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  1. Paint is going on! The mottling might need to be redone, will see how it looks after a unifying layer. I like how the area around the cockpit came out, but the tail section is less good. I kept spraying with a broken reg, and wondering trying to work with spatter rather stopping to think. Little streaks here and there are easy fixes though. The subject will be 9K VV of KG51. The Perfect Putty trick above actually kind of worked! It gives juuuust a hint of dinged up metal on flat surfaces. Difficult to catch on camera without a gloss coat. On vertical surfaces its a
  2. Long overdue update! The cockpit before closing it up: Another hitch in the assembly: the resin gunners sight is too wide for the stock canopy glass. Doh! Perhaps not the wisest choice, but I elected to grind down the inside of the canopy glass to win the necessary millimeter or two on each side. It worked well on the starboard side - grind, sand, polish, Future. But, on the port side I .... went through the glass. At that point, I put the project down for a bit and did other things wh
  3. We lucked out, my grandma worked in a hospital and we knew what had happened within hours. I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night and my parents going around taping over cracks in the windows, still at night. But many people didn't know for a while after and went about their lives. My mom still has thyroid problems and a childhood friend died of leukemia 6-7 years later. Hard to say if directly caused by exposure or just coincidence. That's a crazy build BaconRaygun, can't wait to see it finished.
  4. Update time. It's not going EXACTLY as planned, but here's where we are. On the plus side, it looks like a plane. On the minus side, I'm finding a lot of the same issues chuckw found in building this kit with these extras. Individually all the components work fine, but when you start fitting them together into the fuselage, it's another story. For example, the port instrument panel was straight, but the curve of the kit cockpit wall forces it to bend down and to the right. Likewise, the gun bay, radio/gunner and cockpit components interfere with each other when assembled. It's
  5. After taking some time off from the engine, the new plan is to build the engine cradle from scratch to solve the cowling problem. Meanwhile, on the radio...
  6. So the CMK engine kit is a little disappointing. The oil tank is wrong, the engine cradle is wrong, obvious details are missing and the top cowl portion from CMK can't actually fit over the engine, because the engine cradle arms sit too far out. I intended to model the top of the cowl closed but removable, and the bottom (DIY) cowl open, so now I think we're going with a permanently closed top cowl if I have to grind down the engine cradle. I console myself with Aires cockpit which is hitting all the right notes!
  7. Engine piping added. As far as I can figure, most of the external piping is crankcase ventilation 😮 On the flipside I really get why the germans used inverted V engines now. The heads, coolant circuits and other serviceable bits are clearly easier to work on and your wrenches and nuts fall to the ground, not into the engine bay!
  8. Thanks! Yes, I did see that thread. It's a work of art in itself and big inspiration!
  9. Hello! Wanted to share my new project, this is Monogram/Promodeler's 1/48 Me-410. I didn't know much about the 410 before seeing this kit, but it's my new airplane crush 🙂 The kit is really well detailed out of the box, especially for 2008 ish vintage. I did order Aires resin set for the gun bay detail, but the stock parts cockpit is very nearly as good. Beige is stock, green is Aires below. I really liked the open engine nacelle on my Pe-2, so also adding CMK DB603 engine and gear bay set. I'm not suuuuper happy with the engine detail, ther
  10. And she's basically done! I just have to clean the drop of paint off the starboard wheel, only noticed that in the pictures! Happy with the result, especially the mods made in construction. Learned a few things. Kind of unhappy with the quality of the clear parts, they have weird internal distortions that no amount of polish or Future seems to fix 😞 Made a small change to the open engine nacelle, it didn't make sense to me that the radiator ducting would always be removed with the cowling, so I fabbed up the top portion of the duct. Full album of the build: h
  11. Time to wrap up those extra bomb bays behind the landing gear. I found schematics of the interior structure and tested out scratch building the bay doors. It's a really awkward shape to work with and it's really my first serious attempt at this level, but I'm happy with how it's turning out. The other door will look better, I started with the less visible one to figure this out. Also discovered and fixed an omission in the kit: the landing gear doors have actuators linked to the landing gear. All the hook ups for them are molded into the kit, but the actual rods wer
  12. Weathering continues.. A few small details left like nav lights, gear doors and antenna.
  13. Does "if it looks right, it flies right" work in the opposite direction too? Definitely a unique subject. Looks like you're off to a good start. With all those angles, I wonder how it would look in digital camo that's fashionable east of Poland these days.
  14. She's starting to look like something! The paintwork, chips and decals are sealed under dull coat, on to detailing and weathering. Note the engine open cowling frame is not painted. I need to figure something out there, find it hard to believe the real thing has big chunky box beams line that. The specs in the glasswork is remaining adhesive and paint. After almost 6 months under wraps, peeling all that masking off was a nice cherry to end the xmas vacation. And of course now that I look at the pictures, I notice all the points where I goofed.
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