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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 07:20 AM UTC
Blimey Nige, they look a bit smart !! This is where you leave my build for dead !!! I didn't even know such things existed!! Miracle masks eh !
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 09:09 AM UTC
Thanks Paddy,,but lets wait and see if I manage to get the wheels on it first
Miracle Paint Masks are the brainchild of Mal Mayfield, callsign Holdfast.Theyre really easy to use and I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

My 63rd FS M was also done using them, as was the B17 assembly ship.
You can read all about Miracle Masks HERE

Nige
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Posted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 - 09:25 AM UTC

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Miracle Paint Masks are the brainchild of Mal Mayfield, callsign Holdfast.Theyre really easy to use and I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

This reminds me, I must speak to Mal and see how the ones I ordered are doing and also see if I can get some for my campaign build
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 03:14 AM UTC

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Thanks Paddy,,but lets wait and see if I manage to get the wheels on it first .




Its not getting them on...its keeping them on. I just knocked my model very very lightly on the leading edge and both legs snapped. The breaks are just above the knuckle/Lug at the base. Once broken you can see the cross section here is probably no more than 3-4mm Dia and it is going to break again there !!! Also bare in mind i havnt got the engine fitted yet so my model is light. I don't know what the answer is yet but this kit is crying out for some metal legs with proper mounting points.
Be warned...handle with extreme care !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 05:15 AM UTC
Oh oh!,Not good at all Paddy.
Just clarify, have they broken at the axle or the wing mount end?
Hope you get it sorted, drill and pin job?
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 05:43 AM UTC
Panic over !! I pinned them Nige. They are stronger than std now but still too weak in my opinion.. if i built another one of these i would make a metal set.
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 05:58 AM UTC
Glad you sorted it Paddy.
Which end was it,,wheel or top mount?
How much work would be involved in making a set of metal legs with the correct angle?
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 09:45 AM UTC
Sorry Nige...it was the wing end just above the knuckle part ie10mm from the end ish...
A metal set would be easy to make but extremely time consuming. And i don't have time. It would be possible to cast a set in white metal if you made a mould using the standard part. Maybe Cammetts will come up with a resin set ?
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 10:24 AM UTC
Hi Paddy.
I wasnt suggesting you make a set, just drawing on your engineering knowledge.
It would certainly be a good idea to make a mould of the kit parts before I assemble the gear covers etc. At least that would give me the option of being able to get a replacement set made should the need arise.
I shouldnt think this would solve the alignment issue though. I was looking at mine today and thinking that if I thinned the diameter of the lugs at the top of the strut they would fit into the locating slots better and also enable me to get a better angle, especially if I added a sliver of plastic card to the rear slot in the wheel well.
What do you think? You have more experience than me on this matter.
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 10:41 AM UTC

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Hi Paddy.
I was looking at mine today and thinking that if I thinned the diameter of the lugs at the top of the strut they would fit into the locating slots better and also enable me to get a better angle, especially if I added a sliver of plastic card to the rear slot in the wheel well.

Nige


That is basically what i did but i didn't need the slither of plastic and rather than weaken the dia of the lugs i whittled the lug cradle out a bit. You can also add some strength if you super glue the narrow under carrage door to the leg and to the wing at its base. once you have it where you want it, flow what ever you can into the join to try and bolster it up a bit. then just handle with care...
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Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009 - 05:37 PM UTC
Paddy and Nigel.... Thanks for doing these wonderful VFS builds! Mine is on the way from over the pond to my house as I type this. Currently have two 1/48 Hasegawa razorbacks on the bench, but when they're done I'll either tackle one of my 1/32 Has. kits or go big time with the VFS. Thanks again to both of you for sharing your talents with your builds and I can't tell you how helpful they'll be to me (and many others, I'm sure).

