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M.Brindos

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Wow, that is quite the compliment! Thank you!
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Looking.very good!
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Looking.very good!


Thank you, Fabian.  [smile]

I've worked the exhaust stacks over with the glue-stippling method to compensate for their poor molding. It gives them a rusty texture that hides the flaws that the age of this kit has produced.




Simply stated, the method requires some LC to soften the surface of the plastic and then you stipple it with a stiff brush to get the desired effect.

I prefer Testors LC for this application because it has a slightly slower cure time than TeT.

Easy way to make plastic objects look rusty.

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Nice tip!
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Looks really cool ... 
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And thanks for the info on the sizes of styrene
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Confession time, lol.
I've been working on a decompression build instead of this one.

It's to be revealed much later. So back on topic! [biggrin]

I glued the fuse halves together and stick the nose on. I removed the location pins and lined it up manually as I got a better fit that way.

I've begun scribing panel lines on the nose. This is tricky because they are so long and they waver a bit because of it. I'm doing the best I can! Lol

Once I finish sorting out the nose I'm going to fit the front windscreen and blend that in. With that out of the way I'll work on the wings. I've found that glueing the lower wings on first allows you to add the upper wing panels after easily aligning them before you glue.

This old kit has it quirks, but they are so well known that finding easy fixes for them is not difficult.

I also removed the nose gun fairings. They are so rounded out over time that they need to be completely rebuilt. It also makes it far easier to level out the nose between the gun fairings and the carb inlet.




This old kit is still so well loved. [biggrin]
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My apologies for the big silence, mates. I've been getting in way over my head with four open projects at the same time. It started with my Airfix P-40. I am pretty far along with that one, then I received a package from my Father on my Birthday. Inside the package was Tamiya's brand-spankin' new 1/48 Ki-61-Id Hien (Tony). I watched one video tutorial and I just had to dig into it after that! This new Tamiya kit is absolutely perfect in every way. I was just going to build the cockpit, but I found myself getting in too deep. One thing led to another and the kit basically builds itself! I had to stop myself before I ended up dedicating all of my time to it lol.

Check it out!







Every piece fits PERFECTLY! Imagine just giving the seams a few little swipes with the sanding stick and it just looks perfect. That's why I got as far as I did in a couple of days. Once I got the cockpit and engine painted up it just stared falling together like crazy. I'm not even joking about that. The pieces really do fit perfectly!

Finally, I got some time back into the Revell P-40 and I made more progress. I completed the new panel lines on the nose and did some small redesigning work on the lower wing halves to blend the lower fuselage under the cowl flaps. I also roughed out the ejection ports. I'll clean all this up tomorrow.






If you take special care with this kit, things can still line up fairly well. I've got a whole mess of scratch building coming up to improve the wheel wells, so you can look forward to seeing that soon. In comparison with that Tamiya kit, this one is a ton of work! I will en devour as always. Good thing I find this work fun to do, eh? lol


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Tamiya kit is looking great! But then so is the p-40!

I think I would have a mental breakdown having three on the go at the same time lol

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I want to build that Hien so bad ... both are looking great



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Tamiya kit is looking great! But then so is the p-40! I think I would have a mental breakdown having three on the go at the same time lol


The Hien is so well well engineered that a two year old would have to slap it together to make it even look half bad lol!

Actually I've got four on the bench right now with the P-36. I've also got a 1/144 Phantom, T-90 base, and a decompression build on hold, waiting their turns on the bench too. Plus I've got a commission build that I need to start, that has to be completed by June.

I may lose my mind. We'll see.  LOL!!
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I want to build that Hien so bad ... both are looking great




When you get a chance, you will never regret purchasing that Hien kit. I can promise you that. The only down side is that the pilot is molded with his arms on his legs and needs a lot of attention to make him look good enough to sit in that phenomenal cockpit. He reminds me of the old Monogram pilot figs. Decent detail, but needs some undercutting to make things more defined. 

Also the engine bay firewall is completely blank. Not a huge upset, but the cowl is designed to be removed so you can see the engine and the guns are attached to the cowl itself, so they lift off of the plane when they should be a prominent feature on top of the engine. In this one respect the engineering was flawed. But totally not a deal killer. I'm sure that in a couple of months someone will produce an AM set for that engine bay to correct this.

Obviously it looks good by itself, as Tamiya kits typically do, but there could be way more detail in there. The pit itself doesn't need a thing. Its completely detailed with ALL of the correct pieces in there. Its a shame the pilot covers up a lot of it lol. 

The P-40 is not looking great yet. There is a ton of work to do still, but I appreciate the sentiment lol. I'm working on it! It will look ...almost great, I think. LOL!

* almost forgot to mention that the kit provides a clear fuselage half for displaying the interior details. 75% of the detail is buried in there never to be seen. I thought about using it, but changed my mind.
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I've made some decent progress today so far. I cut some strips of sheet styrene to fill the wing root gaps, added some of the spar detail inside the gear bay, added some sheet around the gear strut positions, plugged the iron sight holes, finished shaping the ejection port holes, and now I must wait for all of those pieces to cure up so I can sand them down. 














Not a bad days work, all in all. Still much to do, but this takes me farther along in the process.
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After a quick shot of black primer I realized that some sections of my scribing was not going to be acceptable for this project. I think I need to find some Dymo tape in the near future.




I have to figure out how to make these lines more straight. These were terrible! Masking tape will give you a good guide line, but it doesn't prevent you from veering off course.  [frown]

I
 filled in sections of the skewed panel lines with stretched sprue. That way I can rescribe without worry of deviating from my trajectory again.

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After I rescribed the panel lines (big improvement) I started in on the MG fairings.

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The kit pieces, attached to the nose piece, are really rounded out and not up to modern standards anymore. I added some styrene blocks to replace them and I'll shape and blend them in after the glue cures.

Then I will drill new holes for the extended MG barrels to be mounted much later.

Progress is slow when adding detail and corrections such as these. But the final results should be well worth it. [smile]
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