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tinbanger
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Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 12:01 PM UTC
Here is my build update:-



Primed and top coated gloss white, hard to see any detail for now
until more colours are added.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 11:25 AM UTC
Almost done here we have the Moonbat finally standing on its own.
Thankfully I did put enough clay and birdshot in the nacelles and nose to make it stand on its own without being a tailsitter.
All thats left is to add the props, paint and attach the canopy, decals and a bit of weathering. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 11:18 AM UTC
To make the Exhaust I couldn't find the right size rod to compress, but I did find something that strangely did fit the bill.Rubberized heat shrink tubing.Taking two different sizes squeezed slightly and glued together,painted burnt metal and inserted in to the opening
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 11:13 AM UTC
From there I added some thin rod that's bendable to the strut

and attached the main wheels,

Nose gear and wheels along with the gear doors.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 11:06 AM UTC
Building the landing gear I used brass rod cut and rounded on the ends soldering the axle on and using a smaller rod for the shock strut.Then plastic card to make the compression scissors and I clipped a bouquet pin to make the scissor rods and part of the shocks for the gear and doors. The larger portion of the shocks I used aluminium rod.

lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 10:59 AM UTC
I preshaded the upper and lower fuselage panel lines then sprayed a
light coat of olive drab for the top and Light gull grey for the underneath with a second coat of dark green for the camo effect around the outer edges.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 10:55 AM UTC
Adding the rudder and ailerons, I scraped out the plastic to give a ribbing covered fabric look.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, October 08, 2018 - 10:21 AM UTC
Ahh, Coming into the home stretch. Primer coat done. I rescribed(the part I hate the most) Sanded down again with 2000 Grit paper to smooth out.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:30 AM UTC
Finally my primer coat. there are a few areas to touch up but not as much as I feared.


From here the next Item will be to scribe my panel lines back. This is the part I hate with a passion. Never quite seem to get it the way I want. Cross your fingers.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:34 AM UTC
One item I did notice from the previous photo the tail has a decided bend to it. I'll have to see what I can do to straighten it out without cutting and splicing. This is not a model... it's an adventure!
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:30 AM UTC
I attached to outside wingtips with some card to use as tabs to hold in place. Unfortunately, the tips don't match neither the leading edge,thickness, nor the panel lines. Thank God for Milliput. speaking of which, isn't this how "Bondo" Brandt got started and gained his nickname? I let this dry and harden the do some more sanding. I'm almost ready to put this plane in the paint. With luck I hope this weekend.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:23 AM UTC
I attached the prop spinners smoothing out the shape to match.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:21 AM UTC
After the starboard nacelle I did the same thing for the port side making it identacal to the first(easier said than done).




The shape of the nose wasn't symmetrical so I used some more putty to fix its shape.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:13 AM UTC
I took some plastic tubing slicing it to make some parabolas for the oil cooler intakes.

lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:05 AM UTC
I set it aside for a few days to let the putty dry and harden. The a little bit of carving and a whole lot of sanding to get the shape right

lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 09:02 AM UTC
The back side of the intake I used a piece of brass screen from a faucet kit.Then took some Milliput to create the intakes,the openings and extend the nacelles since they were too short.

lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 08:57 AM UTC


I tried to cut out where the intakes would go but that proved too problematic when using a piece of thin card for the basic shape. So I carefully cut the top of the nacelle off making access easier. It also gave me an opportunity to add a little bit of clay and birdshot to keep the plane from being a tail sitter.I reattached the nacelle tops using small bits of card for strength.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 08:50 AM UTC
Now to begin the hardest part. Reshaping the engine nacelle intakes.
During hte Moonbats short career. the intakes were modified multiple times.The engines had a nasty habit of catching fire due to over heating.Especially during the taxi tests. Trying to find the last modification was difficult.I think I found the latest but honestly I'm not sure, but this is what I went with.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 06:10 AM UTC
Thanks, I hope to be at that point in the next week. I've re-uploaded the photos of the work so far.Now one can see what I'm doing without the need of a microscope
Bigrip74
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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 01:55 PM UTC
Very small progress with the landing gear. I drilled through the top wing on one LG. Not in the photo, I cut out for the exhaust and installed the small bumps in front of the intake on the belly. Sanding those small items took my finger nails also.


Bigrip74
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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 - 07:26 AM UTC
lmsharp, you have been really working on your XP-67. Nice job plus I cannot wait to see her in paint.

I have not been present of late. A little hospital visit, but I am back to see if I can finish my YAK-3 before the deadline.

Just need to trim and sand the landing gear doors, but I have been trying to figure out the cut on the canopy and how to apply tape then attach.

Bob
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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2018 - 04:47 AM UTC
A little more sanding to smooth out the tail and nose.Next attacking the part that is the biggest problem I've got on this jouurney. The main intakes on both engines.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2018 - 04:42 AM UTC


Exhaust fairings are just about there.
lmsharp57
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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2018 - 04:39 AM UTC
Ok, a lot of sanding, and a tiny bit of putty filler. There are two things I've discovered building vacs. You learn extreme patience and lots of new curse words.
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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2018 - 04:36 AM UTC
A bit rough at the moment nothing a little sanding, right, won't fix.