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c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 04:18 PM UTC
Jeff, Oliver my thanks gents for your kind appraisal of my work. It was a really fun build that required me to think about how I was going to use the aftermarket parts as they weren't made for this kit. It should come in handy in the future if I need to modify aftermarket parts to fit a particular kit.
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 02:43 PM UTC
Joe,

Looked through my P-40 "In WWII color" book of an AVG bird, and the interior of the wheel wells look to be either interior green or a dirty chromate green.

Regarding Mr Surfacer 500. I've used lacquer thinner after it has dried more than sanding. I use a real "Q-tip" plain label ones don't seem to hold up too well for some reason. I dip in the lacquer thinner and then wick off the excess on an old shirt rag. Then work about a half inch (1.5 cm) section of the dried putty. I use the opposite side of the Q-tip to act kind like sand paper. I tend to go over the entire area this way until you can see where it needs work and where not. If you have concerns about the plastic, as I did while learning, you can always mask off the area. Take care not to let the lacquer thinner go under the tape! If it does, remove, wipe and continue. Takes time but well worth it. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area, or with a respirator, or both! Safety first!!

There is also a good video on using Mr. Surfacer on You Tube. There is a gap filled on Tamiya's Betty that is very good at this technique.

Hope this helps. I do like the cockpit!

John
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 02:28 PM UTC
Greetings all,

Wow what a lot of really nice looking builds here! Robert, nice looking Ki-84, and really like the work done on Oliver's build. Rodney, followed your Tamiya Raiden and Ki-84 builds, look forward to this one as well.

So I've been a little busy myself. After looking through the kit and test fitting it, which is quite nice, I opted to go with the kits cockpit and save the True Details for another build.

First up was to get the interior base color to match a restored Ki-27 pictures, sort of a dark grey blue color. Many put around an intermediate blue to hull grey. I chose to black base the parts and then using intermediate blue got to a color I thought was right. Had to hit it twice with the blue to get there, but I'm happy with it. Next I got use some Airscale Japanese instrument decals cut out using a Waldron punch. Two birds, one stone thing for me as I've really not put the punch set to use much, and have really wanted to try the decals. These look first rate when snuggled down.



So excited was I that I got out the dull coat and brushed over them to dull the panel. As this reddish color began to spread over the instrument panel I realized my error. Always seal your decals!



Ah the short lived joy. Undaunted, I got my Prismacolor cream pencil and reworked the panel. I wasn't to upset as once in the fuselage it will barely be seen. The rest of the cockpit parts were done in black and then sprayed with Alclad polished aluminum. A bit shinny, but I think it'll bounce the light around to better see the inside. To wrap up the cockpit I used some Eduard belts fastened with some five minute epoxy. Spartan, overall yet convincing.





I got the remaining parts painted for the bird except the wheels. The canopy came away well, though while trying a new technique I read about here, I scratched the back. Fortunately the sliding portion will cover it up. I'll stick with my old way of removing a vac-u-formed canopy, but the technique has a lot of promise for mold applications.



More to follow soon. Thoughts, comments, critiques are always welcome! Enjoy

John
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 08:23 AM UTC
Robert Jan: Outstanding finish of Your built. I just love the weathered look of it!

Nicolas: Your Hawk comes along very nice! Your Camo seems to be spot on.

Joe: Very tiny and sublte work in the cockpit. Truly eyecatching!

Chris: Congrats on your finished built. The weathering looks real cool! Nice Zero!

Oliver
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 08:27 AM UTC
Joe,

I've used lacquer thinner on a cotton swab (Q-tip) to clean off Mr. Surface even after it's dry. If you're careful not to over do it, the plastic should be fine.

Michael
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
Joined: February 28, 2014
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 06:06 AM UTC
Chris,

Excellent weathering on that Zero.
That looks really nice.
TmHippo
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United States
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Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 03:30 AM UTC
Lots of awesome planes being worked on in this campaign !!! Well i have gotten my parts trees washed and hope to start work this week on my Ki 43 I


c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 05:39 PM UTC
Joe lend lease aircraft for the RAF were painted in American equivalent RAF colours so the wheel wells should be RAF interior green, which is similar to chromate green I believe.
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 04:41 PM UTC

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i didn't get a response so if i may i will repeat my request
first does anyone know what color should the AVG p-40b wheel wells should be? can't find any photos or documentation. also if any of you out there use mr dissolved putty or mr surfacer 500 to fill wing roots and seams what do you use to clean up the excess around the join with out damage to the plastic? i tried nailpolish remover and rubbing alcohol.

thanks- joe



Joe, try enamel/laquer thinner (while it is fresh) - but once the putty/surfacer dried hard normally it's impossible to remove with a solvent. For the wheel wells of a P-40 I'm not sure but should be the same color as the whole underside/-carriage.
Thomas

btw: nice work on that ancient kit, you are going to overcome the issues...



thanks Thomas. i have made some more progress since i last posted. do you mean plain enamel thinner? lacquer would melt the plastic. i have wedged some plastic strip in the wing/fuselage gap i just need to sand it smooth and fill any holes with the dissolved putty. i will try the enamel thinner.
the underside will be light grey, the monogram directions call for interior green wheel wells and the academy kit i have says chromate yellow.not sure what british aircraft were painted
joe
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 02:39 PM UTC
I'm officially calling this one done! I've put the finishing touches on her and she looks more or less like I envisioned. Here a few pics of her now to put some up in the gallery.













goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 04:20 AM UTC

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i didn't get a response so if i may i will repeat my request
first does anyone know what color should the AVG p-40b wheel wells should be? can't find any photos or documentation. also if any of you out there use mr dissolved putty or mr surfacer 500 to fill wing roots and seams what do you use to clean up the excess around the join with out damage to the plastic? i tried nailpolish remover and rubbing alcohol.

thanks- joe



Joe, try enamel/laquer thinner (while it is fresh) - but once the putty/surfacer dried hard normally it's impossible to remove with a solvent. For the wheel wells of a P-40 I'm not sure but should be the same color as the whole underside/-carriage.
Thomas

btw: nice work on that ancient kit, you are going to overcome the issues...
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 03:38 AM UTC
i didn't get a response so if i may i will repeat my request
first does anyone know what color should the AVG p-40b wheel wells should be? can't find any photos or documentation. also if any of you out there use mr dissolved putty or mr surfacer 500 to fill wing roots and seams what do you use to clean up the excess around the join with out damage to the plastic? i tried nailpolish remover and rubbing alcohol.

thanks- joe
BoiseBlade
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Idaho, United States
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 02:53 PM UTC
While looking for something for the ETO western front campaign I ran across this in one of my garage cabinets.
I did not even remember having this one.
So I am joining in with this doing it with Burma markings.
TmHippo
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United States
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:37 PM UTC
Hello Fellow Modeler's

I will throw my hat into another air campaign ( this time I will be sure to upload the photos into the campaign folder!!! I fail to do that on the four campaign 😁 Lesson learned )
Well, for this one I will do a Japanese Nakajima Ki43I Hayabusa ( Oscar) flown by the ace Msgt Satoshi Ababuki the highest scoring Oscar polit!
This particular plane was also flown by Lt Shigeru Nakazaki.
Both pilots belonged to the 50th Sentai, 3rd Chutai , stationed i Toungoo Burma January 1943.
This aircraft was also named " Fubuki" ( snowstorm)

john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 02:20 PM UTC
Hi all,

I've been watching from the sidelines since this campaign started and I must say that there are some nice builds here! It also seems that the Japanese are a little underrepresented. So I'm tossing my hat in the ring with Hasegawa's 1/48 KI-27. Planning to do one that spent some time in Malaya.

The kit is from the molds created by Mania and is quite a nice kit still. Hasegawa bought the molds and true to their form has made many reissues. I have a True Details cockpit set, but may hold off on using it for this one. Depends how the seat and instruments turn out. I also plan to use a Squadron canopy to open things up.



I plan to do it in field applied camouflage, and paint the insignia as well...



With a low parts count and some good research I'm pretty optimistic on the outcome!
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 04:00 PM UTC
forgot the wheel well photo
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 03:53 PM UTC
some great builds so far here. robert jan nice chipping job i would like to know how you did it.

my progress has been slow. in fact i was thinking of dropping out because i didn't like how the build was going. the old revell p-40 kit was/is giving me some trouble but i decided to pick it up again. i have made some progress
i swapped out the kit cockpit for a legend pit.i removed the molded in shoulder harness from the seat as you can see since the p-36 and early p-40's didn;t have them



i also boxed in the wheel wells and added some structure.
can anyone tell me what color paint should the wheel wells for this craft should be? interior green, zinc chromate yellow, or british interior grey green like i painted the cockpit? i need to paint them first before the camo.
also as you can see in the photos i have quite a gap at the wing root. i am going tofill it with some strip plastic and then i plan to use either mr dissolved putty or mr surfacer 500 to smooth it out. for those of you who use these what do you all use to clean up the excess? obviously lacquer thinner is no good since it will melt the plastic. i tried rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover with not much success.

thanks for any help- joe
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 01:24 PM UTC

Spitfire Cockpit is completed and ready to install in fuselage.




Seen here with it's ETO campaign brother:

Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 08:52 PM UTC
My spitfire builds have begun







I will throw an occasional post in the campaign thread after this, updating progress, but my build thread will contain pretty much everything I do.
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 07:28 PM UTC
Well I have kind of made a start on my Spitfire.
I am building both Eduard spitfires from the combo kit together as part of this and the ETO campaign, and have started a build log here.
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
Joined: September 22, 2016
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Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:09 AM UTC
Progress on my P-47D:

The wheels:

CBI-4

The propeller:
CBI-5

Base color for the cockpit:
CBI-3
nico37
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Indre-et-Loire, France
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Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 01:47 AM UTC
Hi all,

many good things arpound there since the last day i came !

SpeedyJ: i really love what you've done to wear out yours !

Well, here are my progress on my P-40, it's close to end, some more pics will be avalaible soon (weathering near to be finished)









cheers
nico
SpeedyJ
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Bangkok, Thailand / ไทย
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:48 PM UTC
Thanks for the compliments, but it's still a work in progress.

MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 02:40 AM UTC
Beautiful job Robert Jan!

Michael
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 02:23 AM UTC
Robert Jan A really crackin' build! Awesome chipping and weathering job. Now the canopy looks a bit too new.
Thomas