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Discuss WWII and the era directly before and after the war from 1935-1949.
TBD-1 Midway Ens. George Gay
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Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 01:29 PM GMT+7
Perfect look👀! Thanks Chris!
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Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 09:46 AM GMT+7
Hi Patrick not to sure how to achieve this but solvents will soften the plastic to allow you to bend it but using a hair dryer or heat gun will allow you to apply heat better than an open flame. As to prop damage check out this P-47 that struck a lake while strafing ....now that's low!

p47-prop-1024x566 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
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Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 03:45 AM GMT+7
Well the base is built and the interior painted and 1/8th inch of resin water is hardening. Only 23 more to go! I am not sure how many gallons it is going to take but I think I need a 55 gallon drum of resin and hardener.

Also the wing root has been glued in place and the seam is filled. Just need to sand...

Photos to follow!

Also, anyone have any tips on how to curl the ends of the prop as if it has hit water? I know heat will do it but if someone has a photo of said damaged prop, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks! Your comments and advice are always welcome!
pnance26
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Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 07:26 AM GMT+7
well, well, it has been a while and might be a while longer at this rate. Summer is upon us and all the attendant miseries plus a new change back to the old schedule of 4 on/3 off makes for a dull change.

Little plastic progress has been made but I did buy an 18 gauge brad nailer so that I may get the base started and ordered a gallon of EnviroTex Lite to start pouring water. I am thinking I need about 3.5 inches minimum and can do only 1/8th of an inch every three days so you do the math. It might take three months just to pour the water with the nose embedded in the final 1.5". Should be interesting!

Hope everyone else is having a great summer! Talk to you all soon!

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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 06:59 AM GMT+7
Well, you are generous with your comments, but the truth is I belong to a great group of modelers here in the NW that make it a habit of helping other modelers out all the time. We just make it a habit of paying it forward when we can. There are many others on Kitmaker that do the same- one reason it's my favorite-- and many here have done the same for me here.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 06:10 AM GMT+7
This Russ Bucy guy is one helluva guy! Always with lots of good advice and tips! I don't think I have ever had anyone in the modeling hobby be so generous with help and I know he will always answer a question.

And on that note, I won't be working for the next three weeks on the project as I have work, then a week with my son in Memphis and Little Rock, come back and go back to work. Next available bench day will be way off in June... maybe the 9th! But I will be cruising the shops of Memphis and LR if anyone has any suggestions!

Cheers! I will be looking in! Good luck with all that you are doing!
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 03:50 PM GMT+7
Patrick-- See the PM I sent you-- bottom line, Pledge with Future is the same as the old Future. It can be dipped or sprayed, I never thin it, but others do with distilled water-- but I find this unnecessary-- Future is self leveling-- but dries quickly-- you can avoid drips and sags by wicking off the excess with a paper towel. If you screw up, just strip it with household ammonia-- but never spray ammonia through your airbrush as it can damage chrome and corrode brass. I prefer lacquer thinner, but you can use water if you clean right after applying. It can also be stripped with Windex-- it just takes a little longer. Some decal solutions will leave a white residue on Future-- not to fear, just apply a second coat of Future, it will disappear.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:40 AM GMT+7
I need help!

I have discovered that "FUTURE" is no longer manufactured but that Pledge (who bought the brand) makes a similar product.

Will this work for dipping canopies and how about that "Future" finish people like to spray on their finished models?
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 03:44 PM GMT+7
Patrick-- looking good! I like Milliput for molding stuff too-- it dries rock hard in a few hours, and works great in simulating cloth and thin materials like towels, canvas, and pockets, just roll it flat on a sheet of kitchen wax paper with a drop or two of water to break the surface tension on the paper-- it's amazing how thin you can get it, and still have it be durable. You can add detailed like pockets on the life raft or clothing articles too. As a side note, I had an elderly neighbor (funny me saying that as some would consider my 64 years as "elderly") with a leak in her kitchen sink drain-- yep it works underwater just like they said it does-- I used half a tube of Milliput and smoothed it right into the joint that was leaking-- fixed it until a plumber could get there 3 days later-- he asked what the heck was holding the sink together! I had to explain Milliput to him-- he'd never heard of anything like it.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 09:32 AM GMT+7
Doing some filling and sanding... and just sort of musing.

First try with Milliput to make the life raft. This stuff is very interesting!
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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 06:25 AM GMT+7

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Wow, I can't remember the last time I saw a propellant can. So horrible to paint with.



Really? I use them frequently for nonspecific stuff! Nothing wrong with it, IMHO.

In fact, I know lots of people who use them and since I now have a vented paint booth, I don't have a problem with it at all!



have to agree. saves a lot of time and hassel.
joe
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 06:03 PM GMT+7

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Wow, I can't remember the last time I saw a propellant can. So horrible to paint with.



Really? I use them frequently for nonspecific stuff! Nothing wrong with it, IMHO.

In fact, I know lots of people who use them and since I now have a vented paint booth, I don't have a problem with it at all!



You can also decant spray paint, and spray it through your airbrush. This has given me additional options when it comes to Tamiya paints-- as some of their colors are only available in spray cans.
VR, Russ



Did it with that very can to do touch up!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 05:04 PM GMT+7

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Wow, I can't remember the last time I saw a propellant can. So horrible to paint with.



Really? I use them frequently for nonspecific stuff! Nothing wrong with it, IMHO.

In fact, I know lots of people who use them and since I now have a vented paint booth, I don't have a problem with it at all!



You can also decant spray paint, and spray it through your airbrush. This has given me additional options when it comes to Tamiya paints-- as some of their colors are only available in spray cans.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 04:44 PM GMT+7

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Wow, I can't remember the last time I saw a propellant can. So horrible to paint with.



