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  1. K2Pete

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Drifterdon ... thanx very much! I ran across a fellow modeller's build blog on this same model and he ran into the same fit issues with these Ejection Seats. I also took some inspiration from his build. Thanx Wayne! Rather than use the PE's 2D '8-ball', I'll use a small sphere to replace it. But I have to drill out an allowance for 'em. After deciding on the pose of the seated Astro, I needed to decapitate him to turn his head a few degrees and patched the gaps with .005 styrene scraps Another piece of equipment needed to be built from scratch and installed The centre console needed some accurizing ... this piece will sit on top of the console. This cockpit is taking a lot of time to complete. The Centre Console needed some support and the building and test fitting and tear down and sand and test fit is ... well, the name of the game at this stage ... But it is coming together ... and ... it's getting pretty heavy ... Thanx for the visit! Pete
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    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    After deciding on the pose of the astronauts, I had to decapitate one guy to turn his head a few degrees and after reattaching it, filled the gaps with .005 styrene scraps The PE's '8-ball' will be replaced with a small sphere. So drilling out an allowance was next A new piece of equipment was scratch built and installed and the Centre Console needed to have a little more support and needed some building and fitting ... actually, needed LOT of fitting. This cabin is really taking a lot of time to complete. I figure I'm about 50% done with the cockpit ... and still have to install details, drill for switches, fit and finish ... But build, test fit, tear down, file, test fit again ... is the name of the game at this stage ... This subassembly is getting pretty heavy too ... I hope the stand will hold it and I'll have to see if the CoG will still be centred ... time will tell. Thanx for taking a peek! Pete
  3. K2Pete

    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    Thanx for the vids ... I've watched all her videos ... because she's articulate, knows what she's talking about and ... she's pretty easy on the eyes! The Gemini spacecraft was indeed designed to land on Terra Firma ... and I did a model of it too ... here's a couple pix ... If you're curious, the build thread is here...
  4. K2Pete

    1/32 Lunar Module - at long last

    Those Rivets look incredibly GOOD! I'll be watching this build ... this is gonna be good entertainment! Pete
  5. K2Pete

    Revell F-106 Delta Dart

    That Missile Bay ... is the kit's? Gol-ding-it, that's nice! Keep it up, this is looking terrific!
  6. K2Pete

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Thanx ralf! Manfred, it isn't frustrating at all ... this is my fun! I'm quite enjoying this build! I use sketches to visualize various aspects of the model and here, in the upper Left you can see how I think I'll have the seated Astronaut positioned. In the lower Right corner, is an indication as to how the Astronaut on EVA will be posed. The larger sketches are just me figuring out the position of the arms for the EVA Astro. So I had to cut off one of his arms ... And to fill the awful seams I use bits of styrene and later file and sand. I built this Hinge Support and it will also act as a reinforcement for the PE hinge. I also added more details to the Hatch ... The seats are almost done. I still need to add Seat Belts and Lap Belts, but it's close ... The large loops are the "D" ring for the Ejection Seats and the smaller ones are arm restraints made from thick Copper wire. The Ejections Seats, in order to fit into the crew compartment, need a little more room. So I had to cut out portions of the side walls. They'll get partially covered up with the equipment that attaches to the walls. You can see that the interference was only a couple of millimetres, but it's enough to be too tight a fit. There's still a lot to do on the Interior ... the Instrument Panel, Consoles, Side wall details ... this'll keep me busy for awhile longer! Thanx for taking a peek! Pete
  7. K2Pete

    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    Thanx Gents! I'll have one astro seated in the vehicle and the seams are awful ... but normal for this mid 1960's kit. I fill the seams with styrene bits, then file and sand as necessary. He'll have one arm flipping switches so, I had to perform an amputation in order to re-position it ... I do a few sketches in order to visualize how I'm gonna position the model. In the upper Left, you can see the seated Astronaut and in the lower Right, you can see how I think the Astronaut on EVA will be positioned I built this little hinge support and it'll be a good reinforcement for the PE hinge as well. Added details to the Hatch too. ... almost done ... Seat belts, Lap belts still to add, but this is almost done too. One seat will be empty, and the other Astro will be sitting in the other seat. The loops are the "D" ring for the Ejection Seat, and the smaller ones are arm restraints made from thick Copper wire. And the fit issues with the seats have been resolved ...I hope! I had to cut away the side walls of the hull in order for these to fit. The holes will be partially covered over with various equipment that attaches to the side walls While this interior is proving to be a bit of a bear, this build is still loads of fun! The interior still has a lot to do in it, IP details and various fit issues, but this is where I derive my enjoyment in this hobby! Till next posting. Pete
  8. K2Pete

