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Buz Pezold
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November 22nd, 2014, 8:23 pm #1

Not knowing the proper etiquette on this "Group Build" I've decided to start a sub-topic concerning my Work in Progress contribution to this thread so I don't clutter the "Pinned" Topic thread.

Starting my preparation with this kit I was going through my stash of references and I found my old copy of SCALE MODELER (January 1983). I bought this at my local hobby shop back then because the cover/article features the building of a WINGS 48 vacuform kit of the VOUGHT VINDICATOR, albeit in the wrong scale , by Bob Rice.



The article gives some detailed information on how the author completed his model, but like most magazines during that time frame the photos show only completed model shots. However, the article does give some insight and ideas towards my kit. I've always been interested in building a Vindicator since the 1970's, but for some reason its taking me all this time to actually start one! <_<

The photo below shows an Illustrated Parts Break down after I have removed them from the sheet backing:



I've decided to start working on the wings and stabilizers first.



As you can see in the above photo the molded detail is very soft. Actually the molded detail is USELESS in that the panels, ailerons, elevators, etc. are inaccurate! :angry: I will sand and fill as I go and then trace, scribe, cut and add other detail as I finish.

The fit:



Did I mention that the fit is less than desired?

I was going to use the RAREPLANE kit line drawings as a guide for fit tests:



.......but after further study I've found that kit line drawings and the molded kit are bit overscale (1/70 ?). :wacko:

Never fear! Dana Bell's book is near! :lol:



Although Dana's line drawings are in 1/48, I scaled it down to 67% on the copier and I'm back in "bidness"!

The photo below shows the outer wings and horizontal stabs sanded to shape with all surface detail removed.



Utilizing the line drawings in Dana Bell's book I will add panel lines, rib detail, ailerons, elevators and etc. to the required parts. Right out the gate this kit is going to be a challenge, but its got me excited to see how this THING turns out!

More to come:
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November 24th, 2014, 3:45 am #2

Lookin' smooth so far Buz............ :rolleyes:






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November 24th, 2014, 6:50 am #3

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November 25th, 2014, 1:11 am #4

Thanks, guys! Here's where I'm at and I'm getting ready to scribe and cut!

THE LINES DRAWN IN THE SAND! :o



Wish me luck! More later....
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December 17th, 2014, 5:58 pm #5

An update on my progress. Although the process has been slow with the onset of the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) that has cut into my build time, I wanted to post something in order to generate the other contributors to post their progress. I think the photo below sums up on what I've done so far. With this kit it is just the "tip" of the iceberg! :o When is the deadline for this build? June 2015! :o I don't know.....



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December 18th, 2014, 12:04 am #6

Go Buz go!

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December 18th, 2014, 2:08 am #7

Keep going! This thread isn't dead. I've been offline for three weeks due to work and holiday related issues. I am back and want to see this one move forward.
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December 18th, 2014, 2:47 am #8

This is certainly going the long way around the barn, Buz! Watching this is both intimidating and inspiring at the same time. I'll be following your build with great interest and hopefully picking up some tips. Best of luck!
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December 18th, 2014, 3:00 am #9

David sez:
wrote:Keep going! This thread isn't dead.
I didn't think the tread was dead. I figured you were busy with things on your plate.

Jeff also sez:
wrote:This is certainly going the long way around the barn, Buz!
You're absolutely right, but I committed myself to build the RAREPLANE kit for the GROUP BUILD. I didn't realize until starting the model that this particular RAREPLANE kit is not one of Gordon Stevens' better offerings. Well, I want to make this into a decent display so I have no choice but to "reinvent the wheel" by just short of scratch building the entire kit. I think I will be OK as far as completing it. However, completing it in the time allotted is another story!

Buz :wacko:
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January 10th, 2015, 3:06 am #10

Outer wing construction continues............
The following self explanitory photos show the progress on the outer wings which are all but complete.







The photo below shows wheel construction:



You may get the idea with outer wing photos that I plan to make my model with its wings folded! :rolleyes: The photos in Dana Bell's book have given me ideas! <_< Thanks, Dana! :angry: :lol:
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January 10th, 2015, 2:54 pm #11

Beautiful! My next project after I finish my SBD-3 kit.
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January 11th, 2015, 12:50 am #12

Nice job on this, I built this kit as a Chesapeake getting on for 40 years ago now, can't say I showed quite the expertise or discernment that you have, in fact, I didn't pick any of those inaccuracies. I even painted its underside Azure Blue, as per the instructions, I can't begin to think where Gordon Stevens got that one from. Your yellow wings are much more attractive.
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January 11th, 2015, 1:00 am #13

Loving it. Man, this is modeling.
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January 11th, 2015, 3:20 pm #14

Mark (Starfighter), Steve and David,

Thank you for your kind comments!

