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  • Member since
    October, 2018
Greetings from Nebraska and asking for help
Posted by mwhit28 on Monday, October 01, 2018 7:45 PM

Hi guys.  I am just now getting back into modeling after a couple year hiatus.  I tend to build mostly either Navy aircraft (all eras) or ships.  I usually try to go with 1/48 as my scale of choice.  

I've been helping teach my son (who is 8) on some models and we've started decorating his room with some models.  Might not be show worthy but they still are impressive.  We are currently working on a 1/48 A-6E Revell kit.  But we ran into a problem with it.  He bumped into our work table and spilled some paint thinner onto the canopy section (we had the parts sitting there so we could sand them down alittle more to make them fit).  Needless to say, the canopy and windshield have fogged up.  

I did a little looking and it looks like Revell's no longer doing replacement parts.  Does anyone know any way to unfog the glass or know of any aftermarket canopies anywhere?  I know I can go spend 30 bucks and buy another kit on ebay but that seems like a waste of a perfectly good kit for just those two pieces.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Matt

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:12 PM

Hi Matt, welcome to the Forums. Glad to have you aboard.

Try going to the aircraft section of these forums and post your question there. You might get lucky and someone there might have what you need. There are also sites that sell replacement canopies like Squadron and Sprue Bros. Try going there and searching their sites. Hope that you get lucky and find one. Maybe the guys on the aircraft section will know a site that has them. They are not dirt cheap but not real pricey either.

Good luck.

Jim  Captain

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   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:21 PM

Welcome! Yes, try Aircraft.

There's a number of ways to deal with this.

You could paint it gloss black, which considering it's a build by a young modeler, is not at all a bad way to go.

You could look for a replacement online. Try a search on Squadron. 

Revell is out of the production business right now, I don't think you'll get anything from them.

If you devote some effort with toothpaste and soft rags, you might get some results. There are plastic polishes around, but again it's an investment that you might want to avoid.

My main advice is to not let this become a point of frustration for him. It happens all the time. Can't tell you how many times I've glued stuff to my elbows, left decals on the copy machine at Kinkos, lost pieces. Keep it light and come up with a fun solution.

Welcome and good luck!

Bill

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:31 PM

Hmmm;

 If you Really Need the insides to show then by all means get a new Canopy and Windshield . If not , carefully sand and polish till the glue roughness goes away and then paint it a fine Medium Dark Blue like the solid wood models .    P.S. Welcome to the forums .

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 4:59 PM

Hi Matt -

GM gave good advice, depending on which thinner you spilled will determine how recoverable the canopy is by polishing. If enamel then a fair chance, if lacquer thinner which is much more agressive then less chance. By using progressively finer polishing pads and plastic polish, you might be able to restore it to usable.

And his suggestion to paint it black has worked for me several times. Welcome to the forums, great idea to involve your son, some fun times to be had modeling together.

Patrick

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:33 PM

patrick206

Hi Matt -

GM gave good advice, depending on which thinner you spilled will determine how recoverable the canopy is by polishing. If enamel then a fair chance, if lacquer thinner which is much more agressive then less chance. By using progressively finer polishing pads and plastic polish, you might be able to restore it to usable.

And his suggestion to paint it black has worked for me several times. Welcome to the forums, great idea to involve your son, some fun times to be had modeling together.

Patrick

 

The canopy can be easily fixed with patience and a little elbow grease.  In this case, Tamiya makes a polishing set from course to smooth for clear parts.  

I have my 2 year old grandson help me put together kits by, airbrushing and glueing.  He helped me with the assembly of a Academy 1/72 B-17 ”Memphis Belle”.  Check it out on the aircraft section.  He helped with the airbrushing of the kit.

It’s not perfect by any means but I cherish this kit the most!  We definately have fun working together.

Welcome to FSM Forums!

Your friend, Toshi

 

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

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Posted by mwhit28 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:52 PM

Thanks everyone.  The painting it black actually seemed like the best option once we took a look at two other kits we have yet to build.  A Monogram EA-6B and a Revell F-14A.  When looking at the kits, the Prowler only has 3 aircrew and the Tomcat only has the pilot.  So we decided we could paint the Intruder black, take our two guys out of it and use them for the other two kits.  

Toshi I know the feeling.  My favorite kit when I was a kid was one my stepdad and I built of the USS Forrestal.  I'm seriously considering getting that one as a winter project for me and my boy to try to recreate that same feeling.  It wasn't perfect by any stretch but it was fun and it sat proudly (horrible paint job and all) for years until a move ruined it.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 9:00 PM

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:04 AM

Welcome aboard

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 3:54 AM

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 7:27 AM

I'll echo what others have said. Sand with successively finer grades of paper---down to 'automotive' grades; polish with a 'paste' (i.e., non-gel) type toothpaste; buff well with an old t-shirt; then dip parts in Future acrylic. You may not be able to tell there was any damage.

One caution, though: clear plastic can be more brittle than the opaque type. If a part gets 'flexed' too much while sanding or polishing, you may get stress cracks that won't polish out. Just make sure the part is well-supported.

Good luck! Yes

Greg

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 7:54 AM

Welcome to the forums! Welcome Sign Beer

Is this the A-6E kit you have:

If so, I have this kit at home. I've been using as a test platform for paints and such. I believe I still have the canopy, but, I'll need to verify when I get home. 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:42 AM
Matt, I too am in Nebraska. What city are you in? If your in the Omaha area, we have a IPMS club that meets every 3rd Wed. of the month.
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Posted by mwhit28 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:45 AM

That is exactly the kit.  If you still have the canopy I would greatly appreciate it.  

 

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Posted by mwhit28 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:46 AM

Hi there.  Yeah I am in Ralston.  3rd Wednesday of the month? I may be able to get away on those nights and check you guys out.  

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Posted by learmech on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 10:56 AM
mwhit, We meet at the Nebraska NRD Headquarters located at 154th & Giles Rd at 6:30. This month we are holding our annual club auction. club members bring kits from their stashes and we auction them off. Good way to pick up a kit for cheap.
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Posted by mwhit28 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 12:10 PM

Oh I will have to check that out.  Thanks for the heads up.  Hope to see you there

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 1:44 PM

You could just make it a paint mule for practicing different painting and weathering techniques. I did that to a spitfire I ruined the canopy on right after getting back into this hobby and it made the model a useful tool instead of a loss.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:34 PM

Here is the canopy:

It's in good shape,

If you want it, all I will charge you is a PM of your address! 

 Bruce

 

 

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Posted by mwhit28 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 4:51 PM
Bruce, Just sent you a PM. You are a lifesaver. Thank you so much
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Posted by mwhit28 on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 1:58 PM

A-6 Intruder ready for finishing

 

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A-6 loadout

 

She isn't the prettiest gal in the show and compared to alot of the models on here it's a very shoddy build, but at this point it's still the best model me and my son have built together.  Here she is all decaled up.  Going to put some gloss on her and then do a little bit more weathering on it before we hang it up in my son's room.  

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, November 01, 2018 4:39 PM

Matt,

 

The A-6 turned out very well! What do you have planned next to build with your son?

 Bruce

 

 

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