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OFFICIAL: The Night Shift Campaign
rochaped
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Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 - 06:01 AM GMT+7
Hi all,

Nice to see a few projects underway and a couple new additions... I find the Havoc Night Fighter a very cool project indeed. Been years trying to find the A-20 1/48 in any of its several box/maker incarnations but never found one that was a fair deal...always too expensive.
By the way, that Myrt looks promising Chris.

Here goes a few photos of my Gekko as it is right now over my bench


















Other small parts are also painted but I just forgot to include them when I decided to get the camera.
It's the first time I use the "Aotake" hue, and found it the hardest shade to weather or to do some blending/degrades. The reason is because it is essentially a metallic color, and using it straight from the bottle makes the cockpit look to toy like to my taste.

Cheers
Pedro

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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 07:53 PM GMT+7
Okay I decided on the Hasegawa kit of the Nakajima C6N1-S in 1/48 scale. It's a nice simple kit with some good details which should build quite quickly. (Famous last words!) Parts have been removed from the sprues and painted in some cases but no assembly ... yet.

IMG_1548 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1547 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1546 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1544 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1541 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1540 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_1539 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
and i will join the campaign with a 1/48 P-70. I hope that i will be able to finish on time... at least one of all of them i am trying to finish..

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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 05:30 PM GMT+7
Finished the office on my F6F-3N. It's an Eduard ProfiPACK kit. And this is the most brass I've ever put into a plane.

I recently tried putting seat belts in another cockpit, and the free ends looked terrible. I noticed that they molded in the the bar the belts draped over. So I shaved it off and replaced it with a bit of wire. Then I bent the belts over the bar and glued them in place.



PasiAhopelto
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Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 04:19 AM GMT+7
I'm in with Tamiya's Mosquito NF Mk.II:



It's the radar equipped all black RS*B.
rochaped
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:00 AM GMT+7
No photos, all bench time going to a lot of PE parts in the wheel bays and cockpit.
Guess this part will be long and tedious, but worthy in the end im sure.

Btw, this campaign needs more bumps, I mean with so many good modelers enlisted and some great subjects chosen, it should be more active.

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 03:04 AM GMT+7
Time for me to jump aboard the night shift!

My entry is the venerable but outstanding Gekko late production from Tamiya in the quarter scale.

The kit has some few itens already glued, the top and bottom wing and one of the stabilizers. Also placed are the masks (wonder if the glue is still ok after 8 years or so...) and some putty on the inner fuselage holes. These will be a pain to smooth to surface.







will post ongoing photos during these next few months.

Cheers,
Pedro
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 01:40 PM GMT+7
Well the first coat of paint/primer is on.




I used Vallejo Dunkelgrau primer purposely sprayed a little thin and mottled to give it a worn look. I will be adding black and as needed other grays to get it just the right look.
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 09:51 AM GMT+7
Well a got the canopy replaced and got all the interior colors sprayed. Now I can prime and start the paint job.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 05:19 PM GMT+7
Robert, thanks for the information it helps a lot.

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 10:05 AM GMT+7

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I need some help with the F6F-5N wheel well and wing fold areas. I have been searching for any information as to the color of those areas after the little info that I have been able to find shows white, chromate, and Navy blue.

Bob


This might help.http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2004/05/stuff_eng_interior_colours_us_part3.htm I quoted the F6F portion


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By the time Hellcat entered mass production, Grumman had made the decision to adopt Interior Green in place of Bronze Green for cockpits, and possibly also to adopt Zinc Chromate primer in place of its own Grumman Grey. However, older paints were to be used as long as their stocks were available.

Thus the first hundred or so F6F-3 airframes produced almost certainly had their cockpits finished with the remaining stock of Bronze Green. Subsequent aircraft had their cockpits finished in Interior Green. Starting with F6F-5, cockpit area above and including the side consoles was finished in flat black with the remaining surfaces in Interior Green.



An enlarged portion of a well-known photo of newly produced F6F-3s on Grumman publicity flight. The factory-applied red surrounds to the national insignia should indicate a June - September 1943 time frame. What is interesting is the colour of the headrest inside the cockpit, which looks markedly unlike Interior Green. The actual colour could have been Bronze Green, but this statement is non-conclusive.

