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1/32 HC.1 RAF Puma Northern Ireland


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Belated build happy birthday! Getting there then. The four tie down loops/rings didn't always just hang straight down.

They sometimes didn't swivel that well. I got into the habit of making sure they all pointed downwards on my inspections.

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Looking very good Steve. A question, what shape have you made the modded panels between the air filters as the should be triangular?

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7 hours ago, Jabba said:

Looking very good Steve. A question, what shape have you made the modded panels between the air filters as the should be triangular?

Hi mate, they’re triangular(ish). The leading edge does have a progressive curve to it. I used the grubbyfingers site as a reference http://www.grubbyfingersshop.com/walkaround_galleries/Aerospatiale SA330 Puma Walkaround XW222 RAF UAS 2017/content/Aerospatiale SA330 Puma XW222 RAF UAS 2017 013 GraemeMolineux_large.html

 

thoughts?. I’ll try and get an overhead shot of the model.

 

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4 hours ago, Jabba said:

It just looks different in your photos, that is why I asked.

No worries mate please feel free to pipe up if you see something wrong and anyone else for that matter.

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After 2 evenings of masking this where I am, still plenty to do. The uppermost window didn’t have the frames moulded in. Does anyone know when the wire deflectors were fitted.

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jabba - you can see the mesh, just!.

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Thank you viper, you’ve just stopped me making a big mistake👋.

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So it’s now fully masked up with tape and compressed sponge. The front upper cockpit window has been redone. I’ll add the risers over the top window and I think we’re good for primer.

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Hi folks, well I’ve sacrificed myself from the weather and primed the Puma with my go to Halfords finest. As expected a few areas of attention as it still fights back, although it’s all my own doing. The main areas are around the cockpit where you can see massive gaps (just waiting on filler drying), then I’ll throw another coat on. Before I go book diving would anyone recommend the colours please (green/grey/black) to compare to what I’ve got in my paint stash.

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So today after my logistical issue on the paint front, I went to Frome Model Center and purchased some Tamiya XF paints (DSG & DG(RAF)). It’s the first time I’ve used these as historically I’m an Xtracrylix user. I’m converted though as it sprayed well and I’m happy. I’m think the grey may be a tad light but a clear coat may darken this. Obviously the black to go on yet and it’s drying inside at the mo as it’s cold in the garage. I used white tak and it’s got a fine feathered edge on the demarcation lines. Further updates to follow.

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Looks good to me. The paint faded anyway so don't worry about that.

If you're weathering too then it will make a difference again.

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11 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Looks good to me. The paint faded anyway so don't worry about that.

If you're weathering too then it will make a difference again.

Luckily I’m a better painter than a builder. This bit I enjoy as it comes to life (as such)

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Today I threw the black on which was actually quite time consuming. Again using whitetak and creating the weavy demarcation line which research showed varied quite a bit on how deep for each cab, especially noticeable from the sponsons rearwards. I also touched up some spray errors on the green/grey that slipped through the masking, but all now fixed. I’ll let this dry for a couple of days in the airing cupboard as I learn the new paint. Then it’s the black panels behind the exhausts. The mesh that will go over the drive shaft has been primed and sprayed.

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A very lovely paint job, especially with a paint new to you.

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This is looking great, I don't think I've ever seen a model Puma in anything other than 1/72 so I can't wait to see this finished.

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