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Another 19 Squadron build from me, ticking the boxes on my 19 Sq. Project.  This time a nice little Mustang Mk. III from 1944.  Decals are from the excellent Xtradecal sheet for 19 Squadron.  I'll be using the KP kit for this, so I am sure it will come together with some sort of resemblance to the aircraft.  I recall building one in Swiss markings and feeling good about it.  Here's the box art...

 

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Decal sheet and profile...yes...I will eventually be building all that are on the sheet!

 

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The sprue looks nice.  Some decent detail.  No flash.

 

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And off I go.  I have some time before the next GB begins for me in 2022 (Matchbox, January 8, wherein I will be building yet another 19 Sq aircraft!)

 

--John

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I added a bit of primer to the interior areas and then Interior Green for the cockpit pieces and Zinc Chromate Yellow for the landing gear areas.  This may be incorrect but the kit instructions gave me the option, so I took it.  It'll look nice.

 

Primed...

 

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...and painted.

 

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More to come!

 

--John

 

 

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I do enjoy the KP range of WW2 fighters.  Whether their Spitfires, 109 or Mustangs, I have yet to build one (and I have built many) that do not end up looking quite good. Others may disagree and I admit they are not 'Eduard' quality, but I have never found them to be disappointing or difficult.  Any build issues encountered are easily fixed and the accuracy is "close enough for government work",  as they say.  This is, so far, no different.

 

Here's what I began tonight.  Pretty basic stuff and the same routine as their other kits.

 

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A bit of decals for the IP and the seat...

 

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Some bits of paint here and there.  I'll let all this dry for an hour or so and put it all together, thus completing steps 1-9.  The tail wheel I will leave off until the end.

 

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--John

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11 hours ago, Shalako said:

Very nice kit!

 

Keep up the good work John!

Thanks!  I hope to do so...

 

11 hours ago, HOUSTON said:

John,

EXCELLENT  start.

MY favorite Warbird.

:heart:

I ran out of likes.   

:worthy:

 

Hahaha!  I'm glad you like it.  Me too.

 

This is what I did last night before I turned in.  I assembled the cockpit particulars and inserted them into the side of the port fuselage.  I deviated a bit from the plans in that I found it easier to insert the rear bulkhead first, then the primary cockpit area.  After that it is very easy to attach what I think of as the battery/radio piece in the middle as it sits on the ends of the two other pieces.  Does that take sense?

 

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another view showing the IP...

 

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I'll close it up this morning.

 

--John

 

 

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Took care of this little bit...

 

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Fits nicely.  I'll have to remember to mask that wheel well before I paint the underside.

 

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And put the fuselage together.  No real issues.  Some slight gaps to be filled--very slight.

 

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--John

 

 

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I cleaned up the fuselage, added the bits for the air intakes and so forth and attached the lower half of the wing.  A dry fit showed a good fit for the upper pieces so I'll let the sit overnight and attach the stabilizers, rudder and wing top-halves tomorrow.

 

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--John

 

 

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Just now, John Masters said:

Lovely @Shalako.  Sunny, breezy.  I swim all winter even though the water is about 15C now.

 

Merry Christmas!

Man, just by reading this I can feel the cold water!!! Swimming in winter?

 

Seriously, some doctors do say that swimming in winter is good for our health. I guess once it becomes a habit, you no longer pay attention to the water's low temperature!!

 

Cheers,

Bill

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The wing roots were not as perfect as I would have liked.  Big steps on both sides...

 

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Evergreen strip and PPP...CA....fixed it up pretty nicely.  At least it will pass the 75cm test...😆

 

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Flaps go on and with the stabilizers and rudder...looks very much like the thing itself...

 

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Time to check the roasted Brussels sprouts with garlic in the oven!

 

--John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Shalako said:

you no longer pay attention to the water's low temperature!!

 

Yes, well...I suppose.  After the plunge it is alright.  This winter is much colder than last yer's so far.  We didn't see 15C until the end of March, which is usually the coldest.  The key is finding a spot out of the wind when you get out to dry off.  

 

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Let's not forget there are parts of the west and north of Ireland (Donegal) that look like this but the water is a bracing 3C.  And here when it's cloudy and rainy, it's not fit for man nor beast.

 

--John

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I am blessed and lucky.  Tonight I am watching the wonderful ‘Scrooge’ from 1970.  On this Christmas it seems even more necessary to remember and keep the true meaning of Christmas and not take the life I have been given for granted.  

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I masked the canopy and attached it.  Then I went around and cleaned up the edges.  Glass work tends to be my Achilles' Heel so I thought I give it an extra 30 minutes to make it a bit cleaner.

 

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And the primer went on next...

 

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Very exciting times on th bench.  Lightning being painted, Mustang ready for some colours...I took a Tamiya Spitfire Mk.1 off the shelf and gave it a gander...and the Revell Hunter Mk 6...I suppose I could build the Gauntlet next too...really ramping up the 19 Sq Project.

 

--John

 

 

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I managed to get the Sky Type S fuselage band painted on.  I'll mask that later and begin the rest of the paint.  I noticed something in the decal sheet...this Mk.III is supposed to have a bubble top canopy.  Hmmm...I'm going to have to overlook that and press on.  

 

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--John

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On 12/25/2021 at 6:39 PM, John Masters said:

Yes, well...I suppose.  After the plunge it is alright.  This winter is much colder than last yer's so far.  We didn't see 15C until the end of March, which is usually the coldest.  The key is finding a spot out of the wind when you get out to dry off.  

 

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Let's not forget there are parts of the west and north of Ireland (Donegal) that look like this but the water is a bracing 3C.  And here when it's cloudy and rainy, it's not fit for man nor beast.

 

--John

 

I do some winter swimming too, on the west coast of Ireland. It is cold but the body can handle it. It's finding the willpower to get into the water in the first place that is the difficult part. Feels great getting out after 5 minutes, particularly if the winter sun is shining. I highly recommend it. 

 

Great work on the Mustang.

 

BM.

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9 hours ago, Blue Monday said:

Great work on the Mustang.

Thanks Blue.  I do a lot of bicycling and in 2019 rode the Wild Atlantic Way, aka the Wet and Windy...from Cork all the way into NI and Giant's Causeway.  

The average temperature in Connamarra in August, as I recall, was the same as December here.  Didn't swim.  

 

 

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I marked out the areas for the Medium Sea Grey with pencil...

 

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Looks good.  I'll mask that off when it is thoroughly dry.  Off to the Matchbox GB!

 

--John

 

 

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The 2nd mask has been removed and I am happy with the outcome.  

 

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Now the third series of masking, for the yellow leading edge.  For this I used Humbrol rattle can Trainer Yellow.

 

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And the final result?  Very nice.  I have already touched up some of the edges of the grey/green areas just to sharpen them a bit.

 

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Decals are next...

 

--John

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