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Many years ago I visited Eduard factory. This was the time Eduard started to experiment with printing of their PE parts. I was rather skeptical. About 12 years later I'm stunned and enthusiastic about the quality. Of course there is a disadvantage because there is no 3rd dimension. It is no problem to fix this by using pieces of plastic rod (round or rectangular) for knobs and pieces of wire for switches (picture 1&2).
1. August 2015, 10:21
Is this also going to be an "orange" aircraft or will it be black ... ?
1. August 2015, 10:24
Hi Bernhard, after we talked about your latest projet yesterday, I was wondering if there were picture of your progress already, well, here they are ! So I will take a seat here and have the pleasure to watch and be stunned !
1. August 2015, 13:01
1. August 2015, 14:12
Moin Jungs, Ist noch reichlich Platz
Marc: noch nicht ganz sicher, ob nicht doch vielleicht der Prototyp
in olivedrab und grau aber mit gelben Motorgondeln. Diesmal keine Chance für rot oder Orange da für,die Prototypen Gelb die Hausmarke von Northrop war.
1. August 2015, 20:08
Well I'll take a seat and have a look on the next BSMP (Berhard Schrock Master Piece)
2. August 2015, 10:14
4. August 2015, 07:13
Jasses nee! Na das sieht ja mal wieder richtig sahnig aus, Bernhard!
Darf ich fragen was Du als Referenz nimmst? Und weist Du schon welches Kurbelwellengehäuse Du für die R 2800 nimmst?
Mir ist aufgefallen das die Luftbremsen aus Ätzteilen sind, eigentlich sollten die aber gewölbt sein (wenn ich das richtig sehe), schon ´ne Idee wie Du da ran gehst?
Ich freue mich auf dieses Projekt von Dir!
4. August 2015, 07:31
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4. August 2015, 08:43
Mates: you are welcome!
Holger: "unfortunately" I found a restoration article with about 1001 (!!!!!) pictures.
I think each rivet and each cable can be researched, if one intend to research each cable and each rivet
I think, I will leave 90% of visible details and despite of that the model will be OK too
I intend to use the engine version with the cylindrical fairing (at the beginning I thought, that the Black Widow was powered with an unusual version of the R-2800, but the cylinder is "only" a fairing) for the crankcase (see the next-to-last picture).
4. August 2015, 09:19
By the way: I intend to use only a part of the Eduard PE - parts. It is not sinful to use the parts every time. In many cases it is better to leave the plastic parts as a base.
The painted PE-parts coming soon, after the airbrushing of the entire cockpit.
4. August 2015, 09:22
Gosh, what a comprehend link, Bernhard!!!
I´m excited how you tackle this bird!
4. August 2015, 09:39
4. August 2015, 10:55
difficult to believe this is only 1/48th scale, what a great start !!
5. August 2015, 16:04
5. August 2015, 16:31
It is very difficult to determine the "correct" layout and number of boxes and equipment, if we can talk about "correct" at all. I think with each production block of the same version the equipment varies. Because of that I will not take things very curiously. For example I moved two black boxes down on the right side of the rear compartment to match the main console. The placement of Eduard does not work because to the right of the main console is not enough space.
Unfortunately the distance between the rails for the seat on the etched part (rear compartment) is too wide. This means; tear off and do again.
5. August 2015, 16:50
Superb detailing! Do not worry if it is not 100% accurate - if you create the mood and atmosphere of the P-61 you have succeeded!
5. August 2015, 16:59
The building is the one thing but more important is the attaching of filigree parts to the rest. The last hour I spent attaching both racks to the sides. As usual I used wire (2 pieces for each side). On the left side one of them is longer to find the alignment hole. After gluing of the fuselage halves I will cut it of. By the way: the large rack is reinforced with plastic for better fit of the wires.
5. August 2015, 19:47
Excellent modelling ! The details are really superb
5. August 2015, 19:52
6. August 2015, 08:35
6. August 2015, 08:43
In the Internet I found a hint in a modeling article that the instrument panel is too far to the front. This is right but it is no problem to correct this mistake. Otherwise the rest was without trouble: kit parts combined with PE-parts and scratch build parts. The only funny thing: it took me about 3 weeks to do half a plane last time and now I needed the same time for the cockpit. Just in time before vacation starts
Offline for one week: cheers and nice and sunny vacation for you
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I like the way you've folded the PE seat harnesses. It looks very natural. I always have difficulty with that in my scale (1:72). Since the PE is the same thickness in both 1:72 and 1:48, it makes 1:72 folds look unnatural. Have you tried the new fabric seat belts? I think they might work better.
13. August 2015, 23:20
Good morning Mates. The best wishes from the sunny Balticsea and thank you for the newest comments. Today we expect 29*C, 0,5 m waves and a lot of sand (this is was my son enjoys most
Bill: I'm very glad that you like that modeling task which I most "hate" (beside engraving)
. I'm not sure what you exactly mean with fabric: do you mean fabric as material for harness in 1:72 or 1:48? Does there exist such fine and thin fabric (silk?), that works for 1:48 (1:72)?
14. August 2015, 06:12
uncle chop chop
I think he means eduard make fabric seatbelts aswell as metal depends on what u want
14. August 2015, 10:16
Yes Eduard makes them and there is another co. but their name escapes me at the moment.
15. August 2015, 01:00
15. August 2015, 03:19
By the way: yesterday I researched a little bit for my P-61 project I found this.... Unfortunately in Russian language but the pictures speaks An international modeling language. I'm really SPEACHLESS. All pictures saved already for my build.
Don't miss to look the other builds of him, for example the B-25.
