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1/48 Monogram Kingfisher X2, WIP

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1/48 Monogram Kingfisher X2, WIP
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:20 AM

The time has come to begin another long journey. I have two Monogram Kingfisher kits. These kits will be built together and both will get complete makeovers. 

I am adding resin pits from Lone Star Models and Cutting Edge as well as white metal beaching gear, Squadron canopies, resin corrected floats from LSM, a corrected (scratch built) closed cowling, and an open scratch built cowling with Vector Engine and full fire wall and mounts, wires, plumbing, etc. Both kits will receive a full rescribe and any control surface attention I think they may need. I still have not decided on a scheme for either plane but I was thinking of an RAF on one and a triple blue on the other. Decal kits are a bit limited for these so my options are also not so great.

I don't know how long this will take, but my goal is to have them done this year. Time will tell on that one for sure. I have learn a  great deal from my P-40 build and that will save me a great deal of time. Well, enjoy the show.

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 BrandonD on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:21 AM

I can't wait to see these ones come together. I love the idea of building a Kingfisher, but I don't have the patience to do what you're about to do to these. I'm looking forward to this one.

-BD-

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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:26 AM

I am really looking forward to these Kingfishers in your capable hands.

I have started one of the Monograms but hit a wall when trying to AM the interior. i ordered the resin from Lone Star but twice had problems with it . Once it got lost in the mail so I never received it and the second arrived in the wrong scale. Where did you find the Cutting Edge interior?   The only one I've seen on Ebay the clown wants $150 for it. Way too much for a 1/48 interior in my book.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:07 AM

I found the CE cockpit on evilbay some time ago. I watch for them from time to time and buy them when I find a good deal. I don't recall what I paid, but it wasn't all that bad.

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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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:57 AM

This will be a fun build to watch especially with all that AM parts.  You have my attention!

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 BrandonK on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 4:00 PM

Ok, so.....day one. I'm off and running. I just finished up my Tamiya Beaufighter which was a splendid kit. And I started work on these two today. Now I have to say I'm already scratching my head with how bad the fit and flash is on these two kits. But, since most of the kit parts are being replaced or reworked I'll just have to press on. I also have a Kittyhawk 1/32 Kingfisher that I may build along the way to help give me some details for the 1/48 kits. 

"Build two Monogram Kingfishers they said. It'll be fun the said."

As you can see in the pic below, I've cut off the kit float to make room for the Lone Star Models float which is much more accurate. I will be leaving it off until I have the cockpits done and halves closed up. But, I had to show you something.

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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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:09 PM

Looking forward to seeing this build as it progresses, Brandon!

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: Travel 1/48th Hasegawa A-7 Corsair II;  Travel 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  Travel 1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings;

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, May 29, 2017 5:56 AM

This sir will be an interesting build.  I'll Definately follow this one!

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: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 6:41 AM

Hi BK

Sorry to hear about the problems with Lone Star. I met Mike at the 2012 IPMS Nats here in Orlando but was out of the resin KF pits. He did not charge me for the shipping when I ordered mine since we had talked in Orlando aboit it. The resin details look very good and will enhance the pit details.

I have this kit along wit the KH 1/32 one which looks awesome but has been reported with some fitting issues here and there from reviews I have read.

Your build will be an interesting one since you have so much AM items.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:17 AM

I built that kit between forty and fifty years ago. I really enjoyed that build. It turned out pretty nice even OOB, so yours should be fantastic.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:11 AM

Thanks gents for the words of encouragement. I am nearing the completion of the first pit and assembly is challanging to say the least. The resin kit from LSM is very detailed, but the resin didnt come out too well on this one so a lot of work went into making it presentable. Still, its far better than the kit parts. I should have some pics up tomorrow.

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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    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:15 PM

I'm anxious too see how the LSM pit came out and what you did with it to make it fit right.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:33 AM

Well, as promised here is the latest update on the first Kingfisher. The LSM cockpit kit is a massive improvement over the kit parts. It is loaded with tons of detail far beyond my ability to scratch build. The kit I recieved was not the level of quality one would expect from Cutting Edge, but when it's only done by one guy on his own, I think it's fine.

The kit does take a great deal of work to make it fit the fuselage as the pours are rough and there is a great amount of overpour and clean up involved. Again, even with its problems it is a huge improvement.

The part I had the most trouble with is the textured surface of the resin made painting it very very difficult and I had a really hard time making it look presentable. I am not overly happy with the result with regard to my painting, but given the surface I was working with it will have to do. The Cutting Edge kit will work far better, but those are getting rare and very expensive. LSM is really the only game in town for these pits.

