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  • Member since
    September 2011
  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:11 PM

More seam flaws than I thought. Finished fixing them with CA and Vallejo Plastic Putty #70.401. Also did some corrective sanding on the port prop arm. During assembly, on the outside of the arm, there was a step between the upper and lower halves, which I tried to blend. Primer revealed I had created a noticeable flat along the join.

A note on the Vallejo putty. It must contain air bubbles, because I see a lot of pinholes after it dries. Two or three applications are required to fix this. The putty is a water-based mix of acrylic resin and marble dust. Same as Liquitex Light Modeling Paste, found in arts-and-crafts supply stores. But the Liquitex is much, much cheaper per ounce, and can be thinned to the same consistency as the Vallejo.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Sunday, July 14, 2019 7:30 AM

I guess I'm not finished fixing things after all. It's taking a lot of work to be happy with the transition between the upper and lower halves of the plane - along the prop arms and the leading edge. Prime and sand, prime and sand, prime and sand.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Monday, July 15, 2019 5:47 AM

Success at last! A hairline crack opened up along the seam on the port leading edge, requiring one last session of filling, sanding, and priming. However, there are no more flats now - everything smoothly curves the way it should.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Monday, July 15, 2019 8:32 AM

Your efforts are well worth it! Glad to see the seams and flat spots aren’t keeping you down!

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Monday, July 15, 2019 12:34 PM

Thanks RadMax8!

The V-173 kit seems to be made of a soft, weak plastic. The hairline crack along the port leading edge was jagged, and ran through the plastic next to the seam, not through the seam itself - perhaps because the plastic was under stress there. And when I was attaching tiny bits to the spinners, a large, thick chunk of spinner just cracked right off. I'm guessing the plastic is sensitive to chemicals and chemical fumes (primer, CA, accelerator), causing it to fail in spots.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:13 PM

After a week of heavy rains, high humidity, a straight-line wind storm (80 MPH), and a 27-hour power outage, I was finally able to put two coats of Testors 1214 Gloss Yellow on the V-173.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:36 PM

The XF5U-1 is ready for paint, after filling, sanding, and priming - over and over again. Like the V-173 kit, getting all the seams and contours to look good was quite a job.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:41 PM

Ouch, great to see her looking so good after all the krap you just went though.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:30 PM

Thanks Gamera. Repeatedly correcting and refining a model can get frustrating and exhausting. But it feels really, really satisfying when you've finished.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:51 PM

Real G

  The Ginter book also mentioned that the V-173 once ended up upside-down on a golf course, but the pilot escaped serious injury.   

That sounds more like the XF4U-1 (V-166B) than the V-173...... Supposedly, the V-173 flipped over on it's back during an emergency landing on a beach. The Corsair made an emergency landing on a golf course, and ended up on it's back as well.

Gary Mason

 

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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Friday, August 9, 2019 5:45 AM

Devil Dawg
That sounds more like the XF4U-1 (V-166B) than the V-173...... Supposedly, the V-173 flipped over on it's back during an emergency landing on a beach. The Corsair made an emergency landing on a golf course, and ended up on it's back as well.

Gary Mason

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

  • Member since
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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Friday, August 23, 2019 4:05 PM

After a few weeks of feeling burned out on this two-plane project, I'm back at it. Put down a coat of Testors #1246 Metallic Silver on the V-173, and a coat of Model Master #1917 FS15042 Dark Sea Blue on the XF5U-1.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:15 AM

Both look really really good! Very smooth even coats, super impressed with the yellow that always gives me fits whenever I apply it. Bang Head

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:49 AM

Thanks Gamera! I have good results with spray cans by doing the following.

1. Shake the can for two minutes.

2. Hold the model at arm's length.

3. Keep the can 12-18 inches away from the model.

4. Lightly spray the model with a series of 1/2-second shots, covering it with a patchwork of spots, rather than trying to cover the whole model with a continuous spray.

5. Build up a solid, uniform color in two or more sessions, rather than trying to do it with one coat.

6. Use a white primer under yellow.

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

  • Member since
    September 2011
  • From: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Posted by Tom Hering on Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:30 PM

Finished applying the XF5U-1 kit decals that are supposed to represent temporary, taped-on walk/work panels. (Judging by the box art, instruction sheet, and Kitty Hawk's photos of a built example - second photo below - the kit's designers seemed to think these were permanent panels, as the national insignia is shown painted on top of two panels, and the tail hook is shown emerging from a panel.) I used a lot of Solvaset, both under and over the decals. I also accurized the kit decals using flat black acrylic and white stripe decals (page 28 of the Ginter book was my reference for this).

"A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success" - Elbert Hubbard

"Perfect is the enemy of good" - attributed to Voltaire

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