Northrop P-61B Black Widow | scalemodels.ru
15. August 2015, 03:25
Really liked that article and the photos of such good work. Liked the way he handled the leading edges
15. August 2015, 13:40
15. August 2015, 14:02
yeah, he did get a result with the canopies too, lots to like on that build especially the rear compartment
15. August 2015, 14:09
During the vacation I had a lot of time for research and noticed that the gunsight parts from the kit are a bit simple (picture 23 and 24) in comparison with the original (picture 27). Fortunately it was no problem to remove the already installed seat and after a half hour I was more happy with the result (pictures 26 and 2
I noticed too that the turret is not correct: after mounting the gun cover (the part with the 4 openings) a gap remains on the upper side. I solved problem by thinning the upper edge of the turret and decreasing the width of the gun cover.
In my opinion the Brownings are not bad but I found in the spare box some holed metal tubes from Karaya. In combination with 0,55 mm needles that will be a nice effect
16. August 2015, 18:45
I could not decide if the hatch should be open or closed... Because of that I designed it movable
Probably I was inspired by the article by Albert Bertych (see my post of 15.08 with a link to his article).
18. August 2015, 19:34
Cannon bay and hatches. In this area too It was not easy to decide what I should do. On the one side I wish to leave the clean lines of the fuselage but on the other side I wish to leave the option to show the inside of the bay with very nice designed interior. For a long time I had no solution how to manage the hinges. Because of the curved shape of the fuselage my standard way for this task was not possible. And then I remembered thin dark grey rubber line in the depth of my spare box. This is the solution: in the closed position the hatch is automatically pulled into the correct position
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It is looking outstanding Bernhard, good inspiration for mine, when I get to it.
25. August 2015, 02:26
Thank you mates! Unfortunately very slow progress because of large and complex airplane and a lot of required corrections.
25. August 2015, 20:00
Doesn't matter Bernhard, take your time, we're not going anywhere.
25. August 2015, 22:59
Looks like another exceptional build Bernhard! All those small details are insane!
27. August 2015, 21:35
28. August 2015, 00:32
Yesterday I finally worked with the clear parts. The rear element and the rear cone are moulded thin and the fit is very good especially of the cone (I think no sanding will be required). For the rear element only minor work was necessary to match the fuselage opening. Both "steps" on the edge (on the clear part for the hatch and on the fuselage) should be made thinner.
In contrast to the rear parts the pilot's and gunner's canopy is moulded much too thick 1,5-2 mm) and the fit is very poor especially on the front: approx. 0,5 mm too short and the edge is approx 0,5 mm too high. I corrected this area with a plastic stripe and CA glue. Because of the thickness I had to remove three instruments mounted on the edge and move them more inside.
Fortunately I could manage the fit on the rear side (formerly approx 0,3-0,4 mm too high) only via sanding and patient fitting.
30. August 2015, 07:24
How is the cone fitted??? If asked myself this question a lot of times. But only yesterday I discovered a great website with more than 120 (!!) original period photos. One of these (43) you can see very well how the cone is fitted: obviously the edges are thick enough for an inner thread and so it is attached from inside with screws. It was great fun to create this in a "similar" way (in the case of the model only 4 "screws" made from wire).
30. August 2015, 20:14
This is completely unreal mate ! I would'nt even know how to get these bolts alined with the holes........ Extremely extraordinary Bernhard !!!
30. August 2015, 22:03
Hi Hanno, thank you for the compliments. The most difficult is to find the vertical middle axis. After that it is less difficult. I use a Stechzirkel (????-circle, sorry don't know the correct English term). So it is possible to work very exactly with a tolerance of 0,1-0,2 mm. The pins are 0,25 mm, the holes are 0,38 mm.
In the morning I started the task which needs quiet and concentration: fitting of the canopy. After nearly 2 hours I'm very satisfied with the result. I believe I discovered a new technology to create moveable panels and hatches. On the picture the hatch is in closed position and you can see it fits nearly perfectly. The hinges are made from thin rubber line (0,35 mm thick) witch pulls the hatch closed automatically.
31. August 2015, 15:55
31. August 2015, 17:53
your attention to detail is just so cool!!
is pict. 45 & 46 what we call a "ball turret"
31. August 2015, 21:39
31. August 2015, 21:47
Wow... das sieht ja gar nicht wie ein Schlacht und spachtel Spaß bei einen Monogram Bausatz aus.
1. September 2015, 12:53
1. September 2015, 13:41
Tolle Arbeit die du uns hier wieder zeigst. Das kann ich glatt als Referenz für meinen Bau nehmen
1. September 2015, 13:44
It is done: the clear parts are in place. I decided to glue the pilots hatch to the rest without moveable option in the usual manner: fixed with CA-glue and the gaps filled with Future. This was a real problem because there was no contrast between the two clear parts. It will become visible soon after airbrushing zinc chromate if this worked...
1. September 2015, 20:10
For very long time I haven't build an USAF - machine. Because of that I tried the first mixes of olive drab (ANA 613) and neutral grey (ANA 602) on small parts. I'm happy with the olive drab, the grey is a bit to dark. I think a bit HU129 will be help.
2. September 2015, 19:18
Hi Mates, help needed!!!!!!!
P-61 in olive drab/ neutral grey scheme: should be the area below the wings olive drab or grey? I researched this theme today morning but unfortunately I'm not any smarter.
6. September 2015, 11:49
When i recall my rememberence, it should be neutral grey...
6. September 2015, 12:00
6. September 2015, 12:26
I hope these two scans from an AeroMaster decal sheet can help you- it seems as if these guys are convinced, that there should be a straight line of Neutral Grey and Olive Drab under the wings.
Let me say how much I enjoy your pictures, your models and of course, your skills! Great build so far
6. September 2015, 14:55
Danke Holger, danke Roland.
