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OFFICIAL: The Lost Art Campaign
JClapp
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:34 PM UTC
youre doing fine work there Bob. especially on the wing root fairings, that a key element of vacuform work.
Im glad to see the SB2U coming along as well. its looking good with its greenhouse canopy on.
Bigrip74
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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 02:44 AM UTC
While not eligible for this campagin ive been working on the SB2U.






SB2U__010

I had planned on using the prop from a HIPM kit, but will use one from an Accurate Miniatures kit instead. The photo shows the HIPM on top and the Accurate Miniatures on bottom. The difference can be seen.


The following photos show the bomb and trapeze from an Accurate Miniatures kit that will be used.







I finally carefully trimmed the vac canopy and attached it to the fuselage.
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 09:36 PM UTC
I could not put the P-40N down so here are some more progress photos.










Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 04:31 AM UTC
This is a test in adding text to a paint photo.

Here are the two different prop and spinners that I had been intending to use on the P40N, It will be the AMT plastic prop and spinner since the resin is toooo big.


Bigrip74
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 01:11 PM UTC
lmsharp, nice to have you join us and with a 1/48 XP-67. I will enjoy following your progress.


I finally built enough courage to glue the fuselage together.


Still, cleaning up my room. Found this SB2U started for a vac campaign a couple of years or more ago. Ill finish it with this campaign.



lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 05:52 AM UTC
Ok Once more with feeling only better. Combat Models 1/48 XP-67 Moonbat. Basic plan with Bare minimum instructions and plastic sheets with basic aircraft plus a small bag of metal parts. Better than some I've built. I can work with this.Added Quick Boost P-51D Props and True Details A-26, F7F wheel sets and P_38 Interior. The former because I didn't care for the Vac Wheels(never can get them to look right) and the P-38 had the closest looking interior that needed the least modification.





I can already see I need to stock up on more Guinness.



Quoted Text

Anything less than right, Isn't right.
Maj. Reuben Fleet CEO Consolidated Aircraft Corp.

Bigrip74
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 04:41 AM UTC
With the interior stuff now here I started attaching tabs to one side of the fuselage to help in mating the right and left fuselage sides.


c4willy
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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018 - 01:24 PM UTC
Wow! Awesome looking cockpit! That should make that old vacform kit just pop.

On an unrelated note I've got my pics up in the gallery! (Yay me!) Working with this resin kit was certainly outside my comfort zone and proved time and again that you can't rush building these kits.
Bigrip74
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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018 - 09:49 AM UTC
I now will be able to do the interior on the P-40N. My upgrade resin parts arrived.


c4willy
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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2018 - 03:34 PM UTC
Okay admins a little help if you can I can't seem to upload pics to the gallery, they are below the size limit and I get confirmation that the pic has uploaded successfully but nada in the gallery, any ideas??
Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:02 AM UTC
finished sanding the fuselage and was bored so I thought to practice my skills on the P-40N's drop tank and it went good, it looks symmetrical and went together easy.





Now for the cockpit kit to arrive so I will be able to give the interior a little help.

Bob
Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 06:06 AM UTC
Chris, thanks for the help on the aerials. I will try it out on the P-40N.

I just snagged an Eduard Yak3 weekend kit for the prop, landing gear, wheels, and canopy. The canopy supplied with my vac kit leaves much to be desired.

Bob
c4willy
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 05:31 AM UTC
Okay so the gallery isn't accepting my pics although it tells me I've successfully uploaded them ...... my gallery troubles continue!
c4willy
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 05:21 AM UTC
Hi Bob thanks for the praise good buddy! They're not exactly my strength either I am however determinedly working on making it easier. I have some tungsten micro drills that I use to drill pilot holes in the vertical stabiliser and the canopy. I then cut a length of EZ-line about 15 to 20mm shorter than I need and attach it to either the canopy (the Fw190C) or the vertical stabiliser and then stretch and glue it to the remaining hole using super glue. It takes a little patience to get it to set but once attached the EZ-line will happily stretch without breaking if you put your fingers on it. Essential for the likes of me with ham fists and sausage fingers, but it is the last thing I usually do with the model.

IMG_2103 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 04:53 AM UTC
Chris, nice job on your Fw190 plus I think you are the first to finish. How do you attach your aerials? They are my weak point.

Bob
c4willy
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 04:39 AM UTC
Okay guys I've finished with the Planet Models Fw190C. I had to build the Armoured headrest as it's not supplied in the kit I used the Eduard parts from the old profipak Fw190A-8 kit as a template. The canopy is also from an Eduard kit as I wasn't happy with the vac formed canopy provided, took a little work to get it to fit but it was relatively easy to do. The decals were thin but brittle and had suffered some damage from them getting creased they did pull down nicely over the kit though. Anywho here are some pics of the finished article.

IMG_2102 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2101 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2100 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2099 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2098 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2097 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 01:09 AM UTC
Thanks Mark. LOL

Bob
md72
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:09 AM UTC
Had to look it up myself. Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair. also called Operator Head in Space error...
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:20 PM UTC
Matt, I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. What does PEBKAC stand for?

Bob
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:52 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Russ, my brother says it is a short between the chair and the key board But hey I get it done anyway.
Bob




PEBKAC
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:43 PM UTC
Russ, my brother says it is a short between the chair and the key board But hey I get it done anyway.

Nice to here your observations and would like to here more on future photo posts.

Bob
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:22 PM UTC
Bob, thanks. But I'm a total Luddite when it comes to electronics. I'm pretty good at rewiring a light switch or nailing two boards together, but as my daughter who's an IT specialist says to me all the time: "PICNIC Dad, Problem In Chair, Not In Computer-- please just wait until I can come over and fix it"! I had to call her just to get my printer to work the other day! I swear I see my computer "cringe" when I sit down in front of it sometimes-- it kind of "flickers" on the screen. We also have a three way love-hate relationship going too, I often just use my IPad for stuff, and I think the two are jealous of each other, Sometimes they both hate me and refuse to speak to each other or me!
VR, Russ
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 05:12 AM UTC
Russ, thanks for the insight and some sounds really good.

PM sent, look for it.

Bob
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 04:44 AM UTC
I should really get into this thread with my P2Y Ranger, but I don't think I can post photos-- I still haven't "broken the code" yet, and I'm too cheap to buy into a good site. But I will pass along some wisdom on vac kits if anyone is interested. Big Rip's P-40 wing spar is a good idea for any vac kit, as vacs are prone to warping and splitting over time due to the nature of the thin plastic used, and stresses in the forming process. I've had my share of finished vacs literally "split" apart on the shelf, or develop sunken sections in Wings. That's why a wing spar is always a good idea. But a few years ago I found a great way to prevent splitting or warping-- high density foam insulation. The kind you find at Home Depot or Lowes for filling cracks in walls or for insulation. Just a little "squirt" into a hollow or space in a wing or fuselage insures a solid and lasting model. You need to be careful not to use too much, or it will ooze out all over the place in a gooey, sticky mess. You can clean the application tube with a pipe cleaner and lacquer thinner for re-use too. I've even reduced the diameter of the application tube with K&S aluminum or brass tubing to get into small areas. Just thought I'd pass this along for thought. I'm lurking, but you all are building some wonderful stuff!
VR, Russ
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 02:54 AM UTC
Jonathan,it caught my eye on ebay and for 17.00 I went for the kill. After the kit arrived all sorts of ideas came to mind. The interior kit, prop, landing gear, and wheels all after market.

I saw the need to put a spar in the wings so this is my first time to do this.