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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #621 - Today at 6:24pm
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Sky9:
Thank you, sir.  Really glad to hear that11. Made my day.

i'm starting on the radio stack tonight.  My daughter's coning out for the weekend.  Small delay, but progressing.

  
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #620 - Mar 3rd, 2021 at 10:37am
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Outstanding work Skye!!!  Well done.  This is going to be a museum worthy work of art!
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #619 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:42pm
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Oops.  In my haste I forgot to mention how I achieved the headrest itself.  I used a small piece of Flite Metal.  It has a very strong adhesive backing.  I simply cut out the piece roughly oversized and snipped dozens and dozens of tiny slits into the edges around the circumference,

The thin strip was going to be used to wrap around the headrest, but after I saw how it turned out, I decided to leave it alone.  The tiny slits made it look more realistically fabric sewn onto the form.

The masking tape was used to protect the seat back from the black spray paint which was peeled off before gluing the seat to the back headrest.

Thanks for looking in guys.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #618 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:23pm
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Good evening one and al,

Today marks the finish of the pilot's seat.  If one were to total all the hours and days, it'll probably work out to be about a solid week.  Of course, watching the paint dry allowed me some self-reflection....

I'll be placing the seat into the cockpit and use the back headrest as a "wall" to help me determine the amount of space left over for the radio and batteries behind the seat.

Until then I thought I would leave it out and just appreciate it as a separate project in its own right.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #617 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:18pm
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Sky9,

Wow!  That's a great idea about using paper mache'-like paper soaked in water, moulded over a form and when dried, hardened with cyano.  Learned something new today....  Grin

I'll definitely remember this on my future builds...
  
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #616 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 6:15pm
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Ian and Mike,

Thank you guys for your inputs and compliments.  They're greatly appreciated more than words can express.  Please let me know too, of your opinions or suggestions as I'm basically flying via instruments (blind).

Your observations also let me know that you guys are looking.....  Cheesy

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Reply #615 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 7:37am
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More spectacular work - nicely done!

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Reply #614 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 3:54pm
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Really great work Skye...
I love it! 

I was skimming over at HPA and ran across this mâché madness technique that I've never seen before.  Prosper is building a 1/18 scale Spitfire and for the scoops and landing gear bumps on the wing he's been using paper soaked in the water  till it's like a papermache like consistancy and then molded over wooden forms till it dries and then saturated with thin cya to firm it up. When it's dry it's placed back on the mold to keep the shape while sanding for finish.  Here's the link check down the page for the exact post: Click Here  As you'll see paper isn't all he molds!!!

Here's a pic of the ventral nose scoop on the mold.
Thought you might use this method for some of your detailing.

I pirated the posts and here's the full posts from HPA: Click Here
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #613 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 2:01pm
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Looks really good with all that detail!  Smiley
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #612 - Mar 1st, 2021 at 1:00pm
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Good afternoon guys;

Just almost finish with the pilot's seat.  I only need to add the leather headrest and then it's off to the radio/battery stack at the rear of the cockpit behind the pilot's seat.

Oddly enough, it was the back bullet-proof bulkhead behind the pilot's seat that I had to do a lot of fiddling around.  The tolerances were very tight and I had to get it all to line up.  The last picture shows why.  I wanted to give the seat some detail seen on the full sized seats and the details had to line up perfectly if I was to pull this off.  They had to fit not only with the top braces but also within the ribbed seat outline as well. 

To our more astute observers, the black colored balsa blocks under the seat are to give the seat proper orientation and height relative to the cockpit. 
  

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Reply #611 - Feb 13th, 2021 at 10:42am
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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #610 - Feb 12th, 2021 at 10:11am
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Skye
One thing I remembered from my IPMS days, we used to save medicine tubes or any tube that was made of metal. Remember those days where we used a "key" made to roll up the toothpaste? Well, we'd open and cut into strips for seatbelts. They could be shaped to drape over the seat in a very realistic fashion.

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #609 - Feb 12th, 2021 at 12:34am
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I misplaced the photos on how i made the seat back.  So here they are...

The last picture is a duplicate of the previous post, but I figured it would be good to post here as an end result.

Next, the seat belts and harnesses.
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #608 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 9:44pm
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I knew I had to use some kind of canvas material as using fabric of almost any kind will simply allow the paint to go through the fibers.  I actually tried that and ended up giving nearly 5 coats of paint and it still looked like a bad case of fabric what a cat scratched out.

Sooo, off to WalMart and I obtained a cheap camping folding chair.  I kept the chair but cut up the carrying bag.  The canvas of the bag had that texture that was just right. 

Yep.  Things my OCD made me do.....

The first picture shows the blue canvas before I spray painted it a light beige color.

The second photo shows I'm about half way through the painting.   I had to give it at least 4 coats of paint to get the blue to disappear.

The last picture shows what's left of the carrying bag.....  Roll Eyes
  

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Re: Guillow's P-51D Mustang (yep, another one)
Reply #607 - Feb 11th, 2021 at 9:33pm
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But in the end, after consulting with a fellow member of WW2Aircraft, I decided to fabricate a new set of belts.

You just wouldn't. believe the lengths I took to get that correct fabric texture.....
  

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