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An IAR 81C in resin- building the Icaerodesign 1/48 kit

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  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by sanderson_91 on Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:15 PM

Amazing as always Chuk!  I like your solution to the IP, I'll have to remember that one!

Steve

 

 

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    March, 2010
  • From: MN
Posted by Nathan T on Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:19 PM

This is Model Building for sure! Are you using superglue to attach the wings and other flying surfaces? I'm building my first resin kit and was wondering how to go about gluing large surfaces. Do you fit them together then just slop on the superglue? Or do you use extra thin super glue and try and keep in in the join line? Or epoxy maybe? I mean with plastic and styrene cement its easy, but resin is all new to me.

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2004
  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Friday, March 07, 2014 11:54 AM

YesYes

It is probably my rural internet provider being so slow, but I have to pull up each image individually. It is worth the effort.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:28 PM

I hope y'all will pardon my recent absence- I've been focused in a different direction, so to speak.  Nathan, CA glue is the only way to go with resin, as far as I'm concerned.  I tack things in place with the thick stuff, then carefully apply the thin stuff to nail it all down.  If you act quickly enough, you can clear up the excess with lacquer thinner before it sets too hard.  Hope this helps!

Subbis, I do appreciate your stick-to-it nature- cheers, bud!

Here's the latest update- maybe not a whole lot has gotten done, but I will reveal my latest progress and discoveries.  Take it away, Lili!

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    December, 2008
  • From: Goffstown, NH
Posted by New Hampshire on Monday, March 31, 2014 5:07 PM

Chuk, I can honestly say that yours is the only updates I truly can never wait for.  There is some great talent on this forum, and it is always nice to see them show off their work, but you take the time to make your updates into a show.  It is like watching Bob Ross (The Joy of Painting guy) or Norm Abrams (New Yankee Workshop...a woodworking show) even though one does not paint or work with wood. It is fun because it is entertaining as well as informative! Cool

Brian

  • Member since
    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:12 PM

Nice save on the stabilizer!Yes

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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    February, 2003
  • From: Cameron, Texas
Posted by Texgunner on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:54 PM

Man, Chuk, that Lili has some great posture!  What a swell guide for the project.Yes  Oh, the progress is cool too.Big Smile

Gary


"All you mugs need to get busy building, and post pics!"

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Sunday, May 11, 2014 9:19 PM

Thanks, guys!

Well, it's been a while- we've been dealing with personal issues, some good, some not so good.  We had our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary- good!  My brother-in-law's 60th birthday- good!  Some dear family members in ill health- definitely not so good.  My wife and I are hanging in there- think good thoughts for our mothers if you feel so inclined- thanks! In the meantime, I have been stealing a moment here and there at the bench, and having fun with this elegant little project.  

















  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:21 PM

Tapping foot....Well, About Time!

Congratulations on your anniversary, Chuck.  Good luck to the elders.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by sanderson_91 on Monday, May 12, 2014 8:02 PM

Hey Chuk, sweet looking engine.  Sorry to hear about your sick family members.  Hope everyone comes out OK.

Steve

 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:46 AM

Thanks, guys.   It's tough to see our dear loved ones decline, but we'll see it through.   We hope for the best!

I have decide to leave the lower cowl off as well- no use in hiding all the work I'm putting into these 14 cylinders!   There's not much photo ref, but I have found plenty of drawings that will allow me to fake the details. ;)  More to come!

chuk

  • Member since
    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:41 PM

Best wishes to you and your family!

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:36 PM

Thanks, Jim!   Dumb things happen in the best of families, or so they tell me.  Read on!

























cml
  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted by cml on Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:41 PM

I've been waiting for an update on this one for a while.

Your work, as always Chuckw, is just mind-bogglingly unreal. I really like how you share your techniques - they are invaluable.

Sorry to hear about the installation mishap - I can't imagine how frustrating that must have been after all the expert work put into it.

