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  1. As you might have guessed, I was originally going to finish the cockpit interior in a painted aluminium finish as per Accurate Miniatures instructions, however whilst looking for some interior pictures online, I turned up some contradictory information, including a thread here on BM that includes a photograph that shows that at least some SBD-1's were painted Interior Green: So it's all change, and I'll be going the Interior Green route, but first some photos of the progress on said cockpit: Here's the Instrument Panel as provided by AM: It was a good attempt in it's day, but I've also decided I'm going to utilise an Eduard etch set for the SBD-1so I've removed the raised detail on the IP and side panels and will paint it green and add the etch once the parts arrive later this week: I've also addressed the ejector pin marks on the engine cylinder block, just scribed lines into them with the tip of a scalpel, once the push rods are fitted I think it'll be good enough: Next jobs now are the engine push rods and a coat of interior green in the cockpit, once that's out of the way I can get the fuselage closed up, and then it's fairly straightforward thereafter. Famous last words lol 😆
  2. For those non-FB users it is indeed the canopy parts for the DH Hornet, apparently the non-clear parts will be moulded in a low pressure moulding tool, a la Clearprop, but to get the clarity required for the clear parts they need to be high pressure moulded so they've combined the Sea Fury and Hornet transparencies into a single tool that will be high pressure moulded.
  3. Now that the chunky push-rods are gone and will be replaced by finer rods, I think I'm going to have to try something about those ejector pin marks on the cylinders, what were Accurate Miniatures thinking 😖 I'm thinking maybe try to score lines across them so they're not so visible or cement some very fine stretched sprue to replicate the grooved surface of the rest of the cylinder ðŸĪ”
  4. In for a penny, in for a pound, and following @Enzo the Magnificent's example with his SB2U build, I've decided to improve the engine. This was how it looked previously: With the push rods looking like this: A little judicious use of the scalpel produced this: And with the crankcase fitted: And fitted to the cylinder block: It's late now, and I know my limits so will leave fabricating replacement push rods until another day.
  5. I remember doing the same to 1/48 Revell Helldiver, using the kit indents as a guide, I have to say your drilling looks pretty spot on 👍
  6. Some progress pics as promised. First up the engine, this is just dry fitted, back in '97 when this kit was released the level of detail was applauded now over 25 years later it appears slightly chunky, I'm probably going to replace the push rods with thinner rod and use copper wire for the wiring loom, luckily the engine can be fitted quite late in the build so I can push on and work on the engine in between: The fuselage side wall details have been added, my decision all those years ago to give the parts a silver undercoat has somewhat come back to bite me, but they've gone in OK but wil now need a respray, detail painting of various items and a light wash to bring out the detail: The engine cowling went together with a tiny amount of filler, as did the firewall parts: I've made a start on the cockpit floor and the rear gun mount, will post pics tomorrow. Thanks for looking 🐜
  7. Before I post up the first batch of progress pics, I thought I might as well post another couple of pics, the first is a recent fortuitous purchase: The second not so good as it's the kit decal sheet, that has unfortunately seen better days, I'm hoping parts of it (stencils and minor decals) may be salvageable, but just in case have ordered a set of Yellow Wings decals as an alternative: Progress pics to follow soon 👍
  8. Looking great, if only Fairey had been able to sort out the mechanics of the rotor system, they'd have had a world beater on their hands.
  9. I'm thinking along the same lines with the SBD-1 engine, lots of lovely detail incorporated by the toolmaker, but unfortunately all a bit on the chunky side 😕
  10. Here we go having had the 'good to go" from Loren I'm going to jump in with a 'tween the wars 'Yellow Wing" Accurate Miniatures SBD-1, the box has long gone, but here's a pic borrowed from an unknown online source: Although i still have the inner box liner: The kit was started many years ago, there are no parts glued together but there are a dozen or so cut off the sprue, all have received a silver spray undercoat, I had also painted the upper wing surfaces Chrome Yellow but there were a few dust inclusions so they've been stripped back just this week in some dot4 brake fluid: The fuselage halves and some other parts are off the sprue: Everything else is on the sprues: Clear parts are still sealed in their bag: I managed to make a start last night whilst sat with my daughter Meg who wanted to stay up to watch Eurovision, it was a welcome distraction from the goings on in Malmo ðŸ˜ģðŸĪŠ Will post some progress pics later.
