Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build) : Finished !!!

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:19 am

Finished off the wheel wells, more or less. Just a few details to paint in. I did add some hydraulic pipes using a bit of fine grey wire. The reference book that came with the kit had a really clear photo. These are the hydraulics that open/close the doors. Just got to add the black rubber hoses that connect to the hydraulic cylinders. I've got some fine black wire for that. The wire came from T2M. It's 0.38mm diameter, and has a solid metal core, so stays put. You could probably find the same thing much cheaper from an electronic supplier such as Maplins, but their nearest shop is a bit of a trek from Shanghai !!

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:33 pm

Lovely Stuff.
Amazing how much better an undercarriage bay looks with a bit of plumbing.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:21 am

Thanks Morrigan. I downloaded the Eduard External etched set instructions. There is a fair bit more plumbing to add. A bit in the wheel wells, and a stack in the wing roots.

Anyway, I've moved on to the engine cowl for the moment. Firstly, the etched interior of the flaps. These are curved slightly. Easily done by rolling the parts on a mouse mat with the end of a paint brush. I still have the flap closing mechanisms to add. Lots of the little blighters......

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The Eduard engine set also provides details for the exposed edges of the cowl frames (or whatever they are called !!). Thanks to Morrigan's heads up that the Tamiya cowls don't fit if you added these I decided not to use them as I was the cowls in place. However, the details are actually just holes, which I decided I could replicate without using the etched part. The detail was put in place and just tacked with a tiny spot of super glue. Then I drilled through each hole with a 0.4mm drill, and removed the detail strip. Looks just about perfect to me :D

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby casper » Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:32 am

Nice work Mark :clap: :)
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:56 am

Thanks Casper. It's certainly the most detailed model I've ever build.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:29 pm

superb again Mark!!
Nice mod to allow the original cowls to fit.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:29 am

Thanks Morrigan.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:58 am

I haven't been neglecting this project, well, not too much...... I've been adding the plug leads, which have been very tedious.

First the 'inside' leads are added to the cylinders. These are bent outwards.

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Then the two halves are glued together.

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The next step is to add the covers, with the plug leads fed through the appropriate holes.

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The next task is to add the crank case front and ignition system, and fit all these leads. They look good, but the wire is quite springy and doesn't like to play nicely. It also unravels given half a chance. Hence, it's taking me a while to get round to finishing this stage.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby casper » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:27 am

Looking really good Mark :clap:
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby baby_astons » Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:05 pm

starts getting really busy!!
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:03 pm

Lovely stuff Mark.
Its fiddly frustrating work but worth it. A radial engine without an ignition harness is like a fully dressed Ms Atomic bomb.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:55 pm

Thanks folks :D

I have, at last, finished the plug leads :dance:

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby chill » Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:30 pm

Well done :dance:
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:56 pm

Lovely, that looks like a proper R2800 now :clap:
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby casper » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:33 am

good job Mark :clap: :clap: :) looks like the real engine..excellent :clap:
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:32 pm

Thanks folks. Next job is a little weathering on the engine, just to take the 'newness' off ;)
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:16 am

Back to the flaps now. Eduard add some nice extra detail to these, but, as if they weren't fiddly enough on their own, I decided to add the wire that pulls the flaps closed. Not sure where the ends go, so they will just sort of disappear somewhere in the engine bay......

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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:11 pm

Superb work Mark, a K from me for the weaving work :clap:
I just disappeared mine into the engine bay as well, it's thats full of Pratt and Whitney there's no hope of actually seeing the do-dad that operates the cowling flaps anyway.
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby Mark » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:53 am

More progress - boy, this is being a slow build. I guess it's my own fault for adding all the extra detail........

Here are the flaps with the extra details added.

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Everything was added and then sprayed XF-24 grey. Then the operating cable was picked out in silver and a rust coloured wash used to dirty up the pulleys and bring out the detail. This was an AFK rust wash, further diluted with turpentine. I think the cable might be a bit too bright, but I'll do a dry run and see what it looks like in place. It might get toned down to a steel colour if it looks to vivid.

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I added some weathering to the engine as well. A bit of dry brushing here and there, and a few oil runs here and there. The tops of the ignition cable ring, where the plug leads come out, was also painted a tan colour which I've seen in various photos. I think this is where the cable outlets are sealed with resin.

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The next job is to carry on with adding some extra plumbing to the wheel wells and wing roots. That's really tedious. I wish that I'd got the Eduard exterior set which has them all preformed which would make the task much easier. Still, I've started, so I've got to finish....
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Re: Ho hum........ (Mark's Corsair build)

Postby morrigan » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:20 pm

one wire at a time....
Dried frog pills are recommended!
Stirling work so far MArk :clap:
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