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11 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

And I've only just tuned in too, John. It wouldn't be one of your builds without lots of different paint effects.

And, yes, the seat cushion is better second time around.

thanks Pete

 

if I keep on practicing one day I'll get closer to the result(s) I "see" in my head, still a long way to go but it is fun getting there

 

rgds

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The foot rest, rudder pedals and side consoles were fixed in place…

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…the oxygen and boxes were fitted to the fuselage walls.

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I really should have done this before fitting the Yahu IP however, very small holes were filled into the back of the instruments and then yellow painted brass wire glued in place…

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…and then the wires were bent and cut to size…

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I’m not sure how much, if any of this wiring will be seen, but I’d be kicking myself if any of to shows and I’d not done anything.

 

I’d broken off the box fitted to the IP so that was reattached and the panel fixed to the cockpit subassembly along with the gunsight…

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…the control stick was then glued in place.

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Next I’ll be fitting the PE harness and seat.

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

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7 hours ago, 81-er said:

That's a very nice looking cockpit, John

 

James

 

4 hours ago, modelling minion said:

I agree with James, the cockpit looks great.

thanks chaps

 

rgds

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Hannants excelled themselves by getting the “generic” Eduard Luftwaffe fighter seat harness to me in under a week, I really thought they wouldn’t arrive until early next week.

 

So to complete the cockpit subassembly I can add the harness and then the seat, the lap straps were fixed to the seat…

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…followed by the shoulder straps…

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After some light dirtying of the straps with MrWeathering greyish brown the seat was dropped into the cockpit.

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Next I’ll be finishing off the cockpit subassembly and joining the fuselage halves.

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

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1 hour ago, 81-er said:

I like the way you've posed the belts, John

 

James

thanks James

 

these "new" Eduard steel PE are easier to manipulate than their "older" brass ones, I had toyed with the idea of leaving one off until later in the build so it could be draped over the side of the fuselage, perhaps next time?

 

rgds

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After gluing the rear cockpit wall I noticed that the edge needed spraying the same colour as the rest, LP-11…

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…the cockpit was then fixed to the front and rear bulkheads.

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I’ve decide to not show the machine-gun bay so I’ve not added any details here.

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The fuselage halves were then stuck together…

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…the front landing gear is not stuck it place, I’ll fix it in place later in the build…

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…it looks as if quite a bit of the cockpit will be visible.

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Next I’ll be adding the other fuselage panels.

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

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That's looking really good, John, and it doesn't look like the seams will give you much trouble to clean up. If you've got unpainted brass PE, you can always anneal it to make it easier to bend

 

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17 hours ago, modelling minion said:

Very nice work John.

thank you

 

15 hours ago, jackroadkill said:

John, I'm very sorry - somehow I missed this build entirely.  I have to say you're putting my efforts 262-wise to shame!

oh no, I'll not have you saying you're not doing a cracking job, fixing the "clear" issue must be very trying, also I think the Tamiya kit is easier to build?

 

4 hours ago, 81-er said:

That's looking really good, John, and it doesn't look like the seams will give you much trouble to clean up. If you've got unpainted brass PE, you can always anneal it to make it easier to bend

 

James

 

thanks James

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This looks so good!  The extra details you've added really work .... it's a mini masterpiece! 👌

 

Keith 😁 

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My thinking is that it would be unlikely for the ground crew to work on both the engine as I’m going to display one of the Jumos, I'm not going to display the machine guns as they wouldn't be "open" at the same time?, for safety surely they’d work on them separately?

Anyhow I want to show the “lines” of the aircraft so I’ve closed the machine-gun bays…

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These “panel lines” may need addressing, I’ll see what they look like under primer.

 

I’d left the fuselage overnight and the bottom seam “popped” so I re-glued it and strengthened the join with some flexi CA.

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…these panels were also added…

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The Montex mask set comes with vinyl masks for both inside and outside of the canopy glass, these were used along with some liquid mask (protecting the glueing surfaces), and the “inside” given a coat of RLM66…

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…the “inner” masks were then removed and the clear pieces fixed to the fuselage…

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…the bullet proof glass(?) was fixed to the inside of the windscreen…

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Next I’ll be work on the Aires Jumo engine.

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

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6 minutes ago, shortCummins said:

My thinking is that it would be unlikely for the ground crew to work on both the engine as I’m going to display one of the Jumos, I'm not going to display the machine guns as they wouldn't be "open" at the same time?

You've certainly sprinted ahead since my last visit, John. So lots of likes from me. 

By this stage of the war there weren't a lot of ground crew left, as whole swatches of them had been taken to bolster the Wehrmacht. 

From what I've read, Luftwaffe commanding officers had to apply lists of names of ground crew they needed to be returned, in order to operate Aircraft.

The engines, in theory, had only a 25 hour life due to lack of adequate materials. In reality it could be as low as ten hours. 

Add to that, you only really want to open panels to actually work in there,and then close them up ASAP. Pretty standard Aircraft practice.

So your decisions are good. 

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More good looking work, John. How do you get on with the Montex masks on curves? I've had issues with them lifting on the last couple of models I've used them on, and despite pressing them back down immediately before paint, they've lifted and I've had to deal with removing paint from the glazing

 

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1 hour ago, Pete in Lincs said:

You've certainly sprinted ahead since my last visit, John. So lots of likes from me. 

By this stage of the war there weren't a lot of ground crew left, as whole swatches of them had been taken to bolster the Wehrmacht. 

From what I've read, Luftwaffe commanding officers had to apply lists of names of ground crew they needed to be returned, in order to operate Aircraft.

The engines, in theory, had only a 25 hour life due to lack of adequate materials. In reality it could be as low as ten hours. 

Add to that, you only really want to open panels to actually work in there,and then close them up ASAP. Pretty standard Aircraft practice.

So your decisions are good. 

thanks Pete

 

I've an idea things will go a little slower now as I'm working on the resin engine, also I'm waiting for MRP paint, none in the country as far as I've been able to find, I may have to resort to mixing my own from Tamiya but I'd far prefer using MRP for the mottling as the paint consistency is spot on and I find its a bit hit and miss when I mix them myself.

I knew the engine life was limited but I didn't know they were that limited, it makes sense though with lack of experienced ground crew, available materials and how new and different the technology was

 

50 minutes ago, 81-er said:

More good looking work, John. How do you get on with the Montex masks on curves? I've had issues with them lifting on the last couple of models I've used them on, and despite pressing them back down immediately before paint, they've lifted and I've had to deal with removing paint from the glazing

 

James

thanks James

 

these masks had notches cut out of them to ease the curves but on close inspection they do look as if they've lifted, I'll press them down again when I spray the final colour

 

rgds

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The Aires set comes with two engines however I only plan to use one for this build, I fancy building a Heinkel He-162A-2 Salamander at some point and now that I've got a resin engine all I need is the kit.

 

Firstly I gave all of the resin a wash in soapy water to remove any mould release and then set about cutting off the moulding blocks…

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…resin pieces and some PE have been built into subassemblies ready for painting.

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The lower wing was cut in half(ish) and the resin replacement glued in place with flexi CA

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…the front top of the nacelle was also replaced with a resin piece.

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Next I’ll be painting the engine.

until next time

as always, any suggestions, criticisms or comments will be gratefully received.

rgds

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17 hours ago, 81-er said:

That's going to look very nice when it's in place and painted

 

James

 

1 hour ago, modelling minion said:

That engine does look very nicely detailed.

thanks chaps

 

for once its aftermarket that won't be hidden away!

 

rgds

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