last update for today (it's time for some :prost: ) - rebuilt oil cooler.
It's made of 0.3 mm lead wire glued onto a cigarette paper, painted with revell 92 and washed dark with a mix of acrylic varnish and the brown-black-orange "dirt" from my watercolours. I really hate that revell brass paint - it's a synthetic enamel and it's not very good for brush (euphemism ;))...
nothing is glued together yet, so it might be a little crooked...
next to the engine, you can see selection of various paper rings and cylinders that I used as helpers.
the engine is complete by now; by the alpha, I was thinking about the spinner of propeller, which needs to be rebuilt or improved dramatically...
I was so curious about the result that I couldn't resist making a small composition - it's all a dry fit, the white oil cooler is a "placeholder" (I needed to know how much will I need to shift the engine forward) and the spinner is considered an alpha build
by the way, you forgot to build the propeller... um, wait... even these ugly monsters without propeler are airplanes, what a shame...
and by the way:
@everyone: thanks for comments and kind words.
Martin: I'm afraid that my english is far from being perfect, but thanks for appreciation. My most important teacher was probably my ZX Speccy some 20 years ago... Left, right, jump and fire was enough for most of them, but I started to like more complicated ones and there my interest for english language begun...
some more progress: the dirty job on cowling is finished, now it waits for varnishing, highligting the chiping with mix of glossy varnish and silver paint and overall cleaning and finishing.
I needed to modify the fuselage-engine section because of my intention to build the cowling with the cover removed. As you can see on my primitive sketch, the problem is that either the partition which is placed right behind the engine would be visible in the opening or the gap between fuselage and cowling would be too big. After some thinking and some tests, raw power was used to change the shape of the whole fillet dramatically, thus gaining about 5 mm needed. The cowling itself is reinforced by a wire ring just in front of the partition - it even corresponds with original plane, where some kind of pipe was used. The segments of the cowling were glued edge-to-edge (without glue tabs) using a chloroprene glue - it's easy to work with, but it probably wasn't optimal choice for this case; I failed to make the inside smooth because of blobs of glue and since the chloroprene glue remains elastic a little bit, it's impossible to sand - well, nevermind.
a small update for today - a scratchbuild of rear part of telescopic gunsight - front side (lens cover + front pivot) will have to be done after assembly into canopy. Original gunsight (one is from Nate, but it's the same type) can be seen e.g. here:
and now for something completely different
after shaping huge parts of wings' skin, I needed some rest, so i did some detail work - landing light and the carburettor intake.
The light was done in the same manner as on my Sturmovik (bubble from the wrapping foil), so not much to say.
As for the intake, I wanted to test an idea which I got some time ago for modelling various protective meshes and here's the result - I think it's quite satisfactory. So - the chequered paper from the inside of cigarette pack does the trick - it's the silver one with embossed pattern of small squares. All I did was drybrushing it from the silver side with black paint, so that only the recessed lines remained silver - voila, that's it. Then I just CA-ed the protective bars from thin lead wire and drybrushed with silver. If you have any comments about the result, please share them.
let's continue with promised shots with the wings on their place - there's still a lot of work to do; so far I've done wing-fuselage sheets on the right side only, especially the front part is tricky like hell - but applause to Lukasz Fuczek, designed flawlessly for such a complicated shape. The white-blue strip is a little bit off, which is definitely my fault, but I noticed it too late - maybe I'll try to fix it somehow later.
And by the way, the wheel wells look much better when placed into the wing imho...
"Airbrakes engaged, prepare to disembark! Aliens, mutants, heretics, purge them all! Praise the emperor!"
Um, wrong universe... But it still looks like gigantic airbrakes.
I've already found these videos, but thank you for posting them - they're really interesting. As far as I know, most of footage comes from wartime propaganda movie about 64th sentai (parts of which can be found e.g. on dailymotion.com, searching for kato hayabusa, but they're not subtitled), but it still shows very nice in-flight scenes. And the song is kinda catchy, too
As for the model, I'm working on the wings now, so I suppose I will post some shots tomorrow when I have something to show except for cut parts
I have one more - Kyushu J7W1 Shinden by Orlik - I just don't know if this one counts, since it's overal flight time by the end of war was less than an hour...
what an idea!
how many do you know of so far? and if the same type of airplane was published several times by different publishers, do you want to have all of them or just one kit for one plane?
a short update - wheel wells. Hayabusa's wheel wells are quite simple, so here they are. I decided to add quite heavy weathering - according to the chipping, the plane has already seen some service, so it would be strange if the wells were clean and shining. I also added the brake cable and that round hatches - they were printed on the wall, but the print was almost invisible.
Since the wall of the well follows the wing profile, it was a little tricky to shape it, so time will show if I did it right - when placing them into the wing I'm quite curious about the result, the wells look really ugly alone.
really nice, michael, i really like the way of getting eastern front dirt onto the landing gear...
the engine is finished, except for the radial oil cooler and some finishing touches - mostly painting of "cables" in places where the paint peeled off or where I've touched them with CA...
I am thinking about making the panel on the left side of cowling open like it was on real plane - I can send some pictures when I get home.
I want to avoid removing the whole cowling, because there's nothing behind the firewall or whatever the partition just behind the engine is and I don't want to scratchbuild everything behind it...
Well we will see, I need to doublecheck the construction of the cowling...
Edit: promised image attached...
