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ianprice

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Thanks lads, here is the canopy attached to the fuselage using PVA glue.

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I also made and attached the guns made from different diameter syringe needles bought off ebay.

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Reply with quote  #17 
Really well done with the details on this one. I can't wait to see some paint on this bird!  [smile]
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Thanks again Michael.  The next job I did was to mask the canopy.  The down side to using a vacuform canopy I find is that the frame loses a bit of definition due to the process of making your own canopy, making  it a bit harder to mask.  With this canopy I had to mark out the frame with masking tape then use that as a guide to mask the canopy then I removed the tape guides.  Then I add masking solution just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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That done next came the props.

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I also used masking solution on the landing light.  I was going to paint over the landing light as a guy from the US (who has a lot more knowledge than me on P38's) kindly pointed out that the "F" model didn't have them fitted and it was an error in the kit.  But I changed my mind and decided to leave it in and call it a local mod.

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Now its ready for paint.

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I looked at the paint guide in the instructions which to be honest really show their age and decided to look elsewhere.  I knew Eduard made a good P-38 so I went on their site and downloaded the instructions in PDF format which were in colour and decided to use that as the colour scheme.  I primed with Vallejo primer but after I left 24 hours to dry.  When I attempted to rub one or two areas down the primer started to peel.  I managed to smooth out the peel then when I sprayed the pre-shading using Tamiya black I gave the areas that peeled a thicker coat.  I sprayed the under surfaces first with Tamiya XF83 medium sea grey then I masked the under surfaces off using "Science Putty"  I then used Tamiya XF49 Khaki for the upper surfaces.  The instructions say to use Olive Drab but I used the Khaki as to me it made it look more worn if you know what I mean.

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Khaki? This just got interesting. I'm curious to see where this goes.  [smile]
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very glad you are building this P-38. I have a very old kit in 1/72 that someone gave me a while back. I'd like to have a go at it sometime soon. your WIP here will help. great work btw on the canopy/masking/machine guns.
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That is a great tip on masking that complex canopy pattern [to me it is complex, especially in 1/72]. Tape  the frames, then make the glass masks around them.
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Sorry there hasn't been an update guys as I was away for the weekend at Duxford for their VE Airshow which was fantastic with the newly restored Blenheim MkI, Spitfire MkI's plus loads more.  I have posted some of the photo's 

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Also I have pulled or damaged some tendons in my right shoulder moving some furniture for the wife so I haven't been near my shed.  I know I'm a tart but I hate pain.  I had to wait for some new decals anyway as the ones that came with the kit just fell apart due to their age.  They were that brittle as soon as I started to apply them even with a soft brush they just fell apart.  Oh well never mind.  Hopefully I will get on with it tomorrow.

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Those pics you took at the show are spectacular! beautiful photography. Joint injuries? PAINFUL. and since everything is connected to the shoulder girdle, EVERYTHING you do brings on the pain. Sometimes even coughing or sneezing, turning your head, etc. ice, heat, and rest for that shoulder are definitely in order. If it does get significantly better in 3-5 days better have a doc look at it. Possible you could have torn the joint lining? best wishes.
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Thanks Ted and my shoulder is now on the mend.  Back to work tomorrow and when I get home I have told the wife I am in the shed for an hour or two.  I would have got back earlier but I had another mishap.  Because I was sitting down so much with my injured shoulder, I had a recurrence of an old aliment I first got in the northern wastes of Norway one winter in the 1980's while serving in HM Forces.  Without going into detail I had to sit on a "rubber ring" for a few days, the things we do in the defence of Queen and country.  Hopefully now I am all sorted and all is well with the world.  
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OUCH---both ends in pain. I'll take the shoulder injury any day over the other. best wishes. anxious to see more of this WIP thread.
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Reply with quote  #26 
All sorted now, so plan "B" which were aftermarket ones and I managed to get a set by Kits-World from Hannants.

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These went on a dream.

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Them done I gave them a coat of Klear to seal the decals and I gave the P-38 a oil panel wash.  When I was happy with that a bit a of chipping.  

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There should be a white band around the spinners but because the props were already assembled these were a nightmare to get right so I decided to bit the bullet and leave them off.  Thats why one of the spinners has a matt finish.

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My next job was to add the aerial near the front undercarriage and the pitot tube under the port wing.  I looked at the kit parts which weren't great so I decided to make my own.  The aerial was made from a piece of scrap photo etch sprue filed down to shape and the pitot tube is a bent pin cut to size.  They were glued and painted.

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I airbrushed the exhaust stain on the turbo's and around the guns.  That done I gave the whole model a flat coat of varnish to tone everything down and removed the mask from the cockpit.

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fantastic Ian! Its impossible to point out any one best feature between the re-scribe, that amazing cockpit/pilot, the VAC canopy is razor sharp, and now a beauty of a finish/weathering. All of your work is inspiring! congratulations!!
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Thanks Ted just the stand to do now and that will be completed shortly hopefully.
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Next came the aerials which I used EZ Line.  I have never tried using this before so I thought I would have a practise first and I was surprised how easy it was compared to using stretched sprue.  I also raided my wife's sewing basket and borrowed some elastic thread and I also tried that as well which did the job as well but costing a lot cheaper.

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Here is my test piece using both threads which only took about 5 minutes of playing around to do.

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On to the stand made from a piece of oak flooring and brass rod.  First I cut the flooring to size and routed the edges.

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I then gave the base a rub down with a fine sanding block and I gave it a coat of wax.  The brass rod was then cut to size with a small pipe cutter and I put a bend in the pipe using a small pipe bender.

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The pipe cutter as well as cutting the pipe, slightly reduces the internal diameter of the cut end which allows me to screw the finished model on to the rod and then locking it in place with some CA glue.

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Then it just a case of drilling a hole, sticking the rod to the base with CA glue and attaching the P-38.  Job done and all finished.

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