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1/48 Vac form Combat Models ME-410

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1/48 Vac form Combat Models ME-410
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:25 AM

I picked up this Combat Models vac form kit in the Bay for four dollars a few years ago so I decided to give it a try.   

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 11:31 AM

Combat:  It's not just a brand name, it's a warning!

Well to put things in perspective, back when the kit was made, that is all we had. Good luck on your build!  Remember to study the instructuons, take your time, and go easy on the alcohol!  Stick out tongue

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:55 PM

Yes I have been warned of the short comings of Combat Models kits   ,expectations are modest but it should be interesting.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 2:58 PM

I think vac kit companies like Execuform had the correct approach, making featureless parts for the builder to embellish.  So many makers had soft, irregular "detail" molded in, like control surfaces that don't line up, misshaped lumps and bumps, et.

In particular, I recall a model magazine article, probably from the late 1970s/early 1980s where a guy built a Combat Models 1/32 He-219.  He noted the wide, soft, irregular control surfaces delineations that needed to be painstakingly filled in and rescribed.

But that was last century.  For your 1/48 Me-410, there are a lot of aftermarket accessories like props, exhausts, wheels, cocpkit details, and decals.  It's so much better modeling in the 21st century.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 3:00 PM

Since the Promodeler version came out ,it made this kit obsolete!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, February 29, 2024 11:51 AM

I like assembly tabs when building vac firm kits so I made them out of .20 styrene.    image bb

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, March 1, 2024 12:03 AM

Fit of the engine nacelles was iffy ,body work will be necessary.   

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, March 1, 2024 6:55 AM

After seeing what Piers (Lostagain) did with the "Winnie May", vacuform kits can be built into nice subjects.

https://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/29/t/190895.aspx

Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one!

Gary

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, March 1, 2024 7:56 AM

I will try !

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, March 1, 2024 10:03 AM

Getting the fuselage together,I have found that the styrene filets stabilize the vac form parts and provides a flat surface to make joining the fuselage halves easier.  

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Friday, March 1, 2024 3:14 PM

Getting the wings on ...

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, March 2, 2024 6:28 AM

Looking good,I never attempted a vac-u-form kit

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Saturday, March 2, 2024 12:04 PM

They are interesting change of pace .Wings and horizontal stabs attached 

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, March 2, 2024 4:12 PM

Hi Eugene! Looks like your build is coming along nicely. Are you going to need a lot of filler on those seams or is it the camera playing tricks on the eyes? I've only tried a vacuum formed kit once years ago and it was a total disaster. I guess all the filling and sandind just got on my nerves and I gave up. I have one or two of them in the stash and after seeing your tip on the strips in the fuselage I just might pull one out and give it a try. Keep up the great work.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Saturday, March 2, 2024 4:47 PM

Yes it will require extensive body work for sure!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, March 11, 2024 12:38 PM

Ok let the body work commence!  

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, March 11, 2024 12:56 PM

Eugene-You're making nice progress on a project that I would not want to tackle.

Bob

 

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, March 11, 2024 1:16 PM

Thanks;it is worse on the bottom!   

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, March 11, 2024 3:52 PM

Wow! That's enough work for a body shop to tackle. More power to you Eugene, Bow Down. I've had a couple of kits that looked like that. Would rather not tackle any more like them.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, March 11, 2024 5:25 PM

Well,unlike Airmodel, Contrail and Rareplanes vac kits,Combat Models kits have thin plastic and not very crisp details .Not really meant for the beginning modeler  

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 10:05 AM

Wet sanded the primer with 320 grit and layed down some primer.Not perfect but acceptable in an iffy kit.  P

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 3:49 PM

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 7:05 PM

I went to the Bay to find spinners and props and I found a set of quick boost for 20 bucks .Then I found a complete Promodeler kit for 14 so I went with that!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 12:54 PM

Ok painted the light bkue underside...

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, March 14, 2024 1:29 PM

Cammo applied ,I may paint a  red and yellow defense of the Reich band around the fuselage.  

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, March 14, 2024 2:36 PM

Coming along great Eugene! Would never think it's the same model! Keep up the great work.

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, March 14, 2024 3:20 PM

Thanks!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, March 14, 2024 6:26 PM

Airbrushed the yellow..

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Thursday, March 14, 2024 10:30 PM

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 14, 2024 11:23 PM

You're more of a man than I, I'd have never tackled a vac-form kit! 

But your results look really good! Looking forward to seeing how she turns out! 

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

 

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