By any chance, does anyone have a complete list of models by Lukasz Fuczek? I know about these (no particular order):
Henschel Hs-123A-1 (Gremir, 1:33)
Nakajima Ki-43 Ic Hayabusa (Gremir, Answer, 1:33)
Kyushu J7W1 Shinden (Orlik, 1:33)
Messerschmitt Me-209 V4 (Gremir, Modelik 1:33)
P-40B (Gremir, 1:33)
Messerschmitt Bf-109 G8 (Modelik, 1:33)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC (Modelik, 1:33)
Lavockin La-5 FN
Supermarine Seafang F.32 (Orlik, 1:33)
De Havilland Mosquito FB VI (Orlik, 1:33)
P-47 D-11 Thunderbolt (Orlik, 1:33)
Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero (Orlik, 1:33)
Jak-3 (Orlik, 1:33)
Hawker Hurricane Mk II D (Orlik, 1:33)
Messerschmitt Me-109 G-2 (Orlik, 1:33)
Gloster G40 Pioneer (Orlik, 1:33)
C6N1 Saiun (Answer, 1:33)
So I think I'm still missing some models published by Answer and probably some older ones by Gomix/Fly Model...
ok, 3 more to go! :yahoo:
I hope I haven't overdone the weathering - it's not so contrasting in real as on the photos...
and by the way, if someone of you builds this model someday - a warning for you: if I'm not absolutely wrong, 7 pieces of parts for cylinder heads are missing (parts 53a, 53b and 53c); it's not a real problem, it can be photocopied easily (which I did), but it's better to notice BEFORE you cut all these tiny parts...
now I'm working on the engine, it has 14 cylinders, which I find to be a little too much; front ones are done already anyway (except for the valve rods, wiring and several more details, which will be done when the cylinders are on their place on engine)...
so this is it so far, I'd like to finish it in another three or four weeks, so we will see...
the tail - the sheetmetal parts between horizontal and vertical stabilizers still missing, will be done later. On the second image you can see bottom part of horizontal stabilizers; I've tried to raise the middle parts of panels with a mix of silver and varnish again...
the fuselage - the chipping will need to be repainted a little bit in later stage; it was printed in metallic colour, which turned gray after varnishing, so I've highlighted it with a mix of silver aluminum paint and glossy varnish (both acrylic), but I will have to do it at least once more during finishing touch-ups.
some more from the cockpit before closing it into the fuselage...
standard beginning - the cockpit. Although I have decided to build the model "as-is", I couldn't resist detailing the cockpit a little bit, rebuilding the seat etc. Pictures will tell more than words.
during another break from my thunderbolt (seems like it's an endless work ;)), I've decided to build something which would be quick and not too complicated - a shortrun, simply said. My choice was a model from Lukasz Fuczek, published by Answer - japanese Nakajima Ki 43 Hayabusa, flown by Maj. Tateo Kato, leader of 64th Sentai of JAAF in east Asia war until he was shot down by british Blenheim gunner sgt. McLuckie on May 22, 1942.
I've started on beginning of March; you can see my progress so far below.
it looks like the longitudinal former is visible through the skin on the right wing
it's good to avoid using disperse glue for fixing the skin at least at this risky places; glue that doesn't contain water is much better for this - i recommend looking for some kind of chloroprene glue, as it doesn't tend to deform the paper of the skin while it gets "dry". it's quite easy to work with since the joint is strong enough almost immediately but remains flexible for an hour or more... the only disadvantage is that it the solvents contained in the glue (toluene and other HCs) smell like hell...
those guns could use some serious boresighting
nice build so far anyway, except for the seatbelts - they're neither well looking neither realistic... check this photoetched detail set from eduard... i can send some more photos when i get home if you're interested...
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of course i meant mismatch on flaps, not ailerons...
the pilot of this machine was probably walter oesau (is it stated in the kit btw?), but i can't find top view of his plane; i'll check my literature when i get back home and i'll see if i can find anything...
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sorry for the hakenkreuz/swastika, i haven't even noticed it - it's not considered to be the propagation according to our law, so i forgot to remove it...
i think that the camo pattern mismatch on ailerons is not necessarily wrong - i haven't found this particular machine, but here are two examples of another Emils:
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(source: Wings Palette - wp.scn.ru)
very nice build so far. Are you going to modify the wheel of landing gear somehow or is it finished? What I remember from my gathering of materials, smooth tyres were not common on later Thuds, chequered patterns or circumferential slots were used often...
Originally posted by zec pawell: What´s wrong with the propeller?
i just don't like the shape of blades - the profile is too much far from original, mostly because of the round profile in the middle - probably a stick or something, which is too visible. maybe it's just the photo, but it looks like the section of blade looks more like --0-- instead of correct aerodynamic profile...
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clean work as always, but the propeller hurts my eyes...
good luck in your new project, I am really curious about results of comparison between Hal and WoWWII...
Originally posted by Airgoon
This is so funny - you're building the Thunderbolt and your camera goes dead.
I'm building the Thunderbolt and my camera goes dead.
I think there is something sinister going on...
well i dare to say (not tested) that this thunderbolt doesn't kill cameras, since mine went dead after a direct water hit in Peterhof during a business trip to St. Pete...
short update about current status - see shots from 29.1.07, that's exactly where i am now, except for the formers were strenghtened with blue paper, not yellow
my camera is dead now :(, so the only new shots i could post would be from my cell phone - i guess it's not worth the time now.
just to add some info - ARN-101 is a weapon delivery, fire control and navigation computer, which was installed to replace original analog systems.
as for static dischargers, i'll try to find some source when i have some time, but in general, as far as i know, the dischargers on trailing edges were really removed at i think early 80s (i remember that i've read somewhere that they were subject to fall off the plane during take off, but i'm not sure it was the reason); but i thought that two dischargers on tail were kept - Michael's explanation with ARN sounds quite logical anyway.
Originally posted by Yu Gyokubun
Excuse me. Now I find out I forgot pitot tube
and static dischargers...
well, anyway, great work!