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tomprobert last won the day on December 25 2015

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  1. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    P38 isn’t great for sculpting like for what was needed with the radome. With Milliput when wet it’s easy to sculpt it as if it’s clay, which you can’t do with the P38, so it cuts down the sanding needed considerably. Also, Milliput has a much longer hardening time, so you’ve more time to mould and sculpt compared to the P38.
  2. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    I've had a bit of a marathon sanding and filling session over the last couple of days. As usual with these sorts of projects, I've used my trusty P38 automotive filler as it covers large areas well, dries quickly, and is very easy to sand. The only problem is, it creates an awful lot of dust, so to avoid getting on the wrong side of the good lady wife, the kitchen sink is the best place to tackle such tasks: IMG_0962 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I'm really pleased with how the main landing gear bays are shaping up: DSC_0121 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The left side bays have been blended in nicely after their move forward: DSC_0113 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also made and added the ALQ-117 pods on either side of the nose: DSC_0114 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0117 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The tail turret has taken a lot of blending, and the panel detail will all need to be replaced here: DSC_0119 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So here we are now - underside: DSC_0111 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr And the upper side: DSC_0110 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr There's still a fair few blemishes to sort, and I also need to do a full re-scribe, but I think I might tackle the fin next and ensuring a strong join. Until next time, Tom
  3. I’ll throw my hat into the ring for this, although my completion-rate for Group Builds is abysmal. Something fairly simple, me thinks...
  4. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    The first thing to ensure when using Milliput is that you’ve got it nice and warm - I usually mix it in my hands for a good 10mins and this makes it very soft and malleable and therefore it doesn’t need to be thinned. When I’ve got the approximate shape needed, I remove the majority of the excess by using water and smoothing everything out with my hands - like you would sculpt clay. This will drastically reduce the amount of sanding needed. When it comes to sanding, I initially use a fairly course paper with lots of water, which stops the paper clogging. I gradually progress through to finer and finer papers, finishing with a good polish with some Micromesh sheets. It’s quite labour intensive, but Milliput is my ‘go to’ filler - it’s non-shrinking and once set, is like concrete. I hope that helps. Tom
  5. @Rakovica those images are fantastic. I’ve been researching the B-17 for over 20yrs and never have I seen conclusive proof until now that Douglas painted areas of their interiors. I’d heard and read reference to it but never seen images - until now. Fantastic stuff and thanks for sharing! Tom
  6. Another epic update - this is such a fun thread to follow. I love this kind of old-school modelling and it’s sadly a skill that is dying out in today’s “shake and bake” world. You have some serious skills. In regard to interior colours, Antonio is absolutely correct - never, at any time, during B-17 construction was interior green used. It’s one of the great myths surrounding this wonderful aircraft. The only painted area of a Fortress interior was the exposed metal on the flight deck, which was bronze (or dark dull) green. All other areas, from the YB-17s to the last G models off the production lines, had the remainder of their interior unpainted. Up to mid-batch F models, there was an olive green insulation fitted to the nose and radio room areas, but this was often removed in combat due to fire hazard/excess weight. However, basing your build on the modern-day warbird Fuddy Duddy means you’re absolutely correct to paint the interior the way you have. Most modern-day restorations have the interiors painted to help with long term preservation and reducing corrosion, but why they are so often finished in interior green is a mystery to me as it was never, ever, used in B-17s. Tom
  7. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Excellent news! Another one converted to the dark side..! You'll have blast - they’re nowhere as hard as many perceive and you’ll learn skills you never knew you had
  8. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    I've been having a play withe the nose radome, which is more pointed on the later G and H models. This kit's nose is more like that seen on the A to early G model, so some surgery has been needed. I did consider slicing the entire nose off, but it actually worked better using the kit's nose as a starting point, and adding the basic shape of the extension using plastic card. The plans Sanger give were useful in doing this, and it didn't take long to replicate a more H-like radome shape: IMG_0916 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0915 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The gaps were then filled with Milliput and when dry, sanded to shape. When the plastic card formers begin to appear, you know you're close: DSC_0102 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr However, there is a problem, as I think the lower nose area (circled below) is incorrectly shaped and is too bulbous - it's almost as if the kit's nose is like a hamster with its cheeks full. However, there'd need to be some serious surgery to sort this - the kind of surgery that I'm not unwilling to take as I do plan to have this model finished sometime this century... Nose by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've had a bit of a play with the camera fairings on the chin, and the look of the nose is improved with these in place. Note the canopy has not been trimmed to the correct shape as of yet, hence it sits too high at the moment: IMG_0951 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0949 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr There's still some jamming pods and sensors to add to this area, and then I'll have a look at how it looks under some primer. Until next time, Tom
  9. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    The fuselage is now joined - lots of tabs were added along the mating surfaces and on the whole, I've got a pretty good join. Considering the size of the parts, they matched well. As this picture shows, there'll still be quite a bit of filler needed (par for the course with these sorts of kits) but nothing of real concern: IMG_0906 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The H-model tail turret has also been added to the rear fuselage: IMG_0907 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also lined the openings for the undercarriage bays so they are more representative of the real aircraft: IMG_0908 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0909 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0910 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr So now it's out with the filler... Until next time, Tom
  10. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Fortunately I have a large attic which is my domain so eventually this will reside up there. It’s more or less dust free and well out harm’s way so it’s just a case of squeezing it through the loft hatch...
  11. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Ha ha! Love that! My my wife doesn’t tend to be too bothered to be fair, but she’s a little perplexed with this one as she’s not convinced it’ll fit through the loft hatch for storage when complete. I have not measured yet... we’ll cross that bridge when it’s needed. After all, there’s always room in the shed... for the wife that is
  12. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Many thanks, and sweet Jesus - that sounds huge. A fellow modeller on another forum sent me a picture of a 1/32nd scale BUFF that he’d built... the wingspan was only 5’7” so mere tiddler by comparison I’ve got the fuselage halves together today - I’ll allow the glue to harden for 48hrs before beginning a monster filler/sanding session... fun times!
  13. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    You’re very kind... all is ok unless you get too close; thankfully my phone camera hides the vast majority of the not-so-good bits!
  14. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Make sure you share your progress here when you start yours - I love seeing big vacs getting some love Yup... I’m only just down the road from Biggin Hill so I’ll give them a call I’ll ask Her Majesty and sound her out - she may have a spare room or two
  15. tomprobert

    1/48th Boeing B-52H Stratofortress

    Evening all, I've been making the most of my Easter holidays and have done some more work to the fuselage of the BUFF... I've cut out the area for the kit's transparencies and have added the kit-supplied flightdeck flooring - there'll be plenty of detail to add here but this will all come later when the main construction is done: IMG_0894 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also continued to add the numerous vents, intakes and grilles on the forward fuselage: IMG_0895 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_0896 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I've also make and attached the wing spars to the fuselage structure: IMG_0900 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr The wings will slide over these spars when the fuselage is joined: IMG_0893 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr I had a quick test-fit of the wings - I'm going to need a larger table... IMG_0887 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Nearly time to join the fuselage halves - lots of tabs to add to the fuselage halves to aid with gluing and I should be good to go! Until next time, Tom