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Accurate Miniatures SBD 5 - WIP - Another Small Update - 30 March 18

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Accurate Miniatures SBD 5 - WIP - Another Small Update - 30 March 18
Posted by kielers on Monday, February 05, 2018 3:54 PM

All,

I've been a member of this forum for some time but haven't posted anything for too long.  Mostly because of my Job, the Reserves and kids, and a couple other things. 

But I started this project a while ago and wanted to start posting some photos of my progress.  This is Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD 5 Dauntless. 

I like to detail and super-detail so this is turning into a long build. I'm using an Eduards BIG ED set, True Details seat, a Waldron SBD interior detail set and some other detail sets, including a Vector Resin engine.  And a lot of scratch building.

I removed most of the interior molded on ribbing and framinga dn replaced with strips of metal (from tee candle holders).

The security locker in the rear cockpit is made from a piece of resin.  I cut apart the interior side panel moldings and scratchbuilt or used AM parts for most of them.

I didn't like the look of the kit molded control sticks so I made a better set from styrene and brass rod.

I have a lot more done then this and will post some more tomorrow.

 

I took some advice and created an account on postimage.  It's much better than Photobucket.

 

 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Monday, February 05, 2018 5:11 PM

Hey kielers

Super stoked to see your SBD (I have a soft spot for that plane) but your images have been smothered by Photobucket ransom notes. Maybe try another hosting service?

-J

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:33 AM

Can't wait to see this. But.....if you have the free account on photobucket you can't post pics on forums anymore

 

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Posted by kielers on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:53 AM

Sorry to disappoint.  This sucks.  What do you guys use to post photos now?

See what happens when I'm away for so long? 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by kielers on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:00 AM

Thanks Johnny.  I'll fix the photo hosting thing.  Which hosting site do you use?  Any recommendations? 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Johnny1000 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 1:19 PM

I have access to a server so I just use that, but a lot of people are using Flickr, postimg, imgur, and others. I can't comment on any of them, but they can't possibly be as awful as photobucket (even before the photobuckalypse).

Go to a thread, click on an image, and see where that takes you. If the hosting service seems okay, sign up. 

-J

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 10:41 PM

Like Johnny said, check out several image hosting sites. Johnny's correct, any of them are probably better than Photobucket. I use mostly Flickr but I've tried and like Postimage too. There are several more that are free and sooo much better than Photo#$%&*t.

Mike

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:53 AM

While I have not built AM's SBD, I have it in my stash, and have built others from them. I found them great kits, especially considering their age.

I now use postimage and love it.  Even if PB went back to free, I find PI easier to use and it uploads a lot faster than PB.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by kielers on Thursday, February 08, 2018 2:06 PM
Thanks, I appreciate the assistance, from all of you.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, February 08, 2018 3:53 PM

God to be able to see your pics, some nice detail going into this.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by fermis on Thursday, February 08, 2018 11:36 PM

I can see already, there's gonna be some greatness going into this one!Toast

 

Don Stauffer

While I have not built AM's SBD, I have it in my stash, and have built others from them. I found them great kits, especially considering their age.

I believe their SBD is their 2nd best...after the TBF, which is great...too bad the instructions don't offer much help!

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:17 AM

fermis

I can see already, there's gonna be some greatness going into this one!Toast

 

 

 
Don Stauffer

While I have not built AM's SBD, I have it in my stash, and have built others from them. I found them great kits, especially considering their age.

 

 

I believe their SBD is their 2nd best...after the TBF, which is great...too bad the instructions don't offer much help!

 

Good to know since I have 2 TBF and 4 SBD in the stash

 

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Posted by kielers on Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:42 PM

I built the George H.W. Bush TBF from AM a few years ago and it was a very nice kit.  

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, February 10, 2018 6:29 PM

Man,you're going all out on this thing and it looks terrific. TY for posting ,it's giving me a lot of ideas to apply

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:37 PM

You're doing superlative work.

I have the same kit in my stash and will certainly use this thread as a reference when I get around to building it.