"Es steht nun 1:1" somit ich erstmal kein Stück schlauer war. Heute habe du nochmal recherchiert, teilweise an der Helligkeit und Kontrast der Fotos herumrumgeschraubt und tendiere dazu den Rumpfbereich unter der Tragfläche grau zu lackieren. Den Ausschlag hat das Foto 53 gegeben.
7. September 2015, 12:02
Hallo Bernhard, ja sehe ich auch so... Im übrigen könnte ich mir vorstellen, dass diese Farbgebung auch von Werk zu Werk unterschieldich ausgefallen ist.
Sehr schönes Bildmaterial!
7. September 2015, 14:09
Result of airbrushing on Sunday and Monday: Olive drab+ 2 additional green shades. Neutral grey + 2 additional grey shades (via post shading). Radome in brownish grey coming soon.
7. September 2015, 14:27
7. September 2015, 17:05
Hi Bernhard. Deine Entscheidung war richtig. Ich habe nochmal in meinen 35 Jahre alten Wings&Airpower Heften nachgeschaut. Die Demarkationslinien verlaufen bei den mir zur Verfügung stehenden Fotos wie auf Foto 53.
7. September 2015, 18:19
Buummm! Da ist mir aber ein Stein vom Herzen gefallen!
Es ist aber echt erstaunlich, wie dunkel das Neutral Grey ist/wirkt. Es ist kaum ein Unterschied zum Olive drab wahrnehmbar.
7. September 2015, 19:05
Colour looks great Bernardt, you're right, the difference between the two colours is almost invisible un the b/w picture.
7. September 2015, 22:14
7. September 2015, 23:14
It's not that I don't make any mistakes: the day before yesterday I did not pay attention and airbrushed the clear parts for BOTH cockpits first in zinc chromate (interior colour) before airbrushing olive drab
The front cockpit should be interior green... Shit happens!
9. September 2015, 17:10
9. September 2015, 17:45
Bernhard what a great start and outstanding attention to details, rally great work. looking forward to see it completed.
10. September 2015, 10:07
Burkhard, just outstanding work. I just wish I had the time to devote to the hobby!
10. September 2015, 13:55
This morning I thought I had to abandon the entire project: I removed the masks from the canopies and noticed that nearly ALL panels are dirtied with spraying dust on the inside!!!! Obviously I did not mask the cockpit openings enough (argh!!!)
It took more than 2 hour of hard work to clean the mess. It is a true mystery that I did not destruct the interior.
10. September 2015, 14:23
impressive how little distortion there is in the canopy, looks great
10. September 2015, 14:34
Just really amazing how it comes together. I´m impressed by nearly every step you make.
10. September 2015, 14:57
Sieht klasse aus Bernhard! Freut mich sehr das der Sprühnebel dir nicht die Klarsicht-Teile ruiniert hat, wäre extrem schade! LG Christian
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so far so really well done, great details and paint really well done
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11. September 2015, 08:48
Especially in the last days I could make good use of your motivating comments: Thank you. This kit IS GETTING ON MY NERVES. Maybe it is me but it feels like I can not use a single part from the kit without correcting, reshaping it or whatever... Today I had to invest more than two hours on the inlets and inner flap of the left wing!!! No fun in that. I think I'm going to the basement and pick up something from Tamiya!
11. September 2015, 19:22
Sometimes just getting up and walking away helps the build along!! I hope your "walkabout" doesn't last too long
11. September 2015, 20:19
Amazing level of detail and precision
Correcting, reshaping...that's what it's all about.
11. September 2015, 20:30
Bernhard, the simlest solution, when the kit nerves you: build it OOB
13. September 2015, 19:10
it will be a beauty when it's ready - I'm shure
forget about the problems with the kit - lean back have a glas of red wine and review what you're already done with the kit
13. September 2015, 19:36
As planned I corrected the shape of the Brassin blades. For better strength I used brass pins which have exactly the needed diameter: 1,3mm, 2,3mm in the middle and 1,8mm. The result: I have now two props (one with spinner and one without spinner) with blades of the same shape
The R-2800 of Brassin is very precisely designed. It is noticeable that the masters were made via 3D printing. I think more details and precision is not possible. Only one point is not ideal in my opinion: the pushrods are molded on to the cylinders
no mater: 2x2=5 today. The ignition wires and the distribution ring are nicely designed but too flat and too small. The cables were very thick in reality because of high voltage. I think about 15-20 mm in diameter. Many years ago I could lay hands on an original Double Wasp but it is too long ago (1996). Because of that I bent the ring from rod (0,8 mm) and will use 0,35 soldering wire for the ignition cables.
19. September 2015, 08:14
Seeing your work makes me wanna throw my models out, lol
GReat job mate, I like those propellers.
19. September 2015, 08:33
Thanks Edgars but don't worry: about 23 years ago I started out very small. When I see my models of this time, I want to run away
19. September 2015, 12:00
Once again, precision a`la Bernhard . Benefit for me : Soldering wire ! I guess you glued the joints with CA ? Fantastic looking Double Wasp !
19. September 2015, 14:02
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CA is especially good at gluing your fingers together!
19. September 2015, 17:29
...... but somehow though has difficulty gluing to its self on occasion
19. September 2015, 17:42
Yeah... I know. While I glued oil pipes on the cylinders the engine glued itself to my fingers...
Bu the way: the best R-2800 on the in 1:48 on the market and in my opinion hard to top (one is completed minus paint, see pictures 72-73).
19. September 2015, 19:06
just amazes me how you get your brush between the nooks and crannys
19. September 2015, 20:29
Totally awesome looking engine Bernhard. I am always gluing my fingers tighter with CA, especially when gluing small bits of PE.
