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  1. John Absolutely agree. Keep 'em comin Peter
  2. CLOSING UP THE FRONT OFFICE 9/19/21 Finishing up the front office with the last subassembly being the resin seat and HGW seatbelts. The seat looked gorgeous, well detailed and no flash in sight, a few small parts added, of which I used Extra Thin and should have used CCA. The seat was primed, the framing air brushed with RAF Gray Green and the seat cushion brush painted with semi gloss black and lightly weathered with a few washes to look leather like. The HGW Seatbelt set - I frustrated myself for two nights figuring out how to assemble them, as the instructions in the kit again aren’t that clear for a novice HGW user. Thanks, Rob for the advice on how to add the PE, which then went well. Folding over the straps as shown on the instructions, left light, unpainted tabs, so I painted and added a wash to hopefully blend everything together. The seatbelts and shoulder harnesses had already been added, looked a bit thin in width to my taste (but most likely is correct) and then the seat install. Hold on Bucky, not so fast as it didn’t work as I thought, the instructions indicated on what to do and they proved to be of no real help. Placement instructions were vague at best, online searches helped but I shouldn’t have needed to do that. I completed the cockpit framing and of course, fit issues popped up and the instructions again were a letdown; way over complicated and trying to figure out where everything actually went was confusing. To make matters worse, one assembly sequence appeared twice in different steps? I had worked as carefully as I was capable of, scraped off any paint on the male locating pins and drilled out all the female locating holes, struggled and finally had it together. During this step, locating the seat remained unclear at least for me. Finally, the seat was glued into place with CCA and one last job to do before closing up the fuselage; adding the IP or so I thought. After following the instructions and locating where and how the IP attached to the frame was again somewhat frustrating but finally, I had the IP in place. So far, I’ve glued the gun sight and mounting bracket on four times and managed to snapped it off every time, deciding now to leave it off until just before installing the front windscreen. Photographs of the actual Tempest showed the gunsight bracket end tabs to be a bit different and are attached to the cockpit a bit differently then the kits’ – I’m going with what’s in the box as it will be mostly unseen in the end anyway. The oxygen bottle on the rear bulkhead still needs the straps painted and I also need to do a bit of house cleaning and dust the entire assembly. Next up: buttoning up the fuselage Thanks for checking in Peter
  3. John Nice progress on your P-39 and the best part, you don't have to deal with a zillion part nose that doesn't fit. Keep 'em comin Peter
  4. Carl Yup, a milestone in progress and she is starting to look like a Hornet. Getting the paint order all sorted out is always a task unto itself. Keep 'em comin Peter
  5. Craig Congrats on buttoning up the fuselage - a milestone for sure. She is looking mighty good and can't wait to see the Fortress with all the metal skin on. Keep 'em comin Peter
  6. Harv So you're writing the instructions - now 'ain't that something' Keep 'em comin Peter
  7. Gaz Attention to details is nerve racking, time consuming and needs an ultra steady hand - of which you have conquered all. Absolutely looking simply fantastic. Part of the problem on how our models look in photographs, especially closeups, is the un-natural magnification. We're looking at a photography of a small area larger then life and what is seen in the photograph isn't how we will ever see that part or area on the model without a magnifying glass. Closeups are great to check out details and whatever but should never be used to judge the actual work as it's unrealistic. Step back a foot from the model and what you see is what your photographs should show. Applying small decals is a PIA at times. Here is where a super glossy surface works against you as the small critters slide all over the place. What seems to work best for me: I slide the tiny decal into place, after the spot has a drop of wet water (water and a drop of Dawn to break the surface tension) and a few drops of Micro Set - my decal soak water. Position the decal and leave it alone. No matter what you do, it's going to move. Let it dry a bit until it has started to adhere and then with a Q-Tip dampened with my soak water, I very gently tap it with an up and down motion. If it doesn't move, then I'll roll the Q-tip across the decal to remove any excess water and/or air. Micro Sol after dry and all should be good. Personally I always was a huge fan of Letraset Rub On stencils on a flat finish as they were fire proof but time has passed them buy. Keep 'em comin Peter
  8. Carl Can't understand how your post office as they did accept the package already and just hanging onto it makes zero sense. I found the build on ARC and the kit looks as if it will take me a good year to build. http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/318474-saab-ja37-viggen-jetmads-132/page/2/ I have the Whirlwind, kit looks very good and I'm assuming it will be a easier build then the tempest as the cockpit looks a lot more traditional. Keep 'em comin Peter
  9. Richard Welcome aboard - an amazing story and thank you for sharing Keep 'em comin Peter
  10. Rog I'm with you and hope there are a lot more early Spits on the way. of course, a BOB Hurricane Mk.Ia would be brilliant as well Keep 'em comin Peter
  11. Harv Yes ... getting everything to align perfectly is surely the key in eliminating problems down the road, which at times has always plagued me. Keep 'em comin Peter.
  12. Carl Thanks for the explanation but all those fees just add to the cost, no matter what is purchased outside of Canada. UPS charges are outrages and I can't see how they allowed to continue to charge those handling fees. Just makes us here in the states appreciative of only paying state sales tax and shipping. I rarely purchase outside the states these days as shipping is ridiculous and most vendors will not ship paints to the US. Keep 'em comin Peter
  13. Carl Nice additions for sure. WOW, $30 extra in taxes on top of the original purchase price for the paints. I'm a bit unsure how the taxes work in Canada... I'm assuming you pay shipping and taxes at purchase and then an additional tax when delivered or is it just one tax? In any case glad you have he paint set and now all that's missing, is the Viggen. I'm #10850, so I'm still months away from my kit shipping. Keep 'em comin Peter
  14. Mark Great idea and looking forward to the build down the road. Keep 'em comin Peter
  15. Thanks Craig So very much appreciate your kind words on the build and my photography. Keep 'em comin Peter
  16. Kev I've heard lots of good things about the Revell version and they might even have improved on the instructions, which I'm finding as I get deeper and deeper into the build leave a lot to be desired - nice to look at but are very vague on part placement. For the money, knowing what I know now, I would pass on the SH Hi Tech version and go for the Revell kit myself. Hope you do a build thread on the kit. so we can follow and enjoy. Keep 'em comin Peter
  17. Rob I'm speechless - brilliant build and a stunning finish! Bravo on a build to beautifully done. 🏆🏆🏆 Keep 'em comin Peter
  18. Gus Absolutely stunning work and what a finish, simply gorgeous. No question that you met all your goals; beautiful work Keep 'em comin Peter
  19. Phil Been there more times then I like to admit and leave the P-51 for another day when the juices call. Glad to see you're underway with the Junkers. Keep 'em comin Peter
  20. Brad Terrific build - and the finish - awesome. Nice workaround the tailsitting issue. Keep 'em comin Peter
  21. Excellent progress on your FW190. From my end the decals and weathering look very good and I can't see any silvering. Keep 'em comin Peter
  22. Mark Nice going and looks very interesting Keep 'em comin Peter
  23. Been waiting decades for a BOB Spit Mk1a that hopefully will have Tamiya like detailing and quality. If their decision would have been a much later version, I wouldn't have any of the interest as I do now. Keep 'em comin Peter
  24. Harv Nice progress and the cuts are looking rock solid Keep 'em comin Peter
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