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Old 08-19-2009, 12:09 AM
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Thanks Guys.
Flying art - oh boy I like that one. You can stick around Paul.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:07 AM
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Panel Lines - End Round One

I know that at first glance this can look a little ugly but these are not intended to be the typical chart tape and built-up primer panel lines. There are many planes that I might still take that approach with, but a 1940's P-40 is not one of them.

There's a little bit of artistic license to this, in that the roughly blended leading edge of the seam falls off abruptly into a crisp clean trailing edge where it met the tape. This makes it difficult to focus the eye in the detail and so it moves quickly down the seam and finally falls into the flat centre of the panel. It's actually not overly realistic if you take a good look at the real thing, but this is a model that is viewed from several feet away and so I find that impression is more important than a perfectly scale detail that wouldn't be seen anyway. Perceived realism if you like. It takes some effort, but I can almost guarantee that you'll be the only one at the field with anything like it. Flite Metal or other foil approaches are good too, but I like the look of this for some reason. And hey - so far it's probably cost me about $3 in finishing epoxy and sandpaper - that always make me smile.
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:02 AM
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So are you going to be selling kits when your done making the molds? I would love one of these!! lol;()
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:47 AM
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You never know Lancifer, but I know there's a few people who have asked.
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:50 AM
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Gun bay access panels this week.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:42 AM
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One of the things that I was taught to respect at an early age, was the legacy of character to be found behind the flying machines that we are captivated by, but are unfortunately all too often overlooked. With this in mind, I've decided to share the following, as it was inspired as a result of my present modeling project. If you are not familiar with the story of Major George E. Preddy I would urge you to quickly google his name a few times because I believe that the story he left behind is worthy of recognition of leading by example.

Tarheel's Lament

This is who I am.
You say that I'm alone.
But all the words that live with me
are voices in my home.

I see through someone else's eyes
who sits upon a hill.
He watches over all of you,
with only time to kill.

He sees you rushing to and fro
in your effort to keep up.
A valiant struggle made in vain.
So tragic you're tied up.

The ropes are made of fear and greed.
It's no longer about the things we need.
Your fathers won that long before
so that you would have no need for war.

But you deserve to have the things
they tell you that you want.
Self-righteous indignation
now fuels their evil plot.

I wonder what the ghosts would say
of those who gave their lives.
To see you sell your freedom
for a burger and some fries.

And now you see I'm not alone.
Their ghosts now live with me.
Sitting on a hilltop;
Words, Ghosts, and Me.

- b1heqh54

...back to sanding...
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:49 PM
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My apologies to all of my modelling friends out there who’ve been thoughtful enough to enquire as the status of my P-40 project over the course of the last 6 months or so. Not to worry – b1heqh54 is back with a vengeance! Lol Anyone who’s been at this longer than a season or two will be well aware that at times, life sometimes requires a shift in focus that will put a build project on the back burner. But the lesson for the younger folks is that this not the end of the road, but merely an opportunity to work on your persistence skills!

It would seem that old Father Time came by to collect a few debts for the thirty years that I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid most of the limitations often associated with my physical disability. Luckily, this hobby is a place where I’ve made many friends over the years with others whose challenges are far greater than mine, and so I’ve been blessed with yet another treasure that our hobby has to offer. Well, enough said there.

As one gets older, one’s world gets smaller. And so, it was that life necessitated a change in setting. Now without a work area, we have a great opportunity to demonstrate that a wing mould can be built in the space between your recliner and the blathering boob tube! So no more excuses! lol

Before I post a few pics of my progress with applying panel lines to the underside of the wing, I need to take care of a little business. On hearing of my change in scenery, a dear friend stopped by unannounced not long ago to wish old Slow & Low well. With her, she brought along a bag of unused sandpaper left behind by a dear friend who recently passed on. So, now armed again with sheet abrasive of varying grits, the build continues. Her only request was that I set her computer up so that she could watch along. How sweet is that! Not one for charity, I can only offer heart felt and humble words in exchange. This one’s for you Lizzy, I hope you enjoy following along with Ted and I.

