same way glass does, and the thickness gives the instruments a bit of depth too. Sorry for the somewhat grainy pics. Another pic from a slightly different angle shows the reflections better: I`ll clean up the edges and paint them RLM 66 too, and maybe I will add the more prominent switches and other stuff if I can be bothered. It is hard to see that after the canopy has been glued on anyway.
  13. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Yep, that has been my way of doing it too. But I like how the pixellation makes the radio fronts look like they are hammer painted, and that is a way lots of old industrial/electrical equipment was painted, at least here in Norway. So I`ll keep`em that way, and just mix up some paint to match the colour.
  14. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Very interesting, I will read up on that discussion! But my problem still remains, as the instrument panel is a noticeably darker grey that the radio fronts. But anyho, I will paint the cockpit in an uniform colour that is as close to RLM 66 as I can get.
  15. Eivind Lunde

    A near sighted pencil in the dark

    Yes. It is a high quality kit, and while it may be a bit fiddly to glue the fuselage halves around the cockpit, that is more Dorniers fault than ICMs.
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