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  1. Been sidetracked for awhile... some abdominal surgery that was successful and things about 90% back to whatever normal is nowadays. I've spent most of the time I had working the nacelles... putty, sand, check, putty, sand, check, repeat as needed! Mine did need a bit of work and I hope to rescribe tomorrow and then should be ready to move on. I did finish most of the cockpit. Copied some pics from Cal Taylor's book and resized them and printed on decal paper to get some detail on the panels. Also waiting for a response from a very good friend who put many hours in the cockpit of the 133.. I doing 40144 that was part of the UN Congo mission. My friends picture of 40144 on page 282 of Cal's book outside the hangar at Leopoldville is my goal. Waiting to see if he remembers the color of the headrests and armrests. The pictues of the C-133 restored at Dover show red, but several other pictues I've found would suggest either gray or maybe black... will see. I will try to get some pictures in the next week or so.. I'm not the greatest photograper.
  2. There lays the problem.. they are not a vertical wall. Most of it is.. from the bottom of the nacelle to the lower edge of the wing... that's the part that does fit relatively snug. Then it angles back (looking at nacelle from the side).. and that is where the gap develops. Easier to insert a piece of plastic sheet than to try sanding.. and since both nacelles on the other wing do fit reasonably well, you would end up with nacelles of different sizes on the wings. I had already filled the gap when I started the pictures or I would have tried to get a side view.
  3. Not really.. the way the parts are designed it's only the very top of the nacelle that is causing the gap. The rest of it does mate snug against the wing. As I mentioned, the nacelles mate snug all the way on the port wing. As you can see from the pictures, there is still filing required to get a completely smooth nacelle.
  4. Starboard wing after filling. You can see that the nacelles required some putty of their own.
  5. I did not take photos prior to my post about the nacelles. But here is a starboard wing before filling. Will post after filling next. I will take some others of the build and post later. Charlie
  6. UPDATE: My original post was based on the assembly of the starboard (right) wing and nacelles.... today I built the port (left) wing and voila.. the same nacelles fit near perfect. I am stymied...I have checked the assembly of the starboard wing and it is correct.. both halves fit and aligned without a problem. But there is still the 1mm gap at the top of both nacelles. The natural assumption is that I screwed up somehow.. and might have, although there is very little to the assembly and highly unlikely. So, I will use a sheet filler for the two gaps and wait to see if anyone else gets to this point in their build.. and then gap or no gap? Now that I have both halves, the issue is a minor one. If you have the interest... get the kit. It does have a couple of challenges.. thick sprue attachments (tiny parts take a lot of care in removing) , soft plastic, etc... but overall it is a nice representation of this giant and important aircraft.
  7. I have run into an interesting problem with my Roden 1/144 C-133. There is a 1mm gap between the top of the engine nacelle and the wing mounting point. There is a definite step in the wing attachment point. I cannot identify anything I have done.. assume I just have to use some sheet filler to fix the issue. Anyone else experiencing this?
  8. If anyone is not using the red bordered national insignia- I am willing to pay a reasonable price. TIA Charlie
  9. What would be the appropriate color wash to use on a white aircraft? Thanks,
  10. The Revell 1/72 B-17G kit has two alternate windscreens.... for kit number 5861 they are numbered parts 67 and 68. I need a part 68. If anyone has one, please let me know cost and shipping. Thanks for reading and for any responses. Charlie
  11. Moved to Props Forum.
  12. It needs a new nose! All the parts fit extremely well until I attached the nose. There is a very noticeable step between the nose and the fuselage. Multiple dry fittings proved that it could not be eliminated except with putty and sanding. But there goes the fine detailing and it is beyond my skill level to recreate it.
  13. Thanks Jennings for the prompt reply... it's not hard to confuse me... but your explanation was great. Now to the basement! Charlie L
  14. I'm ready to start applying the Fundekals P-51D/K Factory Stencil Data to my 1/32 Tamiya. But a question has arisen! The instructions say "All markings are readable when viewed from the leading edge." That statement leads me to believe that the wing stencils would be 180 degrees from what I usually do... up until now I apply the stencils so they can be read when the wing is positioned with the trailing edge closest to me. I hope this question is understandable... and my confusion can be cleared up... until the next time. Thanks to all in advance... Charlie L
  15. Thoughts and prayers for sure. Keep us informed of her progress please.
  16. Fantastic news for all of you. The treatment takes a tremendous amount out of her both physically and mentally... and all of you as well. Thoughts are prayers will continue as those months roll by.
  17. Check Linen Hill Imports. He carries a wide selection of Russian colors made by Akan. I have used a number of their colors on Mig's and am quite pleased. If you can't find the exact one you want, send him an email.
  18. Dana's book has been out for a couple of weeks. I have a copy and it is an outstanding publication. It is available from several sources, I got mine from Amazon... get one!
  19. What are the prevailing thoughts on the color of the bomb bays in combat B-17G's? I can find references that say they were all natural metal; or dull dark green with natural metal bomb racks; or all dark dull green; or some other green; and more. And, it may be that were multiple options and I could just pick one that I like!!! Many searches have led to no definitive answers and I obviously have looked in all the wrong places for authentic documentation and pictures. I'm sure this has been discussed multiple times, and I appreciate your taking time to read the post and for any responses. Blame this request on my AMS :) Charlie
  20. Is the Special Hobby 1/32 T-33 a reboxing of the Czech Model kit with different decals?
  21. How do you keep EZ Line from "looping" when you dip it in CA? I started using EZ Line for rigging on a WNW kit... when I dip the end of the line in CA before attaching to the model, the end of the line frequently loops... doesn't stay nice and straight... any suggestions? Regards, Charlie
  22. I noticed that MisterKit lists a WWI RAF Salamander Black paint. Does anyone know if this is the same color that was used on the RAF Night Bombers (i.e. Fe.2b's)? I appreciate your taking time to read this and for any insights. Regards, Charlie
  23. Sounds like Stupid 101 question... but it is leading to some spirited debate. Early 1960's.... USN "Utility" aircraft... i.e. C-45... some were white with major red areas on the wings, tail, cowls, etc. What red was it? I have proposed Insignia Red, but it was deemed to be too dark by crewman who were there... Suggestions appreciated. Regards in advance, Charlie
  24. I've been asked to build a Navy WV-2 (USAF EC-121) for a veteran. I have obtained the 1/72 kit and work has begun. I asked him about the finish on the aircraft in his squadron. He said they were overall gray, but does not remember which gray. Best guess was "medium gray!" I have done several photo and text searches but cannot come up with a valid reference. Anyone out there that knows which gray was used? I have seen several pictures that show a very dark gray finish, but he insists it is not the overall gray that his squadron used. I know this is kind of general, there may have been several grays used over the years depending on the aircraft mission, etc., but thought it was worth a check. Thanks for reading and any response. Charlie
  25. I'm sure the answer has been posted before, but darn'ed if I can find it! What was the width of the yellow tips on the B-17G props? Big thanks to those who read and potentially respond to this! Charlie
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