19. September 2015, 21:57
Choppa: I fear you are right
today morning I airbrushed the engine and thought I should have glued the ignition wires later
Luckily I did not glue the part with the manifold ring&tubes
20. September 2015, 09:33
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My instinct would have been to paint the 3 or 4 main components, gearbox, the two separate radial banks and exhaust stacks separately and touch up as required after full assembly, not that I dare tell you what to do
Anyhow, I remain curious as to how you solve this
20. September 2015, 10:19
Ahh, beautiful work! I might try to do this on my 1/72 Wasp for the Corsair.. you inspired me
20. September 2015, 11:09
20. September 2015, 17:16
yeah what Burkhard said but with more expletives
20. September 2015, 19:13
21. September 2015, 15:20
Thanks Mates! Now the engines have propellers: the result of a mini task this evening. By the way: after airbrushing the spinner yellow the propeller blades are much more firmly attached. That shows that the paint layer has to be taken into consideration.
23. September 2015, 20:16
I have became older! Or the resin parts for the nacelle and engine are so fragile and fine that it is impossible or nearly impossible to complete the nacelle! Unbelievable: I needed more than two hours to put together the front ring, engine, cooling flaps and three etched parts! Tomorrow I will continued the Limes watch tower... (From wood and card).
24. September 2015, 19:49
25. September 2015, 14:10
Excellent progress! Can I ask what type of wire you are using for the brake line details on the landing gear?
25. September 2015, 15:00
Thanks Edgars & Bill.
I use in the most cases self stretched thin isolation of a cable (original wire diameter 0,3 mm, outer diameter 0,7 mm). I cut a piece of about 5-6 cm, combine that with a longer piece of thinner wire (0,15 mm) and stretch them in hot water. This technique produced a cable with outer diameter of 0,45-0,5 mm. In this case I used thin grey cable with an outer diameter of 0,45 mm (see 0,5 mm drill for comparison). This grey cable consist a lot of very fine wires 0,05mm), is unfortunately much flexible and not so good useable as the self made (stretched) "product".
25. September 2015, 16:11
That engine looks the bomb
25. September 2015, 19:10
Superb work on the engine Bernhard, superauthentic looking nacelle ! Patience paid off !
26. September 2015, 07:02
Awesome work Bernhard! I guess it is not the age but the more and more fragile and detailed parts
26. September 2015, 08:28
26. September 2015, 15:10
First Bernhard I wish you will show your final kit on the Hamburg regulars' table.
Second, awesome result, you setting standards!
26. September 2015, 15:55
Superb yellow, what paint is that ?
26. September 2015, 17:45
Thank you Mates!
Today I asked me again why the cowling opening looks so small? After short research I noticed that Eduards wunderfull resin cowling front consist the mistake of the first batch of the GWH kit (opening to small). My GWH kit is the second batch and consist reworked parts. Not funny because the cowling is complete
I decided to correct the opening without the reassembling the parts. After about 20 minutes i could enlarge the opening from 13 mm to approx 15,5-16. mm without damage of the engine. The opening should have aprox 17,5 mm but I think 15,5 - 16 is OK.
Marcel: Because of the new location I will visit one of the future Stammtisch and would like to show the XP-61 and hear you live opinion
The yellow is a mix of H154 (matt insignia yellow), my own interior green (semigloss) and H128 (light grey, semi gloss). I mixed the yellow exact to match the relative dark yellow of the number #720 on the fuselage
26. September 2015, 18:49
I'm relieved to hear that you could fix the problem without ripping the cowling ring off...... phew !
26. September 2015, 18:59
Calculated risc: try first without ripping of. If not worked, you could rip of the cowlin later
By the way, it was not necessary to airbrush the yellow again. It was enough to use a little brush and interior green
26. September 2015, 19:37
Even in 1:32 this would be outstanding ...... Great job so far!
26. September 2015, 19:46
So, how did you enlarge the inner diameter, with a milling cutter ( Fräser ) ? Must have cost you some grey hair I presume........... It looks perfect anyway.
26. September 2015, 19:56
for all P-61 fans and owners of the Brassin engine set I have very important and unfortunately bad news. You noticed that I discovered that the opening in the cowling is too small. In the meantime I found out that I'm not the only one who noticed. I started to become suspicious and started to measure, research and calculate everything. Please don't think I'm counting the rivets but I found out that the entire cowling is too small in diameter and too short.
It should have approx. 30 mm diameter and be approx. 23 mm long.
GWH: 29,5 mm in diameter and 23,2 mm long (correct)
Brassin: 27,7 mm in diameter and 20 mm long (1:55 and not 1:4
Bacause the entire boom has (must have) the same diameter as the cowling, the Brassin is cowling unusable
The way it looks now I'm going to use the kit parts.
I will also have to revise my review on Modellversium of the Brassin set...
27. September 2015, 19:14
27. September 2015, 21:57
As announced I begun to build a hybrid R-2800 an combined the Brassins gearbox with the cylinderbanks from the kit. Further I corrcted the number of dzus fasteners and add any extra parts to the rung with the cooling flaps.
28. September 2015, 13:36
It is too bad that you have to do that, Bernhard, but it will make for a much better looking model. Even with a somewhat enlarged opening, the Brassin cowl still didn't look quite right. The new work is looking good!
28. September 2015, 15:03
Great work on R2800 2.0 ! The difference to the Brassin parts is more than obvious now.
3. October 2015, 18:41
You all probably know this: if you have to build something completely new, the motivation is below zero. Because if that it took one whole week to build the engines new (still some parts and paint is missing).
Thank you Bill and Hanno for support.
3. October 2015, 20:29
Bernard, Your pursuit of perfection is just fantastic in every way and superlative.
I was thinking that you had found a machine that you could put the full size one in and have it reduced in size. he he he. :-O
I have never seen anything like this ever, and when I saw the cable on the steering yoke and the slide rails for the crews' seats, and every other magnificent miniature item you have created her, they spoke volumes about your skills and it was quite overwhelming.:-/
Brilliant, in every way.
