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    Post  Wayne on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:04 pm

    As most of you know, I've been working on a 1/32 Me163B in parallel with my Fw190 project. The kit is the old Hasegawa offering straight from the 70's (the thing's older than me). Despite it's age the fit is pretty good and the surface detail is not too shabby, albeit raised. the first task was to scribe out the panel lines and drill out the one million rivets.

    Next I started working on the cockpit which desperately lacks detail. The little that's given is also inaccurate! Eduard's excellent photo-etch detail set came to the rescue and here are some pics of the work in progress:

    Cockpit tub, ready for the seat:
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    Left cockpit wall. This will get further detailing once I get hold of some evergreen
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    This picture shows a pipe that goes on the right hand side of the cockpit. The kit part doesn't look very natural so I made another one from scratch. The wire will provide the flexibility required for more realistic positioning.
    Messerschmitt Me163B Komet 1/32 Hose-010

    The ends of the kit's hose were chopped off and added to the scratch built one
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    Right side of the cockpit where the hose will eventually be placed.
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    There's still lots of work to be done on the pit including instrument panels, foot pedals, control stick etc etc. However some more research is called for as there were various versions of the above, depending on time period.

    Thanks for taking a peek and comments are welcome as always.



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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:27 pm

    Cool Wayne... I like the work you have done yet ...keep on the right track cheers
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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:48 pm

    Wayne I'm trying to find you some detail, about the back detail of the cockpit...look at this, it gives you an idea whats inside..


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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:50 pm

    And some good ref photos eswell...

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    Post  Wayne on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:02 pm

    The photos I have but not the drawing... brilliant skyhigh thanks.


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    Post  Wayne on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:19 pm

    Just found this site... some good photos although sometimes it's hard to figure out what you're looking at scratch

    http://www.aircraftwalkarounds.be/Images/Messerschmitt163BKometPart1/index.html

    http://www.aircraftwalkarounds.be/Images/Messerschmitt163BKometPart2/index.html

    http://www.aircraftwalkarounds.be/Images/Messerschmitt163BKometPart3/index.html


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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:21 pm

    Take a look at this wayne... http://robdebie.home.xs4all.nl/me163.htm
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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:23 pm

    It seems that you have found what you were looking for .. cheers

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    Post  Wayne on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:28 pm

    skyhigh wrote:It seems that you have found what you were looking for .. cheers

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    Yes, but now I have another question. The eduard detail set suggests that there was some sort of 'port-hole' at the top of the fuselage just behind the canopy. Haven't been able to find a suitable photo though


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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:32 pm

    I see what I can found...
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    Post  skyhigh on Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:54 pm

    Wayne check AJPress No 35 pub...

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    Post  Guest on Sat Jun 09, 2012 5:44 pm

    Nice work doing you are !
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    Post  in nannu pec on Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:30 am

    J.Fenech wrote:Nice work doing you are !

    as well me like...Smile
    seriously Wayne prosit greta detail

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:20 am

    Good morning to all ....

    Wayne here is another detail drawing....

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:26 am

    And if you want to detail the seat....

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:27 am

    And may you find this helpfull ...

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    Post  Wayne on Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:53 am

    All hail to the undisputed king of research.

    Thanks mate.

    Seems like no two cockpits for this bird are the same. Different instruments, different colours and different equipment. I'll just pick one of them and hope it's the right one for the scheme. Something to discuss next Wed I guess Very Happy


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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:04 am

    Yes Wayne I agree with you, these last days war birds are a headache ..

    At least if you don't want to go deep and track the serial or wreck no ..and check were it was built ..place.. factory ..then if your lucky yes you can find which cockpit was used ....... cheers
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    Post  Paul Salomone on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:05 pm

    Nice choice Wayne, Very Happy

    Not many modellers choose this particular aircraft, especially in 1/32nd scale.

    Just cannot wait to see some progress pics.

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    Post  Ray on Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:38 am

    Good one Wayne, post some in progress pics ASAP Shocked

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