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1/48 Monogram/Revell (Monovell) P-40B - Completed pg. 6

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:49 PM

It's been a while, I know.

I finally had a day to myself where I could work on repairs and get back to a position when I can make forward progress again.

I cut up the one-piece canopy and rebuilt the rails with a better design based on actual pictures this time lol. It's sturdier and looks more like the real canopy.

I repainted the tail, correcting the shade of blue and touching up the white and red by hand. It looks a LOT better.

For the finisher in today's events I also added more sprue bits under the windscreen to make it easier to blend into the fuselage after putty. Oh, and I fixed the crack in the spine. 

Not much more to do before I can put a last coat of primer on it and get a coat of O.D. over her.

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:16 PM

A little street racing, eh? Lol

How am I going fix this little problem? Well fortunately the kit includes two canopies. I'm going to have to cut out the center section of the one-piece canopy and start fresh. 

Perhaps with a little improvement even. I'll get to work on it when I find the time.  :)

Thanks for the comments guys. Every disaster seems to be another opportunity to improve something. At least it is for me lol.

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, April 3, 2017 7:16 AM

M. Brindos

What type of race?

 

 It was an amatuer sports car race .

Bad news about your damaged canopy Mike. How are you going to fix that ?

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, April 3, 2017 2:13 AM
Ouch....sorry Mike.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, April 2, 2017 3:18 PM

Yikes !!! That is a setback.

BK

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:30 PM

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:07 PM

What type of race?

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:46 AM

Yesterday I worked a race where one of the teams was called "Flying Tigers". Their car number was 40 and it was Painted OD like the aircraft with the shark's mouth on the front and sides and the AVG symbol below and aft of the "cockpit.

I just thought it was too cool and had  to share it with you guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:45 AM

Hi,

Oh no.  Sorry to hear that. Sad

Pat

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Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, April 2, 2017 12:01 AM

Tragic news! I just came home from spending a couple days at the in-laws and now I have repairs to make.  :,(

seems my friend was over, chased one of my cats around (because he thought it wasn't mine) and knocked the model down and stepped on it.

The canopy is cracked and the rails are toasted. The spine is separated and the tail wheel busted off.

Fortunately I can repair/replace  all of it, but it's a setback I hadn't planned on.

[sigh]

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:41 AM

Toshi

Everything looks fantastic for this classic kit!  I admire your perseverance in moving forward with this project.  Now that I feel a little better, I'll be following your progress with this project!

Toshi

 

I've got to be back working on that boat this next week. I'm not sure when I'll be making more progress lol. When I get home from that job I'm too tired to do much more than eat and sleep lol!

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:38 AM

Oh lol! I've seen more than a few build logs on that B-26. 

Now that is a putty monster! 

But the finished model is usually worth all of the trouble.  ;)

You know how to pick your battles, Shipwreck lol!

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:33 AM

Everything looks fantastic for this classic kit!  I admire your perseverance in moving forward with this project.  Now that I feel a little better, I'll be following your progress with this project!

Toshi

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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Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:22 AM

M. Brindos

BK- Sanding, sanding.... [sigh] sanding. There just always seems to be something that just needs a little more sanding lol. I've had to reshape the front wing roots three times so far. I think I've got it shaped correctly by now. 

 

Sanding on a Revell P-40; that is hardly a warm-up. I almost have a B-26 ready to paint. There were a couple of joins that needed a little sanding, most needed a lot of sanding, and others that just needed re-built! So, enjoy; it is good exercise!

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution - rigging

Kinetic 1/48 YF-104A 5-2957

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, April 1, 2017 9:07 AM

Yeah I used Tamiya tape. That's why the blue and the white went down so well. The red just got under it. It's fixable, but what a bummer pulling that tape off lol.

BK- Sanding, sanding.... [sigh] sanding. There just always seems to be something that just needs a little more sanding lol. I've had to reshape the front wing roots three times so far. I think I've got it shaped correctly by now.

Joe, I'm going to go check out your Airfix P-40 thread now.  :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, April 1, 2017 12:27 AM
Looking sweet Mike. bummer about the rudder. Did you use Tamiya tape? I've had good luck with it for that type of masking. I jut dove into the Airfix P-40 and must say I'm impressed so far. I've been working on it for one evening and I'm about ready to close the fuselage already.

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, March 31, 2017 1:08 PM

Nice!! I'm going to pick up the Airfix Me-109E next.  :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by iampiper13 on Friday, March 31, 2017 12:59 PM

M. Brindos

There really is no comparison between these two kits. The Revell can still be a solid winner with a lot, and I mean A LOT, of work, but right out of the box the new Airfix is far superior in every category.

