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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #42 - Feb 3rd, 2020 at 11:37pm
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Beautiful set of wings!  If you're sheeting, let me know if you need any suggestions,  otherwise I'll just sit back and relax and enjoy the show.

You've done great!
  
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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #41 - Jan 30th, 2020 at 5:38pm
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Have done some work on the main wings since those must be finished and attached before I can complete work on the center pod. Cockpit, under carriage, wing fillets are all plastic and the cockpit center section is all one piece. I plan on covering the wings with thin sheet so there will be lots of sanding to reduce the wing thickness to accept the sheeting. Also going to use strip balsa for the leading edge as it seems the kit supplied sticks are basically fossilized oak beams Grin!! Easier to build up and shape that way. Not sure how thin my sheeting can get so will check out Hobby Lobby on my days off to see what I can conjure up. Had thought about using thick sheet for the tail feathers since the model won't be flying but then decided I would rather enjoy working with all those little bits and pieces to  practice my techniques. Ok ok I enjoy all those little fiddley bits!
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #40 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 11:23pm
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If it'll help any, you're doing a great job on the detailing of the cockpit interior and really impressive nose gear.  Couldn't do better myself.

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #39 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 9:40pm
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Roll Eyes Grin Cheesy Wink Cool
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #38 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 9:09pm
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I do have a dremel but currently it is residing somewhere in the depths of my garage without the needed cutoff wheel as I seem to have lost all the accessories somewhere. Thank you for reminding me about the dremel though I completely forgot I had one!! Roll Eyes Note to self.....start regimen of ginkgo biloba!!
  
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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #37 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 7:13pm
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You need a cordless dremel cutoff wheel setup.
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #36 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 5:28pm
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Sky9pilot...Yes, there is a wire axle installed that is removable for me to be able to remove the retractable gear and will do so when I am ready to install the card stock bay. Though in the kit there is no bottom to the bay I believe I am going to at least attempt to install one though that may depend on the action of the gear whether that will be able to be added. Tried to adjust the gear but apparently my trusty worn out needle nose couldn't handle the wire and was unable to clip off the needed 1/4 inch on the lock down wire. Sigh! Now it's time to purchase new wire cutters at the nearest truck stop which of course doubles the price automatically and the quality will be dubious at best. Embarrassed
  
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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #35 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 3:49pm
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Will the gear be removable for free access to the various components of the plane for finish?
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #34 - Jan 19th, 2020 at 10:36am
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Thanks Sky9....I thought about adding some white to the strut but the more I think about it that would not have been incorporated in a wartime situation. Sticking with what I have but will add some highlights as you suggested. Finalizing the fit of the nose gear and looking for an old pen to deconstruct to use the ink tube for an axle of sorts on the strut. Going ahead with gluing on the nose cowl but stuck on whether to paint the plastic parts or cover with flite metal. Painting them would result in a different look than the metal when finished. All that's left is some adjustment on the nose gear before final install and then on to wing construction finally!!
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #33 - Jan 2nd, 2020 at 9:31am
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In reply #31 the nose gear strut looks fine.  You might try some paint over the existing paint or dry brush technique where you wipe off most of the paint and hit the high part of the strut to highlight them to see if this give the result you're looking for.
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #32 - Jan 2nd, 2020 at 7:14am
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Well so far the cockpit has been pleasantly surprising for me and† apart from some parts not having a 3D look I managed to work around that with some extra balsa and leftover plastic from vacu-forming. The more I work with these parts the more I seem to be able to achieve the look I want though to be honest I am not all that happy with my choice of paint for the landing gear. I wanted a look of well used steel but it seems to have come out more gray that metal and I am not sure at this point whether to forge ahead or remove the paint and start over but am afraid if I do so I may affect the glued parts. I worked around the plastic parts not having a back by using a balsa plug and some extra plastic. What remains is final assembly and painting but now I am on hold until I can reassess my paint choices and maybe get some input from everyone on both the landing gear and the interior.

On a funnier note the supplied pilot seems to be holding a traditional stick versus the much different P38 setup and wonder will anyone notice ??
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #31 - Jan 1st, 2020 at 12:45pm
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In keeping with the fact that my assembly plant is rather small and mobile I have determined that sticking to the display directions from the manufacturer is the best course. Of course I am in awe of Skydiamonds abilities which make mine pale in comparison I will however be using whatever bones he throws me for help in this. Am going to build using kit supplied plastics but will be adding hydraulic lines as well to enhance the visual effects though I am torn right now whether to complete this with the landing gear retractable or not as this will be static inside a looking box. Just checking the fit of the cockpit and landing gear before filling in the rest of the balsa infill.
  

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Reply #30 - Dec 30th, 2019 at 4:08pm
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Been a while since I have made any progress due to the holidays but I have done a few things including some work on the nose gear which included using the pre-formed plastic parts and found they didnít match up very well. Many choice words later I believe I have done a fairly close representation and now ready for some preliminary paint before installing in the pod.
  

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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #29 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 7:57pm
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No apologizes needed.  Glad to be of some help.  Happy that you're having fun while detailing the model beyond what is called for in the kit.  It's always a challenge we place upon ourselves when going "outside of the box."

I manged to find my Lockheed files today.  Regarding the P-38, it'll just take me a few days to download the negatives and convert them into digital format.  From there, I'll place them into a folder file and then send the file to Sky9 for inclusion into the archives.
  
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Re: P-38 Lightning 1st static build
Reply #28 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 6:06pm
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Sorry I should have clarified that the Glue was Gorilla glue brand of super glue which I have found works great with plastic parts. Your absolutely right about the fumes. I have to work sparingly with windows open when using it. For all other work I have been using regular elmers white which gives me time to adjust if needed. The plastic parts included in the kit have vacuum formed parts for the landing gear that if put together right should give the right look with some careful painting . There were 3 large sheets of vacuum parts to include landing gear and even the supercharger as well as the bay doors and all intakes. I was surprised to find a rather complete cockpit selection as well. The only things I thought were lacking was the paper stock parts but will hope to address that later with your input. Thank you for bearing with me on a rather ambitious first attempt.† Small clarification I think my trouble with the glue stems from altitude changes when driving causing the glue to expand and contract within the container thus causing the spill over and subsequent inability to remove the cap Angry
  
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