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  1. Looking real nice Moa! I can definitely relate to this build as I have a civilian Oxford under way (ZK-APX). Although I suspect my starting point is a whole lot easier (Special Hobby 48).
  2. Definitely on the home stretch now. Mastered up the decals (MS Powerpoint and colour laser printer on clear decal) - and filled up the sheet with various other projects I have on the go (VH-SMF is just top left hand side). You might recognise I have a bit of an Aussie cropdusting theme going on... Model cleared off and decals applied (still to clear coat etc). U/C fitted (main is cantilevered engineering but actually strong even in model form). Next steps - a few touchups here and there, props, u/c doors, wheels, aerials, lights, a touch of wash through the panel lines, a little bit of weathering (not much). Suspect this is the last post in thread - next will be Ready for Inspection! Thanks for tagging along
  3. I know this is very late in the thread. I have started one of these Mach 2 Viscounts. And bizarre as it may sound. I am convinced the wings are mastered "upside down"? Somehow in the mastering process - someone has moulded the undercarriage recesses in the TOP of the wing? Obviously you would build the model with U/C pointing to the ground - but the result for this kit is that the top of the wing appears flat and un-aerodynamic?? Surface details are beautifully engraved - but to compound the error, top surface is engraved on the bottom and bottom surface is engraved on top? I know it sounds ridiculous, but for anyone with one of these in their stash - check it out? Just look at the cross-section at the wing root and see what you think?? Can post pics if you think I am crazy.... I THINK this might be the unspottable thing that @Wallyinoz is spotting? I love Mach 2 kits - they're such offbeat subjects, and just a tad demanding in the basic construction department. Helluva job to fix. New scratchbuilt wings - with wheel wells and engine nacelles transplanted from originals ???
  4. Masking for the Red under way. Talk about complicated! But getting there. Tamiya is doing very well out of the masking tape usage and the red is on (and first bit of masking removed just to check it 'worked'. The red is a 5:1 mix of Tamiya Acrylic Red XF7: Green X25 (that's how you get a maroon). And masking mostly removed. Pretty pleased with this - a few touch ups required from a bit of overspray (undermask). I need to put undercarriage on before removing the outer wing masks. And want to spray with either Future or Tamiya Semi-gloss clear acrylic - it's waaaay too matt at the moment before removing the canopy masks. Anyone any thoughts on Future vs Tamiya SG Clear - I have never sprayed Future before.... Not too long now!!!
  5. Coming along steadily - canopy masking going on. And front landing light going in (oversized clear styrene to be sanded down and polished clear again). I do like that Hasegawa stainless cutting template. Wingtip nav lights also done with the clear styrene treatment.,,, and shoot grey primer, white primer, and Tamiya acrylic flat white (covers better than gloss - will Future it later). Temporary styrene sprue landing gear whilst painting!! It's still winter in Sydney today - so had to paint in 20 celsius. Seems to have gone OK though - just leaving it under a desk lamp for a few hours though to go off... Next steps - masking for red trim and stripes. U/C is mostly sorted - lots of cantilevering going on. Feeling like this is on the home stretch now.
  6. Some more progress. Engine pods are now on, tailplane fixed and the front fuse sub-assembly now joined on Here she is straight after the front fuse sub-assembly has been glued on (and set) And after apply a single application of Milliput, sanding back and applying Grey primer to see what we have. Happy with this - needs another coat of putty then onto panel lines etc. The cockpit glass continues to be masked off until I'm ready for the more final coats. Cockpit framing is just roughed in so make sure we're on the right track From here, the undercarriage is going to be the next big thing - oh and then the paint = lots of masking then lot's of white, then lots more masking, then plenty of red.. This is the intended scheme - VH-SMF operated by the Snowy Mountains Authority ('the' Hydro Project) in early 1960's Australia (Photo: Chris O'Neil Collection via Geoff Goodall)
  7. Coming along. In the interlude, I have finished detailing the cockpit (9 pax layout!) and now have the front cockpit 'pod' glued together. Below is the basic top section clear glued to bottom section styrene - with very first coat of Milliput over the joint. Below shows the front cockpit pod tacked onto the fuse/wings section. Engine pods are not quite trimmed to size and just sitting on the wings to show effect. Ditto tailplane is just sitting in position... And same again from different angle. Engine pods still to be trimmed and fitted - and front and rear opened up etc etc. Phew - lot's to do!!
