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Pearl 2017...Getting Closer

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Pearl 2017...Getting Closer
Posted by fightnjoe on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:16 PM

Wait.......another build.....another PUBLIC build......what madness is this then?

 

 

 

Well I am finishing up an article for consideration to a magazine and the P-40B is currently in between video sessions.  Now is also the time where I begin to look towards December 7 and what that means.  This year I have gone solo again and so my only deadline is the finish line.  This is not for submission.  This is for me.

 

First up is the subject.  Kind of my holy grail build.  

 

 

The 1/72 Special Hobby B-18.  For this I will need to pull out a few tricks as the decals will need modification.  The build itself will be out of box.  

 

 

 

The journey begins......

 

 

 

 

Joe

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:39 PM

Good Luck with it. I'll subscribe to this one and see how that Special Hobby kit builds up. I have a couple of Special Hobby kits, and have yet to build one.

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Posted by Toshi on Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:26 AM

I'll be following!

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, August 13, 2017 5:28 AM

Interesting subject Joe. I rather like SH kits. will be nice to see how this one builds.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, August 13, 2017 9:09 AM

OOOOO how cool !  I just love this era of aircraft. Where did you find this one ?

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Monday, August 14, 2017 11:05 PM

Many many thanks all.

I have done a few Special Hobby kits with mixed results to be honest.  This one was purchased by my eldest daughter a couple of years ago for my birthday.  

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Monday, August 14, 2017 11:30 PM

Well here is a quick follow up to the intro.

 

I would show you a couple of pictures of the sprue but to be honest I dislike those as they really show nothing.  For myself I like to see some progress.

 

As the title says it is the beginning.  

 

First up, I rarely do things as the instructions call for.  Just not how I build.  This build is no different.  Because of the amount of clear in the fuselage the first thing I want to tackle is to get the exterior paint and the interior paint out of the way.  To that end I wanted to try something different.  Tone variants by changing the base color.  I used Testor Gloss Gray, Model Master US Navy Gray, and Testor Creatix Gloss Black.  I picked out some panels to try it out.

 

 

I then sprayed Alclad Chrome.

 

 

While this dried I played some with the interior.

 

 

And with some paint.

 

 

Next up will be to get some color on the interior walls and then move on to the clear parts.

 

 

All comments, critiques, and criticism is encouraged.

 

 

 

Joe

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Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:02 AM
Very nice so far. Special Hobby...ouch! I'm having Blackburn ROC flashbacks...

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Posted by fightnjoe on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:56 AM

Truthfully there is coming, very quickly, a rather large issue.  

 

The wing roots are off by almost a quarter inch out of the box.  Hopefully an update soon.

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Monday, August 21, 2017 8:44 PM

Well folks everything was moving along smoothly.  

 

The interior went in with no fuss.  Although way off it will work when all the "glass" is installed.

 

 

 

The fuselage looked to be a pretty simple project to close up.

 

 

And then the honeymoon came to an abrupt end.  Well crashing halt.  Well total and complete standstill for a while.  

 

The OH MY GOD, ARE YOU KIDDING ME moment came when I attempted to attach the wings to the fuselage.  It was just as a bad joke.  

 

The carnage...

 

 

Not too bad you say???  Well to compliment that after a lot of sanding to try to get the engine nacelles to fit this was the best I could get....

 

 

 

 

Now the best part, no picture of this though, after much use of adult language I test fit the stabilizers and they fit a dream with little to no seam.  I was fit to be tied.  

 

Well after a trip to the big city on Saturday I was able to obtain some Apoxie Sculpt and so that is now drying, thinking I didnt mix it exactly right, and that should fix my gap issue but holy crap that was a large gap.

 

More on this soon.

 

 

All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.

 

 

 

 

Joe

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Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, August 21, 2017 8:56 PM

I like it!  I love the B-18.  I didn't realize that it had office space on the flight deck behind the pilots.

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Posted by fightnjoe on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:09 AM

The B-18, so ugly she is beautiful.  

 

I knew there was little detail in the interior on the 1:1 bird but I also did not realize just how much.  

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:02 AM

These kits that test our skills are the ones we hate building but when they are done, wowzers, it will be a stunning kit in your hands.

BK

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:48 AM

Hang in there. My Monogram 1/48 B-26 was not any better for fit ,but if it's the only game in town...

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:03 AM

It will take some TLC for sure.  

 

 

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Monday, September 25, 2017 10:50 PM

Now for an update on the 1/72 B-18.

 

The wings and the wing roots are now attached, puttied, cleaned up, and now painted.  This kit has been a major chore all the way through.

 

 

Next will be to get the markings on, some custom, and then finish out the small stuff.

 

 

All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.

 

 

 

Joe

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Posted by PFJN on Monday, September 25, 2017 10:57 PM

Wow, that looks great.  It's really interesting to see some less common subjects, too.

Pat

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:03 AM

May have been a chore but its looking like it was worth it. Really nice work there.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 6:17 AM

Way to hang in there. your results look like they where worth the effort.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:02 PM

Well done, Joe.  Nice finish on that beast.

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Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:57 PM
Looks great Joe, you really whipped it into shape

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Posted by Devil Dawg on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:26 PM

Great job, Joe! You did the right thing by putting it aside for a while, calming down, then getting back to it. I ran into the same wing fit issues with the Monogram TBD-1 Devastator that I'm building for the Monogram Mafia IV Group Build. You should take a look at that thread (page 12, I think). Big gaps on that one, too - at least a millimeter everywhere the wing met the fuselage.

Anyways, you made that tough kit into a gorgeous replica. Way to go!

Gary Mason

 

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Posted by fightnjoe on Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:53 PM

Many many thanks all.

Gary I will have to check out your build.  Time has been pretty short supply around here for a while.  Hopefully I will have a chance to catch my breath soon.

 

 

 

Joe

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