New project: Revell P-40B

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  1. machine shop tom

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    After much gnashing of teeth, flipping of coins, and other such ways of deciding what to do next (having 40+ kits to decide from is no help at all.........), I have decided to go nostalgic and build this old venerable standard. I first built one when I was age 10 years or so, then I built one a few years ago. The first one disappeared in the mist of time, the second one disappeared under my then 5 year-old daughter's foot.

    So here I am building my third Flying Tiger. As I recall, the fitment on this piece will be really challenging. However, I will use this as a practice or test dummy for honing my meager modeling skills.

    So here it is, before and after priming:
     

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    Actually, Tom, despite its age, the Revell P-40B is outwardly the most accurate -B still extant among the quarter scale offerings. Only the Trumpeter kit is its closest rival. Will watch this thread with great interest....
     
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    B-17 Engineer spent a lot of time with the kit.It was his first one ( whatever it means :lol: ) ........but someone else was assembling the kit with a success as mamo serves.
     
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    Looking good Tom. I seem to remember building the same kit about 25 years ago, can't recall any major issues.
     
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    I Love the P-40. i'll be looking forward to this build as well.
     
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    Always a favourite, looking forward to your build
     
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    Very cool choice!
     
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    So did you!!! :lol:

    I think Muller was making it but we can't find him :(
     
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    Thank you for reminding our young padawan. :D You are right Harry , that's him. :D
     
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    Ok Tom...go for it!:D
     
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    Do it!!! Do it now!!! :)
     
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    I finally got some time to work on the 'Hawk....

    There was a terrible mismatch between the wing tops and the fuselage. I used super glue and tape to bring the wings up to get the dihedral close and to close most of the gap. I then used a two-part epoxy to finish blending the wings to the fuselage. There was also a lot of sanding and shaping at the joint of the cowl and nose, as well as the machine gun and carburetor inlet scoop interface.

    I also replaced the exhaust stubs from the kit with some extras from my Airacobra kit. Looks like I have some seams to remove from those.........
     

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    I belive I see your machine shop accident. Am I right? Those wing joints look like they came out nicely. Good fix. :)
     
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    Nice work Tom.
     
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    I think Harry can be interested in the wing-fuselage transition.He got enormous experience in a such work.;)

    Looking nice indeed.Keep working on.:D

    BTW What happened to the finger-nail? I I hope you haven't tried to correct the model with a hammer. :lol:
     
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    Yep, that's the sore thumb. It's healing nicely and I should be getting the feeling back in it directly.............


    tom
     
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    :lol: That's true
     
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    But it was useful wasn't it? :lol:
     
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    Not a lot of progress, but I did learn something useful. I've been trying different types of filler without a lot of happiness. I finally tried a two-part epoxy that I use at work a lot. Its a Permatex product called Cold Weld. It sets up in about 15 minutes, but doesn't harden completely for several hours. Before it hardens, it can be cut or shaped with a sharp knife, and after it's hard, it can be sanded or filed. When applying it, I use a water-wetted finger to blend it in. One can use a wet rag or finger to remove excess material before it sets up.

    The only real downfall to the stuff is that it really stinks while curing, very similar to a skunk smell.

    Here are some pics of my first attempt at sanding it after applying it and letting it cure. I think I'll continue to use it and will try to refine the process.
     

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    Looks like a good solution. The model is coming along nicely
     
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