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Old 01-06-2024, 10:29 AM
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While waiting on blisters to cure began on the wing tip nav lights and frog eye fairings as well as the browning .303 shrouds.
David Glen(Warbirds in my Workshop) gave me a great idea on building the fairings. His work is insanely beautiful and worth taking a look at.







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Iím about finished up with the Hispano cannons and nav fairings, some light sanding to do yet. Jiri at JPWarbirds is printing elliptical cannon shrouds for me as the current ones are the narrow early model variant. Hopefully today I can mount all the blisters on upper surface. Then I can get going with riveting and panels.





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Your work continues to impress! Coincidentally, I just checked in with Jiri 2 days ago with a question - and he responded overnight! I used Rumen’s cannons, which had a lot of 3D printing rings to sand and fill and sand and fill and …. LOL. Either Jiri’s come with a super finish or you sanded and filled and sanded and … Looks great! (I decided to go Isaac Najary’s direction and make them detachable which gives an obvious seam vs your seamless finish). Given the first crash they’ll detach anyway, I thought I’d pre-empt haha!
I just decided last night to have Jiri make the blisters for me along with the seat back structure which I forgot when ordering the seat. BTW, to your thread followers, his work is excellent quality and he is super to work with.
My skilled paint work before this project was a 1” cutting in brush. Now I am detail painting cockpit parts using what looks like a single whisker off a squirrel!
So I’d like to ask a question of you and your followers. (Be gentle as I am a newbie way out over his ski’s!). I realized I cannot do wing fairings without skinning the fuselage. And it makes more sense to do the much MUCH delayed cockpit before I skin. So my questions: Did you use Jiri’s printed paper gauges for the cockpit dash or other supplier or ….? And did you source plastic circles for guage covers? I am not looking forward to cutting out the circles with scissors and don’t know of a better option, so open to ideas. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Your work continues to impress! Coincidentally, I just checked in with Jiri 2 days ago with a question - and he responded overnight! I used Rumenís cannons, which had a lot of 3D printing rings to sand and fill and sand and fill and Ö. LOL. Either Jiriís come with a super finish or you sanded and filled and sanded and Ö Looks great! (I decided to go Isaac Najaryís direction and make them detachable which gives an obvious seam vs your seamless finish). Given the first crash theyíll detach anyway, I thought Iíd pre-empt haha!
I just decided last night to have Jiri make the blisters for me along with the seat back structure which I forgot when ordering the seat. BTW, to your thread followers, his work is excellent quality and he is super to work with.
My skilled paint work before this project was a 1Ē cutting in brush. Now I am detail painting cockpit parts using what looks like a single whisker off a squirrel!
So Iíd like to ask a question of you and your followers. (Be gentle as I am a newbie way out over his skiís!). I realized I cannot do wing fairings without skinning the fuselage. And it makes more sense to do the much MUCH delayed cockpit before I skin. So my questions: Did you use Jiriís printed paper gauges for the cockpit dash or other supplier or Ö.? And did you source plastic circles for guage covers? I am not looking forward to cutting out the circles with scissors and donít know of a better option, so open to ideas. Thanks!
Hi Gareth, Yes Jiri does phenomenal work and is great to do business with. I only had to lightly sand his cannons with some 320 grit, then primer. On the panel, yes I used his dials and gauges. For the glass bezels I mixed some clear resin and dropped a droplet or two in each one, making sure it was laying on a flat surface. Just use care when mixing your resin not to mix in a bunch of air, or you have bubbles. Hope this helps.
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This may have been posted wayyyy at the beginning of the build but hereís my panel prior to install.

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Very helpful tip on the resin John. I had hoped that Santa Claus was delayed and there were pre-cut vinyl stick-on dials, and so scissors it is. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Very helpful tip on the resin John. I had hoped that Santa Claus was delayed and there were pre-cut vinyl stick-on dials, and so scissors it is. Thank you!
I believe I used a razor blade to cut mine, but scissors may corner better.
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Finished up mounting blisters and cannons today, the barrels I have on in the photos are the early variant, but I wanted to see them on. Also started laying some paneling. Hopefully Iíll be able to start in on the rivets soon.



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Mapped out the right half of the upper wing surface today for rivets. Needed the fuselage installed to complete the process. Getting excited!






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It has been a bit since Iíve posted any progress, finished up radio install and batts, detailed the gear, spinner and began paint prep. Iím using warbirdcolors and so far Iím enjoying them. They thin out nice for both my badger detail airbrush or my hplv. Hoping to finish the base coat completed in next few weeks then washes, weathering and detail.







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Began spraying the upper surfaces earlier this week, layed down the middle stone fields first then the dark earth, had some headaches with the foam soft edge tape on the first round but was able to revisit the edges on subsequent coats. Still revisiting some areas, then on to paint masks for roundels, nomenclature and weathering.






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Absolutly fantastic sxale work !!!!

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Originally Posted by fokke
Absolytly fantastic sxale work !!!!
Thanks Rumen! This one has taken me entirely too long, but definitely getting close now.
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Can you post a view of the engine install and provisions for cylinder cooling? Also, what is the purpose of the blister on the front edge on the LH wing fairing?
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Originally Posted by Lifer
Can you post a view of the engine install and provisions for cylinder cooling? Also, what is the purpose of the blister on the front edge on the LH wing fairing?
Hey John, when I get finished with paint Iíll be baffling the engine, Iíll get photos posted when I do.
The left hand fillet blister just aft of the gun camera hatch was so the skin could clear coolant piping.

This the one you were referring to?


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Exactly. Thanks!
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Touched up the underside this evening, I havenít re-attached the lower cowl quite yet, just wanted to match it up with wing and tail. Also was finally able to pull the canopy tape, which had been on the lexan for over a year, frog tape low tack left surprisingly zero residue, so hats off to them.






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I grabbed paint masks from Calliegraphics a few years back, decided to start small with them this afternoon. So far so good.






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Callie Graphics always does top notch work!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Callie Graphics always does top notch work!
Agreed! Iíve used her decals before but this is the first run at paint masks. Iím really liking the process and end result.
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Found a good interview with Stanislaw Skalski
for those that like hearing their stories:

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=47587
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I was able to get a few items finished up this week. Back when I installed the engine I ran a heat shield between the muffler and the carb to aid in cooling, opened up the underside of the vokes filter for escape air and I baffled the engine with darice foam earlier this week, a friend turned me onto this stuff a few years ago. Heat resistant, holds its shape and very easy to work with.
I also installed the lower cowling and finished up the fishtail exhausts. For these, I airbrush them with alclad exhaust manifold and for detail use a tamiya detail kit for heat areas, Iím not quite done with them yet but they are installed.







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Are you sure the black foam can handle the heat?
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Are you sure the black foam can handle the heat?
Hey Flyer! Yes Sir it works great, Iím using it on my h9 30cc spitfire as well as my top flite p-51c for same purpose. No issues, itís not your typical foam.
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Nice work John!! I also work with Tamiya weathering master, that helps to get perfect result!!

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