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Well now, I’ve been a member here a long long time and mainly lurked, I don’t really post unless someone asks something I can answer or I in turn have something that needs answering, I’m one of those people who’s happy to lurk and not be noticed. That being said I feel I should contribute something to the bandwidth here so here it comes. 

 

The kit  

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The refs. 

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The AM. 

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So some progress. Not pictured is the Aires cockpit for the Trumpeter kit. On looking at it I felt detail was soft and would be a nightmare to paint, Trumpeters details, though sparse were better so I decided a Franken cockpit of details culled from the Aires set added to the Trumpeter parts would be the way to go here.  Aided by some bits from the spares drawer and Airscale bezels and cockpit details sets  4F23B093-AF38-4D16-9FF5-F752B03F07C2.thumb.jpeg.10b1ebb036941cd7dc503390c06a849f.jpeg4B13CC98-AF73-46B5-940B-0F7D8CC5306B.thumb.jpeg.f9d5fe084fa21e110428f952a3f352f5.jpegB80BF6A8-705E-412F-AF4A-BE7AE74500E9.thumb.jpeg.06b0bb8eb648eda9faa3eca05042ad3e.jpegF06697FD-58FC-48BF-B5AC-80D00AC86651.thumb.jpeg.9e117fb15a9080d2ecad026f6fabb75f.jpeg32027429-0DFC-4636-B11C-AABCF6C9B4CA.thumb.jpeg.c05100cf7fd80804ec34b9f54a4497a7.jpeg

 

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The kit instrument panel is quite lacklustre so what to do, as stated above I felt detail on the Aires set was soft and and I’m no fan of adding decals or acetate instruments behind the panel as I quite often get a coke bottle bottom effect. Sooooo knowing Airscale decals wouldn’t fit the Aires panel I went to town and sanded all detail from the kit parts, added some detail back with Styrene sheet and rod and Airscale bezels and cockpit detail sets. Not happy with the outcome as yet but this is as close to scratchbuilding as I get. 6CBA9D14-2FD9-4924-B326-C57A333145BE.thumb.jpeg.5ceb0b3f42111e5db5b6eda8cf725702.jpegB4CAEDFC-415D-4D63-8046-105AC6A68CBA.thumb.jpeg.cbee8d309475e3179ef0b03c067c7245.jpegAE9B362B-9822-4FC2-98C5-A0BDEBCEA4D4.thumb.jpeg.bb7423dd21221e642e991d3193b4799e.jpeg

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So that’s where I was up to until this week, I had been working a week of night shifts and I learnt a long time ago to not even look at a kit when working nights, disaster usually ensues, and other stuff cropped up after that. I have since painted all the parts shown above, painted the details, added the HGW belts which were all kinds of nightmarish trying to decipher what was what as the pictogram instruction called for parts that just aren’t there, so fathomed an approximation of them and have thrown then on. Later today I should be flat coating the parts so maybe more photos tomorrow but I have aquarium issues to resolve too so we shall see. But I feel better now having contributed something here. Oh and just to be different to everyone else that ever modelled a Ju 87G this one will be In Rudels scheme....

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As threatened earlier. I have managed to squeeze some time in to flat coat the cockpit parts and add some UV glue to the instrument dials to simulate the glass faces. Still happy with the instrument panel but it is what it is, this is not ever meant to be a competition piece, it’s a get something done from start to finish without running out of mojo. Photos taken with my phone so not brilliant but they show where I am and what I’m up to. The cockpit walls are mainly the kit parts, lead wire used to simulate pipes and wiring, Aires throttle quadrant was used as was some other bits and pieces. Yep, the red decal on the fuse box has gone as key but will be buried deep in the cockpit so I can live with it. 24343355-5D28-4539-8A80-38F0E503C52B.thumb.jpeg.42cd4deb95a30f7046b7950a542a5277.jpeg7D3B36FF-4683-4CD1-BD83-1EAAA38F8403.thumb.jpeg.631ebf30f3257347f43a9dbcda7d7b36.jpeg98427530-42D2-4A7E-9193-D6AB7DB06BBF.thumb.jpeg.cda84b7b5175c5bad153f85124b41744.jpeg2DB69CB4-FAAE-4337-BD84-2C75BDA04BC0.thumb.jpeg.0129c9b339c11fec5c21d689c83b9025.jpegF1ECC7E2-88ED-4132-BADB-719BBF37E491.thumb.jpeg.114ff8d86a94914ca6ea00708e498c39.jpeg

the cockpit floor has a kit part missing at the rear. The Aires set comes with a much nicer representation of the direction finder that sits in the fuselage behind the gunner, however using the Aires part mated to the kit piece takes a bit of work, being Aires fit isn’t the best, I faired it in with Milliput and it looks as good as it’s going to get. However to make it fit the rear wall of the cockpit has to be removed, but fits fine if only Trumpeter parts are used. I don’t think that bit can be seen once the fuselage is joined up anyway. Next step is joining the fuselage halves. 

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A little more work done today between other jobs. Fuselages halves were joined togetherness last night. 

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joined to fuselage. It was a very tight fit and a bit of a job to get done, I thought maybe the cockpit floor had maybe prevented a good join of the fuselage halves but no, all is good there, so it’s  just the way the kit is designed. 

