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Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae (WIP) UPDATE

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Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae (WIP) UPDATE
Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 11:07 PM

I got started on the Dottie Mae a couple weekends ago, and it's been real slow progress so far.  Mostly due to a short vacation back home to Minnesota and also a lot of work stress lately.  Also, slogging through the PE in the cockpit nearly made me jump off the wagon!  But I made it through, and here are the first pics of the cockpit by itself, along with some shots of it dry-fitted into the fuselage to check the fit.  The fit is excellent.

The story with this build is that I want to make it look like it just left the hanger after restoration.  So it will be pristine, with no weathering to speak of.  The Eduard kit has a lot more PE in store for me, along with resin parts too.  I'm also going to experiment a bit more with NMF paints and techniques.  Should be fun

Cockpit Pics:

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by fjs on Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:07 AM

Very nice cockpit Stecks, I don't know about you, but I would finde it very hard to resiste the temptation of weathering. Still I look forword to seeing it come together!

On the bench: airfix 1/72 P-51D Mustang

 

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Posted by damouav on Thursday, September 07, 2017 1:41 AM

Great work on the pit, I will follow this wip with interest.

Keep the images coming.

In Progress
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P-47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, September 07, 2017 9:00 AM

She looks fantastic. The amount of detail in these large kits is amazing.

BK

On the bench: 2x Monogram 1/48 Kingfishers with cockpits and floats, full kit overhauls each

1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

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Posted by MrStecks on Thursday, September 07, 2017 1:18 PM

fjs

Very nice cockpit Stecks, I don't know about you, but I would finde it very hard to resiste the temptation of weathering. Still I look forword to seeing it come together!

Thanks Fletcher.  It's funny, as I was working my way through the cockpit, I automatically started doing a first pass of weathering on the floor.  Suddenly I remembered, no weathering!  D'oh!  So there is some slight weathering in the cockpit.  It is hard to avoid doing it. 

Cheers, Mark

 

damouav

Great work on the pit, I will follow this wip with interest.

Keep the images coming.

Thanks Damian.

 

BrandonK

She looks fantastic. The amount of detail in these large kits is amazing.

BK

Thanks Brandon.  Yeah, it's almost too much detail.  There's something like four or five large pieces of PE parts for each of the landing gear doors!  lol

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, September 07, 2017 1:53 PM

Wow!  That cockpit is amazing!  I know I keep saying this, but you sir, have some serious skills.  Watching this with great interest.

D

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Posted by MrStecks on Monday, September 11, 2017 9:48 PM

Thanks D, I appreciate the vote of confidence.

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by MrStecks on Monday, September 11, 2017 9:53 PM

Only a small update tonight.  Finally got the fuselage buttoned up.  Looks like just some slight sanding and no filler needed for the seams.  I've cleaned up the wings and painted the wheel wells.  I discovered after some trial runs, that I'll be able to slide the wheel wells into the wings after they are glued up.  So this will give me a chance to do some detail work in the wells without having to handle a big wing all the while.

Only one pic, of the progress so far:

After dry-fitting the horizontal stabilizers I already know they are going to be a bit tricky.  Going to have to some seams to fill there.

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 5:40 PM

Beautiful job so far. A 1/32 aircraft is on my to do list next.  I'll be looking for this one at Modelpaloosa show Sept. 22.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:10 AM
Pit looks great Mark. I have this kit in the Hasegawa boxing so I'll be paying close attention..

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:48 AM

Fantastic job on the office.  Your WIP is moving forward excellently.  I'll be waiting anxiously for your next steps!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by jelliott523 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:42 PM

Here are some reference pics of the real thing. I took these a couple of weeks ago at Warbird Round-up in Nampa, Idaho.

Here's the original nose art section that was also at the show.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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Posted by MrStecks on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:43 PM

Ooh, awesome pics.  Thanks for sharing those.  I toyed with the idea of driving up there last month to see the plane in person, but too many real-life things got in the way.  Thanks again.  Smile

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:04 PM

Stellar work on the office. 1/32 scale really is tempting me .. maybe a bit easier to work on in general but, as you said, so much detail.. that might negate the advantages of the larger scale?

Nontheless, fine work so far. Following with interest.

Mike

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Posted by ridleusmc on Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:23 PM

Great work on the office.  At 1/32, it's going to be YUUUUUUGE!!

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 15, 2017 7:58 AM

She's coming along great! Yes

Jelliott: Thanks! Those are great photos of her. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by jelliott523 on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:02 AM

You're welcome for the photos! It was an awesome experience seeing the restored aircraft and listening to the power come from that beautiful engine. They flew her a couple of times that day and each time was just as impressive.

Also, seeing the original panels from the aircraft, after they recovered her from the bottom of the Austrian lake was awesome to see. They also showed a short bit of a documentary that will be shown on the National Geographic Channel later about the whole finding of the aircraft and the process of recovering it from the bottom of the lake, to the team that brought it here to Idaho for restoration.

