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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #559 - yesterday at 8:20pm
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Well Gary...there's what I think of as detail...and then there's your version of detail.  Roll Eyes Wink Smiley  You are indeed dedicated!  Very nice.

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #558 - yesterday at 7:39pm
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The pictures of the full sized quadrant shows the details of the throttle locking mechanism to be black.  I decided at this small scale, some contrast would be helpful here to bring out the detail.

This is where I am at this point.  I decided to place the locking detail in a small container for safe keeping while I'll be focusing on the body of the quadrant . I felt the handling of the quadrant would be too rough for the small locking detail until al is ready
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #557 - yesterday at 7:31pm
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This is where OCD kicks in.....

The lamp with its built-in lens really earned its money here. 

I can't explain it, but shish kabob comes to mind here.....

  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #556 - yesterday at 7:26pm
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I wanted to add depth and detail to the quadrant itself.  As the artistic rendering illustrated, there were extra controls that lock the throttle in place.

Yep, I made a stencil for this too.....  Grin
  

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Reply #555 - yesterday at 7:20pm
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From my (now) dozens of photos of stencils, I can pick out which one best fits both size and fine detail. 

Some of the images from the pictures came very close to size so I cut out about three to see which looks like to be the best fit.
  

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Reply #554 - yesterday at 6:29pm
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Good evening to everyone.

Today I decided to tackle the throttle quadrant.  I knew from past experience that for such a small item in the cockpit, it really gets a lot of attention.  So with that in mind, I felt it would be a good idea to detail it as much as reasonably possible.  Of course, we all know "reasonably" is a subjective term as my OCD dictates otherwise)..... Roll Eyes

As with all accessories and parts of the model, a bit of research was necessary to garner as much information needed to replicate the throttle quadrant.  It's one thing to get a decent picture of the cockpit interior featuring the throttle, its altogether another story to get detailed close-ups from different perspectives to help determine what would be the best way to approach this mini project. 

I was fortunate enough to find a couple of photos featuring a colored CGI version and an artistic rendering of the throttle.  I also planned ahead and made up some stencils needed to make this truly a detailed throttle quadrant that says: "Look at me."
  

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Reply #553 - Oct 21st, 2020 at 12:06am
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Good evening.

As with many things when scratch building outside of the box, there are compromises and "adjustments."  In the latter category, I used a well-proven eyeball method.  However, it's not always infallible. 

I fabricated the bag that's supposed to hold the flare gun many months ago.  At that time, As the first picture shows, I tailored the bag to fit within the defined vertical walls of the left side interior wall. 

As soon as I added the flap controls along with the stencils indicating the flap settings, things went haywire real fast. 

So the second picture shows I had to fabricate another bag that would fit within the new parameters. 

The third picture shows the final result.  So there's always some realigning here and there as I slowly plod through.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #552 - Oct 20th, 2020 at 11:46pm
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Neal,

Thank you, sir.  You're correct about the Battle of Britain aircraft. 

A short anecdote: Many years ago, while visiting an air museum, I happened upon a Spitfire on display & it was on the floor.  Big mistake!
While no one else was around, except the docent who was a friend of mine, I gave into my impulse and climbed up on the wing, pulled back the canopy, opened the door & sneaked in.  The docent  turned around and pretended not to notice.

I then closed the door, pulled the canopy forward and proceeded to make motor sounds while doing victory rolls over the English countryside.  That's when I happened to notice how cramped the cockpit interior was.  Of all people and of all times, that's when the Executive Director himself walked into the display area as he was making his daily rounds.  My reverie was broken by a loud, booming voice saying "Get the heck out of there!!" 

The docent had to hold himself up against the wall to keep himself from falling down with laughter.  True story. 
  
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Reply #551 - Oct 20th, 2020 at 7:36am
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Amazing effort, Gary! Smiley

In building my Battle of Britain trio...those aircraft seemed like the pilot was "shoe-horned" into the cockpit...while the P-51 was so well planned and laid out...the result of much forethought and planning...the end of the learning curve.

Again...great work, Gary.  Wink

Neal
  
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Reply #550 - Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:09pm
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Good evening to everyone.  I've been busy. 

I've added lots of details to the left side panel of the interior.  I added the flare gun bag, the star-shaped flare gun mount and the levers to salvo the drop tanks at the far right side.  All made from scratch and went cross-eyed in the process.

I'll provide a few extra posts later to give everyone a glimpse of some of the steps taken to achieve the detailing.  Suffice to say, the lamp with the built-in lens really came in handy.
  

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Reply #549 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 9:59pm
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Sky9:
Gotta say it: Amen!!

  
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Reply #548 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 9:02pm
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Hey, I always say, If you're having fun, you're doing it right!  If you aren't having fun...time to try something else! Smiley
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #547 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 3:12pm
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Here's the finished product; "Before" and "After."

I "only" need to install a few more items to the left side before moving onward to the main instrument panel and the sub panel &/or the right side.  Altogether, I'd say about a week was the timeline to get this far.

Of course, I also added controls to the ram air carburetor on the console as well......  Those parts were tiny!

There might be some of you who may question why devote almost a whole week or so much effort to just one tiny accessory and to that, I say this is the essence of modeling.  Not to focus too much on the goal to the end, but to enjoy the path of modeling (Life) itself getting there.

As always, suggestions, ideas and comments are welcomed.
  

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Reply #546 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 3:06pm
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According to research, there are safety covers that go over the switches.  What was confusing was the illustrations projected the image of the switches as being moved vertically when in fact they move laterally.

Other photos reveal no safety covers at all.

I decided to err on the side of caution and have them installed. 

I was wondering how was I going to fabricate such tiny safety covers when I was in the bathroom getting cleaned up for my wife's sanity.  That's when I looked at my electric shaver and ..... Lo and behold!  The solution was right there in my hand.  I quickly discovered that the guard just so happened to be the correct size for my needs & was suddenly made "available."

A pair of snips was made quick use and they were then painted red.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #545 - Oct 12th, 2020 at 2:44pm
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Almost done. 

If you compare the small switches with my previous posts using small bolts, I think they make a difference.

i realize it's getting a bit OCD here but it's sorta like some of our fellow plastic modelers building say, a tank and go out of their way to completely detail the interior right down to the shells and the gunner's seat.  Then they button up all the hatches preventing anyone from peeking into the interior at all.  I guess its like what Sir Edmund Hilary once said when asked about why climbing Mt. Everest: "...Because it's there."
  

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