3. October 2015, 20:58
Not quite Kerry, I have some little Dwarves (Gartenzwerge) who do all go me
Thank you for the compliments... It was really a piece o hard work to squeeze all parts of the Brassin engine into the kit cowling parts. Only holds together because if wire (0,23 mm) pins.
8. October 2015, 18:59
What ever you do, do NOT let those little Gartenzwerge any where near a helium tank, as their voices will drive you crazy. LOL
I was telling all my club mates about your 'Black Widow' and we are all of one voice.........Brilliant work.
8. October 2015, 21:40
I'm so glad you decided to change the cowling - the difference is stunning! It looks so much better, and most importantly - it looks much more like a P-61!
9. October 2015, 00:37
Your decision to redo it all was doubtlessly the right one ! Like Bill said, the difference speaks for itself. What a masterpiece !
9. October 2015, 06:14
The extra time and work is well spent Bernhard. All the work you still have done makes it worth and it looks much better than before because of the wrong diameter at the cowling. Excellent work as usual!
9. October 2015, 19:55
Meanwhile the second engine & nacelle is completed. While I did this I discovered one more mistake in the kit
the part with the exhaust stacks is completely wrong and unusable. When you decide to build the nacelle with cooling flaps closed the exhaust stacks will not fit! The the layout of the pipes is wrong.
Between the cylinders is not enough space for two pipes (intake and exhaust for fore cylinder) so this both pipes are not next to each other but on top of each other. Brassin created this correctly, GWH did not unfortunately. So I ripped of the Brassin exhaust stacks from the open engine 1.0 (Brassin) without damage (a miracle!!!), elongated them and combined with the closed engine 1.0 (GWH). Now I think I deserve 1 week of vacation!!!
10. October 2015, 06:47
10. October 2015, 10:58
gorgeous work and what commitment !!
There is a moral tale to tell with this story, and one of morale !
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11. October 2015, 07:51
I can see that the "reworked pincers" have already been put to a good use here ! The "detail - bombardement" continues
11. October 2015, 18:25
Before the first task I research and plan the reach of what to do. Surprisingly it was easier than I though: after about one hour of research and thinking I knew which parts I will add and in which sequence they must be fitted and painted. The most of the lines in the bay were hydraulic lines made from aluminum and left without paint. Because of that I will use thin soldering wire and fit them after painting.
11. October 2015, 19:03
it's a pleasure to follow this build... stunning work and handy tips, what woul'd one need more...
13. October 2015, 08:06
Do you interpret the cowls and spinners as being identification yellow?
What color do have planned for the rudders and nose numerals.?
What are your plans for the radome finish?
13. October 2015, 12:49
Phil: yellow was the usually used color by Northrop for prototypes (see picture 64). I intend paint the rudders yellow (see teaser - picture of my project: 720 with turret). I used Aeromasters yellow letters (see pics 59&60) and mix my yellow to match the relative dull yellow of the decals (15 parts H154, 1part interior green and 1 part H128 light grey).
13. October 2015, 14:16
Thanks. I didn t notice there were 105+ phots in the album! great build!
13. October 2015, 14:59
18. October 2015, 19:36
"Great build" just doesn't cut it any more, as this detailing is way beyond the 'norm'. :-o
Speechless seems more apt. OMG.
18. October 2015, 19:55
19. October 2015, 19:08
Jawdroppingly awesome work there Bernhard
19. October 2015, 19:35
Today I just wanted to "quickly" finish the rudder to the completed boom. The hinges were finished but then I thought I could have a look at the restoration site of the P-61 how the original looks. Big mistake: I wanted to smash everything and the entire GWH in addition. Nothing is right!!! (Compare pic 115 with pictures 116-118 ). I'm asking myself if it is so complicated to take the original and fit it to a smaller scale. Seeing the price (75-80€) of the kit, what you get is "insolence". Sorry but I had to get rid of this.
21. October 2015, 15:37
21. October 2015, 16:03
Bernhard have a glas of good redwine - what you've done here so fare is much more than the most of us can get out of a kit - i'm always stunning about your details!
21. October 2015, 18:03
Thanks for motivation Mates. It's good that my anger usually only last for a short time
Today my creativity returned: rudder and hinges on the left side are completed.
22. October 2015, 17:19
22. October 2015, 19:38
Improvise,adapt and overcome.
That should be the Scale modellers motto.
22. October 2015, 21:25
Mesh as cover for cooling opening: I "sewed" the large parts to the boom (pics126&127) in the same manner as in the wheel bay.
23. October 2015, 08:57
Very nice, I like that sewing method, but there is no reason and/or place to try it on 1/144 airxraft
Good job so far, mate! Very inspiring!
23. October 2015, 09:32
There's some serious modeling going on here! Great work so far. Looking forward to see the further steps.
23. October 2015, 09:41
Totally agree Benoit, and it is all, most inspiring to watch it take shape.
23. October 2015, 09:52
Today I could answer a long awaited question: will it be possible to insert the landing legs after completing the wheel bays? As usual I did not stick to the instruction because I feared that the leg would break of during detailing.
Great joy: it worked
In this place I would like to say, that GWH did good work. In an unusual manner in the original the leg is mounted with an angle to the ground. GWH provided a "nub" to get the correct angle.
25. October 2015, 19:57
Once again, fantastic attention to detail! This is going to be another incredible model Bernhard!
25. October 2015, 21:13
Thank you Mates.
Result of an good modeling day: left wing&boom is ready for painting.
Dry fitting, gluing & filling of gaps with CA, sanding and restoring of engravings & rivets: in 2 hours I was ready. As usual without putty. The "hybrid" engine (GWH and Brassin) fits very good to the nacelle.
26. October 2015, 20:06
Outstanding in every little piece of detail Bernhard. Salute. !
