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1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36 Apache ''Piggy III''

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Good morning guys, it's high time i posted something here. So i am back with a model i cope for some time now. But before i post my work i would like to thank my good Christian, who is always eager to help me when i ask.
The kit is known to everyone 1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36
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The aftermarkets....
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As well as modex masks for ''Piggy III''

the actual Piggy...

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As always i begun my work from the cockpit which for this kit was wrong as Acc. Min. is based on the surviving XP-51 which was a heavily modified Mustang Mk.I, not good for the A-36. So i shaved everything out and build a new one from items from the part fret and plastic...

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Painted, and weathered...

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Next, landing gear legs...

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Then i glued plastic strips below the dive brakes and also glued the guns before i close the wings, i test fitted and i found it difficult to put them afterwards (sorry no image of the guns!)

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The small heat shrinking tubes you see on the guns is to protect them!
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Next i dealt with the landing lights, i closed the gap with epoxy putty, i used drills to depict the light holes, i paint them glossy black, next chrome silver, all black surrounding, next i covered them with the clear part, sanding polishing and finally masking for the paint. I forgot to take pics of all the procedure 😃 

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I have seen many building the A-36 model but forget to put the recognition light to the right place under the fuselage and not below the wing, so i removed them from the wing and placed them to the right place. Unfortunately i also dont have pics of all the procedure. I drilled the holes under the fuselage, painted them gloss black, chrome silver put a drop of epoxy glue on them and afterwards i panted them with the clear colors!!

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it was time to glue the cockpit parts and close the fuselage...
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I attached the wings and treat the small gaps with tamiya putty thinned with leveling thinners

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next it was time for the wind screen and canopy...I separated the vacform canopy, glued some part items for detail, masked then inside and outside and painted them. It was a PITA but i think it worth the pain  :)  :) I also prepared the quickboost gun sight!

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Finnaly, i painted the  inner windshield frame with Bronze Green i added the gunsight, the seat and the windshield which is painted only from the inside...

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I glued the windshield with cyano glue, and left it to rest, i have to close the small gaps. I am thinking to use milliput for that...
That's all for now my friends....to be continued..,
Hope you like it, please feel free to comment whatevet you want!!

Regards,
John

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Good evening guys, a little update on Miss ''Piggy III''  :)  :) 
I needed to putty the windscreen, for that i used miliput, the white one, i think is called fine. I trimmed it with water in order to have as less sanding as possible! 
After that, as i had blurred the windscreen with the sanding, i brushed some fresh future and everything dissappeared!

 

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Letting the puttied windscreen to cure, i dealt with the bombs. I dissolved some tamiya putty with leveling thinner and applied it with a brush over the body of the bombs to simulate the rough texture of it, then i painted them!

 

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It was not my plan to rivet her but it seemed too plain to my eyes, so...i riveted her, i think that the outcome is much better!!!


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Next step, an overall inspection, cleaning and preparing her for the colors!! But she has to wait to come back from my short vacations.


Thanks for your interest,

John

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John

Just coming onboard and catching up. Outstanding work on the front office and the extetior details.

Keep ‘em comin

Peter :thumbsup:

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Gorgeous work zaxos345😳👍

 

Looking forward to your next post.

 

Cheers,

 

Mr.Happy (In name only)

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Peter, Mr. Happy Thanks for The comments guys!!   😀

John

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John,

   I also just found your build, and I'm truly amazed at your knowledge, and detailing skills to create your exceptional P-36A.   it's quite a treat to follow along and learn from a true master.

Joel

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On ‎8‎/‎7‎/‎2018 at 10:34 AM, zaxos345 said:

 


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Hi John, good to see you back in ‘action’, even if it’s not the A-7H :rolleyes:. Is this to get you back into the swing of things? Cockpit and MG bays looking great.

 

A very minor point if I may regarding the dive brakes. Not so obvious in the dark grey plastic, but when painted will it become so? The lengthways scribing to the back edges is a continuous line, rather than breaking for the ‘hinging arms’.

Regards

John

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Beautiful work John, I'm sorry I'm so late to the party. I love the work you did in the cockpit!

