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a 2fer- NMF & 1/72 WIP- Valom P-75A Eagle- WIP and completed

May 8 2011 at 9:25 AM
John Mac  (no login)
from IP address 72.88.150.162

Valom's efforts get better over time. Their P-75A Eagle has an injected canopy, and excellent recessed detail. 3 layer instrument panel. Fit overall was good- wing to fuselage mating required only minor tweaking. Accuracy looked very good w/ the sole exception of the belly radiator which needed a fix as shown in the WIP shots. That there are pre restored and restored shots of the AFM's P-75A on the net really helped.

Mods included the radiator mod, wing gunport fairings added, MLG wells lined w/ bare metal foil to eliminate the open holes, and the many machine gun (10!) and intake/exhaust ports drilled out.

Radiator- If done OOB,the housing/opening would hang at a 25 degree downangle. Should be even w/ the thrust centerline.
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I shaved off the fairing where the radiator would mount, closed off the gaping hole that is left w/ really thin sheet plastic, and sanded it wafer thin. The little gap that is left wil be covered by the radiator.
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Here is the real deal as a reference
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Next, I had to make a rear shutter, much as what the P-51B and later Mustangs have. I cut open the top rear of the radiator and inserted a thin sheet rectangle of sheet stock. To make it curve up I backed it w/ a thicker rib from behind.
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There was much test fitting/trimming to get the shutter to meet nicely w/ the fuselage belly. Once this was done I glued the radiator housing onto the belly.
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Then the sidewalls had to be boxed out. This was done w/ thin sheet stock carefully trimmed to meet the fuselage belly.
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The small gaps were closed w/ Milliput, some putty, and gap filling CA. This photo was before final sanding.
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The MLG wells were open holes. I was looking at the AFM's bird pre resto and noted the wells looked to be lined w/ a sort of canvas material.
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A light bulb moment led me to line the holes w/ BMF. This took several trys to get it smooth w/ clean edges. I carefully pressed in the BFM w/ my pinky finger while the slow set CA glue was still wet, to get a nice rounded bowl shape.
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The excess BFM was carefully trimmed w/ a brand new #11 blade.
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Lots of holes were drilled out. This sucker had TEN 50 cals.
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I used brass rods to support attachment of the tail surfaces to the fuselage, to support the OOB butt joints.

A lot of time was spent creating wing MG fairings. OOB would have you simply drill holes into the wing leading edge. The fairings were created w/ plastistrut rods that were carefilly fitted to the curve of the leading edge, then sanded to shape, and drilled out. Lots of re-dos on this as these were small and differences from gun to gun really stood out- they had to be uniform to look OK. These mods got some Tamiya ultra fine white primer to check for flaws.
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While I'm in my photos, I thought I'd post these restored AFM shots of the tub, as these were a bit hard to find on the net. Note the bronze green sidewalls and yellow stick. The seat is covered up but another photo I have (post resto) shows the headrest is brown leather colored.
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On to Tamiya black rattle can for the NMF basecoat. The radiator mod lookig OK here!
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I lost a MLG actuator stut and created one from brass rod.
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Now, as being a convert to Alclad two years ago, I was spoiled by the bulletproof finishes in my prior builds. As the P-75As has exeptionally brilliant finishes, I used Alclad's polished aluminum. Jaw droppingly great looking stuff. Except it wears off like baby power if you handle it. Also does not like masking, even w/ post-it notes. Users be forewarned. I don't think I'll use this shade again. Once I was into it, I was committed. Final results below.

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