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Reaping the Whirlwind. Cooper Details 1/48 Westland Whirlwind


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Cool! 

I roll up to work of a morning on the site of the airfield where 263 Squadron converted from Hurricanes to Whirlwinds in the Summer of 1940.

John 

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And after 6 weeks of dilly-dallying I begin. Starting with the cockpit

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I may not be making many "upgrades" to this build. the Cooper Details kit is fairly well thought out.

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And somewhere along the line I lost a few images of the completed cockpit before I sealed everything up. But I did give everything a coat of  AK RAF Cockpit Green letting that dry I followed up with a dark wash to highlight the details and used a white pen to bring out the instrument panel dials followed by a silver pencil.

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Then a little bit of very thin wire left over from lighting job for the batteries behind the pilot's seat.

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To give the nose some strength when it's time to add the guns I stuffed a little bit of Milliput to make it more solid when it's time to drill out the gun ports.

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Getting those squared away, I joined the fuselage halves together. The taped off the seams to use filler.

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I'll let these dry over night and begin work on the wings. Mainly getting the intakes and pass through cooling flaps added and the lattice work wing  spars. 

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That's a great start, Loren. The kit does look to be very nicely detailed, and it looks good under some paint

 

James

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With the fuselage all squared away, time to wok on the wings. specifically the intakes on the wings and the pass through bellows at the tailing edge of the wing.

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The instructions give you templets to make the bracing on the interior of the wings that is visible through the intakes and the pass through plates.

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A little bit of paint and there you are.

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Proceeding onto the engine nacelles, I added a little bit of detail with some plastic rod and made a rear plate for the Gear well.

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Attaching the nacelles and fillets(Templets supplied also)at the rear of the wing/fuselage join.

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Now time to fill all the seams using masking tape where needed to cut down on sanding. I'll let this dry for a day the begin the sanding process and get everything ready to some pre-sanding and painting.

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This one has come on very well, Loren. As Craig said, you're showing us all the potential of vac kits

 

James

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Honestly this kit and vacs like Koster and Dynavector are more like a regular plastic kit. You don't gt many hiccups as long as you pay attention to what you're doing. The Cooper kit even gives you notations on extra detail if you wish to add them. The only accuracy problem I've found so far is the cross brace spar in the wings at the intakes should be about 5 mm closer to the front opening. I found a picture after the fact that shows where it goes. Such is learning.

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A little bit of sanding and filling again followed by more sanding. You know the drill. It's time to start painting with some pre-shading.

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Then the main painting. Ocean Gray, RAF Dark Green for the upper surfaces and SKy Gray for the undersides.

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I'll let this dry overnight then give everything a clear gloss coat before proceeding with  panel line highlighting and adding the decals.

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You're absolutely correct. I stand corrected. I didn't pay close enough attention to the instructions. Not a difficult change.Have the shade in the paint rack( That I completely forgot I had) Thanks:thumbsup:

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Time to do an update whist I have the chance. After getting the colour mis-matching corrected and done,

 I Painted the hubs a light gray and started in on a dark wash to try and bring out some of the detail. The photo doesn't look like I did anything, but it's actually there and did help some. Especia;;y around the moving surfaces.

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Once all that was dry I added the props and the guns.

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Then wrangled the landing gear together and pit them in place.

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I'm not much of a fan of soft metal landing gear. It's pain trying to keep everything in its proper shape. I'll need to go back and do a final straighten up at the end.

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Then I masked off the leading outer edges and laid down some white, then after that dried chrome yellow.

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And finally attached the windscreen. This evening I'm going to try and apply the decals, let those dry then add the final small bits  that would break off if done earlier. The  this build will be in the bag. Finally.

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