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On 8/13/2018 at 8:09 PM, John Wolstenholme said:

 

 

Hi John, good to see you back in ‘action’, even if it’s not the A-7H :rolleyes:. Is this to get you back into the swing of things? Cockpit and MG bays looking great.

 

A very minor point if I may regarding the dive brakes. Not so obvious in the dark grey plastic, but when painted will it become so? The lengthways scribing to the back edges is a continuous line, rather than breaking for the ‘hinging arms’.

Regards

John

 Good morning John,

Thanks for dropping by, yes, you guessed right, this build is to get me back into the swing!! haha

Now of course you may point out anything you want, i don't post my work for applause:rolleyes:

But i dont really understand what exactly you mean regarding the scribing to the back edges of the dive brakes...

This is the blueprint i used for reference...is there something i dont see???

 

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On 8/14/2018 at 8:29 AM, K5054NZ said:

Beautiful work John, I'm sorry I'm so late to the party. I love the work you did in the cockpit!

 

Thank you very much Zac for the nice words and your interest!!

 

John

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On 8/10/2018 at 10:55 PM, Joel_W said:

John,

   I also just found your build, and I'm truly amazed at your knowledge, and detailing skills to create your exceptional P-36A.   it's quite a treat to follow along and learn from a true master.

Joel

 

Thank you very much Joel, i don't consider myself a ''master''  but i really appreciate your words!!!

 

John

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Outstanding work and detailing!

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4 minutes ago, Aigore said:

Outstanding work and detailing!

Thanks a lot!!

 

John

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1 hour ago, zaxos345 said:

 

 

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Hello John. I suppose noticing the dive brakes with the long extension arms to the underside of the wing caught my attention, which then made me look at the top side. 

Regards

John

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17 minutes ago, John Wolstenholme said:

 

Hello John. I suppose noticing the dive brakes with the long extension arms to the underside of the wing caught my attention, which then made me look at the top side. 

Regards

John

 Thank you very much John!!

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Great job so far. I am intrigued by the use of DDG for the instrument panel shroud. Was it only the early versions that had this, or was it all P-51's? I have read somewhere else that P-51's had green shrouds.

 

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36 minutes ago, barkin mad said:

Great job so far. I am intrigued by the use of DDG for the instrument panel shroud. Was it only the early versions that had this, or was it all P-51's? I have read somewhere else that P-51's had green shrouds.

 

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Actually the color is Mr. paint bronze green, it shows lighter under the flash... but it should be a bit darker. The Erection manual for the A-36 calls for the antiglare shroud for flat bronze green no9. thats why i chose this color!!

 

John

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Good evening lads,

A little progress on ''Piggy III'' and is was time to put some paint on her.

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First i dealt with the propeller random....

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After that it was time for the underside mrpaint Neutral grey 43....

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...AK extreme metal aluminium first on the upper side, for chipping purposes, followed by AK work effects fluid...

 

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And after that, different shades of mrpaint olive drab 41 followed by chipping with a toothpick and/or a small stiff brush...I am going to lower the contrast of the aluminium...i think now, that it is not the best color for this job...any suggestions??

 

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After that it was time for the yellow wing bands and the code munbers. A lot and patient masking to achive that...As you can see i photocopied the insignia in order to place the montex masks accurately...and yes i am very happy with the result!! The yellow is the chrome yellow paint from my favorite enamel paints, white ensign!

 

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I have a lot of work ahead with the weathering mostly, but so far so good i think!!!

Hope you like it,

 

John

 

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Zaxos345,

 

Great work ‼️

 

You gatta love the early Mustang outline 😍

 

This is shaping up to be a awesome model and no doubt you’ll win with this at your next contest.

 

Keep us updated ,

 

Mr. Happy (In name only)

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1 hour ago, Mr.Happy said:

Zaxos345,

 

Great work ‼️

 

You gatta love the early Mustang outline 😍

 

This is shaping up to be a awesome model and no doubt you’ll win with this at your next contest.

 

Keep us updated ,

 

Mr. Happy (In name only)

Thanks Mr. Happy!!!

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Outstanding progress for sure. 

You camo paint scheme and chipping really looks quite good. if you're worried about the brightness of the Aluminum, the weathering will knock that down quite a bit. 

 

Joel

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