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Snoopy verses the Red Baron - My Daughter's Third Build

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The last job of the day was to cut some planks for the roof, and stain them red with some dilute enamel paint.

 

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A little more progress made on Snoopy and the kennel over the weekend. I made some wire frames covered in Milliput yesterday for Snoopy's arms and tail. They were shaped and attached today. My daughter got the roofing planks glued onto the kennel so they'll be dry for tomorrow.

 

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A few minutes ago, Snoopy was primed, filled and primed again, ready for my daughter to start painting him tomorrow. 

 

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dnl42   

Nice sculpting!

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In the last week of July, we got around to painting Snoopy white; a couple of coats of Humbrol enamels.

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Today we continued painting, starting with Snoopy's green flying helmet. This had two coats of Humbrol acrylic. I painted the edge where the green meets the white and left the rest to my daughter. She wasn't sure she could do the edges without going over onto the white.

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Once the green was dry, we moved onto the red scarf, getting one coat painted. As before, I painted the edges near the white and under Snoopy's chin. This was a challenge for me, as there wasn't much space to get the brush in under his chin and avoidiing the arms. He's really coming to life now, and after his scarf is done, it's just his nose, black spots and his goggles, then we're ready to put him together with the kennel, Fokker Triplane and backscene in the picture frame!

 

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Today, the brown of Snoopy's goggles was painted and left to dry for a while.

 

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A little while later, his nose and the black spot on his back and tail was painted, and again, he was set aside to dry.

 

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The last step was to paint the glazing on his goggles. The picture we were working from had the glazing black, but we figured that silver would look better. Out in the sun, it was reflecting nicely!

 

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The last job that needs doing is painting the inside of Snoopy's kennel black, and adding some bullet holes as seen in the cartoon. Once that is done, we'll be ready to do the final assembly of the models in the picture frame.

 

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Almost there with Snoopy verses the Red Baron! The inside of his kennel was painted black in case it could be seen through the doorway.

 

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Snoopy's bum was drilled for some M3 threaded rod, and after it was glued in, the kennel roof was drilled and Snoopy was bolted on top. The nut on the inside was then coated in epoxy to keep it secured. The bullet holes were made by first drilling a small hole, and then splintering around the edge of the hole with a scalpel blade.

 

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Here's a close up of the bullet holes. I'm very pleased with the way they turned out.

 

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Two pieces of M3 threaded rod were bolted through the back of the kennel to mount it to the background picture.

 

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The bottom of the Triplane was drilled to open up a larger hole, and this was filled with "Chemical Metal" two part filler. Once cured, it was drilled for another piece of M3 rod to mount the aircraft. The last job of the morning was to glue the background picture to the 2mm MDF back board of the 3D frame. Everything is now ready for the final assembly, which may be on Thursday.

 

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Today was the big day! Final assembly.

 

The background picture that was glued to the MDF the other day was drilled for the kennel and Triplane mounting bolts.

 

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After that, I taped it in place, and drilled 1.2mm holes for the panel pins that attach the back into the frame. This is because the frame wood is only about 3/16 inch thick, and without pre-drilling, the nails would follow the grain and split the wood. So with the holes drilled, my daughter slowly nailed the panel pins home, and the tape was removed.

 

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The kennel was fitted first, with me slotting the bolts through the back and my daughter screwing the nuts on. her little fingers manage the M3 nuts far better than my sausage fingers!!

 

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The kennel fitted!

 

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The mounting bolt length was calculated and cut to length, and it was then painted white and yellow to blend with the background picture. It was glued into the Triplane with cyano and a white nut used to space the model from the backscene.

 

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The kennel and the Triplane mounted. We were getting excited now, the end was in sight!

 

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Before screwing the front frame and glass in, we got some pictures so we didn't have to deal with the reflections from the glass. One very happy and proud modeller, and so she should be; it's turned out great!!

 

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A close up prior to fitting the glass.

 

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The last couple of pictures. A close up with the glass fitted, and hanging on the bedroom wall, and another with the proud owner in the bedroom.

 

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dnl42   

Brava!

 

Your daughter did a fabulous job!

 

 And excellent mentoring on your part! 

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Thanks. We've really enjoyed this one and it was a lot of fun. Not too many details to get stuck with, just a fairly simple build displayed in a way to keep it all safe and dust free.

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This thread was awesome. Your daughter sure looks proud of the result, and she she should be proud. Good work, Dad.

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