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The Big Spit - Pilot Training

December 13 2010 at 12:17 AM

Ted Preston  (Login TeddieP)
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"Pilot Training." Yeah, that would be me. I've painted plenty of 1/72 scale pilot figures, but 1/24 scale is a first for me. Last episode ended with our boy getting a coat of Testor's tan on his face:
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Now, after painting boots, helmet and parachute straps, he's looking more like 'The Mummy':
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Ah, that's better. More pilot-like now (In case you noticed, our boy's thumb is green because a piece of it came away with the masking tape. Some Squadron putty put things right again.):
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Since our Spit is to be a flying model, our boy needs full flying gear. This is the look I'm reaching for:
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I tried smash-molding our boy's face into some hot plastic to make a face mask, but ended up with something looking like an ancient death mask. So I popped a styrene rod into his mouth with a slice of sprue runner on the end as a start on a face mask:
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I then painted some masking tape with Tamiya buff and tried stretching it around the mask. That didn't work - I couldn't get the shape right:
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I decided to stretch-form a mask over a piece of balsa wood sanded into a face mask shape. Here's the result:
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Yeah, yeah, - okay, knock it off youse guys. I can hear you laughing from here. I KNOW what this looks like. Sheesh. That's why they call it a COCK-pit. After trimming and sanding the condom...Er, looks like a good fit:
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I used Tamiya buff again for the face mask and popped our boy into the cockpit to see how everything looked:
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Hmmm. The mask looks funny - almost like a snout. Aw Jeez - okay, check out this shot. Our boy looks like the dog Gromit from the Wallace and Gromit animation series. Doh!
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Blast! That won't do. Off with the mask, more trimming and sanding, and I shortened the rod in our boy's mouth to boot. A different colour of paint on the mask, and things are looking good again:
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On to the Sutton harness. I cut strips of lead foil from a wine bottle and poked holes in 'em with a needle:
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Then I slathered on some Humbrol Khaki and when that dried, I dipped a toothpick into some Humbrol no.11 silver and poked it into the holes to replicate the metal 'buttons' on the Sutton harness:
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I got started on the radio lead by twisting three strands of armature wire together:
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The pin which secured the Sutton harness straps together is another piece of aramature wire wrapped around a piece of stretched sprue:
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Okay, the forward Sutton harness is installed, with the pin in place:
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Now the radio lead is attached to the helmet. One strand connects to the front of the face mask, the other two connect to the helmet headphones. By the way, the oxygen hose is a piece of tungsten I scored from a (very) large light bulb, and dipped into a bottle of black paint:
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In all the reference material I looked for on where the radio plugged into the cockpit, the only one I found was a Spitfire pilot manual which said "the R/T connection was to the right of the pilot seat." That was it - a brief line of text and no photos - all I could find. So I ran the radio wire to the right of the seat:
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Now our boy is looking pretty good inside the cockpit:
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The last step here is to add the rear bits of the Sutton harness, which runs back through the cockpit bulkhead. I also handed our boy his joystick:
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Whew! Pilot training is over! Now we graduate to closing up the cockpit. This build should move a lot faster now!

WIP Build:
The Big Spit Pt.1; The Big Spit Pt.2; The Big Spit Pt.3; The Big Spit Pt.4; The Big Spit Pt.5; The Big Spit Pt.6;

Previous WIP Builds:
Vickers Tank Pt.1; Vickers Tank Pt.2; Vickers Tank Pt.3; Vickers Tank Pt.4; Vickers Tank Pt.5; Vickers Tank Pt.6; Vickers Tank Finish;
Connies Pt.1; Connies Pt.2; Connies Pt.3; Connies Pt.4; Connies Pt.5; Connies Pt.6; Connies Pt.7; Connies Finish

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