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  1. Thanks guys! Working steadily away at it.... lots done with lots more to do. Slowly making my way up the LH side of the fuselage! Cheers, Craig
  2. This is cool! Great work mate. Craig
  3. Beautiful work as always Peter! The ignition wiring is amazing Craig
  4. Thanks Kai and Peter, Just realized I haven't posted any pictures of the start of the skinning process. Each panel has to be traced out in masking tape, then traced again onto a reverse image to give me the rivet and panel locations. Once each rivet is "wheeled" out it is then deepened with a beading tool and finally the metal is pushed back down around the outside of each rivet to make them really sharp, and to reduce surface distortion. Some panels can take upwards of an hour or more to make, and there's a lot of panels to cover the fuselage, but I'm really enjoying the process so hopefully I'll have more to show you soon! Cheers, Craig
  5. Nice and clean as always Peter. I'm looking to do just such a project when I finally finish my B-17! Craig
  6. And on it goes. After a seam-sanding marathon, I had all the joins pretty much smooth enough to start drawing out the panel lines on the exterior, reading for the skinning process to begin. Here's how the skin panel diagram looks: The length of the panels is easy to work out, as they start and end at fuselage stations. The width of the panels is a little harder, as they're not only not straight, they also start and end a different circumferential points..... This was an in progress photo with many mistakes I made in interpreting the above diagram.... I also permanently added the bathtub! Some of the nose panel marking out in progress. The panels start from the bottom rear, and then work their way forward and up, with each panel overlapping the previous one. I also did some work on the tail fairings, but I'm ready to make a long awaited start on the skin panels! Very excited to be getting to the business end of the build finally! Craig
  7. Awesome work Peter! I've never used HGW seatbelts but they do look quite complex; I imagine that I'd struggle with them too.... Interesting to hear about how the instructions are so bad. You'd think they could have at least go that right! Loving your progress though 😉 Craig
  8. Thanks Kai. Should look even better once the whole thing is covered in metal! Craig
  9. Thanks Kai! The fuselage is finally together permanently! Still got a huuuuuuuge amount of work to do though! Tail surfaces are just sitting in position at the moment. Still a long way off joining them on for good! More to come soon! Craig
  10. That cockpit is gorgeous Peter! As always your modelling and photography skills are impeccable Craig
  11. Man all that 3D printed stuff is hectic! I didn't know there was such an extensive set available. Looking forward to seeing it all come together. Cheers, Craig
  12. Nice one John! I do love the P-39 and can't wait to build one someday..... Craig
  13. Thanks Harv! Thanks Peter! I'm really stoked with how it's coming along now. Can't wait to start laying some metal panels down Craig
  14. Thanks guys! The last of the internal details is now in prior to closing up. As you can see everything is a bit dusty, so I need to go through and do a bit of cleaning before I join the halves for good! I'll let the pics do the talking... Till next time! Craig
  15. Now this is different! Great work Looking forward to more Craig
  16. I love following your builds Peter, count me in!!! Craig
  17. Thanks Peter! It's funny how you don't realise how much your hands shake until you do something like this 😆 Thanks Harv! Cheers Kai, was certainly a skill tester! A little more on the cockpit before I move back to the nose for more or less the final details in the fuselage prior to closing it up. A prominent feature in the cockpit was the feathering controls and warning light panel which sits above the main instrument panel. A bit of fun to make, but it can be seen at the very front of the windshield so worth the effort. And the back.. I'm working on the bombardier's control levers now and a few other bits in the nose, more pics to follow soon! Cheers, Craig
  18. Congratulations Kai!!! What a wonderful result. Flawless work down to the last detail. What's next on the list? Craig
  19. I'm back into the cockpit! To be fair I've been avoiding this area for a while, as when I did the reconstruction work on the nose, I kind of "painted myself into a corner" by adding the seats and roof lining probably far too early in the build. This then meant that to add the RH cockpit sidewalls, control columns and throttle levers, was as close I I'll probably ever get to building a ship in a bottle! 😱 This is an old photo, but this is the gap I had to fill with a panel, and this was the side I had to get it in from! So with everything crossed and holding my breath, I not only got a piece test fitted in there to work out the right dimensions, but also managed to stick the completed piece back in, and straight at that! With that trickiness out of the way, the addition of the footrests and table seemed dead easy... Not too much more to add to the cockpit, just the instrument panel coaming and feathering buttons and a few other bits and pieces. Getting closer all the time! Cheers, Craig
  20. Thank you Kai! Almost as good as that mirage of yours hey? 😉 Thanks Peter! You should definitely try making your own if you haven't before, it's easy as! Definitely not to professional standards, but they certainly can bring little pieces to life.... Just got to try some white lettering on black backgrounds now! Cheers, Craig
  21. Thanks Gazza! I just did a google search for free USAAC stencils fonts, then imported that into word and printed (standard inket printer) them on clear decal paper, sealed with tamiya clear flat. They work really well and you can find numbers there too. I takes a bit of searching to work out the "point size" conversion to mm but it's pretty straight forward, and gives you flexibility to add specific lettering to your model. I've got white decal paper too, but have yet to play with coloured decals. Another very simple tool that anyone can use! Craig
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