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My second contribution, the Special Hobby Vultee Vengeance in its target tug version. 

 

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The plastic parts parts are relatively simple and they're nicely moulded although the detail is soft and the level is quite muted. Everything on a single sprue. 

 

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A fair bit of resin, including a cockpit pit. Two vac formed canopies provided. 

 

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Nice transfer sheet. 

 

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14 minutes ago, Col. said:

Another rare and interesting subject. Are you going with the Royal Navy example?

Yes, there are two options for a Royal Navy version, a 733 NAS in the Temperate Sea Scheme based at Trincomalee, and one based at RNAS Sydenham this time in the Temperate Land Scheme. Both over Black/Yellow stripes. I think I'll go for the 733 option. 

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1 hour ago, 825 said:

Yes, there are two options for a Royal Navy version, a 733 NAS in the Temperate Sea Scheme based at Trincomalee, and one based at RNAS Sydenham this time in the Temperate Land Scheme. Both over Black/Yellow stripes. I think I'll go for the 733 option. 

TSS over black and yellow stripes does sound splendid :speak_cool:

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Some paint on. 

 

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The cockpit has come up nice. I had problems getting the winch operator's seat to stay in place and had to use a piece of wire into a drilled set of holes. I now have to find a way of getting rid of the protruding bit. Otherwise it's a nice cockpit. I need to make up some seat belts as well. 

 

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Somè moulding flaws to be fixed

 

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A bit of plastic strip and putty makes a start on fixing the latter. The former was simply filed off. 

 

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The cockpit is complete with Tamiya tape seat belts. The cowling assembled and needed some tidying up as well. 

 

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On 3/27/2019 at 4:23 PM, Col. said:

Good save on the cockpit opening :goodjob:

Thanks Col, and as you'll see below, it has worked pretty well. The cockpit glued in and given a coat of matt varnish to dull the paint down a little. 

 

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And the fuselage closed up. I was expecting an absolute nightmare but it went together with a minimum of fuss and has lined up pretty well. Only a small amount of filler and sanding is needed. And minimal tape needed to close up. 

 

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Even the section behind the cockpit cockpit where there was the uneven opening and massive moulding flaw is reasonable. Onwards and upwards. 

 

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Fuselage tidied up and engine and cowling attached. The latter was a really good fit. A little bit of sanding to get smooth surfaces, and once glued an almost perfect fit. 

 

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Some paint along the seam to check it. The underside (which can be seen above) may need a little attention but the upper side doesn't look at all bad. 

 

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2 hours ago, Col. said:

A little more attention to some seams and you'll be right with this one I'd say.

I've already sanded and polished the underside. I'm not 100% sure whether the upper seams are the different layers of plastic and filler showing through the thin paint or faint seams. I think a smear of Perfect Putty might be in order. 

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Sit rep as of today. Lot of painting down and the fuselage almost complete. The wings needed a bit of tidying up and there is still a coat of paint on the leading edges needed. 

 

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Will need to mask the yellow and get the black stripes on before the wings are assembled and fixed to the fuselage. I might fabricate some spars to fix the wings on as they are intended for a butt join. The only problem is there's is a massive resin block as part of the cockpit interior in the way. As well as the cockpit interior. Some small parts cleaned up and bagged. 

 

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Wings almost ready to be assembled. 

 

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I'll see about some way of fixing the wings to the fuselage and then finish painting the underside. 

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Masking off, and even though I say myself, not too bad a job. A bit of touching up required but overall not all bad. Serious phew moment though. 

 

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Though on reflection despite my careful measuring the strips on one wing look a bit narrower than the other. I saw narrower as the wider ones look more correct. 

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On 5/3/2019 at 10:45 AM, Silenoz said:

Impressive brushpainting... Nice work so far...

Thanks. 

 

I have fixed the stripes on the wings and painted the fuselage underside with black (Revell Aquacolour Gloss Black). A little bit of the yellow will need touched up. 

 

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I've got some plastic tube and Aluminium Rod that I'll use to strengthen the wing joint and that will be the next big job. 

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I've fabricated some wing spars to ensure the wing butt join is well supported. The fuselage is pretty hefty due to the resin cockpit insert and I'm not sure a simple butt join would be strong enough. I'll give the white tube a quick coat of interior grey green before slipping e wings on. On dry fitting the wing fuselage joint is very neat. 

 

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The wings have have also been assembled and look not at all bad. The fit was good and I have a nice leading edge demarcation. 

 

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Wings on. As usual dry fitted perfectly but once glue added needed a fair amount of fettling. Also some filling needed. But now starting to look the part. 

 

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Tailplane on. Brilliant fit but I added a wire peg to ensure strength as it's a butt fit. Bits and pieces of resin and etch added and faired in. Some more paint on. The tidying and cleaning up seems to be taking a bit of time. Hopefully will get masked and upper surface painting done soon. 

 

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Adrian you're right the Vengeance is quite a beast. And looks pretty good in the TSS scheme

 

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Although the tailplanes fitted well I had real challenges in making sure they stayed put. The wire pegs were superglued into a tight hole and Tamiya Extra Thin first smeared on the mating surfaces and then wicked down the joint. After leaving to dry overnight I thought they would be fine but every time I handled the aircraft the tailplanes moved out of true. They never came off just moved. After several unsuccessful attempts with TET I resorted to more superglue. And it took two attempts for one of them.  Then some cleaning up was necessary. Frustrating as initially the joints were excellent and seam free. 

 

I also had to smooth down and polish some of the underside colours on the lower fuselage. 

 

Anyway here we are today with a couple of coats of Dark Slate Grey on. Hopefully the first coat of Extra Dark Sea Grey a little later. 

 

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Painting almost done. 

 

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Just some tidying up of the black stripes around the undercarriage housings and a sky band round the rear fuselage. 

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