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March 7th, 2015, 11:37 pm #15

Some more updates! :o

The next two photos shows the outer wings are all but completed:





I have decided to use some more aftermarket items:


Of course this will be used during interior work!

Speaking of interior work, the next two photos shows where I'm at with this:





More to come!
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March 8th, 2015, 1:02 am #16

You're doing a great job on these sir!

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April 16th, 2015, 11:46 pm #17

I've been working on the forward cockpit which is totally scratch built except for some of the MPM SB2U-1/2 photo etch that I utilized.

Port side view:



Starboard side view:



The screw underneath the life raft deck is just for upright support for the photo shoot.

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April 17th, 2015, 12:45 am #18

AWESOME!!!

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April 17th, 2015, 11:04 pm #19

Dag-gum Buz! That's beautiful!

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April 18th, 2015, 12:54 am #20

Matt and Warren,

Thank you!

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June 6th, 2015, 5:00 pm #21

As I have said earlier that my progress on this kit has dropped down to a "snail's" pace. :rolleyes: However, I am still plugging along in spite of my external distractions! The following photos are self explanatory:





I'm sorry for this "slow drip" in progress sequence.

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June 6th, 2015, 6:06 pm #22

Outstanding work Buz! I'm looking forward to seeing this one when complete. Are you still planning on finishing in time for the Nationals?
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June 6th, 2015, 6:16 pm #23

Jeff,

Thank you for the kudo's! Unfortunately I won't have this done by the NATS. In fact I won't be attending this year's show as planned due to my son is getting married on June 27th and that has made an impact on the pocket book! :lol:

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June 7th, 2015, 1:15 am #24

Great work Buz, and as usual, my attempt at building one stalled before it got started. I love seeing yours though!

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June 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm #25

Thanks, Warren, but com'on, Man! You got to get back onto the saddle!

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August 2nd, 2015, 11:54 pm #26

I know the US NATS are over and of course the "Skippy Smackdown" is over too, but I am still puttering along on my SB2U-1 build. These last 2 months have been a whirlwind for me starting with my son getting married and sending the newlyweds off to Pusan, Korea for a 2 year teaching stint. :o Anyway I have been toiling away on this kit and I have completed the radio/gunner compartment and installed onto the fuselage. The photos below show the progress: <_<





By the way did anyone win the "Skippy Smackdown" and how many entrants made it to the NATS? My vote is for InchHigh (Jeff) for his SB2U-3!

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August 4th, 2015, 2:32 am #27

now there's some lovely delicate work
No more plastic
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August 4th, 2015, 11:51 am #28

Outstanding interior, Buz! Much better than on mine using the Special Hobby kit parts, which didn't want to fit anyway.
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March 9th, 2016, 9:57 pm #29

I'm probably beating a "Dead Horse", but I haven't thrown in the towel on this build! Honestly, I have been "slugging" through with it other than the usual NON-modeling distractions with everyday life! <_< The WIP photos below are self explanatory on where I'm at on this thing!



The following photos are of the "Cowl" reconstruction. (Did I mention that this kit was poorly molded?) :o



I broke out my MATTEL Vac-U-Form machine and made a new airscoop! I had one of these when I was a kid!



I guess I could have used the airscoop from the SPECIAL HOBBY kit, but I'm keeping in the theme of vacuform modeling. <_<
The finished product:



The next photo shows construction of the wheel wells and installation of lower wing.



The next photo shows rudder and elevator removal and the eventual installation of the horizontal stabs.



The following photo shows my installation of the forward wind screen and the reworking of the forward cockpit and canopy area. (Did I mention the lack of detail and soft molding of this kit?)



MORE TO COME! I promise! :lol:
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March 17th, 2016, 10:31 pm #30

A little update as to my progress on the refit of the windscreen/forward cockpit area.



Thanks for looking! More to come. Buz
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March 18th, 2016, 1:51 am #31

dang Buz, that is a lot of work and it is paying off!
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March 30th, 2016, 5:38 pm #32

Thank you, Ruudster!

A progress update on inner wing fold construction.

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March 31st, 2016, 1:27 pm #33

Go Buz, Go!
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April 29th, 2016, 7:58 pm #34

Starfighter Decals,Mar 31 2016 wrote:Go Buz, Go!
Mark, it is more like "Slow, Buz, Slow"! Thanks though!

