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  1. A rainy weekend with time to work on the wings. I managed to fill the gaps of the engines with thin styrene strips superglued to the resin, and filling the rest with more super glue. After sanding, priming to check the progress a few times this was the result I used a scribing tool to re-add some of the panel lines I also added wing navigation lights that are missing from the kit. Next weekend I will hopefully have time to work on the flaps. But before that, I couldn't resist dry fitting the main components and getting an impression of what it would look like assembled! Thanks for looking!
  2. I think you're right about the sheen. It would explain why it doesn't appear in photos from a different angle. It would make my life easier too
  3. This weekend I worked on the wings. This included the undercarriage bays. I think the kit's bays are needlessly complicated, but in the end they work fine. Very little can be seen, especially since I painted the interior black. After the undercarriage bays were complete, I assembled the wings and added the Alley Cat engines. The fit of the resin engines was not as good as I had hoped, but not as bad as I feared. Based on Patrick Earing's thread of last year (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234911647) I was fearing the worst, but with my example the fit is not as bad. One engine is a fraction smaller than the other with mine, and as a result, the smaller one which I fitted to the right wing doesn't fit quite as well as the left, but hopefully it's nothing some filling and sanding won't fix. Although I'm not nearly in the painting stage yet, there's something I'm wondering about. In some (not all) pictures it looks as if there's something going on with the serial number. In some pictures, it looks as though the area of the serial number has been masked off and as a result the camouflage colours are showing through. However, the "masked" area seems twice as long as is necessary. This picture shows it most clearly: The area seems to be lighter than the black, but then again also not the same colour as the camouflage above it. The effect (whatever it is) is less noticeable in this picture from a similar angle: But from in front, it seems that it's there again: What do you think is going on?
  4. Dear all, What steps should be undertaken to convert a P-38F to a P-38H? I'm thinking about the 1/48 Academy kit. - Elger
  5. went ahead and painted them black. it's just not clear enough if a colour was used other than black, so I'm playing it safe. I agree about the 500lb bombs, Hovering.
  6. I finished the bombs yesterday. The 250lb and 500lb bombs are from the kit with Eduard bits added (tail and nose). The SBCs are from Belcher. I only added some wires to them. Two of the six are dark green. Usually SBCs were neutral metal but some were painted. Since I wanted some variety and wanted to try out the hairspray weathering method I decided to paint them. Fitted to the frames And the whole contraption fitted to the bomb bay. Thanks for looking, and if anyone else has any thoughts on the colour of the spinners, let me know! (thanks, Neal, so far!) - Elger
  7. Hello all, I could use some input: I'm wondering whether or not the spinners of this aircraft are 2 different colours: in the two photos (reposted below) it looks as if the front end might be lighter. Thoughts?
  8. Daniel Zamarbide did it in 1/48 scale with Beaufighter parts: zamarbide's blog
  9. The Eduard bomb bay set is a kit unto itself; it took me several days spread over several weeks to complete. It was a daunting task and it really pushed my skills. A true PE expert would have done it more justice, but to me it looks acceptable. Not all the parts are 100% straight (I would actually say that few are, in fact) but now that it's all assembled and painted and coated with future it looks okay. Generally, my assembly method was to use super glue for the structural parts, but white glue for parts that needed to be coerced into position. After having assembled major elements, I would dip the whole thing in a bath of future, with the aim to have that seal all the parts. Mostly this was a success, but as indicated in the above post all the little triangular bits fell off and I don't know whether they should have been bent into place before hand or not. (I doubt that I'll be constructing another one of these anyway ) I had saved many, but in the end I was short at least 25. Eduard does provide some spare pieces on the fret, actually. I do think that some parts of the set could have been designed better by Eduard, see my post above. Having said that, it's great that it exists. On to the pictures! thanks for looking!
  10. I don't like the Airfix because of the canopy shape - it just looks flat to me. Although the Revell is considerably cheaper, I still prefer the Hasegawa one. Apparently, the Revell kit has a lot of panel lines on the wing that need to be filled (saw this on a forum somewhere). The engine air intakes have a strange shape (Hasegawa not perfect, but better). The Revell undercarriage lacks detail, and the upper turret fairing shape is incorrect. I like the Hasegawa best, over all. The only real problem it has is the escape hatch in the canopy is incorrectly positioned.
