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Navy Bird

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. All I have to do is think about building a Mach 2 kit, and suddenly my back doesn't feel so bad. Cheers, Bill
  4. She's not exactly Torquemada, but she doesn't take any crap. Cheers, Bill
  5. 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!
  6. What a great collection! And more to come - super work Tony. By the way, how many models do you produce each day? Cheers, Bill
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. You could always do a what-if scissor wing glider... Cheers, Bill
  10. 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
  11. OK, you got me. What's a High Hat turret? I have three sets of clear parts for the top turrets - what came with the kit and two vacuform sets, one from Cobra and one from Falcon. Most photos show top turrets where the Plexiglas slopes down towards the openings for the guns (the kit and Falcon parts are like this), but there are some photos that show a more level top which also looks a bit taller (the Cobra parts are like this). Is the latter what is meant by High Hat? Cheers, Bill
  12. Maybe I could skip the putty and just paint my back zinc chromate... Cheers, Bill
  13. To accomplish that, I'll need to fill the incision with my red putty and sand it down with 600 grit. Most of my other surgeries had staples - they are especially nice to remove when your skin has grown over the top of them. This time, "heavy duty" sutures were used due to the length of the incision. Or so I'm told. They reminded me of nylon weed whacker line. My problem with them was that the ends of the knots were sticking straight up like a porcupine and were constantly moving back and forth, even poking through the weave of my shirt. Quite annoying. Most folks tell me I have a rather big nose, and my daughters curse me for giving it to them. USN - "Ol' Blunderbuss" of VPB-121 from White Dog Decals sheet 721003. Cheers, Bill
  14. Finally! The porcupine quills (sutures) were removed from my back. I can lie down or lean back against a chair without those nasty buggers reminding me that someone hit me in the back with an axe. Seriously, it feels SO much better. So much better, in fact, that I did some more work on the Privateer. First, the bulkhead at the rear of the nose section slipped right in. All of the bits that hold the nose gear were glued on with a rather strong "five minute" epoxy as I didn't think superglue, etc. would be strong enough. Luckily, the epoxy was applied in spots that are almost impossible to see - or, for that matter, impossible to get at for application. But I think it will work out OK. The spindly looking nose gear went in next. Although it looks spindly, it is surprisingly strong, and the epoxy is holding it on the bulkhead nicely. I made a similar nose gear for my PB4Y-1, and it has proven strong enough for the usual forces that a model experiences. I'm sure that a flat spin and impact from several feet will do it in, but that would also do in the rest of the model too. Add the nose gear to the list of stuff that will never be seen. Lastly, the flight deck and side panels - I think these came out well, even though the Cobra resin is kind of "soft" on its details. Hopefully, some of the flight deck will be visible through the open side windows of the canopy. Hopefully. I test fit the nose section against the fuselage proper, and things look good. A bit more of my red glazing putty will be in order. The plan of attack going forward is to start by opening up some windows that are required for the variant I'm building (I'm glad I'm not making the RY-3 transport version as then I'd be opening up a LOT of windows). Then I think we need to work on the Cobra resin panels for the ERCO waist turrets. I'm sure the top turrets need to be installed before the fuselage halves go together. Revell/Matchbox forgot the astrodome entirely, so I'll need to make a hole for that. I think it goes right behind the forward top turret. So, some baby steps. My recovery is progressing nicely, and I'm religiously following my exercise regimen from my physio therapist to regain whatever core muscle strength I can get. Today was a big milestone - I walked to the corner and back without my walker! I'm not allowed to do that without a "spotter" but that's just temporary. I go back to my doctor in a few weeks for x-rays, so we'll see what he says. Who knows, maybe he'll let me sit at the workbench for 15 minutes at a time, not just 10! Cheers, Bill
  15. Very nice indeed. Your airbrushing skills helped create a very realistic replica. Cheers, Bill
  16. I'm in. Another French aircraft I know nothing about. Cheers, Bill
  17. Fantastic. Which museum will this be displayed in? Front and center I should hope. Cheers, Bill
  18. Not sure how I missed this one, but I'm glad I found it. The Bombay came out great! I know very little of these early types and I'm glad there are companies like Valom around who will take the risk and produce a model (in the correct scale of course). Really nice work, Heather! Cheers, Bill
  19. I guess so. The Ginter Privateer volume simply refers to it as a Norden bomb sight. Cheers, Bill
  20. True fact. For modelling, recuperation, and, oh, maybe drinking. Another true fact. That's always my first advice to folks with lower back pain - try everything else under the sun before you choose surgery. Spinal surgery is like Doom Bar on draught - you can't have just one. And I was taught that the domino theory had something to do with SE Asia. My addled brain is always thinking and planning about what to do next. If I wasn't, I wouldn't have boxes and boxes of aftermarket to go along with boxes and boxes of styrene. ***** Let's play "Now You See It, Soon You Won't." Cobra provided several resin items to detail up the bombardier compartment and these have been installed in the forward fuselage. Not easy to get a photo of though, but I'll give it a shot. First, the bombardier's "cushion" and floor was added followed by the starboard sidewall, which has an oxygen hose, storage case, and some electrical control thingies. The port sidewall also has a bunch of switches and controls. In the center of the floor is the pedestal and Norden bomb sight - I added a small decal to try and represent the cheat sheet book that was stored at the front of the bomb sight. Looking from the back side, you can get a better idea how this stuff goes in. Cobra provide a bulkhead to separate the flight deck and nose gear well from the bombardier station. In reality, there was a crawl way to get up front and above that was the entrance to the forward ERCO turret. This all means that the Cobra bulkhead is fictitious. But I don't care (reason forthcoming) and I installed it anyway. The reason I used the parts as they are is because once the front turret is in place, the only way to see this area is through the lower front window. I tried this with both the kit clear part and the Cobra resin clear part. You can't see squat, let alone diddly. So, as I said now you see it, soon you won't. Next available time slot is scheduled for the installation of the rear bulkhead and nose gear (which has been painted with Hataka Aluminum). Once that is done, the flight deck assembly will slide in and the cockpit sidewalls added last. Then we can move on to some other part of this model. By the way, I've also been cleaning up some of the remaining resin parts in the hope that some airborne resin dust will speed up the fusion of my vertebrae. It looks like there was a LOT of crud in the moulds. All I can do is chip away the crud as best as I can and march forward. If Cobra had still been in business when I bought this set, it would have gone back. Cheers, Bill
  21. Superb kitbashing and scratchbuilding - it looks great. Looking forward to the rest of the build. It's not often you see a PR.IV, especially in 1:32 scale. Cheers, Bill
  22. Superb work in the proper scale - well done that man! I like the magnet idea, it's a great way to get access to all your hard work. Cheers, Bill
  23. It shows up if you search for baggage pod only. I think the search term "baggage/fuel" was restricting it to the two results you got. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/air-graphics-models-ac-011-hawk-t2-100-series-baggage-pod--1196077 Cheers, Bill
  24. Superb work! Since you opened up the radiator, I wondered whether the Vb had gun heater ducting like in the IX? If it does, it would be a nice little detail to add. Cheers, Bill
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