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Jon020

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  1. I've completed the main body coat in polished aluminium. Used Alclad II paints for the first time; this project is really just a test piece and the results show up all the imperfections I've introduced (unfortunately) but as I said, it's a test piece. Several coats were given with a pair of my airbrushes ( I had to disassemble the air piston to clean it on my older one as air wasn't shutting off.... seems ok now) and the finish isn't perfect, but it'll suffice for now. Flying surfaces were previously painted aluminium then masked. All done ok. No problems with masking although I don't hold with spraying over a gloss primer... the top coat needs to key into something... so a slightly polished up primer filler sufficed. Plenty bod blemishes but I'm not looking to represent a new machine. Whilst this is fully hardening, I set about some of the other bits... gear, wheels, prop, engine, etc... and here's my attempt at doing something with the kit engine, based on colour photos I have of a R1340 in a Harvard IIB. The bolt head detail on the gearbox cover was simply the grey paint scrubbed with the tip of tweezers before fully dry, showing the Alclad underneath. Again... it'll do. I'll shade some bits further once all is dry. Colours are humbrol enamels. Again... Not perfect, but it'll do for now. Cheers Jonathan
  2. A little more progress. I dropped the elevators a little (completely cut off with a sharp blade, nose profile filed/sanded and slight hollow filed out of stab trailing edge) and then glued back on slightly lowered... in the ground locked position. A stretched sprue piece added for an aerial on the spine and a couple of coats of Alclad II filler primer added and sanded down. Alclad II aluminium sprayed on to flying control surfaces, which were then masked (I also sprayed inside the wheel wells, the legs and tail wheel) oh, and the accessories compartment cover (no, I don't know why.... I had paint to use and practice). These are now all masked ready to apply a few coats of polished aluminium (Alclad II) to the rest. Authentic? Probably not, but it's a practice piece. This evening I noticed that my model lacked a pitot probe... checked instructions but looks like one is fitted to the wing piece... but wasn't in mine... or it broke and I forgot. Decided that I couldn't leave one out as it's quite prominent on the starboard wing. New one made using 0.6mm brass wire and a piece of brass etch fret, soldered together and then cut and shaped with file and paper; 0.6mm hole drilled in leading edge and all glued in. A little primer over this will provide a base for the polished aluminium paint to go on the aircraft next. Anyway.... that's all for now. Thanks for reading Jonathan
  3. A little more progress. I dropped the elevators a little (completely cut off with a sharp blade, nose profile filed/sanded and slight hollow filed out of stab trailing edge) and then glued back on slightly lowered... in the ground locked position. A stretched sprue piece added for an aerial on the spine and a couple of coats of Alclad II filler primer added and sanded down. Alclad II aluminium sprayed on to flying control surfaces, which were then masked (I also sprayed inside the wheel wells, the legs and tail wheel) oh, and the accessories compartment cover (no, I don't know why.... I had paint to use and practice). These are now all masked ready to apply a few coats of polished aluminium (Alclad II) to the rest. Authentic? Probably not, but it's a practice piece. This evening I noticed that my model lacked a pitot probe... checked instructions but looks like one is fitted to the wing piece... but wasn't in mine... or it broke and I forgot. Decided that I couldn't leave one out as it's quite prominent on the starboard wing. New one made using 0.6mm brass wire and a piece of brass etch fret, soldered together and then cut and shaped with file and paper; 0.6mm hole drilled in leading edge and all glued in. A little primer over this will provide a base for the polished aluminium paint to go on the aircraft next. Anyway.... that's all for now. Thanks for reading Jonathan
  4. Time for a minor update with masking complete and a little filling having been applied to the tailplane where the horizontal stab meets the fuselage.... and a little rivet lining went in too. The wing leading edge landing lights needed fitting and yes, their fit is rubbish. I glued them in nevertheless and then set about sanding them to shape. Starting with some 200 grade paper - then 400. Once the shape was ok, I set about refining the paper grade until they were being polished. So, I used 1000, then onto micromesh 3600, 6000 and then 12000... which seemed to work out ok. These too are masked now and as soon as the gale that's blowing outside eases (in a day or so) I'll take the opportunity to open the window and poke the spray booth hose out - and get some green on over the canopy and then some primer - and then we'll see how poor the finish and fit is. Oh yes, the other item i added was the cabin exhaust heater outlet - that's visble in some photos I have - just aft of where the warm air enters. A hole drilled in the fuse with a short piece of plastic rod (that itself was drilled out) to represent the outlet will do at this scale. Still lacking any decals so nothing on chosen aircraft. For decals, I continue to search, but there's little about so I might just have to make some up. Landing light fitted and filed to shape: Landing light - sanded by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr ... and polished Landing light - polished by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Tailplane filler sanded and ready for paint - topside Ready for paint - topside by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr and underneath Ready for paint - underside by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr that exhaust port - and a stick to hold the model with whilst being painted Ready for paint - note cabin head exhaust by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Thanks for following and comments - as always Jonathan
  5. Hi Martin. It came back to the UK, last year I think.... or 2018, and now looks like this in yellow. Interesting to hear of your association though. Thanks
  6. And so, with the canopy fitted and sealed, the task of masking begins. Tamiya thin tape cut into thin strips (very thin on windscreen) place around and windscreen a with maskol. Might take some time this!
