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Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: December 23, 2010, 01:48:41 AM »
Here's a quick photo after making some contrasting panels by buffing. I'm not entirely satisfied with it as there is very little difference in the panel shades. I'll probably mask and respray some panels with a slightly different shade of aluminum.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5902.jpg


Scott

4817
Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: December 23, 2010, 01:42:16 AM »
A short update on one of the small projects--the forward crew entry door. This is built up of styrene sheet, styrene strips and metal framing. By the time I construct the hinges and outside entry handle there will be twenty parts to this little item.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5909.jpg


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5918.jpg


And one of the exterior:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5924.jpg


Scott


4818
Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 21, 2010, 12:01:53 PM »
That sounds like a great idea--we were going to do a group build on WIX a few years ago but it never got going.

Scott

4819
Aircraft Modeling / Re: ICM & Condor MiG-29SMT 777 1/72
« on: December 21, 2010, 03:16:23 AM »
I like this project. The hump gives the airplane a sinister look--almost like a big snake that has eaten recently! :-cool Keep us posted!!!!!

Scott

4820
Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:56:35 AM »
I have obtained some photos of the A-24 I'm planning to build from my friend whose dad served in the 3rd Group. Perhaps I'll make time to work on it during the Christmas vacation period. I'm really excited to finally have an excuse to build an Accurate Miniatures kit! I'll start a thread on the Modeling forum when things get underway.

Scott

4821
Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: December 20, 2010, 01:43:11 AM »
As promised, here is one method I use for canopy framing using painted BareMetal foil.

I first cut off a swatch of foil big enough to do the canopy I'm working on. Then I tape it to a popsickle stick and sand it lightly with 2400 grit sandpaper. When I paint the fuselage top color I paint this foil at the same time. To apply it to the canopy I just use a metal straightedge and a brand new X-Acto blade to cut the foil into strips the right width for the frames I'm working on.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5884.jpg


Then it's a simple matter to pick up the strips and apply them to the canopy.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5885.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5886.jpg


 Occasionally I need to touch up small areas where the paint might come off and leave the silver, and in some cases I actually scrape the paint off in high wear areas to replicate chipping/flaking paint. Here's the little training P-47 canopy after framing but before final installation and touch-up:
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5889.jpg


One word of warning when using this method--if the canopy interior can be seen on the finished product the framing will be silver on the inside. In that case it may be better to mask and paint the framing rather than using the foil method.

Scott

4822
Aircraft Modeling / Re: Future releases from a new producer: MustHave!
« on: December 19, 2010, 04:24:32 PM »
I agree, these are both excellent subjects. I've wanted to build a fixed-gear H75 for many years and it appears that this will be the kit to do it with.

Scott

4823
Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 18, 2010, 05:47:50 PM »
Everyone here has INSPIRED me to build again! :-obey :-jump :-ok :-tri :-flo (It may take a while, but at least I'm digging kits out of storage.......)

4824
Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 18, 2010, 05:12:28 PM »
You've inspired me to dust off this old Accurate Miniatures SBD kit! I'm planning on borrowing some photos of 8th Attack Squadron A-24s from my co-worker and building one of the airplanes they flew early in the Pacific war.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5881.jpg


Just for reference, here is a 1/72 Hasegawa SBD-3 with Eduard dive flaps. This airplane was flown by Lt. (jg) William E. Hall during the Battle of the Coral Sea where he was credited with shooting down three enemy aircraft. Lt. Hall was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the 8 May 1942 battle and the airplane was dumped overboard after landing aboard the Lexington because of battle damage.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5882.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5883.jpg


Scott

4825
Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: December 17, 2010, 12:27:05 PM »
I have painted BareMetal foil many times, but usually to use it for canopy framing (I'll show my technique for that soon). I simply sand with very fine sandpaper and paint whatever color I need. As far as painting it on the airplane, it can be done but you MUST use very "unsticky" tape or liquid masking agent for masking or the tape will tear and lift the foil when you remove it.

Scott

4826
Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: December 17, 2010, 03:59:47 AM »
Very little to add here, just a photo of the oil cooler scoops after a light coat of primer. They will need a little more work before going into the "storage" box to wait for final assembly.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5877.jpg


I also tinkered with the nose glazing master. I decided to cut up two spare B-17G nose pieces so I would have a round shape for the start of this part. As y'all know, the YB has a perfectly round cross-section at the nose while all later ships have a flattened-out lower part of the nose opening. I simply cut the two pieces and then glued the upper sections together to construct a round section where it attaches to the fuselage. It leaves a double-humped point that will later be shaped into the pointed shape of the prototype.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5859.jpg


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5861.jpg


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5870.jpg


Scott

4827
Aircraft Modeling / Re: HOW TO: Natural Metal Finishes
« on: December 17, 2010, 03:51:55 AM »
I finally got back to this project yesterday evening. I originally wanted to use both Metalizer and foil on this kit. I practiced with a little foil and found that the very delicate engraving of the Tamiya kit is nearly obscured by the foil. Since I didn't want to hide the beautiful molding I decided to go entirely with Metalizer. Here is a series of shots after applying the aluminum before buffing began. The little sheet of cloth on my hand in photo 1 is the polishing pad I use.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5871.jpg


These two are of the masking of the rudder. All of the primary flight controls were masked off before buffing the surfaces so as to get a contrasting sheen on the various parts. The same process is used to get the different shades on the other parts of the airplane.
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5874.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5875.jpg

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w117/2AF/IMG_5879.jpg


I'll do some different shaded panels next installment.

Scott

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Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 16, 2010, 10:58:45 PM »
Thank you mate for your valuable input  :-ok Please tell me, is it unit of your friends father, has been previously equipped with Curtiss Shrike?

Yes, the 3rd Attack (later redesignated as 3rd Bombardment Group) had the A-12 Shrike in the between-wars years.

Again, great photos, and especially the airplanes that were flown by other countries. Here in the U.S. a lot of A-24s were used as utility airplanes and target tow-tugs.

Scott

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Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A-24 Banshee
« on: December 15, 2010, 02:30:23 AM »
The factory photos in the first batch were taken just a mile or so from where I work. The Douglas/Tulsa plant is still in use, though not for its original purpose, and it looks pretty much the same on the outside today as it did in these pictures. You can see the pilot B-24 line in a couple of the pictures. When the A-24 order of 615 airframes was complete the plant went into full B-24 production, followed by the A-26 in 1944.

Two of the four airworthy SBD-type aircraft are actually A-24s.

The father of a co-worker of mine was a member of the 3rd Attack Group, 8th Squadron during the time when they were flying the A-24s in combat early in the Pacific war.

Great subject!
Scott

4830
Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: December 12, 2010, 04:28:04 PM »
Let the force be with you :-ok

I WILL NEED IT! :)

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