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TedUSA

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Finished the priming. WOW,what a difference it makes when the AB is REALLY totally clean from the start! Results? Found 2.5 fingerprints[was wearing gloves] that
law enforcement would be happy with. Also need to do some work on a seam line--bottom of fuselage,back third.Scratches and several areas where it looks like I did
nothing at all to eliminate join lines.Will address problems and re-prime. Back later.

For the "fingerprint" image I did enhance it a bit so the prints would stand out. Lousy camera, fingerprints real. Other areas of the
priming are actually smoother than the image shows.



As for the seam line problem, I had to be lying to myself even BEFORE I primed to miss that ugly area!!


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Cleanliness is key Ted. Blow air back up the nozzle should be part of your cleaning process too. TOP TIP If you don't have one laying about, next time you are in the drugstore ask for a glass eye dropper, the one with the rubber bulb. The bulb should be big enough to fit over the end of the airbrush. This way you will not damage the needle when blocking the airflow. [wink] Aidan
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Aidan. Thanks for the tips, especially about using an eye dropper to do the blow back!
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Sanded off the areas that needed work and under a very bright light I found a lot of fingerprints.bummer. Bring on the putty and more sanding on the seam problems,
then re-prime to check my work. Next time--HANDS OFF so everything can dry before too much handling. Otherwise still looking like I have plenty of time to finish before the
deadline. Hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for your support. Great website!

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Don't hurry Ted. Your Spit is going fine. Take the time and remove all the finger print and seam lines. Then start to prime your plane. You should finished before deadline. Keep your time and work slowly and precise. Your paint work will be looks better if you prepare your model carefully. That is my advice. But for now it look promising. Keep up good work. Looking forward to see paint on it. 


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Don't hurry Ted. Your Spit is going fine. Take the time and remove all the finger print and seam lines. Then start to prime your plane. You should finished before deadline. Keep your time and work slowly and precise. Your paint work will be looks better if you prepare your model carefully. That is my advice. But for now it look promising. Keep up good work. Looking forward to see paint on it. 



Thanks for the reinforcement and encouragement. I have PLENTY of time to progress more carefully in each step. As long as I waited to get back into modeling, I am too anxious for the payoff?

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A bit of time on the bench to clean up my errors that the primer so elegantly pointed out.
Then I decided to drop the elevators a bit so I cut the stabilizers off--slip of the blade toward
the end and now I get to practice using styrene to "rebuild" the elevator part. Another lesson
for an old but long out of practice Jedi!



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Back home this evening and had the chance to glue up the styrene on the elevator to begin a fix.


Tomorrow I will begin sanding that styrene down to shape and continue working on the problem areas my priming revealed.

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I got round to finishing repairing the elevator. taped together and compared to the undamaged part.

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Got to do some second round priming this evening. Just when I think that primer is going to lie for me, it stands up and shouts the TRUTH!
still more work to do of course. Pictures later.

The elevator repair I was so satisfied with did not look that good with a coat of primer. More sanding/shaping and NOW its good. Looks
like the original part again....finally!



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Waiting on some putty to dry and I decided to add a tiny bit to the elevator. Cut some thin
styrene and glued in place with Tamiya Extra thin cement. When the plastic is totally welded
solid, I can trim and sand the styrene to the correct trim tab control horn shape. The black dot
on the port elevator [and the corresponding horizontal stabilizer piece] served to remind me which side to
place the styrene on. I kept confusing myself--not difficult at all!




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Looking for more bits to add while I slowly work on ironing out problems I find with successive coats of primer.
No more fingerprints but I found a significant "step off" join line in the front fuselage on the bottom where
the nose, fuselage, and front of the port wing all join each other. Yes, it is a difficult area to deal with.
Should have spotted it during construction, but the primer caught it instead.

After looking at more and more AM kits for bombs and bomb racks, as well as actual pictures of the bombs, I saw
that the bombs have a loop in the nose, and not a solid "nipple" as represented in the kit bombs. NOW I need to do
the same to the 250lb bombs.



I may not be the biggest physical person here, but my ring finger size is 14US. I seriously did not think I could handle[no pun intended]
the loops for the 250lb bombs. It was just a matter of finding the right gauge wire and choice of tools. I think that the scale is ok?


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I'm close to being finished with the post primer "repairs" [which was several rounds of prime/sand/re-scribe for some areas] and ready to move to paint. This is where I am most nervous. I going to review Bob's Spitfire step by step build again as I go forward with this part of the build.



OMG this is every bit as frightening as it looks--which is frightful! I kept adjusting the AB, which I needed to practice
lines with before launching off on the Spitfire.



Next   n..ER..vOuS  step--the paint [I used Tamiya XF 25, Light Sea Grey]. The bleaching was herky jerky and unbalanced on my part. Final step for tonight
was a few light coats of PLEDGE.




Next order of business: mask and paint the camo, PLEDGE coat, Decals, weathering, attach small bits and touch up paint if needed, matt varnish coats,
unmask canopy and paint canopy frame.

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Other bench work after the fuselage paint work. I've been working on these bits and pieces all along. Mostly complete.


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DOES ANYONE NEED THESE CANOPY PIECES? THEY WERE EXTRA IN MY KIT. 1:48 Italeri Spitfire


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