Best..
John
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 05:49 AM UTC
Hi John.
Welcome to the P-47 SIG
I'm glad our builds are helping you out. Theres also the two "Lorene" builds that Dave Gianakos has almost finished. One is going into the museum at Boxted and one is being gifted to Russ Kyler (56th FG and pilot of Lorene)
My build has stalled because I'm working away from home until July, but I'll be getting stuck into it again when I'm home.
If you need any info etc then you've come to the right place.
All the best
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 09:44 AM UTC
Oh, trust me Nigel... I'll definitely be checking back often to follow this and the other VFS builds going on! One of these days I'll take some new pics of stuff I've done and if you think they're worthy for a feature, I'd love to go that route.

Best..
J.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 04:54 AM UTC
Is it really 2 months since the last progress photo?!?!
Back off tour and home for a while so its time to get started on this again.
First job was to paint the partial ID bands on the elevators.

I have no idea why only part of the black ID band was retained by Schilling, but its there in the photos so onto the model they go.
Next up, remove the wheel well masking and give the paintwork a protective coat of Klear.Then I masked the underside.

Top base coat of WEM Ocean Grey.
Its going to need another light misting and then I can start painting on the unique camo scheme.


I'm working with enamels on this build so the drying time is a lot longer, but theres still plenty of work to be done while the main airframe is curing.
The engine cowlings are starting to come together nicely.


Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 07:14 AM UTC
Nice one Nige,I see a few weeks away with The Saturdays has got you all fired up! I'll be checking for further progress when I get back from my Irish nonsense (PCD Killarney).
Cheers
Steve
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 10:43 PM UTC
Here you go then Stonar
Fusalage "star and bars" painted on.Undercarriage doors and bottom part of the engine weathered.




Nige
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 10:15 AM UTC

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Nice one Nige,I see a few weeks away with The Saturdays has got you all fired up!

just picked up on this. The Saturdays were playing at the auditorium in my home town of Grimsby recently you weren't with them at the time were you?
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 10:40 AM UTC
Yep,,I made a flying visit,,lol
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Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 01:33 AM UTC

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Yep,,I made a flying visit,,lol
Nige

Not long enough to go to the pub then
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Posted: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 04:22 AM UTC
Nope,,I had been living on a bus since mid-May, I was 2 shows away from home and working on average 8AM-2AM .
Any spare time I got was spent horiziontal and snoring
Next time I'm there I will let you take me to the pub
Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 12:40 AM UTC
I've been dreading this bit, but it worked out fine.
Invasion stripes are on.




One advantage of Miracle Masks is that you can use the spares to mask over previously painted markings.
Im leaving these on for now as they will make painting the green border around the national insignia a lot easier.

Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 05:55 AM UTC
Nice job, Nige! I see your stint as a roadie the last few months didn't dull your modeling skills any (lol)!

Good to see you left the stripes off the turbo exhaust hood that would not have been painted, or could hold paint due to the extreme temps it would encounter in flight.

davegee
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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:04 AM UTC
Hi Dave.
It doesnt take me long to get back into the swing of things when I get home.
I realised the other day that the squadron code letters have thin green borders around them so this calls for a bit of ingenious use of the masks to make the process easier.
I'll take a few pics as I work through this.
Nige
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 11:44 PM UTC
After a bit of head scratching I decided the best way to approach painting the thin, soft edged borders around part,but not all, of the squadron codes would be to paint them and then mask over the letters in the same way Ive masked over the national insignia.
The easiest way to achieve this was to use the masks "in reverse".
First job, mask over the invasion stripes.


Spray the general area of the squadron code letters in the appropriate colour. In this case white.


Apply the masks.


Remove the outer area leaving the letter part of the mask on the model.


Last part of this stage, repaint the fusalage base colour, hopefully leaving crisp white squadron code letters masked ready for adding the dark green section of the camouflage scheme.


Nige

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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 12:59 PM UTC
Finally Ive managed to get onto the dark green part of the paint scheme.
I spent most of today working on this, and only got this far!



Something tells me this is going to be a long and drawn out paint job!
Nige