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Reply with quote  #61 
Nice work on the scribing Kenny. The details look pretty good even when you consider the age of the tooling, but those gun barrels make a huge difference mate

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Reply with quote  #62 
Those gun barrels are a huge improvement over the kit barrels. I'm still going to be surprised, I think, if this old kit can be transformed into a competitor Kenny. I'm not doubting your skills, I've just built a lot of the old Monogram/Revell kits in the past lol.
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Thanks mike. I have seen a lot of these old kits turned into gems. It just takes a lot of work in these early stages to makeup for the shortcomings of the kit. Also a lot of patience along the way. Stupid pin marks everywhere. There were 6 pin marks alone in the top of the bomb bay. The area that's supposed to be metal...... Did another count of the gun barrels and it looks like I'm actually going to be one short. I'll need to order some more so I can replace them all. That way I'll have some spares in case I lose some, and for any future builds.

Got a little bit done today. Still no paint, because I'm trying to figure out how much I want to assemble before I paint it.
Cut some styrene to convert the passageway to the nose into a place to put the weights. Think I'll darken the paint when I paint those sections to make it look darker, so it's even harder to notice.

Then since I need so much weight, and I can't put any in the nose (downside to the glass nose), I flattened the pellets that are going to go in the space. Since they are hollow pellets this should reduce the wasted space by quite a bit, and get some extra weight in there.

Then I finished getting the sections assembled for the bomb bay. Don't have them glued in yet, and I haven't cut out the racks yet for the bombs. Going to see if those are painted a different color or not. If they are I'll paint them separate if they aren't I'll glue them on and paint them at the same time.

You can probably see a few of the pin marks that I had to take care of on the top. Including the pin marks on the fuselage halves I think there were a total of 9 in the bomb bay. With nothing in the fuselage halves they line up well, and close up with minimal gaps. Once I get the inside all painted up and assembled I'll get to find out if it's still that way. I really want to start putting some paint on this, but there is still quite a bit of boring tedious work to do before it's ready for that. On the bright side with all the prep work I'm doing now, there will be less down time between painting different sections of the inside once I start.

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edit: just realized I had actually taken that last picture over the step in the instructions for it. It almost looks like it's backwards, because I dry fit it on the opposite side that it calls for in the instructions. Did that because there were more obstacles to deal with on this side (had to sand the corner of the seats behind it a little so the back wall of the bomb bay would line up correctly).

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Looking good mate!
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Thanks neil. This is really turning into a great group build. So many great builds going on, and it hasn't even been going on for a month yet.
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I'm about to slip into a session with Trevor, Kenny. I'll let him know you're looking for him? Or not. lol
AM guns look good, definite improvement.
Multi-plane dio's seem to be the go hey? Might have to look at it myself. [smile]

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I was doing some research on the multi-plane idea. Figured I'd try and make it so that they were planes that would have been flying from the same airfield if possible. However from what I found the bombers and the escorts were based at different airfields. They weren't that far away, but they were still different ones. Think the base that Ruthie was on had b-25s and b-24s flying out of it. Instead I just ordered a refueling truck and a tractor with bomb cart set and a set that has a few oil drums and jerry cans. Think I'll just got for a diorama with the b-25 being resupplied, but now it's going to have 2 more kits that I have to build for it. LOL. Now all I have to figure out is how I'm going to make the base it's all going to sit on. I think this is going to be my most ambitious diorama idea yet.
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Reply with quote  #68 
A refuelling dio is a great idea Kenny, with a bomb cart and some figures it will really set a nice scene, I really wracked my brains trying to come up with something for mine, I wanted to do a Hurricane strafing the plane on the airfield, but fell short trying to find a decent Battle of Britain era Hurricane in 1/32.
But Trevor has come up with a good idea, I will reveal all on my thread later.

