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Hammerhead11

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    Aviation and military history, film, camping/back packing, spending time with my family, and obviously scale modeling.

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  1. Was able to get a good amount of Bench time in today. Cockpit is about 95 percent done. I'd seen all kinds of reference photos showing different colors in the cockpit. However, I was not able to find any reference to the color used in Brazilian P-47s. My initial thought was to use the standard "Interior Green" as that is what I'm used to, but decided to go with the darker green instead, just to try something new. All of the cockpit components were primed with Mr Surfacer 1500 black then given a coat of green by vallejo. Details were then picked out in black, aluminum, khaki, and grey. It was given a wash of Tamiya Dark Brown panel liner. Then on to the Eduard photo etch. There were quite a few small placards, and I spend a good amount of time getting them all added, but in the end, I think it's totally worth it, they really give a lot of life to the cockpit. I still need to finish the Gun sight, but I will leave that off until the end since it has some very delicate parts. Next I will be working on the remaining parts that go into the fuselage including the intercooler ducting by Eduard. Cheers, Brett
  2. Moving right along on this build now, I've got the wings done enough that I feel I can move on the the rest of the build. I added some light weathering on the wings using some artist oils, nothing too fancy. Basically, all that is left for the wings are to attach the panels to the ammunition bays and the wingtip lights. But, I think I will hold off on adding those until the end of the build. I've also got the prop matte coated and finished. I had panting it was a base of Alclad, so I was able to scratch away the black paint on the leading edges of the blades to expose the bare metal, I like the effect, sorry you cannot really see it in the photo. I've also completed the Bombs and bomb racks. had fun weathering the bombs a little, perhaps they had been sitting out in the sun at the depot for a while. Also added what I assume are the arming wires for the fuses. Pretty happy with how these turned out. Penny for scale. With all of this complete, I have now turned my attention to the Cockpit. There is a lot of pre painted photo etch that goes into the cockpit (Eduard Photo Etch) and so I had to remove some of the molded detail here and there, especially the instrument panel. I also added in some plumbing using my go-to: Floral Wire. There are photo etch parts provided in the Eduard set that depict some of the wiring, but I feel like the floral wire gives a better 3D effect than the flat photo etch. Plus I added in some other details that I noticed in reference photos of the cockpit. Next up will be to start painting the cockpit. Cheers, Brett
  3. Just wanted to provide a quick update. I've got the landing mostly painted up and semi-permanently attached to the wings now. Prop is painted up, just waiting a final matte coat. Bombs and bomb racks are in progress. Need to add the stencils to the bombs, weather them up then they'll be ready to be attached. I've added all of the stencils to the wings and will start on weathering them. I won't do too much, mainly just some oil streaking on the bottom around the flap actuators, some dirt and grime around the gun/ammunition access from the ground crew and a little soot staining around the shell ejection ports. Cheers, Brett
  4. Ok, so after a long hiatus I have returned to continue work on Oh Johnny. I have decided to scrap the kitchen foil idea and fall back onto Alclad. So I stripped off the foil that I had already done, and in case anyone was wondering, WD-40 makes quick work of the Micro Metal adhesive and didn't touch the plastic at all. It was amazing. I primed the wings, checked for seams or scratches and sprayed various shades of gray and tan onto different panels to give the Alclad aluminum some variation. I decided to go with both wings in natural metal as the reports I have read indicated that at least both wings had been replaced at one point, so thats what I'm going with. Here it as after spraying the Alclad and removing the masking, pretty happy with it, it looks pretty uniform here, but from different angels, you can really see the different tones. Here you can see the variations in the Aluminum, I also started adding the decals. Main decals applied, added a wash from artist watercolors mixed with water and a drop of dish detergent. Wash has been removed, Flaps added. Started working on the Landing gear and Bombs. Thanks for looking, Brett
  5. So, due to various life circumstances I had to take a few months off the hobby, but I have recently been able to get back into it, and so, to help ease back into my model making 'mojo" I decided to do a quick double build of a pair of Airfix Mustangs. I've built this kit before, and in spite of it's simplicity, I rather enjoy the kit, and in the end, it looks like a mustang to my eyes. I also wanted to use these models to test out some Alclad paint that I plan on using for another build. And I must say, I'm really disappointing with myself for not using this product earlier. It worked just as advertised and once it was cured it was incredibly durable. I'm very pleased with it. Because the Airfix kit has a few options, I decided to build up one in-flight, and one on it's wheels: For the first mustang, I choose to use a combination of the kit decals and decals from the spares bin to model a fictional plane from the 332nd fighter group. I'd never done a Red Tail Mustang before and it was quite fun with all of the different colors. The red is Vallejo, the