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4 hours ago, Chief Cohiba said:

Working on the canopy I think I can wave goodbye to my plans to open the canopy by simply cutting it open with a fine saw.

 

Here's why: I've noticed that the cross-section of the  canopy part looks roughly like this:


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If I cut it open and try to slide it together, there would be a rather large overlay, like this:

 

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Of course with some grinding and sanding it can be done, but chances are to destroy this part and itself then the kit are there. Also, I planned to do this as a nice in-between build, and that would go beyond that. Also, I do have my next build in mind already, so...

Does anyone do a vacuformed canopy for these kits, that could be an option ? 

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On 10/2/2020 at 5:12 PM, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Does anyone do a vacuformed canopy for these kits, that could be an option ? 

Dennis, I thought about that too, and did find a few options, but not for the Merit kit and only on US ebay. First fact will cause fit issues, second leads to a price tag of 40,- $ plus and one to two months waiting until they're here. Not this time, I'd rather have this a clean and easy build this time...

 

Meanwhile im sanding seam of the body halves. Not that much, but will require some rescribing, I'm afraid.

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Nice work so far, Chief. As for your concerns about the rigging, on my shelf of doom is the Classic Airframes kit. If I remember correctly, that does include a rigging diagram. Right next to it lies a copy of Naval Fighters #84 on the Duck which may also prove useful. I'll try to post photos tomorrow.

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On 10/4/2020 at 7:40 PM, dnl42 said:

A vac canopy for the Glencoe 1/52 J2F is available here. Here's a quick photo

Many thanks, for the link, which looks reasonable. Still I'm afraid that shipping would be expensive and would take ages to come from Texas to little old Europe. Also, as it's for the Glencoe kit, I expect some more work than I'm right now planning to invest in this - I'm in a lazy phase currently. So, I decided to leave it closed and make my life a bit easier.  😉

 

On 10/4/2020 at 6:11 PM, dukdalf said:

Nice work so far, Chief. As for your concerns about the rigging, on my shelf of doom is the Classic Airframes kit. If I remember correctly, that does include a rigging diagram. Right next to it lies a copy of Naval Fighters #84 on the Duck which may also prove useful. I'll try to post photos tomorrow.

Many thanks as well, of course I would be grateful if you have a chance to post it, but with the links posted by Mike ( @72modeler many thanks again) I feel quite safe. Seems as if I haven't forgotten something so far on the fuselage.

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Just to keep you informed, here's some still life from the workbench and her current stage.
 

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It's just sanding, the long and curved lines in addition with the fine structures make this a rather detailled work with slow progress, but I'm going on...

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This is a most interesting and informative thread and has bumped my kit up the "to do list" several notches.

 

Martian 👽

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Looking good, great work so far, have you looked at clear plastic packaging to make the sliding sections as it could be heat moulded using hot water from the kettle after being taped around a former such as a paintbrush handle, that could work and not cost anything extra.

 

Chris

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Looks lovely - the blue scheme looks very nice. Being an Airfix kid, I have trouble seeing Grumman Ducks in any other scheme than silver with red wingtips, but I'll get over it!

 

As to canopy, if you have some thin transparent packaging material, you can make a section of canopy by finding a pen or something with the same radius as the curve at the top of the canopy, then hold an offcut of the packaging over a candle flame using bulldog clips until it goes floppy, and pull it over the pen, holding the sides down at about the right angle. You can then cut out a section of the u-shaped plastic to use as the sliding section of the canopy. If you mask the windows you can then build up the frames with layers of interior-coloured paint to give it some depth before spraying the final coat. Takes longer to write out than to do.

 

[edit] In fact, here we go. Step 1, find a suitable radius rod for the canopy top:

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Step 2, heat source: my daughter's cooking blow torch:

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Step 3, heat plastic, pull over radius rod, hold still until cool. Much easier with bulldog clips and not holding a camera!

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Step 4, cut to shape. I've outlined the shape with a silver felt tip marker just so you can see it:

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Regards,

Adrian

 

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On 10/7/2020 at 8:07 PM, AdrianMF said:

Looks lovely - the blue scheme looks very nice. Being an Airfix kid, I have trouble seeing Grumman Ducks in any other scheme than silver with red wingtips, but I'll get over it!

 

As to canopy, if you have some thin transparent packaging material, you can make a section of canopy by finding a pen or something with the same radius as the curve at the top of the canopy, then hold an offcut of the packaging over a candle flame using bulldog clips until it goes floppy, and pull it over the pen, holding the sides down at about the right angle. You can then cut out a section of the u-shaped plastic to use as the sliding section of the canopy. If you mask the windows you can then build up the frames with layers of interior-coloured paint to give it some depth before spraying the final coat. Takes longer to write out than to do.

 

Yes, the Airfix Duck - I know. Looks great as well, of course. But as I was drawn into this scheme by some other kind of inspiration (see first post) it had to be blue and pacific. Maybe this is Atlantic as well, but if I leave the Decal with "Atlantic Fleet Photography..." of, it's pacific again. 😉

 

Many thanks for your brief tutorial with the canopy, I definitely will try in the future, but most likely not on this one - though this procedure definitely would fit. But the canopy is already masked and I want to make this a relax-piece, so I'll build it closed. 

But this could be something for the old Matchbox Lizzy I plan...

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Last days I spent sanding and rescribing the joints, and I'm at a place where I can almost move on. While it was rather a good fit, the structure is quite fine and a lot of ot, and also the edges are quite curvy, so it didn't take a lot of putty, but it was quite some detail work required. Nothing that I'm good at. 

 

Here's the state right now:

 

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A few more tiny brass pieces to be put together and prepared before mounted on the fuselage:

 

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and primed

 

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After these are mounted I think the fuselage will get another layer of paint, some preshading to cover the sanded areas and then some more blue.

 

I am not 100% sure how to plan the subsequent steps, next will most likely be finishing the body halves including decals, or maybe mounting the lower wings in the same step as well. 

 

We'll see...

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And, it happened again; after an evening of crawling under desks and lookin on the floor with all kind of magnifying glasses, it's for sure - IT is missing. 

 

The following part has dissapeared into Nirvana, moved to another dimension, been eaten by a cat or simply thrown into a bin without noticing, but it's gone. Simple as that.

 

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So, what should I do? I've ordered another one at Hannants, but until it's here, this has gone to a break. Means, I will start something else, but this duck will have some time for a rest...

 

CU soon, guys...

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...the "duck" has to wait, not, the "dick", sorry for this language...
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