48 hour group build thread

48 hour group build thread

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Yertis

14,519 posts

207 months

Wednesday 23rd January
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I'll get this out of the way first:



How bad is that? Shameful. I was doing them better than that aged 9. I've just cleaned it all off again, and I'll primer it this time and try again not with Xtracrylics.

I filled the holes in the leading edge where the enormous guns are supposed to go, but then learned that the Kittyhawk had barrel that protruded a short way, within little shrouds. So I've cleaned up and thinned down the enormous barrels supplied, redrilled the leading edges (slightly toward the upper surface and put the barrels in so they just peep out.



That big dollop of filler is to blend the top of the undercarriage fairing, which Frog interpreted as a little pod, into the leading edge.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Thursday 31st January
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dr_gn said:
Matchbox P12-E arrived today. Not built one of these for about 40 years, still look like nice mouldings. Hopefully get if finished over the Christmas break.



So I made a ‘proper’ start on this tonight. It’ll be OOB apart from adding rigging and maybe a control column for the pilot. I’ll have to make an acetate windscreen too because of the missing original. Began by smoothing the cockpit sides. Left it in primer grey because it’s near enough right, and brush painted the seat green:



Made good progress, but ran out of time tonight Still, it’s really great to build like this, hopefully this weekend will see it almost done:


gruffgriff

656 posts

184 months

Sunday 3rd February
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Just to add thread buoyancy Rob-fashion, good on you all who I hope model in-doors...? My evenings in the shed are brief, the 2-part expoxy I needed for a kitchen knife handle repair today wasn't stale, just too cold to run...
My Fokker is edging closer but other things vie for precious time too...



Keep it up, great works all!
(Shhh, but squirelling pennies for a bulk buy of Matchbox planes at the Old Warden show next month....)

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Wednesday 6th February
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dr_gn said:
dr_gn said:
Matchbox P12-E arrived today. Not built one of these for about 40 years, still look like nice mouldings. Hopefully get if finished over the Christmas break.



So I made a ‘proper’ start on this tonight. It’ll be OOB apart from adding rigging and maybe a control column for the pilot. I’ll have to make an acetate windscreen too because of the missing original. Began by smoothing the cockpit sides. Left it in primer grey because it’s near enough right, and brush painted the seat green:



Made good progress, but ran out of time tonight Still, it’s really great to build like this, hopefully this weekend will see it almost done:

Main problem with raised panel lines is they get sanded off along joints. I wanted to try and keep it how Matchbox intended, so reinstated them with stretched sprue:



Painted the black trim lines around the cowl by making a makeshift lathe out of a drill, and spinning the assembly while holding a brush loaded with black paint onto it:



Way better than masking and spraying. Result!



All the yellow bits are done, and the rudder painted white ready for its decal. Next, masking and spraying the olive drab, then final assembly and rigging:


robemcdonald

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4,154 posts

137 months

Wednesday 6th February
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I really think you’re pushing the 48 hour thing a bit far....

Just kidding awesome work. thumbup
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dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Thursday 7th February
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robemcdonald said:
I really think you’re pushing the 48 hour thing a bit far....

Just kidding awesome work. thumbup
Hmm maybe, but there’s no aftermarket stuff, and I’ve spent about 5 hours so far over 3 evenings. I don’t seem to ever get time to get a whole afternoon or evening to devote to it.

mcdjl

3,775 posts

136 months

Thursday 7th February
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dr_gn said:
Hmm maybe, but there’s no aftermarket stuff, and I’ve spent about 5 hours so far over 3 evenings. I don’t seem to ever get time to get a whole afternoon or evening to devote to it.
In on the same boat. I started mine last year but it sat untouched for about 6 weeks. I got all the bits smoothed and primed after a few hours then that was it. I've now done something to the paint so it so felt slightly tacky after 24hours.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Tuesday 12th February
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Bit more progress, might re-do the control surface break lines in grey rather than black - they look a bit harsh. Apart from that, it scrubs up well for a 40+ year old kit:




dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Friday 15th February
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Finished the rigging, and painted the tyres. Nearly ready for final assembly. I think I’ve proved beyond doubt I can’t build a model in 2 days. Despite best intentions of no modifications, I put a scrap instrument panel and control column in the cockpit, and drilled out the bore sight and tyre valve holes. I should have just scratchbuilt the cockpit sides and re-riveted it too. Anyway, at least I’m enjoying making a few simple mods to what is a very simple kit:


mcdjl

3,775 posts

136 months

Saturday 16th February
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I've just finished my gnat after close to 10 weeks. If I'd say down and spent 2 solid evenings on it out would have been done in time / within a week easily. Instead I've demolished half the room I built it in. I'll post photos soon.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Saturday 16th February
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mcdjl said:
I've just finished my gnat after close to 10 weeks. If I'd say down and spent 2 solid evenings on it out would have been done in time / within a week easily. Instead I've demolished half the room I built it in. I'll post photos soon.
Looking forward to seeing it.

I believe that had I had two consecutive free days, I’d have finished it, without any mods, as per the point of the exercise. The fact it all gets fragmented makes it much more tempting to add things rather than just finish it.

Eric Mc

106,053 posts

206 months

Saturday 16th February
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The P-12 is coming along lovely. Now that I have a but more spare time, I might try a 48 hour build. I've not achieved that since I was about 14.

I'd still like to use my airbrush though as I am as quick using that I am with an old fashioned brush.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Sunday 17th February
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So that's mine done: Matchbox Boeing P-12E. Added an instrument panel and control column from scrap, replaced the missing windscreen with one from the spares box, and used Uschi van der Rosten elastic rigging. Drilled out bore-sight and wheel valve holes. Decals were too old to use, so I used Model Alliance versions - almost identical to the kit (95th Pursuit Group, March Field, California, February 1934).



















It's a nice enough kit, but it does show it's age.

robemcdonald

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4,154 posts

137 months

Sunday 17th February
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Very nice build.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Sunday 17th February
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robemcdonald said:
Very nice build.
Thanks! Going to start the Airfix refuelling set next week.

Eric Mc

106,053 posts

206 months

Sunday 17th February
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Lovely little thing.

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Sunday 17th February
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Next for me is this classic Airfix set:


AshVX220

3,759 posts

131 months

Monday 18th February
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dr_gn said:
Next for me is this classic Airfix set:

I guess the difference in size between !:76 and 1:72 is negligable? So you could do a diorama using 1:76 ground kit and a 1:72 aircraft and neither will look out of place?

dr_gn

12,304 posts

125 months

Monday 18th February
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AshVX220 said:
dr_gn said:
Next for me is this classic Airfix set:

I guess the difference in size between !:76 and 1:72 is negligable? So you could do a diorama using 1:76 ground kit and a 1:72 aircraft and neither will look out of place?
Yep, it's fine.

Yertis

14,519 posts

207 months

Monday 18th February
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Looking forward to that. My memories of that kit are mainly around freezing in a nissan hut, putting together a diorama while in the ATC. rolleyes

My own "48hr build" is on hold while I get a load of stuff finished on the TR. And also I'm not brush painting it with modern paints, which it seems are only suitable for spraying tongue out
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