Heller Harvard IIb - cowling attached

Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 21st, 2018, 5:37 am #1

Hello again,

I took the day off from work and so thought I would get some work done on the Harvard, I have attached the cowling using the rear of the resin engine to glue to the front of the kit fuselage.. by pure luck I had cut the plus off the resin engine at just the right point!!

But after studying photos of the real thing and looking at the kit cowling I realise the kit part is too small... the Academy kit cowling is a lot more accurate.. however it is now attached an will stay that way.
_DSC4322.jpg _DSC4323.jpg I painted the exhaust and dark dirty brown then added slight weathered areas based on photos of the actual aircraft, there appears to be very little rusting.

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The shaft on the resin engine for the prop is of a narrower cord than the kit part, so I cut off the kit prop shaft and replaced it with a narrower hollow needle... first time I have ever done this and it seems to work okay.. _DSC4325.jpg
Lastly I have been getting the wheels painted and the undercarriage weathered slightly, so they will soon be able to be attached as well... that just leaves the red flashing light on the fuselage behind the canopy and a small vertical antenna near the same areas the light.. then on with the decals and stringed musical instrument!!!!!!!
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

May 21st, 2018, 12:07 pm #2

Almost there Simon - but I thought "done" was an Ozzie artist?? heh heh . .  Ken Done, get it?? 
Oh why do I bother? Back to my cage, eh?
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 22nd, 2018, 6:26 am #3

An update on my attempt to find an Academy T6G kit, the kit is not in the current Academy catalogue.. and they are expensive on E-Bay.. when they show up. Per chance I happen to find a hobby shop a couple of hours from here that has three!!!!!!!!! And only AUD$16.99!!! I'm not greedy but I bought all three!!! Hey may never see this kit again and not holding my breath for Airfix or anyone else, but I would happily eat my words!!! I would like to do another Harvard IIb but not the Heller kit, next time I'll use the Academy kit.... am I happy... bloody oath I am!!!
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 22nd, 2018, 6:27 am #4

gcarter17 wrote: Almost there Simon - but I thought "done" was an Ozzie artist?? heh heh . .  Ken Done, get it?? 
Oh why do I bother? Back to my cage, eh?
One should stick to being retired... I can't say day job can I???? you wit!!!!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:06 pm

May 22nd, 2018, 10:38 am #5

Very nice finish on that exhaust pipe, looks like metal!

BTW, you will love building those Academy kits and there are Eduard canopy mask sets to make it even more enjoyable 🙂 

Cheers, Vic
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 23rd, 2018, 6:24 am #6

Vic Scheuerman wrote: Very nice finish on that exhaust pipe, looks like metal!

BTW, you will love building those Academy kits and there are Eduard canopy mask sets to make it even more enjoyable 🙂 

Cheers, Vic
Thanks Vic,

I'm rather chuffed with the finish myself.... normally I am overly critical of what I build... maybe I am just mellowing with age :-)

Ah ha... thanks for the information about the Eduard masks.. however I have four (yes four) CMR vacform canopies for a Harvard II/IIb!! mind you I can't see myself building four more Harvard's!! Mind you............ I have one Texan built I might do another Texan... can but do the Bonanza and .... poderosa about what might be!!!!! hahhahahahhahahhahahah

Simon
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 12:34 am

May 24th, 2018, 6:10 am #7

Well guess what was waiting for me when I got home from work this afternoon... okay so no prizes for guessing. A parcel containing the three Academy T-6G Texan kits!! That was prompt to say the least, when I placed the order they quoted postage as being $9... the postage came to $10.55 and I was only charged $9.00. Thanks to Gosford Hobbies!!! Now what do I do with three Texans??? IMG_2411.JPG
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Joined: January 28th, 2007, 3:49 pm

May 29th, 2018, 11:34 am #8

Three Texan? You build a whole flight.
Lucky man

Luigi


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