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Nationals Themed Group Build 2: The British Invasion

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All,

 

I uh, may have had ulterior motives with my Great Build group build outside of an excuse to build the HMS Tiger. For the 50th Anniversary, we will be having FOUR group builds on the server to help celebrate our organization.

 

Items that qualify for this build will be British in origin. Beyond that, we have no qualifications. The main thread will be updated as people sign up for it.

 

Expected start date: Feb 14, 2014 because we all LOVED the British Invasion. Expected end date is May 14, 2014 or somewhere around there.

 

1) Gil Hodges - Tamiya 1/48 MKV Spitfire

2) Ron Bell - Brengun 1/72 /Typhoon Mk Ib cardoor kit

3) John Ratzenberger - Revell 1/72 S.E.5a

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Yeah, yeah, yeah... :smiley2:

 

Like you're old enough to remember it! <_< At least I actually watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan! :smiley32:

 

Something British, eh what? Believe I'll be able to accommodate you old bean! :smiley20:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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I have a Tamiya 1/48 MKV Spitfire trop that I can build for this group. I even have an old KMC detailing set to enhance it with too, as well as American desert markings for it! Now, just gotta finish those biplanes....

 

GIL :smiley16:

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I've been wanting to do my Brengun 1/72 /Typhoon Mk Ib cardoor kit I got at the Nationals. I'll be doing it actually as a MkIA as they give you the parts for it as well.

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Keeping to the British 1964 theme .... or as close as I can ...

 

I'll bring the Revell(GB) 1963 release of the 1/72 S.E.5a.

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Well, someone needs to kick this one off, so here I go -- and there's a bonus, somehow another kit joined my SE on the workbench ....

 

Note both kits are British, the aircraft are British, their release dates straddle the 1964 "invasion", and they also tie to the Great War theme GB ...

 

 

The Revell(GB) S.E.5a

 

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and the Revell(GB) Sopwith Triplane

 

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I have cleaned them up. There are a few unfortunate ejector pins, some flash, but otherwise not too bad. The ribs are overstated and the "fabric texture" even more so, especially on the SE5a. I sanded the fabric texture down a bit and then took about half off the ribs ... will be close enough. I'll relook them once I get some paint on them ...

 

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And I've started the painting. I'll be using Mister Kit PC-10 and CDL - acrylics. As a base/primer I use a thin coat of Humbrol 155 and 74. All brushed. Here's the undersides with the Hu74 & Mister Kit CDL on.

 

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I did the Hu 155 primer coat this evening, no pix, and will do the CDL later. Once I get a decent coat on both sides, I'll do all my rigging hole drilling and such. I have started the pilots, and will get on the engine, props, struts, etc.

 

A bit of a break from the bench as I must go out of town for a meeting this week.

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All,

 

Consider this extended out to Jun 14th. Let's get some more people involved!!

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I have started on the Spitfire, but no pics yet. All I've done is paint some interior colors and glue the wings together...but I am on the way! I've also switched the planned markings as I found a set for Don Gentile's "Buckeye Don" of the American Eagle Squadron. It'll look nice on the shelf beside his Mustang "Shangri La"!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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I'm REAL tempted to grab WEM's PE set and jump in with my HMS Belfast.

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Proof of my progress!

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Really looking forward to this one as it will be a breeze compared to the two in the WWI build!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Got the Spitfire interior finished....

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It's OOTB except for Eduard pe pre-colored belts and individual instrument dials (from the spares box) punched out and added to the main panel, on otherwise featureless raised bezels. The fuselage has also since been glued together as the interior can be added through the bottom before attaching the wings.

Questions and comments welcome, as always!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Nope, just better pics with better lighting. My white balance doesn't always function under all settings. :smiley29:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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I can do this. I have an Airfix model of a British Harrier Jet. A British jet from a British company should fit this bill nicely.

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No pic, but the Spit is assembled. What's REALLY cool is NO filler has been needed anywhere! :smiley20:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Well, with the 1st GB done, I can get back on this one. Today is the first I've had in several to even look at them.

 

No pix today, I'll do some tomorrow. The SE5a fuselage is together, the lower wing and stabs are on, all the rigging holes are drilled, and I have got the wing struts being glued into the bottom wing.

 

I have a problem with the cabane struts. The instructions show a particular shape for the cabanes with a pin on the bottom to go into a hole in the fuselage. The struts don't match that at all. A test fit indicates the front strut might fit, but the rear one isn't close.

 

Sigh ....

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Once we move, I think I'm going to jump in this. I have a 1/700 Nelson I really want to build. I'll do that or a 1/350 HMS Warspite.

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Here's a couple pix ....

 

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All 4 struts seem to be the same length, instructions and fit would imply they should not be. This is not the only molding oddity with this kit.

 

I'll try again tomorrow. I think I'll fit/glue the front struts, then when dry tackle (making) the rear ones.

 

It's stable-mate, the Sopwith Triplane, is going to wait until I get further with the SE5 ....

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Wow, I remember building both of those 1/72 scale aircraft when I was a kid! What memories you're bringing back! Looking good; I can't wait to see more.

 

I'll be pulling out my Harrier soon; I just have a few projects to complete first.

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Got some paint on my Spit....

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Primed it with the bottom color- Medium Sea Gray, and then came back and added black lines for pre-shading.

 

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Here, you can see I've re-applied a slightly lightened Med. Sea Gray over the pre-shading, so the bottom is done for all practical purposes.

 

What a pleasure to assemble something with NO putty and little sanding! :smiley20: More pics when the camo is done!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Haven't had much time recently, but I did get the cabane struts "figured out" ...

 

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Well, "figured out" means two of them fit on the rear and the other two were too long for the front but became short enough to fit well enough.

 

Tomorrow I hope to clean up around both the cabane and main struts and get ready to run some thread ....

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I feel your pain John!

 

Meanwhile, my Spit is camo-ed! As usual for this type, 1 and 1/2 hours of masking for less than 10 minutes of spraying the green!

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Still need to paint the yellow on the wing leading edges as well as the Sky fuselage band, but making progress! :smiley20:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Finished painting the Spitfire, but won't post more pics until the markings are on!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Spit's looking good so far!

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Trying to keep mine alive .... the struts are painted ....

 

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Trying to find time to get some rigging started ....

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