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Messerschmitt Me 262 A-2a/U2 1/48 Dual Build
RussellE
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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 08:39 PM UTC
yes, a triple build!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 11:42 PM UTC
Thanks Russ! I don't use PE often, but I really like what it added to this build.

Working through this stage really brought back memories of the first Schwalbe Campaign, and I couldn't help but drag the Italeri B-1a/U1 for a look. It is just in need of a bit of a tidy up then it's ready for primer.




Being a sucker for punishment, but also on a mission to slash my WIP list this year, I'm going to finish this one off here in this thread as well.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 11:24 PM UTC
nice progress on the PE, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 09:58 PM UTC
Step 11 completed, upper wing halves added to lower full wing assembly.




A couple of slight alignment issues, port wing tip and starboard wing inner leading edge.


Nothing that can't be easily rectified.

Looking forward to getting some primer and paint on the wheel bay assembly now.


Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 12:20 PM UTC
Being a compulsive assembler, I tend to jump around the build sequence and put together various sub assemblies as the mood takes me. Tonight I decided to drag out the "Bug Hold'n'Fold" which hasn't seen the light of day for several years. In fact, I think the last time it got a run was doing exactly the same PE assembly on the Italeri Me262 for the last Schwalbe Campaign!

So, off we go with Step 9 on the Dragon kit.


Tool kit to get started.


Styrene parts (x3) assembled and PE parts (x4) trimmed and folded.


A few minutes later with the help of some thin CA we have a completed sub assembly! Very nice material to work with and beautiful detail and fit, absolutely no complaints.


While we're on a roll, let's get Step 10 done!




Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 06:27 PM UTC
Torsten, Tim, Russell, many thanks for your feedback, always much appreciated!

I have done some work on the sub assemblies for the Dragon kit, so far it is building up very nicely. I will put together some comparative photos of the similar stages soon.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 09:45 PM UTC
Congratulations on a superb finish of V555 Damian

Worthy of celebrating with several
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 02:22 AM UTC
Looks fantastic Damian, inspiring work The carework blending in of the clear parts has payed dividends
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 01:36 AM UTC
Looks great, D!

Weathering is sure not overdone as those Vorserienmodelle (prototypes/pre production birds) had no chance to grow old, espcially in the last months of the war. You can also try to get Tamiyas Hanomag SS100 heavy tractor for towing. The kit has also a tow bar included.

Looking forward to your other build ....

Torsten
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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020 - 09:28 PM UTC
Ok, time to bring this thread up to speed!

July 27 update
Stage 2 of the paint process with RLM65 on the underside (using Gunze Aqueous Hobby Colour H67 thinned with MLT).



I built it up slowly from the black primer base with some heavier and some lighter areas to simulate a light bit of fading.

August 02 update
Stage 3 of the paint process, the light green. I used Tamiya XF-5 acrylic, thinned about 50/50 with MLT and sprayed lightly over the black primer to build the opacity slowly.




I sprayed a light random pattern on the areas where the darker green will go to give some variety to the undercoat and will use the same process to build up the colour and hopefully give a nice varied finish.

August 05 update
Main paint work is complete! I used Gunze Aqueous Hobby Color H423 (RLM83) for the Dark Green, again thinned with about 50% MLT. The fuselage was sprayed freehand, the splinter on the wings I used an old business card held loosely in place to get a harder edge.
The difference in sheen level is interesting between the Tamiya and Gunze products.




Next up is decals.

August 06 update
Markings and stencils on, seriously some of the best decals I have ever applied. Nice and thin, a quick 10 second dunk in warm water then slide into place. I used a drop of Mr Mark Setter on the surface, then a drop of Mr Mark Softer after it was properly positioned. The carrier film is nice and thin and they conformed beautifully to the surface detail.




Ready now for Dullcote then some light weathering.

August 08 update
A couple of thins coats of Dullcote has unified the finish and mostly hidden away the edges of the decal carrier film.




Really nice detail on the undercarriage legs with separate torque links that fit together perfectly.


