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Flying sharks - part V

October 30 2011 at 3:59 PM

William De Coster  (Login eazyprinz)
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Greetings all

Last time I was looking for my favorite axe for my banana shaped AML P-40


I didn't find it - probably the girlfriend has it again

All I was left with, was my little saw


... and some frustration to vent

Ah, the pleasures of being human happy.gif !


Back in the race


Granted, some sanding and filling was required


And I needed to fix all the collateral damage

The cuts in the wing and the drill head skid marks around the exhausts


But first I wanted to install the radiator

Which is a nice resin casting


And which needs to be cut at the correct place

... which is not in the middle (doh!!!)


But at its feet - very close to the casting block


I glued the pieces back together

With some peeking, you still can see the fine radiator mesh


It was a reasonable fit


... and this almost was sad.gif !


I first covered the big gaps with pieces of plastic card and strips


And I did some dremeling


So I wouldn't have to sand too much


Then filler


And then I read about Robert Rensch (his build on Internet Modeller)

He bended the wings for more dihedral to close the gaps


Interesting approach - but too late for me now

Luckily I still had some dihedral, so we dully continued


After sanding, a first coat of primer followed

Looking for trouble spots


The basic shape was now more or less straight

But some areas still needed attention


Building the front end up, with little pieces of Evergreen plastic strip


Filler again

And I decided to fill all remaining fuselage panel lines too, since many were already lost


Glueing the front end of the wheel well bulges to the wings

They didn't extend to the upper wing : filler needed again


Adding some "belly" elements and the cowling flaps

All reasonable fits


The carburator air intake needed refining


A small piece of plastic rod did the job perfectly


The horizontal stabs were butt joined

Not an ideal fit - certainly not at the wing root front end


Filler again


I had bought some sanding sticks at the Dutch Nationals

They were quite useful now... and quick too... I should've used them sooner


Adding the gun houses


Another coat of primer followed, revealing a few problem spots to attend to


A final sanding session, using sanding paper 800 to 1200


Followed by a final (I hope) coat of primer


Things look better now


It was a lot of work - but much to my surprise I enjoyed it happy.gif !

Mainly because I got a lot of "job" satisfaction out of it, making this model acceptable again - though it is certainly not perfect, I learned a lot of things can be done with plastic, filler and some time

Now some adventures with paint !

Thank you for your time people

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

1/72 - Airfix - Spitfre PR.XIX : Part I (incl Flying Legends 2011 show report) - Part II - Part III - Part IV (incl. Pilsenkit 2011 show report pt.1/2) - Part V (incl. Dutch Nationals 2011 show report) new.gif
1/72 - Airfix, Trumpeter and AML - Curtiss Hawk 81 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part Vnew.gif
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

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Claus Dam
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That's the spirit, William!

October 30 2011, 4:15 PM 

That is such a nice save. I'm happy you didn't bin it - and not at all surprised that you enjoyed it! A challenge is more fun than a straightforward build - and better for developing skills.

Very well done!

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Old Man
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Helluva Save, Sir!

October 30 2011, 4:56 PM 

I expect I would have scrapped the thing for parts, myself. Exceptional work and perseverance!

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Jim Watts
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Goodness gracious me!

October 30 2011, 6:27 PM 

William, I am in awe at the fix work you have done here. I think you are the fill and sand king!

Wow super work.


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George Oh
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I, too, add my congratulations. MOST impressive.

October 30 2011, 8:07 PM 

George, out........

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Dan Smith
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DANG, William!

October 30 2011, 8:38 PM 

What a slick job! You are really flexing your modeling muscles. Nice to see you are winning with this one.

Certainly will be one to be VERY proud of!

Well done and what a great post.

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Paul Gibbons
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That one has file 13 written all over if it were mine. Keep it up William!

October 30 2011, 9:27 PM 

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All I could think of while working through this was "oh dear God"

October 31 2011, 1:23 AM 

This was a frightening series of photographs, much like surgery on a terrible accident victim. Seems to have turned out all right though.

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Massimo La Civita
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I wish I were you! Yummmm!

October 31 2011, 3:37 AM 

Now, that's some HEAVY job...
...ehm...are you sure the REAL aircreft were not banana-shaped? It could be a configuration to win the engine torque, or not? LOL

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(Login loren37)
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Glad you haven't followed my advice! Tough work man!

October 31 2011, 10:25 AM 

It's sure now, you can model a whole aircraft out of a putty tube happy.gif.
Impressive recovery William!

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Tim Mixon
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Nice Save

October 31 2011, 10:31 AM 

William, That is by far the most impressive save I have seen! I probably would have s**t canned it from the start. Thank you for the detailed post, I have learned many things from this.

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(Login loren37)
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Glad you haven't followed my advice! Tough work man!

October 31 2011, 10:26 AM 

It's sure now, you can model a whole aircraft out of a putty tube happy.gif.
Impressive recovery William!

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(Login loren37)
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oops, double post.

October 31 2011, 10:34 AM 

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Ted Preston
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I Knew You Could Do It!!

October 31 2011, 2:44 PM 

To: Master Sargeant DeCoster
From: Military Modelling HQ

Please be advised that in honour of your diligence in the face of adversity, your incredible bravery on the front lines of modelling, and your shining example of perseverance against all odds, you are hereby awarded the Meritorious Modelling Service Medal (MMSM) First Class with Clasp. Well done, Sarge!!

Brig. Gen. Preston
Office Of Inspector General,
Awards And Honours Division,
Military Modelling HQ

Current Build:
Mad About Migs Pt. 1; Mad About Migs Pt. 2; Mad About Migs Pt. 3; Mad About Migs Pt. 4; Mad About Migs Pt. 5

Tall Tales:
Kanal Kampf: A Spitfire Story
Cold War Incident
The Lucky Mig

Previous WIP Builds:
Matilda Makeover Pt.1; Matilda Makeover Pt.2; Matilda Makeover Pt.3; Matilda Makeover Finish;

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;
The Big Spit Pt.7; The Big Spit Pt.8; The Big Spit Pt.9; The Big Spit Pt.10; The Big Spit Pt.11; The Big Spit Finish;

Me109 Pt.1; Me109 Pt.2; Me109 Pt.3; Me109 Finish;

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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Super job on this one, What great work!! n/t

October 31 2011, 6:46 PM 

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Victor Scheuerman
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Un friggin believable.....

November 1 2011, 6:21 AM 

After you took the industrial wood cutter to that airframe I thought 'that's it', William has lost it......

My jaw was hanging by the time I arrived at the end of the post!

Cheers, Vic

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(Login pgp000)
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William - you brave man you, brilliant save!!!

November 1 2011, 10:15 AM 

Can't say I visit a heap of forums, but that sure is a rare and truly jaw-dropping!

Sorry, I just can't resist the "The most accurate model - my @$$!!!" thought.

Keep going,

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Jerry P
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Could I send you a couple of my projects

November 1 2011, 7:45 PM 

to save from the scrap heap? happy.gif


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bob mack
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just amazing...your crazy and awesome...a lot of work...wonderful ending

November 1 2011, 7:51 PM 

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James Venables
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Yikes - I have one of those in the stash!

November 8 2011, 3:43 AM 

I didn't realise the fit was so hideous!!! Fabulous save though - well done indeed.

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