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  1. John Thompson is correct. Here's the link to a discussion at 72nd Aircraft. Hasegawa canopy. The two horizontal stiffeners aft of the panel with the handle are internal. Here's some examples. The older B-25B had the same construction. Don P.S. - The top of the rarely seen "coffin" seat is visible in Wolf Bait.
  2. Thanks to all for the compliments. So nice to have this project done and put away. I'm easily distracted. A simple task like masking and painting a canopy or fixing self-induced messes can cause me to put aside a model. So easy just to move on to another project and repeat the process. The red circles on the model are probably locations of damage from AAA. Don
  3. Hello fellow Hellcat enthusiasts, My entry was intended to be a BPF Hellcat II that was one of my abandoned projects. After looking over this model, so little needed to be done. I've changed tack and pulled another Hellcat from the pile, the 1/72 Eduard F6F-5. Here's the aircraft that I plan to model. Aboard the USS Randolph, the aircraft was involved in a spectacular landing incident. 59 burns on landing. Fundekals produced a set of decals for this F6F-5. To use some of my collection of aftermarket items, here's what I plan to use. To begin, I wanted to make a change to the grin. The only requirement was to have the modified cowl ring fit the kit aft cowling without modification. No rebuilding the kit cowling or fuselage. Here's the start. Modified part fitted to the aft cowlings. Stock parts on the left. More to come. Don
  4. Hi Simon, The upper turret is a gem. Thanks for showing how you solved the ammo feed for the guns. Pictures saved for my future projects. Don
  5. Keeping up the momentum, this project finally is complete after many years of neglect. The model needed silver paint touch-up, repairs for broken horizontal stabilizers and other broken parts, removal of the adhesive residue from the canopy and many small kit parts added. And of course, all of this after the decals had been applied years ago. This OOB model will look fine lurking in the back of the display case. This model was begun was an easy, quick project. Soon as construction began, I did not like the engine cowl flaps and keel. Scrap kit with original keel. So, I could not help myself. Long ago, the model went in for surgery to fix the keel and the cowl flaps. After recovery, the kit was set aside and resided in a box for many years. Apologies for the blurry image below. Back to project #2, the Hellcat. Then on to abandoned project #4, a 1/72 Me-109G-10, the Hawkeye Designs resin kit. Don
  6. @Grey Beema Thank you for taking the time to respond. I appreciate the information and kind corrections. The model was painted and decals applied 15 or 16 years ago. I used the information that was available to me at the time. Hard for me to explain why I did little with the incomplete model for all those years. Now, I just want this model completed, in my display case, blemishes, wrong markings and all. Then, move on to another of my 50+ abandoned projects. Not likely that I will build another 1/48 Hellcat. Any new Hellcat projects will be 1/72, maybe X119. Don
  7. After looking at the decals and surface finish of the model, I remembered why I had abandoned this project. A curious white material appeared in the panel lines around some of the decals. This white also appeared on the surface near some of the decals. Fungus? Crystallization of something related to the decals? The white material could be scrapped off, causing damage to the paint. For me, there were three solutions. First, try to remove the affected decals, repaint, reapply decals, repaint. Second, paint over the white material with GSB paint. Third, strip the model back to bare plastic and try again or change subject. All would require significant rework and effort. So, I moved on to other models. Discarding the kit was not considered, given the time and effort spent to convert and add to the model . Well, I could have just left it as is and finished it. This was also not an option for me. Here's examples of the white material: My decision to paint over the white material with GSB paint required masking around the decals and much touch-up painting. A couple of hours of tedium resulted. The painting and masking of the canopy was terrible. And the internal over-spray. Shameful. After painting, the masking tape stayed on the vac-formed canopy for years before removal. Cleaned, tape residue and over-spray removed. Repainted. Better. Usable after a little clean up. I checked the windscreen to see if touch up was required. Looked okay. The plexiglass insert in the kit windscreen has survived. It needs some dust removal. After the touch-up paint has cured for a few days, varnish will be applied. Hopefully the touched up areas will blend in. The last major hurdle is the R-2800. Adding ignition wires is the next task. 36 little solder wires. Oh joy. Don
  8. Thank everyone for their kind words. The model looks okay as long as you don't look too close. I spent a few hours with airbrush and stencils cut from 3M Safe-Release Masking Tape #2070 to paint around the decals. All the time praying that a decal would not be lifted. I did as much as I dared. These are some of the scraps still on my paint bench.
