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mwstratton
#1 Posted : 09 February 2019 14:24:53

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I didn't plan on building another aircraft this soon but the San Fransisco II I ordered last week was out of stock, so I had to make a quick run to the local Hobby Shop for a new in-between Build.

Upon opening the box I found parts made from good quality resin. There is a fair amount of flash and some injection marks, so cleaning the parts will be a bit more laborious than my recent A-10 Warthog build.

Of course the first step of any plastic build is to thoroughly wash and Rinse the sprues. Allow them to air dry.

Next all parts for the flight deck were identified and cleaned of all imperfections. The parts were painted according to instructions then fitted and glued in place.

This completes page 1.

Thanks for looking in....
Mark
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#2 Posted : 09 February 2019 16:07:35

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Nice start to your build. Cool
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#3 Posted : 09 February 2019 20:08:09

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I started by locating all needed parts and cleaned up the flash and mold marks. They were then painted as directed in the instructions.

There was some detail painting to do on the side walls of the flight deck. These parts were then fitted to their respective main fuselage half.

Next, the four 20 cal. cannons were glued to their locations in the belly of the fuselage.

Decals were attached to the inside flight deck walls.

At this point the flight deck was suppose to be fitted to one of the fuselage halves but, I found a PE brass detail kit for the cockpit so I will skip this step for now.

I apologize for the small number of pics. My phone didn't save the first 2 or 3 photos I took.

Happy modeling...
Mark

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Currently: Soliel Royal, Deag DC-3, AL L'Hermione La Fayette


Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


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#4 Posted : 09 February 2019 23:38:10

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You have made a good start on this, look forward to seeing the detail kit added.

Al
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#5 Posted : 10 February 2019 07:38:51

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BigGrin Looking good and nice work I did the HobbyBoss version a while back its an interesting aircraftCool

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#6 Posted : 10 February 2019 16:14:47

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Nice work Mark and a great start, will be following with interest.Love Drool

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#7 Posted : 11 February 2019 15:46:42

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Page 3


This session will see the dorsal gun turret and the nose cone radar array completed.

First, the turret housing parts and 50 cal machine guns are located cleaned and painted per the instructions. The parts are then assembled taking care not to get glue on the pivot points of the guns.

The flash and injector marks on the radar array's parts is removed. The parts are then painted and decals applied. The radar assembly is completed and fitted on the forward bulkhead.

The completed turret and radar assembly are set aside for installation later when the fuselage halves are joined.

Thanks for stopping by...
Mark
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Currently: Soliel Royal, Deag DC-3, AL L'Hermione La Fayette


Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


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On Hold: Revell's 1/48 P 61 Black Widow
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#8 Posted : 11 February 2019 15:53:29

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The wings are assembled during this stage. The needed parts are located and cleaned up. The halves of the wings, ailerons and flaps are fitted together and glued up. Allow the glue to dry.

Fit and glue the aileron and flaps to the wing section.

Repeat this for the other wing.

Set the wings aside for final assembly.

Until next time....
Mark
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Currently: Soliel Royal, Deag DC-3, AL L'Hermione La Fayette


Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


Under the Bench:


On Hold: Revell's 1/48 P 61 Black Widow
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#9 Posted : 12 February 2019 06:44:43

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Page 5


Today I'll address the external fuel tanks, engine and rear landing gear assemblies.

The halves of the 4 external fuel tanks are located, cleaned of all mold marks and assembled. They are then painted and the decal gas caps and fuel labels are applied.

Next the engine parts are cleaned and the base coats of paint are shot. I then assembled the engine and finished off by detail painting the assembly.

The left landing gear parts were cleaned. The parts were painted and assembled. The steps were repeated for the right gear.

The inside of wheel well of the side fuselage with the exposed engine was painted.

That completes this session.

See you next time.
Mark
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Currently: Soliel Royal, Deag DC-3, AL L'Hermione La Fayette


Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


Under the Bench:


On Hold: Revell's 1/48 P 61 Black Widow
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#10 Posted : 12 February 2019 06:50:48

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I received the flight deck detail set in today's post.

My next session I will attempt to add the PE details to the flight deck. This is the very first time I'm using this type of part so not making any guarantees.

One question, is it better to paint the brass parts before fixing them in place or after?

Thanks
Mark
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Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


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On Hold: Revell's 1/48 P 61 Black Widow
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#11 Posted : 12 February 2019 08:04:49

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Nice update Mark, looking very tidy. That PE is going to bring out the detail.Love

Mark
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#12 Posted : 15 February 2019 04:57:48

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Flight Deck Detail


I have definitely had a challenging few days. PE details are certainly difficult to work with. Even with metal primer first, I had trouble getting paint to stick. On the up side, the paint rubbing off actually kind of makes the panels look worn and used. That's my story and i'm sticking to it.LOL

Once I had the detail kit fitted, I finished the prior steps of assembly of the fuselage and wings.

This catches the build up to page 6. Moving over to start my Douglas DC-3.

I'll be back......

Mark
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Currently: Soliel Royal, Deag DC-3, AL L'Hermione La Fayette


Prior builds: Mayflower, USS Constitution, Academy 1/800 USS Kitty Hawk, Revell's 1/48 A 10 Warthog


Under the Bench:


On Hold: Revell's 1/48 P 61 Black Widow
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