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1/48 CA-13 Boomerang - WIP

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, July 02, 2018 4:27 AM

Thanks John

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Posted by damouav on Monday, July 02, 2018 5:02 AM

Good work on the radial.

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, August 04, 2018 5:04 PM

If this model has taught me anything, it is that Mr Dremel is your friend! There were a lot of fit issues with the engine and cockpit (though to be fair I wasn't using the kit engine) which meant a lot of work with the Dremel removing plastic from the inside of the fuselage. Finally managed to get it together though.

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Posted by DesTROYer on Saturday, August 04, 2018 6:12 PM
Great build. I’m following this one with interest. Wish I could find a Boomerang in 1/32
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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, August 04, 2018 7:23 PM

As others have said, you're doing a really spiffy job on this aircraft.

I'm looking forward to the next installments and am curious about how the wings fit on the fuselage. Looks like it's engineered so that most common wing root problems won't arise.

Mike

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Sunday, August 05, 2018 2:59 PM

Thanks guys!

I'm currently using plastic strip to fill the gaps between the upper wings and the fuselage. These gaps are not very big, but I wanted to avoid using filler as far as possible, as it is supposed to be a joint. I've made the mistake in the past (and seen it on the models of others too) of filling the joint and then rubbing it down so the joint dissappears when in fact that joint is quite visible on the real aircraft. I've stuck the plastic along the edges of the upper wings, and I'm in the process of rubbing it down a little at a time until I get a good fit with the fuselge. This will also make it easier to rescribe the panel lines where necessary than with filler.

I've also needed to use the Dremel on the inside of the wing fillet on the fuselage from the rear third of the wing back to thin it down to get a good fit so it won't stand proud of the upper wing. I'm really liking my Dremel right now!!! This would be a sod of a kit without it.

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Chris

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, August 10, 2018 5:06 AM

 

Finally got the wings on! Now for the cleaning up of joints and panel lines, which is not going to be a quick job, but could have been a lot worse without the Dremel.

The second shot shows some of the bits and pieces in the wheel wells and up into the accessories bay behind the engine firewall. There should be more pipes and cables, but I'll probably just leave it as is. You can see where the lower fuselage behind the wing didn't quite line up right, even though the panel lines did! Soon fix that though

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Chris

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:24 AM

Now ;

 Since you've finished the model , What is next ? Are you going to build something to hide all that beautiful work in ? Darn . T.B.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:26 AM

Oh My !

 That's a nice job there .You've got a little oil stain on the bottom cylinder though ,Lol!

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:44 PM

Thanks T.B.

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Chris

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:36 PM

Hey Chris

Completely missed that this came back. Great to see this moving forward! Engine and wheel wells look really good. (Gotta fix that fillet, as you said)

Excited for whatever's next

-J

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, August 20, 2018 2:56 PM

Thanks Johnny. Got that fillet fixed. Glued in a piece of plasticard and shaped it down - it was too bad a fit to just use filler. Sorted the wing to fuselage joins and rescribed panel lines. Tailplane going on now, then I have a bit of a dilema with the cowl flaps to sort. Don't you just love challenging kits????? Boo Hoo

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 3:00 PM

The cowl flaps are a real pain to fit correctly, so I came up with this method. The picture shows a masking tape "sausage" formed by folding over one edge of the tape a few times for about half its width. The other half holds it in position. This holds the rear edge of the flaps in the correct position while you press the front edge into place. Then VERY CAREFULLY (!) remove the tape and voila!

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 2:42 PM

DesTROYer, if you intend modelling the Boomerang you must get a copy of "The CAC Boomerang" by Richard A Franks. Amongst it's many pages of useful information, it lists all kits and accessories avilable at the time of publication. It also has a three page review of the AlleyCat 1/32 CA-12/13/19 Boomerang, kit no. ACRK32-11. This apparently was an updated reissue in mid- 2013. There is also the FM Models vac kit if you can find it.

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Chris

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4:54 PM

ChrisJH666

...I'm currently using plastic strip to fill the gaps between the upper wings and the fuselage. These gaps are not very big, but I wanted to avoid using filler as far as possible, as it is supposed to be a joint...

