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Betty Lou She's the One. Completed

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  • Member since
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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Betty Lou She's the One. Completed
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:32 PM

Well you ever had how you wanted things to look like in your head but the reality just doesn't make the grade. That's how I feel about my attempt to make some homemade PE.  I used a sheet of thin plastic and a small paper punch to cut a form.  I didn't like how it ended up.  Would have helped if I would have lined it up better before the superglue hardened. I posted the pic with just the decal applied as well. Londo's guide to engine wiring. (1) Cut way too long of wire. (2) Superglue wire to finger. (3) Superglue wire to tweezers. (4) Lose wire in carpet (5) Find wire by having it glued to shoe or by jabbing into toe. (6) Throw wire away and don't take any pictures of the engine.  This is my first attempt at wiring an engine. Lesson learned drill the holes deep to better hold the wires.

 213_tamm_unstretched by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1595 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

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Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, November 04, 2017 3:39 PM

I hate to laugh at your expense, but the description of your frustration was pretty humorous.  I have not tried to wire up an engine, but will be soon, so I am sure payback is in my near future.  I will try to learn from your experience.  Don't know about you, but I learn better from mistakes than doing it right.  I remember the mistakes, but sometimes I will be doing something I have done successfully before, and can't remember a thing about how I did it.

Anyway, your IP looks great, and despite the trials and tribulations, the wired engine looks great too.  Hats off for trying a new technique.  Next time will go better.

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: Columbia Falls, Montana
Posted by Hunter on Saturday, November 04, 2017 4:33 PM

Great looking start...Like DeWayne said, sorry for the trouble you encountered, but the wiring on the engine looks great.

Hunter 

      

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, November 04, 2017 5:17 PM

Hunter

Great looking start...Like DeWayne said, sorry for the trouble you encountered, but the wiring on the engine looks great.

 

Hey if we can’t laugh at our own folly what’s the point. Thank you both for your encouragement! I originally was gonna use monofilament for the wires but after I accidentally kinked one of the metal ones I thought that looked kinda spiffy. After the IP disappointment I bought a thin sheet of brass and a metal punch. Not sure how I’m gonna cut the outline though. Just spent 2 1/2 hours masking most of the glass (still have the fuselage windows to install and do). Dear Lord if anyone brush painted these or made masks with tape, they deserve a medal. The Eduard masks saved my sanity

 

 

 

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:11 PM

Greatmaker
Londo's guide to engine wiring. (1) Cut way too long of wire. (2) Superglue wire to finger. (3) Superglue wire to tweezers. (4) Lose wire in carpet (5) Find wire by having it glued to shoe or by jabbing into toe. (6) Throw wire away and don't take any pictures of the engine. 

 L O L O L O L !!!!!

I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you. You just described an "Everyday " occurance here at Demon's Hollow Asylum.

But you did such an awsome job, it was worth it.

You forgot #7: go to the Doctor to have wire removed from eye!

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:53 PM

Sad thing is I had another one of those little buggers in my toe tonight 

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Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:58 PM

"Just spent 2 1/2 hours masking most of the glass (still have the fuselage windows to install and do). Dear Lord if anyone brush painted these or made masks with tape, they deserve a medal. The Eduard masks saved my sanity"

 

There is, no doubt, a LOT of glass in that kit.  Good to know there is a mask.  I want one of these some day.  Oh, and stop going barefoot in the model room!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Saturday, November 04, 2017 8:34 PM

ManCityFan

 There is, no doubt, a LOT of glass in that kit.  Good to know there is a mask.  I want one of these some day.  Oh, and stop going barefoot in the model room!

 

Hey I was wearing crocks

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Saturday, November 04, 2017 9:02 PM

Greatmaker

 

 
ManCityFan

 There is, no doubt, a LOT of glass in that kit.  Good to know there is a mask.  I want one of these some day.  Oh, and stop going barefoot in the model room!

 

 

 

Hey I was wearing crocks

 

  OK, ya got me.  That one made me laugh.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, November 04, 2017 11:34 PM
Good stuff. I’ve been there. Those engines look great. The Yamamoto Betty is definitely on my someday when I have room list.

 "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 Sunday, November 05, 2017 3:19 AM

Nice start, good work on the engines!

Your friend, 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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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, November 05, 2017 7:42 AM

lawdog114
Good stuff. I’ve been there. Those engines look great. The Yamamoto Betty is definitely on my someday when I have room list.
 

