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Roger Starlight, flashing my weapon now...

The second year of WW2 is primarily remembered for the Battle of Britain, but there was far more besides, both from a military and a civilian perspective. So, eighty years hence, this Group Build is open to anything that was around in 1940, from fighter aircraft to armoured cars, from battleships to buses.
Runs from 8 February to 31 December 2020.
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Re: Roger Starlight, flashing my weapon now...

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Inching forward...

Making a new tail from an F-toys Beaufighter which I hope to reproduce for both models. Also made the handholds and foot steps with a quick embossing tool made from a bit of one of those spinning steel brushes that a streetsweeper left behind (handy stuff, keep an eye out for them).

The long flowery version of this post was lost while uploading the pics, so I'll just leave the images for now. It's getting late. :|
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Not too bad. I think they need to have a little more of a polish to tone down the ribs further, but it is looking okay.
It doesn't seem to make a difference whether you brush paint or spray the tapes while doing this. The only important thing is to leave it to dry overnight before sanding back the excess and peeling the tape off. A couple of spots were too thin. Either from not enough paint or being too heavy handed while cleaning them up. However it is possible to thicken up some areas here and there with a fine brush and blend it in with some more polish..
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Re: Roger Starlight, flashing my weapon now...

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That's looking great so far!

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This is really great!
Seems you buy the kits only for the box art - contents requires improvement anyway ;)

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I just have to admire your skills. :o
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It's just wonderful !

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Thanks everybody for the great encouragement. I was able to dry fit the parts together today. :)
The revised tail sections were added during the week and flushed in more or less. A coat of primer this morning shows a few spots that need some attention so I'll have a go at that and give it another coat later. The portion of the cockpit below the glazing ought to be .5mm deeper, as I made the clear parts before referring to the Dekker plans. However I think I can correct this with a few layers of putty and a bit of a sand.
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I'll need to do as much as I can on the airframe before blending in the glazing. The clear acrylic parts are extremely thin and I don't think I could bring myself to go through the whole process again if I were to break them. :(

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You're right a bout the glazing. It is the most eye catching feature of the short nose Blenheim. May I ask why you are masking the frames rather than the clear area?
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Ah, I always do that. It gives me a solid edge to place the real masking up against and allows me to get the frames looking much more consistent in width. It sounds like more work, but it actually makes things easier. Especially when there are no raised or engraved lines present on the parts.

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That’s disgustingly good. I’m glad to see the wingless issue has been overcome so deftly.

I’ll have to try that approach on vacform canopies in the future. I remember you did it for the battle. Mentally filed away under ‘excellent techniques I should try’

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