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Title: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 20, 2012, 08:13:45 am
Finished this a few days before Scalefest yesterday:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/BF110Floatplane_01.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/BF110Floatplane_02.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/BF110Floatplane_03.jpg)

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(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/BF110Floatplane_05.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/BF110Floatplane_06.jpg)

This is the Minicraft Bf 110 kit, the floats came from the Minicraft Aichi Jake kit, the float struts were a combination of styrene strip and the inner wing panels of a Ki-84 Hayate. The auxilliary tailfin is one of the tailplanes from the Minicraft Ki-44 Shoki kit. Torpedo came from the Minicraft He 111 kit. Decals were a mix of the kit decals and some aftermarket decals. Testors Model Master Acryl paints were used along with a Future and final top coat of Testors Flat Lacquer.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 20, 2012, 08:14:40 am
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build03_120518a.jpg)

Decals were from the 1990s Welsh vacuform Vulcan kit, they provided a nice big sheet of low viz roundels, fin flashes and serial numbers/letters of different sizes. The carrier film of the decals was a bit thick but durable and held up well. I did the Future trick again, after getting the decal off the backing paper, I blotted out the water and then dipped the whole decal in some Future and then applied it to the model which already had been given a Future coat to give it a glossy sheen. By dipping the decal in Future, you pretty much eliminate any silvering and don't have to worry about setting solutions eating up the decals.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build03_120518b.jpg)

I used Testors Radome Tan for select areas where there'd be a dielectric panel- the top of the fin, the gun laying radar for the tail guns and part of the undernose bombing/navigation radar. I used Testors Bright White from the rattle can to overspray the gray markings which toned them down and also brightened up the white, too.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build03_120518c.jpg)

There's a slight yellowing in the roundels which came in two parts- a pale blue/white part and a separate red part that you applied over the base decal. It wasn't too hard to do. After the decals were in place, I gave each one a quick brush over with some Future to seal them and then after 24 hours, oversprayed the whole model with Testors Flat Lacquer to seal it all.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build03_120518d.jpg)

Top view. If I could do it all over again I'd use narrower lines for the wing and fuselage walkways.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build03_120518e.jpg)

Underside view where I used some black pastel chalk to weather the underside. Tried not to over do it, every pic I've seen of an RAF V-bomber in this scheme it looks like the ground crew did a good job keeping them clean presumable to preserve the anti-flash qualities of the paint scheme. There's an area just behind the aft landing gear I screwed up with the dreaded ham-fisted thumb in the wrong place. Oops.

If anyone's going to do this kit, let me tell you what a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ARSE putting the outrigger gears in place was. You have to trim them to they sit even with the main landing gears but they don't fit very well in the nacelle well. Don't attach that little door to the aft part of the strut first or it just plain won't fit into the well at all. Dammit. So my outrigger gears sit further forward in the nacelle well than they should, but oh well, lesson learned when I decide to attack that RB-47H in the stash.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 20, 2012, 08:15:54 am
This is my kitbash of a Ki-44 Shoki and a Ki-84 Hayate. The outer wing panels, tailplane and landing gear came from the LS Hayate kit. The tailplanes were cut at angle to sweep them. The Shoki's fuselage, vertical fin, cockpit, engine and inner wings were used and the spinner came from the Minicraft Tempest kit. The supercharger on the belly came from 1/2 of a DML Kfir drop tank.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506a.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506b.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506c.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506d.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506e.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506f.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506g.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build_120506h.jpg)

For a frame of reference, three of the squares on the base I used to shoot these pictures is about an inch.

Everything was brush painted with the exception of the yellow theater markings on the aft fuselage and underside of the wings, those were airbrushed.

The decals were aftermarket 1/144 scale that I picked up off eBay. The carrier film was bit thick, but the decals were nicely printed and durable.

After hand brushing, I airbrushed the model with Future. This was the first time working with Future and was very pleased with the results, I'll be using it on all my subsequent builds. After airbrushing several coats, the finish was nice and glossy and because it was self-leveling, it definitely evened out a lot of the brush marks. Not all, but enough of them. In applying the decals, I would first soak the decal in water to get it to slide on the backing paper. I then blotted out the excess water and then dipped the decal in Future before applying it. They went on without a hitch- no decal set or Micro-Sol needed and absolutely no silvering at all if there was any imperfections on the gloss coat underneath. I used a Q-tip to blot out any excess Future so the decals would stay put. I think brushed a quick coat over the decals and let it cure overnight.

The following day I rattle-bombed it with a coat of Testors Flat, just enough to further seal the decals and dull the finish to the desired flat appearance. Last thing I did was attach the prop and the guns- one on each wing and one in the spinner, those were just simple styrene rod painted steel and a dab of black on the tip.

The right landing gear angles out more than it should, Chicklet 004 conducted a nuisance raid on my workbench and that was the best I could get with my repair efforts and my 41 year old eyeballs. This is 1/144 scale, after all.

Markings are generic and not specific for any Luftwaffe unit, but my back story would be Nakajima engineers being dispatched to Germany to work with Focke Wulf on a Shoki-Hayate hybrid with a supercharger in the belly that would have the performance to take on the B-29 Superfortress at altitude. Operational testing might have been done in Germany but the war situation meant that the prototypes and Japanese team never made it back to Japan before the end of the war.