26. October 2015, 20:20
Bernhard, I like your philosophy and technique! "Dry fitting, gluing & filling of gaps with CA, sanding and restoring of engravings & rivets: in 2 hours I was ready. As usual without putty." Of course, to quote my good modeling friend Fred Amos, "To build a great award winning it, you need to start with a great kit." You are a master! In fact, I've stopped modeling so I can watch your work progress. I am learning so much! R/ Dutch
27. October 2015, 01:32
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28. October 2015, 19:05
Bernhard, could you please elaborate on your technique of filling gaps with CA? Isn't that too thin? Or do you add something to it?
29. October 2015, 07:59
Jan, the language of an ingeenier is a picture
Because of them I explained two variants of my technique in a sketch.
31. October 2015, 10:52
Excellent! A picture says more than a thousand words
31. October 2015, 15:15
Great way of portraying your CA method Bernhard.
31. October 2015, 22:49
"The language of an engineer is a picture" -> so true. Thanks for sharing your insights, sketches, drawings, pictures. Very instructive.
1. November 2015, 11:04
1. November 2015, 14:59
it is to follow always overwhelming your work
1. November 2015, 15:01
Thx, You are welcome.
Right wing & boom are completed. Today I did the last bits of work: drilling of the 3 recognition lights on the upper side. Well, did I not already do this? Obviously yes but on the wrong side grrrrrr! I overlooked that this was the left side but all USAF aircraft had the 3 lights on the RIGHT lower side. So there I was refilling three already finished holes. ....slowly I'm getting tired of correcting mistakes
1. November 2015, 18:51
Well Bernhard don`t give up! When I take a look at my "UHU" I know exactly what You are talking about
1. November 2015, 19:01
1. November 2015, 21:36
Bernhard, like most of us, I learned a long time ago, 'measure once, (check it), measure twice, (check it) measure again, check, CUT it. !!!
I have screwed up some major fits because I put too much faith in what I thought was correct.
Just because it appears on the model, does not automatically mean that they got it right. :-/
But nothing can take away from your build the fact that it is still a masterpiece mate.
I love it.
1. November 2015, 23:58
2. November 2015, 00:21
2. November 2015, 12:24
@Kerry: As a custom cabinet maker, I can relate! I believe the adage is: "Measure twice, cut once!" But, my personal mantra is usually; "I cut that board three times, and it is still too short!"
@Bernhard: I only wish I could build as good as you make mistakes!
2. November 2015, 12:46
It is good to know that there are a lot of people literally all over the planet who support me thru the dark times
. Today I looked for something I knew I could handle: a little bit of paint for the landing gear and a lot of paint for the lower surface of the wings
2. November 2015, 16:27
With that comment Bernhard, I am sure there is a collective smile happening all over the planet too.
Like I said on an other build.
It will be a sad day when the manufacturers of these kits make them perfect, as we would have nothing to do.
Your builds are awesome and inspirational Bernhard, and I know I love coming back and seeing what you do mate.
Top notch always.
2. November 2015, 19:05
Very nice! So funny to watch this album. Excellent work. But isn't it a bit frustrating sometimes, that most of the hard work will never be seen again…? Especially all the cabling on the motors and stuff. WoW! Keep on.
2. November 2015, 20:51
Hi Ben, I know what you mean. Ten years ago I would say: you are right but today I only amend where it is visible. If you look close you will notice that For example the ignition wires for the closed engine are half "fake": on the rear side not really fitted. And so on....Thank for the compliments anyway
2. November 2015, 21:05
" For example the ignition wires for the closed engine are half "fake": on the rear side not really fitted." .............
3. November 2015, 15:50
What knocks me again, switches and levers, the plastic build yours, I despair already on the original part of the board
3. November 2015, 16:03
Small progress: result of an airbrush session with 4 different shades of green. Ready for the second (of four) session.
5. November 2015, 16:21
The shading looks superb, subtle but prominent to right level !
6. November 2015, 09:37
Excellent post shading! That is the same technique I used on my Beaufort, and really works quite well for a mono-colour scheme. Cheers!
6. November 2015, 15:12
7. November 2015, 17:18
All good things must come to an end, and I am sure that this will be one hell of a spectacular model when that time comes, and it's been a ton of fun watching you work Bernhard.
Very well done mate.
7. November 2015, 21:38
7. November 2015, 22:08
Agreed! I think Bernhard is one of the most talented modellers I've ever seen. Can't wait to see the finished model!
8. November 2015, 17:02
A one more step in the painting saga; one wing is completed including washing. Really completed? Not really
because I noticed that the demarcation line between grey and green is not straight on the rear of the boom. This means down in the cellar again! Fortunately it was quickly repaired.
Decals: the insignia blue is correct in comparison with a true paint chip but I think that it is to dark for an weathered prototype. Aeromasters stars are actually too blue in my opinion but lighter and in summary more useable.
8. November 2015, 20:31
Bernhard, After viewing your latest advancement on the project, I am in awe of your skills. If anyone deserves the title "Master Modeler," it is you! It slowly dawned on me that you are "completing" each sub-assembly before the final assembly. By using the word "completing," I mean exactly that! While I understand completing all the interior detail prior to assembling the fuselage halves or wheel well detail prior to competing the booms, I would have thought that you would assemble the wings and booms to the fuselage, seal any cracks, replace any lost detail before the final paint and decaling. Care to elaborate on your assembly philosophy? It seemed to me that your assembly of the Westland Sea King followed a logical progression, although, on your usual level of steroids! Are you "completing" sub-assemblies because the subject (ala P-61) allows it? Or is this "the way" of master modelers? I am willing to learn. R/ Dutch
9. November 2015, 14:17
9. November 2015, 14:20
Ugly plane but a beautiful model!
The attention to detail is awesome
9. November 2015, 14:30
Im really very glad that you ask so precisely about the technique.
