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Old 05-16-2024, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Prekin
Nice work John!! I also work with Tamiya weathering master, that helps to get perfect result!!
Thanks Jiri! Your scale parts always bring the details to life!
Hoping to get going with the roundels and nomenclature in the coming weeks!
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Hello,

Great job on the build. It looks really good, and I like the scheme! Would you mind telling us a little bit about how you made the rivets on the wing and fuselage? Also, how is the foam baffling held in place?

Thank you and Best regards,

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I think it's time you started writing the monthly RC Scale column in Model Aviation.....
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Originally Posted by Flyfast1
Hello,

Great job on the build. It looks really good, and I like the scheme! Would you mind telling us a little bit about how you made the rivets on the wing and fuselage? Also, how is the foam baffling held in place?

Thank you and Best regards,

-Ed B.
Thanks Ed, the fuselage round head rivets were vinyl stick on from Chad Veich. They come by the thousands and are transferred using scotch tape.
The flush rivets in the armored areas of the fuse around the cockpit were made by laying aluminum tape(Aerofoil was brand I believe I used), then mapping it out and using the end of small diameter brass pipe to indent the foil.
For the wing I mapped out my rivet lines with light pencil first, then used a soldering iron with a brass pipe the diameter of choice in the chuck. The trick is burning/indenting the rivet only partially through the primer coat. This took some trial and error and playing with temperature. Each method is a process, but the results are well worth the time in my mind.
The Darice foam only needs a bead of ca along the inside of the cowl, it secures it nicely.
Hope this helps!

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Originally Posted by Lifer
I think it's time you started writing the monthly RC Scale column in Model Aviation.....
Haha! I barely have time to build and fly!
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Originally Posted by Wyoturbine
Thanks Ed, the fuselage round head rivets were vinyl stick on from Chad Veich. They come by the thousands and are transferred using scotch tape.
The flush rivets in the armored areas of the fuse around the cockpit were made by laying aluminum tape(Aerofoil was brand I believe I used), then mapping it out and using the end of small diameter brass pipe to indent the foil.
For the wing I mapped out my rivet lines with light pencil first, then used a soldering iron with a brass pipe the diameter of choice in the chuck. The trick is burning/indenting the rivet only partially through the primer coat. This took some trial and error and playing with temperature. Each method is a process, but the results are well worth the time in my mind.
The Darice foam only needs a bead of ca along the inside of the cowl, it secures it nicely.
Hope this helps!
Yes, that's very helpful. Did you add a drop of adhesive to the vinyl rivets on the fuselage, or just use the vinyl rivets?

-Ed B.
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Originally Posted by Flyfast1
Yes, that's very helpful. Did you add a drop of adhesive to the vinyl rivets on the fuselage, or just use the vinyl rivets?

-Ed B.

No adhesive required, just have to make sure the airframe is clean of dust oil etc and you have a fairly smooth surface.
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Originally Posted by Wyoturbine
No adhesive required, just have to make sure the airframe is clean of dust oil etc and you have a fairly smooth surface.
Sorry, I meant to ask whether you added a drop of adhesive on top of each rivet to simulate raised rivets? I've read that's a technique some modelers use, but I've never tried it myself.

Thanks,

-Ed B.
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Originally Posted by Flyfast1
Sorry, I meant to ask whether you added a drop of adhesive on top of each rivet to simulate raised rivets? I've read that's a technique some modelers use, but I've never tried it myself.

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Oh tracking, no I didnít add anything to them as the thickness of the vinyl raises them enough to stand out. I suppose on a 1/4 scale or larger that may be needed, but these stand out through paint just fine.
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Started running paint masks and stencils this last week. The roundels are quite a process but the end result has been worth the effort.










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Painted roundels look great John!! I noticed, that many guys use decals, but painted look much better!! Flare nozzle is perfect detail, you are probably the first one who does not miss that details on early Mk.IX.
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Originally Posted by Prekin
Painted roundels look great John!! I noticed, that many guys use decals, but painted look much better!! Flare nozzle is perfect detail, you are probably the first one who does not miss that details on early Mk.IX.
Thanks Jiri! Hope your well! I agree painted roundels/lettering/numbers and various nomenclature is the way to go, seeing the rivet and panel detail under the paint has sold me on them for sure.
Haha Iím sure Iíve missed some details along the way but Iím trying to catch as many as I can.
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Summer has been busy but I was able to dive back into painting this weekend. Upper wing roundels are completed as well as the code lettering and serial. Going to try and get the vertical stab fin flash painted today.





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Finished up with the larger paint items, fin flash is complete, nomenclature to go, then weathering.


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Beautiful job!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
Beautiful job!
Thanks Flyer! Excited to get some weathering detail into her, get rid of the ďnew toy lookĒ.
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Great job John!! I canīt wait to see her weathered!!
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Originally Posted by Prekin
Great job John!! I canīt wait to see her weathered!!
Thanks Jiri! Iíll post pics as soon as I do. Hope you are well my friend.
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Started in with stenciling nomenclature. My Wife and I grabbed a cricut a while back and itís been awesome for making these(as well as stickers for the kids). The template for each came from Jiri at JPWarbirds, just needed to upload each one into the cricut program and resize to what I needed. Fuselage is about complete, then Iíll move over to the wing.





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Masterful! Paint vs decals does look the business. I like the way you airbrushed some of the camouflage paint lines vs hard edges, and some a little more than others - quite authentic according to what my dad used to say - if it moves salute it, it it doesn’t paint it! I hope you are going to dare to fly it after all your hundreds (and hundreds?) of hours of skilled effort. If not I’m sure there are air and space museums who would bite your hand off!
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Originally Posted by Findgareth
Masterful! Paint vs decals does look the business. I like the way you airbrushed some of the camouflage paint lines vs hard edges, and some a little more than others - quite authentic according to what my dad used to say - if it moves salute it, it it doesnít paint it! I hope you are going to dare to fly it after all your hundreds (and hundreds?) of hours of skilled effort. If not Iím sure there are air and space museums who would bite your hand off!
Thank you Gareth! I absolutely plan to fly her, after paint and weathering Iíll balance and start on engine runs. And yes, easily hundreds of hours spent but thatís all part of it for me. Iím sure there will be some nerves on the maiden day but after couple passes they seem to dissolve.

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