An angel crossed my path today.
An open heart: she couldn't stay.
Down a staircase, she came to me.
She brought me hope I couldn't see.

Her beauty was light; clean and true.
I hope she never comes to you.
Not because you don't deserve her love.
But what came first. The push; the shove.

If ever you should live in a hole,
Where the sun won't shine on your tired soul.
Put pride aside and hold up your cup.
The clouds will part if you just look up.

And now for some pics….I’ll apologize in advance for the blur…better next time.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:24 PM
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Hope you're feeling alright. Glad you're back on this masterpeice.
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
Hope you're feeling alright. Glad you're back on this masterpeice.
Many thanks.
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:45 AM
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...just some quick pics to document progress...
the laser level is how I got the nice curves across the bellypan - in fact the panels were cut curved to form straight seams when applied, but I liked the look and so I allowed myself a little secret....lol
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:43 PM
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Every time you show pictures, it looks finished.
I know the small details don't show in the small photos, but it really looks fantastic.
How about a quick list of things you still want to do to it before you call it done?

I really want to see a wing and fuse pulled from that mold.
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:43 AM
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Thanks Paul - I don't want to give away the surprise, but I will say this much - there won't be any flush rivets because at this scale they'd be be about 1/32" in diameter - I might be patient, but I aint crazy!!
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:43 AM
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I promised some reference pics a while back. Here are a few that I'm using to detail the wing. Please don't use them to critique my work - I've looked at each of them in great detail, many, many times, and some of them are not even of an E model. Interest only.
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Old 04-09-2010, 10:35 PM
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Panel ends are done with resin that has been thinned down considerably. I've found over time that this gives depth next to the more pronounced spanwise seams. Coming along....
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:10 PM
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That laser is a neat way of getting ninety degree angles. Sure beats cutting paper triangles and using them to align the edges.

I know what you mean about overdoing the skin laps and rivets.
I've worked on many full sized planes, even built one, and if scaled properly the joints are extremely small.

I think the heaviest wing skin I've seen was only .040, and that was on a jet.
the wing skins on my plane were only .025. Scale those down by 1/7 and they aren't much thicker than a coat of paint.

As always, great work.

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Old 04-11-2010, 01:06 PM
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Cosmo Kramer said it was all about levels: I say it's all about layers. Access hatches, and landing light bezel today.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:24 PM
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Well, good pics are easier said then done when things get this small, but none the less, this was this morning's progress. Count 'em if you like, but I'll be straight with you: I fell one short along the trailing edge of the aileron opening on one side. LOL These things will show up much better cast in the black epoxy.

Oh yes, method is tried and true. Stick a pin into an eraser and dab in finishing epoxy. Apply with steady hand. Controlling the size of the rivet head takes some practice, but it can be done. The ones along the trailing edge at the ailerons are 1/32" in diameter and most of the others are around 1/16". I thinned the epoxy slightly with methyl hydrate. Once it starts to kick, just mix some more. Once it gets thick your nicely domed heads will turn into round globules. I mixed a little heavier than normal with the hardener because the dabs are so small. I'll get some pics of the setup next time around.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:25 PM
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Hey Paul - good info - cheers!
Turns out mine scale to around .03
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Old 04-19-2010, 01:29 PM
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Cribbage anyone? 15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6 Flush Rivet ID 0.020" or 0.5mm
Stay tuned...more to come
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:53 PM
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Had some spare time yesterday - the latest video

http://www.youtube.com/user/b1heqh54#p/u/6/IQmNIM-N81E
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:03 AM
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3rd pull - approx 3/4lb, 12oz, 340grams - solid
SOLD!!!
Tail separate to minimize shipping cost and ease installation.
Digital templates for internals provided.














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That is VERY COOL.....
NICE JOB!!!!
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All I can say is, it looks beautiful.

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Old 11-23-2010, 09:45 PM
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Yes folks, it could be you. Today, I realized that hey, I'm a manufacturer! ...and you can be too....now get sanding


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More or less just a post for documentation's sake.
Cowl ready to mould.




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