Yellow is Tamiya, and the OD and interior colors are from MIG. One of the drawbacks to the Airfix kits, especially in 72nd scale, is the softness of the plastic. Both the control column and the antenna broke and flew off into oblivion, so I had to fashion new ones. I also added lead foil seat belts and added the actuator rod to the radiator outlet, not that you'll really see it. For Mustang number 2 I choose to use the kit markings and forgo weathering to give it an "airshow" appearance. The kit representations for the drop tanks were rather poor, so I added the raised rim that runs around the drop tank from stretched sprue and added the fuel lines that run into the wing from floral wire. I also had the same issues with the previous kit and had to replace the control stick and antenna. Also, the provided pilot figure didn't really fit in the cockpit so I had to do some trimming of the internal bits to make room for him to fit properly. Blue and red are both from Vallejo. Thanks for looking. -Brett
  6. Thanks Dutch. So, I may have gotten myself in too deep here on the next step of the wings. I decided to go the route of applying metal foil... I'm using thin kitchen foil and Microscale's metal foil adhesive. It is a slow and time consuming process. And I'm not 100% happy with the results. I've gotten the entirety of the bottom half of one wing done. Between all of the times i messed up and had to redo a panel, I feel like I've used a solid square foot just doing this part of the wing. Good thing kitchen foil is cheap. Also, I'm afraid it's a tad too shiny. Please let me know what you think. The reason I decided to try this out and not use paint is because so far, my attempts to apply a convincing metal paint job over a large surface has been less than satisfactory. In the end though, if I don't like the foil, it's easily removable and I will just have to be content with paint. I applied lines of rivets once the foil was down, it takes very little pressure to emboss the foil.
  7. Managed to get some paint on the wheel wells and gear doors. Pretty happy with it all so far. I need to put some paint around the lower lip of the wheel wells, and around the opening to the ammunition bays then I should be able to get the wing halves glued together. I've also started working on the landing gear struts. Thanks, Brett
  8. Hello everyone, sorry for the dry spell here. I'm fortunate enough to have a job that allows me to work from home and you would think that that would mean more time at the work bench. Yet, in the two weeks I've been working from home now, I've barely been able to get to the bench between an increased work load at work and kids needing help with their school work. I was also waiting on some new drill bits to arrive and those took a little longer than expected. But, this weekend I was finally able to make a little bit of progress on the P-47. I've been working on the wheel wells, adding Eduard photoetch and some lines with 30 gauge floral wire I think I've got it mostly plumed. This image shows the wheel well looking forward. you can see some of the eduard photoetch as well as some of the hoses I've added. Here is the wheel well facing aft, again many hoses we added. Its not 100% accurate, but after looking at many photos of p-47 wheel wells, I came to the conclusion, that each example I looked at had slightly different configurations for their hoses, so this looks good to me. Final image shows where the brake lines will eventually lead up to the landing gear. ( slightly out of focus far right of the image) Overall I'm happy with the results and I feel it makes the wheel wells look nice and busy. Next step will be to get some paint on. Until then, stay safe out there. Brett
  9. Thank you, I've hit a small snag. I'm currently working on the wheel wells, and will need to add many of the lines and hoses with floral wire, but my micro drill bit that I was using broke, and now I'm waiting on a new set of drill bits to arrive before I can continue, I will try and snap some pictures of what I've done so far. There is a decent amount of photo etch added to the wheel wells from the Eduard set, mainly to add detail to the side walls of the wheel wells. Each piece has fit perfectly and I have been satisfied so far. Thanks, Brett
  10. Thanks Dutch, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. This is my first serious project with a lot of photoetch. well, the figures are now complete. Over all I’m satisfied, I may tinker with them throughout the project, but for now I’m calling them done. I’ve also finished the ammunition bays. I laid down a coat of primer, let it dry for 12 hours then laid down a coat of MIG Zinc. Let this dry for 12 hours as well. Then added some Tamiya dark brown panel liner to add some weathering and added the placards. Once this was dry it was on to adding the actual ammunition belts. These were prepainted and look amazing. You can even see the different bullet types, AP, incendiary, ect. I’m really happy with how these turned out. Here is a picture of one of the sides temporarily set inside the wing. You can see I’ve also started cleaning up the wing and re-scribing the missing panel lines. I really have to do this right since this will be done up in a metal finish. Thanks for looking! Brett
  11. Quick update today. I’m in the middle of painting the figures and will post pictures once they are done. I’ve started working on the wings as well, cutting open the panels for the ammunition bays. As well as assembling the photo etch for the bays and panels. thanks for looking, Brett.
  12. Don, Thanks for sharing, glad to hear it's such a great kit. I will do the same and hold off adding the LG and such until the end. -Brett
  13. Just started by build log for this: -Brett
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