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    Glued together after spinal surgery #10...

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  1. I just had a look at the HPM website, and the B.2 and T.4 (both in 1:72) can be "added to cart." The same is true for the B(1) Mk. 8, RB-57A, RB-57D in 1:144. So I assume these are readily available. Other marks are shown as "contact for availability." These include the B.20, B.6, Mk. 21, RB-57D-2, and RB-57A (all in 1:72) and B.2, Mk. 20, and B.6 (all in 1:144). I recently inquired about the availability of the 1:72 Sea Vixen, and was able to buy one. So you never know - if you see something you like send them an email. Christopher responds very quickly. Cheers, Bill
  2. Ah, it were the pictures that led me astray. The instruction booklet has these nice little diagrams that show what look like the windows (the ones for the spots where I had to open up the fuselage) being modified to be a millimetre or so shorter in each dimension. Sounds easy to me. Only the pictures are telling you to make the opening in the fuselage smaller than the moulded in cut lines, not the windows. Needless to say, I opened up to the cut lines, and now have windows that are too small. This leads me to wonder why Matchbox would have moulded the cut lines larger than the windows that they knew you were going to put in there. Seems rather asinine to me. No big deal, I will now have to make new windows some other way. I think I'll use clear sheet styrene. ***** Remember how I said I might need a "ton" of filler for the waist turret side panels? Turns out it was a ton and a half. I think this will be OK - we'll see when we get some primer or paint on her. When sighting at a grazing angle everything looks smooth. Cheers, Bill
  3. Quick question - are you supposed to read the instruction booklet prior to and during the build of the model? Cheers, Bill
  4. Looks like the wingspan is longer than the Wright Brothers' first flight. Great work! Cheers, Bill
  5. Similar experience with my two daughters way back when, only the "sickness" flowed down the wall from the upper bunk to the baseboard. The next day I was unexpectedly painting the wall. Cheers, Bill
  6. Share and share alike! ***** The new resin side panels for the waist turrets have been epoxied into the fuselage halves. I did what I could to get them to align nicely, but a bit (read: a ton) of filler is going to be necessary, applied in several sessions. But we will get there. A while back I ordered the High Planes Models (HPM) PB4Y-2 engine/cowlings in case we were unsuccessful in making resin copies of my one good Cobra cowling. So, a quick update. First, my mate from our local club tried in every way we all could think of to make good copies. The man should be knighted for his efforts. Unfortunately, we were not successful. Bummer part one. The HPM cowlings arrived - although it looks like the master used for casting is quite nice, these particular copies had some nasty air bubbles and voids in the worst of places - like in the edges of the small oil cooler (I think) intakes. These would have been devilishly hard to fill and sand. Bummer part two. A quick email to HPM and a new set was whisked on its way from Singapore. These arrived in 12 days, not bad I think, and they look perfect! My hat is off to Christopher at HPM for the quick service. Right good bloke in my book. (He also let me buy a copy of a kit that is no longer available so I can use it for a future kitbashing extravaganza.) OK, back to sanding those side panels... Cheers, Bill
  7. All I have to do is think about building a Mach 2 kit, and suddenly my back doesn't feel so bad. Cheers, Bill
  8. She's not exactly Torquemada, but she doesn't take any crap. Cheers, Bill
  9. A few updates... Some windows need to be opened up for the USN PB4Y-2 version of the Privateer (as opposed to the RY-3 transport version) and these were opened up in the usual way. I have not test fit the clear parts yet, so let's hope I didn't make the windows too large! If I did, I'll have to use Micro Kristal-Kleer or whatever it's called instead of the kit bits. The new fuselage side panels for the ERCO waist turrets were removed from the casting blocks and test fit against the gaping hole in the fuselage side. Guess what? The resin panels are just slightly oversize. You can pop them in, but they bow out slightly. The way they are designed (following the kit parts) includes a lip which provides the gluing surface. Due to the lip, it would be