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P-40E (3) COMPARISON BUILD
Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 08:39 AM GMT+7
Frederick, you got me. I thought that Scale Mates time line page showing the history of a kit linked it all, but I don't always put my glasses on to read stuff.

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/313642-otaki-ot2-16-300-curtiss-p-40e-warhawk

I could not really get a good look at some P-40 data to clear up the rear window area that you were talking about. I was under the impression that they changed as the a/c progressed in series, but still could not find that smoking gun. I appreciate the help I need all that is offered.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 05:03 AM GMT+7
Fantastic work on that really ambitious thread, Bob!
Will follow your way through that triple

Thomas
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 08:08 AM GMT+7
Hi Bob

Great work so far. This is a really interesting comparison build.

One point I'd make before you get too deep in is to watch out for the colour inside the glazed areas behind the main canopy. Kits all too often call out Interior Green - and it has been an on-going debate for yonks - but the consensus of opinion is that it was actually usually almost always the exterior colour.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 11:21 AM GMT+7
[quote]Hi Bob

Great work so far. This is a really interesting comparison build.

One point I'd make before you get too deep in is to watch out for the colour inside the glazed areas behind the main canopy. Kits all too often call out Interior Green - and it has been an on-going debate for yonks - but the consensus of opinion is that it was actually usually almost always the exterior colour.

All the bes

Rowan [/quote

Rowan, I Agree re: the color behind the cockpit area. Ive always thought as much, but as you stated it depends on the source. The research that I have done usually shows that the camo scheme dictates the color. What I am sure is the red gas cap cover located there.
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 07:37 AM GMT+7
I started gluing the fuselage halves together.

The Encore gave me a problem with the resin scoop on top of the nose. You can see that my efforts with the sprue cutter was not the way to remove the excess. I will apply putty to fill in the broken area.




On the Otaki/Arii fuselage gave no problem going together, but when the cockpit was attached I needed to remove a massive amount of the bottom of the floor and the bottom of the wing attachment point on fuselage also so that the wing would sit flush with the root. A drill was used to try and make holes in the end of the exhaust.




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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 07:42 AM GMT+7
I thought your eyes were giving out. I've upgraded mine to Mark 1 Mod 1 and things are going a lot better. I can actually see stuff, like the instructions.
Bigrip74
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Posted: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 08:02 AM GMT+7

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I thought your eyes were giving out. I've upgraded mine to Mark 1 Mod 1 and things are going a lot better. I can actually see stuff, like the instructions.



Allergies have me down today Mark.

Bob
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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 02:43 PM GMT+7
It is time to tackle the wings! First is the Arii wing which went together with no problem, but you will notice the photo of the blemish on the wing bottom close to what looks like a landing light.
The Amtech and Encore wings assembled slightly off, not butting up flush with the other half without some persuasion.
All three wings attached to the fuselage with what looks like a 0 degree of dihedral. So the painter’s masking tape was used to help the wings to set at their proper dihedral. Just hope it works. More photos of this later.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 02:20 PM GMT+7
This has been a great project. Any chance of continuing?
Bigrip74
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Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 05:31 PM GMT+7
Christopher, sorry for the delay. Life got in the way, but as soon as I can get done with the VA I will continue on the P-40's again.

Bob