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Konigwolf
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Tasmania, Australia
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 12:30 AM GMT+7
Thanks Paul

Well got some bench time on the kit this weekend (gotta love long weekends ). Unfortunately didn't actually get a lot of building done. Before I bought this kit I read a few reviews which said overall it was sparse interior but otherwise went together well, all I can say is their version of "went together well" must be different to mine.

Biggest issue so far is the cockpit and cabin has no alignment points on the inside to lock it into position, making good alignment difficult. Probably not a major issue IF you are not going to have the cabin door open but if you are, things (roof and floor) need to lined up before the body halves are glued together or gaps will be obvious. Figuring out best fit and way to proceed has been taking most of the time.

I have also been working on adding in some under floor details that are obvious through the lower front windows.

Also removed the right side cockpit door to replace with new version from the Skunkworks extras.



Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 02:29 AM GMT+7
Hello Andrew,
nice start with Your Jayhawk. This choppper will turn out very colorful as well!

I used some spare time of this weekend too.

First, I applied a wash of brown and black oil colors onto the hull.



Followed by a slight shading of some panels with the airbrush in the direction of flight.



The difference is hardly seen in the two pictures. But, with the "normal" eye, the effect even seems to be too strong.

As the filters for the engine intakes were full plastic material, I tried to find a very fine mesh, but I did not find any suitable. Hence , I duplicated new cones out of the old ones with some clear plastic.
These new filters were airbrushed with a very thin mixture of smoke and aluminium.



Hopefully, this effect will work, when attached to the engine intake.

Oliver
tatbaqui
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 11:17 AM GMT+7
Nice effect on the shading Oliver! Cheers, Tat
Konigwolf
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Tasmania, Australia
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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2015 - 02:01 PM GMT+7
Ditto great job on the shading. Also the intake "mesh" is very convincing. Shaded just enough for some detail to be seen through.
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 01:35 AM GMT+7
Hello,

A quick check on how it sits:



It seems level so the next step is to mount the tracks. I will be using the ones from Master Box as I doubt there's enough left from the kit given the track links I lost due to breakage.

I've tried to straighten the warped antenna carrier and below is the farthest I got. Still needs a bit more work I guess. Anyways will get back to this later on.



But hey, it sure looks ok from this angle though!



Cheers,

Tat
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 11:04 PM GMT+7
Nice progress Tat!
I guess, the carrier profile never was exactly straight on the original due some careless personnel .

Oliver
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 08:46 AM GMT+7
Hello everybody!
So I declare this model finished! I am not quite happy with the canopy glass as some primer crawled under the masks. I tried to remove most of this with a tooth pick. But some resisted onto the glass. Next time I will take more care. Hope You like the bird.





Oliver
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 09:07 AM GMT+7
Congrats Oliver, first completed kit and another excellent (and colourful!) chopper in your collection. I like your subtle weathering a lot.
tatbaqui
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 11:07 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Nice progress Tat!
I guess, the carrier profile never was exactly straight on the original due some careless personnel .

Oliver





Great finish on your build Oliver, congrats!
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, November 06, 2015 - 03:09 AM GMT+7
Quick update today:

Main structure of the flying bridge built and started some instrument panel painting. Basic so far but as you'll see this area clearly i'll put extra time into it.
Also some detailing inside the open panels below the windows and the railing there too.




Also started cutting some of the very delicate hand rails from the sprue to paint. Slow and steady with the razor saw is the way to go here!
Lots of fine detail to come....
PrickleHead
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Friday, November 06, 2015 - 10:29 PM GMT+7
Will be building Italeri's Wessex HAS.3 in yellow of the Royal Air Force Rescue



KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 12:45 AM GMT+7
A great choice! I remember the RAF's yellow Wessex search and rescue choppers well.

I'm certainly no expert but i don't recall seeing this variant as an RAF chopper. Are you doing some modifications to the kit or just painting it yellow to represent the RAF?

*edit* that got me wondering - Wikipedia says the RAF chopper was the HAR.2 variant
Aurora-7
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Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 02:23 PM GMT+7
Time to start my H-19. I'll be finishing as a HO4S-3G for the Coast Guard in the early yellow scheme.



tatbaqui
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 09:12 PM GMT+7
Hello,

I had challenges in cleanly cutting the kit-supplied tracks off its sprues -- tiny and brittle, thus easily damaged by my clumsy hands. My Plan B was to use the ones from the Master Box Pz I Ausf B track set. While it was a breeze to cut these out, it was a nightmare when it came to fit!



