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Hope it doesn't become a chore for you. Looks great...So when are you cutting out the bomb bay and super detailing that (just kidding)?

 

 

Bill

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The wings are on! This pic shows how I have it supported while the epoxy sets in the spars...

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I still need to fill with some thick Gorilla superglue to finish strengthening the join, and also to slather on some Apoxiesculp to fill and blend across the bottom wing to fuselage joints.

 

I also got the last of the tedious parts building and detailing done....

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This shows the wing racks. The two larger ones go inside the engines, while the other four go under the outer wings. The two white ones had to be scratchbuilt. The kit gear doors were cut apart to make the eight main doors, and detailed on the inside with thick sheet plastic, tape and rod. I did add some riveting with a ponce wheel. The tape represents raised access panels and the rod actuators had their connectors created by flattening the ends with pliers. The hinges for the main doors were made by punching out "rings" with a Waldron punch set (which I broke :smiley7: after 25yrs!), and then cutting a ring in half to make two hinges; superglued in place. The nose door hinges are old Hodgepodge pe, from a set I designed, but never released for sale (just about out of that stuff now....).

 

The next job is the filling and sanding around the wing roots, but that's the last "big" job before painting can begin! as always, questions, critiques, and comments are more than welcome!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Things are picking up now....

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These 2 pics show the Apoxie Sculpt used to fill the wing joins. The belly was concave on either side of the center line, so I also filled and flattened that area out too.

 

Here's a bit of a teaser....

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At least I know it will sit on its gear!

 

And finally, the first full coat of primer is on!

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Still have some small areas to fill and sand, but largely, smoothing the Apoxie Sculpt with a wet finger made things go much faster! :smiley20:

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Oh man, this is looking sweet! I have a plastic kit of this plane in 1/72 scale that is somewhere in my stash. It's plaintive cry to "Build me!" is getting louder!

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Wow...just...wow.

 

Super piece of work here. This kind of inspiring stuff is THE reason I'm an IPMS member.

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Painting has begun! The gull gray is on, though some touch-ups will be needed....It took two sessions, because the model had to be held by the nose and tail fin while painting the fuselage; and then held by the fuselage to paint the elevators and tail fin.

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As you can see, masking for the wing-walks has begun! The right wing is taped off to paint the dark gray cheat lines (took about 2hrs!). You can see the basic wing-walk layout on the left wing. It'll take a LOT more masking just to finish off the 2 color wing-walks.

 

Once this is all done, all of the gray will be masked off and silver will be applied as a base coat for the white areas on the fuselage, as well as for the tail markings. More pics in a couple of days!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Looking good sir!

 

Do you have some dihedral on the wings? They look a little flat to me. I believe there is some on the aircraft and I would hate for you to get too far along in painting if it needs to be adjusted. Might be me though.

 

Keep us posted.

 

Bill

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Got the Dark Gray outlines painted this evening. Next will be to mask off those and paint the interiors of the wing-walks Dark Gull Gray.

 

Bill: there is dihedral in the wings, and the tail planes. Hard to see in the picture angles I've posted. Oddly, it seems to show best in the picture of the bottom on pg4.

 

Rusty: See pg2 and pg4 to see how I molded new masters and then smash molded new clear parts.

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Wing walks are done!

 

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They need a little touch-up on some edges, but overall I'm happy with the results! Next up is the silver base coat for the white areas. Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Painting is about 85% done.....

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Props also only need one more color. Still haven't decided whether to paint the leading edge correguard, or decal it. Squadron emblem on the tail fin is half painted, with only the red left to apply. This will probably be the last pic until she's done, as there won't be a lot more visible detailing between now and then. Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Took it to my meeting tonight and discovered one more thing needed....a BIGGER box to haul it around in!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Well, got the tail art and the props painted. They're kinda colorful, so I thought I'd share them.

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Drew the "bird" on paper and then used Frisket film to make masks of the drawing. All the props needed was a lot of masking! Cheers!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Gil:

 

That looks great. Seems to be an effort of love!

 

Dave

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Gil,

 

That looks fantastic. Markings look really nice.

 

I hate this part...White, red, white prop tips.

 

All the pic's I looked at show this.

 

Your choice, they look really cool. Just an observation.

 

Model on!!!!

 

Bill

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Oh man, that is SWEEEEET!!! Brilliant job on the props and the tail art! This is so cool! I can only hope my 1/72 scale plastic kit comes out looking half this good!

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Hmmm.....I painted the props red/white/red because that's the way they are in the color rendering in the rear of the world Airpower P-3 Orion booklet. Pictures in there also show the props painted both ways, though the white/red/white does appear to be the most commonly used.

 

I still have white to paint on the model (gear and fuselage touch ups) so I might redo the tips. I could even just use red stripe decals for the tips if needed! Thanks for the heads up!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Hi, Gil,

 

Here's something to add a bit of confusion.

 

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The photo dates from February 2010.

 

Ed

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Just goes to show..also notice some blades have manufacturer's logo, and others do not.

 

GIL :smiley16:

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It's a conspiracy, I tell ya! Paint each one a different way.

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Still making progress (no pics though)....got the FOD covers all made and started repainting the prop tips (and I already regret that! :smiley7: ), and finished painting the gear doors. I also got the gloss coat onto the model, so it is prepped for decaling! Still have to paint the tires, add the landing lights (finally got them in the mail! :smiley20: ), add brake lines to the gear, etc., etc., etc..

 

It's surprising how many "little" things are left to do! But at least I'm inching towards the finish line! and to think....last May I thought I might get this done in time for the Nats! :P

 

GIL :smiley16:

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Fantastic. Love this build. The tailflash indicates my brother's old squadron: VP-19 at NAS Moffett, CA. FYI...the crews referred to that emblem as the "Milpitas War Chicken."

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No pics...but the model is decaled and sealed with the last gloss coat. All parts have been made and the props re-painted. Just a little weathering and washing to do and the fiddly bits can be added!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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