Locked down and secured for undercarriage assembly.



August 09 update
I went over the whole airframe with a highly dilute shot of Tamiya Smoke, concentrated a bit on the underside panel lines and a few lines across the top of the wings. It isn't really visible in the images, but it ties the whole scheme together and adds a bit more variation across the surfaces. Another shot of Dullcote after that, then it was crunch time, off with the masking!




The upper nose section was a very neat fit when I test dry fitted everything, I must have pushed it slightly out of alignment as it cured.

Ready now for the finishing touches, wheels, bombs, RATO pods, antennae and canopy.

August 10 update
A bit of a late bench session tonight, this one is completed!








A great kit, highly recommended, any errors are from my 10 thumbs, not the kit!

I was planning to build these side-by-side, but as always time got away from me. I will get on to the Dragon kit soon and continue the project.

I've picked up the 1/48 Tamiya Kettenkraftrad kit, and I might just throw it together and put it in front of the HB V555 version, representing a recently arrived aircraft, and give the Dragon V484 version a heavy weathering job with some NMF replacement panels and such, representing a well used and perhaps out-of-service aircraft. I will build a concrete runway base for the display.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 03:33 PM UTC

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It doesn't matter what I'm building, I really love it when it hits this point.

Cheers, D



I hear ya, D! Painting is my favorite part too...

I really like the way you've used post-it notes to mask of the engine nacelles too...
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 11:11 PM UTC
Thanks Richard. Very true mate, I love this way of fitting the clear parts. It would be great if more manufacturers caught on!

An hour or so masking, rolled ups strips of Post-it-notes in the nacelles, and foam scraps in the wheel wells



- then shot with primer, MS1500 Black.



It doesn't matter what I'm building, I really love it when it hits this point.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 01:11 PM UTC
Nice work D . One of my modeling pet peeves is the plunked down wherever/however windscreen treatment. Nothing gives away the fact that this is a model and not the real thing more than this singular detail to me . Thankfully more and more manufacturers are including the fuselage decking around the windscreen as part of the clear sprue. Much easier to deal with seam work ...
Cheers - Richard
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Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020 - 12:30 AM UTC
Great work on fitting the clear parts D
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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 12:21 AM UTC
Ok, my cunning plan was a success (for a change) ! The rear upper nacelle joins pulled down into place beautifully.





And then on went the clear parts.


(for the eagle-eyed, yes I did clean off that bit of flash!)



The next part was slightly proud at the top leading edge, but 30 seconds work with a sanding stick on the bottom edge settled it down.











The open section of the main hood is blue-tacked in place for these photos.



I will leave this overnight now to fully cure before I get to masking up for primer.
I will be black basing this paint job using MS1500 Black and Grey to get a weathered main paint finish.

As always, any and all comments, suggestions, constructive critiques are very welcome.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:34 PM UTC

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Looking great Damian, the fit is superb



Thanks Tim, and yes, I can highly recommend this kit so far. I think the small gap on the LH stabilizer could have been easily avoided if I was more diligent with my test fitting. A little trimming on the end of the locating tabs would have seen it fit right into place.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:10 PM UTC
Looking great Damian, the fit is superb
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 09:41 PM UTC
Tension tape removed, we have an airframe!


Lets have a close look at the various joins -

LEFT WING
Upper wing root

Upper front nacelle join

Upper rear nacelle join

Inner underside nacelle join

Outer underside nacelle join


RIGHT WING
Upper wing root

Upper front nacelle join

Upper rear nacelle join

Inner underside nacelle join

Outer underside nacelle join


LEFT STABILIZER
Upper Join

Lower Join


RIGHT STABILIZER
Upper Join

Lower Join


UNDERSIDE FRONT


UNDERSIDE REAR



Generally excellent fit with no filling and just a light sand required. The only areas for concern are the top join on the LH stabilizer, where I have added a thin bead of sprue goo, and the upper rear nacelle joins on both sides. I have applied a small bead of cement to those joins and clamped them with strong spring clamps to see it they close up.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 05:16 PM UTC
July 13 update

A little more progress on the office spaces. I gave the pilot and bomb aimer some comfy Red Leather (courtesy of Vallejo Model Colour), and the pilot got a bit of safety gear to keep the OH&S inspectors happy. The bomb aimer can just bounce around in his little space apparently




A bit of a wash to dull things down and I'm almost ready to close this one up!

