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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:26 am 
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Excellent build, once again. You make some pretty nice models.

Unfortunately the site where you got the model is no longer available.


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That Is nice. I like all those panel lines. Too bad its not available anymore.


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I just finished building FG's P-40. I chose the Chinese AVG version cuz when I think P-40, I can't help but think Flying Tigers. This is one of FG's earlier models, and it isn't of quite the same quality or accuracy as the newer releases, but with a bit of tweaking and TLC it can still yield good results. As usual, I reduced the model to 1/72 scale, and printed it on 110 lb cardstock. Photos are of the usual poor quality. Sorry 'bout that.

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Added details included exhaust pipes made of styrene rod, machine guns made of piano wire, pitot tube and antenna wires made of fishing line, and gun sights made of fine lead wire.

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To show off the model, I modified my small display base with sky 'n clouds "groundwork" and made a matching pedestal to mount the plane to. I printed a brass look name plate for the front, and for posterity, I affixed a smaller plate to the back with my name and the date. Who knows, this thing may show up in an antique shop some day!

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very very nice model...... :D :D

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Beautiful "Tiger"!!
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Nice lookin Tiger :wink: You make your own prop discs :?: or are they available somewhere :?:

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Man, that's nice. You and Chris sure know how to make the older models look good.


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good job Don! :D

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Thanks for the nice comments gents. This one definitely challenged me a bit, which is a good thing since the difficult models are the ones that teach. Bob, the prop spinner is just a disc of clear PETE plastic from a "to go" container cut to the diameter of the propeller. I used an emery board to scratch the prop shadows into the surface, and then rubbed a little black acrylic paint into the roughened areas to make them pop. I slowly enlarged the center hole until I was happy with where it sat on the spinner, and used acrylic gel medium bought at a craft store to glue it in place.

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You've done a fantastic job Don, well done :D. This has inspired me to attempt a P-40 myself sometime.


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If you're gonna build one, I'd shy away from the method laid out in the instructions when assembling the nose. I cut off the glue tabs off mine and made 1mm formers for the nose pieces. I butt glued them together and then to the fuselage. Based on photos of the actual airplane, I think that part A is too wide also. It places the spinner way out in front of the airscoop on the FG model. Much more so than on the actual airplane. Another thing that I didn't like is that nose assembly A/B has an oval cross section, and the spinner is round. As a result the spinner hangs down on the bottom. It doesn't flow smoothly into the nose all the way around its circumference as it should. Not very P-40ish. The FG model certainly looks like a P-40 when it is all done, but if you're a stickler for accuracy, you might be disappointed.

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Geat job there; its those little details that make all the difference.


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Thanks for the tips Don :D.


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I've been away from the forum (and modeling) for a while due to a family injury: my mom fell resulting in 2 compression fractures in her lower spine. She's got osteoporosis, and at 84 years old, I'm afraid she's looking at a long, painful recovery. I've been pretty busy helping out my folks for the past 6 weeks, and modeling has had to take a back seat. I did manage to finally finish the 1/72 scale FG pre war Vought SB2U Vindicator that I started back in early November.

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I wound up with a slight banana the first time I built the fuselage, so I had to make another. On the second attempt I made my own alternating side fuselage glue tabs. I find that this technique helps keeps everything straighter than when all the glue tabs are lined up on the same side. I packed the fuselage with toilet tissue for strength before sealing up the front with the engine disc. The cowl ring was too small (the only fit problem), so I had to print another, cutting a bit outside the lines the 2nd time around.

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While searching for images of the Vindicator to get some detail shots of the bomb rack, I came across a color photo of a plastic model of the very same airplane (Commander, Ranger Air Group) with the pre-war paint scheme. It had yellow upper wing surfaces, from the skid panels to the wingtips, whereas the FG model is all white except for the leading edge. I wonder which is accurate? The yellow wing is certainly more eye catching, and now I wish I did my research first, as I would have taken the time to repaint the wings in Photoshop. Oh, well. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

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Added details include a cowl air scoop, exhaust pipes made of rolled paper, extended landing gear, a bomb rack made of thin plastic rod and card, airportkid's awesome scaleable bomb (thank you very much), a tail hook, monofilament antenna wire and a pitot tube. I made a battleship grey version of my larger sized paper display base to fit this baby on, and textured the surface with an aircraft carrier flight deck. A brass look name plate completes the model. It's not my favorite FG model, but I think it came out pretty good.

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Fantastic! I love the bomb rack. That base is great too...did you make that yourself?


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