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  1. Evening So, looking at the upper gear legs, there is a collar that holds the retraction struts and another arm that goes inwards towards the fuselage.. ...there are also pinion gears which I have done in 3D but not printed yet.. ..the collars are quite hard to make - I started by getting a short length of tube, drilled it to accept the retraction strut mounts and soldered a tube through those holes. Once done, I cut slits and soldered a sheet to represent the jointing plates - here it's about half way through.. ...after working those parts and grinding away the inner parts of the plate & tubes, I added the remaining details & cleaned the parts up.. ..also added a fillet of filler to the lower ring the collar sits on.. ..the retraction struts are laminates of PE and brass, with tube ends.. ..and the assembly dry fitted - it is only held together with wire so lacks all the assembly nuts & bolts.. ..the other wing was finished, the mounting blocks & struts fitted and first pass at the angles looks good enough - there is a little play to get them truly vertical.. ..looks a bit more like an aeroplane now TTFN Peter
  2. Good evening todays fun and games is making this... ..a couple of oleo struts for the gear - as is normally the case, there are a number of diameters and features to be allowed for. I started with drawings and was going to try to turn them on my mini lathe, but in the end opted for brass tube.. ..here the main legs have had one minor profile change put in them, there are some ali tube inserts to reduce the diameter to take the oleo strut and I cut a number of rings that are seen which also bracket a collar with the retracting struts.. ..also seen are the lower legs which were assembled from turned bits and include the axle & tie down ring... ...I later realised there are two kinds of torsion links & I had modelled the later one so the attachment bracket was remade.. ..the rings were glued square on the tube by using another telescopic bit of tube to level them, plus the ali tube insert has been fitted.. ..the early torsion links were made using my proxxon mini mill and grinding to shape - they still need some casting features adding. The strut is stainess steel rod.. ..the close up doesn't do my lathe skills any favours but this is the lower leg & axle which is quite a complicated little assembly with many shapes - unfortunately solder over ran into some of the edges, but it is what it is.. ..the kit of parts.. ..and a completed strut dry fitted so all the bolts & assembly are loose so it can be disassembled for painting.. ..times two... ..and they will sit on a brass spigot & mounting plate that makes the correct rake and inward cant to allow for dihedral - there is no leg wheel well to speak of, the legs have a complex gear assembly to twist them that sits on the wing surface - still got all that to make... ..thats it for a while - off to Tuscany tomorrow (if my flight is not cancelled..) to give away my daughter at her wedding on Friday TTFN Peter
  3. evening all I got the rest of the cockpit decals which this time Ray at Fantasy just did as a one off on his new digital printer - they worked out well - not as good as silk screen, but in this case I don't have to pay for 80 sets as they are not part of an airscale restock order.. added to the throttle & some placards.. ..manufacturer plate and canopy wind instruction placard.. ..finished IP with the exception of a couple of switches.. ..then it was on to the wings.. I added a litho sheet for the flap upper skin and cut a tip shape template for the quirky uptick in the tip profile (at bottom left), also bulked out the tips with sheets of 2mm card.. ..on the underside the flap web with all the holes - I cut away the wing core so there was space behind the holes - the wheel well aperture was made by building around a mini ketchup pot which was the right diameter - this is oriented to the vertical leg, not perpendicular to the wing skin.. ...started blocking out the shape with hard foam stuff and the tip template has been let into the wingtip ..mucho sanding later the basic wing profile is found.. ..this is then covered with a thin layer of P38 filler and sanded back.. ..primed, filled, sanded & repeat until right.. ..the white bit on the lower leg is where the brass U/C mount plate will go - I didnt mount it as I learned before that having the stub sticking out makes block sanding the profile much harder.. ..the plate will be mounted to the core about here - it allows for the rake and dihedral but is just a spigot soldered into a plate.. ..one down, one to go.. just needs the foam sanded etc.. TTFN Peter
