Fuselage / Painting

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Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Sat May 29, 2010 10:14 pm

Some shots of the fuselage / mainwing assembly / painting:

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The mainwing / fuselage joint was absolutely spot on: well done Airfix!!!

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I messed up with the decals on this side, the "F" was destroyed by my impatience, so now I will have to paint it on :cry:

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Still a very long way to go before the finishing post comes into sight!
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Rob » Sat May 29, 2010 10:28 pm

Very crisp Mr Coleman, are you going to weather it? Oh go on, go on, go on.

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Sat May 29, 2010 10:33 pm

Yes rob,
Weathering is very much on the cards but will have to wait for a while yet as I am only about 1/3rd the way through construction at the moment!!! :shock:
The mainwing and tailwing assemblies are only press fitted in place at this time.
I will be moving on to the Merlin engines next........
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Sun May 30, 2010 12:16 pm

It looks a fine paint job to me Pete, what did you use for the camouflage masks, can't you get a replacement decal from airfix on the grounds that Tilly ate the original, worth a try rather than hand painting an 'F'

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Sun May 30, 2010 12:45 pm

Thanks Maurice.
The camoflague masks where a mixture of blu-tack and self-made cardboard templates.
The reason for the blu-tack and gaps at the edges of the cardboard masks is to create a soft demarcation edge when spray painting, between the two colours.

I will try the Aifix route for the b******d "F" transfer, but I think that they take forever to answer enquireys.......

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Sun May 30, 2010 12:54 pm

Ah you realise Pete that I'm merely cribbing off you with Mrs W's Spitfire build in mind, in abeyance but not forgotton. I now recall something about the old hard edge soft edge debate about camouflage painting, a concept wasted on Mrs W I think :roll:

You may find that Airfix respond quicker that you think, afterall I got replacement parts from Heller for my Seventy-four build so there must be hope, here's hoping so anyway :D

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Mon May 31, 2010 10:20 am

I have e-mailed Airfix's "Customer Care Department" with my request for a spare letter "F".
(or complete transfer sheet).
We shall see what we shall see!
Pete.

Has Mrs W got the dreaded "modellers block"? :wink:
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Mon May 31, 2010 6:59 pm

I suppose that I should say a few words about the construction so far:
I have to say that Airfix have outdone themselves with regards to the fitment of adjacent parts compared to past efforts. I would imagine that this has been achieved by the use of a CAD program for producing the master moulding tools.
The only big problem that I have come across was the upper fuselage seam, but I think the problem may have been self made by my use of cyano glue which might have set before I got around to the alignment of that part of the fuselage!
Although the fit of the parts may be very good, the actual material is still the same old “soft & gooey” plastic that Airfix have always used which makes sprue removal and part finishing that extra bit demanding.
But all things considered, I am very pleased with progress so far although I still have at least 2/3rds of this kit to do before it’s finished…..

Here are some shots now that I have finished applying all of the fuselage / main & tail wing decals.
I did not go down the usual route of glossing or Future coating the paintwork before applying the decals, instead I simply rubbed the paint surface down to a glass like finish with 1200 grade “wet’n’dry” paper.
The decals are printed by Cartograf of Italy and are VERY unforgiving, especially when well doused with “solvaset” decal softening solution so that the decals will snug down over any irregular surface.
I am hoping that Airfix will come up trumps with a spare letter “F” for the port fuselage side!
Work will now commence on the two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.

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Cheers for now,
Pete.

Oops, I must remember to paint those radiators! :roll:
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:18 pm

My meagre modelling efforts have been deflected elsewhere (HMS President) of late, however I have been doing a bit of "Mossie" work too.
Here are some shots of the bomb-bay area showing the bank of four Hispano-Suiza 20mm cannon.
Those cannon are a pain to put together as there is nothing to support them until the ammo chutes are attached, squeezing the assembly through the bulkhead and frames is a tense operation too!
There are several electrical connections/conduits yet to be made to the cannon. The bombs, cradles and fuel tanks are complete.
The cannon have had a few wash/filters applied.
Cheers,
Pete.


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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Rob » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:04 am

Hi Pete,
Cannons looking good especially the ammo feeds. The colour of the cases is spot on clean but not polished.
Will you be adding washes to any other areas?
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:20 am

There are already some general washes in the area, but the camera doesn't pick it up that well.
Might have a bash at pin washing the cannon with Abteilung 502....
Pete.
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:12 am

Impressive work Pete, did Airfix ever come up with a replacement 'F' decal?

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Pete Coleman » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:22 am

Not an "F"-ing thing from Airfix yet, not even a response to my email :cry: ......
Pete.
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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:51 am

That's disappointing to hear Pete, I thought they may have improved their customer service given the vagaries of the industry.

In the event of a no show, as Plan B you could always utilise those little steps, and model an erk repainting an 'F' on the fuselage. :D

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Re: Fuselage / Painting

Post by Rob » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:19 pm

A solution to your “F” dilemma Pete may be to paint it on. Mask off the roundel and spray the area inhabited by the “F” in the code colour. Make and apply an F from three pieces of masking tape (easier than cutting a proper stencil) then spray the camouflage back in.
A bit nerve wracking but could be done if Airfix don’t oblige.

Another idea may be to ask on say Britmodeller for anyone who has built the kit in one of the other schemes and has the codes in their spares box.

Rob.

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