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john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC
Great finish Lap! I never knew they made a trainer version of the FW-190, very interesting indeed!

Chris, love the paint job on the AT-6. Mark, Jan and Vance, I know you can do it!

Bob, hopefully you'll be back in the saddle again soon! Love your builds!
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 02:14 PM UTC
Thanks for the extension! I'm still waiting on my masks to arrive they are unfortunately the vinyl montex masks as they were the only option I could find at the time for the Monogram/Revell 1/48 T-6 Texan.

I've mostly completed the paint work and started decaling it'll make painting the canopy a lot more difficult but I wasn't going to wait around for the masks. So here's where I'm at for now and I hope to have her completed as soon as possible.

IMG_2232 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2233 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2234 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

tread_geek
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 03:09 AM UTC

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Hi All,

Based on your feedback regarding an extension, I've asked Michael t extend the deadline to July 1, 2019. But that will be it! So, get the incubator warmed up and get em hatched!!

John



Thank you very much John! A most gracious and appreciated decision/favour/ruling. Been working on cleaning up a few pesky seams with the hope of 'maybe' finishing by the original deadline but it was plainly evident that that would have been a wishful dream.

Thanks again,
--Jan
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 05:13 PM UTC
Hi All,

Based on your feedback regarding an extension, I've asked Michael t extend the deadline to July 1, 2019. But that will be it! So, get the incubator warmed up and get em hatched!!

John
vanize
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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 04:48 AM UTC

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Focke-Wulf Fw190 S8 finished.




Looks great! that's another rare topic.
eMan
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Hong Kong S.A.R. / 繁體
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:59 PM UTC
Focke-Wulf Fw190 S8 finished.


Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:54 AM UTC
Everyone here has done such a great job on their buijlds. I have enjoyed myself, but will need to bow out due to life getting in the way again.

Bob
vanize
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:05 AM UTC
My progress over the last few days - wings, elevators, and control surfaces on. the ailerons were a couple mm thicker than the wings, so a significant amount of thinning of the former was required. Same with the rudder.



Here is a closeup of the cockpit w/o seats, which is not particularly amazing, but I intend to have closed canopies on this one so didn't feel like investing in upgrades for this area:



now it is time to get some weight in the conveniently located forward hatch Trumpeter decided to add for us and get the interior of the intake trunk smoothed out (think i'll be using epoxy putty for that). After that i need to install the wing pylons, ejection seats, instrument panel covers, and fit the canopies before priming.
md72
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 06:08 AM UTC
I AM making progress, just not enough.


A little extra time would be nice.
tread_geek
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC

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Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.

Don't forget to upload finished photos in the gallery!
...
John



Well, seeing that you've mentioned it and due to being plagued by domestic distractions lately, work at the modelling workbench on my Vampire has been sadly stuck at the painting prep stage. The build was coming along quite nicely prior to all the interruptions and as the old adage implies "haste can make waste" so perhaps a modest extension (15-30 days?) would indeed be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
--Jan
eMan
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM UTC
Progress update.




vanize
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 05:12 AM UTC

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I also discovered that the square (red on port wing, white on starboard wing) were actually representative of the test strips used early in the war to detect if chemical weapons were being used. A real, and understandable concern at the time. A neat little fun fact, and pretty cool that Flashback included it in the decals.


Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.




Nice work! I think short run kits of rare subject matter are pretty keen.

I personally think the camo colors look ideal, but it is entirely possible I'm not seeing them on my monitor the way you are seeing them at home. Also keep in mind that P-40 colors are generally American equivalent colors, so it is 100% correct for them to be different shades than on a british-built machine.

As for an extension, I'm hoping to have my FT-6 ready for paint by this weekend, but of course it being a holiday weekend, i'll be lucky to get much painting done before monday evening. I MIGHT be able to pull off the pakistani 2-tone grey camo scheme I was intending to do by June 1st, but a little extra time would probably result in a less-rushed job of it. Of course I could just go with the all-white chinese scheme and be done by the current deadline...
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
Greetings All!

This one is done! I was surprised that once I closed up the fuselage, the kit fell together in about three hours. I did try a new thing with spatted wheels, which was to paint the wheels post underside painting. This didn't work as smoothly as I'd hoped, so won't be doing that again!

So following all the times spent putting on the Airscale instrument decals, they really are difficult to see, unless you're really trying to see them.



Painting was pretty straight forward, undersides were Tamiya XF-3 Flat yellow.



The uppers were done with Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green (RAF), and Mr. Color 22, Dark Earth, all paints were diluted with Mr. Leveler thinner 1:4. I did free hand the Scheme A, temperate, I think it did ok, though for my AVG P-40, I'll be mixing different colors, as these seem a bit bright to my eye. Then again it was a trainer, kept in near pristine condition.











I used the kit decals, which appear to be made by Eduard, and they performed flawlessly. I did the markings for T9752 of No. 312 Squadron (Czechoslovak) RAF, Martlesham Heath, 1941.

I also discovered that the square (red on port wing, white on starboard wing) were actually representative of the test strips used early in the war to detect if chemical weapons were being used. A real, and understandable concern at the time. A neat little fun fact, and pretty cool that Flashback included it in the decals.

