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1/48 CA-13 Boomerang - WIP

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
1/48 CA-13 Boomerang - WIP
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 6:10 AM

Ok time to put my money where my mouth is as they say. I finally got around to building my Boomerang, and decided to start with the wheel wells, which needed a little work. The first pic shows the work necessary to modify the wing spar which forms the rear of the bay, the left side being as it comes, and the right as modified

https://postimg.org/gallery/r28xebkw/

 

Chris

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, November 05, 2017 9:04 AM

Very nice scratch building. I like where you are taking this project already. :)

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, November 05, 2017 11:03 AM

Chris,

I can only view your image when I click on the URL you posted. I've just been experimenting with Postimage and I am not sure why your image didn't appear on the thread. It seems like a decent image hosting site. Can you think of any reason why, for me, your image's address and not the image itself is what I see?

In any case this looks to be an interesting thread that I'll check on from time-to-time.

Edit: Perhaps you wanted us to go to the pictures on Postimage and open them up for ourselves? I still think it would be easy for you to post them in your thread. Like this:

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 1:52 PM

1943Mike PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me how you did that!!!!!!!

p.s. Thanks guys for the feedback

Chris

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, November 05, 2017 8:06 PM

Chris,

It's not that difficult. I'll go over it with you tomorrow in a PM. Just not up to teaching tonight - just a bit tired. You, however, will get it quickly if I can explain it succinctly and with some pedantic clarity. Not to worry, it's really pretty simple.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, November 05, 2017 10:59 PM

OK Chris, we just got an extra hour of daylight today so I'll attempt to post what I've tried to work out for you by way of a screenshot tutorial.

Here goes:

I sure hope this is of some help to you. Best of luck posting your images!

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, November 06, 2017 12:37 PM

Chris, I use Postimage, too.  If you want your photo to appear in a post here, click Share, and then click on "Hotlink for forums" choice.  That will copy the link text, which you can paste into your post here.  Here's a photo from one of my galleries at Postimage:

If you click to reply to this post, and choose to quote my post, you can see what this link text looks like.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, November 06, 2017 1:12 PM

Baron,

Your method worked for me as well and it's simpler than what I described above. I suggest that Chris use your more straight forward steps. I just tried Postimage for the first time yesterday so I thank you for showing both Chris and me the easiest method.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, November 06, 2017 1:33 PM

Thanks Baron. Once I've got some more photo's I'll give that a go. It seems to be one of those things in life which is actually very simple when you know how to do it, but if you don't it's a total nightmare!

Chris

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 3:04 PM

Glad to be of help, guys!  Anything that makes it easier, right?

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:56 PM
That's looking really good so far Chris! I picked up the 1/48 LTD kit of the Boomerang and it's a neat plane. I'm looking forward to seeing how you tackle the rest of yours.

On my bench: AMT X-Wing (1/48ish?) rebuild

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:49 PM

The fuselage needed a few modifications. The fuel filler cover was drilled out, and a fuel filler cap inserted from behind. Photo's show this particular aircraft was missing its fuel filler covers, and also its electrical socket cover, which has also been drilled out. The blue formation lights either side of the cockpit were filled and then redrilled. The lenses in the kit are clear, so once they had been fitted, a piece of aluminium foil was glued, shiny side towards the back of the lens, and once the aircraft has been painted, the lenses will be painted Tamiya clear blue. The curved plate at the rear of the cockpit either side has been thinned right down as far as I dare as it is supposed to be a sheet of aluminium, not a great big thick casting! The forward and bottom edges of the space for the cowl flaps got the same treatment. The most obvious change though is the 40 thou insert between the two fuselage halves. Now, not only is the cowl front circular rather than eliptical, but also the internal bulkheads fit. The more eagle eyed might spot I haven't attached anything to the inside of the cockpit sidewalls. That is because the instructions are wrong, and almost everything is attached to the fuselage frame, not the outer skin

Chris

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, November 12, 2017 4:57 AM

Great start sir.  I look forward to your progress.

Your friend Toshi

 

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ON THE BENCH:

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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 ChrisJH666 on Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:47 PM

Sorted out the carburetor and oil cooler intakes. The carb intake needed opening out before fitting the insert. Once the insert was in it needed a bit of filling and shaping to get the shape right, or as close as I could get it. The oil cooler intake was drilled out so there is now a hole for the air to go through. As I don't have a fancy scribing tool, I use a Stanley knife blade to repair the panel lines across the fuselage join. I make a shallow cut, then VERY carefully draw the point of the blade sideways along the cut to score out the line.

