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  1. Yes, I’ve gone right through the kit looking for the blighters. Found all of the ones that are likely to be seen and eliminated them all with extreme prejudice.
  2. About time for an update. I'd left this kit alone for a while as the bench had been packed away (I work at one of the kitchen worktops). So we left off with some scratch cockpit work that I then found out I'd gotten the angle of the rear part wrong which threw off the lengths and positions of everything else. I decided it needed to be done away with and started over so out it came, sanded out and polished the bare cockpit sides again and prepared to start the cockpit over. What I did this time was add the cockpit rear deck to help aid the cockpit floor positioning and then holding the cockpit floor in place, drew with marker the portion of the rear bulkhead and seat to get the position I needed to add the rear styrene strip to. Did this to both fuselage halves. Worked a treat and building from that rear part I added all the other detail I'd obliterated earlier in dealing with the ejection pin marks. So here we have the cockpit, version 2 with some of the kit parts added to my scratch parts. This cockpit wall was a little more complex and took a little longer to do. Had to make the backing plate you can just about see behind the Oxygen regulator. There is a very vague rendition of it on the kit parts that you'd swear was a moulding flaw if you didnt know there was a plate there on the real thing. Replaced the kit part for the dials of the Oxy regulator and added some punched discs to the rear simulate the back of the dials. Th faces are Airscale bezels. We then have the control valve and plumbing for the Oxygen system. Just 0.4mm Brass rod bent around to approximate the real deal. The 2 things that look like blobs are resin nuts. Using my phone which doesnt do Macro well, thankfully or you'd see more flaws. The plumbing is 2 lines joined in the middle and the 2 nuts simulate the area the join is in, will stand out more once painted. Then there's the tap/faucet for regulating the flow I assume, another Airscale part. Cockpit floor with much added plumbing from Lead wire and some Styrene rod to simulate the rudder cables from the pedals. The angled bits of plumbing sticking out of the floor are resin bits from Top Studio, designed for 1/24 car models for plumbing joints, thought they'd work lively here when trimmed to the required shape. Another view. Cannon breech cover yet to be added. Some more detail added with Lead Wire and Styrene. And finally a close up as well as I can do with my phone of the Rudder pedal. The kit parts are ok for detail but a little thick so I used Radu Briznan etch pedals here. The plumbing again a top studio resin joint and lead wire. This large scale begs for this kind of detail to be added and I thought I'd have a go and oblige. So that’s where we are at currently.
  3. aderowlands

    Airfix is planning new Hellcat in 1/24 !

    Already measured the shelf dimensions in my cabinet versus the kits dimensions. Both wings unfolded is a no go by a small margin, so either both folded or one up and one out. Either way I've placed my order with Airfix.
  4. aderowlands

    Trumpeter 1/32 P-40F???

