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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby baby_astons » Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:42 pm

very nice progress roy, the only thing that caught my eye is, the join between the two wing parts would be "rough" and open - they cetrainly didn't close the gap for a neat job like you did with the putty?
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby chill » Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:46 pm

Really enjoying this build.
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:49 pm

baby_astons wrote:very nice progress roy, the only thing that caught my eye is, the join between the two wing parts would be "rough" and open - they cetrainly didn't close the gap for a neat job like you did with the putty?


Thanks BA, I've been spending hours of studying hours of film footage and taking stills to get this as accurate as possible. I've filled in any joins that are not visible on the film and left those joints that had been cut and shut without filler. The only part that I've added filler where it joins and that is where the wing suddenly changes size, this is solid (not hollow) in the film.

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chill wrote:Really enjoying this build.


Thanks Chill, so am I....

I've been working on more detailing using scraps of brass and copper. Many hours of super-gluing my fingers together, losing tiny parts that I've made, readjusting and remaking any parts that I wasn't happy with.

I made a control panel for the cockpit which is tiny, the frame for the windscreen has been fitted, this will be better angled once I add the glazing, and at the rear of the cockpit there is also the rudder control, in the film this is full of holes, but I don't have a drill bit small enough to drill holes in this tiny strip of metal.

The photos don't do it any justice and I will try and take some better ones in daylight soon.

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It's now ready for painting....

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby baby_astons » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:55 am

and you're right roy, they probably joined the two pieces right at a rib in the thicker wing - I almost thought about that right after I posted...
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:06 pm

I wanted to take some clearer pics of the cockpit controls, I placed them on a £ coin to show how tiny this is. I took the pics in day light as I believe that our energy saving LED's lights in the house don't allow me to take great pics. These are a lot sharper pics.

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When painted, I should be able to pick out the dials, knobs and levers.

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby steve131 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:14 pm

Great work Roy :clap: agree about the energy saving lights not being as bright as normal ones . :? :shock:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:45 pm

Thanks Steve,

Now I've added the base paint and it is now looking stunning, the filler certainly hides the joins.

My next challenge is to add the detailing and this will be ambitious as the kit don't come with the transfers needed for the phoenix.

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:25 pm

Some painting was done today.

The cockpit control that I scratched build was painted, don't forget this is smaller than a £ coin :o

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The tyres are painted and the landing gear painted with a rust colour.

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The propeller had yellow tips painted on and the engine some more colour added for detailing effect.

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I didn't have any transfers from the kit that matched the phoenix logo, so I had to hand paint these on and give the effect that the logo had rubbed off in places, especially at the front end and also on the tail.

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby Mark » Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:46 pm

Very impressed with the hand painted logos :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby casper » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:37 am

doing a great job roy :clap: :clap:
the painted logo,s look really good with areas worn away
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:47 am

Thanks for your kind comments.

I've got to try and do the rest of the plane decors :shock:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:49 pm

After a busy couple of weeks, I manage to find some time to so of the decor's.

The kit came with transfers, apart from the black lines, the rest of the transfers are not what is required on the phoenix.

So for the lettering and numbers, I had to modify some of the transfers. I made the H from the Letter E, The kit did have the O's. The 8 was made from two number 3's and the I was made from another letter.

The white letters and numbers underneath apart from the 8 and O were completely made from bits and pieces of other numbers/letters.

I used the micro Sol and Set solution following Marks tuition which can be found here viewtopic.php?f=107&t=6232

I also put on the HO on the side (Both Letters had to be modified from a couple of other letters), this will get turned into the word PHOENIX, the rest of the lettering will be hand painted on just like in the film.

The transfers have gone on really well, actually too well, so I will let the transfers dry and my next task will be to roughen up the transfer a bit to emulate the paint/decor being scratched off from the initial crash.

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:05 pm

The kit came with four seats, the pilot seat, co-pilot seat and two navigation seats.

I took the pilot and co-pilot seat and removed the head rests and side rests. The photo shows one before and the other after.

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Both seats modified and painted.

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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:52 pm

Quiet a fair bit has been done since I last posted.

The word Phoenix was painted on. The decor and detailing was made to look like it has been worn away due to the crash. The right wing was blacken to give the effect from the engine fire.

The plane was given a colour of black and sandy brown wash.

The seats were fitted along with the cockpit controls.

The glazing was made from clear packaging and I'm very pleased with how the cockpit glazing fitted. The wind shields were made from various mix match shapes in line with the photos that I've got of the plane.

I placed the plane on a sand colour fleece blanket and I used a wooden display box that I made and painted for the background. The plane will be part of a larger diorama along with the main crashed fuselage of the Fairchild box car plane.

The rigging was also added.

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I'm very pleased to say it is now finished :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby casper » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:12 pm

came out excellent roy well done mate :clap: :clap: :)
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby number1 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:59 pm

Brilliant job Roy :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:23 pm

Thanks for your kind comments, I'm very chuffed to bits with the finished model.

There is one piece that I've taken so much time over and done an excellent job on and that is the cockpit glass. I done such a perfect fit on that (it matches up very well with the metal) that the camera doesn't pick up the glass at all. Unless I use the flash which then gives a big white glare.
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby Mark » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:41 pm

Outstanding Roy :clap: :clap: :clap:
A very original model and a great idea ! Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby royjess » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:44 pm

Thanks Mark.

Jess saw the photos and wondered where I got the sand from, she didn't realize that it was her sand colour fleece blanket that I used :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Fairchild Boxcar to Phoenix

Postby Mark » Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:49 pm

Hope she ain't too fond of that fleece :laughing-rolling:
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