Some more updates beginning with some small bits.



Finished scratch building and attaching main mounts.



More to come ( I hope )! :rolleyes:

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July 7th, 2016, 1:29 am #35

I'm sorry folks that my build is literally like watching paint dry and that where in lies my problem. I can't get the paint dry! The following photos shows the painting process of the inner wing and fuselage. My problem is I can't get the gloss coat (enamel) to dry on various areas on the fuselage in particular the painted area representing the fabric portion. The paint that I used for aluminum doped fabric is HUMBROL 56 (enamel). Unfortunately I used a TESTORS gloss coat (enamel) spray (rattle can) and I believe that is my problem. One day I am going to buy me an airbrush and LEARN HOW TO USE THE DAMN THING! :angry:





Paint is still tacky on the fabric area, but it is starting to actually set and dry. The next photo shows my current progress with bits in pieces in the foreground still need to be added.



I was supposed to have this model done last year at this time for the 2015 USA NATS. Well, that has come and gone and the goal is to have it ready for this year's NATS in Columbia, SC. It's possible, but I'm not going to take any short cuts to get this Vindicator finished. I'm working towards the show, but I have prepared myself if I come up short on reaching that goal! WISH ME LUCK! :wacko:
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July 7th, 2016, 2:15 am #36

Keep going. This is beautiful.
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July 7th, 2016, 11:23 am #37

Maybe it will be ready for our Nats in 2017! :lol:
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July 7th, 2016, 6:12 pm #38

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November 8th, 2016, 9:02 pm #39

I'm still at this! Believe it or not I've been steady at this, but when I take one step forward I have taken two steps back on this model! :o Case in point is the photo below showing my rework of the paint on the fuselage that just would not cure! :angry: I had to scrape it off, re-tape and repaint.



After that was taken care of I began to scratch building some of the many detail parts as seen in the photos below:







The next photo shows the attachment of the scratch built cowl flaps. The kit cowl flaps were molded to the cowl in the closed position. When I removed the cowl from the fuselage I got rid of the cowl flap representation of the kit and fashioned the cowl flaps in the open position out of .010" sheet styrene from Evergreen.



Next photo shows my completion of the tail hook assembly. What I found out going through my reference books including Dana Bell's book that there were no clear photograph of the tail hook assembly of the Vindicator. I had a friend of mine that volunteers down at the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola and had him take some photos of the Vindicator that is there. It helped immensely!



I THINK I'M HEADING INTO THE CLUBHOUSE TURN! The next two photos shows the model decaled and awaiting the final touches of the folded wing assembly, rigging the antenna, install the prop and then the tail wheel.





I'm hoping to have this thing done by this weekend! :lol:

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November 8th, 2016, 10:40 pm #40

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November 8th, 2016, 10:47 pm #41

Inspiring work! Looking forward to seeing this one done!
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November 15th, 2016, 8:17 pm #42

This model is FINISHED! :wacko: Go here for completed model photos:http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircra ... topic=8685




Thank you for your patience and encouragement on this build!

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November 15th, 2016, 8:58 pm #43


A model you can be proud of.

I have followed this tread with interest. Jolly good job.
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November 15th, 2016, 10:06 pm #44

Otard,

Thank you! I really appreciate that!

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January 8th, 2017, 12:51 am #45

Hey guys, Give it up for Buz. He got a Gold and Best Aircraft today at the show in Chattanooga for his wind indicator. Timmay!
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January 8th, 2017, 2:43 am #46

Timmay!,Jan 7 2017 wrote: Hey guys, Give it up for Buz. He got a Gold and Best Aircraft today at the show in Chattanooga for his wind indicator. Timmay!
Damn! I wish I could have been there!

Congrats.
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17 Finished: Japanese Carrier Deck, Belcher SS-4, Italeri AB41, PLAN Type 039A (not 72nd scale)
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January 8th, 2017, 1:36 pm #47


Congratulation with Chattanooga.
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January 9th, 2017, 12:50 pm #48

dknights,Jan 7 2017 wrote: Damn! I wish I could have been there!

Congrats.
I tried to encourage you to come.
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January 9th, 2017, 7:41 pm #49

Tim, David Knights, Ottar and Mark (Starfighter),

Thank you guys for the "Kudos"! Tim and Mark it was great seeing and talking with you at the Chattanooga Show! Yeah, the weather limited some of the attendance, but still there was a good showing of people. David Knights you should have showed up! I or some of us would have taken care of ya! :rolleyes:

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