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There must be something in the air, as we all seem to be coming up with great ideas [wink]
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I think it may have something to do with the fumes. Alclad fumes being the most potent. LOL. I am setting myself up for a lot of figure painting on this one. Planning on taking some or all of the figures I had originally bought for the p-47 and use them here, the fuel truck comes with 2 but don't remember if the tractor did or not. Also going to see if the figures in the kit are worth anything. The detail looks good on them, but they have a load of flash on them, and their calves have pin marks in them. Must be real uncomfortable for them having those there. I know I wouldn't be feeling too good if I had holes partway through my calves.
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Use those fumes to your advantage Kenny, all the great artists used some chemical help, to create their best works.
"Lucy in the sky with Diamonds" came about when John Lennon was doing a natural metal finish on a 1/72 p-51d, the original title was "airframe aluminium in the nostrils with Alclad" but Mcartney changed it

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LOL nice pete. Been slacking the last few days on this. Had too many distractions. So far all I've got done is the nose section is assembled, and ready for paint.

The gun was a mess of flash and seamlines, and it was interesting cutting the barrel off. Bomb-sight was a mess too. Had a long pin mark hanging off the bottom of the piece that hangs out over the window. Along with all the flash and seamlines that had to be cleaned up. Going to put more of the flattened pellets in the gap in the floor while I'm at it. Probably only able to fit 4 or 5 in there, but every little bit will help with this. Trying to avoid a tail sitter at all costs. The goodies that I ordered for the diorama should show up tomorrow. Don't know if I'll start on them when they show up, or try and get some paint on the interior this weekend. Will probably depend on what I feel like at the time. I should be at the point where I can start assembling the interior to prep it for paint.

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Was looking at some reference pictures of the nose section this afternoon, because the directions say that the second nose gun just goes through the hole in the glass with no support anywhere else. Turns out that actually is right. Was prepared to scratch build some sort of stand for it, but it turns out that isn't needed. I did notice that the bomb sight looks a little large for the scale, and there are some panels on the left wall that are absent in this kit, that would be some nice detail to include. A shame really, because with all the glass around this section they would be seen rather well. Don't think my scratch building is up to the task of making them, and I don't have anything in my spares box that is close to those boxes.

Guess I'll keep looking at what I have, and see if I can come up with something.

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Right after that last post the lightbulb went on. Pulled this out of the p-47 box. The kit came with almost 2 entire cockpits for the different versions. Going to pull the big box off of this.

Forgot to take any intermediate pictures. Found the box for an old revell p-38 that I built when I was a kid, and I took what looked like it was probably a radio or something for a different version that I didn't build. Doesn't have the greatest detail on it, and I cut it down a whole lot. Still looks better than it was. With both boxes there, it may not be 100% accurate, but the positions are close and they are close enough for me. It also helps busy that part of the plane up (which since it's going to be one of the few internal areas that will be seen is a good thing).

Then I glued the bomb bay together. After this post I'll cut out the bomb racks, and glue them on. The reference photos I'm seeing either have them aluminum like the rest of the bomb bay, or part metal part painted interior green. Then there are even some that have the entire bomb bay painted interior green or there was even one that was a dark gray. Think I'll just paint it all aluminum and weather it up quite a bit. The darker color under the aluminum that I did on the vector thrust nozzles on the f-22 turned out so well that I think I might try that here as well. darker color under the lighter color, and then scuff it up with a sanding stick to show scuffs and scrapes.

Also had some goodies show up today.

This has some bombs and stuff in it, but I mainly got it for the tractor and cart.

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They should help busy up the diorama nicely. Think I'll be done for the night after I put the bomb racks in. Was a long day at work, and I'm already an hour and a half past the time I normally eat dinner LOL. I have a birthday party I get to go to tomorrow afternoon, so probably wont have much bench time till later. Birthday party for my 9 year old cousin should be "fun".

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Good result with the greeblies in the nose mate, They look spot on ! Nice haul for the diorama too, I'm really looking forward to watching you bring this together Ken y

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