    I dunno, aerial stub on the real deal photo, narrower shark mouth profile than what the decal profile sheet offers, bomb instead of drop tank? Or am I missing something glaringly obvious? If the kit turns out decent I’ll be getting one and won’t be doing either of those schemes anyway. I’m hoping it turns out decent because I have had several fallings out with the Hasegawa P-40’s of the various N’s and E’s I’ve mauled and we are no longer on speaking terms.
  5. My attempts at restoring the kit detail lost when removing the ejector pin marks. There where some ghost marks left from the original kit parts which I used as a template, however I went a little wrong on the rear bulkhead part and got the angle not quite right, which has thrown a few other measurements out as I discovered when I test fit the cockpit floor and seat bulkhead to the fuselage halves so at what is there will need to be removed, the fuselage half cleaned up and start all over again. The RP Toolz Mitre cutter made the job a heck of a lot easier in dubplocating parts, a job I wouldn’t want to tackle without one now. It was at this point I remembered those awful pointless clear fuselage halves Trumpeter included and I’d removed to the spares box on receiving the kit. They are currently on the bench, I was reminded almost right away how awful clear styrene is to work with when cleaning up the sprue gates. I have shot some Tamiya surface primer on them and we’ll see how they come out and if they are acceptable I’ll attempt to tackle the ejector pin marks without removing the kit detail this time. I have also emailed Trumpeter about replacement parts for the cowlings which I will need if I go ahead with the clear halves and asked for a price on the non clear fuselage halves. Their answer to my email will dictate what happens in raged s to progress on this kit now. If I can get new cowlings that means I can forge ahead with the clear halves, if there’s no cowlings I’ll wipe the detail from the non clear halves and start over.
  6. Yeah, there is, but Trumpeter kindly made them all in sizes I had punches for. They could have been really shitty and made them in 2.23456mm diameters but they went with nice even numbers
  7. Not really an update, more of a ‘I’m still here plodding along with the build’ post. I built up the flying surfaces having from the outset decided to not use the Trumpeter hinges as they seldom fit nicely in my case and can cause issues later on, it’s not just Trumpeter, I ignore the Tamiya ones too. On joint each half of each flying surface together I noticed a lot of the slots cut for the hinges didn’t match up and were off set anyway which made my decision more valid. I filed them all square and added some styrene rod to each with a fair bit of glue to melt the strip into the kit pieces nicely to fill gaps and let that set for a couple of days. Working night shifts all week I decided to take these parts in to work and work at them in the small hours of the morning so all parts were sanded, cleaned up and polished. The radiator doors, gear doors had the pin holes filled with styrene discs and they were cleaned up also, so that’s where I’m at with the build as of now. I have gone through the kit and think I’ve found and eradicated all the pin marks that will be visible and glad I’ve done it in one go as stumbling across things like this later would maybe lead to me slowing down the build and probably shelving it for something nice and new and shiny from the stash. I’m still waiting a few things for the cockpit and I’m also still wondering what to do about the wheel wells lack of detail. 
  8. Forgot to mention I also thinned the seat pan on the sides and front part quite a bit. I decided against sanding the rear part as it would leave a gap between the seat pan and rear wall, yes could have moved the seat back a bit but this would have thrown other stuff out of alignment later on.
  9. Ridiculous, yes, insurmountable, no. It makes it challenging in some places for sure, the cockpit walls being one place in particular but if I had the patience to cut little bits of sand paper small enough to get in to the corners and around the moulded detail life would have been easier but me being me and having only certain sized sanding sticks I went the route I went. If it was an intricate cockpit with harder detail to scratch build I certainly would have gone the other way but the detail Trumpeter decided to mould in is relatively simple strip and rod stuff with some squares and circles here and there. More complex shapes, thankfully are separate parts. Certainly hasn’t put me off the build or planning to buy their other 109 versions.
  10. There hasn’t been a heck of a lot of progress to date, which wasn’t the plan as having most of this past week off work I planned to at the very least have the cockpit if not painted the. Ready for paint but it wasn’t to be. The kit cockpit floor, the Mad Riveter of Trumpeter clearly has a son in the injection pin department and he decided to open a whooooole new box of them back when this kit kit the moulds. 17 of the buggers. 17! He didn’t end there, oh no, 4 more of the things here. You thought that was it? Ooooh no, 2 more. Yes, that’s more of the little fellows in the cockpit halves. All needed to be filled and eliminated with extreme prejudice. As you can see, each has a styrene disc punched out and glued in each pin hole. Trumpeter were at least kind enough to make them in sizes I had punches for. The rudder pedal parts moulded to the floor were removed as I knew I would damaging when sanding out the pin holes. I don know why Trumpeter moulded them as they did in 2 halves anyway. The detail taken out was then added to the parts Trumpeter would have you glue to the cockpit floor anyway. So nothing has been lost. Now came a decision. Sanding out the pin holes in the cockpit halves and not eliminating the kit details, some would be fine, some were in horrid places. Sooooooooo..... Thats the Rubicon crossed then. Before blitzing it all away I measured each and every moulded detail in all dimensions and noted them on the instruction pages. Luckily they are all fairly uniform pieces that should be replaceable with standard styrene strip and rod, the relevant packs were duly ordered and I am awaiting their arrival before cracking in with the cockpit. All I’ve done so far other than this work is glue up the rudders, elevators and ailerons. Oh, and go through the kit to hunt out further ejection pin marks that may be visible later on. I found these. Of course, there’s another gear door and 3 more radiator doors to take care off. Again, Trumpeter were kind enough to match my punch sizes. The turbo intake is quite a large bore in this scale and the first hole in might be visible, so they will be tackled also. The kit floor, back wall and seat pan as it is now with the rudder parts added. Once the Evergreen bits I’ve ordered arrive (oh and the RO Toolz mitre cutter I’ve been wanting to buy for a while but didn’t have a sure enough reason to splash the cash on) I’ll get on with the cockpit detailing, but I start my week on nights tomorrow so progress will be Glacial at best.
  11. aderowlands

    Trumpeter P-47D is next

    I remember asking Yahu a while back if they were doing a panel for the Trumpeter kit and they said yes and it would appear its about to be released though not showing on Hannants yet. One of the things I will aim to get when it comes time to tackle my Trumpeter Razorback.
  12. Such is life. I should really try harder at this saving money thing. To be honest, the stash cull probably isn’t a bad thing, I find I put a kit away if it displeases me, and most will at some point through user error or whatnot and I go start something else, well if there’s less choice in the something else pile I might just be that touch more likely to persevere and crack on and deal with the user error I’ve just committed.
  13. I shall have to live vicariously through this and the following threads when others kits start getting put together as I have had to cancel my pre order and sell some of my stash due to a central heating boiler melt down. Keep up the good work.
  14. The Stuka can be done nicely, know I know where it’s likely to trip me up. I’ll be ordering another one after the Christmas expenditure and February trip to America.
  15. Yes, some nice resin gear bays or even some etch would be nice. And the damn pulley chains in the cockpit would be even better!