    1/48 Monogram F-14A Tomcat

    I'm loving the adjustments you're making John! It's lookin' good! Pete
  9. Nice pix Don! That boat looks ready to go!! It sure is a gorgeous vessel! I don't know what it is about the aesthetics but ... man ... powerful and beautiful to look at! Pete
  10. K2Pete

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Vielen Dank ralf ! I decided to detail the Ejection Seats anyway, even though only one may fit properly. This is the Survival Kit being drilled out to indicate grommets. The scratch building aspect of this hobby is where I get my fun. Here, I'm carving the Lumbar support for the upper seat cushion. The upper seat cushion with Lumbar supports glued and filler applied. I've also added some 'cushioning' to the upper Ejection Seat. Here's the real seat ... I also soldered the joints ... and while it sure isn't pretty, it'll work for me. I'll file and Dremel the excess to smooth. Thinking that the poor fit issues were my fault, I decided to place the seats in position again ... and they fit a little better. Tight, but manageable. In the instructions it states that in final assembly, the top of the seat should be 0.5 mm from the top of the seat rail. This is the position I had in the dry fitting ... it's about 3 mm from the top of the seat to the top of the seat rail. And this is the 'correct' position. The seats fit much better ... still tight ... but they fit. I'm happy it was my screw up and not LVM's! But nothing was glued in so, no harm done. There's still some detailing to do before I can assemble the entire interior ... but I'm a happy man ... again! Pete
  11. K2Pete

    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    Thanx Kurt H. and phantom ... you two guys are good mods! Good job! I decided to press ahead and start to detail the Ejection Seats anyway ... although only one may be seen. Here's the real thing. It's a Weber seat. This will be the Survival kit ... just drilling some holes as grommets. The scratch building aspect of this hobby is what turns my crank. Here I'm carving a tiny Lumbar support for the seat cushion ... The upper seat cushion with Lumbar supports glued and some filler putty. I've also added some 'cushioning' to the upper Ejection Seat. I soldered the joints on that broken seat. It sure ain't pretty, but it does the job. I'll file and Dremel the excess to smooth. Thinking that I did something wrong in the fitting of these LVM seats. I placed 'em back in position. And in the Instructions it states that in final assembly. the top of the seat should be 0.5 mm from the top of the seat rail. Well ... I'll be darned! ... In the dry fitting, i placed the seats at their lowest point. When I placed 'em as instructed, they fit ... better. To illustrate the point, here's the seat position I had for the dry fit. The top of the seat is about 3 mm from the top of the seat rail. Here is the 'correct' position ... about 0.5 mm from the top. The fit is just a little tight, but will be fine. I'm glad it was my screw up and not LVM's. But nothing was glued in, so no harm, no foul. Still a little ways to go on this interior, but I'm relieved about the seats. Thanx guys! Pete
  12. K2Pete

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    The instrument Panels PE was attached ... The Astronaut will be cut up and repositioned to be Captain Gene Cernan in the aft Adapter section ... I'll use Milliput to sculpt his arms and legs. Made the Handholds out of styrene channel ... and installed. Glued some fiddly bits to the Ejection Seat ... And the repaired Glue joint broke ... darn it! But while deciding what to do with it, I wanted to see how the fit would be of the PE into the interior ... and ... it didn't fit. I do remember reading that there will be some fit issues with LVM's Photo Etch but ... this isn't even close. It won't be a matter of trimming and sanding a little bit off here and there ... it's off by at least 3/16 inch. Shucks! I’m godsmacked! I’ve spent the last 10 days or so fiddling with this Photo Etch interior and this morning, I was curious to see the fit. The Ejection Seats don’t fit. I can’t believe it. Now, I did read somewhere, 3 or 4 years ago when I bought this kit, that there were some fit issues. But this … aw geez. I must be doing something wrong. The interference is substantial. I want to detail this interior … I need to buy another set of Mini Drill Bits because my .3 mm bit broke a while ago and I want to drill out the PE and insert wire, supplied in the kit, as the switches. Now, I’m gonna postpone it and try to figure out what’s going on. I was debating as to whether or not BOTH hatches would be open to show off this lovely interior … now, the decision may have been made to keep one closed. Which will definitely make assembly and display much, much easier … but … I … am … so-o-o disappointed! Thanx for taking a peek Pete
  13. K2Pete