This was my first build after being away from the workbench for several years, it feels real damn good to finish something, learn some new tricks (Future) and was a total blast. No more real world for me unless I'm dying to have it. It's WHIFF or nuthin'.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: JayBee on May 20, 2012, 09:07:54 am
Excellent work, Sir, and a truly well argued case right at the end. The last sentance says it all.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Ed S on May 20, 2012, 09:13:44 am
Superb models, in any scale, especially 144.  I really like the Bf110.

Ed
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 20, 2012, 09:40:53 am
LOVE the RAF B-47!  :wub:

If you  hadn't have told us I'd have assumed it was the 1/72 Hasegawa kit.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: kerick on May 20, 2012, 10:11:27 am
If I tried to paint something that small it would come out one big blob.  Do you hand paint or airbrush these little gems?  Enamals or acrylics?  The inquiring mind wants to know.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 20, 2012, 01:00:42 pm
If I tried to paint something that small it would come out one big blob.  Do you hand paint or airbrush these little gems?  Enamals or acrylics?  The inquiring mind wants to know.
The Ki-44/Ki-84 hybrid was hand painted. The Stratojet and Bf 110 floatplane were airbrushed. I used Model Master Acryl on all three.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Weaver on May 20, 2012, 01:17:27 pm
Wow - they're all great builds, and hats off for getting such good results in tiny-scale!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Nils on May 21, 2012, 02:32:39 am
excellent looking builds, sir  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: NARSES2 on May 21, 2012, 07:24:50 am
Great return to active modeling sir  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: lancer on May 21, 2012, 01:02:40 pm
Welcome back Mr Chicken sir. Love the builds - amazing.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 21, 2012, 02:23:23 pm
Great collection. 1/144 is not just for airliners anymore!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 21, 2012, 07:28:05 pm
About 2 years ago at Scalefest Tony Morgan (RotorheadTX) had taken the 1/200 Spruce Goose kit and did it up in RAF Coastal Command colors but out of box as a prototype and unarmed. It was beautifully executed and this past weekend at Scalefest I was kicking around ideas for my take on a patrol bomber Spruce Goose. Scoot then hands me an old 1/200 Spruce Goose kit from the orphan kit table and says "Take it. Do it." Free of charge. So who am I to turn down a challenge when he throws down the gauntlet with a free kit?

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120520a.jpg)

It's one of the many boxings of the Entex kit, I think. I was going to build it as a 1/200 armed Spruce Goose but a look over the kit the engines looked like they'd need work and I wasn't up to reworking eight engines. Not to mention the atrocious fit of the fuselage halves. But I had two ideas rattling around in my head- a US Navy patrol bomber in the WW2 Atlantic scheme of gray over white or a USN bird in the three-color Pacific scheme of two blues and white undersides. Then it donned on me as a examined the sprues.

SCALE-O-RAMA!

Cut off the engines and build it as a 1/144 aircraft that would go with the rest of my builds. My original plan was to use the Minicraft B-29 Superfortress kit for the engines and turrets. But even scale-o-rama'd to 1/144, the Spruce Goose is still a big donkey bird. It had eight Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major engines. Well what else has Wasp Majors? The Boeing 377 Stratocruiser/KC-97. Some quick calculations ensued- a 1/200 Spruce Goose built as a 1/144 means that if it were done in real life, what I had planned would be about 70% the size of the real Hughes HK-1. So I'd need roughly three-quarters the engine power that the real HK-1 one had and that comes out to about six engines.

So the four-engined idea is out the door, I still may make use of the B-29 kit for other parts. Like the tail gunner's position. I have a Boeing 377 Strat in the stash along with a KC-97, so the plan now is to take the engines from those two kits and build this as a 1/144 six-engined patrol bomber. It's not too out the realm of possible. After all, the Luftwaffe flew the six engined Blohm und Voss BV 222 flying boat- 13 were built during the Second World War.

With Dremel rotary tool I made short work of the kit nacelles and then did some putty slinging with Squadron White into the gaps. I put a bit of scrap sprue into the openings first to give the putty something to hold to and give it some strength during the sanding as the wings do flex a bit with modest pressure during sanding:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120520b.jpg)

Each wing has an upper and lower half and they fit about as well as a porcupine in a jock strap. Holy smokes. I can't imagine how they fit together if the nacelles were left on as they were molded into the wings' upper and lower halves. The left and right wings then fit together to form the upper part of the mid-fuselage. This is a big assembly. Probably the biggest I've even undertaken in 1/144. I feel like I'm building the wings to a 1/32 fighter or something:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120520c.jpg)

This was where things stood yesterday. I used some Testors Armor Sand on the leading halves of the wings to help visualize where more putty-foo is needed.

