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  1. Well folks, that's a wrap. Feel free to follow my next fun-filled adventure as I attempt to wrestle with Airfix's 1965 tooling of this little horror: Cheers! Andy
  2. A week on and I forked out for that second kit. Glad to say that with much less soaking time (15 seconds in slightly warm water) the fuselage registrations behaved much better and are now firmly affixed to the little Comet. Also did the underwing rego and stuck the lading light on with a blob of gloss varnish. The light is very thick and distorts the silver reflector I painted behind it leaving a rather miserable grey blob. Next time - now I have a second kit - I'll try vac forming one out of an old shampoo bottle and a blunt pencil. Infinite number of chances to get that right! I now declare this build finished, so here are the final pics:
  3. Thanks @bigbadbadge and @Terry1954. I'll try to get hold of some liquid decal film to strengthen the next ones before I have another go. I do have plenty of spares for the other liveries which I can experiment with on the Lynx fuselage test mule.
  4. More progress today. First off the undercarriage wheels and mudguards go on. Easier than expected. Then time to unmask the canopy, apply some decals and cement on the props: The decals are extremely thin and need handling with care! Every gold decal you can see broke up an application and had to be carefully rebuilt in position on the aircraft. Both fuselage registrations broke up completely and could not be salvaged. Do I fork out $30 for another kit, just to risk the same outcome? If I do I shall cut the registration into individual letters and apply it a bit at the time. Spacing it will be a pain but safer than risking it in one go again. I still need to do the underwing registration and deal with the nose light. Getting there slowly. Finally, here's something I disagree with!
  5. Rubbish weather led to a fruitful afternoon of Comet construction. First off I primed the beast by spraying it with a highly thinned coat of Mr Surfacer 500. This was an experiment. I was pleased with the result, a matt surface with a very fine texture. I practiced first on a gash Lynx helo fuselage I had in the spares box. I tried spraying the Lynx with Mr Color gloss black, but the gloss wasn't really shining on the primer, so I decided to wet sand the model with 2000 grade paper to reduce the primer texture. I also took the opportunity to fill a few pinholes that showed up in the filler on the fuselage spine behind the canopy. Primer shows up every defect! Then ready for the topcoats ... And there you have it, Black Magic is finally black. Also made a start on spraying the props, wheels and mudguards. With a fair wind I might get it finished next week.
  6. Nearly ready for paint. The canopy is on and I've attached the exhaust pipes. These are so small I found it impossible to clean up the massive sprue gates before attachment, and once on the model I couldn't do much with them either. Just the tail skid left to attach before priming. Two q's if I may: 1) How can I mask the undercarriage bays; 2) What's best to remove rubbing down dust before painting? Cheers.
  7. This is a replacement thread for my old topic which has gone invisible for some reason. Old posts should be accessible here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235099702-kp-models-172-dh88-comet/ and I'll add new ones below. @alt-92 @billn53 @VG 33 @Darknark @Tentacles you'll need to re-follow this new thread if you're interested to see how the Comet turns out
  8. Hi @Mike. The server sprang an Error 500 on me just now. Also, despite me posting some updates on my build thread, it's not showing up in the topic listing. Admittedly it's not a very exciting read, but I did hope people might answer a couple of queries I put in my last post . Thread in question: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235099702-kp-models-172-dh88-comet/. Other people's updates are showing with no probs, seems to just be me. Using Edge on Windows 10, but same story after clearing the cache and trying Chrome. Cheers, Andy
  9. Nearly ready for paint. The canopy is on and I've attached the exhaust pipes. These are so small I found it impossible to clean up the massive sprue gates before attachment, and once on the model I couldn't do much with them either. Just the tail skid left to attach before priming. Two q's if I may: 1) How can I mask the undercarriage bays; 2) What's best to remove rubbing down dust before painting? Cheers. Cheeky little edit to regain visibility. And another. Will this show up?
  10. Yes, the Union flags could be better, but I'm past the point of caring! Aim now is completion out of the box having come this far. The gold decals look good. I'll practice with the spares for Grosvenor House on a gash kit as I don't want my decal setting solution to harm them.
  11. Today I decided to build the props. I had been looking for replacements as I wasn't convinced I would be able to get a decent result with the separate blades and spinner. Having failed to find anything suitable I decided to go with the kit props anyway. I cut the blades from the sprue leaving about 1.5mm of additional plastic on each, then gently filed each one down to a 0.5mm diameter circular cross-section. Then I drilled through both hubs where the "dimples" are to give a positive location for the blades. Went fine on the first one, second one is a little off centre, and one of the blades went too deeply into the spinner, so it's a bit short. Still, better than nothing I guess. If you squint it's beginning to look like an aeroplane.
  12. Good grief, actually did some building today. Dry fitting showed that the nacelles were moulded so they were perpendicular to the wings with no allowance for wing dihedral. As they also sat too low relative to the wing leading edge I was able to file down the inboard edge of each nacelle so that they are perpendicular to the ground. Cemented in place now. The alignment of everything is better, but I'm going to lose so much surface detail cleaning up the filler in the joints!
  13. Yes, it does have a bit of a reputation. Amy Johnson hated hers! I saw an early post-restoration flight at the Shuttleworth Collection and they held off making a decision to go for it until the very end of the evening display for absolutely zero wind conditions. Hard to fly and hard to build, although I'm probably making it look harder than it is.
  14. Two weeks have passed and progress is glacial. I've put the tailplanes on and assembled the nacelles with the main undercarriage legs. I think I can do the reset of the undercarriage through the nacelles after I've sprayed it and decalled. It will be too fragile for handling when I'm still filling, sanding, etc. Canopy still to be attached once I've finished masking it. I test fitted the nacelles and the result was not great ... see below. I'll try to reduce the height of the fairings that are moulded into the wings. They are about 1mm proud of the nacelles. Model will be 50% plastic and 50% Tamiya white putty at this rate!
  15. Large amounts of filler have been applied and sanded back. As predicted quite a lot of panel lines have disappeared, so I'll be practicing my re-scribing skills shortly. Nose cone on and trial fit of the half-masked canopy. Something vaguely Comet-shaped is emerging ... However, the canopy fit is up to the standard of the rest of the parts ... I've been gently whittling away the cockpit coaming with a scalpel to try to get the front to sit down but it is a delicate job. Anyone have any thoughts on decent gap filling canopy glue? This is a lot more effort than it should be!
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