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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:27 PM

Helo H-34
Dry fitting the vertical stabilizer and tail planes seems to show that the right tail plane sits slightly higher against the bullet fairing , not by much but it is noticable looking straight on 

Looking at the pic I do see what you are saying. To me that is too small of it being off to be an issue. It's your kit and your work, but I wouldn't worry about that. If you hadn't said anything I would never had noticed.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Thursday, January 6, 2022 1:35 PM

Helo H-34

 

 
Real G

John,

Turn the wingtip floats the other way around - you have them backwards.  HTH

 

 

 

OMG , I look like an idiot 

I'm a bit embarrassed , that is a rookie mistake right there !

I turned the wing floats around and they fit quite well .

Too many fumes from the tamiya putty gave me a brain freeze Embarrassed

Thanks for the tip Real G ...

 

Learning from mistakes is what we do best.

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, January 6, 2022 4:50 PM

Wow Helo, you are really getting into that beastie!

Real G, that has got to be one of the strangest aircraft I have ever seen. It looks like something from a bad science fiction script!Big Smile

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Posted by Helo H-34 on Saturday, January 8, 2022 5:47 AM

The fit of the canopy wasn't too bad , although it did sit a little high along the top of the fuselage and also across the bottom edge along the front 

I decided to blend it in a bit better with some putty and sand it to contour in 

The tail fin and tail planes fitted okay  . 

I've airbrushed the beaching gear parts yellow and those cushion pads dark gray . I can start assembling some of it tomorrow . The wings are also ready to glue on first thing in the morning , so I'm almost there getting this beast together .

More updates tomorrow . 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, January 8, 2022 11:35 AM

Helo H-34

The fit of the canopy wasn't too bad , although it did sit a little high along the top of the fuselage and also across the bottom edge along the front 

I decided to blend it in a bit better with some putty and sand it to contour in 

The tail fin and tail planes fitted okay  . 

I've airbrushed the beaching gear parts yellow and those cushion pads dark gray . I can start assembling some of it tomorrow . The wings are also ready to glue on first thing in the morning , so I'm almost there getting this beast together .

More updates tomorrow . 

 

 

She's really looking good. Your are certainly cruising right along.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 3:16 AM

Another update on my progress with the seamaster

Fitting and glueing the wings wasn't without some issue's . I had to cut of the tabs that fit into the slots on the fuselage , my wings kept wanting to sit horizontal and I wanted a slight downward droop . 

Once the glued dried I puttied the wing/fuselage join , there wasn't much of a gap thank goodness .

Anyway that's all I got done today , some more sanding tomorrow evening after work .

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 9, 2022 11:09 AM

Helo H-34

Another update on my progress with the seamaster

Fitting and glueing the wings wasn't without some issue's . I had to cut of the tabs that fit into the slots on the fuselage , my wings kept wanting to sit horizontal and I wanted a slight downward droop . 

Once the glued dried I puttied the wing/fuselage join , there wasn't much of a gap thank goodness .

Anyway that's all I got done today , some more sanding tomorrow evening after work .

 

You are just racing along while the rest of us stare at our kits. I guess I'll have to crack mine open. I only have 3 other kits on the bench, what's another.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 9, 2022 11:17 AM

Alrighty then. Let's crack this big bad boy open and get to work.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 9, 2022 11:53 AM

Ooooooh!  Nice BK!  One of my favorite planes.  I've been wishing for a new 1/48 kit, but that looks so nice.  I'll be following along this build for sure.  I've never done a 1/32 kit but that one would be the first!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:21 PM

BK, I have that beast in the stash and haven't opened the box so it's still sealed. I read lots of not so positive reviews regarding fit issues so it will be interesting to get your take on building it. 
I finally got around to open the box and check things out on this Seamew kit. Looks to be a low parts count kit with some very nice resin detailed parts. I never wash kit parts except for resin ones but the instructions say in BOLD letters to wash ALL the parts so I did and are air drying now.

Next will be the tedious task of cutting the resin parts from the mold blocks and using CA to assemble them.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 10, 2022 11:02 AM

plasticjunkie

BK, I have that beast in the stash and haven't opened the box so it's still sealed. I read lots of not so positive reviews regarding fit issues so it will be interesting to get your take on building it. 
I finally got around to open the box and check things out on this Seamew kit. Looks to be a low parts count kit with some very nice resin detailed parts. I never wash kit parts except for resin ones but the instructions say in BOLD letters to wash ALL the parts so I did and are air drying now.

Next will be the tedious task of cutting the resin parts from the mold blocks and using CA to assemble them.

 

I kinda recall hearing something like that. I find it usually comes for builders who expect the kit to fall together with no glue and paint itself and they bash it when it doesn't. That's not modeling to me, that's just assembly. I expect issues here and there, but I am not concerned.

The resin on your kit looks amazing. She should build up into a very nice kit.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 10, 2022 12:17 PM

I have a Czech Models Seamew in the stash. Got to be one of the ugliest planes out there, that and the Baracuda.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Real G on Monday, January 10, 2022 1:22 PM

Steve,

The British, especially the Royal Navy, seemed to have been running a "Most Ugly Aeroplane Contest" between the 1940-1950 period - we must never forget to include the Gannet, Seamew, and Sturgeon.  The Baracuda though, wins hands-down when everything is folded up.  Or down.  Or sideways.  It was almost like the designers at Fairey could not make up their minds about how and where to fold the airplane for carrier stowage.  Compare to the elegant wing folding system of the Wildcat/Hellcat/Avenger.

I'd better get on with the Lun - John is blitzing me with his Seamaster!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Monday, January 10, 2022 3:17 PM

modelcrazy

I have a Czech Models Seamew in the stash. Got to be one of the ugliest planes out there, that and the Baracuda.