  11. working on the bomb bay frames. No pictures yet, but some comments that are hopefully helpful to others who are planning to use the Eduard bits. First of all, I think this is an exquisite detail set. Although I'm fairly happy with how they're turning out, I don't think I'm doing them full justice. Having said that, there are some things that make them even more difficult than they already are. The main frames have (seemingly) hundreds of little triangular bits hanging off them. Once the whole thing is installed, they are to be folded over. Of course, in the process most of them will snap off. I thought about gluing them in place before starting construction, but then I think it will be very difficult to install the vertical diagonal parts that go in between later on - they might get in the way. It's important to make sure that part 12 (the long strip that fits through the center) fits. Make sure that parts 39 are not too far up in their slots. There's slightly too much space. It's better to have parts 39 match the base line of the whole thing. But be careful, because then it might be too low for part 12 to fit in its horizontal slot. Finally, as the caption says, parts 29 and 25 in this part of the instructions gave me trouble because the horizontal part needs to be bent, but it's quite difficult to bend. This makes it difficult to ensure that the vertical parts are actually straight. Oh well, plodding along...
  12. thanks for the feedback everyone! most of the crazyness at work seems to be over for a bit so hopefully I'll get some work done on the model over the weekend.
  13. thank you all for the comments! I have a busy period at work coming up so I won't be able to do any significant work for a couple of weeks. It will allow the cement to settle well in the mean time though The fuselage has now been glued together. My plan is to insert the Eduard bomb bay frames later on. This because they will be rather fragile and want to see if I can add them later in order to avoid damaging them during the assembly/painting stages. The thing is that I'm not yet sure if it'll work. I'm planning to remove some material from the fuselage to allow them to fit in the bomb bay slots, but my concern is that the bomb bay is not 100% flat (there are some fit issues with the kit). Another thing is that the Eduard bomb bay set is rather intimidating looking, and the two online builds of 1/48 Wellingtons I found didn't seem to complete them. Oh well, time will tell
  14. Turrets are done. ... and they're assembled like all the other parts in the fuselage. the halves are glued together ... and now we wait By the way, this photo was also among the photos I got from the museum. I lost the description (or maybe I never had it) so I don't know who is who. However, there are 6 men in this photo, posing in front of a Wellington (not Z8370), so that would suggest that these 6 could be a crew together. So perhaps the second pilot was a regular member of the crew? In any case, this was my reasoning for adding the dual controls.
  15. I'm trying to figure out the layout of the components on the right hand side of the engine of a Spitfire VII. Like the mk VI, the mk VII was pressurized, and had an air intake for the Marshall compressor on that side. I was wondering if anyone knows of the existence of any photos or diagrams that are available of the engine compartment (right hand side) of a Spitfire VII (or VI since the systems are comparable I'm gathering). Elger
  16. I'm very much enjoying this. Inspirational!
  17. I debated this issue for quite some time; it's difficult to find a clear answer as to whether or not Wellingtons were typically equipped with dual controls. I figured it depended on the composition of the crew. Early Wellingtons crews did include a "second pilot" which, as I understand it, is the same as a co-pilot, rather than an engineer. The crew of Wellington Z8370 also included a second pilot (one of the causalities) and it seems only logical to me that a second pilot would also have controls (why else would he be there?) Thanks for the comments everyone!
  18. Today I finished the interior and it's ready to be installed into the fuselage. I found some pictures of ww2 aerial maps and printed one out for the navigator's table. To get as close to a mk II instruments panel I combined bits from the mk 1c and mk III (Zoom) set. The mk 1c panel is above, the mk III panel below. A mk II's instruments panel is mostly like a mk 1c except for the outer right panel, which is more like that of a mk III. I simply swapped those panels. The final result: I gave all the surface panels a coat of clear flat, and then added some Future to the gauges. Finally, a picture of the SBCs from Belcher Bits which came in the mail yesterday Thanks for looking!
  19. The 4+ book on the Wellington is one of the best references out there. This site has a preview of that book, as well as some others http://www.small-wonder.org/Books_Vickers_Wellington.htm
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