    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    Well, I applied some Tamiya Putty to some scrap brass PE and it seems to stick just fine ... so next will be applying it to the model and sand it down. Fingers crossed. The Instrument panel's PE got glued on too ... Built the Handholds with styrene channel ... and installed. The Astronaut will be cut up and rebuilt and repositioned ... Milliput will be used to flesh out this little guy. The Ejection Seat broke at the CA Glue seam. Darn it ... So while I was deciding what to do with the Ejection Seat, I wondered how the fit was gonna be in the interior and um ... with just 2 pieces in there, it ... uh ... didn't fit. The interference on these 2 parts was substantial ... an 1/8th to a quarter inch. Un-frikkin believable! Then I dry fit the subassemblies for the Ejection seat and put that in and ... it's not that it's tight, it just doesn't fit. I’m godsmacked! I’ve spent the last 10 days or so fiddling with this PhotoEtch interior and this morning, I was curious to see the fit. The Ejection Seats don’t fit. I can’t believe it. Now, I did read somewhere, 3 or 4 years ago when I bought this kit, that there were some fit issues. But this … aw geez. I must be doing something wrong. The interference is substantial. I want to detail this interior … I need to buy another set of Mini Drill Bits because my .3 mm bit broke a while ago and I want to drill out the PE and insert wire, supplied in the kit, as the switches. Now, i’m gonna postpone it and try to figure out what’s going on. I was debating as to whether or not BOTH hatches would be open to show off this lovely interior … now, the decision may have been made to keep one closed. Which will definitely make assembly and display much, much easier … but … I … am … so-o-o disappointed! Till next posting ... Pete
  14. K2Pete

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Manfred, I must say that I'm a little surprised with LVM. No notice or explanation ... oh well. aircommando130 ... thanx! Here's a reference image of the aft end of the Adapter section. I'll be putting in the structure as well as the AMU which'll get tucked in to the centre part ... Starting to cut out the centre part ... I'll use Real Space Models vac-formed aft 'curtain' and use just a bit of it ... The foothold for Astronaut Cernan is at the bottom. There's still some tweaking to do, but for all intents and purposes, it's done. The Overhead Switch panel has PE that just sits on the surface, so I carved out the holes for the hatch latches The Overhead Switch panel with the PE glued on ... When I made the decision to not try to learn how to solder these tiny pieces and glue 'em instead, with CA, things are moving along nicely. The PE for the hatches. Still some styrene details to add. I must say that LVM's engineering is really good. These hatches fit like a glove over the curves and various surfaces. This goes under the Ejection Seat and the joint at the tip was glued and will be the only bit seen ... Thanx for looking ! Pete
  15. K2Pete

    GEMINI 9A - 1/24

    Here's a reference image of the aft end with the AMU tucked into the centre and the foil insulation. This'll be built next ... Starting to cut out and put in the aft structure which will be hidden by the Gold foil. Tucked into this structure will be the Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, AMU, which'll be built from scratch. Real Space Models supplied this BIG piece of vac-formed styrene as the aft curtain. I'll chop out a piece of it and toss the rest. The bit on the bottom is a foothold for the Astronaut. The whole subassembly still needs a little tweaking, but it's done. The Overhead Switch panel has some PE which just sits on the surface. I decided to carve out the holes for the Hatch latches beforehand. After realizing that soldering these small pieces would take way-y-y-y too much time to get good at, I decided to just glue it, things are moving along. The Hatch pieces are glued down ... still many details, in styrene, to add ... The Overhead Switch panel ... To give you another idea as to the size of this stuff, this piece supports the Ejection Seat and the only thing that will be seen is the tip, which would've been soldered ... but glued instead. The PE really needs to be folded precisely. There's not a lot of fudging allowed with these joints. Does Filler stick to PE ... I'll hafta figure that out too. Thanx for taking a peek gents! Pete
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