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I will be resurrecting this build from last year's Maritime Patrol GB

 

 

I got hung up with the weapons bay and figuring out how to hang the doors.  Still some external details to add like the weapon pylons and various sensors.

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Hi Ray

Great to see this one making a reappearance, more power to your elbow sir !

Cheers Pat

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After my dabbling with a couple of of other shelf queens builds that are now on the display shelf it is time to dabble again with the P-8. I had put it a side as there was a lot of fiddly parts to be made up.

 

It started with 17 (I only actually needed 16) hinge brackets for the weapons bay doors, I had to figure out the basic shape and then adapt it for my weapons bay. I made up the first to get a general shape and then began to copy them. Then the doors were lined with an inner sheet of styrene card and the hinge brackets attached, they will require some tidy up before the doors fixed on for good. I might run a riveting tool over them to break up the blank space.

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Then it was onto the various shaped sensor blisters on the lower fuselage, I also started to reshape some kit supplied blobs that had no real resemblance to the real MWS sensor fairings. Basically one of each done the others to do

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The flap actuator fairings were cleaned up and some putty applied and then installed onto the wing

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And a finally a test fit of the outer weapon bay doors which will need the hinge brackets adjusted to get the correct angle.

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So some more exiting filing and sanding to make up the remaining sensor blisters, now that this part is almost over I again wonder why I did not just get onto it and get it finished earlier

 

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Some time consuming progress to report.

 

Next up were the wing weapons pylon mounting pads, I made them out of card and had to fit them so they were parallel to the ground making the (to be made) pylons perpendicular to the ground when the aircraft is on its wheels.

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and installed

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I have also attached the MWS sensors which were reshapes from kit supplied resin lumps, I think they need a little more work to get the shape right
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and finally a size compare with a P-3

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Good work so far, on the mounting pads assuming you’ve got the references as the ones on the 1/144 resin set I used on my (failed) bid last year are shaped quite differently, nice to know as I’ve have to scratch them and the pylons  if I make a 2nd attempt 

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Thanks Stu,

 

Yes I have been referring to a lot of underside pictures, I have got the shapes pretty close, they might need some more minor refinement, once the pylons are on you won't see too much.  I have seen a 1/144 build by a chap at our club and the mounts supplied in the conversion he used looked simplified, just like a lot of the parts in the this kit that I have had to rework.

 

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Excellent work! Compared to the massive bomb bays on the Shackleton and the Nimrod, that on the Poseidon seems little more than an access panel to me!

 

Regards,

 

Jason

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Some more progress, the poorly done re-scribing has been filled and sanded and I have gone over most of the model to remove any rough areas. It it time to sort out some missing detail and start final assembly, I have added the engines and filled gaps

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And started the process of correcting the NACA shaped intakes on the lower fuselage, Welsh's portrayal is not much like the prototype

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And because I can't work on one model at a time, hear is a shot of the active builds on the bench

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Next I grabbed the kit antennas and gave them base plates
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and added some detail on the lower fuselage in the form of other antennas, vents and anti col beacons
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and finally started to figure out how to fit the main wheels and doors in the closed position
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Having not been paying enough attention to what's happening in this GB I've missed all your updates but that's really nice progress on this one Ray :thumbsup:

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