Indeed with this model I had to go very unusual ways. First I would tell you that I have no rigid principle how to complete a model. The type of original sets how I work. Generally I try to keep things as easy as possible. For example: it would be impossible for me to paint (airbrush) such a type of plane (P-61) in one peace: I'm not nimble enough
. Because of that I had to pain the sub assemblies separate. But don't worry: I found a safe way to glue the wings to the fuselage without damage of paint. Description will follow: I think I need two ore three days before gluing the wings. By the way: first I spent nearly one hour for preparing the contact-areas between the wings and fuselage (there is now no crack). My mounting way is safe glue-wise but it works only once: if it is crooked I can't fixed align it.
Maybe you saw that very many parts will be fit without glue (flaps, rudders and elevator). That cost a lot of time first but later the assembly is very fast. I guess the final assembly will take one or max. 2 weeks. Then all small parts have a small wire-pin for correct alignment: first put without glue, set up in the correct direction and if satisfied glue it.
The wheels are not glued yet too: if the bird stands on its three legs I will align the flat surface to the ground and glue them then.
I hope that help.
9. November 2015, 21:10
Red walkways: yesterday I though that the countless airbrush sessions in the cellar are completely over. Unfortunately wrong
Today I applied as test two red decal stripes (walkways) from the kit. After few minutes I took them off quickly. The quality of the decals made the decision easy to airbrush the walkways. Actually I'm very happy about this: after one hour I was done
I think the applying of the decals would actually take much longer
By the way: if you want to know how my airbrush place in the basement looks: see last picture
10. November 2015, 20:03
Walkways and Rest as well look brillant!
Hoffe dein Arbeitsplatz ist gut beheizt
10. November 2015, 20:13
Ja, manchmal hat der Mensch Glück: der Wärme booster ist direkt unterm Tisch. Hab schon bei -15' draußen geairbrusht und trotzdem warme Füße gehabt
10. November 2015, 20:49
A simple remedy to a complex situation, and I would expect nothing less.
10. November 2015, 23:14
Really amazing work on hat bird so far!
Just a question: Why are those walkway stripes so bright and flashy? I would think of them a little more worn and in tone with the rest of the paint. Of course ignore me if it's work in progress or the camera, and it's by no means critique. It just feels a little out of place...
11. November 2015, 11:43
Peter, I am sure you will see some alterations to the walkway strips as Bernhard will for sure, 'tone them down' just a tad so that they will blend a little more with his WIP...........................I think. !! lol
11. November 2015, 17:36
Yeah, I thought it might be WIP
kind of annoying to notice bad decals so late and having to redo a whole round of painting and filtering and whatnot...
11. November 2015, 21:37
Peter, you hit the nail right on the head.
11. November 2015, 22:16
It seems that Kerry knows me and my philosophy
. The walkways are not still complete but this is roughly what it will look like (shading of the triangles and semi matt varnish partially).
12. November 2015, 18:10
Bernhard, I was taking a punt with my comment LOL, but seeing all that wonderful 'softening' of the paint you have done all ready made me think that it would have been the next step you might say. :-/ I think. !!!
12. November 2015, 20:02
Your album is like an accident to me , I know I should not look but I can not refrain...and then I usually feel very sad in view of such perfection. This is such indescribable master art that it disqualifies all my makes, I take a bow but I will continue looking, in is just to sweet! You are my hero !
12. November 2015, 21:04
13. November 2015, 00:49
I'm honored by your praise but believe me please that I'm only human: just now I discovered to my great shock that the finished paint work on the wings and on the fuselage definitely differs by at least a shade: because I had to remix the paint due to the long building time the wings are more green and darker than the fuselage. It's too late now to fix this. So hoping for better ideas tomorrow
13. November 2015, 21:12
Put the colour difference down to the aircraft being exposed to more sunlight on one part longer than the other part. :-p
13. November 2015, 22:10
i have been looking for these lenses... where did you get them?
14. November 2015, 07:21
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15. November 2015, 13:51
15. November 2015, 14:12
Wow, you really added a lot of extra details to the model, nice job. Nice to see of how you document your project in your album.
Good work, hope to see more of it.
15. November 2015, 15:49
hope to see this bird next year on the heiden euromodellbauexpo
15. November 2015, 20:42
Hi Stephan, I'm glad to hear that you intend to visit EME 2016. Indeed I plan to visit this exhibition too and I think #720 will be there. I'm looking forward to seeing you
P.S. If all is going well you can look tomorrow for the first pictures of a half completed XP-61....
15. November 2015, 20:49
1st endassembly session: completed. Very minor trouble on the left wing.
16. November 2015, 15:15
Looking really good!
And? Assembly of the gear this evening and you Show us the finished bird tomorrow?
16. November 2015, 15:18
Moin Holger. Das wäre in Anbetracht der langen Bauzeit nachvollziehbar.) Aus Erfahrung schlau werde ich lieber nichts übers Knie brechen: ich schätze, dass es noch vier Sessions sind. Alleine die Antennen (9+2 Drahtantennen) werden wohl eine Session füllen. Heute abend gibt's Wein, Chips und einen "schlechten" Film
16. November 2015, 15:30
Wein und Chips + Film klingt doch gut!
Der Weingenuss sollte proportional zur schlechtigkeit des Filmes steigen!
16. November 2015, 15:45
Bernhard! Just beautiful!
16. November 2015, 16:35
16. November 2015, 18:21
oooh that looks good
- no need to hurry - you have time till the end of march
16. November 2015, 18:36
Which "bad" movie will it be? Don't listen to Holger - he likes "very bad" movies.
The model looks fantastic!
16. November 2015, 19:01
Fantastic job Bernhard! I am sure the end result will be spectacular!