Chris

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, June 23, 2014 7:34 AM

All I can say is wow! I hadn't seen this thread until this morning and I'm very impressed.  I love your step-by-step walkthroughs, and the girls don't hurt either. Wink

On my bench: Revell 1/48 P-51B Mustang

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Sunday, July 06, 2014 9:20 PM

A brief, but happy update- enjoy!  















cml
  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted by cml on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:27 PM

Nice recovery Chuckw!!

Great to see this one back on track.

Chris

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:30 PM

Thanks, my friend!

Whoa!  An update at last!  Marina is beside herself with excitement- read on!  





















  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, August 11, 2014 10:42 AM

I am so in awe of your scratch building and soldering skills , I have no words. I can"t even make the solder stick on a simple electrical connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Illinois: Hive of Scum and Villany
Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Monday, August 11, 2014 11:11 AM

Amazing work ! ToastBow Down

Now I want to buy that book at the local Half Price Books

  • Member since
    February, 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Monday, August 11, 2014 11:29 AM

Can't get enough of your builds, amazing work.

Mike

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 15, 2014 11:04 PM

I always enjoy your work and presentations Chuk.  

Joe

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

 

 

 

 

cml
  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted by cml on Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:21 AM

Keep the updates coming Chuk! That is just unreal work.

Chris

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:58 PM

Thanks, guys!   I was feeling like this build would never end, but I took a quick inventory of what's left and it's not too bad.   The landing gear is the next big thing- cheers!

chuk

  • Member since
    February, 2003
Posted by Jim Barton on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:34 PM

Jay Jay

I am so in awe of your scratch building and soldering skills , I have no words. I can"t even make the solder stick on a simple electrical connection.

Great work, Chuck! And Jay Jay, don't feel bad. If I tried to solder, the first thing I'd do is drop the hot soldering iron in my lap and burn my "nether regions"!Big Smile

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:42 PM

Jim, LMLO.  ( laughing my lap off )

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:23 PM

I'll echo what everyone else is saying...this great stuff.  =]  Is it possible you could elaborate a bit more on the soldering-how-to's?  I've had very limited experience with it but it seems that certain types of metal don't want to adhere.  Any advice?

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Whidbey Island, Washington
Posted by chukw on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:43 PM

Well, Jim & JayJay, I did try to pick up a soldering pencil, to better grasp it, right out by the tip.  YEOWTCH!   You could smell burning chuk!   0_0'  ;)  Oooo- look- blisters!

bvallet- thanks!   I'm by no means an expert- but I am learning!  ;)

There are some basics to soldering that you can use any proper tool on.   Rememer, some metals solder better than others, and some not at all.   Aluminum?    Brass works great- so does steel.   The main ting in making a join id to have a clean surface- and a bright metal solders best.   A little sanding or steel wool will get that in order.  

You also have to have the join steady and immobilized.  Note that I pin, tape or do whatever to hold the work still.  Next, some flux is necessary to get the solder to stick.  I've never had any luck with trusting on rosin-core solder alone.  Trim a small bit of solder and stick it in the flux- apply heat and you should get a nice join!

You can also solder by tinning each piece- do the above steps on each bit, getting a thin coat of solder on the join end of each bit.  Put the parts together (with a bit more flux) and heat.  

Once you're done brush a little lacquer thinner over the joint to remove the remaining flux.

I'll do a step-by-step next time I get the gear out- in the meantime check out this review I recently did at Aeroscale.    http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=10453

Cheers!

chuk

  • Member since
    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:50 PM

Wonderful!! =]  Thanks.

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    June, 2009
  • From: Mobile, AL
Posted by Tango Juliet on Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:42 AM

Excellent as always Chuk!  

I'd been out of the plastic modeling hobby for several years to pursue more of my R/C modeling hobby instead, but have recently returned, having sold my truck (Aircraft Carrier) to enjoy riding on two wheels instead (you can't add years to your life, but you can add life to your years).  I had completely forgotten about your wonderful talents, both as a modeler and an artist.  I was pleasantly surprised to re-discover your work.  Thank you so much for providing such detailed insight to how you accomplish such beautiful work.

TJ Rohyans

Mobile, AL, USA

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