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Cheers Gary, yeah I'm finding I'm doing fairly short stints at the bench with this cockpit PE.
It's pretty intense but going well so far. [smile]

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Ok I better update, because I'm logging up some shots and I haven't loaded any for a couple of days. I wanted to upload some painted pieces next update but I decided to start the cockpit first. I figure I may as well paint it all in one hit.

An update on the kit. I like it, would recommend it so far. I am, however, getting quite a bit of flash. But I think I understand why. Trumpeter are obviously hell bent on getting all their pieces fully loaded with plastic, like I discussed earlier in the thread with Pete. I think the flash is caused by cranking the injection pressure up pretty high not because it's a poor mould, if that makes sense? A lot of the kit is clean as a whistle though, not even a seamline, so you know it's not a mold issue. (seriously, is it mould? or mold? lol These people that muck with the English language need nuking! [wink]).

Now to the PE. Started with some fiddly stuff which was (and always is) a bit of a challenge but I think it went ok, the small amount on the sidewall you can see on the photo was a couple of intense hours modeling, that's for sure.
I'm loving putting the bigger subs together though, that's coming along nicely. Eduard's instructions are the usual cryptic mess. I have one piece that makes no sense where it says it's supposed to go. I'll upload a pic in a later update and explain.
I think it's going to look pretty wicked when it's done. One thing I love about the Stuka is the open cockpit, so there will be lots to see hopefully.
Ok, enough crap on. Pics.

The cockpit sidewalls with some mods done for the PE to come,


Oh! A quick divert. This is what AK Interactive have written on their paint set box regarding RLM colours. I have tested them and I'm definitely going against the instructons (RLM02) and going with the PE colour (RLM66).


I'm trying out other different weathering techniques just to see how they look, this piece I roughed up with a medium grit then polished it, I'm hoping it gives it a bit of an interesting texture at the end, it might look complete crap too, but I won't die wondering. lol


A few pics, showing the control boxes for the rear gunner, I don't know what they do exactly, I should go find out. But I thought I'd show the PE parts as opposed to the kit parts. I did the same with the pilots seat, which follows.


That part has 4 grab handles, 2 on each side of those, oh they're radios! Derrr. Ok anyway, they look pretty cool but I couldn't really capture them. Maybe after paint.


This is sort of part of what the PE above replaces. Which also becomes part of the pilots seat. A bit hard to make sense of it here, but it will once it's all built up.


These are the kit radios, right?


These are the PE, with dials and needles installed. Look pretty cool.


The pilots seat getting the bending. It doesn't look right because those lines are supposed to be on the bottom, as a guide for the seat brackets, if I'd done it the other way the rivets on the outside of the seat, would've been on the inside. So fix that up can you Eduard? Cheers.


Is this pic, obviously we're comparing kit to PE, but have a look at the flash on the plastic seat. It's been a little bit like that.


The seat and base.


Altogether, a few shots showing the work involved. That was pretty much todays effort.


And I'll clear that glue up (now that I've seen it. lol)






And this is all I've done on the side panels, it looks like a miniscule amount of work but those six shiny things you can see are switches, so they have a double toggle switch on each one. They're pretty tiny I have to say. lol


And here's where I'm at with everything else. The "blowmobiles" and landing gear supports and splats are ready, the propeller, and all the engine parts. I think that will be a fair paint session with the cockpit pieces as well. lol


Again I apologise for the "War and Peace". All caught up now. Feel free to comment, they are always welcome. [smile]

Thanks for looking. (Beer O'Clock!!) [wink]




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Wow great details with that PE, Liked your idea about weathering by roughing up the plastic!
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The etch looks great, especially the seat it looks much more in scale than the kit one
You look proper set up for a big RLM 66 spray session there too !

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Wow great details with that PE, Liked your idea about weathering by roughing up the plastic!


Thanks Doc, I did the same with the blowmobiles, I'll show them after they're painted, hopefully they'll turn out how I'm hoping. [smile]

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The etch looks great, especially the seat it looks much more in scale than the kit one You look proper set up for a big RLM 66 spray session there too ! Pete


Yeah it might be a few days off yet though Pete, there's still a lot of PE to do in that cockpit, I'm sure you understand. lol

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The etch looks great, especially the seat it looks much more in scale than the kit one You look proper set up for a big RLM 66 spray session there too ! Pete


Yeah it might be a few days off yet though Pete, there's still a lot of PE to do in that cockpit, I'm sure you understand. lol


Yeah I'm experiencing etch overload at the moment lol ! Do you find it a struggle juggling the Kit and etch instructions ? And then having to decipher the Martian Hyroglyphics that Eduard print there manuals in !

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The etch looks great, especially the seat it looks much more in scale than the kit one You look proper set up for a big RLM 66 spray session there too ! Pete


Yeah it might be a few days off yet though Pete, there's still a lot of PE to do in that cockpit, I'm sure you understand. lol
Yeah I'm experiencing etch overload at the moment lol ! Do you find it a struggle juggling the Kit and etch instructions ? And then having to decipher the Martian Hyroglyphics that Eduard print there manuals in ! Pete


Oh absolutely, I took a deep breath earlier on because I'd put all the plastic on the sidewalls before I even looked at the Eduard instructions, all good, there's one piece I might have to jimmy off yet. Like I said I'll post a pic of the "piece that makes no sense" maybe today and see what you think, I'll scour the net for references but it just doesn't look right. lol
I think I have them deciphered now. It's just a matter of doing. lol
Great PE, spoiled by 5mins spent on meagre instructions.

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Stunning PE Simon. Adds so much to great workmanship. 
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Stunning PE Simon. Adds so much to great workmanship. 


Thanks Simon, I hope so, I need a huge edge on these other buggers to get even close!! [rofl][rofl][rofl]

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Jeepers, my phone's going off every minute here (emails of forums I've subscribed to here.) lol
Forum's really jumping tonight (today, 6am here right now). [smile]

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Great work on the PE there. Those eduard instructions can be a real challenge. I have found that going to the eduard website and downloading the pdf instructions they have there helps a little. That way you at least those are in color so it makes it slightly less challenging to decipher. It would be nice if they spent a little more time on their instructions to go with the great work they do on their etch.

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Thanks Kenny, yeah I went on the Eduard website but can't find the Trumpeter Stuka PE, I'll load up a stock number in their search and see what that brings up.
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yeah I think I had to do the same thing when I looked it up last time. Don't think their site is exactly written in english, so product number is probably the easiest way to find it.

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Thanks Kenny, that was helpful. I think I have figured out the mystery piece. Eduard showed it in the instructions as you glue it to the kit part (to nothing pretty much), but as I look further on I'm better off waiting until it's all together then placing it. Here's what I mean, the J6 assembly.


I also found an extra page to the instructions! lol I hadn't needed them yet but it's good to see what's ahead. Lots of canopy PE too. This will look tidy I reckon. [smile]

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