You've seen how much work goes into these Revell kits. It's all a matter of commitment I suppose. Lol

You just won't regret the Airfix kit. Its solid right out of the box! :)

 

And..... I bought one this morning, glad I'm not married anymore lol

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, March 31, 2017 12:52 PM

M. Brindos
I mean A LOT, of work

You just ain't kidding there. I've been filling and sanding for what seems like forever now. I just keep telling myself, "you're getting closer to paint". Yet I keep finding things that need addressed. Patience is a must with the Revell kit.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2024 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 2  

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:44 PM

There really is no comparison between these two kits. The Revell can still be a solid winner with a lot, and I mean A LOT, of work, but right out of the box the new Airfix is far superior in every category.

You've seen how much work goes into these Revell kits. It's all a matter of commitment I suppose. Lol

You just won't regret the Airfix kit. Its solid right out of the box! :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Maryland
Posted by iampiper13 on Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:00 PM

With all this talk about airfix, I think once things calm down some here I''ll get me one :)

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, March 30, 2017 4:07 PM

Its been too long since I last had an update on this build. I was busy working on a tug boat for the last two and a half weeks solid. Good money in that, but very hard work.

Anyways, on to the progress, which honestly hasn't been much.

I sprayed the nose yellow and masked the tail for the Red, White, and Blue, but the red bled over the white and I'll have to do some touch ups by hand. It's a bit of a mess as you'll see in the pictures. The blue is off in tone to match the blue around the stars, but I'll fix that as well.









I blended the landing gear knuckles into the wings. These things are a terrible fit, as most of us know, and this was a little labor intensive. There is still a little work to sort out with these, but they're mostly complete.








Now that I'm off the boat I'll have a little more time to play with this build.


The scheme I'm working on is consistent with the 33rd Sqdrn. 8th PG in 1940. The yellow goes further up onto the nose than just the spinner and the tail should have the R,W,B of pre-war American aircraft of the time. Sadly these details are not included in the instructions, so I am fixing it lol.

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by bvallot on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:58 AM

Agreed Mike. As far as the confidence thing goes...I say just work the problem. Don't let your troubles get in the way. Whatever you don't like can usually be fixed provided you don't move faster than you're ready. You're putting together a great looking Hawk. 

Max, the guys here couldn't be more right about the Revell/Monogram kit. It's got great bones. A little love here and there goes a long way to improve your build. 

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, March 13, 2017 11:27 PM

I find myself in agreement, Max. Lol

The P-40B is my absolute favorite.  :D

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, March 13, 2017 7:52 PM

Remember the saying that if it looks good, it should fly good. The P-40 is a great example. I remember the day I bought the stick P-40 about 50 years ago. No other kit on the shelf had "The Look". The airplane seemed to be designed around the shark mouth. What a classic icon aircraft. It was all business. I've come to bite and kill you. Ok, a little carried away but I think we all get the point. War machines should intimidate and the P-40 is a great example of threatning adversaries. Definitely the classic war machine, one of the best, at least in the top ten. Did I leave anything out?

Max

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, March 13, 2017 7:31 PM

I would love to have an entrance decorated in such way. A P-40 and a motorbike hanging over the entry. Awesome.  :)

For your museum, you will like the Airfix more. It suits your style.  :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, March 13, 2017 8:42 AM

It does sound like the Airfix is the way to go. The Museum really needs a good example of the classic P-40, one of my favorite aircraft. I still have the original decades old Guillows stick model I've been dragging around most of my adult life. You've probably seen it.  It's survived a divorce and two moves and has had its battle damaged repaired many times. I see some fabric disentegrating as we speak. It hangs in our home entranceway and as you enter the house it is always flying over head sometimes dusty and battle worn. Fun huh!

Max

Man, that thing is really hard to dust, ladders and such, an annual thing frought with danger! You can reach it with a dusting tool from my wife's upstairs office but it's so fragile I usually do ladders on stairs from below.

The Saturn V stack is re-posted under Space for those asking about it.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, March 13, 2017 7:10 AM

I think your reasoning is absolutely sound. The Monovell kit makes for a good upgrade platform, but OOB the Airfix is superior in every way, but that one.

It all depends on the time one wishes to commit to the project.  :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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  • From: Chapin, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Monday, March 13, 2017 6:38 AM

M. Brindos

 

i still recommend the new Airfix kit over this one however. It makes a much better model and has accurate markings options.

 

Mike, I believe that your Airfix P-40 recommendation is a good one; especially if you build out of the box. The Revell office is totally wrong! But if you are going to detail to no end; then the Revell offering might top it. I say that because, all else equal, the Airfix kit has recessed panel lines and the Revell kit has raised panel lines. The real P-40 has overlapping panel lines. Neither recessed or raised panel lines are correct; but, I believe that the raised lines are a better representation of what a real p-40 looks like than the recessed ones (gaps)!

On the Bench:

Revell 1/96 USS Constitution - rigging

Kinetic 1/48 YF-104A 5-2957

Trumpeter 1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

Revell 1/48 B-1B Lancer Prep & Reasearch

 

 

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  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:51 PM

Darn right, Jeaton, it's almost like a right of passage lol.

Nice Tigershark you built there.  ;). That's a sweet #7!

 

You'll get nothing but full support from the community if you take another stab at it, Max.

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

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