  7. I've been dabbling with the canopy options. I acquired the CMR canopy and the Falcon set. I wasn't overly impressed with the CMR one as it was quite large; I couldn't see how to make it fit. So I took a look at the falcon ones... and went for the IIB canopy that needed the rear deck removing. I wish I'd done this before assembly, but lesson learned. A thin saw blade and careful sanding after achieved the results wanted. Looking a little rough here though. The falcon vac-formed canopy was tidied and test fitted on several occasions until I was happy enough! I added some additional interior decking and some microstrip to reinforce the attachment. Seen here with the three canopies.... Falcon, Heller original and CMR... Hopefully after a little tidying. It'll come together. I'll change the title of this thread now that this will be a IIB ... although that means I still need to source decals, and they're hard to come by. Something like G-BDAM or G-CIUW would be my aim. Cheers Jonathan
  8. A quick pre Christmas update, having spent a little time the last couple of days on this. Body assembled with wings, some filler and smoothed. Wing needed some repairs underneath (central flap) after the thin glue melted the join to the fuselage but this should do. Cockpit roll over frame added and upper plate added. Rubber frame around front cockpit coaming (microstrip) all painted black after filing/sanding down... and small rod piece used to represent compass on coaming. Prop hub detail added... core drilled out and small rod added to represent hex bolt head... counterweight pieces made from slithers stretched sprue... and thinner stretched sprue for hub clamp bolts. I've a resin exhaust heat shroud that will take some fettling (including the fuselage). Tailplane just pushed in... not glued, cowling taped on just for a trial fit. Undercarriage bays were a little sloppy so I filled these with strips of plastic card and strip and a few rib ends per photos of G-CIUW. Not too detailed and may add a few wires, but it'll do for now. Jonathan
  9. Thanks Wm.... I took a look at the RES-IM site and like the stuff they have but couldn't find the T6 bits, but I'll bookmark the site for the future. I've got the falcon set now so this will now probably be a IIB. Cheers Jonathan
  10. A little progress.... interior has received some paint, a mix of humbrol enamel shades. Nothing too detailed, but enough for some texture given that the heavily framed canopy will be closed. seat belts are thin strips of tamiya masking tape (not totally accurate, but will probably do for this one. Cockpit ready to enclose. Rearward view by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Cockpit ready to enclose. Forward view by Jonathan Hughes, on Flickr Fuselage is now assembled and some filler has been applied... The wings are on too - and the same here. Once it's all "set" I'll post some more pics. I bought a resin replacement engine ... but having fettled it, I found its too big to fit in the cowling. So I'll probably stick with the fit one and add some detail to the HS prop hub... and save the R1340 for another day Jonathan
  11. There wasn't a back up aircraft; pictures that appeared previously were I think photoshopped. Or did they briefly paint BRSF in silver? But, only G-IRTY was equipped for the trip.
  12. Not sure what happened to my post. I'll try to remember what I wrote. It's wonderful to see this subject bring modelled.... I just bought a profipack Mk9 thinking I'd create my own, in 1:72 (as my preferred scale) but I'm not sure as the cockpit panel would need tweaking to accommodate the dual Garmin G5s and GPS in the centre... the intercom/VHF and the fuel flowmeter that were squeezed in. The rear tank is the one for the low back MkXVI which is why it doesn't fill the entire rear space that the one for the high back aircraft would have done. It's what was available. It's split top and bottom, 33 gal each. The fuselages polished finish, especially on the patina of the original skins I think is so much more interesting than a polished smooth new skin... it shows its history. The wings had my fingers prints on them... but only before it flew. Great that it's succeeded it it's trip. Restored by an incredibly professional team of experts and flown on its adventure by some strong and brave individuals. All worthy of praise. Your model is lovely... I can't wait to see it completed. I'll have to get some transfers and see what I can sort myself. Thanks for sharing your superb work. Jonathan
  13. Just when I thought that I'd basically got to grips with T6/Harvard variations.... I'd not noticed the canopy length differences, but I think I know what you mean. The number of frames is an easy tell tale that's clear but I'll look again. Making this as a IIB would be nice as I've cleared two of these giving me more choice of subject. It's bad enough trying to deal with NA built versions under FAA A-2-575, Canadian Car Foundry 2 and 4 aircraft under TCCA A-80 and the noorduyn licence built AT16 as IIB aircraft that straddle A-2-575 and A-80 limitations... some with the exhaust cabin heater and some without. Yup.... it's a minefield. Anyway. I'll take a look at the replacement canopies (thanks) and exhaust heater. A little progress has been achieved after I removed the extreme raised panel lines in the wings and rescribed... but I've left the fuselage panel lines after checking photos that confirm the extreme degree of round head rivetting that this can represent. The cockpit has been detailed a little and I've drilled-out shallow holes for the fuel tank filling points in the upper wings, with plastic rod pieces to represent the filler caps... cockpit details still a WIP but mostly evergreen strip and plasticard. Seatbelt will go on at the end. I'll not do much more as the canopy will be closed. Thanks for the continued information... and I'll keep progress posted. Thanks.... Jonathan
  14. Thanks all.... yup, it happens. To me anyway Anyway, after a little cussing I managed to get the mirrors resoldered to a new frame, which fits in the glazing ok. Will prime, paint, trim and fit this sometime after the next few days away. Hopefully I'll not break this one Cheers Jonathan
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