  9. @Abandoned Project Thank you for the kindness. And you're not released just yet. I posted my next project in the WIP. A 1/48 BPF Hellcat conversion. This one is really old. Don
  10. Keeping with my resolution to finish, or dispose of, my abandoned projects, this conversion of a 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3 into a BPF Hellcat II is next in the queue. My first completion, a 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Razorback is posted in the Ready for Inspection forum. This Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-3 was a storage queen. This kit was started around 2004. I cannot remember why I shelved the partially built model for all these years. The model and parts were eventually boxed up and survived a number of moves and long term storage. Thank you for taking the time to look. Updates soon! Don
  11. This Tamiya 1/48 P-47D was a storage queen. Construction of this kit began more than 10 years ago. Soon after starting, I broke off the tail wheel, lower fuel tank and sway braces. Silvering affected many of the decals, especially the national insignia. Unhappy with the results, I shelved the partially built model for many years. I could not get motivated enough to fix the broken sway braces, strip off the decals and reapply them. This project survived the cut when I disposed of most of my model collection years ago. The model and parts were eventually boxed up and survived a number of moves and long term storage. Recently, I resolved to finish or dispose of my collection of started and abandoned projects, starting with those nearest to completion. This OOB P-47D was first in the queue with what I thought would be the least effort to finish. After a few hours of tedious masking and painting, most of the silvering was gone. Some remained, but I no longer had the will to do more. The sway braces were fabricated and the fuel tank replaced. The cockpit canopy was masked and painted. After some touch-up painting and an application of matte varnish, the model was done. Looks good from a few feet away. A model for our current personal standoff distance. Thank you for taking the time to look. Now on to the older 1/48 Hellcat II project! Don
  12. Fascinating double build thus far. I'm eager to see how you will detail the upper turret. For your recognition lights, here they are. The amber light has a lens with an orange appearance*. And green light apears as blue, a very dark lens. When illuminated this dark lens appears green. Don * Edit to change name from ID to recognition lights and description of amber light.
  13. Thanks Col. My contribution will be a Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-3 converted into a BPF Hellcat II.
  14. @TonyW Wow! What a great collection. All original issue? I remember those bottles of Testor's paint and Pactra spray paint.
