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ErnieS

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Excellent progress Ted [thumb] You are moving right along, heading for the home streach.
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Finally got back to the bench late on 12/13. seems I do a lot of work from 2200-0300? Problem areas around the root of the right wing and auxiliary air ducts. Finally closing in on the post primer work a bit. Hope to shoot some more primer soon and check my repairs. I have used Vallego Plastic putty to partially fill some panel lines that were just too deep. I filled the deep lines with the putty and then went back with a wet cotton wool bud and removed excess. Small bit of scribing will be needed.



Another problem area during the build has been the ramps inside the intakes. Due to the poor interior of the primary intake ducts, I elected to have the ramps closed. The ramps are often closed on takeoff and landings on rough fields to avoid debris getting swept into the engines. I am seriously trying to avoid FOD covers. I don't want to order AM FOD covers and I really don't want to scratchbuild FOD covers at this point. Fingers crossed. The bottom of the left intake/ramp became extremely thin due to the area being over sanded. When I was scribing a fresh line in the union of the ramp/intake, my scriber went right through the plastic! Decided to use some sheet styrene and Tamiya Extra Thin Cement to restore some thickness and strength. When it is thoroughly hardened, I can trim, sand, and re-scribe the line.



oops, my close up photo shows me that I need to work on the edge of the fuselage join line. There is a bit of a seam that should not be there.


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great work so far!!    I just built this kit a few months ago and i remember ALOT of filling, sanding, & rescribing..    nice catch on the seam line,    once you have sanded the seam line make sure to carry the panel line around the edge....    thats one of those little things that really makes the difference..   i do remember this kit is a battle,  i have no doubt eventually you will prevail.. [wink]
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ccc1970,

Thanks for the note, AND the reminder to carry the panel lines around. I bought one of the scribers that has the fine tooth "saw" on the back. It makes scribing around curved areas a lot easier. I have had a battle with the kit but I am determined to finish with the best measure of success that I can muster. I have been looking really hard at the GWH Mig29. Looks like it would be a pleasure to build after this kit??? Thanks again!

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Good work Ted slow but sure progress I am sure you will have a very nice looking build at the end of it all.
And a very well done in the Spitfire GB very well deserved.
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Gary, thank you very much. I'm feeling much better about the Mig and think I am close to the downhill side of the build--still plenty of room for disaster though! I'm really feeling a bit humbled about the Spitfire Group Build. I know that there are so many other deserving modelers here.
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A bit of work on this and that this last evening and this morning: Intake ducts and the openings for the ordinance pylons.
Also preparing bits and pieces for a spray sometime soon.




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This really is an amazing build profile, and its looking fantastic. I love your spraying tower too, very inovitive. Cant wait to see more.
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Craig,
Thank you very much for the comments. That "tower" is a wooden disc [base] with a piece of Dowel glued in the center. From there I just cut a piece of "noodle"--we have them here for people to use in swimming pools.Then I cut a piece of artists foam core into a disc [the white part in the picture], cut a hole in the center so it would fit over the dowel, and glued the section of Noodle to the foam core with hot glue. I made a "spindle" on the bottom by sticking cocktail sticks into the edge of the foam core. On the bottom of the foam core I placed smooth headed thumbtacks so that the tower would turn easily. Makes it easy to stick my skewers [with electrical alligator clamps] into the foam when i am getting ready to spray something.
The tower is standing on top of my paint booth turntable, which is a plastic "lazy Susan"--that is what we call them here in the US.

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Thank you for taking the time to write that Ted, It is a fantastic tool. I will try to make one myself when I can. I spent two years working in the USA a few years ago, so am fairly ok with the american terms for things, Noodle is a new one on me, but then I never went swimming, haha. I have been trying to find a cheep lazy susan in the charity shops where I live, but will get one on the internet when I can afford to.
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Craig,

I spent a week in the UK in 1994 and they tried to teach us English terminology terms before we visited--one "lesson". You can imagine how effective that was. Are there Wal Marts in the UK, or equivalent??

I got my noodle at WalMart. Here is a link showing them. You can often get 1 noodle [pool noodle=round noodle shape] for about $3.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004BDN2DO/ref=asc_df_B004BDN2DO2882687?tag=thefind0143058-20&creative=395261&creativeASIN=B004BDN2DO&linkCode=asn


I also bought my turntable in the same Wal Mart store. But......this is much nicer and costs less. same kind Bob has:
http://www.amazon.com/10-Rotating-Turntable-Susan-Capacity/dp/B0018O2XFC/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1387331516&sr=8-8&keywords=plastic+lazy+susan



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Just started on the work bench this evening. I had added the internal air scoops on the engine nacelles--see previous image post. I intended to show how I opened the vents from the kit pieces provided, so here goes:



1.kit parts
2.glued together with gel CA glue
3. strip added to hold pieces in place
4. drill used to create hole that will open both vent pieces in half circle shape
5.vents popped apart with blade
6.vent piece put on tape to help hold it in place and round file opens the vent more
7. the completed "opened" vent is now ready to glue to the engine nacelle

 The image below is the installed inboard air scoops on the engine nacelles. They won't really be visible after I install the centerline auxiliary fuel tank, but hey,.... I KNOW THEY ARE THERE!! LOL



I saved the BEST for last. Its a bit of a story but this is what happened. I was looking at another modelers build. That modeler is sort of a "rivet counter"....sort of. He starts writing about the auxiliary air scoops on the engine nacelles. He writes about how they are missing from the Academy Kit. I take that and run with it. He has scratch built the air scoops and shows where to place them on the Mig. I scratch build a pair and mount them on the outboard area of the engine nacelles.I made pictures and listed details in my build diary here. I am SOOOO pleased. Then,....I get down to the small bits left on the kit sprues and on on sprue E, part 8 there are 4 identical shaped pieces that I CANNOT find on the instruction sheet. I search, and search, give up....search another night, page by page, slowly....give up. Finally searched once more yesterday and THERE ARE THE PARTS ON THE INSTRUCTION SHEET!! OMG, they are the FOUR auxiliary engine scoops that belong inboard AND outboard on the engine Nacelles. My Scratch built outboard scoops were unnecessary, inaccurate, and a waste of time! Oh well, I am not replacing the outboard scoops and the inboards are going to be hidden! Have a laugh on my account mates. The OCD modeler has struck again!!! LOL

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Decided to remove the other flaps on the wings:



After sanding the wing and flaps, I intend to "finish" the fuselage touch ups so the next coat of Primer can be applied.

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DECALS?? I wish, but no.........[frown]

Finally ready [I think? PRIMER will judge me] to re scribe the main panel lines at the wing root. Using some DYNO tape to help with scribing.



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Way to go Ted! [thumb][wave] Getting closer!
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