Munkyslut Started on the cockpit......... I know it's only 1/32 but for my fat simian fingers these cockpit components are very fiddly & a pain in the arse
Had a go at weathering the seat & airframe sections with different shades of green, photo is shit so doesn't show it at all!
The included instruments decal I expected to go behind the instrument panel but it goes on the outside.......... does it work easy? I was thinking of chucking the decals & dry brushing the instruments instead.
15. November, 18:43
Roland Gunslinger I had some problems with especially the seat suspension, too. I would recommend to cut the instrument decals into small pieces.
15. November, 18:50
Munkyslut Yeah that intricate frame behind the seat was a time consuming fiddle, mainly cos I had found a couple of them snapped before I'd even got them off the sprue's.
I'll think about the instrument panel but I think your right Roland
15. November, 22:46
Munkyslut Instrument panel decals applied, took loads of softener to get it to sink in to the panel reliefs, not sure if I like the results or not, expected a better way of doing it.
Maybe this is where aftermarket & PE parts come in to play? I'll look next time.
Munkyslut Jockey wheel & cockpit fitted in to fuselage & the 2 halves glued together. Didn't fit quite as nice as I thought they might but only minor clamping & taping to get the gaps right
I like it when I have a complete fuselage, like a milestone!
17. November, 14:53
Munkyslut Oh & I haven't installed Eddie on purpose, I didn't forget........... I'm going to have him sitting on the wing & standing by the prop when I've finished demonising him a little more
17. November, 14:54
Roland Gunslinger Okay, good that you mentioned it. Because Eddie wouldn't fit in with the pedals so easily afterwards. At least it was like that for me.
17. November, 14:57
Munkyslut Good progress today! Wing upper & lower halves glued together & both main assemblies attached together, lower nose panel installed too.
Took a fair bit of sanding away material on the right hand join where the wing meets the fuselage below the cockpit, there was a gap about 3mm. Plenty of clamping & patience & it seems to have paid off. I'll give it a day to cure properly before I start sanding & filling the top centre line of the fuselage. It's not too bad so should only take a little while.
All the wing tips, rudders, tail fin & flaps are glued & ready too.
18. November, 14:06
Munkyslut Only real problem I've had with the moulding so far has been the lower half of the wings.
You can see here where the plastic hasn't got right in to the mould properly & left a void.
It's also warped at the edge where it joins the fuselage, still has a 1mm gap even after loads of heat & clamps.
It's annoying but just means a little filling & sanding, still a huge improvement over my Airfix experiences
18. November, 16:29
Munkyslut Wing tips, ailerons, flaps, tail fin & rear wings installed, now it looks like a Spit
Filled & sanded the fuselage joins so ready for primer later today once the lie has cured.
I love paint, my favourite part of the build!
20. November, 12:13
Munkyslut Laid down a few coats of Tamiya light grey primer last night, just sprayed Tamiya Ocean Grey over that.
I'm going to mix the colours & decals between the Stage Version & the Aces High Version.
I really like he ocean grey & green camo, I also love that yellow stripe across the leading edge of the wings, so I'm going to combine the band decals with that livery & maybe swap a few decals here & there.
21. November, 13:44
Munkyslut Couple of coats of Revell acrylic Sky applied to the underside.......... I like it but now I'm thinking the Ocean Grey on the upper side looks too dark!
Why's life so hard?
...... & no I didn't forget to fill that gap by the wing join, I just wanted to test the colour first
22. November, 21:32
Roland Gunslinger Nice progress
Unfortunately, it cannot be determined from the picture whether the colors are correct. If you can even speak of „correct" in a fantasy airplane
22. November, 21:41
Munkyslut Thanks Roland, I'm fairly happy with it so far
Yeah you're right, it's difficult, there's a good amount of artistic license that can be applied to this.
Its more about what looks better than what is technically & historically correct.
22. November, 23:11
Nathan Dempsey Wow Munky, you are really moving on this build! Looking good too
23. November, 00:11
Munkyslut Canopy frame painted & glued on, easy to mask up when it's bigger......... how do you mates manage with 1/144 ffs????