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Once upon a time I had a carefully laid out plan of builds I was going to do, and in what order.  It’s always good to have a map, a routine in life!  Until a fellow member of my local IPMS club, who had two P-61 kits, sold one to another member.  Then, to prank him, and stop him just ‘rearranging his stash and forgetting about it,’ he sent a group e-mail to all members issuing a challenge:  Build a P-61 kit, any scale, any maker, and present the finished build at the club AGM in the third Wednesday of January.

As I already had this kit in my stash, what could I do?!  I accepted.  Since I still work full time, meaning build time is limited, and as this is a large kit, my schedule has gone for a ball of chalk, including my planned RAF Mustang entry into this group build.  So, no Accurate Miniatures Mustang this year.  Oh well, such is life!

Anyway, enough waffle, back to the kit.  An old and battered box, dating back to the early ‘70’s.

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Since it was towards the bottom of one of the stacks in my stash I reinforced the rather flimsy box with added cardboard.  The contents seem to have survived the ravages of time, fortunately.

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The runner shots.

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The clear parts have a slight yellow tint to them.  I’m hoping that a good polish will remove that, or maybe a dip in some Klear.  If not I may have to source some replacements.

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The instructions, yellowed with age, and printed on a sheet of paper that you need to be a black belt in origami to fold back up!

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Decals, apart from being yellowed, are also hopelessly out of register.  The girl in the nose art looks like she’s gone several rounds with Mike Tyson!

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So, I’ll be using aftermarket decals from Printscale.  I’m going for the ‘Cooper’s Snooper’ option.

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Other goodies include…

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This is an old kit and has raised surface detail and panel lines.  I was thinking about sanding them off and re-scribing, but that’s not so straightforward.  The panel lines, yes, where they’re in the open, but there’s also a lot of little access hatches and rivet detail.  If I sand that off it would be extremely difficult to replicate.  For now, I’m thinking of sanding and re-scribing where I can, but leaving the smaller details alone.  Not sure yet how that will work, but it’ll be interesting to see the end result.

So, off I go, back in a few days with the first update.


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Another interesting project you have set yourself there, and another one that will need a ton of lead in the nose.

As always, I will follow with great interest.
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From the small hamlet of Worcester, Uk.

Ps, I am waiting for Airfix to reissue there one, that I bought and built back in the day.  I'm on a nostalgia trip building (properly) all the model I bought back then.

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Cheers, Colin.  For me, it's been sooo long since I first built Airfix kits I'd struggle to remember even half of what I built!
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Well, well, well. This is a classic that throws me back in time.
I'll be paying close attention to this thread.
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Thanks, Mike!
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; The girl in the nose art looks like she’s gone several rounds with Mike Tyson!<
OOOHHH my god !!! You made me laugh out loud !!! Thank you so much !!! By the way... I love this kit ... can't wait to see your excellent work.

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Thanks Alain, I do my best to entertain!
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Wish I could write as good as you. But I have to admit that since last year I feel it more and more easier to write in English. Sometimes I do not understand when I first read but it's getting more easy also.
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Don't sweat it. Alain, I know some English people who can't write as well as you do!
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Nice one [thumb]

looking forward to watching you whip this one into shape

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Thanks Geoff.  back to snail's pace now I'm back to work, but I'll get there eventually!
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Back in a few days?  Wow, I didn’t realise how much time had passed since I started this build and this thread.  In my defence, apart from last week, I’ve had a real bellyful of stress and crap to deal with just lately, and modelling took a bit of a hit.  What little I did do was mostly spent prevaricating over whether or not to sand and re-scribe the raised panel lines.  Still, I have at least done some work, here and there, and after a few back and forth, time-wasting decisions about those panel lines, here’s the latest.

Firstly, all my research pics go up on my easel, ready for study.

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Then, for some strange reason, I picked up the nose cone.  There’s two different ones included in the kit, so make sure you get the right one according to which variant and colour scheme you’re doing.

I did a little experiment with sanding, re-scribing and re-riveting.  Doesn’t look too bad.

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Then I started adding some lead ballast in the nose.  There’s no indication of how much is needed, so I crammed in as much as would fit.

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Just short of 53 gm.  If anyone has done this kit themselves, and knows if this is enough, please let me know.  I can always add some more in the engine nacelles or the leading edges of the wings.

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Here you can see the full scale of the re-scribing job.  There’s a lot of very nice detail, and I don’t want to lose it.  I did another little experiment in the middle of the wing.  You can see the sanding marks, and decided that, no, I won’t bother after all.  I just didn’t think I could do it.

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So instead, using the blueprints I had downloaded as a guide, I contented myself with adding some rivet detailing instead.

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After the midnight gremlins paid a visit!  I’m sure I didn’t leave it that way when I went to bed!

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But those raised panel lines kept bugging me.  I’m supposed to be a modeller.  I’m supposed to meet new challenges, to stretch myself.  Okay, so I may bugger it all up, but it’s not like I’ll ever put it in a competition or anything, but it’ll be a good learning curve.  So I had another little go on some of the smaller parts first, in this case the undercarriage doors.

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I did mess up a little, and ran over the edge in one place, and ended up with a double line in another, but at least they won’t show underneath the plane, and it’s good to practice.  Sanding was another problem, as no matter how much I polished it, there were still some minor scratches left.  I decided to figure it out later, my next problem was how to put back the panel lines accurately once the originals had been decimated by the sanding sticks.

I came up with a cunning plan.  Tape the wing to a sheet of plastic card, place a straight edge over the panel line, then carry the line onto the card.  Then remove the wing, and, using it as a template, draw all the panel lines in place on the card.  Once I have done the sanding, I’ll place the wing back on the template, and pick up the lines with the straight edge.  I’ll leave the ones on the leading edges till the two halves are joined, hopefully avoiding any mismatch.

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Then the sanding began.  Various steps between the course and the green and white polishing sticks.

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Some pretty horrendous sink marks to deal with.

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And this is a complete mystery.  This kit was boxed in 1974, so how is there a copyright stamp for 2001??

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Some Revell Plasto Putty should make it all go away.

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Now, as most of you know, I have just retired, giving me a lot more time for modelling.  When my fellow club member threw down this particular gauntlet, I had to abandon my plans to enter 'The Italian Job' SIG with my Mc.205.  That plan has now been revised.  My intention is now to finish off the re-scribing, then put this build to one side and do my SIG entry, then come back to this one, when, hopefully, it will be a matter of assembly, and all the re-scribing and riveting will be done.

Next update really will be in a few days!

 


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Good luck with the rescribing and riveting.

I like your cunning plan with the  plastic card guide, very clever [thumb]

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Thanks Geoff, as plans go, it seems to be working out!
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You have all my respect Nigel. Sanding and rescribing all those panel lines and rivets ... I would not even think about doing this... it is far beyond my capabilities. Altough I have the patience to cut, sand and assemble an incalculable number of tracks together ...
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