difficult to sand the resin panels to make them smaller, so I decided to open up the hole in the fuselage instead. It didn't take much to create a nice fit. The ring that contains the gun turret is held in the side panel with a pair of resin retainers. For now, these are simply held in place with superglue, but I think this warrants some five-minute epoxy for additional strength. Once the ring is in place, it looks like this: Obviously, the remainder of the turret must be built first before being attached to the model. The fore and aft aerodynamic fairings that are so prominent in photos will go over the ring pivots on the outside of the fuselage and I reckon it might be possible, if you're really careful with the glue, to have the turrets actually pivot up and down. Shades of Monogram 1960! Imagine the fun you can have shooting at imaginary submarines that have just surfaced for a cocktail party. Nah, I think I'll just pose 'em and glue 'em. Leaving them moveable will just invite my grandson. Now, about those rings. I going to refer from now on to the Curse of the Calamitous Cobra Crud (C4). Seriously, someone should have taken the time to clean the moulds prior to casting this set of parts. I've already shown you some C4 - if you're squeamish you best look away now. On the left note the rather large chunk of C4 at the top, inside the ring. It's the bit that looks like an errant unconstrained sneeze. Both rings were like this when I started, since they were both made from the same tool. The ring on the right shows my attempt at cleaning out the crud. There is still more work to do here before I'm completely satisfied. You can also see some nasty "air pockets" in the protruding pivots at the bottom. Thanks to the putty fairy these will be taken care of. I know that Lone Star Models will be re-releasing this Cobra set either later this year or sometime in 2022. I trust they will clean out the moulds before they start casting. By the way, the first photos I've seen of their 1:48 resin kit of the PB4Y-2 look very nice indeed, and surely a model that will be quite popular. And expensive. Back to work... Cheers, Bill PS. I'm up to 30 minute sessions at the workbench, as well as walking each day for 30 minutes. I'm doing very well with my physio, or so Heather my therapist tells me. Science!
  10. What a great collection! And more to come - super work Tony. By the way, how many models do you produce each day? Cheers, Bill
  11. The 1:72 Hasegawa F-111C/G kit (#00952) has parts for both Triple Plow I and Triple Plow II intakes. I used this kit for my F-111B conversion (along with the old Revell TFX kit and a bunch of other aftermarket stuff) and had to replace the kinked intake ramp on the Triple Plow I to the straight ramp used on the F-111B. You even get two lower fuselage sections: Cheers, Bill
  12. Here is a quick comparison of the kit parts and the resin replacements for the top turrets. I think it's easy to see that the resin has more detail, including the ammo feed belts heading into the guns. The resin turret assembly can go on at any time of the build, as it does not have to be captured between the fuselage halves. The kit parts are on the left. I wasn't too enamored with the "guns" so I bought enough of the Eduard resin M-2 Browning guns to go around. How well these will fit into the Cobra turrets remains to be seen. I suspect some adjustments might be necessary. But at least they look like the actual guns! We'll make them work one way or the other. The vacuform turret domes from Cobra are not of the "high hat" variety, and test fitting shows that they are a wee bit too large in diameter for the resin turret. I think I could make them work, but the domes from Falcon have the correct sloping top and seem to fit perfectly over the Cobra resin even though they're likely designed for the kit parts. Odd, methinks. Anyway, I'll be using the Falcon domes. Cheers, Bill
  13. You could always do a what-if scissor wing glider... Cheers, Bill
  14. Thanks guys. The top turrets on the PB4Y-2 were Martin 250CE (variant 16 fore and variant 17 aft). The only real difference between the two variants was the mechanism to prevent shooting portions of the aircraft itself. The sloping Plexiglas dome seems to me to be best represented by the Falcon vacuform parts. The Cobra parts don't have the slope at all, and the kit parts won't really work with the Cobra resin which is much more detailed. Pix to follow. Sometime. Cheers, Bill
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