This was a really fun build, and it's been a while since doing a short run kit. I can recommend it to any modeler with a few kits under their belt. Great fits, nice PE, and great decals. I found mine on eBay for 20 USD delivered about 2 years ago. So, if you can find it, don't pass it up!!

Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.

Don't forget to upload finished photos in the gallery!

Off to my P-40B! Take care, and have fun!

John
b17-peter
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Hessen, Germany
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:59 AM UTC
Well done, Franck, congrats and interesting scheme!
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:50 AM UTC
Finished !





md72
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 04:46 AM UTC
Ah Crud. My update didn't take last night. I'll never be that eloquent again.
Got some of the clean up work done, and started painting the interior bits. Hoping to hint at doped linen in the cockpit, below unpainted aluminum for the cowling top.

Trying several new things on this build, besides the rigging. Usually I just heat up a straight pin and stick it into the pilot's butt to use as a handle for painting. This time I'm trying a bit of scrap shape super glued instead.

eMan
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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 - 05:17 PM UTC
Progress update, MPM 1/48 Fw190 S5/S8.




c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 02:25 PM UTC
Hi guys and gals I've been busy building the kit and it's going together quite well. The fuselage joining surfaces weren't exactly flat and needed some attention with a file to clean them up. Once cleaned they needed a little more work in a few areas to get a reasonable fit. The wing jointing surfaces were similar but after cleaning up went together quite well. The kit over all just needs a little care around the joints and you'll be rewarded with a kit that fits together well. With all this work cleaning up joining surfaces I must admit that I've not taken pics of the construction as I went.

The cockpit is nicey detailed and I've compared the Revell kit and the Italeri kit (Occidental mmoulds) and the Italeri copies some of the kit construction with Revell only the interior details (panels levers etc) differ.

The cockpit builds and attachs pretty much the same. The interior framework is replicated but the Revell kit gives you detail on the inside walls of the kit and the Italeri doesn't. Italeri has recessed panel lines and separates the exhaust, exhaust shroud and engine from the fuselage while in the Revell kit the exhaust shroud etc are part of the fuselage. Mine was short shot on one side so I built it up with some Evergreen square stock rounded on on side to match the profile of fuselage (more or less).

I then managed to spill liquid plastic cement over one of the canopy parts (yes that now makes 2 canopies I've messed up in a similar fashion!). I've since ordered replacement canopies for both kits from a local supplier who has Squadron canopies in stock at excellent prices. I then robbed part of the Italeri canopy to replace the damaged part, however the framework is different but I'll just mask it and paint in the missing frame details. So here is where I am currently about to mask off the canopy and finish painting the kit in Luftwaffe colours.

IMG_2226 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2225 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2224 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2223 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2222 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2221 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2220 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr
vanize
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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 07:48 AM UTC
I'm behind with my FT-6 thanks to illness, but I'll try to get it done anyway. Here is my update pic:



I decided to add more depth the the main wheel wells by attaching them to the upper wing instead of the lower and adding plastic strip to fill the gap (gained a few mm, which makes a fair difference in appearance).

I have since put the wings together and am trying to figure out how to make the interior of the intake look nice. Hopefully paining the cockpit and getting the fuselage together this weekend. Once that is done, I'll be able to progress rapidly to painting.
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 09:00 PM UTC
Hi all!

Chris, that is a great little kit, aside from the masking of the canopy, it's a breeze and looks cool!

A little update on my Maggie.

I used Airscale instrument decals to do the instruments, as I have somehow misplaced the film that came with the kit. These were placed onto the plastic kit part, and then sandwiched between the photoetched parts. Turned out nice, though tough to see unless you're looking for them. Same goes for the nice little rudder pedals. The seats were straight forward, and the belts went on without any issues.

I closed up the fuselage and was following along the directions when I realized that the seats were so low that the pilot and instructors heads would be below the combing! Fortunately, I used superglue for some reason to attach them, so they came off easily.




I reattached the seats in their proper location, and all was sort of well. Turns out they are a little high, as the control columns are right at crotch level. Oh well. This is after all a short run kit. Though I must admit it is the best one regarding fit that I've done in a very long time!



I'm now filling the few gaps that are present, and hope to have the wings on tonight! Should be painting the airframe this weekend! Yay me!!

Just three weeks left, so we'd best get these birds hatched and out of the nest!

John
c4willy
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Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 08:56 AM UTC
Hi Peter in that case I better make it interesting huh? I've robbed decals from an Italeri kit as the kit didn't have any when I got it (hence the great price LOL) and I have a set of RNZAF decals for the Italeri kit.

It has 6 different marking options two of them however are French attack versions from Algeria I think? The other four are American, Italian, German and Belgian (I think). I'm leaning towards the Luftwaffe version as I quite like the colour scheme.
b17-peter
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 11:29 PM UTC
Good choice, Chris, will follow your build
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 08:58 PM UTC
Suddenly realised I wasn't enlisted for this campaign and I was about to start my build so thought I better rectify that oversight!
I'm in with Revell's (Monogram) T-6 the RNZAFs primary trainer for many years. But I'm not to sure as to whose livery I'm going to be doing it in.

IMG_2219 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr