TexasBlues Posted February 24, 2015 Share Posted February 24, 2015 (edited) After talking (typing) to Corsairman, he suggested I add mine so here it is... THE KIT: got the aires cockpit, engine, and a bunch of eduard stuff, and other fiddly bits... i have NEVER worked with resin before and know nothing about it, but i wanted it to look as good as possible THE DETAILS: i was trying to make it for my dad for his birthday as its one of his favorite aircraft (besides the P 51)... i spent alot of time on the engine, scratchbuilding and when i did the dry fit, the kit cowl doesnt fit right... its too small or i have too much crap on the engine... THE STALL: the aires cockpit was a bear and im still not sure its going to fit as well as i would like... also the engine whats-its listed above... and, since it was warm (spring and summer came and went 3x) i started back on my 1:1 1976 AMC JEEP CJ5... THAT takeas a lot of time too... i ended up sanding the tops of the cylinders to get the engine to fit inside the cowl and its ok now... i also had to trim/shave the 'flywheel/transmission' to get the fit to work in the kit location... i am trying new paints (vallejo) as well as vallejo washes, which i like very much... i find them easier to work with than oils... the cockpit want easy, but after a bit of grinding, i got it to fit and i am pleased with it the belts are also my first attempt at PE stuff... i boned up the fuel tank area and added the PE replacement... but did NOT read the instructions before i placed it, so i didnt remove material to get it to lay flush... but i added filler and spent some time sanding to get it to blend in ok... i like it, even though its not exactly perfect... i used small diameter rod for the hinge pins on the flaps, since i couldnt get the ends of the included metal pins to squish down properly... i was afraid i would break something... i also didnt like the way the Aires exhaust looked, so i made my own out of sprue i hope to start throwing some paint in the next day or so... the scheme will be a Solomons bird... nothing specific as far as squadron (i cant find decals)or aircrew... if anyone can help me with decals... NOT Boyington, as i think its overdone, i would really appreciate it thanks for looking at my stuttering restart! TB Edited February 24, 2015 by TexasBlues Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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