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Chipmunk Rides A Mustang To Harvard Pt3

April 26 2012 at 7:16 PM

  (Login TeddieP)
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Hello again fellow plastic modelwrights! The Preston Aircraft Works Ltd. factory floor has been busy indeed. Three shifts are in full swing at the Winnipeg production facility on three post-war RCAF builds. The Airfix DH Chipmunk production team has installed the wing structure, which was a tight and slightly-skewed fit due to the extra detail bits added into the cockpit, requiring some improvisation in the production jigs:
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Hyperscaler Phil Ludolph and others warned me of the sketchy nature of the kit prop, which appears to have blades too short and a propeller boss that is too stubby and rounded. In the spares bin was discovered a prop that originally (I think) came from a Heller Mureaux 117 kit and it seemed a good starting point as a replacement:
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Another tip borrowed from Phil was to saw off the Chipmunk engine nacelle and replace the cut with a slice of .20 thou sheet plastic:
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The idea here is that the reattached engine nacelle gives a better impression of the "stepped" look where the engine meets the fuselage on the real thing:
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Over at the Heller Harvard production bay, the team was experiencing similar fuselage-to-wing fit problems, requiring some sheet styrene and plenty of putty to fill in the gaps:
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Now that the sanders have had their way with these joints, you can readily see what's required to get the right shape in the forward fuselage area:
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The crew working on the Hasagawa Mustang IV have achieved good results in fairing in the massive amount of putty and sheeting needed to fill in some grisly gaps in the underwing radiator area. A spritz of primer over the area should smooth things in very nicely:
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The Mustang nose section needed some serious sanding to fair it in properly with the fuselage. Files and sanding sticks of various grits seemed to do the job:
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Ages ago, when the Mustang first came out of the box, a hasty decision was made to hack off the flaps and pose them in a down position. After careful consideration, the production team decided to put them back in their original condition, using some sheet styrene to fill in those hacksaw cuts:
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All three of the builds are inching close to the masking/primer/paint stage. Meantime, another project has swooped into the already busy factory. An Airfix Ford Trimotor, destined for the Multi-Engine Group Build over on the Airfix Forum:
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The factory workers grumbled a bit at this extra work, but an increase in the daily lunchtime rum ration soon smoothed over their ruffled feathers!
'Till next time...
Best...Ted...

Current Build:
Postwar RCAF Pt. 1; Postwar RCAF Pt. 2


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Cold War Incident
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Previous WIP Builds:
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; Mad About Migs Pt. 6;
Mad About Migs Pt. 7; Mad About Migs Pt. 8; Mad About Migs Finish

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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(Login StuartMilliken)
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Great stuff, Ted!

April 27 2012, 6:41 AM 

Give those factory workers an extra Twinkie with their lunch; they're doing first-class work. Neat fixes on the Chipmunk, and the Harvard interior really looks smart. Keep up the good work! (And let's see more of that Trimotor!)

Stuart


    
This message has been edited by StuartMilliken from IP address 209.237.253.45 on Apr 30, 2012 9:01 PM


 
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(Login TeddieP)
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Twinkies! Ha!

April 29 2012, 12:13 PM 


 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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Ruffled feathers !

April 27 2012, 10:38 AM 

And rhum - that's a good one happy.gif !

The workforce does a great job - I like the step making cut off engine from the Chipmunk, looks sooooo much better

Any reason why you decide to put the Mustang flaps back in original position, I like that dropped look

Looking forward to the Trimotor fun


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(Login TeddieP)
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Hi William

April 29 2012, 12:15 PM 


 
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(Login 72master)
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wow

April 28 2012, 12:35 AM 

You certainly get alot done. Hope that team of yours doesn't go on strike.happy.gif

 
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(Login TeddieP)
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Hi Leon

April 29 2012, 12:17 PM 


 
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Phil Ludolph
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Nice one TED.......looking forward to the finish

April 28 2012, 4:17 PM 

G'day Ted,

Yeah it is tough to work with all three kits at once. Sort of a plastic balancing act. Take a look at chippy spinner and prop blades. I found when I tried to reshape it the silly thing was egg shape. I found the center to the spinner and had to use a circle of 30thou to make it look round then true sanded it for a rough shape. Once near enough I jammed a piece of brass wire in and stuck it down with CAA glue. I plugged in the motor tool and at slow speed I turned the spinner till it was round.

The prop blades were hopeless from the kit. I shaped two new blades using the mirror method. Once shape and length were finalized I popped them apart and began to make an airfoil shape with a slight twist. I found the center point of each blade and drilled a hole for some wire. I grabbed the spinner and marked the mounting point for the blades with a compass point. I then drilled the hole and sunk in each prop blade with liquid tape. I still need to finish off the base of the blades to match the hub of the spinner. But I'm kinda side tracked right now. I have to reshape the canopy on the chippy. The heavy AIRFIX molding lines make smashing a new canopy problematic.

Good luck with the builds.

PHIL

 
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(Login TeddieP)
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Hiya Phil!

April 29 2012, 12:19 PM 


 
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(Login geoffrye35)
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Ah to be a 1:72 human and work in such a place

April 28 2012, 8:45 PM 


 
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(Login TeddieP)
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I Got Openings...

April 29 2012, 12:21 PM 


 
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(Login mixont)
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Love your work Ted

April 29 2012, 10:42 AM 

Are these the famed Minsk factory workers or a new crew? Anywho, they are doing a first rate job!

 
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(Login TeddieP)
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Haa!

April 29 2012, 12:25 PM 


 
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Adrian
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Nice one!

May 1 2012, 3:30 PM 

I like the subjects (including the Mustang trolley!). The Chipmunk is coming up well, and I like the look of the trimotor. I have one in the stash somewhere...

Regards,
Adrian

 
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