Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:18 pm

The pilots seat was assembled and then the upper part of the seat belts added. I'm starting to get the hang of assembling the HGW seatbelts as it only took an hour to put the belts together.
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The lower belts were then fitted:
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And finally the rear support frame was fitted to the seat
The springs on each side of the frame come to life after a wash and dry brush.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:24 pm

The seat was then fitted to its fuselage frame:
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and one completed cockpit tub:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:24 pm

Did I say the cockpit tub was completed?............................
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:25 pm

Hmm, there's something missing. :think: :think: :think:

Ah ha :idea:

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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:39 pm

Right first of all let's add the rudder cables.

I painted some fine nylon mono-filament with Vallejo natural steel:
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I then place a drop of :superlglue: under the outboard side of a rudder pedal and dipped the end of the mono-filament in some CA accelerator then touched it the :superlglue:
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I then added a dab of :superlglue: under the seat bulkhead and tightened the mono-filament up:
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Rinse and repeat for the other side, the cable should be in line of the outer edge of each foot plate:
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I've also used some .05mm solder to make the drain tube that runs from the pilots relief tube on the joystick.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:43 pm

I've also added the line for the bottle tucked next to the seat:
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I then bundled some fine wire together, painted it white and ran it from the side consoles to the forward bulkhead:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:56 pm

And to cap off the cockpitk pit the instrument panel coaming, gunsight and armored glass plate were fitted using GS hypo cement:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby casper » Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:34 pm

Absolutely superb Morrigan :clap: :clap: :clap:
detail is amazing :clap: :) K on the way
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby GrantJ » Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:04 pm

Great work Morrigan! Well upto your normal high standards ( fusewire and all :lol: ) :lol:

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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby Mark » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:17 pm

I've just looked at the instrument panels in the flesh. Those switches, knobs and levers are TINY !!!!

I think a magnifying glass is next on the shopping list if I want any chance of getting remotely close to Morrigans high standard :oops:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:51 am

Thank your for the K's and compliments.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:27 pm

Here's the cockpit with the (nearly) final touches courtesy of Barracudas Stencil and placard set:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:37 pm

Now to begin work on the mighty Pratt & Whitney :D

After applying a base coat of Vallejo medium sea grey for the crankcase and Alclad Duraluminum, I drilled out 72 small holes with a #76 drill bit for the ignition leads and oil lines.
I then made up the oil lines from 30amp fuse wire, to help keep the sizing consistent, I applied a band of tape to the plier jaws at the required width:
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With the oil lines in place, I then applied a wash mixed up from black paint, Vallejo sepia wash, a drop of dish detergent and water to the the cylinders and crankcase to bring out the detail and impart a used look:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby Mark » Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:20 am

Those cockpit stencils make the world of difference ! The engine looks good too. The Alclad gives a very good effect.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:04 pm

Moving closer to closing up the fuselage halves.

After much internal debating regarding filling in the recess on the left fuselage half and an access panel on the forward fuselage as directed by Tamiya; do I risk damaging the fine recessed detail or remove the features that are not present on the Variant of the Corsair. :think: :think: :think:

I took the plunge and have filled in both areas. to try and preserve the detail, I masked off the areas to be filled:
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I then filled in the unneeded access panel with Mr Dissolved putty which is very good for filling shallow areas and recessed detail, and for the recess on the side I've used Mr White Putty.
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While the putty is still wet, I removed the tape:
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I'll leave this to dry thoroughly for a day or two.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby morrigan » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:27 pm

Back to the engine now

Various lumpy bits have been attached to each cylinder bank, the resins items from Barracuda are superb, but allow some time for drilling out the location points for the wring in the wring harness ring.
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I then glued strands of fine copper wire into each hole. The wires were then painted silver tinted with yellow to replicate the protective lacquer that was applied over the ignition harness
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The wires for the front row of sparkplugs was then trimmed and bent into place:
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For the rear row on the front cylinder bank, the wires pass through the baffles, so yet more hole drilling:
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The rear cylinder bank will have to wait until a goody set from Eduard arrives as there is some detail to be applied to the intake and exhaust manifold pipes. :D
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby casper » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:52 am

first class as always Morrigan :clap: :)
The alclad Duraluminum sprayed over the base coat sea grey worked really well.
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby charliecat » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:14 pm

Wow so much detail in this project, Just amazing. :clap:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby steve131 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:21 pm

Hello Charlie are you tempted to build one after you finish Wembley :?:
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Re: Morrigan's Tamiya Corsair

Postby GrantJ » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:41 am

Excellent work Morrigan! K+

What a shame you cant display the engine next to the plane :D
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