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Good points. Extra Thin won't do anything for resin or metal. But tube glue seriously sucks.

I suppose there's a chance you could always come back and say, "Braff, you're opinions on poly cement are bad and you should feel bad," but I'm pretty confident you will love it.

You could always order from MegaHobby.

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Cockpit, engine, and landing parts have been painted and lacquered. Will apply a weathering wash tomorrow, a decal to the instrument panel, and then continue assembling.

Cockpit painting is usually one of my favorite steps, but the detail on this old kit is poor and--like a Hollywood biopic--only loosely based in reality. Many of features are flat-out inaccurate or poorly represented, so determining what color to paint them became a challenge. Online resources weren't much help, either, since no two examples were alike. In the end, I just kind of winged it.

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However, I did have fun dry brushing the cylinder heads and picking out the crankcase bolts. Instructions specified black for the crankcase, but the primer grey looked right, so I left it as is. Backside of the props were painted black.

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And here's my version of aotake--two parts metallic green mixed with one part transparent blue. Such a neat color and way more interesting than the omnipresent zinc chromate.

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Should have some finished pics of the "office" by tomorrow evening, as well as some build shots of the fuselage, wings, and empennage glued up.

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Cockpit is finished and ready to disappear inside the fuselage. Most of this detail won't be visible, which is probably a good thing.

One of my favorite tricks is to dab a little PVA (white glue) on any dials. Hard to tell from pictures, but this technique results in a glassy, three-dimensional appearance. The IP dials are from a decal.

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Aaaand the two dials visible on the left-handed console were hand painted.

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Here's the bulk of my customization for this kit: drilling "lightening holes" for the bucket seat and aft cockpit bulkhead, and fashioning a harness and lap belts from masking tape with buckles and fasteners made from a single strand of 14-2 electrical wire.

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From overhead showing the right-handed consoles, which don't actually exist, at least, not as abstracted here.

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Probably overdid it with the wear and weathering. This will be a Pearl Harbor-era Zero, before the IJN and IJA overworked their planes out of desperation. Japanese pilots also had a reputation for fastidiousness, with some allegedly washing down their planes after every mission.

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Holy shit, that's a lot of polystyrene!

Are you going to detail and weather everything after primer and basecoating? That's gonna be a full-time job, sir.

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3 minutes ago, Braff Zacklin said:

Holy shit, that's a lot of polystyrene!

Are you going to detail and weather everything after primer and basecoating? That's gonna be a full-time job, sir.

I have a cheap and easy method of weathering that preserves the dark shadows and lightest highlights.

1. Prime black.

2. Using flat brush, build up chalky white highlights. I brush across the cracks, so recessed areas stay black. On things like tanks, this gives a streaky look, like grime has washed down the side unevenly.

3. When that is all bone dry, stain with thinned paint. The thin paint barely tints the highest areas, giving them a sun-bleached look. Pools deeper down, where there is less (or not any) white.

Then I go back in and pick out insignia, little details & such.

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I like to poke through the Internet Archive every now and then, and came across this book which was recently added - it's from a B-26/A-26 group during the Korean War.

https://archive.org/details/devilsowngrim1952/mode/2up

Kind of a cool/informal look at a combat squadron (13th), and lots of photos if any of you ever do an A-26 model.

Shitload of MIAs.

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Thanks for sharing that, @atomheartbevo. The Invader has been a favorite since I was a boy. It was a beast of a plane: good performance, good armament and bombload, and with a long service life.

All the twin-engined Douglas medium bombers (e.g., including the DB-7/Boston/A-20 Havoc) were pretty awesome.\

I saved the book as PDF because one of these days, I just might build up an Invader. Unfortunately, there are only three current kits in 1:48 as far as I'm aware--two by ICM and the third from Revell of Germany, which I think is just a reboxing of the old Monogram kit. The Revell/Monogram kit has issues, but it costs half as much as the ICM offerings.

I'd probably drop $70 on the ICM if it were the glass-nosed -C model. Don't think there's ever been a better-looking twin-engined bomber, although Lockheed's PV-1 Ventura might object.

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Painting 1/3 of the mob. This is the stage where I have to take it on faith because I hate how it looks until the last step of black, which is yet to be done.

I stain-paint clothes and vehicles, and do a traditional full-strength shading on helmets where I build it up with lighter coats (not done yet in this photo.)

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we need to get RD a macro lens.

you boys are inspiring.  that A/B-26 is badass.  I remember studying it after reading Bay of Pigs, some years back.  so I'd probably do the Fake Cuban air force version, or a Farmgate version if I can find a decal set for it.  I like the goofy one-offs.  

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17 hours ago, Braff Zacklin said:

Thanks for sharing that, @atomheartbevo. The Invader has been a favorite since I was a boy. It was a beast of a plane: good performance, good armament and bombload, and with a long service life.

