Curtiss AT-9 (Pavla) --- WIP (8) (9) 10 --- waiting for a sunny day....

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Curtiss AT-9 (Pavla) --- WIP (8) (9) 10 --- waiting for a sunny day....

Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

May 27th, 2018, 5:04 pm #1

Got back on this recently, and here is where it stands now...








All foil is now on. National markings are from the kit decals. I was going to say these were pretty good, but then  the 'U.S.' marking disintegrated after application, when touched while I positioned a star on the upper surface. Fortunately I had a replacement from a spare P-40 sheet. Rudder stripes were seriously undersized, and not quite the same shape at the piece. I positioned it a bit back from the rudder hinge-line, and at the top and bottom I sanded plastic to the decal, then filled in the rest with a brush. A little touch-up is needed ere and there, but nothing majot, and acrylic coes of foil redily wit a toothpick tip.

Identity markings (for a denizen of Williams Field in Arizona, mid '42) are homemade, and mostly are the first decals wife has done with our laser printer. Bare-Metal laser film/paper was used, and it performs nicely. It has the flaws of its virtues, though: it is nice and thin, and so wants to wrap itself back around the paper backing when you start to slide it off. The first serial number run did this and was ruined, so the numbers on the fin are old school dr transfer on regular clear film.

Landing gear was tricky, and I may be doing a little adjustment to the main legs positions, though everything does see level. Remaining items are propellers, radio mast and line, and attaching doors, after which I will set to some figures and display. The first two items I expect will be a bit tricky --- the mast attaches to the canopy piece, and the propeller hubs I think will have to be done from scratch, the kit pieces look useless.



Earlier stages can be found here:

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Last edited by Old Man on June 12th, 2018, 2:10 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 29th, 2018, 10:12 pm #2

That looks really sweet OM - it seems to be quite a climb to get up to that cockpit, they must have used a ladder.
Nice work on the foil an interior.
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

May 30th, 2018, 1:30 am #3

gcarter17 wrote: That looks really sweet OM - it seems to be quite a climb to get up to that cockpit, they must have used a ladder.
Nice work on the foil an interior.
Thanks, Graham.

There is a kind of 'L' shaped half-stirrup thing, about where the trailing edge meets the fuselage, on either side. There are flimsy little PE parts for these in the kit; I expect I will make replacements out of thin rod, give them some dimension.
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

June 4th, 2018, 11:04 pm #4

Got the letch to do work on the figures. I wanted to see if I could get something like the postures I visualized out of the Preiser set, and sort out placement so the scene would hang together. Here is what I have blocked out: a student and instructor entering the plane, with a senior officer engaging with them.









The seated figure is the student, the fellow standing on the wing is the instructor. The brown wash was to check seams and such from the alterations, and as a start to getting in shades and highlights. Here is a picture of the sprue the figures come from:



The instructor figure began as the second from the left on the bottom row, the student figure as the third from the left. The set contains three such sprues, plus some extra heads.

I have gone a bit beyond this, but have not taken pictures, as wife was quite busy (a good thing). But the doors, radio mast, and mounting stirrups are on the plane, the propellers are made, with scratched hubs and resin blades from the kit. They await only decals to go on the plane. Both the instructor and student needed some adjustment once the doors were on, and for the final officer fgure, I grafted the arms and legs of the one I was using first (on the extreme right, bottom), with the police-type fellow on the extreme left, to take advantage of his military style tunic. Parachute packs and harness, and headphones, still need to be put on the instructor and student.

I have hopes of getting the whole display done by next week.....
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Joined: June 4th, 2008, 11:45 pm

June 5th, 2018, 2:40 am #5

That looks pretty good OM. The animated figure sitting on the sill really suggests a conversation underway.

Cheers,

Andrew
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

June 5th, 2018, 11:16 pm #6

ajd100 wrote: That looks pretty good OM. The animated figure sitting on the sill really suggests a conversation underway.

Cheers,

Andrew
Thanks, Andrew. I'm glad the positioning and poses suggested interaction to you. The seated fellow will have his raised hand resting on the top of the open door, he isn't waving.
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

June 7th, 2018, 11:13 pm #7

That is an interesting set of figures OM - I will have to keep my eye out for those. Preiser stuff occasionally turns up in LHSs down here, usually in the railway section.
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

June 12th, 2018, 2:09 am #8

Assembly and figures complete, and all mounted. Getting good pictures i turning into a project of its own, though. It's proving tricky to get proper focus on both figures and plane with lighting that's good for the foil finish. I expect I shall have to wait for a sunny day, which oddly for the season is not expected soon here. Gives me time to do a proper write-up, at least. Here are a couple of the better shots so far...





More to follow once the sun has shone....
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Joined: June 13th, 2010, 2:35 am

June 14th, 2018, 12:33 am #9

Outstanding!
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Joined: May 19th, 2018, 9:43 pm

June 14th, 2018, 10:34 am #10

Nice job, was tempted to try the foiling method, but must admit it seems so hard to get right, but you have nailed it.
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