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1/48 Hobby Craft P-35A
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:30 PM

Let me start by saying thank you to my fellow forum members. Once again, I'm starting another kit even though I've got an A-24 in progress (don't feel like scratch building a cockpit right now) and a good itch for building armor.

I've been wanting to dig this kit out for a year and at a stress point recently, I had to just build. Most of you know that when you're at a point in your other builds where progress just isn't a simple step forward, you gotta just open a new box and get started. Well, that's where I was. 

Last night I sprayed Vallejo surface primer and then the base cockpit color. I hope I make better progress on this build than the others I've been working on recently.

There's a clear window set into a hatch door on the right side of the fuselage that I thought was probably for a photo recon version. The only picture I have seen this far of a P-35 from the Philippines has that window, but is fully armed. 

I had already started sanding the window before I found that picture so I should've left that window alone as it was oddly present on the aircraft for some reason.

Anyways, I had to blend it in and make it part of the door.

That's all the progress I've made so far. Thanks for your interest and have a great day!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:11 PM

Cool!  I look forward to following your build.

I've got one for my "Doomed at the Start" collection of American aircraft in the Philippines at the outbreak of the war.

As for that window, I have a vague memory of a story-possibly from the book, "Doomed at the Start", of someone escaping as a passenger in a P-35, curled up in that space.  I may be misremembering something else.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:25 PM

I suppose I should dig into this subject further, Baron.

This is the only picture I've found where this window is present and it's from the 34th Pursuit in the Philippines.

No other picture shows this window and I painted over it. (Facepalm)

Anyone have any other ideas about why it's there?

This isn't the exact aircraft I'm building, so I think I'm in the clear (haha).

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:38 PM

Very cool, like seeing the off the beaten path subjects!

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Posted by richs26 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:38 PM

Look on Google Images as it shows Buzz Wagoner's #17 having the window.  Are you going NMF, or ragged OD-41?  The one on Wiki looks like the window was overpainted with OD-41.

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:09 PM

I'm going with the weather beaten OD41. And I will probably make the hatch a more freshly painted OD.

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Posted by Hoss WA on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:19 PM

Interesting subject -- following along. 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:26 PM

Wow! That is one chubby looking airplane. I'll follow this build.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:25 PM

It was this airframe that inspired the P-47. Smile The P-47's daddy, you could say.

And coincidentally, a lot of Japanese aircraft designs as well. Seversky got some heat for selling 20, 2PA (2 seat fighter-bomber versions) to Japan (IJN) before we entered the war.

Also, most of the P-35's sold were shipped to Sweden as the J-9. "In early 1939 Alexander P. Seversky himself took a demonstrator aircraft to Europe to sell the fighter to European buyers but only Sweden placed an order. 120 EP-106 variants (European Pursuit 106) were produced for export to Sweden in 1940.

The EP-106 was fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830-45 radial piston engine with 1,050 hp (the original P-35 was fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830-9 radial piston engine with 850 hp). Unfortunately for Seversky, in 1940 he was  fired from the company by the board of directors, and his namesake became Republic Aviation!

Only 60 EP-106 fighters were delivered to Sweden though, due to a June 1940 US arms embargo on all aircraft deliveries to Europe other than Great Britain, out of the fear they may end up in Axis hands. The remaining 60 were acquired by the USAAC and redesignated as the P-35A. 6 were exported to Ecuador to form their first fighter squadron."

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:58 AM

Actually, the P-35 is more of the grand daddy of the P-47. The P-43 was the daddy, where the lines really took shape, just not turbocharged. 
I want to say that there was also an Italian fighter that was influenced by the Seversky Racer/P-35 design, the Reggiane R2000.

The FEAF aircraft in the Phillipines are a fascinating subject. In 1941, like all the other US forces in that part of the world, "they were expendable", buying time with their sacrifice. 

That Hobbycraft P-35 is not a bad kit. if they had gotten the sharp shape of the Razorback spine correct, the kit's only real flaw, it would be even better.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:28 AM

Thanks, Stik! I forgot about the P-43. I have an R2000 (Falco I) in 1/72 and the lines are very close.

The fault in the kit I can forgive, as I can't fix that. Sad

The forces in the Philippines did draw the short stick, but they held the IJN back for a short time at least.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:16 AM

Some or all of the EP-109/P-35A's had the window and door, and could carry a passenger back there.  It wasn't for photo recon.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:47 PM

Then I will definitely have to make it look painted over.

Thank you for that info, Jeaton. I needed that. Yes

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, November 8, 2019 12:05 PM

stikpusher

...I want to say that there was also an Italian fighter that was influenced by the Seversky Racer/P-35 design, the Reggiane R2000... 