You certainly don't have any problems working on a small scale Smile. When you say you dressed up the flare gun a little .. holy cow! That's amazing!

You started with the kit gun which I'm showing here just to compare with what you did. I'm impressed.

I'll certainly be following along.

Mike

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:44 PM

You've definitely got my attention pal. As far as I'm concerned this was the Cadillac of the sky. Beautiful bird and a killer kit to represent it..........and that's not to mention your skillfull twist on things.

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:17 AM

Wow, looks fantastic! What are you using for reference? I'd like to try adding some more detail to some of my kits, but I'm not confident with my references. The internet can have lots of pictures but some of them are not clear, or labeled correctly. 

 

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Posted by kielers on Sunday, February 11, 2018 8:53 AM

Thanks for the great comments.  1943Mike, thanks for posting the 'before' photo of the flare gun.  I drilled out the barrel, and added a metal trigger and trigger guard, also some styrene pieces to make it look more real. 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, February 11, 2018 9:09 AM
I'm glad you got the photo issue sorted out, I was looking forward to seeing this. I built this kit a few years ago and loved it. All the extra detail you're adding will make this a killer build. I have a few more AM kits in the stash including the TBM Avenger and I have to say they are very nice. I can't wait to see what else you do with this bird.

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Posted by kielers on Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:08 PM

Hi Paladin, thanks,

I'm using the standards - Squadron's In Action and Walk Around, and In Detail and Scale. But also a Douglas SBD Dauntelss Yellow Series book by Robert Peczkowski, that's not too bad.  I also have a lot of photos from the internet, but for as popular this warbird is and the success it had in the war, there's not a lot of real detailed photos, especially of the cockpits. 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:11 PM

Some lovely detail work there kielers.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 11, 2018 5:30 PM

Wow! You've got my attention Kielers. That is some outstanding detailing you have going on. Seriously impressive. I also have this kit and I'm on board for this ride for sure. Top notch work. 

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, February 12, 2018 1:16 AM

Great attention to detail!

Your friend, Toshi

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Next Up: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell, Trumpeter 1/32 TBF Avenger

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:11 PM

This is a seriously impressive build

In the queue: 1/48 Spitfire Vb (Malta), Spitfire VIII x2 (RAAF), P39 x2 (RAAF), P43 Lancer (RAAF), Martin Maryland (Malta), Typhoon NF1b

 

Chris

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Posted by kielers on Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:45 AM

Thanks much for following this and thanks again for the great comments.  Sorry I haven't updated in the past few days, but I think I have a pretty good excuse. 

I'm TDY (business trip) in Kharkiv, Ukraine this week.  Yesterday we were at the Malysha tank factory in Kharkiv - for the armor fanatics amongst us, you may know this is as the birthplace of the Soviet's T-34.  This is the factory where the T-34 was designed, developed and began production in the 30s-40s.  We are here to examine, measure and fit a Ukrainian T-84 (also produced here, among other impressive armor systems) with our MILES instrumentation system.  If you've ever been to or heard of the NTC, JRTC, CMTC and JMRC, you'll know what this is.  For the lay person, these are the US Army's combat training centers and MILES is the system we use to facilitate and conduct realistic force-on-force training scenarios and events.  But enough about that. 

Here're a couple photos I have on my computer here. First is the Vector resin engine I'll put in this SBD 5, that I'm also planning to motorize (see the FSM issue a few months ago about lighting and animating a P-51).

While waiting for glue to set or paint to dry, or something like that; I assembled the cowling and fitted the top panel assembly that covers the .50 cal MGs in the nose.  I immediately noticed a pretty signifcant mis-fit - the starboard side of the panel assembly does not allign well, at all, where it fits into the cowling.  I couldn't figure out where the problem was, until examining the cowling closely I could see there was a bit of a bulge on the upper starboard side.  Then I opened the Eduard rebox of this same kit to see if it was an isolated issue, but the Eduard kit cowling and panel assembly have the same mis-fit. I think you can see the problem pretty well in thiese photos.