  8. Hi Moa - no coincidence. Your PL.7 of 10+yrs ago inspired my 1:48 PL.7. Which led to the PL.11 1:48 scratchbuild. Plans are derived from some very rough plans on a PL.11 video - and some fine tuning vs photos and from the build itself. PM me and I will provide (they'll be part of an Australian Plastic Modellers Association (APMA) build article imminently). Cheers!
  9. Only achievable due to picking up some really large LEGO base plates at a garage/yard sale many moons ago! If only LEGO knew the market potential - we'd be seeing 'modelmakers packs' in amongst the Star Wars and other themed packs!
  10. A bit of progress since last post. Fin is now affixed. Main wheel wells are in progress (can't finish till the wings are on given the wheel wells are embedded between the fuse and wing joint - yikes!). Here's the rear fuse vs front fuse sections with the wheel wells under way And a bit of detail showing what is going on around the wheel wells (looks a bit ugly before a coat of grey primer...). The scrap styrene at the base of the fuselage is defining the horizontal plane - with so many curves going on I needed something to make sure the respective wings weren't skew-if. The hole just in front of the wheel wells is for the wing spar (no way am I doing a butt join for this wing-fuse connection) And here it is in the Lego jig. I LOVE lego - the jig allows me to keep the trailing edge 100% straight, and keeps Dianne Hedral in her place - and keep the fuselage true in most dimensions And almost ready for glueing. Preliminary scribing of wing panels sorted. Rear empennage just sitting in place (and not squared up yet) - it all looks a bit rough and ready (photos are not kind!) - but very happy with the way this is coming together. Next steps. Not relishing the engine pods. They'll require vacforming - and the L vs R master is not interchangable... Maybe I'll focus on the front fuselage 'pod' to at least get a Piaggio glider !!
  11. Spent a day in the cockpit.... The 'glassed section' of the fuselage is effectively a separate pod. I'm going to cut off the rear fuse (you can sort of see the vertical cut line in the foreground assembly? So I've elected to use the sacrificial styrene moulded front fuse section as the basis for the INNER cabin surfaces - a bit of cutting out involved with assistance from drills and cutting wheel... this will all make sense after this photo.... (I think!). Cutouts look a bit rough - but this is straight after popping out the openings... So the cabin sides from the above fettling are now cut-out and inserted inside the pre-existing cockpit 'pod'. Oh, and an extra bulkhead.... this pod will be biologically sealed from the rear fuse section - to make sure there are no loose styrene shavings flying around the cabin... Still some cleaning up to do - but here's what it looks like with the clear section loosely sitting on top.... This big plus of this approach is that the join-line of upper clear section against lower styrene section will not be internally visible if peering thru the windows. And I am getting the right scale thickness of the fuselage (and I can dress up the internal window surrounds etc without having to worry about masking etc. And now pushing ahead with the interior - instrument panel etc....
  12. Time to gull the wings. Cut out some wedges from the formed wing - and string them on a cut to size spar to ensure correct di-an-hedral. A bit of glue and let them set before trimming/smoothing (upper wing surface entirely covered by engine nacelle in due course) Repeat for the other wing and very happy with the result (yes they need cleaning up - but exactly what I was hoping for). In the background is the front cabin section being built up with floor, nose wheel well, bulkheads and lead weight. The entire upper section of front fuse will be clear - obviously masked off and painted. This approach does make detailing of cockpit/cabin so much easier than the 'ship in bottle' approach. . Still working out approach to attach wings (at least there is a spar) and deal with the pesky main wheel wells
  13. A busy day of moulding on the 1/48 Piaggio P.166 scrtchbuild. Two fuselage halves first - plunge moulded in 30thou. Cut them out using a 12V power tool with cutting wheel and trim them up - pretty happy with the way they turned out when shape compared vs original plug - not 100% on fuselage underside but that fits OK with planning. And obviously there's no clear bits at this stage.. Because I've cut the master around the rear bulkhead of cockpit so I can VACform a canopy. Using a home made vacform (too 20 minutes to make) and the vacuum cleaner (that's the purple nozzle from the vacuum cleaner). And here's all the bits I need for the basic airframe (but lots of other bits too). More later!
  14. Calling it done! Guess that means I have to post it in RFI?? (sorry, I'm a bit new here). Hang on - I need some exhaust stains. Not quite RFI!! But these pix will give you the idea.... Here's the now completed line up of the 3 generations of Pellarini's cropdusters. PL.7 1956 PL.11 1960 PL.12 1965 All in 1:48. All Scratchbuilt.
  15. On the home stretch now.... Decals applied (still to clear coat) - and plenty of detail items to add. Decals have been laser printed (after a bit of fettling with MS Powerpoint!) Pretty happy with the way this is coming together.
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