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Race against the snow - part I

February 10 2012 at 4:53 PM

William De Coster  (Login eazyprinz)
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Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures

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While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject

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Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak

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And it had a winter scheme

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But it looked a bit rough

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It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash

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It was certainly not basic

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I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis

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A lot of interior parts for such a small kit

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First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts

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I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end

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One hour later the interior was assembled

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And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue

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The big radiator housing followed

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And so did the wheel bay walls

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A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed

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Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top

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Then the bottom at the front

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Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough

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But we managed to get it into place

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The bottom at the rear followed

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Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...

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The guns were on a separate piece

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With average fit

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Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front

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I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit

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Then I glued the top wings first

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Excellent fit

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And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps

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Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together

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The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand

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The trailing edges were rather thick

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Thinning them down

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To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder

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The wing light was not a great fit

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Fill and sand... and polish later on

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Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...

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And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !

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From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

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William De Coster / Belgium be.png / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
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This message has been edited by eazyprinz from IP address 195.144.82.38 on Feb 11, 2012 6:21 AM


 
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