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Those are some serious issues but I have no doubt that you can handle them and turn something ugly into a beauty.
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I turned my attention next to something I think we all have a love/hate relationship with, p.e.  I found it fiddly enough to work with in 1/48.  In 1/72, well, it was interesting.  On the up-side, the seat mounts turned out rather well, and once I get some paint on the armour plates and seats I think it’ll look pretty nice.

 
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The rest of the p.e. is basically seat harnesses, something for which there is no better substitute.

 
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The fuselage interior needed pepping up some, even though very little of it will be seen.  First I had to eradicate some big mama ejector pin marks near the waist gunners positions.

 
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Then came the internal structure.  Again I tried to follow the exterior rivet lines as closely as possible.  The horizontal longerons weren’t too bad, as I could do them in one piece, but the vertical stringers caused me to question my sanity a few times, trying to cut each piece to fit!

 
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The nose section, where the bomb-aimer/front gunner sits, except there is nowhere for him to sit.  Not sure how he would cope on the real thing, either, as there is a clear panel under his feet, so how he manned the guns without standing on the glass is a bit of a poser.  Also he needs some way of accessing the compartment.

 
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The clear nosecone of the kit gave me something to work with, however.  There’s a flat ridge section running across just under the gun sockets.  I’m thinking perhaps I can fabricate some sort of stirrup seat and attach it to that ridge.


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Taking inspiration from allied bombers of a similar ilk, I cut away one side of the bulkhead, to form an access portal, then added the usual ribbing.

 
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To t’other end, and the tail gunner’s position.  His canopy is microscopic, probably no bigger than needed to place his head in, which, when you think about it, as all he really needs.

 
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It would have been nice if the kit actually gave him a hole to poke his head through, though! 

 
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Even though it will be impossible to see anything through, I just had to open up the position.

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Good work buddy !!
liking all the effort you've put in for the interior structure and how you're solving the build issues etc.
this is going to turn out great for sure !! [smile]

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Good work buddy !!
liking all the effort you've put in for the interior structure and how you're solving the build issues etc.
this is going to turn out great for sure !! [smile]


Thank you!

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I was looking at my Liberator tonight prioritising my build. For a £100 kit its really is a rip off, 2011 kit but totally sh1t standard. No interior moldings so will need to scratch build the waist gunners area.

Think I'll build the Me110 in tandom with this kit and decide which I'll use for my GB

The nose section is clear on liberator and dry fitting parts the join to main fusalage is shocking.

I'm quite capable of solving problems like these with normal styrene, but sand and filling a join between clear and softer styrene is somewhat daunting to me, especially re rivetting and panel lines

I know I'll never buy a Hasegawa kit after this terrible example of their kits

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Keith, this is why I buy second hand kits, usually at least, helps keep the budget sensible
I did buy the AT-ST 1/48 from Bandai brand new though [smile]


Anyhow, I remember seeing a couple of tips about fixing lost raised rivets.

One was using a pin with a handle into the plastic
pushing a hole into the plastic raises the edges and then you use a filler to fill the hole wiping off the excess and you're left with a raised rivet.
I've tried this and it needs some practice but it's a handy work around.

Another one I've seen is using micro steel ball bearings using a micro drill to create a recessed hole and then glue in the ball bearing.
Extra super fiddly but the result was stunning !
I think it was on a Wildcat 1/48 model, not sure but it looked really good !!

Anyhow thought I'd mention it whilst I remembered [wink]

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Details, 1/72 photoetch, Ill fitting kits... you guys are working this GB hard. Impressive!
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Next job to tackle was the nose-wheel bay.  That flat oblong had to be cut out, so with a combination of a razor saw and a panel line scriber I set to it.

 
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Damn, that old plastic is well ‘ard!

 
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As I started to cut through, the small sliver of rear fuselage behind the bay started to flex a little more than I liked.  So to support it I glued in the bomb bay doors.  I had already decided on fixing these in the closed position, and by attaching them now they gave a measure of support to that area, minimising the chances of it snapping.

 
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Though I naturally had no idea what the original looked like, the one thing I do know about a Renzan wheel bay is the same thing I know about any wheel bays.  They have to be big enough to fit the wheel in!