  4. evening so a little more done - I was messing about in the cockpit still & made up the landing gear / hydraulic thingummy with a handle that is on the left of the seat and generally got the left sidewall nearly finished.. ..the zipped pocket was a little trick - i tried making it in PE as the frame and mount and then made the centre pocket in PE too with a zipper image I nicked off the internet.. apart from being flat, when I would like it a bit more lifelike, I think it just about works.. ..also finished the seat frame, mounted the seat and added seatbelts - only lapstraps as this is pre-1942.. ..next was the support beam that holds the instrument panel.. ..it's just a bit of square brass tube with some fittings added - the lower centre bit is folded PE and filler and is part of the gun controls.. I made up the control handles from brass rod soldered together as these were about 4mm and plastic would be too week a joint to shape properly... ..there are still decals to go on these bits and the main panel.. ..the intention was to get all the inside done and get the sidewalls, floor in fact everything all buttoned up before starting the wings, but then I thought there will be so much handlind and filling & sanding in making the wings fit and especially the big wing fillets that I thought really I should rethink the approach and get all the big chunky work done before the model id filled with fragile detail.. so.... ..I spent some time making factory drawings into my own drawings that work on the principle of a 2mm plactic card keel.. ..these were then printed and the blanks cut out... there are about 6 ribs I had the aerofoil of so these were drawn with a 2mm area in their middles that need cutting out for the wing blank. It meand you lose the rounded tip, and some of the fine point at the back, but this can be shaped later.. ...here the two blanks are clamped together to get uniform shape.. ..the slots are for square brass spars that slot into the brass square stub spars in the fuselage.. ..these were defined long ago when I used a centre rib to randomly place two spar locations.. ..the ribs had these marked and the wings were assembled with top & bottom ribs, slots for the spars and a carbon rod spar for stiffness.. ..the random placement of two spars, bit me on the ar$e as one is where the wheel well is (I didn't expect the U/C track to be as narrow as it is) so the stub spar is very short.. the flap area is also removed as only the upper skin is there on the real one so the ribs also make an allowance for that and once I add a sub skin in brass sheet the bits sticking out are scored ready to break off.. ..there was quite a bit of chopping about to get it to fit in the right position and it won't win any engineering precision prizes, but it does work.. ..the rear stub spars are about 0.5mm out, but it is enough to stop them sliding in until I modify the mounts ..this is all a dry fit with the spars until I am happy.. ..and on a good day for Red Bull, we also have wings... TTFN Peter
  5. evening ladies ..well it seems I was wrong - I saw what I wanted to see with the gun covers, but it was pointed out by keener eyes than mine that there are indeed gun covers on this bird.. I had already asked Tim Perry to print the gun cover parts before I thought there were no guns on my subject, so now i know there are, these were up next.. I had only 3D modelled the basic shape and knew they would need a lot of work to get in the right place and faired in on the model.. ..first, a lot of careful measurement & marking out.. ..then chopped out the upper cowl so the parts fitted and made up a jig with carbon rods to hold them at least parallel in one dimension - in the end the whole model was laid out over datum lines to make sure the covers were level in all 3 axis... ..CA'd in place and filler added... ..more fettling.. ..and done... fortunately these are painted black as they are in the anti glare panel, but I haven't figured out how all this area will be skinned with all the many panels, fasteners & rivets (some raised) in this area... ..with that done, it was time to get back in the cockpit - starting with adding some components to this sidewall... I hope to get both sidewalls finished and I might join them where they meet above the instrument panel (all done in a jig) so I can add the panel and cross bracing and then drop all that onto the fuselage floor / seat bulkhead.. ..with some components added, including the canopy winder and other bobbins.. ..then the seat frame which is quite recognisable.. ..started by drilling and filing some ali tubes to get the mount points that meet the bulkhead, and adding some micro rivets as seen in the photo.. ..the bend was added by ensuring the rods were parallel, taping together and clamping against a rounded block of card - I also fed fuse wire into the tubes so they didn't kink when bent.. ..then they were made to fit the mounts on Sta #5 and the floor.. ..to make sure I could add the rest of the structure, but at the same time ensure it still fitted where it should, I CA'd a block of card jig to hold everything exacty where it was while I added the remaining frames.. ..then the remaining framework was bent up and added and the jig carefully removed.. ..and a test fit of the seat to see how it all looks.. ..still a ton to do, but getting there slowly TTFN Peter
