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Pete in a shed

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  1. Really nice, very sharp with the sharks mouth on the nose. It looks like the decal conformed well to the contours under the nose. Ive used some Begemot decals that are a bit reluctant to settle down round irregular shapes! Pete
  2. Nicely done. Interesting out of the ordinary subject. Pete
  3. Great build, thats a very nice looking Hunter. The stripy rear end certainly draws the eye! Pete
  4. Very nice indeed. I think you need to have it in a diorama with smoke, fire and mayhem for maximum visual impact though. Pete
  5. Excellent job! I have built a lot of Amodel kits so know the difficulties involved in making them. And it's in the scheme I'm doing at the moment on the Roden 1/72 C123 so nice to see one made up, albeit smaller. I'll be well pleased if it turns out as well as this little gem. Very interesting narrative too. Pete
  6. Very nice indeed. I've not seen this scheme before and really like the way the black is extended up to the cheat line. Pete
  7. Fantastic work, You have really captured the used and business like appearance of the B26K perfectly. Pete
  8. Thanks. I agree, they looked a bit monotone so the gearboxes are now grey. photo to follow.
  9. Start making subtle hints (or even blatent) to relatives about what you would like for Christmas or Birthday. Thats what I do.
  10. Thanks Martin. There are at least four different options to choose from if you do decide to hunt one down, The lumpy bumpy black spot version looks to be an interesting build, I may have a go at that myself as I am thoroughly enjoying making this one. If only the Caracal sheet was still available, there are some great schemes on it. Pete
  11. Thanks Adrian. Alas, if the model were ever to be displayed at a show, to see the 3rd chair people would have to have their face pressed to the display base! So like so much of the extra detailing that we all do , I don't think it will be seen apart from on these pages. Good fun to do though! A little bit more done over the weekend. The engines were assembled and mounted on the wings. As can be seen the engines are comprised of quite a few parts. The cylinders (Parts 8F and 11F) had very prominent mould marks which had to be removed with a sharp scalpel before they would go together. Here's the spru with all the parts for the un assembled engine along with a completed item. Once the parts were cleaned up they went together very well, which goes for everything in the kit assembly so far. The engines were painted in a mixture of black and silver, then highlighted with Tamiya sand and silver weathering powders. There is a definate sandy hue to them which doesnt show in the photos unfortunately. Here the cowlings and nacelles have been assembled and stuck to the wings. A slight problem here was the engines had very little to mount to in the cowlings. Picture 17 in the instructions shows part 10F fitting against the rear of the cooling vanes slot, but in fact there is only a few thou for glue to bond with and the assembly kept falling through the cowling before it could support itself. It was fiddly but they stuck in the end. I've left the cooling vanes off as I will cut them into three parts and have them in the open position. The cowlings were then attatched to the nacelles which were already glued to the wings. Only a little filler was required as again the fit was pretty good. While waiting for things to dry the external tanks were assembled. Just two halves each. The next stage will be wings on. More soon Pete
  12. A little more progress, its summer, you know how it is! Following on from above the interior parts have been fitted and glued in place. I found the easiest way to do this was to tack each piece in place using super glue and close the two fuselage halves together to ensure a good fit. Any necessary adjustment was carried on that part, then the process was repeated until all the interior parts were in place. The rear ramp doors and the air conditioning pipework (I think) were left for fitting after the fuselage halves were together. Here it is, the halves together with one of the doors and pipework installed. The join line has been filled with milliput and is awaiting rubbing down. While waiting for the milliput to dry I assembled the wings and tailplanes, which consisted of two halves each assemby, so no dramas there. Looking through to the cockpit, the pipe work installed. Filler sanded down. Just the canopy to fit and the fuselage is pretty well done. While this was going on I thought I would build a representation of the third crewmans position. This was to be a seat and work table. So I set to and with plastic and brass and fashioned these. And painted up, seat straps to add. As I was quite pleased with them I thought I would fit them. At this advanced stage of construction I was left with a bit of a ship in a bottle conundrum which was resolved by sticking the items to long pieces of rod, inserting them through the back end and then securing them in place with super glue passed through the open crew access door. After many wobbly attempts they they ended up in the right place. Dont ask why I didnt fit them before joining the fuselage halves, no really, dont ask! Once the canopy is in place they are not going to be visable much so here they are installed. With that done I decided that was enough scratch building for one day and moved onto the wings. I added 'Little Lenses' to the landing light recesses in the front of the wings, added the transparrent covers and filled with perfect plastic putty. Just the job for this kind of filling as you put it on and then immediatly wipe the excess off leaving the gaps filled. No rubbing down necessary. Wings and engines on next. Till the next time
  13. That is a very attractive scheme beautifully re-created. Lovely work Odokan. Pete
  14. Wonderful build and paint finish. Very interesting historical write up as well. Thanks. Pete
  15. Just what I like, An unusual subject and marking scheme made to perfection. Lovely. Pete
  16. Great job! Nice different paint scheme. Pete
  17. Really nice work, the prop swirls are particularly well done. Everyone is enthusing about these AK laquers, I think I shall have a go with them. Do they need glossing up before decaling? Pete
  18. Thanks Alex. I have found out how the para doors sit in the open positions. They swing inboard and are latched back, the crew access door at the front swings outboard. Oh my goodness you could really go to town on the interior with the wealth of photos on the internet. I've also found a photo of the third crewmans seat. It seems it was an electronics operators position and the occupant spent his time swinging back and forth between the avionics position and the entrance to the cockpit. There are several pictures of it, this one shows it well. I think I will attempt to build one but that will be the extent of the interior detailing I will run to/ be capable of. https://amcmuseum.org/at-the-museum/aircraft/c-123k-provider/
  19. Thanks Alex. The kit instructions have you fit everything into the fuselage sides and then join them together. I did a test fit without the wheels fitted onto the legs but found I couldn't then fit them in the installed U/C bays from the outside without the likelyhood of snapping the axles off.. So Ill just have to be very careful while handling the assembled fuselage when adding the other major components. Yes the ramp doors operate as on most cargo aircraft in that the most rearward half moves up into the roof area with the other part coming down to act as the ramp. Its the (I shall use the description "Para Doors") that I'm not sure of. I have cut them from the fuselage sides to display open. They are moulded just like a normal door, hinges and a handle. I must see if there are any pictures showing them in the open position on the internet!.
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