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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    No progress of late. My workshop was taken over by some essential bodywork repairs on my 1/1 scale Jeep. Both the front right fender and right side of the body needed some attention to deal with rust and age fatigue. While I was using the workshop for welding and angle grinding, it was in too much of a mess to do any modelling, but I wanted the work done before it got too cold and damp to do the repairs and painting. It's all back together now and the floor and benches swept clean again, but now I'm suffering from "Christmasitus", that "can't be bothered" feeling as you approach a holiday period!! I'm hoping to get some fun modelling done with my daughter over the holiday. Fender repairs to the corner and "hat channel" that reinforces the panel and inner skin of the fender. The step and a little further back on the body needed some welding too.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    With Christmas just around the corner, I don't have money to spare for silicone and casting resin just now. So I fancied a change of pace and turned my attention to the decals. Using measurements and pictures from the fullsize and scans of the model parts, I set about producing the master artwork for the decals. The graphics could be trial "fitted" using a layers in my photo program to check and adjust the size against the model. This scan has the fuselage side flat against the scanner, but I did another with the tapered rear fuselage flush with the glass. The model parts were added into one photo layer and the photos of the original aircraft added in a layer over the top. Everything was enlarged to four times model size to make the tracing easier. Each colour was then traced in black on separate layers so I had a red, white, blue, black and orange/yellow layers, but all in black. This would allow printing of each colour separately or I could colourise and combine layers for a full colour print, depending on how my decal maker wanted to do it. The image below shows the progress so far. Each colour is actually completely black at present, but that would mean the roundel and rudder would be just one black splodge. So the yellow, red, white and blue layers have all had their transparency adjusted so they show up as different greyscales to show each different colour.
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    1/72 Ryan PT-22 Recruit G-RLWG ( PT-20 kit with resin conversion )

    The resin lower link was added next. Another step along the way complete.
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    1/72 Ryan PT-22 Recruit G-RLWG ( PT-20 kit with resin conversion )

    It was fiddly enough cutting and positioning the parts, never mind soldering them! After removal from the jig, the joints were cleaned up with needle files. Thin brass rod out of the top of the legs will be used to pin them into the wing.
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    1/72 Ryan PT-22 Recruit G-RLWG ( PT-20 kit with resin conversion )

    It's been a while, but after two days doing winter maintenance on my WW2 Jeep, I needed a more relaxing day. After the morning spent tinkering with my telescope mount, I spent the afternoon on the Ryan. It doesn't look much for four to five hours work, but it was a job I'd been putting off - the bird cage landing gear! The original PT-20 kit gear had enclosed legs and spatted wheels. The resin conversion for the PT-22 was also wrong for me, still having enclosed legs but exposed wheels. As a result, I needed to scratch build some legs. I decided styrene wouldn't be strong enough as I'd also have to rig bracing wires to the legs. So I went for brass tube and the resin articulated link included in the conversion. Using the resin leg as a template, I made a jig to hold the tiny brass parts, each around 1/2 an inch long.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    I got the cowl panels partially scribed today, but it wasn't an easy job due to the mix of filler and model board used in its construction. For that reason, I've decided not to panel the fuselage, but to mould it first, take a pure resin version which can then be scribed and a second mould made. Having a fuselage made from the one material will make the scribing much easier and means I won't risk damaging the master pattern if the panelling goes wrong. I'm not looking forwards to scribing around the fuselage. I finished the windows on the fuselage too, adding the small frames on the front windows and the join in the sliding window where the gun sticks out. Here's the tiny tail wheel. Turning the 4mm diameter was fun!
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The cowl took some plotting of where the exhausts and panel lines went. I made a scribing too to cut the cowl gill lines around the odd shape. However, things don't always go to plan! While the tool was great, making the tool with the cowl front edge as reference and then sitting the cowl on its back edge for scribing put the lines in the wrong place, so they had to be filled and left to dry for another go. Must pay more attention next time!! Then it was time to pick my daughter up from school and there was another day gone!
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    There's been a few delays due to other customer projects, but I got back to "Bruce" today. Fin was scribed first and hole drilled for the counterweight.. Next I moved to the fuselage doors, cut from 0.25mm styrene. A fiddly job. The fin and doors swallowed 3 hours of the day!
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Then the other wing. Everything was given another dusting of primer at the end of the session as the cowl and fuselage had areas that had been filled and sanded.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Bruce is currently sharing the bench with a 1/48 scale Pitts Special. Fancying a bit of a change of pace, I had a go at scribing the panels on the wings. Bottom first, and when that went ok, moved onto the top.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Air intake and oil cooler fitted. A little fillter, thinned with solvent glue, was added to the joint.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Time today was split between a customer's Pitts Special and the Broussard. On Bruce, I was working on the intakes on the cowling. This strip of styrene will form the carb intake, but as it needed to be slightly thicker, it was glued to a larger sheet of 0.25mm styrene. Once hardened, it would be cut out and trimmed to shape. This would also involve heating one end with a soldering iron to allow it to curve over the front edge of the cowl. The oil cooler was to be part styrene and part modelling resin. There was a flat strip of styrene that needed to be glued to the bottom of the cowl first, with the resin part on that. At around 4mm wide, it was a nightmare to hold and sand with my sausage fingers!
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The centre frame is now glued on, but the rounded corners on the frames haven't been reproduced yet. The rear fuselage also needed building up a little to blend smoothly into the wing. The layer of filler is only around 0.5mm thick. The filler needs a little more work yet, but I ran out of time to do much more, and wanted it presentable for the weekend event rather than plastered in unsanded filler.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The fuselage top extends over the centre wing section. This required an area building up on top of the wing. Electrician's tape was used to control the area where the filler would be applied. I also started cutting and gluing microstrip for the front framing.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The window frames were glued to the cabin today and the cabin bolted back onto the rest of the fuselage to allow blending of the two parts. To do this I had to open up he holes in the underside of the cabin, and epoxy some M3 nuts into the bottom. This would allow bolts to pass through the holes still in the main part of the fuselage to hold it firmly in place for filling and sanding. There was other stuff going on today so didn't get much else done. Building the windscreen frames will be next around the front, and the first of the side windows needs an additional small dividing frame that runs parallel to the sloping front edge. Since I'm back at Breighton this weekend, I'm taking the pattern along in its current state and will see if I can generate any more interest for one, assembled or in kit form.
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