So now I'm thinking of what the wartime designation would be. The idea is that a 70% scaled-down Spruce Goose is built in very small numbers as a very long range patrol bomber for anti-shipping/ASW/minelaying in the war. Maybe the war in the Atlantic or Pacific drags out a bit more before the Axis surrenders and this is the sort of thing the Navy could use to close the air gap in the Atlantic against the U-boat wolfpacks or prosecute the maritime blockage of Japan in the Pacific. A review of Navy manufacturer codes shows that Kaiser did have the letter "K" assigned and Kaiser was an original partner in the Spruce Goose development. That would make my what-if a "PBK". Hughes never had a Navy manufacturer code assigned it seems. So I thought I could get away with a code that fell into disuse and came across "Z". It was assigned to Wilford-Pennsylvania Aircraft in the 1930s and they only built one aircraft for the Navy, an experimental observation autogyro called the XOZ which was based on a Consolidated biplane design. So PBK or PBZ. Guess I got time to mull that one over while I sling some putty.......
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 21, 2012, 11:35:20 pm
Yep, the Goose is a big build, so is the C5A, I had to put a lot of stuff out of reach to keep them from getting knocked down by those wings.

I used the wings and engines and actually extended the center section another 5 inches to make a gigant 8 prop German transport flying wing with partial tails.

Keep plugging away at it, its either that or next stop = 1/288 !

PBK1 "Narwhal" perhaps.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 22, 2012, 01:16:41 am
What a cracking idea!  :thumbsup:

I'm looking forward to further progress reports.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 22, 2012, 12:02:05 pm
Just thinking ahead a bit, does the new Minicraft PB4Y-1 Privateer 1/144 kit have the big round nose turret or is it just the standard B-24J nose turret? The box art suggests a B-24J turret.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 22, 2012, 01:54:58 pm
Just thinking ahead a bit, does the new Minicraft PB4Y-1 Privateer 1/144 kit have the big round nose turret or is it just the standard B-24J nose turret? The box art suggests a B-24J turret.

The piccie on their web site looks like the later Emerson 'ball-type' turret. See here :-

http://www.minicraftmodels.com/Military7.htm (http://www.minicraftmodels.com/Military7.htm)

2nd row in the middle.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Mossie on May 23, 2012, 04:25:59 am
Gorgeous stuff!

Suggestion on the nacelles, could you make life easy on your self and have the eninges burried in the wings like the Saro Princess or Bristol Brabazon?  Use a missile head (Sparrow maybe) for the shaft, drill a couple of holes at the sides for intakes.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 23, 2012, 09:45:37 am
Suggestion on the nacelles, could you make life easy on your self and have the eninges burried in the wings like the Saro Princess or Bristol Brabazon?  Use a missile head (Sparrow maybe) for the shaft, drill a couple of holes at the sides for intakes.
Dammit, that is a BRILLIANT idea! Unfortunately I have already attached nacelles thanks to my OCD-like enthusiasm. That does give me an idea for another build I have rattling around in my head, though......
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Mossie on May 23, 2012, 01:14:54 pm
Glad to be of service, looking forward to seeing what else you cook up!
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 24, 2012, 07:42:34 pm
Latest progress shots:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120524a.jpg)

I now have four of the six engine nacelles attached to the wing. The inboard nacelles are the inboards from the Minicraft KC-97/Stratocruiser kit and the outboard nacelles will be the middle and outermost engines on this six-engined beast. The innermost nacelles will have a hump-backed appearance on the top surface of the wing while the outer pairs will fair into the wing more smoothly. Why? Because when I did the first nacelle I made a bit of a mistake in cutting up the nacelles from the wing they were molded in.[MasterThespian]IMPROVISATION![/MasterThespian]

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120524b.jpg)

Underside shot. I've never built the Minicraft Boeing Stratocruiser/KC-97 kits, but from these nacelles, I'm not terribly impressed and not too broken up that two of these kits are parts donors for this build. Third nacelle from the left is putty-fooed and sanded. The other three have been subject to putty slinging and just waiting for the Squadron White to dry. The last two engine nacelles will go directly between the inner and outermost nacelles.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120524c.jpg)

Close up of one of the innermost nacelle. The bottom half behind the engine itself is molded in two halves, then the engine cowl along with the lower intake is a third piece. The top part of the nacelle I had to cut away from the upper wing part and then whittle away at until I got the shape I wanted. The landing gear doors fit like crap into the nacelle should you want to build the KC-97/377 kit out of the box with the wheels up.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120524d.jpg)

Completed innermost nacelle on the other wing. It may need some touch up sanding, but I'll wait until I do some primer for that. I'll probably add some little extra greeblies like intakes on the nacelle to camouflage some of my ham-fisted sanding work.

Contemplating ditching using the armament from the Minicraft B-29 kit. I'm leaning towards doing this build in the USN three-color Pacific scheme and to use B-29 remote turrets in my mind would call for the all over dark blue scheme. I wish I knew where the hell my old Cobra Company PB4Y Privateer conversion set was, I could use the Erco bow turret on the nose and the those wacky teardrop waist blisters for side gun positions. I may take the waist positions from a Minicraft Catalina kit I have in the stash as an alternative.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: PR19_Kit on May 25, 2012, 01:25:29 am
I wish I knew where the hell my old Cobra Company PB4Y Privateer conversion set was, I could use the Erco bow turret on the nose and the those wacky teardrop waist blisters for side gun positions. I may take the waist positions from a Minicraft Catalina kit I have in the stash as an alternative.