Really? I use them frequently for nonspecific stuff! Nothing wrong with it, IMHO.

In fact, I know lots of people who use them and since I now have a vented paint booth, I don't have a problem with it at all!
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 01:17 PM GMT+7
Wow, I can't remember the last time I saw a propellant can. So horrible to paint with.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 08:31 AM GMT+7
I have been able to get a bit more organiazed... unfortunately, acquiring a paint rack means another LHS has bit the dust. Ed and LInda Gordon closed Trains, ETC. here in Tehachapi. They were mainly a choo-choo store but they also stocked paints, adhesives and tools. They both are pushing 70 and after trying to sell the store for 5 years, they closed the doors on Sunday. So sad to see another icon of Tehachapi closed. I bought the Tamiya paint rack and the rest of the Tamiya inventory. I also brought my ladder and tools to take down the sign at closing time on Sunday. Sniff, sniff... good luck Ed and Linda!

But as such, I was able to make some space and get back to the project at hand. I had to paint the arresting hook before closing up the fuselage. I was dry fitting the wing root and besides it being too narrow, I also found a gaping hole where the tail of the torpedo sits inside the fuselage. So I fixed that and also boxed in some very empty wheel wells.

All went in for airplane base color. Felt good to be spray paint.




The paint will dry into a flat green.

Also, I was faced with no hot water source in my workshop except to ferry it out in a thermos... until I discovered the old coffee maker... repurposed into a rattle can heater! Just run a pot of water through and voila! You have smooth spraying paint!


Your comments and criticisms are always welcome!

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Posted: Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 06:01 AM GMT+7
Here we are back again... 4 weeks married tomorrow and been sort of piddling on and off with workspace. It is also spring and that means about 6 hours to mow and trim and edge this acre of land... so...

I want to show you that this kit is not what everyone says of GWH... they have fit issues but nothing that cannot be repaired except for one.

First the cockpit needs filled on both sides...


Rear elevator removed... have an idea how to rebuild with BD...


And the first real problem... the opening for the wing plate is about an 1/8 to 1/4" too small... so I will be shaving the wing plate to make it fit...


So there has been progress.

I also bought a balsa wood kit and will use the construction ideas as a way to replicate the elevators and the stabilizer damage (I hope). I plan on building a balsa frame then cover with tissue, then cover with BMF then another layer of tissue, then damage and paint. Any comments about that idea? Will post photos as they happen. Will be working on this Tuesday and Wednedsay before work starts again!

Your comments and criticisms are always welcome!
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 09:44 AM GMT+7
Congrats Patrick! It's a boon when your wife accepts your hobby and supports what you do. I have my own best friend and soul mate been together 30 years, married for 26, two kids who are even more enthusiastic about what I do than their mum (all three are fantastic artists) but their eyes glaze over if I try to tell them about the actual subject LOL.

There will be periods of slow down for the usual reasons (kids etc) but I've found that for me this hobby is the one very enduring things in my life. I look forward to seeing more of your project when you get back to the table. Good luck buddy the journey has only just begun in all respects!
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:11 PM GMT+7
Patrick- congratulations! Best of luck to you both. Enjoy the journey .

Richard
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 03:46 PM GMT+7
Patrick,
Congratulations again! Always remember family comes first-- but it's great your future bride also supports your hobby. Sometimes wives and girlfriends are great sounding boards-- I frequently have to ask my wife about shades of color, since I'm ever so slightly colorblind (certain shades of blue and brown). She never fails to give good advice about my work, or asks the hard questions when she doesn't understand what I'm trying to do. So treasure her and again, congratulations on the upcoming event. The TBD project will still be on the bench when you get back to it.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 02:41 PM GMT+7
A few more lessons today...

Part D21, when installed as indicated, prevents the fuselage halves from mating. However, the part, when installed where it logically goes, in the cockpit just aft of the front bulkhead, is perfect.

And whomever said the kit had few fit issues was wrong! As you can see, the gap between the top plate of the cockpit and the fuselage side has a big gap which I filled and sanded... needs more sanding obviously but I just wanted to make sure the gap was filled.


The front will take some sanded of the cockpit floor in order to allow the front to close completely.


I think (at least I hope) all this will take is pressure to close.


And all that effort in the cockpit just goes away! But we all know it's there, right?


Well, that may be all for the week as the GF of 6 years and fiance of 1.5 years finally decided we should get married next Monday with just family in attendance.

Be back soon, as a married man, who has a friend and soulmate for life! We are both lifelong career Paramedics and she likes my hobbies as well, so all is good in Patrickland!

Your comments and criticisms are always welcome!
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 04:13 AM GMT+7
Thanks to Russ Bucy (Kevlar06) for the life raft photos!

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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 02:01 PM GMT+7
Well Russ there are lots of holes in the AAR by Ens. Gay but the movie definitely has it wrong that he was floating in a cushion as he says he had a raft!

Thanks for the thoughts!
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:47 PM GMT+7
Patrick,
Was thinking about this yesterday-- note in the photo of the life raft I sent in your email that the guy in the raft is using the case for the raft as a hat. Ok, it's labeled a "Pararaft Case". I think what that means is the pilot sat on the para-raft, as part of the parachute pack. I don't know what Ensign Gay said about his "seat cushion" but it strikes me that TBDs, like most Navy aircraft at the time, probably didn't have "seat cushions" but used a seat tray that the parachute sat in.
VR, Russ
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 12:25 PM GMT+7
Thanks! Today was a cold, crappy, foggy day so little done!

But I spent 15 minutes looking at some battle damage and drilling out an area.