  11. This is a copy of some information I shared with Enzo about his Vought SB2U build, but lots of it is relevant to any interwar US Navy aircraft: If your modelling aircraft 10 from VB-3 then the black bands are correct, each squadron was typically made up of 6 sections of 3 aircraft, each section had its own colour: 1st Section (a/c 1-3) Red band 2nd Section (a/c 4-6) White band 3rd Section (a/c 7-9) True Blue band 4th Section (a/c 10-12) Black band 5th Section (a/c 13-15) Willow Green band 6th Section (a/c 16-18) Lemon Yellow band The section colour was applied differently to each aircraft to depict its position in the section: The section leader had the entire cowl, wing chevrons and a fuselage band in the section colour. The 2nd plane in the section had the top half of the engine cowl, and wing chevrons (but no fuselage band) in the section colour. The 3rd plane in the section had the lower half of the engine cowl, and wing chevrons (but no fuselage band) in the section colour. It's worth repeating that whilst all three members of the section had the over-wing chevron, only the section leaders had the fuselage band. Theres a good guide to pre-2WW US navy colours on the Cybermodeller site: https://www.cybermodeler.com/color/usn_preww2.shtml Happy modelling.
  12. I don't have a very good record at finishing any previous group build, but I'm going to jump in too, it will be a 'tween the wars 'Yellow Wing" subject, have a few possibilities but the current favourite is an original Accurate Miniatures SBD-1, it was started many years ago, there are no parts glued together but there are a dozen or so cut off the sprue, all have received a silver spray undercoat, I had also painted the upper wing surfaces Chrome Yellow but there were a few dust inclusions so they've been stripped back just this week in some dot4 brake fluid. I'm sure it's well below the 25% margin, but I'll post some pics later if anyone wants to check. Here's the pics as promised, the box has long gone, but inner liner still intact: Wing parts and cockpit floor off sprue, and silver undercoat applied: Likewise the fuselage halves: Everything else is on the sprues: @LorenSharp I'm pretty hopeful that this qualifies as <25% complete.
  13. Hi Enzo, If your modelling aircraft 10 from VB-3 then the black bands are correct, each squadron was typically made up of 6 sections of 3 aircraft, each section had its own colour: 1st Section (a/c 1-3) Red band 2nd Section (a/c 4-6) White band 3rd Section (a/c 7-9) True Blue band 4th Section (a/c 10-12) Black band 5th Section (a/c 13-15) Willow Green band 6th Section (a/c 16-18) Lemon Yellow band The section colour was applied differently to each aircraft to depict its position in the section: The section leader had the entire cowl, wing chevrons and a fuselage band in the section colour. The 2nd plane in the section had the top half of the engine cowl, and wing chevrons (but no fuselage band) in the section colour. The 3rd plane in the section had the lower half of the engine cowl, and wing chevrons (but no fuselage band) in the section colour. It's worth repeating that whilst all three members of the section had the over-wing chevron, only the section leaders had the fuselage band. Theres a good guide to pre-2WW US navy colours on the Cybermodeller site: https://www.cybermodeler.com/color/usn_preww2.shtml
  14. Great work so far, having an old Aurora F11C kit in the stash, I'll be sure to follow along for inspiration 👍. I'm also interested in how you'll approach the F6C build in the US Navy GB ðŸĪ”
  15. I've just turned 59, so theoretically have 8 more years until official retirement, but I have a cunning plan to jump early maybe in 3 years time, we have a few financial commitments that finish in 2026, once we clear those, I'll give up the day job (that involves a 45 mile, over an hour commute) and look for something part time closer to home, to tide me over until official retirement. We're also thinking that at that stage we can go down to one car, although by that time Meg will be approaching 17, so she might inherit mum or dad's jalopy as her first motor 🚗
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