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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:32 pm

    I have been working on a XB-35 for a liitle while before I moved. This is my latest on it...

    I worked on my XB-35 some more one this weekend. Got the body... err wing... err... whole thing glued together. There is a lot of putting to do, but that was expected after playing with dry fits.

    First I weighted the nose down...

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    then glued the 2 halves together...

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    Next I had to add plastic pieces to better align the wing parts (one of the areas I need ther would be fit problems)

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    Then when they dried glued the rest of the plane together...

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    Now I have puttied the major seams and am waiting for the putty to dry before I start sanding back into shape. Going to need a very good sanding job as this model has a alum finish and that color shows every flaw quite well
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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:35 pm

    I also started a new model the AR-234B night fighter version

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    Have to give a "thumbs up" for the protection given the radar antenna in the kit

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    and I started painting all the cockpit parts

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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:21 am

    I have gotten the Xb-35 glued together. Now I am puttying and sanding the seams. I knew this was going to be needed when dry fitting the pieces.

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    I am now sanding the underside of the aircraft
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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 22, 2009 6:22 am

    I am impressed and surprised how complicated this cockpit is on the AR-234.

    There are 16 pieces in this picture alone and I still have 5 more pieces to attach! and that does not include the include the 9 pieces in the glass nose cone! (haven't started that part yet)

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    this is the radar seat, it is located in the fuselage behind the wings...

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    and these are the rear lander gear

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    Post  alexbb on Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:00 am

    strange and fascinating aircraft the xb35. keep on posting your great work for us to enjoy. thanks
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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:10 am

    I got some more done on the AR-234, finally got the cockpit together. Read online that the cockpit to body connection is squirrely, they are not wrong. I know that the top two pieces don't match up in the pictures but that will work out when I attach the cockpit.

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    There also was a mold seam running down the middle of the cockpit nose cone. To fix that, I first scrapped it with an x-acto blade then sanded smooth and finally coated with a coat of future. Turned out better than I thought. The first picture shows the seam on the nose cone I am using. (this kit does three different versions of the aircraft and I practiced on a second nose cone first before tackling the correct nose cone (next 3 picts)

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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:11 am

    I also had time to work on my F-15C. here is the cockpit for it.

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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 29, 2009 6:43 pm

    I did build this particular version of the arado, it rests with the other hangar queens unfinished. I did not find any particular problems with the cockpit sub-assemblies, although it needed some filler to blend everything in but nothing spectacular. Just a little suggestion, check the seat alignment as it out of alignment in the pictures otherwise nice picking of details. Onething, not sure if it is something wrong with the kit, but the engine to wing joint looks odd on the wing leading edge, just check your references before joing them.
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    Post  Guest on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:20 pm

    The seat wasn't glued in and I have pushed it back into the proper position. I haven't attached the engines yet but there will be a little work at the wing roots and fuselage connection needed. Over all it is going together quite well.
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    Post  Joseph on Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:24 pm

    Great work, now I know why you are Wedfactory, as kits are produced as if in a production line Smile but still you manage to produce good quality models. Good work.

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    Post  Guest on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:02 am

    Did some more work on my HO-229. Still have a little work to do to get it ready for the paint booth.

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    Post  Guest on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:08 am

    I also got my HE-162 ready for the paint booth.

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    and for a little background here are some earlier construction shots...

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    Post  Guest on Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:11 am

    Here are some other models I have ready for the paint booth...

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    The 2 tanks and the 111, I am not happy with and they are getting a repaint...
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    Post  Guest on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:52 am

    Well I did get to these 4 today... finally got the paint booth set up!!

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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:55 am

    Wow that is a lot of builds going on at one time. They all look really good, what a production line, no wonder your nickname is wedfactory. Keep it up and keep those pics coming. The Ar234 pit looks great.
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    Post  Guest on Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:35 am

    I picked up one of my other models that I had started (1:48 scale F-15 by Hasagawa) earlier and am now at this point...

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    These are the decals I picked up for this model. They are no longer available.


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    If all goes well it should be a interesting model...
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    Post  Guest on Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:06 am

    I was working on odds and ends tonight... got one model ready for the paint booth...

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    I ran into a problem with my XB-35. When sanding the putty it crumbled at points leaving pits all over it...

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    I heard one person using liquid glue to smooth out his putty, so I whipped out the liquid glue and spread it on the putty and ran my finger down it. I will let it dry for 24 hours and do a light sanding again. Looks like it should work nicely...

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    Post  Guest on Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:19 am

    I was looking over the F-15 tonight and noticed a seam running down the middle of the canopy Exclamation

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    So here is how I fixed it....

    First here are the tools I used, #11 x-acto knife, tri-grit sanding stick and future floor polish (now pledge floor wax)

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    First I started by scraping down the seam with the #11 blade edge. You can tell which side is higher by the straight line that appears (look at the bottom edge of the canopy in the picture below)

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    Once you finish this step it will look like this...

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    I then sand it down with the rough grit on the tri grit sanding stick and it looks like this when done...

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    Next I use the middle grit to start the buffing out of the scratches...

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    then I use the buffing side of the sanding stick to get to this stage...

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    When all that is done to my satisfaction I coat it in future...

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    and unless you know exactly were to look the seam is gone...
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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:42 pm

    Great stuff, that future sure works wonders on clear plastic.
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    Post  AdriaN on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:01 pm

    Aah another SSM Future user i see. I find it really tough to spray though!! Evil or Very Mad No Mine is Klear..
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    Post  Guest on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:04 pm

    AdriaN wrote:Aah another SSM Future user i see. I find it really tough to spray though!! Evil or Very Mad No Mine is Klear..

    I have always just sprayed it straight, no thinning. I then use ammonia to clean out the nozzle of the airbrush.
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    Post  AdriaN on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:12 pm

    wedfactory wrote:
    AdriaN wrote:Aah another SSM Future user i see. I find it really tough to spray though!! Evil or Very Mad No Mine is Klear..

    I have always just sprayed it straight, no thinning. I then use ammonia to clean out the nozzle of the airbrush.

    I clean it with water then badger cleaner. seems to work Neutral

    Spraying, i find it tough because its not like spraying paint! I spray at 10psi (because higher and the Klear will run) and it comes all droplets. Almost like im spraying water! When it dries it leaves droplet stains! So i spray it heavy and slow at almost full trigger to prevent droplets. But that leaves the risk of the layer running or forming uneven puddles :/

    Where did you get ammonia from?
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    Post  Guest on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:23 pm

    AdriaN wrote:
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    AdriaN wrote:Aah another SSM Future user i see. I find it really tough to spray though!! Evil or Very Mad No Mine is Klear..

    I have always just sprayed it straight, no thinning. I then use ammonia to clean out the nozzle of the airbrush.

    I clean it with water then badger cleaner. seems to work Neutral

    Spraying, i find it tough because its not like spraying paint! I spray at 10psi (because higher and the Klear will run) and it comes all droplets. Almost like im spraying water! When it dries it leaves droplet stains! So i spray it heavy and slow at almost full trigger to prevent droplets. But that leaves the risk of the layer running or forming uneven puddles :/

    Where did you get ammonia from?

    I got the ammonia from Walmart here in the states. You could look thru the cleaning section of your local stores.
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    Post  AdriaN on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:26 pm

    Shocked Aah your from US! i thought you were maltese being ssm forum scratch i didnt see your location..
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    Post  Guest on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:41 pm

    AdriaN wrote:Shocked Aah your from US! i thought you were maltese being ssm forum scratch i didnt see your location..

    I know. I know, some d*mn Yank over here lol!

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