The word for today is…

Clanger!

That’s the word I learned this week on this blog thanks to Richard’s comment.

There are small clangers, and then there are big clangers.

This was a small clanger. Due to the unclear instructions the right engine cowling was glued tilted downwards just a little. But wether big or small, clangers are going to haunt you for the rest of our modeller’s life if you don’t fix them.

So I pried it off carefully with a kitchen knife.

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Successful operation.

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I then reglued the right cowling the right way.

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It’s much better to remedy a small clanger than to pretend it doesn’t exist.

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Update…

I did a little painting.

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On another note…

Today is my birthday.

I know I will get lots of Happy Birthdays from my loyal readers.

On December 29th, 1944…

On December 29th, 1944, Major Smith and his radar operator, Lt. Phillip Porter, accomplished a feat unheard of in night fighter history as they intercepted and destroyed four Japanese aircraft in a single night with their P-61, “Times A Wastin’ “. With these four Japanese aircraft, destroyed off the coast of Mindoro in the Philippines, Major Smith became the highest scoring U.S. Night Fighter Ace with a total of seven kills.

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Monogram P-61 cover page

Resisting the Temptation

After dry fitting the booms and the tail stabilizers I had this urge of glueing them to the wings.

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But then I remembered how difficult it would be to paint all the details trying to handle such a large build.

So I decided instead to take some pictures.

It worked!

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The urge has gone for now.

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Update…

These are the old instructions from the 70s…

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Now they have much clearer instructions…

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Boxing Day Redux – Looks simple? Think again!

How do you expect a 10 year-old kid, going on 68 in a few days from Boxing Day, not to get all confused with these simple instructions?

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These instructions for step 17 were simple and straightforward…

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But step 9 was quite a challenge!

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Looked simple?

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Looked simple?

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30 minutes to figure it out and straining my eyes, then having to unglue some parts, and to reglue them properly. 

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At least it won’t show up that much on the final build.

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Ju-86 D-1

My mentor!

amateur airplanes

This build took an uncanny amount of time to get through the workbench. My procrastination was the culprit for most of that time but that’s with all my builds lately. But realistically, I should have been finished weeks ago with a fairly easy build.

I’m quite happy with the results here. The camouflage scheme is superb and I will be scouring the internet to see if there were any more aircraft with this scheme. The added brown makes a very nice difference. The only bummer of the build were the decals with a little silvering. After market decals will be used for the next one. All in all, I think it came out well. Now it’s time to finish the Mustang.

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