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RAF 100th Anniversay GB

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  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 23, 2018 8:16 AM

Oh no, am I a bad person now? I really love shark's teeth on everything, I've thought about having them painted on my car......Embarrassed

 

For the Commonweath GB I'm in a toss-up between a New Zealand F4U Corsair or an Aussie 'Grey Nurse' S******e Mk IX with the big grinning shark face... 

(leaning toward the former due to our host's dislike of the later unmentionable aircraft)

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

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 23, 2018 7:38 AM

No worries Eric, these things happen, and i imagine its not a quick build. Will be great to see it done.

I tend to avoid aircraft with sharks teeth, from what i can tell the Germans only used them as propoganda stunts. Will be interesting to see that build, i'll be putting the trhread up this weekend if time allows.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Berkeley CA/St. Paul MN
Posted by EBergerud on Friday, March 23, 2018 3:49 AM

Bish,

I won't have the Sunderland done by April 1 - but certainly by April 20. So I'll keep that one in this GB. I was ambushed badly by the real world.

For the Commonwealth GB I'm thinking of taking my Airfix 1/48 P-40B and dress it up as Killer Caldwell's Tomahawk. Nice to have a Desert AF plane - and not all had shark's teeth. I will not have an airplane with shark's teeth - they're unsubtle and we got them from the Luftwaffe. I will keep the Airfix's decals and stick the Chinese markings on an Eduard Polikarpof I-16: more of them flew for Chaing than P-40s - but not as well.

Eric

 

A model boat is much cheaper than a real one and won't sink with you in it.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:04 PM

Thanks Greg. You were to far away to hear the swearing when things were going south...

Today was much better. Keep It Simple Stupid- glue the fuselage halves together, and give the canopy a dip in Future. Let dry overnite...

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:46 PM

Seat belt and harness look perfect to me, Stik. No hint you had troubles.

Toshi, good to hear from you even if this is the wrong GB. Smile

-Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:09 PM

Gamera & Bob, thanks. I was able to get the fuselage glued together and the canopy dipped in Future this morning before work. 

Next up is seam clean up then mounting the wings...

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, March 22, 2018 3:53 PM

Toshi, i am guessing that should be in the Pride of the Luftwaffe GB.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Thursday, March 22, 2018 2:31 PM

This is the final photos I have during this woderful Group Build.

 

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 22, 2018 8:42 AM

SP: Coming along great there! 

 

Hmmm, think I'll try a drop of detergent in my Flory's. It keeps wanting to bead up on my Tempest. Thanks guys! 

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

 

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:51 AM

Stik-nice work on the cockpit.  Looking forward to seeing more.

bob

 

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Posted by EBergerud on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:08 PM
I have mixed feelings about Flory washes - I've had good results with them, and they work pretty well if you want a dirty look. I use Com.Art which gives very vague panel lines, and back them up with colored pencils. Eric

 

A model boat is much cheaper than a real one and won't sink with you in it.

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Posted by EBergerud on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:04 PM
JG No such thing as a safe biplane - I've heard that the RAF wouldn't allow parachutes for practical matters (weight, too big) and not because they distrust their pilots. I know the Germans used them in 1918 - but I think pretty late. (Chutes used by balloon observers as I understand it were made to a very different design than a later aircraft chute. My brother tried sky diving once - sprained both of his ankles. Not for all the money in the world.) As well as sweet dreams about self-immolation any pilot of a rotary engine would have had castor oil in his face every second - and that stuff has a wretched odor. There's a bit on YouTube about a replica Camel with a replica rotary taking off and circling the field. The amount of oil coming out is incredible and you can see the giant stain when it comes in. There are thousands of pics of real bipes on the net and I'd say biplines are normally under weathered, even if not many stayed in the air long. So are most ships. Maybe if someone spends a couple of months on a kit you get cautious. Eric

 

A model boat is much cheaper than a real one and won't sink with you in it.

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:48 PM

Jack and Bish, thanks. I’m looking forward to getting the airframe together in the next bit here.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:24 PM

Hello Stik, thanks for that.  You too, great macro shots of your handiwork in the cockpit.

 

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:36 PM

Some nice progress at that Stik, looking good.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 2:28 PM

CN, your Walrus looks great. Such a unique looking design.

 

Murph, that’s a very good looking pair of builds. Two Classic Aircraft!

 

Jack, you have some super work (as usual) going on in the cockpit!

 

Well, after numerous speed bumps getting the seat harness on ( seat broke off the base, stick broke off tub, lap belt lost then found hours later, lap belt buckles lost and found, etc. ) I have finally completed the cockpit and have it ready to be glued in place. I also glued the IP in place into the upper fuselage half...

 

 

 

 

 

 

finally some visible progress!!!!

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:29 AM

Yes I have, but not to make it wipe off easier....

I used to appply my final gloss coat so glossy that the flory beads into little puddles, the drop of dish soap helps with that.

I've gone to more of a satin finish for the final coat before weathering, so when I remember to actually do that, the drop of soap isn't required but personally I think it's a good idea anyway.

Thanks for mentioning the drop of soap, I forgot all about it on my last build (Tiffy here)

-Greg

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:58 AM

Jack, ye, i adda drop to each bottle. But its more to help apply it as it doesn't like some paints and clears.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:51 AM

Thank you tempestjohnny and Cliff.

 

Speaking of Flory washes, has anyone ever added a drop of dish soap to the  mix so it wipes off easier?  I've done this a few times and seems to work.

regards,

Jack

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:31 AM

tempestjohnny
Jack your attention to detail is amazing. The Camel should fly when your done
 

Lol, my sentiments exactly!!! Wink

 

BTW: I just slop the Flory on like any other sludge wash. There's really no reason not too other than trying not to wash too much of it. 

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

 

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:37 AM
Jack your attention to detail is amazing. The Camel should fly when your done

 

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:45 PM

Greg, Bob, and taxtp - gentlemen, thanks kindly for those comments.

regards,

Jack

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  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:13 PM
That looks fantastic Jack. The different materials used in the actual aircraft are well represented in your model. Cheers Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

  • Member since
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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:13 PM

Bish

Greg, your not alone there, i slop my Flory wash all over as well.

 

I feel better now, Bish. Thanks!!

-Greg

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:17 PM

Greg, your not alone there, i slop my Flory wash all over as well.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:24 PM

Jack-nothing I can add that hasn't been said-outstanding work.

Greg-thank you.  Got the canopy masked this evening-hope to start painting tomorrow after work.

bob

 

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 12:04 PM

Jack, as Bish said, I too am loving that cockpit. I've never seen anything quite like it, all that wood and wicker in there. Your techniques are very convincing. Yes

Castel, thank you for your nice comment.

Bob, nice start.

Murph, nice work, thanks for stopping in, nice to see you.

Gammy, I was going to ask about which wash too, Bish beat me. Wow, yours is neat. I slop mine over the whole airframe. Looks awful at that stage.

 

-Greg

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 11:02 AM

Thank you Castel and Bish.

About the fuel being close to the pilot, there is also a secondary tank underneath the decking directly above the main tank.  The tank in front of the instrument panel was for oil. Combine all this with fabric and wood construction and you certainly have great potential to become a human fireball.

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 3:00 AM

That pit looks amazing Jack and deffinetly a good call on the control column.

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 19, 2018 11:46 PM

Thanks Eric. The fit was fine, minor fillings here and there with putty.

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