Flying sharks - part V

Flying sharks - part V

Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

October 30th, 2011, 10:59 pm #1

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

October 30th, 2011, 11:15 pm #2

That is such a nice save. I'm happy you didn't bin it - and not at all surprised that you enjoyed it! A challenge is more fun than a straightforward build - and better for developing skills.

Very well done!
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

October 30th, 2011, 11:56 pm #3

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
I expect I would have scrapped the thing for parts, myself. Exceptional work and perseverance!
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Joined: September 5th, 2009, 5:58 am

October 31st, 2011, 1:27 am #4

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
William, I am in awe at the fix work you have done here. I think you are the fill and sand king!

Wow super work.

Cheers
Jim
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Joined: September 12th, 2005, 2:37 am

October 31st, 2011, 3:07 am #5

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
George, out........
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Joined: April 2nd, 2007, 11:33 pm

October 31st, 2011, 3:38 am #6

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
What a slick job! You are really flexing your modeling muscles. Nice to see you are winning with this one.

Certainly will be one to be VERY proud of!

Well done and what a great post.
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Joined: December 7th, 2007, 2:24 pm

October 31st, 2011, 4:27 am #7

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
That one has file 13 written all over if it were mine. Keep it up William!
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Chester
Chester

October 31st, 2011, 8:23 am #8

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
This was a frightening series of photographs, much like surgery on a terrible accident victim. Seems to have turned out all right though.
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Massimo La Civita
Massimo La Civita

October 31st, 2011, 10:37 am #9

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Now, that's some HEAVY job...
...ehm...are you sure the REAL aircreft were not banana-shaped? It could be a configuration to win the engine torque, or not? LOL
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Joined: April 6th, 2009, 10:13 am

October 31st, 2011, 5:25 pm #10

Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40



I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw



... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human !



Back in the race



Granted, some sanding and filling was required



And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts



But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting



And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)



But at its feet - very close to the casting block



I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh



It was a reasonable fit



... and this almost was !



I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips



And I did some dremeling



So I wouldn't have to sand too much



Then filler



And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps



Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued



After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots



The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention



Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip



Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost



Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again



Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits



The carburator air intake needed refining



A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly



The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end



Filler again



I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner



Adding the gun houses



Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to



A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200



Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer



Things look better now



It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

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William De Coster / Belgium / past builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report)
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
It's sure now, you can model a whole aircraft out of a putty tube .
Impressive recovery William!
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