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Hillson Praga E114B, KP kit, 1/72


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I could have masked the wheels for painting, but I decided to make metal hubcaps from aluminium foil. I punched two circles of adequate diameter:

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Pushed them in with a sphere tool on cardboard:

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Paint and ready to be glued on. If detail is needed (screws, axle cap) they can be also engraved cautiously:

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16 minutes ago, Courageous said:

Nice idea with the hub caps...

...but engraving them, in 1/72, you're having a laugh :mental:

 

Stuart

Why?

Here they are, engraved, just a somewhat sloppy engraving for the purposes of demonstration only:

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The nose tip is glued on, again a fair fit. The self-made six parts that comprehend the enclosing of the leading edge/windscreen are on now:

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The upper nose/windshield -to which the instrument panel was previously glued- is attached in place  without problems. It is masked inside to avoid overspray when painting comes:

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The wing is glued on. Noticed it has the spar area already painted on wood color. The stab strut locations are marked as tiny pips, so I removed them and drilled small holes for them. I will replace the plastic strut parts of the kit for finer strut material. The horizontal tail is a slide-on affair, but you have to enlarge a bit the hole for it to fit comfortably.
So far so good:

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As time goes by my modeling talents grow greater: I now manage to lose parts at a much quicker rate.

I cleaned the exhaust part and carefully threw it somewhere.

I had to make a new one:

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This is extremely interesting to hear. That as ones skills increase, the forces that swirl around ones work area increase proportionally. It is heartening to observe that ones recovery time is also decreased. 

A lovely plump little being coming into shape Moa!

 

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The intended plane, G-AEUT, had as said before balanced ailerons, a Pitot and a Venturi, that you have to provide:
The Venturi will come from the spares box, and the counterweights and Pitot are scratched:

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First coat of primer.
Priming is very good, because it reveals all the blemishes, but it's very bad, because it reveals all the blemishes:

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The landing gear is added, as well as the aforementioned aileron balances and Pitot. Ready now for the paint:

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A gloss black base is airbrushed in preparation for the top color.
As it happens, this particular plane had a different prop than the laminated wood ones I prepared (see above), so the kit's prop is painted (yellow tips included) to be used. The window frames and engine are painted at this time too:

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The fuselage is airbrushed.

Since the color seems to be a toss between aluminum and light grey, I made a mix:

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                       hi MOA ,

 

                                       re your 1/72 Hubcaps....... and thought I was nuts when I made twice 1/24 scale Sunglasses and lost them both !

                                      before I could stick them on the Charter Pilot Figure

 

                                                                                                                                g.g.m.m.s. !

 

                                                                                                                                  Geoff

                                                                                                                                F.T.G. 3156

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It is now List Time! wheels, rudder control cables, engine, stab struts, Venturi, rudder balance weight, are all added, with more to come:

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A word about the kit's decals:

I got two decal sheets, a larger one and a smaller one, the smaller one had some extra details and a couple of spare registrations. These are the type of decals that are very good, because their carrier is very thin and will mostly disappear, but these are also decals you have to handle very cautiously, for the same reason.  I managed to fold one and break two others. I used some spares from other regs.

For the model I am making, G-AEUT, the location for the decals given in the instructions is slightly off. Looking at photos you see that the fuselage regs do not align with the top spar, but are angled. The regs on the top wing should be more spread out, the regs under the wing are ok.

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Decals on. Photos show two more cushions on the front of the spar, so those are fabricated and painted. The exhaust is on. Additional painting of the flip over section started:

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