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Jason Gaspard

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I spent tonight playing with the fuselage fit and sorting out the wing supports  since I will have this modeled with wings stowed (space factors for one, but I like the look also). 

This is one of the pieces, they all looked like this....holy flash Batman!


Looking over details before I button up the halves. I think this is an APU exhaust,


the hole may or may not be visible once the cover is installed so I filled it with some tubing


Just a few mm I made sure it was not long enough to interfere with the fuselage fit, it cuts very easily with a craft knife...this will give some depth in case it is visible


and an additional piece of the project came today


along with some of these Tamiya masking sheets (just large sheets of Tamiya tape) Lucky Model had it pretty inexpensive so I chucked one into the cart with the deck tractor. 


My plan is to use either this or frisket film to make masking stencils even though I should be getting a replacement decal sheet. My wife is a paper crafter and has one of these


Its a crafting plotter, using a computer you can make designs and cut them onto pretty much anything. I've had a little play with the software and think i have it figured out, a quick test with printer paper looked good...


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Very handy bit of kit [thumb]
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A tractor, YES! [thumb]
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nice pictures of your WIP. that material --sheet tamiya tape--and crafting plotter is fantastic! never thought of that and I have seen paper craft/scrap booking hobby stuff for quite a while.
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I had a look at those cutting plotters lately. The are less expensive than I thought. Looking forward to see what you do with it. And very neat and precise building process, looks great!
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Jason Gaspard

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I've got to come clean...she got the Silhouette as a Christmas present a couple years ago from me with the intent of "borrowing it" some day [wink]

The exhaust area is much easier to mask than the intake so I went ahead and painted it today. But first, the seam...my preferred method would be to line the intake with card, not possible I think with this. I tried mixing up a bit of Milliput and applying it to the seam. Then with a water moistened cotton bud, smoothed it over.


Then the color, Alclad burnt iron and jet exhaust over black primer. In the interest of showing warts and all ...



I'm going to need to try the Squadron Green technique instead [frown] 

But that can wait, so can't put it off any longer, the halves meet! No looking back now...


I had to remove all the locating tabs because of how they interfere with the fit, i twas a bit of an exercise to line everything up and an extra hand would have been helpful...that's why no step by step photos. Some parts of the join will need some touchup...





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I left the halves clamped together for a couple of days then checked the fit. It was pretty good on the back and left side, I forced the fit in these areas at the expense of the fit on the right. My thought being better to have 2 areas that need no touch up and concentrate any filling on one area. I ended up with a small gap that ran the whole length of the fuselage, since it was so small and I wanted to sand as little as possible to preserve the shape I pulled out the green Squadron putty and let it dry for a day before sanding.


There are more dodgy joins around the tail, they got the same treatment. These would not have been a problem, but I am going to drop the flaps so they will be visible.






Since paint will be the next step I have been looking at reference photos...the color will be the standard USN Light Ghost Grey. The challenge with that will be getting some variation and interest in the finish to break it up a bit so it doesn't look like a brick. This is an excellent reference shot, I've highlighted things I want to replicate. 


I've gotten away from preshading with my last few aircraft because most aircraft don't weather like that and if you look at the picture above again you will notice that the panel lines are not darkened in that manner. I have been using a dark color primer (black in this case) and picking out panels with other colors to provide the different shades. After a good wipe with IPA on went the Stynylrez.

The wings will be stowed, but the attachment points are very small and I think the only way to guarantee a strong glue at the correct angle was to put these pieces on at this point and slip the tab into the fuselage when the time comes. I'm seeing some filler I forgot to sand down...


The surface detail is very nice and from what I have been able to find, fairly accurate (btw, this is the wing that had that chunk taken out of it).




Some of these antennas look a bit too flat, should not be too big of a project to punch out some metal or styrene to augment them.


The endless filling/sanding/checking process with the nose has not been in vain




I am going to mask off several panels and paint them various shades of white/grey, and although I've never had this primer lift on me I have put down a light coat of Aquagloss as some insurance.

I got some work done on the deck tractor while all the filler was drying on the plane. 

One sprue, maybe an hour putting this together






These jaws were a bit too narrow for the front gear, a bit of a mod and it will fit much better (could not fit the wheels in here before)



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This is looking very clean Jason, nice! A the precise sanding work was well invested time.
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excellent work.
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I think I see the bit of filler you forgot to sand.  to be honest my first impression was that it was meant to be some welding bead [wink]

the time you've taken over getting the nose smooth has really paid off though - well done.

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Thanks all!

I got the replacement decal sheet today, very quick service and no questions asked! problem is the replacement is shite also...


The problem is they put the decals in a plastic bag with no paper on top...the carrier film material is interacting with the bag and causing damage. Do I complain again or let it be? It's probably the case that all decal sheets will have their own problems. I am doing a test with removing the carrier film and I do have the Silhouette, although the only scanner I have access to is not high enough resolution to make a good cut...

I was in a mood for masking tonight so I went ahead and painted those panels...






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Your work is looking especially good. Great images and detail in the steps you are taking.WOW!
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Well...not much progress this week, I'm waiting to save up for a better scanner before I can cut the masks so once painted I will hit another wall. I have an idea for a display but I still need to sort a base and the figures as well. Another thing...I have not heard boo from the company I ordered the wheels from either so I need to start rattling their cage.

I did manage to get the plane ready for it's main color, I thinned some paint WAY down and randomly mottled it, hopefully this will break up the Light Ghost Grey.




And masked/sprayed the deck tractor...this was some tedious work and I'm not completely happy with it, I will proceed with the detail painting and weathering, I have a feeling it will look fine after that. Looks like I forgot to remove some tape...

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Despite the potholes you've hit, progress is progress. Shame about the decals. hope the wheels roll in soon [pun intended]. Its a real pain in the buttocks when you trust a company and they let you down. What gives? Each sale/customer is important. Seems like they forget that little detail? Repeat business and referral? Hope it all pans out---can't wait to see the next steps.
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I did manage to get the plane ready for it's main color, I thinned some paint WAY down and randomly mottled it, hopefully this will break up the Light Ghost Grey.

Nice painting there Jason, I actually plan on using the same technique (if I can ever get the wretched seam fixed [rolleyes] [wink].

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