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As the build proceeded, I re-sequenced many of the steps to make handling of the model easier. The model gets tricky to pick up and hold as the multitude of easily breakable parts are added.
The cockpit parts fit with no problems. Note: The instrument panel is not readily visible in the cockpit once the build is complete, but most everything else is. The kit is designed such that the rudder can move. The rudder required a bit of sanding to get a good fit. I opted to glue it in place.
I installed the engine later in the build since the mounts
were flexible enough to allow it.
This made for easier handling during construction and painting.
The fire wall required some material to be ground away to make adequate
clearance for the radiator pipe when the engine was installed.
There are two sets of exhaust stacks for either the side cowling
installed or for the side cowling off.
The crew harnesses were installed at the end of the build. This is a photo etched, pre-painted set from Eduard, #23003. Two small notches were put in the seat back using a hot exacto knife blade. The shoulder harnesses were mounted into these notches using cyanoacrylate.
The holes on the fire wall that the bomb trapeze mounts to
had to be opened up to enable the proper alignment of the trapeze with the bomb.
The backs of the propeller blades had considerable sink holes and required
puttying. The top cowling needed material to be ground away in several areas for
it to fit properly.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
The camouflage pattern is that of a field applied sand color (RLM 79) painted over the original 2 tone green splinter (RLM 70 & 71) pattern found on aircraft that were removed from European operations and sent to North Africa.
I painted the white fuselage stripe and wingtips first, then the blue undersides. Rather than attempting to paint tan over green on the model, I painted the upper surfaces tan first then applied RLM 70 / 71 green in a random pattern over the tan. Model Master plastic enamels were used. Black and brown water colors were applied in the panel lines. Lacquer gloss and dull coats were sprayed prior to and after the application of the decals respectively.
A ‘cross section’ of the cross was painted on the dive brakes as no decal was provided for this. I temporarily set the dive brakes in their proper location over the already completed cross on the wings. Placing a mark on the dive brake where the pattern should start, I then used a photocopied decal as a guide for masking. When the dive brakes were permanently installed, they lined up reasonably well.
Luftwaffe 1935-45 Part 2, camouflage and markings: (Jaroslaw Wrobel)
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