I like doing that, too-either styrene card scrap, or stretched sprue, all sealed in place with styrene cement.  I like the idea of a homogeneous piece-like material to like, for a stronger finish.

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 4:03 PM

Ok, a little more progress. I included this shot to show where it is necessary to modify the window behind the cockpit. The panel it is attached to should frame the glazing on all sides, but in the kit this is not the case. I scored a line in the glazing and filled the join so the new "framing" becomes a continuous part of the panel.

A couple of other details have been added. The cannon and wing leading edges were drilled to accept a length of brass rod to reinforce the joint. Getting near to paint time  Big Smile

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 6:43 AM

Finally ready for masking and paint!

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:47 AM

Very impressed with my Montex masks...... NOT! The ones for the outside of the canopy are ok, but the inside ones are wrong, as are the upper/lower wing roundels, and there are none for the fuselage roundels and fin flashes. Can anyone suggest a suitable material for making my own masks that will not rip off the paint or leave a sticky residue?

Thanks

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Friday, September 14, 2018 8:35 PM

Ok here's my rather Japanese looking Boomerang! For the fist time when building aircraft kits I sprayed it with Tamiya primer, which fortunately is white. Photo's show much of the paintwork on this plane to have been very faded, so the light base will help. The black nose will give a dark base as the cowlings and access panel immediately behind where the "Sinbad II" cartoon sits were much darker and slightly shiny due to groundcrew wiping away oil residues. The green around the gun ports is because, according to the information I have, before doping new patches over the gun ports, the old residue would be removed using acetone, which is not very paint friendly, meaning you got a discoloured area where the primer showed through, and sometimes even bare metal.

Right, now for the fun bit! Markings and camo!

 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, September 17, 2018 6:14 AM

Ok, so here's the issue. Here we have probably the best known Boomerang, and colour schemes for this aircraft published by Aeromaster Decals, "The CAC Boomerang" by Richard A Franks, and the example which sits at the foot of my posts. Then there is the pic of the actual aircraft. Anyone notice a problem?

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, October 08, 2018 2:41 PM

As things have come to a grinding halt while I unravel the last piece of the puzzle that is Boomerang camoflage, I decided to sort some of the bits and pieces, such as the prop. I replaced the kit one with a whitemetal one from Tasman's CAC CA13/19 Boomerang Engine Accessory Set. It needed a fair bit of cleaning up, but it came out ok. In addition, information I have is that the spinners were prone to cracking around the backplate mounts, so a field mod was introduced to rivet a strip of aluminium along the back edge of the spinner as a strengthener. This is visible in photo's and often misinterpreted as a join line. On some aircraft this appears to be a different colour or possibly bare metal, but I am assured it was painted. Possibly not very well though as a few pics show this coming away. I glued a thin strip of microstrip around the rear edge, and then rubbed it down as thin as I dared, before painting it aluminium and then dry brushing the spinner colour over the top to give a peeled paint look (sort of!). The whole thing was painted using Humbrol enamels, and then sprayed with a coat of Tamiya flat clear acrylic with just a spot of dark earth and medium grey mixed in, just to tone everything down very slightly. When I'm ready to fit it, I'll remove the shaft from the back and drill it to accept the engine shaft.

 

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Chris

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Posted by damouav on Monday, October 08, 2018 3:25 PM

Very nice work Chris. How did you go with the camouflage? Did you get it sorted out?

Look forward to another build instalment in the near future.

Damian

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, October 08, 2018 3:48 PM

Thanks. Still one issue to figure out before committing paint to plastic for the camo.

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 4:24 AM

Finally we have paint on plastic. Clearly there was a bit of bleed through in a couple of places, and there is some touching up and a lot of weathering, etc, to do, but seeing as it is the first time I've ever used an airbrush to paint one of my model aircraft, it could have come out a whole lot worse!

 

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Chris

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, November 16, 2018 4:42 PM

For your first time painting an airplane model with an airbrush, it looks pretty darned good!

Bleed-through can be resolved with chipping Wink

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, November 16, 2018 7:59 PM

Excellent!

John

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 3:40 PM

Thanks guys!

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Chris

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