Oh yes, pleeeeeeease find the Cobra Company conversion! They would look the BUSINESS on that monster.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 26, 2012, 08:53:28 am
Latest progress shots on my What-If Hughes/Kaiser PBK-1 Tarpon:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120526a.jpg)

Nacelles pretty much completed, this will probably be the most labor intensive part of this build. Lots of putty-sand-repeat-putty-sand-repeat. Never had to do this much PSR on a 1/144 build before. One of the outboard nacelles is out of alignment and I didn't notice it until I shot these pictures. Oh well. It'll look good enough at arm's length. I rattle-bombed it with some dark gray to make it easier on my Mark one eyeballs where some touch up putty-sand-repeat is needed.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120526b.jpg)

Top side view of the wings. I toed out each nacelle slightly figuring this would help with any asymmetric engine conditions.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120526c.jpg)

With the props in place it's looking better. The props came from the Minicraft Pan American Boeing 377 Stratocruiser kit and the Minicraft KC-97 kit. The prop discs believe it or not don't overlap. It was a tight squeeze but the prop discs are also staggered slightly. Were I to do this over again, I'd have put the outermost engine nacelles a bit further out. It was "fun" sanding around the base of the nacelles and not ding the flap actuator fairings which are moulded into the lower wings. Hello, needle files.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120526d.jpg)

Top side view with the props in place, you can better see which engine nacelle is out of alignment. I'm sorta sick of putty-sand-repeat so I'll live with it.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120526e.jpg)

Started work now on the fuselage. Wow, this thing fits like hell. I'll have an easier time fitting a pair of sea urchins into a Speedo. The easiest way is to work from the tail forward in increments and sling Squadron White at any gaps. I may need to use some internal shims to get the forward fuselage to match up. I can assure you that when the time comes to put the wing assembly on, there's gonna be gaps fore and aft of the wings. Some dry fitting out of curiosity tells me I may also need to use some styrene shims to get the wing to sit right on the fuselage.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Old Wombat on May 26, 2012, 09:40:50 am
Wow! :blink:

I like this!  ;D

Though how you work in 1/144th I'll never know... I have difficulty in 1/72nd, am comfortable with 1/48th & prefer 1/35th. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 26, 2012, 01:29:50 pm
I see your fuselage fitted as well as mine did! My kit was molded in silver, with lots of technicolor swirls in it. Was getting worried you were going to go with 4 motors at that wide spacing for a while.

  Picture all of us in the bleacher seats, with foam fingers and beer hats and bags of twiglets, cheering you onwards...

   On second thought - ignore us and carry on. :mellow:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 26, 2012, 02:00:15 pm
I could use a beer hat with this build....
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Scooterman on May 26, 2012, 08:03:59 pm
I'll get the Twiglets.    ;D

And I feel bad for giving you such a SUCK of a kit to build.................but then again, watching you make the most of it is great entertainment!

ROCK ON BROTHER CHICKEN!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: NARSES2 on May 27, 2012, 02:39:27 am
One of those pic's just screams "flying wing, flying wing"  ;D

This is looking good, always had a fascination with this large flying boats
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 27, 2012, 03:32:58 am
One of those pic's just screams "flying wing, flying wing"  ;D

This is looking good, always had a fascination with this large flying boats

Too late. Used that exact part too along with the 8 fans.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6159/6167330155_b93e1ee7b7_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 27, 2012, 09:40:51 pm
Today's progress:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120527a.jpg)

Got the fuselage finally all buttoned up as best as I could. I found that as I fixed one seam/joint and re-aligned another, it cracked open the seam I just fixed. That's right. Sea urchins in a Speedo. The main problem area topside was above the flight deck. What I did here was to use clamps to hold in position as best possible and then glue a thin sheet of styrene over the area and then slinged putty at it to try and contour it into the fuselage lines as best as possible. When I paint this beast, that's still going to be visible but I sized it so it at least looks like it belongs there. Once it was dried, then I removed the clamps and the area held up nicely.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120527b.jpg)

The second area that was pissing me off was just aft of the step on the underside. Same technique here, I cut a sheet of styrene to fit the area, glued it over the seam and then faired it in with putty as best as could be done. Since this is the underside, I wasn't looking for that styrene sheet to match the whole area, I just needed it to look plausible enough since no one's really going to be looking under there who doesn't want to get kicked in the junk.

No, just kidding about that last part. I haven't had to assault a JMN since my last restraining order at a show, wink-wink.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120527c.jpg)

As you can see from the first two shots there's some work being done on the nose. I found my Cobra Company 1/144 Privateer conversion set- picked this one up back in the 1990s at a place in Maryland called "Nostalgic Plastic" that I think's long closed. I'd used some of the parts years ago on a half-finished conversion of the Minicraft Liberator into a Privateer before I gave up on it. So those teardrop blisters are a lost cause thanks to me being more ham-fisted back years ago but the ERCO nose turret was untouched. I cut away a section of the nose and then filled it in with strips of styrene built up in layers that I'll sand down to recontour the nose to fit the nose turret.

The flight deck transparency fits like hell into the the space in the fuselage. I'll have to do a bris or something to that part of the fuselage to get the transparency to fit, let alone sit right.