  

I wasn't sure how to fix it, but since it's seems to be a bulge, the only logical thing was to sand it down until the panel assemply fit it correctly.  So that's what I did.  The only thing I lost was the moleded in druz fastener closest to the panel line on the starboard side.  I think it turned out pretty good, but have to somehow recreate that druz fastener. 

Also on the fuselage exterior, I really didn't like the thickly molded on rear maching gun tunnel access panels - one on each side of the fuselage just aft of the rear cockpit, and I wanted to open them up as I've seen in a lot of photos. So I sanded them off, rescribed panel lines, and and cut the hatch out.  I made new panels and channels from thin tee candle metal.  You can see these right in the middle of the tap in the third photo below.  In the second photo are the open hatches and also you can see where I drilled out the flare gun port and inserted a small metal tube.



 

And going back to the inside of the fuselage, this photo shows the kit flare round pouches molded into the the rear cockpit port side panel piece and the scratchbuilt flare round pouches I made from thin metal, peces of styrene and tissue soaked in white glue. 

That's about all I got for now.  My progress is a bit further, but I need to make some more photos and upload before I can post, sometime this weekend after I get home from this trip.  

Thanks for looking and I truly appreciate your comments - positive and negative.  I learn from them all.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by kielers on Saturday, March 10, 2018 7:50 AM

So, it's been a couple weeks since I last posted, maybe a little longer than that. Though I've tried a few times, other events seemed to always get in the way.  

I'm slowly making progress on this build but still don't have the fuselage closed and that probably won't happen any time soon, still too much to do on the inside.

I got the interior fuselage walls, floor and bulkheads painted and weathered as well including most of the little parts; controls, radios, radars, oxygen systems, etc.  And then started onstalling and attaching all of these parts. 








THe first photo just shows the radio rack and the fuselage interior before installing companents.
This second photo is the pilot's port side control panel and assembly and another look at the flare pistol painted and weathered a little.  Next are the scratchbuilt control sticks, front and rear, and the pilot's and gunner's high-altitude oxygen systems.  These are all scratchbuilt too, except for the main container component from the kit parts that you can see in the bottom photo.
The third photo is the gunner's swivel seat with one half of the seat harness glued in.  The harness/seatbelt is an Eduard piece.
The fourth photo is the instrument panel, almost complete.  I still need to finish and and install the slide in/out navigating/plotting board.  The IP is now glued onto the cockpit floor but that photo will come later. 






Here're some shots of starboard interior fuselage walls with radios, controls, oxygen systems and other electronics attached.  Still have a few more pieces to install and that should come pretty soon. The radio rack and most of the electronics are scratchbuilt with exception of either Eduard or Waldron radio faces. 




Finally, I only have a couple photos of the port side fuselage interior and it's still a little bare.  but the controls and panel in one of the earlier photos above will go in the pilot's office up front. 

My progress right now is a little further than these photos show but I gotta take some more photos and post another update, soon.  I'm almost ready to glue the floor onto the starboard fuselage side, but am doing a little additional work to the IP before I attach it.

Thanks for looking, I'm really enjoying this build, especially the detailing. And I welcome any and all comments.  Hope to post the next update a lot sooner.

 

 

 

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:29 AM

Very impressive work. 

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by kielers on Sunday, March 11, 2018 5:48 AM

Just adding another couple photos of the cockpit floor with IP attached.  I also installed the control sticks assembly, the pilot's relief tube, the pilot's foot rest, hydrauic pump handle (right side of the IP) and the landing gear indicator (just left of the pilots foot rest).

I also decided to build in the instruments on the back of the IP because when loooking from above there will be a small opening in the fuselage covering the IP and one may be able to see the instrument backs and supporting wires/cabling.  I still have to paint them and attach the wires/cabling.




 

Hope you enjoy, and again, thanks for looking.

"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." -- Winston Churchill

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:17 PM

Good looking office there, you have  Lawdog's  touch for sure Yes

 

 

 

 

 

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