  6. evening folks & thank you got a bit more done, like finishing off the carb intake... ..this needs to be ever so slightly proud so that metal skins around it will sit flush with it - it will ultimately be painted as i can't really make it from metal and polish it (I did try..) ..this is done by marking the boundary with dyno tape and adding a very thin skim of P38 filler which is sanded down to the tape - hey presto, a great, proud edge to skin to.. ..the gun covers either side of this intake are being 3D printed, so in an idle moment I started on the gun breeches... ..these are PE and stock and are the Browning M2.. ..thankfully, very early in the build of the guns, I looked at my subject... ..now I did a couple of double takes, but there are no gun covers on that aircraft - just the central carb intake right? this is with the covers.. ..so that was news, and good news as skinning around all the humps & bumps would have been tricky.. it also meant I didn't need to make guns... ..as I wanted to get all the big ugly building on the fuselage done before I can start on the cockpit, I wanted to start the stabiliser.. ..I used plans to make my own drawing which was stuck to 2mm plastic card.. ..hopefully you can see the slots I need to cut in the leading edge to slide ribs onto.. ..the ribs were cut from thinner card and slotted into place and all the borders done in black sharpie so I can see where to sand to.. ..first gob of P38 filler.. ..after the first rough sand down to the rib outlines.. they are really only a guide.. ..final sand before final prime.. ..and the finished stabiliser - the intention being to cut away the front and some of the fuselage so they slot together.. ..working out the alignment... ..after dremelling away most of the 5 min epoxy in the joints.. ..and just in case you sit there thinking I don't regularly screw things up, this is the second time I had to chop it all apart, this time after filling & blending it, I noticed I just had it in entirely the wrong place - as you can see above, the elevator hingline should be a couple of mm behind the rudder hingeline - I had it waaay behind.. ..also notice the damaged tailwheel well walls where the CA impregnated foam is just too weak for handling.. ..finally in place and blended in - the filler acts as a base for the complicated one-piece metal fairing that goes around the joint.. ..also chopped away all the lower rear and rebuilt the tailwheel aperture with a sheet of formed plastic card.. ..the next thing to do before starting getting the cockpit together is the scalloped panels behind the rear cockpit glass... these were made from drawings interpreted from photo's and tape templates from the model itself.. ..I had read that these panels are NOT cockpit green, but olive drab (or camoflage colour if camo is used), so I painted them OD and added the pipe bases... ..and in place.. ..a dry fit of some components, the next stage of the build is figuring out how to detail the cockpit in a sequence that will work - a particular problem being the instrument panel, rudder pedals etc will need to be a free standing assembly coming off the floor I think as it's gonna be tricky to mount a crossmember to the sidewall carrying it all.. ..until next time.. TTFN Peter
  7. Wow, thank you everyone, I am humbled by all of your super kind comments I very much appreciate them Thank you Spruecutter - you will, I plan to enter it into IPMS modelworld later this year so it will be on the tables if interested Thanks again everyone Peter
  8. well I can't believe I haven't updated this since February been so busy - I did finish the P51C Lopes Hope and have launched 18 new airscale products in the last few months so have not had much time at the bench at all.. ..that being said, I have done a few bits.. ..sorted out the fin from being a big slap of perspex, but only took one pic.. ..opened out the tailwheel well from the slot with a mounting tube in it that it was.. ..to the correctly shaped aperture by using a template, but didn't take a pic of that either.. so on to the nose - I had let in a bit of ali tube to provide the foundation of the carburettor intake atop the cowling.. ..turned out this was waaay to small in diameter, plus having found the drawing of the casting, it is also a complicated shape and very definately not round.. ..it has fluted fairings at the front, tucks up under itself and becomes squareish at the upper rear so is a bit of a handful to reproduce.. ..in the end I made a 3D one, but I don't know enough to do all the fairings so just took the basic shape as defined in a few axes by the drawing and will let filler do the rest.. ..chopped out the old one and after having airbrushed the insides interior green (should prolly be ZC but too late now) I masked the insides and let it into the fuselage.. ..bit more fettling... ..and with the fairing built up, the basic shape is there - I still need to make the whole casting area stand proud so I can skin up to it so will do that with more filler up to a dyno tape seam.. ..the next schoolboy error I needed to correct was the seat bulkhead... I had intended to just sheet over the hole in the bulkhead as I had seen this in some cockpit pics, but it turns out it should be open with the fuselage fuel tank behind it.. ..like this.. ..you can just see the tank, much like the P51 one I did, it's covered in some rough material, perhaps the rubber self sealing stuff.. ..so butchery ensued while I chopped out the hole and made up the tank blank from plan templates & hard foam.. ..also refined the top of the spine a bit by adding a bent litho angle part each side to accept skinning & glass much later.. ..bulkhead #5 prepared - the hole is painted green under the masking and with the tank in place you can't see anything about how rough it is inside.. ..and the finished tank, made by covering the blank with tissue & diluted PVA glue.. ..so a bit of a disordered update, but I should have a bit more time now so hope to be back soon TTFN Peter