July 14 update

A very productive and enjoyable session at the bench tonight, and at the end we have reached the unmistakable Schwalbe airframe!








I will leave the tape in place overnight to get the dihedral nice and tight, then move on to fitting the clear parts and masking them up.

Once the cement has cured fully I will post some closer shots of the joins.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 11:31 AM UTC
I laid down some AK Xtreme Metal Steel on the interior walls (that will be visible) and the main gear wells. The kit has a few detail items inside the rear fuselage and calls for a full interior paint job, but I don't see the point as it will be closed up in a couple of days. Perhaps some time in the future I will do another build of this kit with some access panels removed, the details look very nice.



I decided to do a test dry assembly before I got too much further with the cockpit construction and detailing, to make sure no "adjustments" are required, and very happy to say that everything just snapped into place very neatly.





With every build I aim to introduce a new technique or product into my arsenal, and with this build it is Eduard's pre-coloured self-adhesive PE set. It feels a bit like cheating, but my eyes and hands aren't up to the task of doing justice to the fine detail on the instrument panel of this kit.

IP detail removal in progress.

All gone.

Black primer.

8 PE parts added


Up close in the photo it looks a bit rough, but from a foot away and inside the closed cockpit, it looks a million dollars! I will definitely be looking at this product for future builds.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:05 AM UTC
I got some momentum up tonight, and managed some airbrush time on this build. Primer is Mr Surfacer 1500 thinned with Mr Levelling Thinner (about 50/50), and the metal finish is AK Xtreme Metal Steel.








After an hour or so to cure I moved on to assembling the engine pods. They went together very nicely with no significant gaps and panel lines matching up perfectly. There will be very minimal clean-up work required here, which suits me fine!






Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2020 - 11:57 PM UTC
Time to get back to the Hobby Boss kit, I got stuck in to some cutting, trimming, sub assemblies and test fitting. So far so good, no major issues to report with all parts cleaning up nicely and the test fit shows generally neat fit.

Wings and engine assemblies











Cockpit assembly



Bomb aimer/nose-wheel bay assembly



The surface details are quite crisp and the plastic is behaving nicely using Tamiya Extra Thin cement.

As always, time is against me with my overly ambitious projects, so I'm going to focus on finishing the Hobby Boss kit for the Schwalbe II Campaign, and then later work through the Dragon kit with comparative photos here.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 09:28 PM UTC

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As I said earlier, they came on a PE style fret. I use these to cut the parts off the sprue, instead of normal cutters. I find that I never get any distortion of the parts this way. I will keep an eye out in my travels and let you know if I see anything similar.

Cheers, D



Interesting that they came as a PE set! My gosh, they must be very thin!

Agree that sometimes its better to saw through frets rather than cut them, as the plastic may not take the strain...
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 11:41 PM UTC
Magnus, thanks for checking in mate, great to have you on board! That JLC Razor Saw has been very popular for many years now, I must get around to adding one to the kit soon!

Russ, here's a pic of the set of blades.


As I said earlier, they came on a PE style fret. I use these to cut the parts off the sprue, instead of normal cutters. I find that I never get any distortion of the parts this way. I will keep an eye out in my travels and let you know if I see anything similar.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 08:57 PM UTC

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Damian! I've always been fond of this odd version of the 262, and now you're building TWO of them ! We're in for a treat!

Russell! I use this razor saw, or rather I use the blade only with a few layers of tape wrapped around the coarse edge as a handle, only using the fine toothed side ever.



Magnus



Indeed we are in for a treat Magnus!

Thanks for the tip on the saw. Even better that it's an Australian site!

But, even better, you can just buy the blades

Best health to everyone!