I have seveal pieces that still need to be added in to the rear pit but those will wait until I have the seam work done so they are not in the way while I work on that. This kit is similar to the Monogram P-40 in that it will take a great deal of work to make it really nice. At this point I am rethinking making the engine on this one exposed. I may simply swap it out for the kit part and move on. I need to think it over more.

Thanks for looking.

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 BrandonK on Saturday, November 04, 2017 2:12 PM

I've been so busy this year that I haven't had much time to work on these, but I am making slow progress. So, here is where I am at so far.

I have cut off the cowling in order to open the flaps and make way for a Vector R-985 resin engine. This is gonna take a great deal of work to make it fit but so far it looks promissing. 

I also plan on adding in some exhaust tips to the cowling as well. I also closed up the firewall area so I could shape it to the flaps and fit the cowl back on in the same place it came off, only open now. 

This is the final result of the shaping of the firewall and rounding it in for the flaps to fit over correctly.

I left the flaps attached to the cowling and simply cut them into seperate pieces. I then sanded the tips down to make them appear as thin as possible and I took a pair of PE plyers and bent them all outward which cracked the plastic on the inside. So, I simply put Tamiya thin cement on the cracks and it actually forced the flaps to stay open. This is the result.

I then turned my attention to the kit engine and cut it away with a small saw. I then used a knife to remove the left over bits and followed that up with some sanding and shaping for the correct fit to the cowl. It came out perfect.

I also began work on the Vector R-985 kit. Once I had this assembled, minus the details, I can begin work on the cowling opening and the cylinder heads to make it all fit together. The cowling is thick and I used a Dremel to thin it down as thin as I dare and I will need to remove the tips of each cylinder to make it fit. The engine will need to be set in from the front as the cowl is oblong toward the rear and the engine will never fit in from there. I plan to get it to fit, detail it out, set it in and then close the front of the cowl. This will complicate the paint, but there is no real alternative. 

In this shot you can see I've thinned the cowl quite a bit and it still needs a tad more room, so the cylinder heads will get it next. They won't be seen anyway.

I have been working on the float as well. The kit part is grossly misplaced and the kit resin float will look tons better. I will get to that in the next few days and post up some more pics. More to come on this journey. Thanks for looking.

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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    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, November 04, 2017 6:11 PM

Gosh BK you are breahing life into this old Monogram kit And it's looking incredible. 

Can't wait to see more!

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, November 04, 2017 7:23 PM

My hat's off to you pushing your limits in the modelling skills dept. Looks like you're succeeding admirably. This'll be a thread to which I will subscribe.

Mike

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

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, November 05, 2017 9:59 AM

Phew, lotsa work so far but it looks like you're up to it. Good job. It's going to be interesting to see how you make the wings fit thru the fuselage with the LSM interior in the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, November 05, 2017 10:08 AM

Jay Jay
It's going to be interesting to see how you make the wings fit thru the fuselage with the LSM interior in the way.

LOL, that part is already done. I have the wings completed and ready for install. It was the first thing I did after the cockpit, and they needed significant mods to make it work. I haven't installed them yet as I want the extra room to finish up all the extra work on the nose and float. I am close to putting them on. 

Thanks for the kind words gentlemen.

BK

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

1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, November 06, 2017 11:16 AM

"I have the wings completed and ready for install. It was the first thing I did after the cockpit, and they needed significant mods to make it work"

I sure would like to see how you did the wings if you wouldn't mind,  I'm building the same kit and AM stuff and kinda gave up when I saw how the wing to Fsg. joins up. kudos to you for figuring it all out.

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, November 06, 2017 4:03 PM

Nice work, will you be doing a WIP for the Kitty Hawk Kingfisher?

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.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 06, 2017 10:54 PM

Jay Jay

"I have the wings completed and ready for install. It was the first thing I did after the cockpit, and they needed significant mods to make it work"

I sure would like to see how you did the wings if you wouldn't mind,  I'm building the same kit and AM stuff and kinda gave up when I saw how the wing to Fsg. joins up. kudos to you for figuring it all out.

 

I'll post some pics and info on that for sure.

BK

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

1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 06, 2017 10:55 PM

Toshi

Nice work, will you be doing a WIP for the Kitty Hawk Kingfisher?

Your friend, Toshi

 

I may or may not. I'm working on getting a new job that will take 70+ hours a week with odd days off and non together except every 5 weeks. So my build time is gonna take a major hit if I get it, but the income is worth it. Fingers crossed.

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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