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M.Brindos

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I found this kit at a local used/retro Toy Store in my new town. It was New in Box with the original price sticker of $10.50 on it, but I paid the asking price of $15.00. 

I did some background checking on it on Scalemates.com and found this was first produced in 1977 and re-issued in 198x. The printing on the instructions says this particular kit was made some time after 1996. It's been out of production for quite some time. I think I kinda scored with this one lol.

There is no flash on the molding and the decals are in perfect shape. Someone had this shelved away in perfect condition!  [biggrin]

I've been working on it for a few days now and I have been doing a lot of scratch building to spruce up the detail level. I'm about ready for paint. [smile]

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I just finished up adding detail to the cockpit side walls this afternoon. After paint, I can close up the fuselage and work on updating the the "glass" with (hopefully) the spare pieces from my Airfix P-40B (which I received for Christmas).  [smile]

There is no doubt this kit is dated, but with some scratch building and some TLC I think this old kit will turn out great and look spectacular with my Monovell P-40B. The have about the same detail level, after all.

Looking forward to sharing this with you guys.  [smile]




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Looks like you did pick up a good kit. Nice work so far. SUBSCRIBED!
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Markings look great, looking forward to following this one.

Seeing as you love this airframe so much I'm sure your going to put a lot of heart into it and produce a stunning model [smile]

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Thanks mates! I've always wanted a P-36 in my collection. I'm going to treasure this one. [smile]
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Hi Mike

Nice kit you got there! Will follow your progress with much interest! The pilot looks pretty good for being included in a 70's kit!

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The kit looks crispy, i ll subscribe to see what you make out of it.
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The pilot is... Okay. Lol
I need to go over him more as he looks like a mannequin at this time and I can do far better.

I'll get an update put up some time tomorrow.
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I think I've got the cockpit ready so I can close up the fuse halves. The pilot still needs some work, but I've got the blocking done so that should go pretty easily.

The IP was painted black, dials done with a drop of white watered down to flow into them, then the IP was over sprayed with silver which gave them some raised details. To finish it off I went over the panel with thinned down black around all of the gauges again and then picked out some details in other colors.

Kind of a long process, but the kit supplied IP decal doesn't line up with anything on the IP. So you gotta do, what ya gotta do.

Finally, some forward progress! [smile]
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Way more work here than intended, but you guys know me. Lol





This is just another dry fit test. The fuselage halves are glued together and most of this thing will fit together without too much issue. Although, I haven't dry fitted any of the tail parts yet lol.
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Wow that IP is as good as any of the etch ones I use!
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Looks like you are bringing out the best in the old girl! Nice
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Wow that IP is as good as any of the etch ones I use!


Lol! It is not. If I could get a good close up shot you'd see just how mediocre it looks.
My specialty, because of miniature painting, is tricking the eyes to see what I want you to see. Lol!

That's a handy skill to have my friend. I use it on almost everything. Tricks of light and shadows.
That's what this unusual method provided me. The IP sits so far back under the cowling that it was necessary if you were to see any details at all.

That space behind the pilot's seat is huge. It puts everything forward by about 10 scale inches. But instead of fixing that and locating everything where it should be, I just decided to roll with it and compensate as best I could. This kit isn't worth fixing in some respects. Plus, I'm enjoying myself.

I like the character of the kit and I just want to embellish what it has to offer. Which isn't much, y'know? Lol

The character of these older kits makes them rather unique these days. When everything is so accurate.

Such as the new Airfix P-40B! Gorgeous amount of detail, and everything fits really well! I feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure I make it perfect. But most of the guys here have come to know I make the best with my mistakes lol.

I do mess up a lot! I've just gotten very clever at making it work anyways. Like my Academy P-40E. Messed that up all over, but it turned out okay regardless.

But that IP turned out pretty good after a an overspray, which was just lazy on my part because I didn't feel like masking when I changed the interior color from green, to silver.

Honestly guys, I came up with a solution to fix my own laziness and it worked out pretty good LOL!!

I guess what I'm trying to say, long-winded as it was, is that good things can still be made from mistakes. Even when they're self made mistakes lol.

I want to thank you guys for the constant encouragement. I'd be half as good without all of you! [biggrin]
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Well I would be more than happy if it were mine! Especially if you look at my mig-31 IP lol
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Oh I am happy with the results. Lol

It's just not as detailed as those PE ones are lol.
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I randomly picked this up a couple of days ago and started sanding just to keep my hands busy while I've been dealing with some stress. After a while I noticed that I had run out of things to sand. Well, I put a first coat of primer on it yesterday and I think its looking pretty good. Another shot of primer and I should be ready for some chrome silver.
















I honestly didn't expect to do anything with this build for some time. Well at least I'm a bit closer to done on this one. [smile]
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