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I'm almost half way through my month's leave and would like to do another aircraft build so I have chose this "Easy Assembly" kit from Hobby Boss. 

I've been doing quite a bit of reading over the past few weeks about the role North Yorkshire played in the air war during WWII. Needless to say Airfix's Whitley (RAF Leeming, just a couple of miles away.) and Revell's Halifax Mk. III (RAF Skipton on Swale, 10 miles or so.) quickly joined the stash.

As soon as I discovered this particular aircraft, Jukin' Judy, was based for a short period at RAF Scorton, near Catterick with the US 422nd Night Fighter Squadron it just shouted BUY ME!

 

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I should be back with an actual build update later today, can't wait to get started. 

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Steps 1 & 2.

 

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Sorry, that one's a bit blurry. 

 

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And with a coat of primer. Probably not the most orthodox way, maybe I should have painted the seats etc. before assembly but as it's all pretty basic anyway.

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2 minutes ago, Oldone said:

Looking good. I think I will be watching your build of this.

Thanks very much, glad to have you watching. I'm not really sure what I'm doing but I'm enthusiastic. :D

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2 minutes ago, Roger Newsome said:

Thanks very much, glad to have you watching. I'm not really sure what I'm doing but I'm enthusiastic. :D

Im sure you will make a really good job of it, and as long has you enjoy your build thats the mean thing.:thumbsup2:

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5 hours ago, billn53 said:

I built this kit a few months ago and really enjoyed it. My WIP is here, maybe you'll find some tips there: 

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235031011-hobbyboss-172-p-61-black-widow/

 

Looking forward to seeing how you do yours. 

 

Bill

That's great, thank you very much Bill. I may have some questions. :winkgrin:

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Hard at work filling seams. In previous builds I feel this has been a bit of a weak area so putting a bit more effort into it this time.

 

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5 minutes ago, billn53 said:

You're making good progress. Looking great so far!

Thanks very much Bill, I'm really enjoying it.

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A coat of Vallejo black primer.

My next concern with my models after leaving seams unfilled is build up of paint in some areas which is why a couple of bits have been sanded back.

 

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Pre-highlighting, is there such a thing and will it work? :think:

 

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The underneath doesn't look too bad, I'll give it another thin coat of black and see how it looks I think.

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19 minutes ago, neil5208 said:

looking good, you've successfully modulated the finish very well

Thanks very much Neil, that's a relief. 😁

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I applaud your progress and well modulated black finish! This kit looks like one of HB's better offerings. Think I might look out for one of their P-61B kits, as I've got the A model covered with Dragon's offering.

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8 minutes ago, Jackson Duvalier said:

I applaud your progress and well modulated black finish! This kit looks like one of HB's better offerings. Think I might look out for one of their P-61B kits, as I've got the A model covered with Dragon's offering.

Thanks very much.

The kit went together well but the decals are pretty delicate and require some care. 

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Props, landing gear flaps and external fuel tanks added today. 

This is where I hold my hands up and say I have no idea how much of the underwing stuff was on "Jukin Judy" at Scorton, or anywhere else for that matter, so I hope I will be forgiven for putting it all on! :D

 

 

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Wow! You've made great progress in a short time. Lookin' good! I quite like how your 'pre-highlighting' worked out.

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6 hours ago, billn53 said:

Wow! You've made great progress in a short time. Lookin' good! I quite like how your 'pre-highlighting' worked out.

Thanks very much Bill. 

I'm on leave at the moment so free to do as I wish most days.... unless my wife has other plans for my time. I'm pleased how the "pre-highlighting turned out, I must admit it's a bit of a practice run for another black project I have in the pipeline. :winkgrin:

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Hi Roger!

About painting your black project — you might want to check out how I did my SR-71:

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235027443-i-couldnt-resist-sr-71a-blackbird/

 

(Fast forward to post 60 on page 3)

 

I was quite pleased how it turned out. 

 

 

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28 minutes ago, billn53 said:

Hi Roger!

About painting your black project — you might want to check out how I did my SR-71:

 

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235027443-i-couldnt-resist-sr-71a-blackbird/

 

(Fast forward to post 60 on page 3)

 

I was quite pleased how it turned out. 

 

 

Thanks very much Bill, that's really useful and notes taken. The black paint grid on page two will also come in handy.

Nice work!

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