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  • 4 weeks later...

I did a little work over the last month.

 

I partially painted the fuselage.  I use spray cans and was concerned about my ability to get paint and masks on under the wings, 

 

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I am also getting the engines mounted on the wings.  The OzMods engines are a little bigger than the mounting nacelles on the model, so putty and sanding (my two least favorite modeling activities) was the order of the day.

After getting everything done, I somehow snapped the one engine off and am now redoing the putty/sanding routine.  😞

 

 

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I also started working on the props, I found a set of White Metal props at a model show and started painting them.  Interestingly, the Matte Black is glossy and not flat like I thought.  The props are painted silver, de-iceing boots and propeller hub are black, awaiting a dull coat.

Photo's I have found suggest a semi-gloss appearance ( @aircommando130 ?) with a shiny section near the tip.

 

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Finally, I also built the two external tanks and am prepping them for paint.

 

 

 

 

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On 4/24/2024 at 4:31 PM, aircommando130 said:

The cuff where the blade flares out down to the prop dome is black too. Depending on how new the prop is 

kinda determines the shine of the black. 

 

Cheers....Ron

Would the spinner be flat?

Found a photo online where the props and boots looked flat, that's the direction I am looking at.

 

I also have conflicting guidance on markings.  Stars and Bars on the upper left wing, did they go on the lower left wing or lower right wing?  I have illustrations showing both.

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Brett, I am pretty sure the US insignia is upper left, lower right.  The South Vietnamese AF sometimes did both uppers and lowers. K/r, Dutch

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1 hour ago, Dutch said:

Brett, I am pretty sure the US insignia is upper left, lower right.  The South Vietnamese AF sometimes did both uppers and lowers. K/r, Dutch

 

What Dutch says.

Steve

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New prop domes are gloss black but as they fly and sit in the sun and fly through rain it dulls pretty quick to a semi gloss to

eventually a flat black color. You could always tell whrn your airplane had a new prop installed!

 

Cheers...Ron

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7 hours ago, gmat6441 said:

Here are two prints of 552 that I have.

https://imgur.com/FNuNbKP

https://imgur.com/Pa582wj

 

Da SWO The scans are not very good. The original print is better and the second print isn't as dark.Tried adjusting it on my computer but no joy. Cheap Brother's printer? Will see if I can do better.

Grant

Thanks, I got my "penny" on 552.

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