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Now that I'm done with my phantom, and am waiting for some more paint for my figure (which in the end should go with this) I'm starting on this. Nice WWII plane with NO INTAKES. Did have to go and make it a little more difficult for myself by getting a bit of PE for it.

Going to be starting on the cockpit like usual, and there is a lot of PE there.

The canopy in this kit is beautiful. Can't see a seam line in it, and it's so very shiny [biggrin]

Decal sheets are so tiny compared to the phantom. These are for 3 different schemes (2 are same colors just different numbers and nose art).

Already spent a few minutes cutting out all the pieces for the cockpit. Will clean them up, and then start figuring out what needs to be cut off and sanded off for the PE when I get home from work. I'm expecting the cockpit to be one of the more involved parts with all the detail that's already in the kit, and all the PE that is going in. Because of that the plan at this point is to make this my first kit with an open canopy (with pilot even).

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You are not messing around Kenny, straight back with another build, this will feel like a rest after the intakes and decals on your Phantom !
Can't wait to see you make some progress

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Thanks pete. Not much different from how you jumped right into your spitfire as soon as you were done with your phantom. It's going to be very nice not having to worry about intakes, though I am going to practice on putting a lot of detail on the engine. Since I have the PE to go on it I figured it would be a good time to practice. Starting to realize that I'm basically trying to put as much detail as I can everywhere on these first few kits. A lot of it most likely wont be seen, but I think it's still a good idea. That way I can practice on adding all the detail, and get better at it. Also so I can get a better idea of how much of the detail will actually be able to be seen once it's finished. I know some of the detail I'm planning on putting into the cockpit will most likely be covered up by the pilot that I'm currently planning on adding. Going to get to learn some new things compared to the jets I've been making till now.

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Got some done, and managed to get the base coat on the cockpit pieces. Took a while to sand and chop off the pieces and areas where the PE is going to go. Painted the instrument panel the wrong color, but the pedals below it were supposed to be painted that color, so I can mask them off next time, and then paint the instrument panel again. There were some areas that I had to carve and file out the detail that's going to be replaced by PE.

Next time I get a chance to work on it (not sure how much time I'll have the next 2 days) I'll get the IP painted the right color, and put the PE on the rest. Going to leave the seatbelts off since I'm planning on having a pilot. Going to wait to paint the pilot till I finish the other figure I already started.

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looks like that is going to be a great kit, and the PE is really nice also. can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Yeah I'm really liking this kit so far. Surprising amount of detail in the cockpit, and the instructions actually had some decent call-outs for some of the detail painting in the cockpit. Won't need much of those call-outs though since most of that is going to be covered by the PE. Instructions for the kit are fine, but instructions for the PE is pretty terrible. Had to pull up the pdf version off their website so I could get it in color. Was just a little too difficult to figure out what was what with the slightly different shades of gray on the black and white instruction sheet that came with the PE.

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Thanks pete. Not much different from how you jumped right into your spitfire as soon as you were done with your phantom. It's going to be very nice not having to worry about intakes, though I am going to practice on putting a lot of detail on the engine. Since I have the PE to go on it I figured it would be a good time to practice. Starting to realize that I'm basically trying to put as much detail as I can everywhere on these first few kits. A lot of it most likely wont be seen, but I think it's still a good idea. That way I can practice on adding all the detail, and get better at it. Also so I can get a better idea of how much of the detail will actually be able to be seen once it's finished. I know some of the detail I'm planning on putting into the cockpit will most likely be covered up by the pilot that I'm currently planning on adding. Going to get to learn some new things compared to the jets I've been making till now.

Kenny


I know what you mean about hidden details Kenny, but the nice thing about posting a build diary is that they can all be seen even after they are hidden away.
I found some of the Eduard instructions can be really confusing too ! The ones for the making on my phantom were a nightmare lol, good tip on downloading a PDF, I will have to remember that.

This is also another kit that shows how much detail they get into 1/48, the cockpit has tons of it !
The Eduard set will really add some bling in there

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Yeah there is a whole lot of detail in this kit. They even have some wiring and hoses molded into the side walls, and then the PE is going to add a little more wiring. It took me about 2 hours to go from freshly cut off the sprue to this picture though. I was taking my time sanding off the detail, because in the past I had the problem if trying to sand too fast. Would put too much pressure on the sanding stick and round off the edges which would make the PE a little harder to put on. Pretty sure I managed to avoid that for the most part on this. With downloading the pdf instructions I was hoping that they were in color which they were. If they sent color instructions with the PE that would make a huge difference. They could still use a little work to make them easier to understand, but the color makes them not quite as bad.

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Yeah there is a whole lot of detail in this kit. They even have some wiring and hoses molded into the side walls, and then the PE is going to add a little more wiring. It took me about 2 hours to go from freshly cut off the sprue to this picture though. I was taking my time sanding off the detail, because in the past I had the problem if trying to sand too fast. Would put too much pressure on the sanding stick and round off the edges which would make the PE a little harder to put on. Pretty sure I managed to avoid that for the most part on this. With downloading the pdf instructions I was hoping that they were in color which they were. If they sent color instructions with the PE that would make a huge difference. They could still use a little work to make them easier to understand, but the color makes them not quite as bad.

Kenny

Nice Kenny you went and got all the after market bells an whistles this ought to be a really nice build.

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Thanks. PE can be a pain, but it does look pretty nice once it's all on. Got home a little early so I've got the IP finished.

Well finished minus the gun sight, and the rudder pedals are backwards. Didn't realize they were backwards till after the glue had set, so unless I want to hurt them they are staying. Just makes it so that I have no choice but to put a pilot in now, so that you wont see them. Working on the cockpit walls now, and that is testing my patience. Lot of small PE that I have to bend in a small area. About halfway done with the right side. Did find out that the PE that has green in it is very close to the green that I painted the cockpit, so that makes me happy. No extreme difference like what eduard had me do on the phantom.

edit: Finished up one of the walls. Also trying to do the detail painting at the same time so it's going a little slow. Probably not going to get much more done tonight, but at least I got some done.


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Looks stunning Kenny! did you put the wires in or is that from the kit?
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About half were molded on and I painted them, and the other half were PE. The PE added that little extra that it needed to look nice and busy.

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This detail looks amazing. Can imagine that your patience is tested with all those tiny part, but it pays of. Have you already decided about the color scheme? The one on the box art looks great.
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Thanks fabian. I was planning on going with the scheme on the box. After doing some research people cant seem to decide if it's black, or black with a little blue in it or black with a little purple in it. Tamiya has in the color call out for it to be black with a little blue in it, so that's probably what I'm going to do. Will most likely mix a little less blue than they call for though. I'm really happy with all the detail so far. Though I'm almost afraid to weather it once I get to that point. Some of the PE has tiny handles that were a pain to attach the way that the directions called for. Afraid that any weathering that I would do might knock those off. Last night I also did a dry fit of all the cockpit pieces to see how the pilot would fit. Looked like even if I had the rudder pedals in the right way the pilot's feet would still have been trying to go past them so I just cut the pedals off. I might try to glue them onto his feet if that area is still visible once everything is together. I'm already looking forward to this cockpit being finished though. Progress should go much faster once I'm done with it.

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The detail looks amazing Kenny ! That's some micro surgery you have got going there !
Very clean application of the etch too, not a stray bit of glue anywhere.
I doubt that you will even be able to see the pilots feet once he is in, the instrument panel should hide that area I would of thought

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