All the twin-engined Douglas medium bombers (e.g., including the DB-7/Boston/A-20 Havoc) were pretty awesome.\

I saved the book as PDF because one of these days, I just might build up an Invader. Unfortunately, there are only three current kits in 1:48 as far as I'm aware--two by ICM and the third from Revell of Germany, which I think is just a reboxing of the old Monogram kit. The Revell/Monogram kit has issues, but it costs half as much as the ICM offerings.

I'd probably drop $70 on the ICM if it were the glass-nosed -C model. Don't think there's ever been a better-looking twin-engined bomber, although Lockheed's PV-1 Ventura might object.

Yeah, I used to do just the models, without much research.  Now,  I want a bit of history to them.

Love the intro from 1952:

THIS BOOK IS PUBLISHED BY AND FOR THE PERSONNEL 
OF THE 13TH BOMB SQUADRON. EDITORIAL VIEWS EXPRES¬ 
SED IN THIS PUBLICATION ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE 
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE. CONTENTS OF 
THIS BOOK MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN 
PERMISSION OF THE C.O. OF THE 13th BOMB SQUADRON. 

ALSO 

PEOPLE WHO READ THIS BOOK MUST BE CRAZY. 

Saw the book was dedicated to a Lt. Col. Walter S. King, and noticed that hew as listed as MIA in the book.  A few minutes on the web, and turns out he was a Texan.  Nice memorial to him in Scranton, Tx.

His widow forwarded some information on about 10 years ago, about DOD efforts and info - while DOD continues to look for the MIAs, he had a 1,000-pound bomb explode as it left his A-26.  No chance in hell he survived that, and doubt there would be remains.

http://3rdstories.yolasite.com/resources/King/WSK.pdf

And he was in the running for having Abilene's Air Force Base named for him.

http://3rdstories.yolasite.com/walter-s-king.php

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4 hours ago, wd40 said:

we need to get RD a macro lens.

you boys are inspiring.  that A/B-26 is badass.  I remember studying it after reading Bay of Pigs, some years back.  so I'd probably do the Fake Cuban air force version, or a Farmgate version if I can find a decal set for it.  I like the goofy one-offs.  

One of our family friends in the Air Force (Alabama Air Nat'l Guard?) was involved with communications during the Bay of Pigs, had to listen to those guys getting shot down.

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Painstaking work friends.

As I last built a model as a 12 or 13 year-old, my mind boggles, although I'm sure my patience has increased somewhat, if not my skill.

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Just now, TwiceHorn said:

Painstaking work friends.

As I last built a model as a 12 or 13 year-old, my mind boggles, although I'm sure my patience has increased somewhat, if not my skill.

Dude. Whenever you want to jump back in, say the word, and I'll just give you something to play with.

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19 minutes ago, RDCanecutter said:

Whenever you want to jump back in, say the word, and I'll just give you something to play with.

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9 hours ago, wd40 said:

that A/B-26 is badass.

I always favor the solid-nosed version of an aircraft, but the A-26C is the exception. Just something happens to the profile that makes it look awesome in my eyes (even though the -B model has all those .50 cals).

To wit:

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I mentioned the Lockheed Ventura up thread. It's a very different aircraft but equally appealing to the eye, especially when finished in the three-tone, mid-war Navy livery. I need to get my hands on that relatively new (2011) Revell kit.

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Putting a little full-strength black here and there.

That's a 1/144 Minicraft B-25 I'd put together so long ago that it had a wine spill on it. The P-40 is a 1/100 printed piece that seriously needs some bondo, very rough finish, but it'll make a fine game piece.

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Super boring update:

Finally had time to work on the Reisen this week. Primed the plane on Tuesday. Used the "black base" technique and followed that with white mottling last night. They combine to give depth, an illusion of the random effects of time and weather.

I'll show the first two steps here and hide the rest in a spoiler tag.

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Lots of mistakes, but not too worry cuz they were soon covered up. Probably should've used my Iwata for the fine close-up work. Still, the $30 "Master" did well enough.

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After first layer of base:

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After second:

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Just about there, but needed some touch up to balance out some areas that were under-coated. So third layer (no flash this time for more accurate color):

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Unfortunate aspect of this old kit: many (most?) of the panel lines are raised, which means they tend to disappear under base coats and won't pop with a wash. So I lightly sanded on them with 2000 grit and then sealed everything with a gloss coat. 

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The gloss coat unfortunately left an orange peel finish. Maybe one of these days, I'll learn to lay them down smoothly.

Tomorrow, I'll affix decals and a weather wash.

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Did a thin black stain of all the vehicles to simulate gloom, sleep deprivation, and existential dread.

Next up are insignias. The Free French had their own deal, lots of small emblems that I will approximate by hand. Not sure how often they used the Allied Star. Be kinda nice if they didn't, less work for me.

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