  9. Hi everyone, 4 years after I started this build, I have only just got around to adding the finishing touches and calling it done.. A bit of background: Lopes Hope is a P51C-5-NT that Aircorps Aviation in Minnesota have put back in the air. I was so blown away by the photographic records they kept and the absolute commitment to accuracy they employ that I wrote to them asking for more info about the airframe. I was stunned when their VP wrote back offering to share info, permission to use their photo's in my build log and any support I needed - starting a relationship that flourishes to this day. They are the same guys that host the Aircorps Library which is an incredible online resource offering for a nominal membership fee access to all the factory drawings and manuals for a range of seminal aircraft. Their notes on this P51 and why they chose it echo my own: "Lope's Hope 3rd was a P-51C flown by Lt. Donald Lopez. Donald and Lope's Hope 3rd served in the China-Burma-India theater with the 14th Air Force, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Squadron. The 23rd Fighter Group was the descendent of the famous American Volunteer Group or Flying Tigers after the US entered the war. Lt. Lopez had 5 victories in China and went on to become a test pilot in the early years of the jet age. Later he was the deputy director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum until his death in 2008. Donald Lopez was instrumental in the construction and opening of the National Air and Space Museum. The original wartime Lope's Hope 3rd was a P51C-5-NT, Army Air Force Serial Number: 42-103585. The serial number information was just acquired through the generous contribution of pages from Lt. Lopez's war time log book by his granddaughter Laura Lopez. Normally a WWII fighter's serial number is easily determined by just looking at the tail number. Squadrons in almost every theater of operations number planes this way, but not in China. In China the 23rd Fighter Group's squadrons were assigned a block of numbers for differentiating their aircraft. The 75th squadron's block was 150- 199 (or to 200 depending on source). Lt. Lopez used 194 on both his P-40N s and on his P-51C , Lope's Hope 3rd. Without his log book it might have been impossible to figure out his Mustang's AAF serial number. Our restoration airframe is a P-51C-10NT Army Air Force Serial Number: 43-24907 , that remained in the continental US during WWII and was used for training purposes during and immediately after the war. The decision to paint her in Lt. Lopez's color scheme is intended to honor him and his service to his country in WWII and to aviation all his life." The model started as a 1/18 HpH Desktop GRP shell.. and 1,230 pictures and a lot of work later, it looks like this.. I really enjoyed this one... it spoilt me though, having every drawing of every part and great references from the restoration meant i could just build everything i saw in front of me - that collection of hundreds, if not thousands of parts resulted in I think my best model. It is certainly a more complex aeroplane than the Spitfire I made, for example the gear bays on this were about 3 - 4 months work, on the Spit a week or two, there is virtually nothing in it's bays I hope you enjoy it and all my thanks to Aircorps and everyone who chipped in with encouragement in my build thread until next time Peter
  10. Hello again everyone :) Pleased to announce the launch of another new range of products which are available now Seatbelts for RAF, USAAF and Luftwaffe aircraft in both 1/32 and 1/24 priced at £6.95 and £7.25 RAF here USAAF here Luftwaffe here Simulated fabric & twill seat harnesses. Laser cut paper representing the straps & harnesses. Laser cut card representing the leather protective padding. Etched nickel silver and brass parts representing the buckles & hardware Assembly required ..here are details on the 1/24 sets for example.. Luftwaffe 1/24 RAF 1/24 and USAAF 1/24 I hope you like them Peter
  11. Hi everyone, We have an exciting range of new products coming in the next few months and I am pleased to release the first today These are Metallic Airframe Placards & Dataplates in scale Brass / Aluminium colours Available in the following scales: 1/24 @ £8.95 1/32 @ £7.95 1/48 @ £7.25 Available here Product Details Metallic Placards Individual airframe and engine placard decals produced using metallic inks for real brass & aluminium effect. Representing many manufacturer Dataplates found on engines and in aircraft serving in WW2. Suitable for both Allied & German aircraft, featuring manufacturers like Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Wright, Bell, Vought, Boeing, North American,Focke-Wulf, Junkers, Messerschmitt, Bosch, Bendix etc. I hope they are a welcome addition to our hobby We also have Prop Logo's, a remastered full colour RAF set, the HobbyBoss 1/18 Fw190 Cockpit Upgrade, 1/24 Harrier etched Panel, a brand new range of Seatbelts and even a 1/72 scale superset coming soon Thanks Peter