I'm thinking of taking the waist blisters from the Minicraft 1/144 Catalina kit to use as waist gun positions on this build in addition to other gun positions.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 28, 2012, 01:44:39 am
Today's progress:

Got the fuselage finally all buttoned up as best as I could. I found that as I fixed one seam/joint and re-aligned another, it cracked open the seam I just fixed. That's right. Sea urchins in a Speedo. The main problem area topside was above the flight deck. What I did here was to use clamps to hold in position as best possible and then glue a thin sheet of styrene over the area and then slinged putty at it to try and contour it into the fuselage lines as best as possible. When I paint this beast, that's still going to be visible but I sized it so it at least looks like it belongs there. Once it was dried, then I removed the clamps and the area held up nicely.

The second area that was pissing me off was just aft of the step on the underside. Same technique here, I cut a sheet of styrene to fit the area, glued it over the seam and then faired it in with putty as best as could be done. Since this is the underside, I wasn't looking for that styrene sheet to match the whole area, I just needed it to look plausible enough since no one's really going to be looking under there who doesn't want to get kicked in the junk.

No, just kidding about that last part. I haven't had to assault a JMN since my last restraining order at a show, wink-wink.

As you can see from the first two shots there's some work being done on the nose. I found my Cobra Company 1/144 Privateer conversion set- picked this one up back in the 1990s at a place in Maryland called "Nostalgic Plastic" that I think's long closed. I'd used some of the parts years ago on a half-finished conversion of the Minicraft Liberator into a Privateer before I gave up on it. So those teardrop blisters are a lost cause thanks to me being more ham-fisted back years ago but the ERCO nose turret was untouched. I cut away a section of the nose and then filled it in with strips of styrene built up in layers that I'll sand down to recontour the nose to fit the nose turret.

The flight deck transparency fits like hell into the the space in the fuselage. I'll have to do a bris or something to that part of the fuselage to get the transparency to fit, let alone sit right.

I'm thinking of taking the waist blisters from the Minicraft 1/144 Catalina kit to use as waist gun positions on this build in addition to other gun positions.

Neat idea for PBY mid fuselage stations, they were great for rescue as well as guns at that spot. Like your solution to the hull-step. Are you going to keep with that single tall tail from Hughes design?

Nostalgic is actually still around, I think they just became a division of the outfit "Rare Plane Detective" from Las Vegas

http://www.rare-planedetective.com/

[]  Do what I do, use the tail to trip them up, works like a charm, yet deniable. Use only if you can't bring them to the dark-side though.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: NARSES2 on May 28, 2012, 02:03:18 am
I've often looked at this kit in model shops but shied away from it - do I succumb and put her in Coastal Command colours ?  :banghead:

Lovely flying Wing Russ  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 28, 2012, 08:30:41 am
One of those pic's just screams "flying wing, flying wing"  ;D

This is looking good, always had a fascination with this large flying boats

Too late. Used that exact part too along with the 8 fans.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6159/6167330155_b93e1ee7b7_z.jpg)

Now that's cool. The red/white chevrons on the center wing kick that build up a notch. Maybe I can do something on a smaller scale with some B-29 wings. After this build is done, a B-29 whiff is shrimpy by comparison!
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 28, 2012, 08:34:10 am
Neat idea for PBY mid fuselage stations, they were great for rescue as well as guns at that spot. Like your solution to the hull-step. Are you going to keep with that single tall tail from Hughes design?
Good question. I was thinking of sticking with single tall tail in line with the idea that the PBK-1 Tarpon was a simple scale down of the Spruce Goose, but after dry-fitting all the major components this morning I'm not so sure. Twin tails would be neat. I was thinking (should I go the twin tails route) of cutting down the vertical fin to the point where the horizontal tailplane attaches so the tail is in effect pylon mounted and then putting the tail gun position there atop the "pylon" formed by the base of the original vertical fin.

This is the fun of what-if building for me. The concept evolves as you build and sometimes ends up diverging from your original plans.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on May 28, 2012, 10:18:55 am
Thanks for the  :thumbsup: 's on the Dornier Flying Wing design.

I know what you mean about turns and changes. It has actually set me to wonder if there was ever a what-if build I had where it went to the end without some adjustment from the original sketch or vision. I'm going with no.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on May 29, 2012, 09:57:07 am
Progress shots from yesterday:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120528a.jpg)

The 1/144 Cobra Company resin ERCO nose ball turret in place. When the transparency is in place, you won't be able to see much of the opening behind it. Not sure where the gun barrels are from the original conversion kit, but those are easy crafted from styrene rod. You can see the flight deck is gonna need some work.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120528b.jpg)

Side view of the ERCO turret. I may need to some touch up sanding work to improve the way the sidewalls fair into the rest of the fuselage. If I still have the motivation, I may add a spray guard below the nose turret.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120528c.jpg)

Dry fit of all the major assemblies. It's always great to get this point in a build when you can start to flesh out what you've had visualized in your head. I may decide to stick with the tall single tail as opposed to kitbashing a twin tail assembly. While the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado had twin tails, the even larger Martin PB2M/JRM Mars had a single tail. I may go with some of the features of the Mars like adding smaller cantilevered struts off the floats. There'll be a radar in a "doghouse" fairing above the flight deck which should help camouflage the seam work I needed to do there. The Catalina waist blisters will go behind the wing (obviously) but now jugging what to do about the rest of the defensive armament. I was going to add the B-29's tail gun position under the vertical fin plus a dorsal turret from the Minicraft B-24 kit. The PB4Y Privateer in its later variants had two dorsal turrets, I thought about doing that as well.

