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  1. Getting a spare canopy is a smart thing to do, we modelers are brave but not reckless, let's hope that you can get one. You surely know better than me, using a Dremel allows me to make cuts with little risk of damaging the part, it may work for you too if simply burr away (not sure if it's the right term) the hatch and windows and make new ones from scratch, just a suggestion, looking forward to more progress on this build. Thanks for sharing
  2. Awesome John, the detail just gets better and better, you must have to leave open as many windows or hatches you can on that cockpit. Thanks for sharing Carlos
  3. Thank you Steve, Chukw Steve, I'm using an RB productions riveting tool. It surprised me how small the rivets are; I'm hoping they wouldn't disappear under the priming or the paint. By the way, I saw your finished Corsair, outstanding job you did; it inspired me to go on. Carlos
  4. Amazing build Steve I like the balance you achieve, parts with lots of details like the engine and wing fold, and the rest of the plane with a smooth, flawless finish; you put the bar high. Thank you for sharing Carlos
  5. Hello all I've managed to make some progress this weekend, Steve's marvelous Corsair build inspired me to move along with mine. One thing that completely forgot when doing the research was the information about the colors, so I've to rely on the Tamiya instructions while I gather more references. This is only my second model after switching to acrylics, so I'm still experimenting with them; since this part wouldn't be visible it was an excellent opportunity to do a test, here are my attempts at the zinc chromate of the interiors, one is the indicated in the instructions of 1:1 XF-3 and XF-5; the other one is a 2:1 mix of Vallejo U.S. interior yellow and RLM 70 black green (too late I've discovered the bottle of U.S. light green has dried). Wich one you think looks better? Two flaps actuators per wing were made from Evergreen rod; they will be cut to length later. The approaching light and the gun camera were fashioned from bits of clear sprue and evergreen; in this picture, I found that the window for the gun camera has a small crack, didn't bother to fix it at this point. For the oil filters, I've chosen a fine mesh from RB, to simulate the diagonal strip, a piece of thin stretched sprue was glued first in the back and masked on the mesh on the front, and then applied several layers of primer (AMMO One Shot), this product worked better than I expected. Here are the wings glued in place, some minor filling is necessary for the joint, the air intakes were painted separately before assembling the parts (oil filter and vanes), here are just dry fitted in the wing. Here is the other intake and also the backfire ports glued in place. Halfway in this build had the idea to make rivet details on it, the first time for me on a full kit. Months ago I made the first attempt on the bottom of the elevators leading edge, the result was disappointing, to say the least, and was undecided if going on or not; yesterday I give it one more try, filled the first attempt with cyano, sanded smooth and take extra time to draw the reference lines the better I could, the result where much better this time, not perfect but at least the lines are straight. That's all for now, thank you in advance for your comments and critiques. Carlos
  6. That bird is looking good, love the paint and, the extra detail you put in the wing fold does stand out. CanĀ“t wait to see more pics of the finished model, thank you for sharing Steve. Carlos
  7. Thank you, Collin. Your explanation was clear, and it does make sense, I'll be practicing as much as I can to be prepared. Looking forward to this build and wondering if you will be doing some weathering to go along with the context of a plane hidden on the outside between trees. Carlos
  8. Congratulations Collin Outstanding work you are doing on a sleek looking subject, I love the paint job you did. I have this kit on my stash and the main thing holding me back from starting it is painting the camo, could you please share your technique? The squiggles, in particular, both in terms of how to make consistent lines and also how to make that random but, at the same time, "homogeneous" pattern (can't find a better term to describe it). Thanks for sharing. Carlos
  9. Hello Elmo What a nice thing to see more of this build, genuinely inspiring. Thanks for sharing Carlos
  10. Great work Steve The finish does look like the pictures of the museum item you posted. Thanks for sharing
  11. I'm amazed by the pace your build is progressing, even more considering all the extra detail you are putting on, By the detail of the gun bay, I'm assuming you are building with the bay's doors open; don't know the 1/32 Tamiya but in the 1/48 kit the ceiling of the bomb bay represented the bottom of the central fuel tanks and, I read somewhere that in the FB variant those tanks were omitted to make room for the 20mm cannons. Sorry, I can't give you precise information about it, but since you are putting such effort into your research, I thought it worth mention it. Thanks for sharing. Carlos
  12. Hello all While doing home office those past days, I got little time to work on models but finally got to make a little progress. Here are the air intakes, I refined the edges of the vanes and added panel lines and other details inside the lips of the intakes because the model has none of them. The idea is to paint the intakes before continuing but, I need your help to decide what is the appropriate color for this, I think they should be white on the front but not so sure behind the vanes, what do you think?. Going back to the gun's tubes, after several cycles of filling, scribing, priming; finally got to a point where I have to stop, I hope to conceal the imperfections during the weathering process. One thing that was bugging me since the beginning was this detail on the kit, it just seems odd-looking, references show those are called backfire ports (don't know what they are for) and should be flush with the fuselage. Here is the solution I came on with, engraved the details on a strip of plastic card and trimmed the excess until it fitted in; the part is not glued in place yet because I need to remove part of the kit's detail to make it sit flush. Thanks for passing by and for any advice you can give about the intake colors. Carlos P.S. Thanks, Steve and Gianni for your kind comments.
  13. Hello 11bee That's a very good job you are doing, the attention you are putting to detail surely is paying off; I do really like the wearing effect on the floor. On a side note, may I suggest you try to make the pictures clearer? I'm sure there are more details in your work that we are missing because of that. It is not a critique, just a suggestion. Thanks for sharing. Carlos
  14. Hello This past weekend I started reworking the other air intake, looking at references the first one seemed somewhat strange, so I decided to change the angle of the aperture. In this way, the intake vanes group can be oriented in an angle closer to the wing leading edge, and, in my opinion, they look more accurate. What do you think?. Going back to the guns tubes, I filled the scribed lines with CA and rescribed them using a different method, it seems to work better, but since the CA fell off on most of the parts, because of the primer beneath, I need to go back at them; strike two. Thank you all for your comments, and I hope you, your families and loved ones stay safe these days. Carlos
  15. Your effort on those marks really paid off, I also liked the overall paint job you did; keep on and good luck. Carlos
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