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GROUP BUILDS => The Flying Boat, Seaplane and Amphibian G.B. => Topic started by: zenrat on December 22, 2017, 08:10:59 pm

Title: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on December 22, 2017, 08:10:59 pm
MPM kit.  Better than the Me 262 Mistel but still a typical short run kit.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4737/25327326978_ea203f0045_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/EA6aVm)Northrop N-3 PB (https://flic.kr/p/EA6aVm) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Following comments elsewhere on the forum regarding the relative paucity of RNZAF machines this will be getting kiwis on the wings.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2017, 02:31:40 am
I assume it has a vacform canopy given it's age ? I've quite a soft spot for MPM kits of this period, looking forward to it and given you've decided on RNZAF you've a huge variety of markings to choose from. They seem to have changed the style of national ones every other month  ;)
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on December 23, 2017, 02:33:44 am
As shown elsewhere I had already assembled the basic cockpit insert for this.  In order for it to fit into the fuselage halves a not insignificant amount of styrene had to be sanded off.
Once this was done I dug out some greebles to add interest to the interior.
I also glued the floats together.  rather than the usual left and right halves these consist of a concave upper part and a stepped flat lower part.  Pro of this design is no seam along the top of the floats to clean up.  Con is that fit could be better and some PSR is going to be needed.  Still better than cleaning up a top seam and losing all the detail in such an obvious place though.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: ericr on December 23, 2017, 03:26:36 am

a nice floatplane, and a nice kit if I remember well
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 23, 2017, 07:48:37 am

Once this was done I dug out some greebles to add interest to the interior.


You can never have enough greebles I've always said.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2018, 02:23:22 am
Some painting and much gluing has taken place.
Fuselage, wings and tails are in one piece and floats are in two others.
PSR has commenced.
A picture has been taken but bluetooth appears to be taking industrial action and it would be wrong of me to employ scab labour to bring you the photo.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 03, 2018, 11:44:02 pm
Management met the workers demands.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4633/24620446567_acc22a142f_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DvCe14)Northrop N-3 WIP 04-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/DvCe14) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2018, 02:26:25 am
Floats on now.
One side needed shimming so they were both at the same angle.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2018, 12:44:00 am
Painting has begun.
I am using the camo scheme provided in the instructions (that's Dark Sea Grey on there) but replacing Dark Slate Grey with US Intermediate Blue.
Underside is Sky.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4706/38840362485_7d10a3a1e0_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22bc1Aa)Northrop N3 WIP 17-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/22bc1Aa) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: ericr on January 17, 2018, 01:06:47 am

lovely neighbourhood  ;D
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: Old Wombat on January 17, 2018, 01:23:39 am
I think they're wheels ... They could be Humbrol paint tins but I'm pretty sure they're 1/35 wheels (but they may be a bigger scale) ... :unsure:

Not quite as inspired as the Kawanishi but still looking good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2018, 02:12:47 am
 ;D
They are the wheels from the (1/25) Apocalypse Post van.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: Old Wombat on January 17, 2018, 02:53:53 am
Ahhh! Right! I'd forgotten about that! Pic's soon, I hope? ;)
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: NARSES2 on January 17, 2018, 03:39:59 am
Looking good mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2018, 04:39:13 am
Ahhh! Right! I'd forgotten about that! Pic's soon, I hope? ;)

There is one on my blog.  With it's gun in place!
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: Old Wombat on January 17, 2018, 05:10:22 am
Oh-Kay!? How'd I miss that? :unsure:

Gunna have to go for a look-see! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: loupgarou on January 17, 2018, 05:50:02 am
You do your painting in a microwave oven?   :o I think I recognize the dish.
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2018, 11:36:50 pm
Heh heh.
Well spotted.  If you throw out a microwave keep the plate and the turntable as it's likely to be dead flat and, well, can turn.

First coat of all upper colours in place.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4622/24887198037_56b9eb09e3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DVcoVk)N3 WIP 18-01-18 (https://flic.kr/p/DVcoVk) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: Old Wombat on January 18, 2018, 12:55:36 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 23, 2018, 12:32:47 am
Decaled. New Zealand Imperial Air Corps.  South Island Home Defence Force July 1946.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4708/24981152307_5a2325e5f1_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/E4uWfx)N3 WIP 23-1-18 (https://flic.kr/p/E4uWfx) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
Canopy on next.  It's a vac form and has split in a couple of places while being trimmed.
Not happy Jan.
Then rudders,  paint the torpedo, stick it on and its done.

Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: NARSES2 on January 23, 2018, 06:54:54 am
I like that
Title: Re: Northrop N3
Post by: zenrat on January 25, 2018, 02:58:48 am
So close...

The aircraft is finished apart from some clear colour on the wingtip lights and some licks of paint on the water rudders and rigging the antennae and attaching a pitot.

Vac form canopy, while a PitA to trim and fit looks great with painted tape framing.  So clear!

