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  • Birthday 08/16/1957

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  1. Hi all, thanks for the likes! Few answers to some of you. Thanks Chris for the confidence, I hope to to fall now in a state of performance anxiety 😀 @popeye the sailor: cutting these small tubes is very easy. On a cutting mat I press gently the a #2 blade (the larger one) of a X-acto knive and keeping it perpendicular to the tube I let the tube roll under the blade moving the blade back and forth. Typically, within 4-5 strokes, the tube gets cleanly severed. You might need to press the tip of a steel needle inside the hole to clean up the remaing possible burrs.
  2. Indeed Larry, I am going on without following the A.L. instructions improvising what I am doing at each step. This is also one of the reason why I am proceeding so slowly. Fortunately, I found and downloaded the instruction manual written by Chuck Passaro for the prototype of the Model Shipways Mayflower which is based on the existing replica and which I am using broadly as a reference guide. Best regards, Dan.
  3. Hi all, some little progress on my build of the Sea Fury. The wheel bay got gloss clear coated, black panel liner applied and finally the satin finish was restored. This is the result with the bay piece glued inside the lower half wing: I also added two blisters (fairings of the fuel tank sumps) that Airfix forgot to add. I had removed the two oleos for the actuation of the central doors because they were all the time in the way. I will add them back later, after painting the belly and the doors. Before gluing the lower wing, I modified the parts holding the muzzl
  4. Lovely model, wonderful finish. I would like to take a ride on that car. Best regards, Dan.
  5. I am deeply moved by the story behind your build. I am also a father of a daughter and I cannot think of what you went and still going through. I wish you all the best for this build that I will be following surely. Warm greetings, Dan.
  6. Good save on this model, Jack. Gloss colors are not easy, especially if applied by brush. Best regards, Dan.
  7. The wing root filling looks fine. No surface details seem to be lost. Regards, Dan.
  8. Hi all, going slowly on with my build. The cockpit posed with the left fuselage: As said, unfortunately little will be seen from the cockpit opening: I also added few details in the wheel bay which otherwise quite empty. The pictures of the real plane show a lot of components and an intricacy of pipelines. Clearly, it was not my intention to realistically replicate it, I just wanted to make the bay look busier and I used the tubing to hide some extractor marks that were not sanded satisfactorily: Once
  9. Dear @Egilman, you are correct, however, the static balance of the surfaces was not introduced because of compressibility effects, but to avoid dynamic effects (dynamic couplings). You can see, f.i., balancing masses when mounted externally to the wing in aircraft as early as the Ju-87 or the Bf 109. It is true that I do not know the exact date for their introduction and I will see if I can find a more precise information. Greetings, Dan.
  10. Hi all. just one little note in addition to the discussion above: Actually, hinged control surfaces (i.e. elevators, rudder and ailerons) are statically compensated. In other words, there are balancing masses - located inside or visible outside - that bring the center of mass ( or center of gravity if you want) of the surface to lay on the hinge line. (this is done to avoid that inertia forces trigger unwanted dynamic effects on the controls). Therefore, once left alone, control surfaces remain in their last position and are not influenced by gravity. Now, in most of cramped cockpits,
  11. @Bedford, thanks for your comments. For your questions see also this discussion of Britmodeller: Gloss, Satin or Matt? - WWII - Britmodeller.com In general, during WWII, aircraft finish were matt to kill reflections of sun light beamed off along one narrow direction. A non-glossy surface reflects incoming light with a spread on all directions. (see what also @Egilman said above). However, it must be said that military matt finish in real size do not appear as dead matt as it is obtained on models with modelling paints. Often you find 'eggshell' as a comparative descript
  12. Dear all, a small update on my Sea Fury interiors. I completed the cockpit bathtub with the still missing photoetched parts and added some more wear on the floor below the pedals, as suggested above by Ken: The seat was completed with the Eduard seatbelts: The gunsight was added to the instrument panel. As I said before, the gunsight was not included in the parts of the kit and the compass was missing as well. These are some of the few omissions in this otherwise very good kit. Finally, the cockpit is assembled:
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