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  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, August 1, 2022 9:41 PM

oortiz10

Man, adulting stinks! The past 3+ months have been craptacular, but I'm now happy to announce...

 

 

I'm jumping back in with my Revellogram Airacobra. I started with its front end. After deciding to keep all the panels closed, I built a couple of bulkheads and filled some of the nose with Liquid Gravity.

 

I also got the cockpit done, and since the armament up front wasn't going to be used, I filled that space with a bunch of pine derby car weights.

 

With the gun compartment and cockpit access doors glued closed, I'm considering scribing the rest of the kit. Getting the doors to fit cleanly resulted in some lost raised detail. I'm thinking a scribing will keep all the detail consistent, i.e. recessed. 

Next I plan on tackling how to build up the kit while keeping the nose gear and exhaust stacks off until after painting. I think I have a few ideas...

Anyway, until then, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome. (As usual!)

Gotta admit, it feels good to mash some plastic again!

Cheers,

-O

 

Welcome back :-)

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, August 1, 2022 11:19 PM

Welcome back oortiz10 -- P-39 is looking good. 

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 4:05 PM

Hey gang, thanks for the "welcome back," it's great to be back! Today I have a little more of my Airacobra to share. 

Revellogram's instructions have you install the nose gear, NLG doors and exhaust stacks before closing up the fuselage. Well, knowing me, I had to come up with a plan to add the gear leg and doors towards the end of the build to avoid breaking them off. With a bit of dry fiting, I was able to come up with a plan.

I decided to cut off some of the gear mounting "well" to allow the strut to be slid in after things go together. Leaving the forward and upper parts of the well allowed me to know when the part was far enough forward and still support the weight of the completed model. (Hopefully that makes sense.)

 

After solving that problem, I turned my attention to the exhaust stacks. The starboard side can be installed after paint, but the port side needed to be installed before the fuselage went together. So, to make painting and masking easier, I came up with a way to install the port exhausts after the completion of the major assembly and painting.

First, I shortened the length of the stack's backing so that it could fit through the slot in the fuselage. I also sanded the back of the stack's backing flat.

 

Then I used some small "spacers" and a strip of styrene to build a backing for the stack.

 

Now, I can simply drop the stack through the slot and glue it onto the backing once everything is closed up and painted without having to worry about masking.

 

Having figured out the assembly challenges, I turned my attention to rescribing the kit. It's not 100% accurate, but I'm sure it'll look OK under some paint and weathering. Here's my start with the completed fuselage.

 

As usual, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 11:35 PM

Nice improvision on the P-39 oortiz. Old kits are definitely skill builders.

Now, for me  I have been building my own skills on this old Revell A-7 , making the canopy fit with the fuselage , and creating canopy masks...

 

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    June 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Friday, August 5, 2022 7:46 PM

Fantastic work, all.

Here is my entry.

I decided to pick up some PE Zimmerit and indy link tracks. Both are intended for the Tamiya kit so this may or may not come back to bite me.

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, August 6, 2022 1:37 PM

Good work gentlemen. Always nice to see a good progres and a start of a new kit. Smile

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, August 7, 2022 6:21 PM

Hey animals, I'm back with a little progress to share...

Here is a mock-up of the major assemblies after the rescribing. Again, not completely accurate, but I think it looks pretty good.

 

Time to move on to the transparencies, then I can move on to paint!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, August 8, 2022 1:04 AM

Nothing mocking about the mock-up Smile. Good work

  • Member since
    June 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:00 PM

Good job on the rescribe, O. It looks the part, especially in the mock up you did.

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