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Anigrand 1/72 Lippisch P.13b


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Placeholder until I can get life put to one side.¬†ūüėĬ†Inspired by @JOCKNEY¬†and his Luft '46 build during the festive season, though I couldn't face a Unicraft kit myself. Resin looks good, and hopefully it'll come together quickly enough, (famous last words.) Jason Todd approach for me as the missus is coming up from South Woodford¬†for the weekend.¬†

 

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Let's get this show on the road - not many pieces, obligatory Blitzbuild 'nana for eats, and some melodic, gentle music to get us started.

 

Resin looks good, but there is quite a large depression on the upper piece - looks like it has been repaired before shipping which is a bit naughty - let's see what it looks like under a coat of primer. Looking forward to the vac canopy as well.

 

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A little bit of superglue, some judicious filing, and most of the time spent on cutting out the canopy gets us here. Time for some soup prepared by daughter no. 2.

 

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Elapsed time = 1 hour 8 minutes

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Back at the bench. I toyed with the idea of putting a pilot in there - Mr Matchbox is never gonna squeeze in, not sure who the cockpit was designed for - 12 year olds?

Anyways, a session of superglue, kicker, and sanding is about to commence. Hopefully get a squirt of Halfords primer on it later so it can cure overnight.

 

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Some sanding done, though you can't really tell. I've decided that the armament of 2 x 30mm cannon doesn't make sense - so one position will be faired over. I can't imagine the sound of that going off near your earhole would have been very good for the hearing either. The canopy has been polished and washed - just waiting for it to dry before it gets a dip in Klear and then I'll continue with the filling/sanding.

 

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Elapsed time = 1 hour 48 minutes + 1 hour 8 minutes = 2 hours 56 minutes

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Last night's session left us with a dipped canopy and first priming of the airframe. Still plenty to go at yet though.

 

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Elapsed time = 52 minutes + 2 hours 56 minutes = 3 hours 48 minutes

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Today's sessions start here - canopy needs another dipping, and the main airframe isn't too bad. The depression can just about be seen on the right wing here - I don't think it's worth the effort to correct in a Blitzbuild. Hoping to finish assembly today, get the canopy attached, and get the undersides painted in light blue/grey.

 

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Morning session done - canopy has had another dip, it's not great but it will do. The fins are attached, panel lines tidied up, and the general airframe and intakes refined a little. Another squirt of primer and it's time for a cuppa I reckon.

 

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Elapsed time = 2 hours 19 minutes + 3 hours 48 minutes = 6 hours 7 minutes

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Off we go again, an oaty/fruit luncheon with coffee, and hopefully the primer has cured having been in the sun, before I set about it again. Lovely day today.

 

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Carpet monster got the control column, so the spares box came out. There were only 8 parts in the kit and it got one. Another coat of primer - almost ready to get the canopy on, once the panel decal goes on.

 

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Elapsed time = 2 hours 35 minutes + 6 hours 7 minutes = 8 hours 42 minutes

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Another session done - this time the carpet monster had the instrument panel decal away. It was in place and drying, and then it wasn't. :angry: I added a placard from a Mike Grant sheet as a replacement. Next session should have the canopy on hopefully.

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Elapsed time = 46 minutes + 8 hours 42 minutes = 9 hours 28 minutes

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..and another one gone. Canopy on, and a bit more filling and sanding done - just need the canopy to dry enough so I can get some paint on now. Weather should be good tomorrow so spraying should be good. Still haven't decided on a scheme, and not sure if I'll use the kit decals or not as the instrument panel was a tad thick to say the least.

 

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Elapsed time = 58 minutes + 9 hours 28 minutes + 10 hours 26 minutes

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Not so good with the canopy - the polite version is that it didn't look great, and so I masked it off, secured it with cyano, and then slathered some filler on it. I'll be back later after a cuppa and some marmalade on toast.

 

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Elapsed time = 1 hour 10 minutes + 10 hours 26 minutes = 11 hours 36 minutes

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You're making great progress, especially considering the timeframe you have to work in.

I look at this and think "Proto-F7U Cutlass"!

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Thanks for the support. Got some paint on but tried to use an old tin of white for mixing. How daft can you be? :wall:

Anyways, after a spattered approach which couldn't be passed off as a WHIF scheme, and some judicious cleaning we are here.

This will now be painted in the¬†rarely-mentioned, experimental, late-war "Geist " scheme - specifically designed as a low-vis camo for high altitude interception work. ūüėČ

It still needs some tidying up around the canopy, and I'll sort some suitable decals out of the stash in due course.

 

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Stopped counting the hours and minutes as 00:00 approaches - can't use my 24 hours worth.

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Great work. Couldn't you just call the undercoat faded RLM02?

 

Where did you get the gallbladder forceps? Do not incriminate yourself by answering that question on line!

 

Alan

 

 

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