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Army_Air_Force

"Dodging" the Active Runway - 1/35 Flying Control WC51

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While the paint was hardening, I was working on cleaning up the graphics for the waterslides. Here's a photo of a couple of stencils from the rear of the truck.

 

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The next step was to mark out all the checkers with a pencil. I decided against masking as there are so many little grills, fixings, and corners to go around, it would be a nightmare. So, I'm brush painting it. Here's the truck marked up and ready. Oh yes, the eagle eyed may have noticed I knocked the rear spotlight off giving it a light rub down before painting. I didn't loose it, so it will go back on after the checkers.

 

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Then the painting began with a small brush, and steady hand and lots of holding my breath. Here we are one hour into the checker painting!

 

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Thats a good job on the front end stephen, looking forward to seeing  the finished paint job. 

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Well !!! another four hours of painting past by on January 13th 2010 gazing at black squares! Only the back of the body, rear doors, side flaps and the front grill were left to checker. There were a few edges to touch up, but after all that time staring, my eyes had gone funny, and I could still see checkers when staring at my laptop screen.

 

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Thats sending my eyes all anyhow, it does look good though, proper well done

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Another couple of hours checker painting made almost nine hours in total. The checkers don't meet correctly on the roof, but that isn't an error on the model, it is the same on the real truck. My friend who owned the truck before me, started painting the checkers from the front of the truck, forgetting the rear body sides were different lengths due to the late war "access body". When he got the the back and started to go over the top, he realised they wouldn't match up, and painted the black line separator. The side flaps, rear doors and grill were last to be checkered.

 

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The following day saw a little more paint touch ups on the checkers and other detail painting. The rear doors, one side door, tool rack, front grill, steering wheel, spare wheel were fitted, and spot light re-fitted.

 

Lights painted and front grill on.

 

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Spare wheel and side flap ( in open position )

 

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The rear doors and tool rack are fitted.

 

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General view. The cab canvas and screen are just placed on for this picture and not yet glued.

 

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Fantastic scratch-building and painting skills. You're on the home straight now and I really look forward to seeing the finished model (with the 1:1!)

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The next job done was to the astro dome, adding the bottom mounting lip, made from a ring of clear styrene sheet. The wheels were also then glued on.

 

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A little more progress was made on January 16th 2010. The roof canvas was glued on and the canvas over the dome mount was built up in Milliput epoxy putty. This was shaped and a few wrinkles added with the blunt end of a paint brush. The four leather straps that hold the roof down were added with some thin styrene cut into 0.75mm wide strips.

 

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Looking splendid 

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The roof canvas Milliput was trimmed and blended in to the rest of the moulded roof. The roof canvas and the hold down straps were then painted. The olive drab reflector housings on the side body were painted too, plus a little more touching up inside and out.

 

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The observer's dome was then glued in with PVA.

 

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Good job. 

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The flag and wind sock next. The flag is a graphic I did on the computer, mirror imaged it and printed it on paper. This was then folded back on itself around some brass wire and stuck with double sided tape, then crinkled to show it waving in the wind.

 

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The wind sock is also paper, rolled and stuck with double sided tape, crinkled a bit and painted. Brass wire forms the poles.

 

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All looking very good, I like the windsock.

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This was about as far as I could go until I got the waterslides back. The wind sock still needs crinkling a bit more once the paint is dry.

 

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A friend did the original set of waterslides, but not all of them were reduced to the correct size. I applied the good ones and ordered some paper for myself to have a go and making my own decals.

 

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Registration.

 

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Before I post the completed pictures, these two shots along with the 1/1 scale Dodge makes you realise how small 1/35 scale is. You can just make out the model amongst the checkers on the real thing!

 

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Looks good, nice detail with the markings on the inside.

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