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About ragove

  • Birthday 04/22/1943

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    Leesburg, Virginia
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    Modeling of all types. Mainly ships, but also
    plastic aircraft.

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  1. Attempting the skylight. This is not easy. Test fitting the 2 sides
  2. I usually take the decal out of the water with fine tip tweezers. If it’s still on the backing i slide it off onto it’s appropriate location. Then move it as necessary with a soft paint brush. If the decal has come off the backing I still tweezer it out, gently, and put it where it belongs. Things don’t always go as planned. Some of the tiny decals get stuck to my finger or seem to become invisible. Ron Gove
  3. I noticed that if the decal soaked long enough it did float off the backing. I failed to take advantage of that until the very end. it is contrary to the usual instructions about sliding the decal off, but I agree that it makes more sense and less likely to tear. Although several of the B24 decals just cracked into two or more pieces without being touched. “let the decal float free” is my new mantra.
  4. She’s finished and as I expected the decals gave me a lot of trouble. All of the larger decals split into 2 to 3 pieces before releasing from the backing. Also, the dragon decal came in several pieces that, once under the wing, didn’t match the cover art or the instructions. So a bit of license was taken here. All in all I think it’s not too bad. The left cockpit window went flying across the workshop and I have yet to find it. It initially fell into the cockpit and behind the seats. When I shook it out it went off to the lost world of bits and pieces to join its friends.
  5. About ready to add decals. I could find anything small enough and heavy enough to hold the nose wheel down. I will have to put the dragon on a base and glue her down.
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  7. Thanks. It was just a rattle can spray, Tamiya Bare Metal Silver
  8. I’ve been working on this off and on for a while and finally decided to post some progress photos. It’s an older kit and has a lot of flash. I had a great deal of difficulty getting the bombs to stay on the rack and finally gave up and used the closed bomb bay doors option. I also decided not to obsess over the seams. I am just trying to keep this an enjoyable break from ships.
  9. After drilling holes for the shrouds in the first channel I decided it would be better to wait until I was rigging to ensure the holes end up in the correct locations. All the davits and such will go in much later in the build or I will surely break them off. Starboard is in good shape, and the channels are installed on the port side also. I think I’ll go back to finishing the deck furnishings next.

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