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8 minutes ago, Whofan said:

Umm, yes, I can.

Me too

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17 hours ago, AliGauld said:

A sterling start.

The wood is excellent and I may pinch that technique for later use.

Don't you just love old style Revell instructions makes the whole thing a puzzle as well as a kit.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

'Love' is probably too strong a word Ali but it does add to 'the fun' :) 

 

1 hour ago, Whofan said:

Umm, yes, I can.

1 hour ago, perdu said:

Me too

Ha! Perhaps I should have gone to Specsavers… :D 

I still think they could have made it clearer but hey, that's just me.

 

 

With that done I could assemble and glue the bomb bay, at last:

 

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I must admit that my mojo's a bit low at the moment - I think it's all the multi-step, fiddly, different coloured things but it won't be long now…

…until I start the cockpit.

 

I will admit now that, as Jim's kit is going to be closed up, I'm only detailing one bomb bay.

Who'll know? 

Oh, you lot, right.

Well keep it quiet chaps.

 

Bombs assembled:

 

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I noticed the gates left on the fins and thought 'Oooh, I could use those to hold the thing while painting'.

Not until after I'd cut one off, obviously.

Then I realised I could stick a stick up the mounting slot (fnaar!) so I cut the others off too.

I also assembled the other racks:

 

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Note that the parts are the same for both steps - you just stick the racks on opposite sides.

Which way for the frames? Notches on the bottom, 'front' rib going up. HTH

Does mean one has no detail on the outside but hey.

 

Then cleaned everything up ready for painting:

 

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…and applied some paste to the racks.

I've also used Giorgio's dry-marker test on the bomb seams.

 

Once the racks have had Nulm Oil and the bombs painted they can go in here:

 

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Progressing quite quickly here, Ced :clap:

Assembling bombs and/or any other external load is a great test for one's patience, IMO - well done! :worthy:

 

Ciao

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:clap:

 

1 hour ago, CedB said:

I must admit that my mojo's a bit low at the moment

 

52 minutes ago, giemme said:

Progressing quite quickly here, Ced

 

Now in a Ced build these two observations can both (rather uniquely) be true! :D

 

In other (thread drift) news....I've now received a parcel from Jim at the 453rd Museum, and so will have to commit some modelling for the first time in a couple or more years.  I've tapped and unwrapped it and ordered some bits and bobs and some paint so it must be going to happen.....

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Stunning progress on this pair Ced I'm really enjoying watching these come together

 

  Stay safe            Roger

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1 hour ago, Fritag said:

Now in a Ced build these two observations can both (rather uniquely) be true! :D

Also because even a low-mojo Ced is much faster than me in building models, so.... :D  

 

1 hour ago, Fritag said:

In other (thread drift) news....I've now received a parcel from Jim at the 453rd Museum, and so will have to commit some modelling for the first time in a couple or more years.  I've tapped and unwrapped it and ordered some bits and bobs and some paint so it must be going to happen.....

That is great news :) What did you get?

 

Ciao

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Those wood doors look great against NMF interior--I agree with @giemme on the patience required to arm an aircraft, sometimes it feels like the weapons are a kit in their own right--well done!  Best, Erwin

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On 08/04/2021 at 10:39, giemme said:

Progressing quite quickly here, Ced :clap:

Assembling bombs and/or any other external load is a great test for one's patience, IMO - well done! :worthy:

 

Ciao

Thanks Giorgio :)

 

On 08/04/2021 at 11:42, Fritag said:

:clap:

 

 

 

Now in a Ced build these two observations can both (rather uniquely) be true! :D

 

In other (thread drift) news....I've now received a parcel from Jim at the 453rd Museum, and so will have to commit some modelling for the first time in a couple or more years.  I've tapped and unwrapped it and ordered some bits and bobs and some paint so it must be going to happen.....

Good news Steve - it'll be great to see you back at the bench :)

 

On 08/04/2021 at 11:43, Hamden said:

 

Stunning progress on this pair Ced I'm really enjoying watching these come together

 

  Stay safe            Roger

Thanks Roger :)

 

12 hours ago, The Spadgent said:

Looking great. That citadel oil stuff looks pretty snazzy. I might need to invest. 🤩

 

Johnny

I like it - I use their stuff on pilots at Stew's recommendation and they're really easy :)

 

11 hours ago, rob Lyttle said:

Good progress on the internal gubbins, Ced. Those are looking GOOD! 👍Wee door handles and everything.... 😀

Thanks Rob. Pity it'll be closed up but hey, par for the course :)

 

8 hours ago, VT Red Sox Fan said:

Those wood doors look great against NMF interior--I agree with @giemme on the patience required to arm an aircraft, sometimes it feels like the weapons are a kit in their own right--well done!  Best, Erwin

Thanks Erwin :) 

 

 

Bombs to be painted 46 - I have some of that!

It's part of the six pots I bought ages ago and is, er, a little thick:

 

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Thinned in the top with W&N Flow Improver it went on OK:

 

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With some Nulm Oil on the other racks I think I'm close to finishing the bomb bays:

 

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As promised:

 

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Missed a bit, but I've only noticed in it the photo and…

 

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The rooves are on now.

I made sure the tapered bit was at the back AND that the roof 'clicked in' to the slots before applying TET to the joins.

 

Over the page - hooray!

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You’re going to put Boeing’s mass production methods during the war to shame at this rate, Ced!

 

Tom

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On 10/04/2021 at 04:25, Stew Dapple said:

Nice work Ced, they're like kits that fit within a kit B) 

 

Cheers,

 

Stew

Thanks Stew :) 

They are, they are.

There are enough part trees for about three or four normal kits in each one and moving them around is getting tiresome…

 

On 10/04/2021 at 08:14, tomprobert said:

You’re going to put Boeing’s mass production methods during the war to shame at this rate, Ced!

