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World War II: Great Britain
Aircraft of Great Britain in WWII.
Hosted by Rowan Baylis
Building Revell's 1/48 Dakota
KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:21 AM GMT+7
Moving on to another technique I've seen used to great effect - foil cockpit padding !





This is a deceptively easy method to achieve a detailed surface effect and I'll store this one away in my bank of tricks for future builds !
KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:17 AM GMT+7
Thanks Drabslab, I'm looking forward to seeing yours too.

I've never detailed an engine yet but I may give it a try and add some wiring that would be visible from the front of the cowling.
The flaps on the other hand are something I've considered scratchbuilding and will probably attempt if time allows.
drabslab
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 03:42 AM GMT+7
well, my ac-47 will be a bit simpler ....

This is very interesting work, I am following it very closely.

I intend to use the eduard open landing flpas set, and am still contemplating whetehr I will upgrade the engines.

what are your plans?
KelticKnot
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 02:35 AM GMT+7

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Great work on the radio compartment. The stringers & ribs really do look quite good. As much as I do like seeing extra detail, I vote "No" on the toilet compartment, as some aspects of the interior are better left to one's imagination.



Haha, thanks Joel. I'm a little tempted to open up the doorway and invite the viewer to peek inside but I won't extend the cutaway to that section.

Speaking of which, I'm fairly certain of the area I will open up now - A small section from the middle of the cockpit windows back to behind the crew entry door, broadening into a long rectangular area all the way back to just in front of the cargo doors on the port side.
KelticKnot
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 02:25 AM GMT+7

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I missed this build when it started, but now found, I'm buckled up and enjoying the show.



Thanks Spud, I'm advancing my skills all the time so it's a lot of fun to share the journey.
Joel_W
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 08:50 AM GMT+7
Paul,
Great work on the radio compartment. The stringers & ribs really do look quite good. As much as I do like seeing extra detail, I vote "No" on the toilet compartment, as some aspects of the interior are better left to one's imagination.

Joel
Willard79
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 06:45 AM GMT+7
I missed this build when it started, but now found, I'm buckled up and enjoying the show.

Regards.
KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 04:26 AM GMT+7
Thanks Magnus, some of the detail is lacking in a crisp finish but when it gets hard to hold and manipulate such small parts you have to say "good enough !"

I've been doing a small bit most days just to keep the internal structure moving along:

magnusf
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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 - 12:34 AM GMT+7
I won't advice you on the subject of cutting open but your detailing work is first-class, love the radio operator/navigator's compartment!



Magnus
KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 11:23 PM GMT+7
Managed to get the airbrush powered up and after a bit of a touch up with brushes this led to the centre crew section being finished enough to move on for the time being.





You can see my pile of used-up stretched sprue and the lid of a box I use to throw all my cut-offs in for future re-purposing.
I'm glad to say that each of the the formers didn't need drilled out like the ones in the old Lancaster so this job was relatively pain free !
On a side note, I haven't decided whether to open up the section at the back of the aircraft which houses the toilet. I'm leaning towards a no on that one... ?

KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 12:52 AM GMT+7
Thank you Oliver, I'm going to try and get paint on it this afternoon
Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:02 PM GMT+7
Paul: Those details really look amazing. Great work!

Oliver
KelticKnot
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 08:57 PM GMT+7


All the while i'm doing this work i'm thinking about where I'll have the cutaway located. Certain details will be absent simply because I can't have them hanging in space !

For a part of the aircraft I hadn't given much thought to at the start, this crew section has provided a mass of busy looking detail which should hopefully lure in the viewer for a closer look
KelticKnot
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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:26 AM GMT+7
Moving on again !
I spent a few minutes the other day with a tea light candle, stretching various thickness's of sprue so that I've got a stock of different diameter rods to hand.
Obviously the benefit of a candle over a lighter for example, is that you have both hands free

I've a few bits and pieces made up for the radio op area which will be attached directly to the fuselage wall. These will sit in reserve until the fuselage and padded wall come into play.
so....





Next up is all the dressing up of the navigator's desk which promises to be fun.
KelticKnot
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:48 AM GMT+7

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Paul,
... Brings joy to a former DC-3 freightdog's heart.

I apologize if I am behind the conversations. One thing about the -3 is that the cowl flap controls were snugged up near the instrument panel combing along the copilots side. I recall them simple parts, could be nicely simulated with little sprue tabs.




I had to dig through google to find that detail as it wasn't in any of the photo reference I have. But then I noticed that it's kinda hinted at in the interior molding on the kit. Needless to say that stuff will see the working end of a chisel
Any further insights are most welcome!
KelticKnot
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:38 AM GMT+7

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Looks great! this area might be a good candidate for a tiny LED light...


Great idea! Shep Paine did that with his B-29.



Funnily enough, a fibre optic wiring loom happened to arrive in the post today
I'll definitely turn one strand into the navigator's lamp but the others i'm not sure of yet.
The landing lamps on the wings are tempting candidates....
KelticKnot
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:35 AM GMT+7
First of all, many thanks everyone. This encouragement helped me take giant leaps of faith with the Lanc and I value it just as much here !
RussellE
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 08:45 AM GMT+7
Paul, I loved what you did with your 1/48 Lanc and can't wait to see what you do with your Dakota!

So far those cheques you've been writing have definitely been handled by your amazing scratch building skills! Wow!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 03:35 AM GMT+7
Paul,

Your work amazes me. Excellence you create. Just found this post so catching up. Brings joy to a former DC-3 freightdog's heart.

I apologize if I am behind the conversations. One thing about the -3 is that the cowl flap controls were snugged up near the instrument panel combing along the copilots side. I recall them simple parts, could be nicely simulated with little sprue tabs.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 03:22 AM GMT+7

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Looks great! this area might be a good candidate for a tiny LED light...


Great idea! Shep Paine did that with his B-29.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 03:16 AM GMT+7

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From what I remember of all those early kits, they had raised panel lines



This kit did when I built it c.1984. However, this runs into the conundrum of authentic and accurate vs CW of modeling. DC3/C47 was festooned with raised rivets. The raised panel lines are thus more authentic than recessed lines. Recessed lines are easier to work with but when I build these subjects, I leave the lines pn, FWIW
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:29 AM GMT+7
Paul -

I always enjoy following your builds and this one is no exception- keep it up
please !

Cheers -Richard
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:22 AM GMT+7
Paul,
Now that's detailing at it's finest for sure. All those hydraulic lines really give one the sense of a very busy area. And your scratch build electrical equipment is up to your usual standards.

Looking forward to your next update.

Joel
KelticKnot
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Posted: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 02:59 AM GMT+7
Thank you Thomas !

Here's the finished hydraulics system. It's nowhere nearly as complex or detailed as the real thing but the idea is to make things look busy to the eye and :

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Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 09:52 PM GMT+7
Great work Paul, really love your scratched details!

Very well done so far and the use of sprues act fine, keep on that good job.

Thomas