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  1. Army_Air_Force

    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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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    There's been a pause on this project due to some necessary house repairs, but I got back to the project late morning today. The task for today was the cabin windows. For this I planned to cut them out of very thin styrene which would then be glued to the side of the modelboard cabin section. Two over long pieces of thin styrene were cut, and cyano was applied in a tiny strip along the end of each piece. The two pieces were then pressed together until stuck. This left me with the two pieces fastened by the ends, allowing my to cut two identical parts. A print out of the windows was then attached to the plastic with double sided tape. I then sharpened the tip of my scalpel on a diamond stone before slowly starting to score around the frames, one by one. The cabin block then had to be thinned by the thickness of the styrene so the overall width would remain correct. The block was wet sanded on some 240grit wet and dry. It is seen here being tested for thickness. On the final model, there will of course be the need to fill this seam, which will be between the normal resin fuselage and the clear resin cabin section. It was a fiddly job but I'm pleased with the way it went. I'm back at Breighton this weekend, so will have another chance for a close look at the real Broussard.
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    1/35 scale "Holy Grail" of Jeep Collectors

    Is the wood kit still available? Not that I need it now, just curious.
  10. In the real world of military vehicle collectors, the "Holy Grail" would be to find an original Jeep in its shipping crate. Of course, other than those at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the holds of sunken ships, it's very unlikely anyone will ever find one. The whole "Jeep in a crate for $50" idea came from a post war scam, trying to con people out of their money. However, there are a number of photos around the net showing Jeeps in crates, although how they were packed and how disassembled they were seems to vary from picture to picture. This model was built for a friend, with the hood number matching his Jeep. The Jeep is from the Italeri kit with a scratch built crate from ramin strip wood and 1/32 birch plywood. The metal tie down straps are black painted paper, with painted wire over paper holding the wheels into the tub. It is presented in an A4 box frame´╗┐.
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    1/72 Ryan PT-22 Recruit G-RLWG ( PT-20 kit with resin conversion )

    I finally found a few minutes to try some different yellows and finally settled for Humbrol 24 for the Ryan. The photos above look more orange, but it's all to do with the camera settings and light it is photographed in. It got a few thin coats during the afternoon. I painted it over the grey primer rather than white, as I didn't want it too bright and fresh looking. The original aircraft has been in that scheme for many years. The final coat may yet get a tiny bit of orange or red in it. It all depends on how this looks once cured and in natural light. I think the scratch built landing gear will have to come next. The kit and resin modification only includes faired in legs, not open struts.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The only progress this week has been priming and filling.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    Friday afternoon was spent filling and sanding the cowl. The postman also brought the Broussard decals that JamesP ( from Britmodeller ) kindly sent me. While these decals won't be used on the first two models of the Breighton based Broussard, they are a useful reference source for the size of some of the smaller markings and stencils. This should help with the graphics for my own decals.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The rear part of the cowl was then sanded to the brass template and then some P38 filler carefully applied to allow the front and rear to be blended. This will probably take two or three applications to sand and fill any low spots. It's going to require some careful sanding. I couldn't proceed until the filler cured, and as it was close to school chucking out time, I packed up and went to collect my daughter, but not before another feel good picture. I was very happy with the way it was looking.
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    Max Holste Broussard 1/72 Scratch Built Masters & Models

    The front section of cowl was cut away, and sanded to the desired depth. The rear part of the resin, that was in the lathe jaws, was also trimmed, and the brass template from the front fuselage attached with cyano to the back face. The front piece was then carefully lined up and glued back on.
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