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1/48 Seafire Mk. III (Late)

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Hi all,  more progress with this  as I am waiting for the paint to harden on the IX,    I  gave the joins a tidy up  then  added some putty to the join line where the wings meet the fuselage, I then fitted the  nose under belly section that will need some shaping as there is a fit issue with a difference in shape  where it meets the fuse.

 

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Hi all,  a bit more work  on the Seafire  -  like I said above the front under cowl  needed some shaping as it was a bad fit,  I attacked the area with a sanding stick then a bit of wet and dry followed up by a bit of putty, I also test fitted the spinner plate  - I drew a line around the outside edge then after removing it I sanded the nose back to the pencil line.

 

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Evening all  - more progress  this eve,   I masked off the top edge of the wings, then the front slope on the cowl and the rear lower fuselage, then I used my Tamiya flast Sky  and proceeded to hand paint it with my largest brush,  I put about Four layers down dried in between layers  with the hairdryer,   will need the edges  lightly sanding to get rid of the ridge.

 

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1 minute ago, Egilman said:

Just a suggestion brother, don't forget the starboard 20mm cannon, will look kinda strange with only one....

Yep the housing for that is yet to be put on,  the one you see is the bare barrel of the other,  they are fiddly  (easy knocked off  thingys)   I have learned that on my other Spit build  - I knocked it off twice  almost like the glue wasn't holding it strong enough.

 

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Having a slight change of subject  so back on this  for a bit   - variety is the spice of life  and all that,     so  next job on the Seafire was masking time,   I used my normal  - paper and tamiya tape,   but I also found that blu tack  came in usuful  for masking the exhuasts  and wing  detail section  - next job to spray  the primer.

 

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2 minutes ago, Javlin said:

Thks OC out of all the years I have been building never thought to use bluetack that way for exhaust.:imNotWorthy:  Kevin

I used it purely by chance  -  what is also good about it   - you can shape it like putty  using a  scalpel blade  to get it to  fit nice a snug  around the exhaust stacks.

 

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On 6/14/2020 at 12:08 PM, Old Collingwood said:

Hi all,

 

Right  the Dark Sea Grey top coat is on  - its currently  de-gasing in the cupboard.

 

OC.

A nice job and log, thanks for sharing. Please explain "de-gasing in the cupboard.

 

Cheers, Harley

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6 minutes ago, Tigerdvr said:

A nice job and log, thanks for sharing. Please explain "de-gasing in the cupboard.

 

Cheers, Harley

Hi Harley,   I use Tamiya  Laquer  Rattle cans  for my painting, and during the drying process  they give off quite a smell  (the term for the his drying  is called de-gasing)   basically when the smell has gone they are  ready to be handled.

 

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1 hour ago, Old Collingwood said:

This is a different mk of seafire   but its the same colour scheme  I am trying to replicate  - think its  the same?

 

Pic off the net.

 

OC.

 

Looks pretty darned close to me my friend....

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A bit more progress this evening  multi tasking  with my Spit build  (I know  easy tiger)    anyway  I did a bit of tidy up  including buffing the paintwork  and also I thought it would be good to bring out the panel lines by re-gauging  with my fine panel line tool.

 

Family pic with my Spit.

 

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Evening all,  firstly  thanks to all the followers and likes  - really appreciate it,    right some more progress  -  I fitted the Right side MG  cover and smaller one, and after gave them a quick paint over and light high lighting,    then I decided to have a go at the cockpit door  - this was to be in the open position and show the inside,  simple  attachment them paint folowed by shading/highlighting, and it was done.

 

Then it was time to fit the sliding part of the canopy, firstly it needed painting  - this was a straight forward  operation and didn't need masking, I used a stick and tack  to hold it from inside , then I just followed the frame around with a fine brush.

I then offered it in place and checked it  "all seems fine"  so I glued it in place, to speed up the drying/setting process  I decided to hit it with the hairdryer  -  (upssss.........bad idea)😞😞The dryer had made the end of the canopy melt and curl upwards.

 

So it was time to look for a substitute  - in the kit as well as the other Spit kit  there is also the enclosed one piece canopy, so I decided to try to trim off the smaller window unit part  -  "Issue number two"  it cracked,   so third time lucky  - try the one remaining  completed canopy part, but this time sand the small window unit away  -  ten minutes later and  sucess  job done,  next was to paint it the same way I had done the original.

 

When dry  I put it in place  - idea was  to have it open,  but  it was two small  and would not sit over the rear  window,  only option to fit it in the closed position,   so I pushed it in place then spot glued it with some CA  and touched up where any residue glue was,    it hasn't turned out too bad I think  and you can still see part of the inside.

 

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After my little challenge with the canopy   (whats it with me and canopies  - remember my mossie?????)   so I decided to have a gentle go at decaling....no troubles from decals  (yeah right famous last words)  I started with the wing roundals   top and bottom,   no real issue here  as I was using a trial version where they were  between the older pattern large Blue/Red ones  - moving over to the smaller versions, as this is a trials Seafire  I went with the later decals.

Next was to fit the side roundals,   the first one went on ok  without  any issues  but  -  on the other side  "boy was it deciding to give me grief"   it  decided to split - thankfully  I was able to push the two halves together  - then a small piece towards the top broke away,   I did not have a spare  so I decided to just put a service decal over it  as there is supposed to be one in that rough area.

 

So that brought to an end my relaxing couple of hours at the table.

 

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More non-improvemnets today   - I am having real issues with decals   the ones I put down on the top wings and sides wont settle down  (one of them has split and come away)    so apart from the bottom ones the plane has no decs at the moment, the ones that came in the kit from ICM  have whet looks like aging damage to them, and my other stash, that just leaves the decs from my Eduard Spit kit.

 

I have put complaints in to who I brought them from on flea bay.

 

OC.

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OC, you may want to look at coating your decals with Microscale Liquid Decal Film.  Prevents older decals from breaking up.

 

Some of the others may chime in about maybe using a stronger setting solution. I have a bottle of Solvaset, put out by a defunct maker of pretty thick decals. If you have a hobby shop nearby that's open, maybe they could give you a steer (if its an older person who knows how to apply decals).

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36 minutes ago, Canute said:

OC, you may want to look at coating your decals with Microscale Liquid Decal Film.  Prevents older decals from breaking up.

 

Some of the others may chime in about maybe using a stronger setting solution. I have a bottle of Solvaset, put out by a defunct maker of pretty thick decals. If you have a hobby shop nearby that's open, maybe they could give you a steer (if its an older person who knows how to apply decals).

That would be my suggestion also, and, I believe that Testors put out a spray decal fixative also.... mostly intended to seal inkjet printed decals but I remember someone using to to fix weak decals...

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2 hours ago, Canute said:

OC, you may want to look at coating your decals with Microscale Liquid Decal Film.  Prevents older decals from breaking up.

 

Some of the others may chime in about maybe using a stronger setting solution. I have a bottle of Solvaset, put out by a defunct maker of pretty thick decals. If you have a hobby shop nearby that's open, maybe they could give you a steer (if its an older person who knows how to apply decals).

Thanks Ken.

 

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