I thought about adding a gun turret just aft of each inboard nacelle on the tops of the wing, but that may require more slinging of putty than I want to do as I'll need to a lot of work on the wing/fuselage junctions and possibly the tail gun position depending upon what I did there.

I was reading that the waist turrets on the Privateer when depressed fully downward converged on a point 30 feet below the aircraft which meant that the ventral ball turret could be dispensed with. I'll need to position the Catalina blisters to try and replicate the same effect.

Also now thinking about options for the weapons bay. I was originally going to build bomb bays into the wings, but then I thought with as large as the PBK-1 Tarpon is, I could do it Sunderland style with doors on the sides of the fuselage that open up to rails under the wings that torpedoes, bombs, and mines could be rolled out onto for dropping. I'll need to figure something out before I attach the wing assembly for good.

I loves me the holiday weekends, I can get lots of building done.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Mossie on May 30, 2012, 02:05:50 am
Looking great so far.  I think Consolidated had similar plans for Sunderland style bomb racks on one of their flying boats that never got past the prototype stage, can't remember which one.

If you're interested in big Flying boat designs, Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962 is well worth getting.  First half covers flying boats, second covers bombers up until San Diego was closed.  There's a a second volume due on fighters, transports and 'radical 'concepts' but it seems to be delayed.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convair-Advanced-Designs-Projects-1923-1962/dp/1580071333 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convair-Advanced-Designs-Projects-1923-1962/dp/1580071333)
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 02, 2012, 02:22:01 pm
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120602a.jpg)

Time to work on the tail gun position. This is the first weekend of the summer for the kids, so after breakfast they all stampeded upstairs to play Xbox, leaving me a bit of undisturbed time to do some work on this kitbash. I used the tail gunner's position from the Minicraft B-29A kit. That kit's vertical fin sucks, so I'd never build the kit as a B-29 anyway so it's now a what-if parts donor as well. I cut away the aft fuselage and removed the vertical fin with a good old fashioned Dremel attack. I found that in 1/144 scale this part of the B-29's fuselage did fit quite nicely as a replacement for the Spruce Goose's tail cone. Fortunately I got the cuts right on the money which should help minimize the amount of putty-sand-repeat-putty-sand-repeat.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 02, 2012, 02:23:16 pm
If you're interested in big Flying boat designs, Convair Advanced Designs: Secret Projects from San Diego, 1923-1962 is well worth getting.  First half covers flying boats, second covers bombers up until San Diego was closed.  There's a a second volume due on fighters, transports and 'radical 'concepts' but it seems to be delayed.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convair-Advanced-Designs-Projects-1923-1962/dp/1580071333 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convair-Advanced-Designs-Projects-1923-1962/dp/1580071333)
I've got that one and it's a lot of fun to flip through and build whiffs in your head. The flying wing twin engine patrol bomber designs are something I'm contemplating on building.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 02, 2012, 09:23:41 pm
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120602b.jpg)

Got a bit more time after the kids all went to bed to try and finish up the tail gunner's position on my kitbash. In this shot I've dry fitted the tail gunner's transparencies as well as the guns and gun fairing. What passes off as the twin guns in the Minicraft B-29A kit is a joke and a half, I'll probably just make some out of styrene rod which will look better. Sprayed the assembly with a light coat of gray to help visualize any spots that might need more putty-sand-repeat. I think I'm about done here, though.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: McColm on June 03, 2012, 03:36:50 am
Wow :thumbsup:
Title: This is an Epic Build!
Post by: sequoiaranger on June 03, 2012, 08:06:07 am
Kudos to you for even attempting it!

My uncle (USN Pilot) flew a Martin Mars into San Diego once, flying low over our house and waggling the giant wings!!

I really like how this massive project is coming along!
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RotorheadTX on June 03, 2012, 12:46:58 pm
Sea urchins in a speedo??   :o

JP, you owe me a new keyboard............
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 03, 2012, 09:44:25 pm
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120603.jpg)

As my Hughes/Kaiser PBK-1 Tarpon build crosses the halfway point, it's time to start another build to keep me from losing interest in the patrol bomber Spruce Goose. I picked up this kit at the Squadron Open House and even though it's 1/144, it's surprising just how large an aircraft the Shenyang J-8 Finback is. It makes the MiG-21 look positively diminutive by comparison and I have one of the Eduard 1/144 MiG-21 two packs that recently was added to the stash. This is the Trumpeter Finback- looks like a pretty decent kit, the main drawback being the panel lines are too prominent. The missiles look too simplistic and don't match what you see on the box art. No worries, I probably won't even use them. From what I can see from a cursory review of the sprues, the overall shape looks good. I'll be building this one nearly out of the box but as a strike aircraft with extra ordinance/weapons pylons and perhaps some targeting pods. I'll leave the user nation a mystery and see if you can guess it as I progress with this build.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 04, 2012, 03:03:00 pm
Day off today. So between shuttling Chicklets to their various summer activities, I had some model building time shoehorned into the day so far. Latest progress:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120604a.jpg)

