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453rd BG Museum Build - USAAF Boulton Paul Defiant TT Mk I (from the Airfix 1/48 Mk I) - FINISHED


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4 hours ago, CedB said:

Certainly getting your money's worth out of that printer!

I think he should start considering buying a larger one.... just saying..... :whistle: :D  

 

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4 hours ago, PeteH1969 said:

Do you have something to for the rear of the fearing at the wing root of your new nose?

 

 

Put me out of my misery, Pete - what have I missed :blush: :D

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20 hours ago, PeteH1969 said:

I don't know if it needs something or not but it just looks not quite right (not flowing)?

 

I see what you mean.

 

Actually, I think it's mostly the visual effect of the photograph highlighting the contrasting textures/colours.

 

I've given it  a squirt of Tamiya white to even out the visuals:

 

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Where the nose joins the fuselage the panel line underneath is definitely a bit on the Airfix trench side and a bit wobbly - and that'll need a bit of filling; but there's no major contour mismatch/deficit.

 

The rest is as Airfix intended - which I hope is vaguely Defiant like :winkgrin:

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3 hours ago, Fritag said:

 

 

 

I see what you mean.

 

Actually, I think it's mostly the visual effect of the photograph highlighting the contrasting textures/colours.

 

I've given it  a squirt of Tamiya white to even out the visuals:

 

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Where the nose joins the fuselage the panel line underneath is definitely a bit on the Airfix trench side and a bit wobbly - and that'll need a bit of filling; but there's no major contour mismatch/deficit.

 

The rest is as Airfix intended - which I hope is vaguely Defiant like :winkgrin:

Thank you Steve

 

Now I have seen the rear view it all makes sense now.

 

Pete

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Carried out with your usual meticulousness Steve. great stuff. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the weathering, these things got quite beaten up in service, especially those upper wing roots, what with two of them traipsing over the thing in all their clobber.

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23 hours ago, Fritag said:

 

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Lovely images of progress already Steve: that combination of background colour and angle of view really does resemble one of those airbrushed advertisments you see in the like of Flight magazine from the period.

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Steve,

 

That's a lovely job on the nose join - looks like a bought one!

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

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On 5/30/2023 at 9:53 PM, PeteH1969 said:

Now I have seen the rear view it all makes sense now.

 

Was it that lump behind the oil cooler fairing that looked odd to your eye Pete?  That's the cabin heater take-off apparently. Or leastways its Airfix's representation of it :D

 

On 5/31/2023 at 10:45 AM, 81-er said:

Can't be far off actual colour coats now

 

I see what you did there.  But maybe I'll use Tamiya…

 

On 5/31/2023 at 11:04 AM, general melchett said:

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the weathering, these things got quite beaten up in service, especially those upper wing roots, what with two of them traipsing over the thing in all their clobber.

 

I've read that the USAAF gave DR944 to Martin Baker in a right old state, so p'raps subtlety shouldn't be my guide.  I need to look for photo's of typical Defiant wear patterns tho'.

 

So the enlarged radiator has had it's bath of filler-primer followed by a right good exfoliation and has gone to play with the rest of the airframe.

 

I've tried to be smart and pre-painted the innards.  Just to be difficult one of the boundaries of the yellow/black stripes runs into the front of the radiator, so I've predicted where the line will run.  Bound to be wrong.....

 

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It took a little fettling but it fitted nicely into position on the lower wing.

 

I used a bead of UV cured resin along the join to get it nice and smooth, and so whilst it looks like there's a small step in the piccies, there isn't one; it's just the thin line of cured grey resin that's visible.

 

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Anyways.  Sorry for dwelling on this small step in the build for so many posts.  But it's been a distraction from a busy week at work.  Therapy almost :winkgrin:

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Fritag said:

 

Was it that lump behind the oil cooler fairing that looked odd to your eye Pete?  That's the cabin heater take-off apparently. Or leastways its Airfix's representation of it :D

 

 

I see what you did there.  But maybe I'll use Tamiya…

 

 

I've read that the USAAF gave DR944 to Martin Baker in a right old state, so p'raps subtlety shouldn't be my guide.  I need to look for photo's of typical Defiant wear patterns tho'.

 

So the enlarged radiator has had it's bath of filler-primer followed by a right good exfoliation and has gone to play with the rest of the airframe.

 

I've tried to be smart and pre-painted the innards.  Just to be difficult one of the boundaries of the yellow/black stripes runs into the front of the radiator, so I've predicted where the line will run.  Bound to be wrong.....

