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Well it's a rainy day in Georgia so thought I'd spend the day with my Revell Ju88 group build entry.

Right of the bat the kit fit of the new kit is a thousand times better that the old Revell Ju88 kit. The fuselage parts are cleaner, better tooled and much nicer to work with. The bottom fuselage section was a snap to fit and glue using "extra thin" where in the old kit it was a bit of a struggle.

 

 

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The instruction are nicely done and the spur map makes it easy to locate parts. I use a yellow highlighter to check off parts as they are removed and installed assuring that I don't miss any.

 

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After a bit of modification and removel of the bomb site and support flooring that would normally show through the clear front I was able to dry fit the CMK Ju88C-2 nose conversion kit I purchased for this build. The fit is okay but some seam work and putty will be needed.

 

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Since this is my first attempt at using Edward interior instruments I quickly realized that grinding was involved to install them, lol!! I tried a soft foam file, no luck! I tried a steal file with limited success!

 

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Suddenly I remembered my shop grinder with a side sanding wheel down in my basement.

 

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Wow that worked perfectly!!!

 

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So after a fun filled afternoon using all the new skills I've learned and getting over a small amount of cutting, grinding and modifying anxiety here's where I'm at!! Hope to put a coat of interior gray tomorrow after I return from our Atlanta Model Show!

 

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Getting ready to detail the Ju88 seats and Cees was kind enough to share some detailing and installation tips.

Any other thoughts concerning detailing seats and the installation of seat-belts since this will be my first attempt would greatly be appreciated!!

 

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Looking sweet. You should nail this.

 

I did a test fit of the resin nose conversion on my fuse with everything taped up, and the fit should need barely any filler. Do a full dry assemble and re-fit and see if that's the case.

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Looking sweet. You should nail this.

 

I did a test fit of the resin nose conversion on my fuse with everything taped up, and the fit should need barely any filler. Do a full dry assemble and re-fit and see if that's the case.

 

I agree a bit of filler will be needed but not much.

Question :When installing the forward bottom gunners tub conversion section does the raised bits used to align the original tube

need to be sanded smooth??

 

Ralph.

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Not sure at this stage Ralph. I'd need to check, but I think I know what area you mean. I'm thinking they do as the resin is a solid part and not hollow like the plastic.

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Not sure at this stage Ralph. I'd need to check, but I think I know what area you mean. I'm thinking they do as the resin is a solid part and not hollow like the plastic.

 

James here's a picture of what I was asking about. I think the front alignment bits will have to be sanded smooth to allow the conversion piece to set flush with the underside of the fuselage.

 

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I think you're right Ralph. That was what I thought you meant. Don't forget to only remove the part which coincides with the resin though. You'll still need some of it for the remaining gondola area.

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Thought I'd post a few pictures of the out of the box cockpit detail I'm finding in my build of the new Revell Ju88. I guess from these pictures you can decide if whether or not to buy after market resin interiors. I did order seat-belts and self-adhesive instruments and panels. Will weather, paint, chip, apply cockpit placards, add seat-belts and seal next week.

 

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Here's a question: did the Ju88's have seat cushions or did crews sit on their parachutes?

I found some small cork and styrofoam squares and fashioned them into cushions. I think after weathering they'd look good with the seat-belts.

 

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After some weather and cushion marks using a sharp point. Still more work to be done.

 

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Trimmed most of the cork backing leaving the foam. Still needs some shaping!

 

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Okay several hours of work have past and here's the results without seat-belts!! Another wash and sealer and the starboard side of the cockpit will be done. Oh by the way love my new Neo Airbrush. So much more control and detail possibilities over a spray can! Thanks again for all the kind help I've received from all on the forum, I'm pretty thrilled!!

 

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Okay this afternoon and evening, with lots of breaks in between, was spent teaching myself to build and install Eduard Ju88 seat-belts!! After a fruitless internet search and YouTube search I decided I was a big boy and it was time to jump in with both feet!! Here's the results so far!!

What do you think?

 

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You did a great job there Ralph. Those colour PE belts can be a pain in the ass, so some respect it due for installing them so well. 

 

This is looking really good.

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