 

It does look like the result of a night of drunken carousing between a Kingfisher and a Helldiver.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 10, 2022 4:51 PM

modelcrazy

I have a Czech Models Seamew in the stash. Got to be one of the ugliest planes out there, that and the Baracuda.

 

I also have a couple others, a Ryan something or other and another weird plane from the same company with resin parts.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 10, 2022 5:06 PM

double post 

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by taxtp on Monday, January 10, 2022 5:30 PM

If the Brits were doing that in the 40s, then they must have taken over from the French in the 30s, some of those early monoplane bombers.

Anyway, made a start on my AZModel Kingfisher, as used by the RAAF. I think they were known as Vought-Sikorskys locally. At the moment I'm thinking aout the bare metal scheme shown on the box art, but there are many interesting and varied camo schemes for these things. I could well be tempted.

Here's my start, taking parts of the sprue only so far.

Cheers

Tony

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

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, January 10, 2022 6:12 PM

Kingfishers were a nice plane. A little underpowered though and could swamp easily if it carried much more weight than the two man crew. But used for search, it was great.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, January 10, 2022 6:40 PM

I wish we could get a new/modern 1/48 Kingfisher

Thanks,

John

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 10, 2022 10:59 PM

keavdog

I wish we could get a new/modern 1/48 Kingfisher

 

Dont know if Lone Star still makes resin AM parts for the old Monogram Kingfisher. I bought some resin updates from that company back in 2012 for my mine and it is a HUGE improvement over the kit parts.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 7:03 AM

Got the resin pits in place and ready to paint last night. The gunner’s seat had a ton of flash specially on the thin delicate framing that was carefully cleaned up but still needs a tad more trimming before painting.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:20 AM

Nice detail PJ.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:55 AM

plasticjunkie

 

 
keavdog

I wish we could get a new/modern 1/48 Kingfisher

 

 

 

Dont know if Lone Star still makes resin AM parts for the old Monogram Kingfisher. I bought some resin updates from that company back in 2012 for my mine and it is a HUGE improvement over the kit parts.

 

I built my KF with Lone star float and I still have another float spare, no plans on using it atm. It and the resin cockpit from someone else does help alot, but the kit needs a ton of work to make it look good. I don't know if I have the stamina to build another 100 hour KF.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:56 AM

plasticjunkie

Got the resin pits in place and ready to paint last night. The gunner’s seat had a ton of flash specially on the thin delicate framing that was carefully cleaned up but still needs a tad more trimming before painting.

 

 

 

The pit work looks amazing. Such great detail they added to this oddball kit. It's gonna look really good.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:57 AM

taxtp

If the Brits were doing that in the 40s, then they must have taken over from the French in the 30s, some of those early monoplane bombers.

Anyway, made a start on my AZModel Kingfisher, as used by the RAAF. I think they were known as Vought-Sikorskys locally. At the moment I'm thinking aout the bare metal scheme shown on the box art, but there are many interesting and varied camo schemes for these things. I could well be tempted.

Here's my start, taking parts of the sprue only so far.

Cheers

Tony

 

I really like the RAF scheme on the top, but that BMF is very cool too. I can't say I have ever seen one like that. Tempting.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by DanCooper on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:44 AM

Would there be room for one more ?

If so, I would like to join the team with a Revell 1/72 Canadair CL-415 Superscooper... maybe even in a diorama setting if I get hold on everything I need for that.

On the bench : Revell's 1/125 RV Calypso

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 3:43 PM

DanCooper

Would there be room for one more ?

If so, I would like to join the team with a Revell 1/72 Canadair CL-415 Superscooper... maybe even in a diorama setting if I get hold on everything I need for that.

 

You bet, Dan. I'll update the roster and welcome.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:19 AM

Tony and PJ , those sea planes look to be great builds , a lot of masking on those canopies though ...

A small update on my seamaster . I sat the engine pods on top of the wings and they seam to sit to far forward 

when I pushed the engine pods back a little bit it left me with a gap underneath

I decided to add some plastic strip to the rear underside of each engine pod to fill the gap between the trailing edge of the wing and pod

However this caused the underside of the pod to sit lower than the wing creating a step . so I had to add more plastic strip to the side edges of each pod and sand those side strips to a tapper , which in effect lifted the rear of the pod to sit flush with the underside of the wing

All this seem to take ages but I don't know of any other way to have fixed the issue

I'll still need to putty and blend in the plastic strips

The engine pods were a lot more work than I hoped for , my progress seems to have slowed a little but progress none the less .

John .

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:23 AM

Helo H-34

Tony and PJ , those sea planes look to be great builds , a lot of masking on those canopies though ...

A small update on my seamaster . I sat the engine pods on top of the wings and they seam to sit to far forward 

when I pushed the engine pods back a little bit it left me with a gap underneath

I decided to add some plastic strip to the rear underside of each engine pod to fill the gap between the trailing edge of the wing and pod

However this caused the underside of the pod to sit lower than the wing creating a step . so I had to add more plastic strip to the side edges of each pod and sand those side strips to a tapper , which in effect lifted the rear of the pod to sit flush with the underside of the wing

All this seem to take ages but I don't know of any other way to have fixed the issue

I'll still need to putty and blend in the plastic strips

The engine pods were a lot more work than I hoped for , my progress seems to have slowed a little but progress none the less .

John .

 

Kits like this are super cool once completed, but the journey to get there can challenge the patience of a saint. This is why so many of these kits remain incomplete. Folks just give up. Again, it's gonna be super cool when done.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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Posted by waikong on Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:01 PM

Looking really good, but how do you build so fast ?  :)  I'm still slogging thru my interior! And it's been 2 weeks.

 

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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