With Plan B out, it's back to the kit supplied ones. I've spent the last couple of nights painstakingly cleaning them up. Patience has its rewards though -- as the links got together perfectly!

Started with the top run, and today finished both sides. Added some sag as well.





Need to go back and prepare some more links for the bottom runs.

Cheers,

Tat
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2015 - 12:45 AM GMT+7
Welcome to Lifesavers Aurora, another brightly coloured build!
Tat, your perseverance with the track links will pay off by the looks of your results so far. The sag in the tracks really adds something.
tatbaqui
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Monday, November 09, 2015 - 11:34 AM GMT+7
Thanks Paul! Results after a late night:









Just a few more bits to put on, gaps to fill, and it'll be ready for the paint shop.

Cheers,

Tat
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 03:06 AM GMT+7
Tat and Paul: Thanks for the congrats!

Tat: Your "chain-art" looks good from here.Have You just glued the chain and sticked the other part together? Or do You paint the whole part?

Paul: Nice going! Wish You a steady hand with the razor saw. As I remember, my last railing parts doubled after sawing.

PrickleHead and Aurora-7: You got some nice entries there. Is this the goold old Revell H-19 You are going to build Aurora-7 ? This was my first chopper kit .

Oliver
Aurora-7
#360
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Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 08:05 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Is this the goold old Revell H-19 You are going to build Aurora-7 ? This was my first chopper kit .



Indeed. I fancied opening up her fuselage and do some seating but I need to catch-up with some other campaign builds so it'll be close to out of the box. I just want to get some screens for the vents around the engine area. Maybe a little clean up for the cockpit.
fhvn4d
#159
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: April 07, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 08:19 AM GMT+7
Heres my entry..... slightly futuristic but rescue services none the less... Thunderbird 2 and 4 from the Marionette series "Thunderbirds are go"













Calling it done for this bird!
tatbaqui
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ARMORAMA
#040
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Metro Manila, Philippines
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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 10:33 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Tat and Paul: Thanks for the congrats!

Tat: Your "chain-art" looks good from here.Have You just glued the chain and sticked the other part together? Or do You paint the whole part?

Paul: Nice going! Wish You a steady hand with the razor saw. As I remember, my last railing parts doubled after sawing.

PrickleHead and Aurora-7: You got some nice entries there. Is this the goold old Revell H-19 You are going to build Aurora-7 ? This was my first chopper kit .

Oliver



Thanks Oliver! I wanted to work on the wheels and tracks as a sub-assembly, but in this case the wheels were a pain to work with so I just glued everything together. Tough to paint on the details, but will manage. Cheers, Tat
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:28 PM GMT+7
Well done Brian, thats a really fun build. I had a diecast toy of Thunderbird 2+4 as a kid. Nice to see them again after all these years.
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:14 AM GMT+7
Ok, a couple of photos of progress :

First off, a small piece went missing from the little box I keep parts in once detached from the sprue. No idea where it's gone to but I scratched a nice neat replacement. I believe it's called a Samson post? Corrections welcome !


And in-situ...


Other modification work included drilling out the top of this small part to better represent the mooring point (not sure of the technical term here). I might also drill out the other small points where you can see the rope passing through.


The bulk of my time has been taken up with all the thin railings, of which there are many. Tricky to get off the sprue and clean up and just as tricky to attach as almost every contact point has to be gradually sanded to allow the best fit.

fhvn4d
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Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:55 AM GMT+7
You are doing an amazing job on that Airfix kit that was quite a challenging build imo.... so much so I tossed my first kit and decided to buy a second one .
Jessie_C
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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 03:49 AM GMT+7
[quote]Other modification work included drilling out the top of this small part to better represent the mooring point (not sure of the technical term here). I might also drill out the other small points where you can see the rope passing through.

Your 'mooring points' are called fairleads
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015 - 08:49 AM GMT+7
[quote]
Quoted Text

Other modification work included drilling out the top of this small part to better represent the mooring point (not sure of the technical term here). I might also drill out the other small points where you can see the rope passing through.

Your 'mooring points' are called fairleads



Thanks Jessie! There's a lot of unfamiliar jargon in the nautical world