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39 minutes ago, DocRob said:

Nice problem solving Bill, have you used any guide or did you scribe free handed?

Cheers Rob

Rob, it was essentially freehand; I let the round needle sit in the existing groove. The part itself served as a guide.

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Bill

Nice going for sure and a job well done. I have Trumpeter's small Chisel's that do almost the same but found your solution to be a new way of solving a problem we all face on nearly every build - well done.

Keep 'em comin

Peter 

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Some really long panel lines on this bird! It took a while, but they're all finished.

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Got the PE fiddly bits applied to the upper wing and fuselage.

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I love Mr. Surfacer. To date, I have only used black. I picked up this bottle somewhere.

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Bill

Nice progress, glad the scribing is done and out of the way - my least favorite part of any build. I also use a lot of Mr Surfacer: 500 and 1200 gray - works so well.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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Nothing like a coat of paint to show imperfections! Spraying white paint over white plastic is proving to be a challenge for these old eyes. I'm pretty pleased with the Mr. Surfacer white; the results are very much like Tamiya white primer from the rattle can. More filler, more sanding...

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Estimated delivery on the PE nozzles is slated for late July.

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I finally got that pesky spinal seam smoothed to my satisfaction!

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I ended up using Tamiya primer - it gave much better coverage than the Mr. Surfacer. I need to do a little touchup at the nose, then on to the landing gear and the engine bay.

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Bill

Terrific progress - priming looks perfect. I have found that primers such as arm Surfacer 1500 and MRP Primer are very thin and sometime need a second coat for proper coverage. MRP is my primer of choice and use it without thinning, so it’s always a reminder of how to apply it.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter

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Back at it. Got some PE work done on the gear doors.

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Some of the hinges are tiny, with multiple folds...

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Plenty of PE for the main gear.

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Thirty pieces to dress up the engine bay. I probably should have added these prior to attaching the tails.

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Only five more weeks until the PE nozzles are due to arrive.

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Wonderful PE work Bill, sometimes it's funny to see the contrast between highly detailed PE details and coarse molded plastic surrounding it, but primer and paint will heal that.

Cheers Rob

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Those tiny PE pieces are all the same size. Unfortunately, the spacing on the kit is not uniform.

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Out with the calipers, quite a bit of variation - I'll have to cut each piece to size. I just need to figure a way to hold them. This is going to take a while.

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