You are correct.  There was an engineer, an Italian national, who worked for Seversky and then returned home.  I think I read that in the old Squadron mini-book on the P-35.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, November 21, 2019 1:28 AM

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:00 PM

M. Brindos

 

I finished up the pit and the pilot...The pilot isn't my best work, but he's presentable. I pulled him from the old Monogram P-40B kit and he's a scrawny little feller, but he fits the bill as an early WWII Pacific Aviator...

Thanks for checking in!

Hey, he came out pretty nice, well done!

He flies Monogram's P-38, too.  He was an improvement over the generic pilot in the first generation of their 1/48 airplanes.

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:12 PM

Looking great Mike!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:24 PM

Thanks, Baron. I wouldn't have used him if I didn't think he'd work well for this build.

Normally I don't include a pilot if I don't plan on hanging it from the ceiling lol. Thought I do this one a little different.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, November 21, 2019 8:24 PM

Thanks, Trey. I'll take that to the bank. Big Smile

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 3:30 AM

Well hello there!

I've made enough progress over the last, um... time has lost all meaning so forget it, that I'm updating this thread. Finally.

I opened up the cowl flaps with the handy-dandy razor saw and readjusted them so they're now a little open. That led to adding an exaust collector ring so there's something to see in there. I won't be adding the exhaust ports out of the heads as that will lead to having to scratch up the intake manifold and intake pipes and, well, none of that will be seen. I've checked.

The collector ring was a bit of head scratcher as to how I was going to get it behind the aforementioned engine, being it wasn't going anywhere. So I heated up some length of sprue and wrapped it around a bottle cap. This actually took two pieces of sprue which were cut to form two semi-circular halves that I temporarily glued together. I then sanded the entire  (wonky) circular assembly and honestly, its probably too big. I broke it back in half and smoothed out the mating faces, drilled and set pins for reattaching them. I set some spacers on the firewall and glued it all back together behind the engine. Dang, that was a lot of explaining. (Deep breath) Annnnnnnd... onward.

After re-reading my A-24 Banshee thread I was reminded that some of you pointed out that the engine sat too far back in the cowling. (Facepalm) But, I'd already glued it on the night before. Well I didn't feel like ripping it off, dang it. So the solution was to make an extension for the prop hub instead and after a lot of careful adjustment I found the right distance that would allow the prop to adjust if it were an actual function that the model did. Whew, alrighty then. Moving on.

Now as I was freely spinning my prop around for funsies, I noticed my scratch made centrifugal pitch mechanism was off center. Uhg. So off it went for a rebuild, which meant sanding everything down and realigning it all over again. This time I used a drill bit to keep it all aligned as I went. Spinning it about for funsies again and, woohoo! Now it's all centered and balanced!

I added the headrest framing and added a head cushion to that. Checking my references I noticed the holes in the framing. Okay, that's easy enough, drill time and done.

I stretched some sprue and spent far too many hours making an ignition loop and then adding the wires. All of it different thicknesses of sprue. Gawd. The details is gorgeous, but wow, that takes immense patience.

Last thing I did was to add the exhaust tips to the bottom of the cowl and which at a later time I will actually add some exhaust pipes stemming from the exhaust collector ring. Guide holes have already been drilled for alignment pins later. Enough is enough for tonight.

I stopped after I attached the machine gun ports to the top of the cowling. They need some TLC and I'll drill them out, sand them to proper shape, and add new gun barrels later.

Pictures or it didn't happen, you say? Okay.

So... What is that? Five pictures? And that's all I've got to show for spending the better part of two days on this kit? 

Yep. That's basically it. Sad, isn't it?

Hope you've all had a good laugh and I'll update more when I can. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers! Beer

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:13 PM

Nice progress, Mike!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:04 PM

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:33 PM

Nice job on an early subject.  Curtis' next claim to fame was the P-40 no?  Skinny bird compared to this one. Or am I confusing the Seversky p35 with the curtis p36...

Thanks,

John

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 11:47 PM

I do have a couple P-40B's to finish.

The Airfix needs some paint and the Monovell is in the que.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:48 AM

thats moving along beautifully...Yes

  .Nick

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:48 AM

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:56 AM

crown r n7

thats moving along beautifully...Yes

 

It is for the moment. Thank you, Crown!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 11:21 AM

Will be catching up on this thread when I get home. Great to see you back around Mike!!! Where ya been man??? 

                   

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 1:54 PM

Hey, Mustang!

Sadly, I haven't been anywhere. Haven't been working since April and haven't received any relief yet.

So, depression and no motivation.

But my benefits should be showing up eventually and I've been feeling a little better lately. Bills will get paid! I just still don't know when.

But I'm getting back in the saddle. Maybe finishing up some models because it does help the mood.

- Mike Brindos

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