 

y4mN_ci1xO9pvNG4NTL3rr023lGGOGDoxqkK70A_

 

It took a little fettling but it fitted nicely into position on the lower wing.

 

I used a bead of UV cured resin along the join to get it nice and smooth, and so whilst it looks like there's a small step in the piccies, there isn't one; it's just the thin line of cured grey resin that's visible.

 

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Anyways.  Sorry for dwelling on this small step in the build for so many posts.  But it's been a distraction from a busy week at work.  Therapy almost :winkgrin:

 

 

Yes it was Steve it looked quite odd from that front view.

 

Pete

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On 5/31/2023 at 7:11 PM, Winded Penguin said:

In 10 years, it will be interesting to see how different our hobby is -  especially the aftermarket opportunity -  due to 3D printing.

When I follow threads like yours, 10 years doesn't seem that far away 👍

You don't have to wait 10 years to see the future. 😉

Here is my ongoing 3d printed Oxcart (only the yellow parts were missing to build entire model):

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The model is consisting of more than 100 parts. Now I am doing some fine tuning to complete this project.

Serkan

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15 hours ago, Fritag said:

I've tried to be smart and pre-painted the innards.  Just to be difficult one of the boundaries of the yellow/black stripes runs into the front of the radiator, so I've predicted where the line will run.  Bound to be wrong...

I love this pre-planning, forward thinking approach.  Deserves to be rewarded.

If it were mine it would be close but not quite close enough….

Anyways, fingers crossed for yours!  🤞

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17 hours ago, Fritag said:

Sorry for dwelling on this small step in the build for so many posts.  But it's been a distraction from a busy week at work.

Keep doing that, we likes it! :D

 

I love the color of that radiator, looks like it's made of fiberglass (it's not, is it? :D )

 

Great job! :clap:

 

Ciao 

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19 hours ago, Fritag said:

Sorry for dwelling on this small step in the build for so many posts.  But it's been a distraction from a busy week at work.  Therapy almost

Dwell away, I enjoy seeing every little detail of the planning and manufacture of parts. I've even ordered UV setting resin and CA glue after reading about them in this thread. :)

 

Richie

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12 hours ago, Serkan Sen said:

The model is consisting of more than 100 parts. Now I am doing some fine tuning to complete this project.

 

Beyond impressive, Serkan.

 

8 hours ago, Dave Slowbuild said:

If it were mine it would be close but not quite close enough….

 

It has that feeling of inevitability about it...

 

7 hours ago, giemme said:

I love the color of that radiator, looks like it's made of fiberglass (it's not, is it? :D )

 

Hycote filler primer, G.  Brilliant stuff as long as you don't need to retain any delicate surface detail :winkgrin:

 

4 hours ago, RichieW said:

I've even ordered UV setting resin and CA glue after reading about them in this thread. :)

 

Add the filler primer to your list, Richie.  Not for your translucent wings tho... obvs....

 

1 hour ago, AndyL said:

Well, here's a tatty MKII to give some idea of wear and tear.

 

Brilliant; thanks again Andy.  I’ll break out the MIG chipping fluid (I'll be accused of exaggerating tho' :rofl2:)

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That radiator looks great in situ, Steve. Hopefully you have got the demarcation in the right place. Funnily enough, there wasn’t a bad pun with paint names in my last post, I didn’t notice it until you replied 🤣

 

James

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It had to happen.

 

Roger @Dunny’s riveted his superb Defiant, and it made such a difference that I thought I’d better have a go too.  Summat new for me…

 

I have various riveting tools, none of which have ever been used in anger.  But I plumped for the Trumpeter:

 

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Copied over some rivet lines from my plans:

 

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Simplified a bit where it seemed sensible to do so.

 

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And in one, not too traumatic session did the two upper outer wing panels:

 

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As Roger alluded too on his build, it’s actually not too difficult to do it freehand if you have a line to follow.

 

It’s a start.

 

Neither the most interesting but thankfully nor the most difficult task in modeling.  Hopefully it will improve the look.  It certainly did for Roger’s Defiant.

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Fritag said:

Neither the most interesting but thankfully nor the most difficult task in modeling.  Hopefully it will improve the look.  It certainly did for Roger’s Defiant.

 

It's a fine post, adding the rivets makes a huge difference. Youu've done it really subtly too. After seeing this nobody need be afraid of riveting.

 

I can't help but think you're going to get pestered about doing some colouring in though. ;)

 

Richie

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