Even though the Shenyang J-8II Finback-B is a big aircraft, it's still a small build in 1/144 scale and given just how much of my bench the PBK-1 Tarpon build takes up, this one feels microscopic. The wings and tailplanes are part of the upper half of the fuselage, the fit of the lower half into all of this is so-so but not as sea-urchins-in-a-Speedo horrifying as the 1/200 Spruce Goose kit's issues that I'm using for the previous build. The engines and nose radome are separate parts and their fit is so-so as well but *easily* remedied. Cockpit detail is very sparse, just a simple seat. But I don't like working on cockpits all that much, but I'll do enough so that with the canopy in place it will be presentable and something *I* can live with.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120604b.jpg)

The lateral box intakes on this kit suck. There's two broad tabs which go across the inlet intake, the lower one fits into a slot on the side of the fuselage. So that's gonna have to be fixed. The upper part is the right intake as it looks right off the sprue. The lower part is the left intake which I've suitably reworked- I've cut away both of those obnoxious tabs, used a needle file to thin the intake lip and then used thin styrene sheet to add back those intake fairings so it looks more presentable. The scrap shot on the left shows how the intake should look. They're internal fences that keep the airflow going into the intake straight as it passes the variable geometry ramp on the fuselage side of the intake box. With those two big tabs gone, the intake box fits much better on the fuselage assembly. I probably could have used thinner styrene for those internal fences, but my middle-aged Mark One eyeballs do impose some limitations on my ambition in this scale.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Gondor on June 05, 2012, 01:00:14 am
Nice work on the intake

Gondor
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 09, 2012, 08:13:47 am
Latest progress shots of my 1/144 strike Finback-B:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120609a.jpg)

Wow, the panel lines on this small kit are huge. I guess I could go and fill all those trenches in, but that's more putty-sand-repeat than I resolved myself to do on this build. If this were 1:1 scale, we probably could stash a large sack of Twiglets in those panel lines. The intakes required more sanding than expected to get them to blend better into the intake trunks on the sides of the fuselage. The intake boxes were sharp edged and there's a gradual transition from sharp edge to rounded.

The exhausts don't fit great into the fuselage but it's acceptable to me with what I plan to do with this build. Are all Trumpeter 1/144 kits this craptastic? I always hear good things about the larger scale kits and now am wondering if it's worth spending the coin on the 1/144 Tu-16 Badger kit.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120609b.jpg)

Underside view. The ventral fin was one piece and had two pairs of intakes moulded into each side. I have no clue where they got that idea to do that as that resembles nothing at all on the folding fin assembly of the real Finback-B. Trumpeter's based in China, right? There's tons of Finback-B pics on the 'Net and ten to one they could have had someone actually physically go look at a 1:1 specimen. Whatever. Sanded those little bastards off and then cut the fin. Like the MiG-23/27, the Finback-B's fin folds to the right when the landing gear is extended. On the older Finback-A, there were two smaller ventral fins that were fixed.

I'm not terribly impressed with the pylons in the kit, I may scratchbuild my own out of styrene sheet instead.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Hobbes on June 09, 2012, 09:23:11 am
I've got a Trumpeter Su-34 that has similar trenches, but also another kit (Il-76) that's better. Trumpeter's rather variable when it comes to quality.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: frank2056 on June 09, 2012, 11:43:22 am
The older (and dirt cheap) Trumpeter kits tend to be pretty awful. The Finback-B looks to be slightly better than their J-7:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,33886.msg535708.html#msg535708

Which only bears a passing resemblance to the J-7/Mig 21. The J-7 had a strange rectangular cutout at the wing root join of both wings, which was clearly visible from the topside.

In 1/144, their F-22 is a very, very nice kit(here's a buildup on ARC: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=184332) and so is their Me-262 (I found this built-up: http://maquetas.mforos.com/353330/10302754-messerschmitt-me-262-a1-trumpeter-1-144/) I have the Tu-16 and it looks good, too. OTOH, their F-23 (another cheap kit) is so-so. The panel lines aren't all that deep, but the fit isn't the greatest. Luckily it's a fairly smooth shape.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 11, 2012, 01:07:20 pm
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120611.jpg)

Decided to do a mix of scratchbuilt pylons and kit pylons. The four smaller wing pylons came with the kit. They're nothing great but I didn't feel like scratchbuilding that many pylons. Yep, somedays I'm just a lazy what-if builder. The smaller ones are missile stations on the real Finback-B, but in this whiff build I'll have the outboard ones carrying self-defense IR missiles and the inboard ones bombs of some sort. The larger pylons are scratchbuilt and for this build the wing would have been structurally strengthened for these stations to take heavier loads. On the real world Finback-B these stations could also mount external tanks. For this build, I'll put LGBs there.

The stub pylons under the intakes are not a feature of the real world Finback-B. The left one will be carrying a laser targeting pod, the smaller right one some sort of imaginary ECM pod.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on June 11, 2012, 03:42:49 pm
I've got a Trumpeter Su-34 that has similar trenches, but also another kit (Il-76) that's better. Trumpeter's rather variable when it comes to quality.

1/144 scale comes in two different worlds, one is actual well engineered model kits of interesting subjects, some makers going to almost incredible lengths for details.
 