Chris

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:37 PM

Wings. Nearly completed, the only thing of note being the missing fuel filler covers. Had fun with the fit considering there is nothing to provide positive location of the parts in this kit.

The other photo shows the improvements to the oil cooler outlet. I opened out the back of the part to give the hole more depth, did a little filling and reshaping, then added the divider.

 

Chris

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:44 PM

Interesting subject and cool build. I'll confess that I had to look up what the CA-13 Boomerang was. It's a nice departure from the seemingly endless line of Corsairs, etc. :)

Thanks for sharing. 

-J

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, November 27, 2017 3:27 PM

Finally starting the sexy bits! If there's one word that describes a Boomerang cockpit, it's clutter. The pics show work so far, and I haven't even started putting in switches, levers, and instruments yet! There were quite a few errors in the kit which needed rectifying. The asymetric pyramid shaped frame in the middle of the floor is the support for the control column

 

Chris

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:43 PM

Bit more progress on the cockpit. The rudder bar got a touch of extra detailing, including altering the angle of the pedals. I figured as the rudder is going to be set at a bit of an angle, the controls should perhaps relect that! Still a bit more stuff to go on the starboard side, but I've started putting in some wiring. I'm trying to get it as accurate as I can, but no two photo's seem to be the same, a problem partly caused by the fact I'm relying for some of it on pics of preserved examples whose cable runs may not be exactly as the original, so it is going to end up as sort of representative.

Chris

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, December 05, 2017 3:06 PM

Nice progress, Chris!

Please refresh my memory-who makes this kit?

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 3:56 AM

Thanks. The kit is the Special Hobby CA-13 Boomerang. I had one of the earlier CA-12's, and I think the moulds must be getting a bit long in the tooth as this one needed a lot more work. There are also a few errors, but you could still make a nice model out of the box with a little care.

Chris

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 12:24 PM

The cockpit framing looks great. I'm excited to see how this develops.

-J

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:23 PM

Thank you. There's still some framing to go as I will soon have to do all the frame behind the pilot's headrest, and once the fuel tank is in, the radio tray frame. I'm leaving that for the moment to give easier access for building the cockpit.

Chris

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2:32 PM

Ah, yes, Special Hobby!  Got it, thanks!

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, December 07, 2017 2:46 AM

Excellent start, beautifully done.  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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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:34 AM

Thanks Toshi

Chris

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, December 08, 2017 9:33 PM

NOT HAPPY! My beautiful after-market instrument panel is the wrong shape and size. The photo shows the extent of the problem. I placed the panel against the bulkhead in front of it and as you can see it is not right. The bottom half is ok, but the top half is too high and the wrong shape. Somehow I now have to figure out a way of preserving all that lovely detail whilst reshaping the top half of the panel, and then remaking the panel front overlay with all the holes in the correct place!! The original kit panel was better for shape and size, but unuseable for all intents and purposes. Think I need to bulk buy the valium for this one!

Chris

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:47 AM

Chris check out this pic. I think the IP sits on top of the crossbar not over it

https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=efecIiRI&id=071B46E927E455C83CE584DB9DCA5EF30C31D24E&thid=OIP.efecIiRI_TegK24ivUSoRAEsDI&q=boomerang+cockpit&simid=608011197435546167&selectedIndex=0

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:39 PM

 

Thanks tempestjohnny, but I had only placed the panel in that position to show just how far out the size and shape were.  Once fixed, it will sit in its correct position further back.

Meantime, i've moved the position of some of the instruments, so the panel just needs reshaping now. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are..................  One of the instruments pinged off, never to be seen again! I will just have to replace it by hand somehow Oops

Now comes the REALLY tricky bit. The new front overlay. Getting all those holes in exactly the right place will be hilarious!

Chris

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:36 PM

 

I soldered the front overlay for the instrument panel to a piece of scrap brass to use it as a template for drilling out the instruments which are not being altered. Now I have to separate the two, clean it up, and drill the new positions for the other instruments. That's the tricky bit!

Chris

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