  12. evening all been a bit fraught in the day job, so not much bench time - but did a few bits.. first the rudder pedals, seen here - note the raised writing and toe treadplate - another opportunity to cheat with PE ..I used brass tube for the support frame and assembled more PE parts to make up the pedals and brake cams.. ..times 2.. ..these were then primed, painted and assembled - the beam at the top is hidden by the panel, so didn't bother making up the true parts and just used some plastic channel.. ..next up my favourite part - the instrument panel - for me, this has always defined the quality of a model, I sort of look at the exterior, but evry time I look at models at shows, I go straight for the interior ..I made the panel from a few laminates - the rear backplate that holds the decal, a thin mid panel that has some of the dial interior bits & shapes on it (on the left) and the face panel on the right.. ..obviously with PE, the detail can be as good as you are as an artist.. ..the panels were painted - MRP supermatt blach for the face and rear, and NATO black for the mid-panel. Also seen here is the 'glass' which is cut from OHP acetate just like we supply in airscale sets and the decal.. ..the decal is an interesting one as I am still waiting on the ones I am having printed, but Ray at Fantasy Printshop sent me a test sample from a new computer printer he has (vs silk screen printing) - while some of the stuff is a bit blobby for me, curiously the panel dials came out really well so I thought I would try them - I can always change them later.. ..and with the laminates assembled and a few details added - when the proper decals for all the placards & labels arrive it will really pop.. ..still some tidying up to do, but you get the idea.. ..and thats it for a while - I am chancing some travel and going to the Carribean for a couple of weeks to get out of this damn $hitty weather TTFN Peter
  13. afternoon all, thanks for stopping by been busy on some of the sidewall components, starting with this steampunk contraption that does nothing more complicated than control the cowl flaps.. ..I am really not sure why the design needed to be quite so agricultural, but there we are - I build little aeroplanes, not big ones so what do I know.. ..I cheated considerably by disecting the drawings at aircorps library and prepped most of the bits in PE, so it was like assembling a little kit.. ..painted.. and dry fitted on the sidewall.. ..then it was on to the other side, with an electrical control box (with all the switches), a fuse box below it, and a junction box to the right of it.. ..I had also made this in PE but as I couldn't find any drawings of these parts (only the later P40's which were different), so I made what I could from photo's - unfortunately I scaled them badly so they were all too small.. ..so I had to make them from scratch - not as clean as I would like, and the decals won't fit either so tried doing those by hand too - not the best but it will do.. ..the bits.. ..painted and assembled.. ..I did have decals for the floor fuel gauges so I did those too.. ..as a little montage.. ..the final part was the throttle & prop controls - again, the early type and made from PE with the exception of the front face which had to be litho as it has a dome in it.. it is less than 1cm square, so very fiddly and required a jig to assemble it.. ..the control handles are balls of solder, i found for every 10 I made, one was not only round enough, but the right size, the rest become spares... ..there are tiny pins on each of the handles, and I can tell you, drilling a 0.2mm hole in a 1mm ball is an excercise in concentration.. ..again, this will be hugely enhanced by the decals when they arrive.. ..it goes about here.. slowly, but surely, one bit at a time.. TTFN Peter
  14. that cockpit is amazing very nice job ..it looks very well detailed and you have really brough out the best in it Peter
  15. howdy folks so, I started to complete the fuselage sidewalls with the remaining structural details and some of the components - including the canopy retraction wheel - this is a superb pic kindly supplied by Jennings Heilig.. ..you can see not only the wheel, but the curved guard panel that covers the cables to it's right.. ..I made this up from PE and other bits, also made the map case and got them ready for priming.. ..the right side is structurally complete with mounts for various things, stringers, formers etc and that guard for the canpoy winder thing.. ..and the other side, which has a guard for the elevator / rudder trim control cables... ..after priming with mr surfacer, it was all given a basecoat as soon I won't be able to get in all the nooks & crannies.. ..temporarily mounted the wheel for the pic and added the map case - this seems to be in different positions on early models so I went with the one that gave most clearance with the seat.. ..the green seems very olive drab in the pics, but i think its the lighting or blue background washing it out.. ..still an awful lot left to do.. TTFN Peter
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