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AdrianMF

A sacrifice to the Plastic Modelling Gods - Airfrog Beaufort- FINISHED

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I promised Milliput in the Frog Beaufighter thread:

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The Frog Beaufighter wings have a join half way between root and nacelle. Hopefully that will sand smooth. And the kit doesn’t have the tailwheel well bulge, so I’ve added it. It won’t be hollow but I can file it flat and paint it black.

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The Beaufort underside has so many cutouts, joins and concavities that I will basically sand out the shape I want, then tidy up the torpedo bay. After my porthole experiences scribing will be limited to bomb doors, crew access hatch and steps/handholds.

 

Regards,

Adrian

 

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I’ve been putting this off all day. I even wrote some configuration checking code this morning, though I’m theoretically off work.

 

But now I’ve done it.

 

I’ve managed to sand the top join smooth and get a smooth curve across the join on the turret fairing a curve:

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And the bottom is all smooth with a sharp straight edge to the torpedo recess:

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Gunsights and fuselage glazing all intact!

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Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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Excellent work Adrian,

 

An epic build on all levels. The lengths you have to go to to get a decent Beaufort eh!!?

 

Looking good.

 

Cheers Greg 😎

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3 hours ago, limeypilot said:

Got to love loads of white bits!

I think it's adding more white bits to my hair than the model...

2 hours ago, GREG DESTEC said:

The lengths you have to go to to get a decent Beaufort eh!!?

Crazy I know. Were I ever to want to, I could buy a mainstream Messerschmidt 155 or 210 kit from any of three or four manufacturers* but because the Beaufort doesn't have a crazy cross or mottle camouflage, here we are. Rant over... :)

 

Regards,

Adrian

 

(*) but where's the fun in that, eh?

 

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Commendably smooth Adrian.

 

That cockpit looks equally as compelling in the shots above. :thumbsup2:

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How do you avoid filling the insides with dust from sanding, I plug all the holes up?

Oh yeah, looking good...and an appropriate rant.

 

Stuart

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4 minutes ago, Courageous said:

How do you avoid filling the insides with dust from sanding, I plug all the holes up?

Oh yeah, looking good...and an appropriate rant.

 

Stuart

Good question, that's the bain of my modelling life!

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On 30/12/2018 at 18:19, TheBaron said:

cockpit looks equally as compelling

Well, I guess that could be a good thing or a bad thing... 

On 30/12/2018 at 21:04, Courageous said:

avoid filling the insides with dust from sanding

I believe in free trade. Open to dust in, open to dust out! I do a lot of blowing (dusty) and sucking (tastes of dust) along the way. I did an F-111 for a GB a while ago, and when sanding the exterior down, a seemingly sealed fuselage rendered up all its internal dust onto the canopy, which I had been rubbing... I had to rub the bottom rear of the fuselage with my most unpleasantly artificial item of running clothing to generate a bigger static charge that carried all the dust to the rear end.

On 30/12/2018 at 21:09, woody37 said:

Good question

Free movement of dust!

 

Regards,

Adrian

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7 hours ago, AdrianMF said:

Free movement of dust!

Relying on static at the back to keep it away from the front, I've heard it all now Adrain...but if it works.

 

Stuart

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like it a lot

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Plodding on...

 

After a tiny bit of fettling, the canopy fits remarkably well:

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Time to give it a dip in Future and see if it still fits!

 

I have also rounded off the Frog Beaufighter intakes (the Airfix ones look too big), drilled out the actual intake and filled the sink marks.

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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Stunning work Adrian

 

I really hope you can still see that amazing interior after the canopy is fitted and painted.

 

cheers Pat

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The canopy looks great, hopefully it will stay as clear as it is now!

 

Ian

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Frog Beaufighter props have been cut down in diameter and I’ve provided some metal tubing and shafts for free running:

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Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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A hot screwdriver makes excellent steps:

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Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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Can I steal that idea?!

 

Trevor

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Excellent tip about the screwdriver, I shall remember that one for future use.

 

Martian 👽

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Hello Adrian, Looks great so far. Nice modeling as I really like to see. Wish my mojo could turn back even on my diecasts. Maybe I should start a thorough very early spring cleaning soon/first  to get me running on temperature again. As ever, it's only the start to get something  back on the track. Also to you a belated "Happy new year". Nice work as ever. Cheers Benedikt

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44 minutes ago, Max Headroom said:

Can I steal that idea?!

Yes, but...

40 minutes ago, Martian Hale said:

I shall remember that one for future use.

... don’t stick it in too far when you’ve sanded most of the plastic away!

 

... and keep it still until it has cooled right down or you get plastic mozzarella.

8 minutes ago, bbudde said:

Nice work as ever

Thanks Benedikt! Hope the mojo reappears!

 

Regards,

Adrian

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10 hours ago, bbudde said:

 Wish my mojo could turn back even on my diecasts.

Try building something completely different, it seems to be working for me.

 

Helpful of Mars 👽

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Crikey Adrian, looking fantastic now the fuselage together. Great save on the portholes.

Brave guy to stick a hot screwdriver into your model!!!

Keep up the good work.

All the best

Chris

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44 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

hot screwdriver

When I was a teenager and building 54mm Napoleonic figures it was standard practice to get a good sheepskin or horsehair effect to drag a red hot pin over the plastic to texture it. (If the pin is red hot it is hot enough not to form cheese strings)

 

And before that a hot pin was good enough to make bullet holes in my aeroplane models!

 

I simply didn’t fancy having to drill and cut the steps after watching the plastic crumble while drilling the portholes...

 

Regards,

Adrian

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My present self thanked my past self profusely for building a framework to hold the bomb aiming window!

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I’ve added a compass and some details to the navigator’s station now that I’m just about to put the canopy on:

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But first I have to produce a Sunday morning fry up!

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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