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The engine was only put together to hang the prop and exhausts off of. There’s no way to display it anyway. 

Speaking of the engine, this is how Trumpeter would have you do it. 

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Do to that way and there’s no real way to mount the engine in the fuselage parts, I thought the firewall would do it but no, the only parts that touch the fuselage parts are the radiator bit and the prop boss, not enough there to get a firm glue joint. So I went about it a different way. .....2C5F562E-E02E-4609-A2BB-6C9E14D8E785.thumb.jpeg.1a7922aa3790cee5063489d57991ff91.jpeg

Glue the firewall to the fuselage. It has mounting points so it’s a a good snug fit. Then once dry, take one half of the engine cover and glue that to the fuselage, there’s a nice gap around the firewall for this. 72A4AE9B-C073-4834-9AFB-CC20EC95807A.thumb.jpeg.1c5c670da585f976a7caab042d49ec0f.jpeg

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Ill let that set up over night then add the second half. Despite having seen the real deal at Hendon a few times I forget just how big an airframe the Stuka was, this one will be taking up virtually a whole shelf in the cabinet to itself when done I think. Like most kits it comes together quite quickly once the cockpit is done and fuselages joined up. 

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Great solution, I will never understand the Trumpeter design Team. Many of their kits have engines supplied and there is no simple way of showing them, weird. They must have two different engineer teems who do not go along well, one for the fuselage and one for the engines and the engines team always looses :D.

Nice work on the cockpit.

Cheers Rob

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On inspection this morning I have noticed I have some seam work in my future, some on the fuselage halves where I’ve glued them, which is normal for me but the engine cover solution wasn’t quite perfect, not bad, but will require some work and the part of this Hobby I hate the most, adding lost rivet and line details, I can never for the life of me put back what was lost. 

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Today I had one of those vibes that was telling me to leave the kit itself alone. So taking heed of that feeling that if I touched today I’d balls something up but not wanting to waste a day off work before progress will slow to a crawl next week when I start night shifts again I formulated a plan. I had purchased a Montex mask set for the canopies with this in mind. I find the material they use to not really like sticking to curved surfaces and they start to peel after a day or so and me, well I can have those masks on for weeks as progress ebbs and flows. So to the Bat Cave and my flatbed scanner and Silhouette Portrait plotter. Montex set was weeded out and scanned into the Mac, imported in to Silhouette and after triple checking I had my measurements right (of course before all this I tried one of the Montex pieces on each of the canopy sections to check they fit). The masks were then cut on to a piece of Tamiya masking paper as shown below. Only one piece failed to fit but was an easy fix with some thin strips of Tamiya tape. I can’t recall if the photos shown before had the horizontal stabs and rudder added to the fuselage. Well they’re on now, I failed to notice some ejection port marks on the counterbalance for the horizontal stabs, they’re on the inside faces and will be dealt with when I’m tidying up the various seam lines and one or seven glue thumb prints here and there. The stabs fit nicely. I need to check the fit of the prop that goes under them to the fuselage as I had planned to leave it off to ease painting, if they’re a snug fit I’ll stick to that plan, if not, I’ll have to glue them in place before paint. Before masking the canopies I put them all in place to see how much of the cockpit would be seen if I left them all closed up on the final model and I’m happy that being a veritable greenhouse, most of my cockpit work will show, so closed they shall be. The pilots sliding canopy isn’t really designed to be open methinks and I don’t want to force it and snap it down the middle. DCDA5E30-5D66-4A52-95BC-7EACCBBE17D4.thumb.jpeg.c23964b4877a0d1d031da3665c02da48.jpeg

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2 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Ade nice work, have a old Revell 87 in the stash not sure if you upgrade to a later mould.......looking forward to more pics.

There is a Revell boxing of the Hasegawa D series out there somewhere, not sure when it was released, don’t know if Revell released one of their own at some point. 

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18 minutes ago, DocRob said:

Nice save with the masks, still a lot of work for only masking the canopy. I always liked the kabuki-paper material more than the vinyl ones, because of the mentioned reasons.

Cheers Rob

A hell of a lot easier than trying to go the old fashioned way with Tamiya tape and a new 11 blade! For a canopy with less glass to be masked I’d go the old way but this thing has a hell of a lot of panels to mask. 

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Today was a day of seam cleaning and some general tidying up, so no photos as there isnt much to see. A couple of things though, the G series, although it didnt have dive brakes fitted due to the great big tank busting guns fitted under the wings, the posts that the brakes attached to were present, Trumpeter has actually left holes in the undersides of the wings for these but dont provide the parts in this kit. Having checked the instructions for the D series kit on the jp.1999 website they are on sprue that come with the D and earlier kits but not the G, so rather than try and replicate the parts from some sketchy photos I filled the holes in the wings. Another thing lacking is there should be some bumps on the wing upper surface where the machine guns of the earlier series were positioned. Nothing in this kit to provide those bumps, but Trumpeter do provide a cut out in the wings for said parts. Again, filled those in and decided to ignore the issue. Trumpeter do provide the slab armour for the cockpit sides but dont mention them in the instructions. I'm undecided on fitting these or not. I just cant tell from the few photos of Rudels Stuka if they were fitted or not. The more I look at the kit the more I get the feeling that the fuselage from the wing root to the cockpit sill is a little on the shallow side. 

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