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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 04:21 AM UTC
The side of the fusalage fillet seam that I'm happy with.

The other sides going to have the riveting re-done.

I often find that when you seem to be a bit bogged down in a build it helps to tape all the sub assemblies together and see what its going to look like, and this week has been one of those times.


Now I feel better

Nige
:-H
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 02:22 PM UTC
A cautionary tale.

If you find that at some point in time, perhaps one evening just before going to bed, that while checking your latest progress on your VFS P-47 you are unfortunate/stupid (delete where applicable) enough to drop/let go of/have slip out of your hands the aforementioned model aeroplane, you may find yourself looking at the various parts which make up the cockpit.
These look fine on the workbench, but almost a month after closing up the fusalage they are not top of the list of things you would like to see outside of where they belong.
If you find yourself in this predicament, you need to be aware of two important things.

Number One.

It will take approximately four hours to re-assemble the cockpit by sliding each part seperately through the hole at the front of the fusalage. Its a little like putting a ship into a bottle.

Number Two.
It can be done!!! and you cant see the join

Goodnight

Nige
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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 02:52 PM UTC
Nige, you aren't trying to tell us that Mr. Klutz made a visit to *your* workshop, are you?

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Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 07:31 PM UTC
Oh blimey Nige ! if only you had asked i could have told you not to drop it...You cant just tape the wings on and expect it to fly....
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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 - 12:21 AM UTC
Yep,,
Mr Klutz flew in , dropped a couple of 500lb'ers and gave me a good strafing with .50 cal!

I'm amazed I managed to rebuild it all through the front of the fusalage, and you really cant see any difference to how it looked before it went for a dive.
Seems this is one of those builds that keeps biting me in the ****
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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 - 12:30 AM UTC
Nige:

Maybe it is all this research on "Hairless Joe" and talk of the repaint after the crash has gotten to you. Many a P-47 has had to belly land and crashed.

I have heard of detail oriented, but this one takes the cake.

Glad to hear you could get it all back togather though. Now you can have a tradional shot of " Medicinal Whiskey" and carry on.

Paul
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Posted: Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:35 AM UTC
A drop of the medicinal and I think I'll leave it alone for a few days.
Just glad it all went back together. It was like building a cockpit through the letterbox.

Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 09:59 AM UTC
Nige
with you instrument panel you say you used the new release decals...My sheet just has black circles with no detail.....is that correct?

Scrub that...I just found the white decal to go over the black decal......Dohhh:-)
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Posted: Friday, April 03, 2009 - 10:24 AM UTC
Hi Nige,
She sure is good looking and looking good.
I can't get over how big she is,it makes the 1/48 look so small.
Also a quick thanks for putting some photos of the ammo bays I may yet change my mind again.
I was going to detail them changed my mind and considering changing it again.

Chris
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Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 10:36 AM UTC
Finally got the horizontal stabs seams cleaned up and then I've replaced the lost detail.
My smallest riveter is a bit bigger than the kits "rivets" but remember that these are super macro photos.


At least you can clearly see the ones Ive replaced,

Its a good job I dont build to a deadline

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 01:39 AM UTC
A big day!
Its only taken me the best part of 4 months but finally the wings are on!
It was certainly worth taking all the time to work away on the area around the front spar, as there should only be a minimal amount of attention required now for a nice smooth join.
No filler required along the wing root either, always a bonus!




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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 07:21 AM UTC
Well done Nige, a real milestone passed Make sure it still fits through the door ! would be a shame to have to take a wall down to get it out
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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 10:19 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Well done Nige, a real milestone passed Make sure it still fits through the door ! would be a shame to have to take a wall down to get it out


Thanks Paddy.
It certainly does feel like a milestone. Its taken me a while but its getting closer to having some paint thrown at it!
Oh yeah,,check it still fits through the door....................

Yep,,,just about!
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 07:28 AM UTC
Sorry to hear about your office supplies running away, but it's building up to be a beauty anyway. The stabilizer/fin area is reeeally neat.

But I have to ask - how many times have you taken the lefthand turn ot top of the stairs, banging the left pinkytoe in the threshold?

Tony
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 07:26 AM UTC
The toes have survived intact, its the head that hurts from banging it against the wall in frustration. Still, the end result WILL be worth it. In amongst all the research into Hairless Joe and being away on tour, I've managed to get a few things done on my break.

So, time for a progress,( although it seems more like a "lack of progress" )report.

The basic airframe is done and ready for preshading. I'm torn at the moment about whether or not to go ahead and just get it painted, as the undercarriage fit is proving quite problematic and I would hate to have to do a repaint if it gets damaged from repeated handling.
I'll be using enamels so they'll be a bit sturdier than acrylics. We''ll see.

Happiness is a good clean wing root.
Port

Starboard.


Prop painted but not decalled and weathered yet.


And finally.
Working away at eliminating the sink marks on the inside of the cowling panels.


Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 07:30 AM UTC
Looking good Nige , just doing my prop as i read your thread....Hope i am doing the right one !!!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 - 10:13 AM UTC
Looks like she is coming along quite well Nige. Way your going you will be throwing paint on her before you know it.

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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 05:48 AM UTC
Lets have some fun preshading



Next step,,cover it all up

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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 06:06 AM UTC
Never tried that Nige !! did you spray it ? does it need a feathered edge or could you do it with a large felt pen ?
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 06:15 AM UTC
I always spray it on, and its never precise when I do it. ( My freehand airbrushing is very slowly improving though)
Mal Mayfields two articles explain preshading far better than I ever could.
TO PRESHADE OR NOT PRESHADE PT1
TO PRESHADE OR NOT PRESHADE PT 2
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 07:26 PM UTC
Thanks for the link
It looks like an interesting thing for the future but i am not sure that this is the kit to practice on !!
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 08:11 AM UTC
Finally into the painting stage with a base coat over the preshading of WEM Medium Sea Grey.

The preshadings showing still showing through a bit too much, but after an overnight dry I'll continue.



I'm going to use my usual fading techniques on the underside. It'll be interesting to see how successful they are in this scale.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 08:41 AM UTC
Shading has worked really well Nige. It will be interesting to compare our models when finished as we both use quite different styles i think.. Painting is always a slog for me because i have never been happy with my technique or the finished effect but there is a chance my efforts with washes and pastels might lend its self to this large scale.. I would have tried pre shading this time but as i needed a gloss black base for Alclad i dont think it would have worked
Had any thought re the undercarriage mounts yet ??
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Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 10:48 PM UTC
Hi Paddy.
Yes it would be nice to see the two completed builds side by side at some point. I usually try and make the 2 day show at Medway every year but I dont know if it'll be finished by then. Im just about to hit a 7 week run of touring, and the speed I build theres no saying it'll be done this year!
Undercarriage,,a few thoughts, but its a bridge I'm going to cross when everythings painted etc. If I had stopped the build while I sorted that fit issue out I would never have got any paint on it before the tour starts. At least now I've started painting it the interest has been revived again.
I dont think its going to be a big issue getting the gear to sit right, you know how sometimes when you walk away from something for a while the answer is simple when you return.
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 06:52 AM UTC
Another bit done.
Underside national insignia painted on using Mal Mayfields excellent Miracle Masks.






Nige