Torpedo is holding things up.  Primer revealed more cleaning up was required.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on January 31, 2018, 01:44:58 am
Northrop N-3 PB.  New Zealand Imperial Air Corps.  South Island Home Defence Force July 1946

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4743/39101693895_e826b2aa9e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22zhpj8)Northrop N-3 PB 21 (https://flic.kr/p/22zhpj8) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
The Northrop N-3PB Nomad was a single-engined American floatplane of the 1940s. Northrop developed the N-3PB as an export model based on the earlier Northrop A-17 design.  A total of 24 were purchased by Norway, but were not delivered until after the Fall of Norway during the Second World War. Exiled Norwegian forces used them from 1941, operating from Iceland, for convoy escort, anti-submarine patrols, and training purposes from "Little Norway" in Canada.  Within two years of delivery, the design was effectively obsolete in its combat role, and the remaining N-3PBs were replaced by larger aircraft in 1943.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4629/39999464841_0e8527f528_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23WBHkx)Northrop N-3 PB 4 (https://flic.kr/p/23WBHkx) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
After the war the 13 surviving aircraft were sold by Norway to the New Zealand Imperial Air Corp who retained their blue Norwegian camouflage and posted them to the fjords of South Island to stand patrols against feared infiltration by Australian backed separatist guerrillas.  The fact that there were not, and never were going to be, any guerrillas arriving by sea* did not stop the Colonial Administration from announcing "mission accomplished" as they had "stopped the boats".
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4673/28220664209_87e89f7546_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/JZLhh2)Northrop N-3 PB 10 (https://flic.kr/p/JZLhh2) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
The Northrops were popular with their crews but did suffer a high attrition rate through accidents and corrosion.  They remained in service until 1953 at which point the surviving three aircraft were withdrawn from service and mothballed.

The Model
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4705/39101699025_7e20e89980_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22zhqQz)Northrop N-3 PB 1 (https://flic.kr/p/22zhqQz) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr
MPM Northrop N-3 PB built OOB.
Torpedo from Airfix Beaufighter TF X
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4707/39101698625_2d086a1337_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22zhqHF)Northrop N-3 PB 3 (https://flic.kr/p/22zhqHF) by Fred Maillardet (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156376527@N06/), on Flickr

*they all arrived by air courtesy of zenrat industries.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: ericr on January 31, 2018, 01:52:22 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 31, 2018, 02:09:29 am
Very nice. The roundels are a little unlikely (but look great on the Nomad), but I like the colors - esp. that teal-ish tone.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 31, 2018, 03:25:55 am
Oh yeah, that Nomad's the BUSINESS!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: Weaver on January 31, 2018, 05:42:12 am
Don't know exactly why, but I really like this plane - liked it as soon as I read the article in AMW. There's something a bit hot-roddish about the raised air intake and the way it sits on it's floats.

Good model Fred - nicely done!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: NARSES2 on January 31, 2018, 06:32:06 am
Come out very well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: Glenn Gilbertson on January 31, 2018, 02:31:00 pm
Another good-looker! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 31, 2018, 03:26:01 pm
Cracking build, m8!!!!  I love it!!  :bow: :bow: :bow: :drink: :cheers: :party:   Them there wires are something else! Very nice...
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on January 31, 2018, 07:47:07 pm
Thanks folks.
Typical limited run kit.  Took a bit of paying attention to get together.  Has a smattering of PE (instrument panel, seat belts, water rudders) and a vac form canopy (PitA but worth it in terms of clarity).
Paint is Vallejo acrylics.  Sky underside with Dark Sea Grey and IDF Blue (or US Intermediate Blue - depends which list you look at) upper.
Decals from an xtradecal RAAF & RNZAF national insignia set.

Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2018, 06:48:53 am
Great job on this one ! Love the camo pattern and colours. Such a big beast eh ! Looks great with those big boots.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: kitnut617 on February 03, 2018, 07:26:34 am
Yeah! I like that. I'll have to build the one I have (which I got so I could rob the floats from it)
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on February 04, 2018, 02:40:58 am
Thanks folks.

Kitnut - The wings are plenty thick enough to carve out some wheel wells.  Or one would look good with spats.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: KiwiZac on March 07, 2018, 07:46:59 pm
I'm sorry I missed this, it's rather nifty! I quite like the paint scheme.
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on March 08, 2018, 01:33:13 am
Glad you like it Zac.  Bit of a lazy scheme TBH.  No deep thought, research or custom colours.  just copy the one on the instructions with green swapped for blue and some kiwis.
I had a whole Norwegian Blue, pining for the fjords, it's only sleeping thing worked out in one draft of the back story...
 ;D
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2018, 06:21:24 am

I had a whole Norwegian Blue, pining for the fjords, it's only sleeping thing worked out in one draft of the back story...
 ;D

And I bet you've even got the mac/raincoat/brown storeman's coat ?  :angel:
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: zenrat on March 09, 2018, 02:52:03 am

I had a whole Norwegian Blue, pining for the fjords, it's only sleeping thing worked out in one draft of the back story...
 ;D

And I bet you've even got the mac/raincoat/brown storeman's coat ?  :angel:

No, but have the "Terry Jones in drag" voice down to a T and I watch Life of Brian every easter religiously...
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: Weaver on March 09, 2018, 03:40:53 am

I had a whole Norwegian Blue, pining for the fjords, it's only sleeping thing worked out in one draft of the back story...
 ;D

And I bet you've even got the mac/raincoat/brown storeman's coat ?  :angel:

No, but have the "Terry Jones in drag" voice down to a T and I watch Life of Brian every easter religiously...

You're a very naughty boy...  ;)
Title: Re: Northrop N3 - New Zealand Imperial Air Corps. Finished Pics Page 2.
Post by: NARSES2 on March 09, 2018, 06:22:13 am

I had a whole Norwegian Blue, pining for the fjords, it's only sleeping thing worked out in one draft of the back story...
 ;D

And I bet you've even got the mac/raincoat/brown storeman's coat ?  :angel:

No, but have the "Terry Jones in drag" voice down to a T and I watch Life of Brian every easter religiously...

When I saw the stage show it was almost a singalong  ;D