 
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Some cutting of plastic card later, and this is what I ended up with.  I need to do it in two parts in order to be able to spray inside of it.


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The round grey piece is a section of spare runner from another kit.  This will form the trunion that the nose oleo will attach to.  It’s leaning against it at the moment, but will be attached on top of it later.

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Very nice and thoughtful scratch building. Thank you for sharing!
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Kit your scratch building is really inspiring!

I spat my dummy (pacifier) last night with my build...............but after sleeping on the problem I think I've solved my problem.

Watching the work you and Fabion are doing made me persevere with my kit. I'll need to do some spars in the waste gunner area of my kit. But to keep them in match with other spars I'll need a different method to strips of plasticard.

The way your build its progressing, I'm certain it will be 1 magnifent reveal

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Thanks guys.  Of course, the proof of the pudding is if it fits when I join the fuselage halves together.  It all goes nicely on a dry fit, but...!
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I don’t think I’ve got enough popcorn for everything you guys are doing! Wow
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Nicely done, I do like to see a bit of scratch building [smile]
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Here’s my attempt at scratch-building some interior.  The large panel at the top is the centre fuselage flooring, somewhere for the waist gunners to stand.  To the right is the cockpit floor, with a cut-down resin instrument panel and centre console.  To the left is the rear bulkhead, with the flight engineers’ station to the left, (the right on the actual aircraft,) and the navigator to the right.  I drilled some tiny holes to act as gauges, four of everything for each engine, and made some tables out of some spare p.e. I had lying around.  After painting, the holes will receive some Micro-crystal clear, to give a glass effect.  To each panel I added some panel lines and rivets, then after priming I had an idea to experiment with a sort of pre-shading, but using a dark grey Prisma-colour pencil.  No idea how it will turn out, but we all learn by experimentation!

 

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The p.e, seat frames and resin armour plates proved something of a challenge to assemble without feeding the carpet monster, but I did it without crushing anything in my sausage fingers.

 
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Everything else interior-wise is now primed.  Fuselage insides to be done with green now, wheel wells and cowlings in Aotake later.

 
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My research while building the Raiden showed that Japanese interior green is a bit darker that British or US stuff, but because of the limited viewing available, and because it’ll be dark enough inside already, I opted not to darken things, but just went with straight Vallejo interior green.  I think my pre-shading experiment worked.  I did enhance it a little though, with some dark pin wash.  Because this was a prototype it would have seen very few flying hours, so all weathering/wearing will be kept to a very bare minimum, no more than to pick out the details.

 
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I wanted to make some oxygen cylinders, but the runners from the kit were too big.  The largest rod in the Slaters pack, however, seemed about right, so I chopped up some lengths.  Above it you can see the rear bulkhead with the clear applied to the gauge sockets.

 
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I then did my best to shape the ends into something roughly cylindrical, but they look more like felled tree trunks!  Look, they are bloody tiny, and I could barely hold them between my fingernails, okay?!

 
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I fabricated some more electrical panels from card, to place in and around the cockpit.

 
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Once painted, I glued them into place, then added wiring from fuse wire.  Some other different fuse wire made up hydraulic pipes/control runs in the centre fuselage.

 
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Only a modeller will understand the endurance it took to get this lot into place!

 
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Here’s the steps towards putting the flight deck together.  I think I took so many because I know once it’s all buttoned up, no-one will ever see it again.

 
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Centre fuselage flooring going into place.

 
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Then the flight deck.

 
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Buttoning up.  Though the fuselage halves were reasonably straight for such an old kit, I still needed some clamps to hold it all in place while the ETC did its job.

 
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Now it’s all starting to take shape.  As, I think it was vdbo76 said, a big psychological boost, joining things up at last.

 

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And then I realised I had forgot to add the ballast in the nose, to prevent tail-sitting!  I think I can get around this by going in through the nose wheel bay and the bomb-aimer’s position, but I’m still annoyed with myself.

Doh!

 

 



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Wow that is a load of work! Are those seatbelts PE?
It’s just a small (wink) advantage but last time I scratched a tiny oxygen bottle, I round one end of the bottle while I still have the longer piece of sprue, then cut it off and round the other end.

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