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Andrew Doppel

High Planes/Academy 1/48 CAC Sabre conversions

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Lots of very impressive work, Andrew. The seams appear to be putty hogs but they sand down quite well. Very nice, sir.

Mike

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Your right Mike. It has something to do with the moulding of the conversion fuselages. The warped one came out of the mould too early from the guy that sells them. Here's progress on the 75 Squadron bird including the Alclad exhaust. Decals will de on tonight or tomorrow.

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Regards

Andrew :cop:

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You're doing them justice! Nice paint work.

Be safe.

Mike

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Thanks Mike. I got a coat of paint onto the 76 Squadron bird today but I'm going to have to go back a do some sanding a filling of some scratches and a seem on the fuselage, unfortunately. Other than that most of the decalling (which is doing my head in) on the 75 Squadron bird is done as is the start of my pilot figure for it. Am awaiting some stuff from the US to complete the cockpit then it'll just about be done;

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The two painted fusleages.

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I hope you like the progress and keep looking in.

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Andrew :cop:

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wow she looks amazing Andrew!!

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Thanks fellas. I'm really starting to enjoy the build now however, I need to get a replacement Academy canopy as one has a crack through it.

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Andrew :cop:

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They're looking terrific!!!

That's going to be a very tough act to follow when I get round to starting mine!

Derek

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Thanks Derek and Ray.

And then.........there was four. This one seemed to go together the easiest......I wonder why? Here's more pics;

All in stage position

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Clockwise from lower left

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Left to right

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Right to left

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Closest to furthest. This last one (closest) will be the 'Marksmen' Sabre

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Andrew :cop:

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Have paused on the 75 Squadron Sword as it is only requiring a panel line wash and finish off. I have been working solidly on the 76 Squadron 'Black Panthers' bird so I can get it to the same stage and then I'll do the 3 Squadron then 2OCU 'Marksmen' birds.

I had some paint issues with the 76 Sqn plane but it is now sorted just having to do the burnt metal exhaust over the polished aluminium. Here's how it looks;

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All painted and ready for some decals

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LHS decalling done!

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Regards

Andrew :cop:

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And this one is now ready for its final cockpit detailing before a gloss coat and wash. Next will be the orange 3 Squadron Sword.

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Andrew :cop:

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Very well done, Andrew. And what Derek said!

Mike

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I know I haven't done an update for a bit but this fuselage required some serious adjusting along the seems and puttying and sanding and puttying and sanding to the point where I managed to get paint on before having to go back and do further puttying and sanding. With some more work yesterday the blemishes have again been sanded back the black added to the nose and range trim areas. These Sabres didn't have black deicing strips on the leading edges hence it looks slightly different to the others;

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and my 77Sqn Sabre arrived from Hong Kong this morning which means I'm going to add another Sabre

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Here's some further work on the 3 Sqn bird;

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The 2 OCU bird is almost ready for paint and the 77 Sqn bird is started with the wings & cockpit together

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Andrew :cop:

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Thanks Derek.

Well the decalling for this one is done! Now I just have to touch up some of the orange in a couple of spots and this one will be almost ready for a wash too.

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well i must say your saber armada is looking better every day

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Thanks Neo,

Here's the first one finished;- 75 Squadron RAAF 'Black Diamonds'

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Andrew :cop:

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BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

I only hope mine will turn out nearly as good when the time comes!

Derek

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Nice work, Andrew. I hope the other three turn out as nicely as the first. And no doubt they will as the 3 Sqn Sword looks mighty good.

On a side note, I hope you fared well on the other work related endeavour. Fingers crossed.

Mike :cop:

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And here's the 76 Sqn 'Black Panthers' done. Just have to add the tank supports and dull the tyres.

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Regards

Andrew :cop:

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