Thank you Gentlemen for the kind words. And Joe, the music stand is invaluable as a reference holder. It came from my former life as a classical musician.
Thank you Gentlemen for the kind words.
Progress his being made, but much of it just blocking and tackling. I've been doing a lot of scribing and riveting, then fixing the mistakes from sloppy scribing and riveting. It seems that skill with the Rosie the Riveter tool, like so much else, comes from much practice. So, I've decided to devote a portion of each modeling session to riveting. After a while, it becomes somewhat comfortable.
The wing panels have been glued together and reinforced with 5 minute epoxy, then the mating surfaces were sanded to even things out. There is a reinforcing strip at the wing joint which helps cover some mismatches. But the next issue was deciding what material to use. I tried adhesive backed lead foil (too thick), aluminum tape (too crinkly) and vinyl tape (good, but not enough adhesion). I finally resorted to an old trick: very thick old decals. Remember how we used to complain that 1960's era decals were overly thick. Now, I look through vintage kit to see if they have decals that are thick enough. I used a Hawk F11C-2 Goshawk, vintage 1965. I cut some decals into approximately 1/16" strips and soaked them for at least 20 minutes in very hot water. They still had to be peeled off their backing paper with tweezers. After a number of attempts I got an acceptable result. This method can be used for any number of panels and strips, so keep your eyes open for old kits with those "terrible" decals.
After applying the strips, I primed the area and was satisfied with the result. Then came more riveting and scribing. I waited until to rivet near the wing joint, since I didn't want to put too many coats of primer over rivets. Here are some photos of the progress so far.
I used an Eduard photo etched radiator as a stencil and painted the oil cooler panel. First a sheet of plastic was painted black, then brass was sprayed through the stencil. Since it can barely be seen and I was only looking for a representation, I found this to be acceptable.
While we're on the topic of stencils, I used those from the wheel wells again, this time for the landing gear covers. They are made from .010" plastic card. After cutting them out they were...you guessed it, riveted.
I've tortured the image to try to show the rivet pattern, without much success.
Finally to the present. The extended horizontals and rudder have been attached, as have the outboard flaps. The positioning tape is still in place. Next up will be filling in the gaps with 5 minute epoxy. This bird is starting to look as I have imagined her.
Thanks for persisting to this point; I hope you're enjoying the ride.
And Brett, I've copied and pasted this post from another site. I have no idea why sections of the text are underlined and I cannot eliminate it. This is not the case on the original post. Any thoughts?