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Andwil

Midway Defender - Marine Buffalo *Resurrected*

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Masked the under surface demarcation line with blue tack worms and sprayed the blue grey uppers:

 

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During this process I noticed an ominous rattle from inside, something has come loose in the cockpit, hopefully not obvious to the eye, or relatively easy to get to and fix.

 

AW

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Forgot to take any pictures today, but attended to a little overspray under the fuselage and did some detail painting including the non slip walkways on the wings and sprayed the tires on the main wheels.

 

AW

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Decals on.  Special Hobby’s decals went on a treat, released quickly from the backing paper and went down nice and smooth.  Always a good milestone in a build, it’s when the model really comes to life IMO.

 

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The kit had markings for MF-11 and MF-15.  The aircraft I want to depict is MF-17 flown by Lt Kurtz of VF 221. Luckily I had suitable 7s in the stash of spare decals so it was an easy job to make up the correct codes.  What I don’t have though are suitable serial nos, but as these are really tiny I have chosen to ignore them.

 

AW

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Canopy unmasked and it’s standing on its feet:

 

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I cannot see what has broken off and is rattling around the cockpit.  I thought it may have been the pilot’s headrest which is attached to a small projection in front of the dinghy canister as the attachment point was a tiny butt joint, but it is still there.  Actually not much of the cockpit detail can be seen through the canopy which is a shame.

 

The undercarriage was tricky to get lined up and is flimsy, but I was able to cement it in place and then strengthen the joints with CA.  I realised I had forgotten the outer doors that are attached to the main UC legs, so these were added and primed.

 

I also attached the exhausts and the telescopic sight and touched up with a few spots of paint.  Special Hobby provide a small hole in the windscreen for the sight, but it is so high the sight will not contact the fuselage and remain parallel.  So I drilled a new hole in the windscreen and filled the existing one with Testors transparency glue.

 

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