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Thanks guys. Going to enlarge the kit instructions on the photocopier at work tomorrow.

Those toothbrushes look ideal beard, will look into them.

Thanks for the offer Chris, I will keep it in mind, should my efforts go belly up.

Matt

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Time for another update.

I enlarged the kit instructions to 72nd scale.

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Needed an 85% increase to bring it to size.

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Certainly looks right, to my mk1 eyeball.

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I cut out the port wing, and taped it to the kit wing.

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After tracing round the point out, and removal, I'm left with this. A fair bit of material to remove!

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A few swift razor saw cuts later, I'm left with the rough profile.

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Attacked it with a file and sanding sticks. Looks more like the correct profile now.

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Started on the starboard wing, but the plastic extension snapped off, so I've had to reattach it.

Whilst that's taking a day of two to harden up, I've started scribing panel lines on the port wing.

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That's good work on the wing tips. I actually finished sanding and polishing the Hereford engines this week, the first progress for years.

Martin

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Thanks martin.

Hope you put some pics up of the Hereford.

I might do. My worry is that if I start a thread I will end up putting myself under pressure to finish the thing at a pace far quicker than I want to.

Martin

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The Hampden does scrub up well after detail and rescribe. I did one a while ago but not in as much detail as yours. I just scribed and stuffed some plastic bits inside for a busier look.

BTW what were the macaroons like?

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Started re-scribing the port wing.

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This is my current weapon of choice, a large sewing needle.

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This is where I'm up to. I'm not going for total accuracy, just a general "feel" of the thing.

Just got to make a round template, as there are a couple of round sections to do.

Darby, the macaroons were a bit flat and tasteless!

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Thanks Martin, think when I've done scribing I'll need to sand it all back. All the lines have raised burrs along them. Just making a circle template, by drilling a hole in some thick plasticard.

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Recently I've been playing around with fiddley bits of etch....

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I think that wraps it up for the cockpit side walls.

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I've applied the instrument panel etch, but not sure if it's much of an improvement over a decal. Maybe it'll look better under primer.

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Got the pilots seat mounted ready for paint.

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I'm soldiering on with it Martin, after all, I paid good money for it.

Don't know how accurate it all is, but it makes it look busy and cramped, just like the real thing.

By all accounts, it was a rather cold, tight space to fly in.

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Quick question: how are you planning to sand back the burrs? I'm at much the same stage on a build and I'm wondering how to sand the burrs without losing the scribing...

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Not too sure on the burrs, I will try a light sanding. I've heard people run some tamiya extra thin alongcthe panel lines. I think it's supposed to neaten them up. Might try both methods, and see what works.

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