Looking forward to seeing the end result of this build! Looking at trying to find one of these kits myself and seeing if I can do it some justice.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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Posted by jelliott523 on Monday, September 18, 2017 9:28 AM

MrStecks

Ooh, awesome pics.  Thanks for sharing those.  I toyed with the idea of driving up there last month to see the plane in person, but too many real-life things got in the way.  Thanks again.  Smile

Cheers, Mark

 

Mark,

I totally understand how the real-life things get in the way of fun at times in this hobby. I highly recommend if you ever get the chance to attend Warbird Roundup up here, it would be worth the trip. The aircraft displays and ability to get up-close-and-personal with them and get fantastic shots of areas the we like to spruce up in our builds is a great bonus. Plus, they always have fantastic guest speakers and presentations. Last year was a presentation about Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, from his granddaughter. This year was the reovery of Dottie Mae and another presentation about the Glacier Girl P-38.

Also, I live exactly one mile from the airfield and am always open to meeting up with fellow modelers.

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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Posted by MrStecks on Sunday, October 01, 2017 5:40 PM

Well I've been away from the bench (and this site) for a couple of weeks, dealing with the real world.  A couple of gigantic projects at work, (along with their super-tight deadlines), and visiting family in town, combined to really stress me out.  But now things are somewhat back to "normal" so I can get back to the Dottie Mae.

This isn't much of an update, more of a re-start.  Below are a couple pics showing where I'm at.  Fuselage seams have been dealt with, only a small amount of filler needed on the horizontal stabilizers.  The engine is almost done, just need to rig up the PE wire harness.  And the prop hub now has a nice metal coat.

Before my forced break, I did some testing on various NFM finish options, including Bare Metal Foil, and decided I'm going to use the AK Xtreme Metal paints again.  I like the results I got on the last Jug I did, so I'm going to go that route.

Now I have to spend some time getting caught up on all the awesome work people have been doing that I have missed!  

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by damouav on Sunday, October 01, 2017 9:57 PM

Mark, The shoe is on the other foot, we missed your excellent build.

Looking forward to you uploading more posts of your build very soon.

In Progress
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P-47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
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Posted by Toshi on Monday, October 02, 2017 4:11 AM

Excellent work there on the engine ignition wires.  

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, October 02, 2017 8:25 AM

Those shots of the real thing help dispell the remarks some folks say, that there is no  model aircraft use for polished aluminum Alclad.  We don't always have to make a model heavily weathered- nothing wrong with depicting a show bird or museum piece.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 02, 2017 11:33 AM

Nice work there, esp wiring up the engine! 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, October 02, 2017 11:45 AM

What Don said, above. I favor aircraft appearing as new, coming from the commercial aviation side where huge investments were made in maintaining a clean look, I finish in that manner. Fussy old bugger I am.

Your '47 is looking first rate, it shows great attention to build quality and details. This should be something to really enjoy seeing when you're finished. 

Thanks for the post and photos.

Patrick

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Posted by MrStecks on Monday, October 02, 2017 1:21 PM

Thanks guys.  I managed to finish up the engine wiring last night.  It was a chore, but the result is satisfying. I'm happy with the result.

I did do a very light wash on the engine cylinders just to give them a little depth.  But that's pretty much going to be it for weathering from here to the end.  Smile

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 9:56 AM

Small update today.  Last night I started work on the cowling.  It was molded in four parts, along the actual panel lines of the real thing, but it sure is going to be a challenge to get it together.  There aren't any locator pins, just some "shelf" guides that aren't too helpful.  And the seams go right through the fine detail of the latches on the front of the cowl.  Quite a few ejector pin marks too, that I had to fill since they would be visible after assembly.

EPM's filled and sanded.

 

Cowl taped up to check fit/alignment. 

 

The directions call for inserting the engine assembly into the bottom of the cowl and then building the cowl around it.  But I found that the engine can be inserted afterwards without problem, so I will just add in the duct work and the engine mount (both dry fit) to use as a brace for the panels during the glue-up. Then I'll pull those parts out so I can clean up and paint the interior before putting everything back in.  Going to start on this process tonight.  Fingers crossed!

Cheers, Mark


On the bench: Eduard 1/32 P-47 Dottie Mae

In the queue: Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Weekend Edition;  Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustang;  Eduard F2 190A-9 ProfiPACK Edition;  WNW 1/32 Fokker D.VII (Fok.) "Early";  Revell 1/48 B-25J;  AMT 1/48 Lockheed Vega;  AMT 1/48 Stinson Reliant SR-9;  Revell 1/48 TBF Avenger;  Hasegawa 1/48 Nakajima E8N1 Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane (DAVE) Model 1

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 12:11 PM

Looking great! What a pain that Hasegawa segmented the cowl like that, but looks like you have it nicely handled. I'll be following this one. Great job on the cockpit as well.

-BD-

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:02 PM
Stellar engine Mark. The hard work paid off...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 11:00 PM

Thanks for the tips on the cowl, Mark.

John

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Posted by Toshi on Saturday, October 07, 2017 4:48 PM

This is moving along fantastically!  Great job sir.  I’m looking forward to more!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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