  15. I've been working to reduce my accumulated stack of long abandoned kits. Amongst them is a 1/48 Hasegawa F6F-3 that I started around 2003 or 2004. Progress photographs of the conversion of this kit into a Hellcat II were taken at that time. After painting and some other work that I did not photograph, the project was shelved for reasons that I can no longer remember. The project was boxed up and put into storage for at least 7 - 8 years. I just got around to opening the box to check on the condition of the almost finished model. More work is necessary for completion. If this project qualifies for this GB, count me in. I need the motivation. Don
  16. @Ratch Yes. A history of Hawk Weirdo's & Surfers
  17. @f111guru @Bertie Psmith Thank you for the kind words. This was a project unrelated to my usual aircraft subjects and presented me with challenges. Perhaps I won't complain if volunteered to build the beach bunny. Don
  18. @Simon Sorry that my response caused you to regroup and rework your kit. The over painted stripes look very realistic. Wonderful work thus far, particularly fitting the new lower turret. Externally, the early B-25C's differed little from the B-25B. A larger pilot's escape hatch and the removal of the heat exchanger in the left exhaust collector being the principal changes for us model builders. The easiest path to an early B-25C (no block number, thus no dash) is to use the Airfix B-25B A06020 with cockpit canopy part G-8 from the Airfix B-25C/D A06015. Using part G-6, the B-25C/D kit could be used to build option "B" from the kit or similar. Or the horizontal frames could be removed from the windscreen of part G-6 and used for option "A" or another such. Alas, FL-210 needs the nacelles with the later exhausts. Hope you find someone with spares from tree "E". Don
  19. Hi Mark, @lasermonkey I agree with you. The .50's in the Airfix B-17G look like they were stretched, especially part F12. Part F9 is the best. So using the Quickboost barrels may improve the look of the gun. Or you could chop them up to shorten them up a bit before adding the barreIs. If you want to check dimensions, this may help: Barrel length* (as measured from the front of the receiver assembly to the muzzle) - ~30.5" or 0.42" in 1/72. Receiver length - ~0.32" 1/72 Receiver depth (at rear) - ~0.076" 1/72 Barrel jacket OD - ~1.8" or 0.025" in 1/72 Overall length (from the end of the back plate group to muzzle) - ~57" (0.79" 1/72) * The measurement includes the installation of a trunnion adapter or the Edgewater recoil adapter. The recoil adapter is the large diameter cylinder molded at the base of the barrel jacket. Except Part 12, the cans represent the gun mounts. Sources - measurements and manuals for Browning Machine Gun, Caliber .50, M2, Aircraft Basic. Don P.S. - The .50's in the Airfix B-25 kits are much better.
  20. Yes. Here's the drawing from the Consolidated Service and Instruction Manual B-24D Airplane:
  21. Hi Simon, Very impressive work thus far. I'm watching your progress with much interest as I've got an Airfix B-25B and an early B-25C on my project list. Thank you for pointing out the fit problems and fixes. You've devoted much time and effort to incorporate many details into your model. Below, I'll provide a few other details that may be of interest. You stated in response to a query about the upper turrets: "I'm doing it as Mitchell II FL-210 EV-T, and I'm 95% certain this is a photo of this aircraft: I've got a higher res image, and it seems to be FL-21* (with hyphen) and FL-210 was EV-T in June 1944. According to Joe Baugher's website this was B-25C 41-12718." If true that this aircraft was 41-12718, the configuration of the aircraft as photographed is an interesting example of an older aircraft that survived long enough to be upgraded. The aircraft would have been part of the first B-25C (no block number) production. These aircraft were very closely related to the earlier B-25B. EV-T, as photographed, has had the original exhaust collectors removed and replaced with the individual Clayton "S" stacks. And a turret upgrade to the improved Bendix Type A appears to have been made as well. Assuming that other parts of the original airframe and armament were unchanged from the early B-25C configuration, the rear fuselage would have the same configuration as the B-25B. Here's the right side of an early B-25C: And the left side had the lower windows like the B-25B. Airfix provided new clear parts for both sides in their B-25B kit: According to the IPC, all B-25C (no block number) had this window configuration. B-25C-1 and subs. had the windows as provided in the B-25C/D kit. The larger fuel capacity was not incorporated until 41-12817. Fill in the outboard fuel tank cap, the one outboard of the engine nacelles. Here's an armament diagram for the the B-25C/D: And the catalog cut: The photograph of EV-T does not show enough to determine if the .30 caliber "pea shooter" was removed and replaced with the .50 cal. MG, but the ports for the .30 cal. MG