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OFFICIAL: The Night Shift Campaign
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 08:55 PM UTC

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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
TotemWolf
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Sunday, October 01, 2017 - 06:03 AM UTC
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.

Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 02:37 AM UTC
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
TotemWolf
#288
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 03:05 AM UTC

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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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Texas, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 - 10:19 AM UTC
Robert, thanks for the information it helps a lot.

Bob
TotemWolf
#288
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 02:51 AM UTC
Well a got the canopy replaced and got all the interior colors sprayed. Now I can prime and start the paint job.
TotemWolf
#288
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 06:40 AM UTC
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.
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 08:04 PM UTC
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
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 02:00 AM UTC
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
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 - 09:19 PM UTC
I'm in with Tamiya's Mosquito NF Mk.II:



It's the radar equipped all black RS*B.
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Friday, November 03, 2017 - 10:30 AM UTC
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.



macotra4
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 02:00 AM UTC
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..

c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:53 PM UTC
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
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
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

TotemWolf
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Oklahoma, United States
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Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 09:19 PM UTC
I'm calling this one done. I may build a base for it later next year, but that's for then.







rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 04:34 AM UTC
Thats an excellent black widow Totem !

Congratulations on a fine work
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 10:45 AM UTC
Wow, I haven't commented since Nov 3, and the site has kicked this thread off of my "My Posts" list. I finished up my TBM and F-16C for a couple of other campaigns, so I can work on this, my ANZAC and maybe even finish up my hanger queen in the next 2 weeks.
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 01:37 AM UTC
Just a quick post of a few engine photos from my Gekko build







Waiting for some PE seat belts to arrive so I can complete the cockpit and interiors. Will post progress then.

Cheers
Pedro
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 08:07 AM UTC
I am back in swing on my F6F-5N finally.
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Friday, December 22, 2017 - 11:07 PM UTC
Ahah Bob, better late than never so get that beauty going!

Cheers
Pedro
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:18 PM UTC
So I've got tired of waiting for the postman to deliver those darn PE seat belts and decided to go ahead with gluing all cockpit components followed by the kits's halves.
The seats aren't glued pending the missing seat belts to arrive.

This kit as been a lot of fun and also some learning, which definitely is what rocks my boat

Here's the usual pics


























looking at this photo became apparent that there is a seam line to be scrapped, not visible on the naked eye

Cheers
Pedro
rochaped
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Lisboa, Portugal
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 07:59 PM UTC
Hi Everyone,

a last update before painting the overall green...



glued the back on the engine nacelles to the wings so that the camouflage painting goes easier, and to do so i had to reorder the exhaust pipes construction steps.
Therefore removed the pipes and sanded the contours to a more in scale depth.


The pipes are glued to the buffers that will only be applied last




Seatbealts put in place (at last!).

The fuselage-wing joining was trouble free and almost no putty is required in all construction... very much what we expect from Tamiya engineering.

Next update will the the completed model.

Cheers
Pedro
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 12:13 AM UTC
Pedro, great looking cockpit.

Meanwhile continuing with Mosquito. It's quite typical 1990's Tamiya: everything fall together nicely, but there are some design decisions I don't really like. Mainly decal seatbelts look quite bad. I hope canopy will restrict visibility (I'm doing this OOB)



mrockhill
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 02:32 AM UTC
I guess it's time to roll up the sleeves and get to work on this campaign. With such a wide variety of builds going on I dodont feel to bad bringing another F6F-5N into the fray, my selection being Eduard's 1/72 weekend edition. Most likely I will build as the 20mm cannon equipped box art subject of VMF(N)-542 on Okinawa may 1945. It will look nice on the shelf next to the 1/72 Zeroes I've been working on!

I have a couple quickboost goodies coming to spruce up the engine and the droptank. Also some seatbelts for the cockpit, which otherwise needs little improvment.

The sharp eyed will notice my phone says it's a balmy 9 degrees F (-13C) so there will be model building today and not much else!!!
macotra4
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 09:53 PM UTC
And some update on the insides. I did some research on the color used on interior and i came up with using two different ones: interior green and green zinc chromate.