16. November 2015, 19:23
Great what you did Bernhard, you make myself ashamed when I look at my own skills.
16. November 2015, 19:23
Hi Mates, thx for the nice comments for the half completed model. I hope, tomorrow next session and any progress-pictures.
@Bill: today is time for one of my favorite "plane movies": Rocketeer. I love this movie, I think I have watched this more than 20 times
do you know this?
16. November 2015, 19:47
16. November 2015, 20:39
16. November 2015, 22:24
@Bernhard: Yes, I know "The Rocketeer" (original US title). It reminds me so much of the comic books that I read when I was a kid. I would not think of it as a bad movie, though, I actually quite like it.
16. November 2015, 23:59
The imagination back then, of what they thought the future world was, well it was not too far off the mark. LOL.
17. November 2015, 00:59
17. November 2015, 16:01
Bill: Yes I know that the movie is based on a comic. Unfortunately I have never seen this. I must look on eBay
Kerry: your video is funny. The control panel on the suit reminds me of an old German broadcast serial from the sixties "Raumschiff Orion" (spaceship Orion). The control equipment of the bridge was made from household things such as flatiron. Was so bad that it was good again
Although I can not start yet I can land
: flaps are in position.
17. November 2015, 20:37
I have that suit... Somewhere here in a closet, I wore it for Halloween a few years ago... Although mine didn't fly, and it was actually supposed to look more like Darth Vader, but still
17. November 2015, 20:48
2nd endassembly session: ready. Cannons and left landing gear in place without problems.
By the way: it is surprising what influence a coat of paint (interior green on doors) can have. The attaching wire (0,38mm) pieces were too thick after painting and I had to enlarge the mounting holes to 0,45 mm.
18. November 2015, 21:00
19. November 2015, 19:29
19. November 2015, 20:31
3rd endassembly session ready. The bird has all legs in place and sits in the correct position (enough weightin the nose
20. November 2015, 05:22
followed a moment in silence, not because didn't want to react, but I didn't knew what to say. I still don't know it, but it is a very model you're building here, and though I will never have the same skills, it is an example... Will you add some muzzle stains at the guns?
20. November 2015, 12:53
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20. November 2015, 20:39
Hi Bernhard, pic 186 looks like the bird has "Sackratten" or "Matrosen am Mast"
21. November 2015, 06:12
Yor level of skill, bravery and patience is admirable.
21. November 2015, 14:41
21. November 2015, 15:17
I do not know how or what I should write, or could, just a dream
21. November 2015, 15:44
21. November 2015, 15:51
Only one word Bernhard.
21. November 2015, 16:33
As russians say (it's a bit of a curse word) - ахуенна! (More than "holy f*ck so good"
21. November 2015, 18:19
21. November 2015, 19:18
No one doubted that the outcome would be this good and we all was in the right. It's a marvelous masterpiece mate!
21. November 2015, 19:45
Bernhard You did it again! This is a piece of art for sure! Excellent from every point of view!
21. November 2015, 19:45
This is modelling at top level. Perfection down to the smallest detail. A piece of crafstmanschip. Awesome
21. November 2015, 21:00
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21. November 2015, 21:38
Are you going to give all of us a chance to show what we can do now Bernhard. ?? LOL
Only kidding mate.
21. November 2015, 21:49
Was fantastic watching you build this Bernhard, thanks for sharing your techniques! The end result is truly a masterpiece!
21. November 2015, 23:38
everything has already been said, making it difficult to post something that hasn't been said... wait...
Ah, here it is: "Scale model [****]!" Did I just say this?? You bet I did!
The only thing missing is a couple of outside daylight pictures with a nice back drop. And, applaus is not enough, standing ovation would be better, much better!
21. November 2015, 23:39
Following any of your builds gives us a feeling that we're still playing toys at our workbenches, while you, obviously, making models. But at the same time, your willingness to share and thorough documentation of your process give us a feeling that it's absolutelly doable! Your builds are the proof to Henry Ford's mantra that "nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs." It's not the skills we are lacking, as we think when looking at your models - it's a goddamn discipline, patience and some degree of engineering thinking!
And that is what for my congratulations go to you
Thank you again for sharing details of your progresses, as it educates us so much, and the end result, according to Guido, gives us almost a shameless joy!
22. November 2015, 04:49
Totally awesome job! It is great that you share your progress in such detail. Only looking at the finished model would not truely convey the amount of work and dedication that goes into making it. Hats off to you sir
22. November 2015, 10:13
I'm very glad (and stunned) how many of you found the description of my techniques useful. One of my important mottos is " you have half won when you have the right technique". Because of that I invest a lot of building time to think about how I do things. I will try to tell you my tricks in the next projects. Thanks for watching
22. November 2015, 10:40
22. November 2015, 11:01
Great job Bernhard! One interesting point for me is that you have installed wings after painting and attaching the decals.
22. November 2015, 11:08
Razor sharp work. Just from the photos, this seems to be one, if not the very best work you ever made in plastic modeling Bernhard!
Lift my hat my friend.
22. November 2015, 11:22
Hi Es-haq. I spent about one hour for preparing the wings (dry fitting and avoid the gps) before gluing on the fuselage. On the inner side of the wings nearly the edges I produced several "hollows" for storage of CA-glue. After applying of CA I put the wings in place. This technique I explained in a sketch in picture 158.
22. November 2015, 12:48
22. November 2015, 20:42
Your techniques are just adorable! Clean and perfect build; my congratulation to this masterpiece!
22. November 2015, 20:48
22. November 2015, 21:12
thank you for sharing your work. your work is just incredible and your gallery is just mind blowing.
23. November 2015, 00:42
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24. November 2015, 00:25
A masterpiece Bernhard, I followed this one in silence because the only things I could bring out was "ooh and aah". Great work!!
24. November 2015, 07:25
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