are visible in the side and bottom windows of the bombardier compartment. If you need the catalog cut for the .50 MG installation, let me know. If you build the model with the rear crew hatch open, the full frame armored bulkhead just aft of the upper turret is clearly visible. The bulkhead had a door in it that opened towards the rear of the aircraft. Armor plate was added behind the pilot's seats and the riding seat for the bombardier. Maybe you can sneak the plates behind the seats, if you haven't already added them. And here's another drawing showing the recognition lights under the forward fuselage. Take care not to place the forward one in the nose gear door, normally closed when gear extended. Hopefully, the info above is not a repeat of what you already have. And if EV-T is not 41-12718 or an example of a very early production B-25C, then perhaps the above will be useful for another project. Looking forward to your next installment. Don
  22. Thanks for the comments. I grinned all the way through this project. So nice to do whatever I wanted during building and painting. I had not built one of these kits since I was a young teen. It brought back memories of Revell tube glue and the smell of Testor's paint in those tiny bottles. Don
  23. Building and painting this caricature of my surfer friend, SA, was a fun project. Nice to have fun back while modelling. The model is based upon the Hawks Classics Silly Surfers Hot Dogger Hangin' Ten. The details of the project can be found in the Figures WIP. The crab was painted to represent the Giant Samoan Crab. The bird is supposed to be a Laysan Albatross. Hope you enjoy viewing the model. Don
  24. Hi Simon, The early B-25C/D's (41-12434 to 41-12982 incl. and 41-29648 to 41-29847 incl.) had a Bendix Upper Turret Model L (AAF Type A-4) installed. This turret had a periscopic sight that moved in azimuth with the turret but did not move in elevation with the guns. Part C27 represents the sight and prismatic device that provided the gunner with a sight picture showing where the guns were pointed in elevation. Another drawback of this turret was that the guns could not be fired manually in the event of an electrical failure. Subsequently, the improved Bendix Upper Turret Model N (AAF Type A-9), also a periscopic sight, was installed. The Bendix Upper Turret Model A (AAF Type A-9a) was installed in B-25C 42-64611 & subs. and B-25D 41-30273 to 41-30847 incl., 42-87113 to 42-87612 incl., 43-3280 and subs. You may want to make a change to the turret, if you need the N-6 sight. No idea if turret "upgrades" were implemented, providing the aircraft survived long enough. Don P.S. - Sourced from various turret manuals and the Dash 4.
  25. While on an extended stay on an island in the middle of no and where, my surfer friend, Squints, returned to me a gift of a Hawk Classics Silly Surfer. He said he would never build it. However, he did want it built as a present for SA, a mutual surfer friend. SA has a high and tight haircut with a stripe of blonde hair on top. He also applies his "war paint" in black and red, his favorite colors, prior to paddling out. Making the kit to resemble SA would be an interesting project. So equipped with these rudimentary modelling tools, an X-Acto knife, sanding sticks, sand paper, MEK, CA and Tamiya putty. I accepted the challenge and went to work on the kit. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." This applies to my poor photography as well. The base, surf board, surfer, crab and bird were assembled. Assembly of the parts was difficult due to lack of pins and poor alignment of the various pieces. Here's the basic sub-assemblies with the head marked for the portion to be removed and sculpted. Now the headless SA. The trial fit of the sub-assemblies. The head will require some work to duplicate the hairdo. All other parts were acceptable as is. The top of the head was removed using the candle and hot X-Acto blade method. The void was stuffed with tissue paper, saturated with CA and allowed to cure. This created a hard substrate for the epoxy putty used to create the skull. The sculpted and primed head complete with new eye, eyebrows and hair. Base, surf board and figure filled, sanded, primed and ready to paint. For painting, I had available a Paasche H airbrush, carbon dioxide bottle, rattle cans of enamel paints and a limited selection of Testor's enamel, mostly primary colors. The base was painted with rattle can sea blue and hand painted with Testor's paints. Fortunately, a bottle of Testor's Deep Tan was available. This was airbrushed as the base for the figure. The finished surf board, base, figure, bird and crab were assembled. Tissue was stuffed into the large gaps between the surf board and the base. CA was applied to saturate the tissue. After curing, the paint was touched up. The model awaits the application of a semi-gloss varnish to finish. I'll post images of the finished model in Ready for Inspection Don
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