Thank you very much Looking forward to your rendition. It’s a pretty large plane for a twin engine. I looked up your discussion as to interior color and I have decided to use RAF interior green with some Khaki mixed in. Trying to figure out how to mask the tail glass with it on the plane. It has a large slot

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Greatmaker on Sunday, November 05, 2017 7:46 AM

Toshi

Nice start, good work on the engines!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thanks Toshi. Looking forward to you next project as well

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Greatmaker on Monday, November 13, 2017 4:29 PM

Ugh was just trying to put the finishing touches on it and the decals all fractured except for the tail decals. Tried to get a hold of Tamiya support but no go today.  As I have one white stripe and 6 hinomaru to put on I think I might try painting them.  I've seen there are basically two ways to do this.  Area paint and place a circular piece of tape and paint around it or cut a hole in the tape and paint that.  I have a circular cutter and wide frog tape.  Any hints as to which way works the best? I'd rather not have to repair my current camo scheme.  I've also read if you use the "paint the hole" technique it helps to place a smaller circle as a guide to align the mask.  Thanks in advance

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Monday, November 13, 2017 6:34 PM

Looks really good. The engines look great. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. 

I haven't tried yet, but it looks like there's some good tips for masking meatballs here:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/161854.aspx

cheers

-John

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:17 AM

Fantastic job sir.  Keep up the great work!

Your friend, 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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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:01 AM

Toshi

Fantastic job sir.  Keep up the great work!

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thanks Toshi. Last night I did some experimentation with differemt kinds of tape. I think the blue painters tape is the winner. It’s thicker so it cut cleanly with the circle cutter and it didn’t distort when I applied it to the model.  Hopefully tonight I’ll at least get it masked 

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:22 AM

Johnny1000

Looks really good. The engines look great. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it. 

I haven't tried yet, but it looks like there's some good tips for masking meatballs here:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/161854.aspx

cheers

-John

 

Thanks John Yep I found that thread.  Hopefully I will do them justice

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:46 AM

Hi;

      The last part of your statement hit home .Is there another way besides hand painting Canopy frames ? LOL.LOL. I have done that for years and would rather do that than do all that masking 

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:30 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hi;

      The last part of your statement hit home .Is there another way besides hand painting Canopy frames ? LOL.LOL. I have done that for years and would rather do that than do all that masking 

 

I had to do some hand painting on one of the frames.  I haven't taken off all the masking but I did the front and back cones off the model.  The back worked well but some paint came off on the front some so I hand painted with a toothpick and applied dullcoat with that as well.

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Posted by Greatmaker on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:16 AM

Here's some pics of the inside

 IMG_E1605 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1604 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1603 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:32 AM

Looking great. And nice job with the pilots. This is making me kind of jones for a Betty even more. 

If you're on to painting insignia, you've moved on well past this?

cheers

-J

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:01 PM

Looks great to me so far!

 

I've had one of these in my stash forever, I'm hoping you'll motivate me to finally build the darn thing.

"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 Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:34 AM

Boy My hat's off to anyone who paints on insignia.  Eventhough it was just a white line and 6 meatballs it took me 2 hours to line them up and I still have a crooked white band.  Hopefully finishing up tonight.  I'm happy with how my engine wire job turned out.  Just have to do a better job of policing my cut off wires. I've been finding too many of them with my feet. Tongue Tied

 IMG_E1615 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1613 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:16 AM

Wow, great job!  

Your friend, 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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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:34 AM

Toshi

Wow, great job!  

Your friend, Toshi

 

Thanks Toshi 

Looking forward to your Ki-61 build.  I have built the Hasagawa one and wasn't planning on building another Ki-61 until I heard the rave reviews on it

Looking forward to your 

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:35 AM

Greatmaker

Boy My hat's off to anyone who paints on insignia.  Eventhough it was just a white line and 6 meatballs it took me 2 hours to line them up... Tongue Tied

Completely worth it. Painted on insignias are just so much better than decals.

cheers

-J

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  • From: Eleva, Wisconsin
Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:30 PM

Well Betty Lou is finally done.  Had a few firsts on this one.  First time I wired engines. First time I tried making PE.  First time I painted on insignia, and the best first....the first time I've managed to finish a model without breaking at least one fiddly bit. As for my experience with the kit most of it went very smoothly.  I had some fit issues with the engine nacelles and the fit of those to the wings. Also the bottom of the fuselage didn't want to close.  Had to glue and hold by sections.  The top fit like a dream so it must have been operator error. Note to future self, if your gonna put the little dudes in make sure you put them in BEFORE gluing in the control yokes. Otherwise it's quite a chore to get them seated Also had issues with gluing the exhaust tubes in after gluing the engine cowling on.  That required a paint repair. Had some bleeding around some of the Eduard masks so that made me ornery. Overall a fun kit to build and in more experienced hands I think it would be a show stopper.  Anywho enjoy and as always if you can see things I can do to improve please feel free to comment.  Thanks all.

 IMG_E1616 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1617 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1618 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

 IMG_E1619 by Robert Pederson, on Flickr

Everybody's cute, everybody's cute, even me. But in purple I'm stunning

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:41 PM
That turned out great Maker. The two tone camo is a nice change from the all green. Thanks for sharing your work.

 "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 Greatmaker on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:51 PM

Thanks Joe.  I liked the two toned camo as well.  I have plenty examples of the green and gray schemes

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