The inside of the engine cowling varied throughout the Hellcat production, being Grumman Grey, Interior Green or Zinc Chromate Yellow. Later F6F-5 and had flat black cowling interiors. Other enclosed areas of the fuselage were either Grumman Grey (on early production machines) or Zinc Chromate Yellow.

In common with the general Navy practice the wheel bays and undercarriage legs were finished in the lower surface colour. However, the area ahead of the main spar in the wheel well was left in Interior Green. Also, some photos of operational Hellcats show wheel hubs and legs in Aluminium finish, possibly applied during overhauls at field maintenance depots.

Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 09:37 AM GMT+7
I need some help with the F6F-5N wheel well and wing fold areas. I have been searching for any information as to the color of those areas after the little info that I have been able to find shows white, chromate, and Navy blue.

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 01:03 PM GMT+7
I'm almost ready for some paint. I need to go over all the seams and joints and clean everything up. The canopy replacement should be here later this week so I should be masking in a few days.

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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 03:55 AM GMT+7

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Cool story, seems someone went for a joyride and the mountain got in their way



Four persons on the a/c and one hurt due to a fall. WOW! It looks like some weaponry was retrieved also. OH! and the nurses

Bob
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Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 01:52 AM GMT+7
Cool story, seems someone went for a joyride and the mountain got in their way
TotemWolf
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 01:34 PM GMT+7

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Robert, neat looking photo. Do you have any history to go with it?

Bob



Oh yeah.

http://www.maam.org/p61/p61_recovery.htm

https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/p-61/42-39445.html
Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:38 PM GMT+7
Robert, neat looking photo. Do you have any history to go with it?

Bob
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 12:05 PM GMT+7

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Robert, after viewing your efforts on the nose I had a thought. Would you be able to secure the canopy over some clay then vac your own by using the broken canopy as the template.



I thought about that. I even tried the heat up a plastic coke bottle trick. However due to how/where it crack it is impossible to get it to hold the perfect shape off of the model. With the cockpit area in place and glued in, making a cast of the area would do more damage that I would have to correct.

I'm might go ahead and get the other kit. Make a copy of the part, and then use the real one on this kit. If the other one is not perfect it would still be ok.

Here's one of the pics that has inspired the diorama I want to build later.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM GMT+7
Robert, after viewing your efforts on the nose I had a thought. Would you be able to secure the canopy over some clay then vac your own by using the broken canopy as the template.
TotemWolf
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 06:39 AM GMT+7
Well I still have not had any luck getting in contact with GWH. I am thinking about buying one of their A model kits for a jungle crash diorama anyway so I might able to use the part from that kit and then not have to worry about it with the next one anyway.

But in the meantime I have made some progress.
I weighted the nose with Milliput and some lead pellets. The nose will be painted black when it's done so it won't be seen.


All of the major sub-assemblies are done.

I need to go back and check all the seams and sand or fill anything that is not just right. I will also need to paint the wheel wells, but apart from that, she is ready to be assembled and painted.
That's once I get the new canopy part.
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:04 AM GMT+7
Mark, you will love this kit, Eduard put the effort in for us to enjoy building.

Bob
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 07:39 AM GMT+7
LOL. It's quite the kit. First Eduard plastic subject for me from them, used their PE before but never a full kit. It's a far cry from the Academy, Airfix, ARII, Testers and Revelogram kits I've been building lately. The engine alone is at least 5 molded parts and one PE. There are 2 instrument panels, 1 with molded in details and one that's blank for the 6-8 PE parts??? Could be a poor choice for a campaign subject with all this brass.

Whipped out the airbrush and got the cockpit painting started last night.
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 02:48 AM GMT+7
Mark, were building the same airplane except for the markings. OH! and the size. I cannot wait to see yours.

Bob
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 01:23 AM GMT+7
Anndd, I'm off and crawling.




Eduard's 1/72 Grumman F6F Profipack. Could build as a -3N or -5N, I'm planning on the -3N shown on the box top.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:07 AM GMT+7
OUCH! The office is really coming along, hope GW will help out.