General Posted November 30, 2013 Share Posted November 30, 2013 Gentlemen. I noticed only now this is a 12-mth GB ending mid-'14, so I might hazard starting a thread. Started my wee Testors F4U-1D kit-bash, mid-October, with the big Revell as quick reference. Curiosity turned into 'how well DOES the ol' Eduard PE set fit in the Revell?' So I bounced between the small and the big kits. In other words, I have the attention span of a humbingbi- 'Ooohh, look! A butterfly!" A good friend sent me this beastie, sans kit prop and engine but with the Hellcat engine, vac canopy and a part-used Eduard PE. I'd mused out loud wanting a kit as a guide to designing a PE/placard set. Even before that the OCD flared up, days after the kit arrived earlier in the year. I could say I 'needed a break from the commission stuff' but no-one believes me! I simply wanted to start the rivetting/scribing work. SOP is 1) Blue magic marker over the raised lines 2) wet-sand lightly til flush, but leaves a line in the residual ink 3) scribe/sand/re-scribe/soapy brush. I used Radu's excellent scribing wheels (0.75, 1.0 and 1.25 wheels on various lines). I run a wheel along the edge of a strip of 0.007" litho ali cut to length. These are guide holes for the 0.5mm drill bit in a pin vise. I then give each divet about a 1/2 twist of the 0.5mm drill to deepen the 'rivet'. The rivets/fasteners around the cowl are wider apart than the pounce wheel's teeth. I simply drilled every second or third one. The panels around the empennage were custom cut litho outlines, to the shape of scaled drawings from various three-views out of books. (I have a ton of old, printer's lithograph sheet.) Yes, the rivets are a little deep for realism. I have a cunning plan. Fill with spot putty then sand smooth. The putty is softer than the styrene and should leave slight sink marks. If my calculations are correct some suitable 'filter' work with different shades will reveal them in a subtle way. The dearth of DSG/EDSG/Sky schemes on 1:32nd kits, around the galleries, is the incentive. But, the more I look at the kit decals for a BPF fleet machine, the Sqn Cdr's a/c in GSB scheme is attractive as is. I like the challenge of adding interest to the monotone blue. We shall see . . . Regards Rossco 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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