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Natter

Hobbyboss P-38L

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Well I voted for the GB so I had better take part. I'll give this a go in two sessions (I am weak) of 0900-2100 Saturday and Sunday. As you can see from the clock, and the time of this post, I am late starting! Here we go:

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I saw p38 and thought you must be mad but the hobbyboss easy kit is a great idea. Good luck.

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Here we go with an update then.

There are a couple of ejector pin marks or holes to fill, these are on the rear of the armour shield behind the pilot's head and are visible when the cockpit is constructed. The hole behind the headrest is filled now, both with superglue/talc mix.

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The cockpit was fitted to the lower fuselage piece, the bottom of the cockpit being the roof of the nose wheel bay.

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Time check...

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A hodfull of lead shot was added wherever I could to make sure it isn't a tail sitter. The instructions say 6g in each of the forward engine nacelles. I removed the great big alignment pin and socket from the forward fuselage and got more in there and in the nose cone.

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My (much) better half went out to the greenhouse while I was fettling, hence the 'snack bowl'.

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The main lumps are together and it's time for an Aldi (other discount supermarkets are available) Snack Noodle. Yummy. All the food groups.... simulated.

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Back later............

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Nice job dave.

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I am also weak so doing the double, all right I'm old and decrepit and unable to stay awake for 24 hours without medical intervention. Good choice I hope it goes well.

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Thank you for the encouragement mes amis.

There have been some challenging gaps to deal with during the construction. Getting the front of the engine nacelles right was quite difficult.

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The fit of the nose wasn't great either, but that may well have been my own fault.

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The nacelles and the nose were fettled with my old favourite of superglue and talc. The boom intakes were given the assistance of my second favourite filler - Perfect Plastic Putty.

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The masking of the canopy had to be done at some time, but a steady hand would be required. What the heck, the sun was over the yard arm... somewhere it was anyway........

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Time for something to fuel the body. House Special Fried Rice and a Belgian Bun for afters. Nom, nom, nom........

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Canopy masked and the framing sprayed, time's a tickin'.

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Everything is primed. If I hadn't picked 2100 as a finish time I would probably try and get a coat of silver on the airframe. That will have to come tomorrow, by the time I had the airbrush cleaned it was almost 2100.

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Back soon. Good luck to all participants.

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One of my Masters (Jerry the cat) wanted to snooze on my lap so I had to sit there until he was ready to move before starting again. The sound of toast being made by my (much) better half made him race for the kitchen. Fuelled with my share of the toast it is time for me to get on with phase two....

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Lunch, waaaaay too healthy.

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The exhausts were paiinted with Humbrol Steel from the Metalcote range, allowed ten minutes to dry and then polished; ready to be weathered.

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The red fin tips and the red stripes on the booms were masked and painted. The decals are only for the outside of each of them, but I beleieve from reading around a bit that the red was on the inside as well, so I went for the mask and paint. Some of the red has bled under the masking tape, not great but not surprising as it took four attempts to get the red to spray properly. The spinners will have to be redone though. Now it is all masked up for the olive green anti glare panels.

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I'm taking a quick break for brew. Back soon.

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Looking good. Lunch looked tasty as well.

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Excellent clock! :thumbsup: The Lightning is even better.

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Looking good Dave, nice looking lunch.

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FAIL.

Sorry comrades, I failed. As you can see from the clock I finished at 2200, not 2100. A 25 hour build window and not a 24 hour build. I apologise. I didn't want to cut too many corners in completing the build, not spoiling the ship for a hapeth o' tar and all that. In an ideal world the anti glare panels would be matted down and some weathering and panel lining would be applied, but in the spirit of the build I will call this one done. A question to Enzo - I was outside the Blitzbuild rule of 24 hours, would you still like me to post in the Gallery?

For now, with the clock at ten pm, this is her built and painted.

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Big thank yous to Mrs Natter who fed and watered me throughout the build, and to all who watched, posted or liked. What a fab GB!

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I understand your position Dave, but I'd call that result pretty far from a fail- I mean are you operating on GMT or BST...?

Thanks for a very enjoyable thread and a great looking Lightning. (And some tasty menu suggestions!)

Cheers,

Mark

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Oooooh, nice one Mark. In UTC it was still 2100, so maybe I made it after all. Maybe.

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That's in no way a fail. Nice job.

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