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TedUSA

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Wow looks like a major undertaking I wouldn't know where to start scratching a cockpit, but I'm sure you will rise to the challenge.


I feel OK about it so far---but that is easy in the "planning phase"--LOL

looking at walk around pics of the cockpit, other builders models, and the images of after market [Aries] cockpits, I think it is doable. However, it will still be basic at best, but ANYTHING is better than the supplied Pilot and seat!

the kit overall is not that bad considering it is from circa 1976. the drop tanks are missing. the decals are ruined. the box was rough, faded. looked like it had gotten wet? the general fit is ok, just some small gaps and step offs here and there. Drilling out holes and imitating the radiator grills was a bit nerve racking in 1/72.

My main problem? I MAKE everything more complex than it has to be!



made the inserts for the radiator openings. began with paper to get the shape right, then transferred to styrene, glued the styrene bits to some fine Aluminum "mesh", then cut the "sandwiched" pieces out and did a final fit into the tail boom halves. last step--gluing the boom
halves together.













Next I was able to assemble the major components. according to the MARK 1 eyeball, the airframe looks good. it even flew a few rounds over the workbench!





I also made inserts to give the openings in the engine cowls the proper depth. the kit leaves these openings into infinity.







the mark one eyeball approved the airframe and I flew it around the workbench a few times before turning out the lights!



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Lots of bits and bobs [no pun intended] today. closing the main landing gear doors--they were a horrible fit and have required putty and sheet styrene.
Vallego putty on tiny seams and cracks, step-offs. I mean, yeah, this is a 1976 kit and has a descent fit. I also reshaped the exhaust tubes to curl up like the real components. I also added some ports along side the exhaust. when these are dried solid I will drill out the openings. I drilled out the openings on the oil air intakes [forgot the real name ???--the round teardrop things under the main wing on each side. I did get a start on the cockpit also. Mr PILOT had all the flash and seam lines cut/sanded away, created demarcation lines between pants and boots, arms and hands, etc. He is actually pretty cute I guess. I added the armor plate bulkhead behind the pilots seat, then popped on a Headrest. Accuracy? not perfect, having a cockpit at all---its a good thing.





















IMAGES BELOW ARE NOT MY WORK

Lots more detail could be added to the kit exhaust--should I try it?



One of many images referenced for the cockpit scratchbuild. I will not be making the side walls.


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Progress today:



















signing off with a pass over the workbench!

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Hello guys! its 0204 here, 06/01/2015. another month gone. Pictures below are from yesterday morning. Just woke up for a bit so I decided to get these posted. Completion of the landing light. sanded the CA glue "lens" down flush with the leading edge of the wing, polished it and applied some PLEDGE. If any light strikes the foil, it looks like the light is on! using bits of sprue and sheet styrene I scratchbuilt the "shelf" behind the cockpit [more officially a "bay"?] and added some bits for "equipment". more tomorrow.















UNIT 7 signing out for now...................



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That landing light trick with the gel super glue. I did not think of that and I've been using the gel super glue for over a month now. Now I know how I'm going to be doing the wing tip lights on my 109. [smile]

Super progress you've made so far. Scratch building is fun when you don't need to be 100% accurate. Looks close to primer time.
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Just a superb job Ted.  Loving this build.
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Gentlemen, thank you very much. Mike, I am not sure if the gel is as clear as another CA type would be. I polished it with premium sanding pad--can't remember the name of the product/ small squares?--and it never got much clearer. cleaned it off & added some PLEDGE and it was a bit better but not much. It IS easy to use the gel since it stays in place. Ian, the only reason I started this 1/72 kit from 1976 was because of the excellent P-38 you are building! I am watching your WIP! tit for tat? thanks for the inspiration.

Most of my work today was the cockpit, but i did make a machine gun from a needle *YAWN*

wire, twisted wire, leftover PE from the Sturmtiger tank build, bits of styrene, etc. etc. behind the pilots seat. Radio + ???

The IP is thicker styrene with what looks like a "shelf" at the bottom of the gauges/dials. I masked the top part of the IP to keep it white while I AB everything else Tamiya OD green. I did mask the seat bottom so I could glue the pilot in with Tamiya Extra thin later. A second and very thin piece of styrene was fitted, cut, and taped down in order to drill out the frame for the instrument faces.I AB this FLAT BLACK and when the two were sandwiched together the dials pop. no decals but the white circles pop. god let the canopy hide this stuff!!  LOL.

Tomorrow a wash and highlights, then dry brush too? I have to paint MR. PILOT and put in the yoke/steering wheel. its the "U" shaped two handed deal--anyone got a name for that kind of yoke besides steering wheel? looks like something from a race car?















ALMOST FORGOT: totally stumbled on drop tanks for the P-38 last night on EBAY. I was looking for something else and up popped an offer for 4 of the tanks already built. total cost + shipping? $3.80 US. very lucky since these things are scarce. My kit had originally had a single drop tank but it was missing.

I still need to decide on decals and order them.

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Just ordered the decals I need for the P-38: They are supposed to arrive the same day as the drop tanks! YAY!


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Very nice scratch building Ted, inspiring as always :-)
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I love the details Ted. I used that same trick for the IP in my Corsair that nobody got to see in the end. Bummer too, because it looked just as cool as yours dose lol.

Try using a thin black wash to get a slight fade around the dials. It tricks the eye into believing its more 3D. Trust me on that one.
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Fabian, Mike--thanks guys! the 1/72 kicks my butt. I wear a size 13/14 ring and have difficulty moving stuff around in general. I had planned to do a dark wash, then a Vallego wash designed for black models. I will follow the tip on the dials Mike. I understand how that will work. Its like shading a drawing of a circle to make it look 3-D. Pictures and text from the work today will be posted asap. I just got home from UNIT 7.
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I'm waiting impatiently then lol. [biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin][biggrin]
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Here is the work from UNIT 7 today. Lots of breath holding with a small brush. frequent *(&^%$# words!



Red tips are next.





I took a stab at the yoke, but it was pure frustration so I simply nixed it.

I won't be at UNIT 7 tomorrow but Thursday? probably will get back.

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Dangit I was hoping for more than that lol. [sigh] I guess this will have to do. [wink]
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Dangit I was hoping for more than that lol. [sigh] I guess this will have to do. [wink]


I always hope for more myself Mike. today a LOT of time was wasted trying to produce the side mounted yoke support and so forth. I put a lot of time into it and the end result was totally a bomb. I canned it shortly after painting it. Painting the pilot also consumed a long period of time as I was painting on a color, waiting for it to dry pretty well, then the next color, then having to go back and touch up errors. The instructions called for an Orange "Mae West" [that's how it was printed]. I always thought that they called them a Mae Vest? I didn't have any orange so I had to mix some. I also had to mix the color for the pilots main clothing, Finally I mixed the "skin" color from Vallego "Basic" skin tone and a drop or two of brown. Lots of brush cleaning and mixing and mixing and brush changes and............you get the idea and have been there many times. Hope to get back Thursday and get the cockpit finished, then on to the canopy? The drop tanks and decals have shipped per email communication from the vendors.

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