 

Tom

Thanks Tom :D

 

On 11/04/2021 at 07:58, The Spadgent said:

Ooooh that bomb bay looks great. 👏👏👏

Cheers Johnny :) 

 

 

What have I been doing for the last few days?

Tiny, tiny painting:

 

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Almost ready for assembly now, once I've applied decal #9 to the seat backs.

I just have to find them…

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A little before bedtime. No wine this evening.

 

Next step is to apply decal #9 x 2.

Can you see them?

 

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How about now?

 

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They're on now:

 

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Three went fine, the other fought me - but I beat it!

 

Future builders note: Stick the control wheel to the column before you stick the columns in.

That'll save you fiddling trying to get them straight.

 

Next the seats:

 

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I had them balanced in the slots then knocked them out when fitting the supports.

Twice.

At least.

In the morning I'll use tube glue.

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Two B-17's Ced? This may take you a whole week!

Fantastic work on the interiors so far, and the wood effect is perfect.

It's really been wonderful watching all of these 453rd Museum builds, thanks Ced for all your work in organizing them, let alone for driving your American friends there in the first place!

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6 hours ago, CedB said:

A little before bedtime. No wine this evening.

 

Next step is to apply decal #9 x 2.

Can you see them?

 

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It’s like a fun game of “Where’s Wally” they do it on purpose. 🤪

 

Im loving those mustard seats Mr B. 

Johnny.

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The wooden floors look better every time I see them, you need some tiny boot prints on them now like Giorgio's " Picchiatello ".

So you have non-wine nights too? We try to have one or two a week but it doesn't always work out, I had three last week but that was because I was taking anti-biotics for an infection.

 

Stay safe.

 

John

PS Have you had your 2nd jab yet and if so how did you react? SWMBO had her first a couple of weeks ago and wasn't too good for a while and still has the lump on her arm. She always reacts badly to injections/vaccinations' it's the blue blood don't y'know.

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just had a quick look before leaving for a training course. 😡 and it all looks very splendy.

Revell decals there's always at least one that tries to escape.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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10 hours ago, Cookenbacher said:

Two B-17's Ced? This may take you a whole week!

Fantastic work on the interiors so far, and the wood effect is perfect.

It's really been wonderful watching all of these 453rd Museum builds, thanks Ced for all your work in organizing them, let alone for driving your American friends there in the first place!

Thanks Cookie :rofl:

I'm pleased we're able to help Jim. The kindness he showed during our visit and the information he sought out is a great memory eh? Such kindness and enthusiasm deserves support IMHO.

I'm going to try to get to the Airshow at the end of July, if we're allowed.

 

3 hours ago, The Spadgent said:

It’s like a fun game of “Where’s Wally” they do it on purpose. 🤪

 

Im loving those mustard seats Mr B. 

Johnny.

know! I guess they squeezed them in where they could…

Yellow is weird I know, but according to the reference shots (scroll to the bottom) that Tom sent me the cushions could also be used as flotation devices. I don't think They'd help much?

 

2 hours ago, Biggles87 said:

The wooden floors look better every time I see them, you need some tiny boot prints on them now like Giorgio's " Picchiatello ".

So you have non-wine nights too? We try to have one or two a week but it doesn't always work out, I had three last week but that was because I was taking anti-biotics for an infection.

 

Stay safe.

 

John

PS Have you had your 2nd jab yet and if so how did you react? SWMBO had her first a couple of weeks ago and wasn't too good for a while and still has the lump on her arm. She always reacts badly to injections/vaccinations' it's the blue blood don't y'know.

Thanks John :)

Boot prints now! Giorgio has a lot to answer for! That bar getting even more out of my reach…

Non-wine nights are quite rare for me nowadays - I'm still deciding whether to go 'to the other place' sober, or happy and pickled. I suppose I should add 'drink responsibly' to that but I'm still not sure what that means.

No second jab yet - we're expecting it at the beginning of next month, fingers crossed.

SWMBO has blue blood? Are you sure she's not a Skrull? They can shape shift you know… :D 

 

2 hours ago, AliGauld said:

just had a quick look before leaving for a training course. 😡 and it all looks very splendy.

Revell decals there's always at least one that tries to escape.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

Thanks Alistair :) 

They do don't they? Good quality in general but some seem to be less so…

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This morning I remembered my perdu training - tube glue (Humbrol) is sticky enough to hold things in place and dries slowly enough to allow a little wiggle room.

Ideal for this sort of job:

 

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When I built the Belle I had problems with these then realised the top of the back strut goes under the bar at the back.

This time I looked closer and noticed that the bottom of the legs are angled so, if you push them into the holes, they sort of line up properly.

I also noticed that the top of the back legs is 'morticed' so they fit inside the frame. I've left it loose so that you can see it in that photo. Just.

 

They're in now:

 

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'On a roll' I decided to glue it all in:

 

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…and check the seam:

 

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Acceptable.

How much will be seen after close up?

 

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Not a lot.

I'd better take some close up shots before close up.

(English is weird)

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6 minutes ago, CedB said:

(English is weird)

Yeah, sometimes... :D  :D  

 

Lovely job on the interiors, Ced :clap: :clap:

16 minutes ago, CedB said:

Boot prints now! Giorgio has a lot to answer for! That bar getting even more out of my reach…

I plead not guilty, Your Honor, I saw that on another build! :rofl: 

 

Ciao

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Interiors coming on well. I wonder why the pilots’ seat supports needed to be so ‘ industrial ‘, perhaps it was because of the extra weight caused by the flak-jackets, steel helmets and other gubbins they wore.

 

John

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I go off to a training course, come back and he's off and running. 

Still, looks beautiful.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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