But there is a second world where the model is treated like a toy and is given only that much consideration and usually of more common subjects.

The same is true for the prebuilt collectors kits in that scale which are called "trading kits" or "gashapon", some are very serious and some are playthings.

Some brand names try to cater to both worlds.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Geoff on June 11, 2012, 04:26:38 pm
The Trumpeter 1/144th F-86 is a nice kit that went togeather well.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 11, 2012, 07:13:13 pm
I'm trying to think what the most projects in progress I ever had going at one time. This build will make three, but I know in the past I've had much more going. Heck, there are boxes still to be unpacked that have half-finished builds from years ago in them. Which reminds me, one of them should have a half-finished Welsh 1/144 BAC Strikemaster.......

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120609.jpg)

Thanks to Japan there are a line of 1/144 pre-painted partially built up models out there that can be had for $10 or less. Some are pretty crappy looking, but this one looks pretty decent. I've picked up some of eBay; this is a Grumman S-2 Tracker from the F-Toys series of maritime patrol aircraft. They do them in groups of nine or more. This series has three E-2 Hawkeyes, three S-2 Trackers, and three S-3 Vikings, all in 1/144. For those not aware, they come with some of the markings printed on but have decals to finish the job. This is one of the Tracker releases and what you see in the above picture is how it looks out of the box with the major components, one sprue of additional parts and a decal sheet (not pictured here). I don't know if there's ever been a 1/144 Stoof released and if there has, it probably costs two arms, a leg and my left nut. So this is what I'll use as the basis for another what-if build.

It's actually a pretty nifty little build if you never modified it and assembled it as is. But me, nah. I may pick up another one and leave it as is built up, but this one I picked up from a local HobbyTown USA store for only $10.

It does come with a stand and the option of doing it wheels up. The MAD boom even extends out. I won't be needing it for this build, though.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 11, 2012, 07:13:50 pm
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120611.jpg)

This is where things stood last night. I had split open the halves of the fuselage. F-Toys includes a little clear stand to prop up the tail, but I split it open carefully and added lead fishing weights in the nose. There's a painted cockpit piece that comes off easily as well as a very rudimentary cockpit in gray. The rear underfuselage radome isn't extendable, but it's a separate piece of tan-colored plastic that looks like it could be. I won't be needing that either, I'll be filling that hole (*snicker*) right up.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 11, 2012, 07:14:16 pm
The Trumpeter 1/144th F-86 is a nice kit that went togeather well.
That's good to know, I've been eyeballing that kit for some possible whiff ideas.....
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 11, 2012, 07:15:24 pm
I've got a Trumpeter Su-34 that has similar trenches, but also another kit (Il-76) that's better. Trumpeter's rather variable when it comes to quality.

1/144 scale comes in two different worlds, one is actual well engineered model kits of interesting subjects, some makers going to almost incredible lengths for details.
 
But there is a second world where the model is treated like a toy and is given only that much consideration and usually of more common subjects.

The same is true for the prebuilt collectors kits in that scale which are called "trading kits" or "gashapon", some are very serious and some are playthings.

Some brand names try to cater to both worlds.

I've noticed this. There are some whiffs I want to build but a gashapon 1/144 may be my only avenue, let alone a reasonably priced avenue.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 13, 2012, 08:32:38 pm
Latest progress:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120612a.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120612b.jpg)

These shots should give you a pretty big hint of what I have planned for this Stoof. I used Tamiya White Primer on the fuselage to try it out, so far liking what it offers. There are two air scoops on each side of the retractable belly radome that I sanded off along with filling the radome location with Squadron White after removing. I also cut off the radar pod that sits above the cockpit, figure I won't be needing that but will use the right wing search light as a weather radar pod. Figure that might come in handy in the tropical weather where this what-if would be out dispensing the brass love.

I filled the seams on the fuselage halves with thinned out Squadron White putty. I put the cockpit transparency on as a dry fit only, I plan to repaint the cockpit interior rather than leave it a drab gray color as it is now. My original plan because the Stoof's weapons bay is shallow was to have the guns traverse downward out of hinged panels but found the plastic in this area thick and numerous locator pins in the area and I still wanted the slot for the included stand even though I plan to build this wheels down. From looking at cutaway drawings of the Tracker, it looks like the roof of the weapons bay was probably an important structural component of this part of the fuselage. Since I had to cut the gun apertures higher up, I figure that had this been done in real life, some sort of structural beef up would be needed around the openings, so I used some thin styrene strip to look like external stiffening (not to mention it's a good way to cover up some of my ham-fisted work on cutting out the gun port). Additional styrene cut at an angle was used to create the deflector ramps ahead of each gun port.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 16, 2012, 07:12:21 am
(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120615a.jpg)

I recently picked up this F-Toys gashapon F-8 Crusader off eBay for just $2. Figured it would be a different sort of challenge. I was already getting a 1/144 JASDF weapons set from the same seller for a song, so I figured another two bucks I could do something a little different. I knew I wasn't getting a fresh model and that it was well-used. I have the ARII F-8 Crusader in the stash which I think is the only choice kitwise in Braille Scale other than maybe Aeroclub (whose A-7 I do have in the stash). But the overall shape of the Crusader kit lives a lot to be desired.

Top side, it doesn't look too bad. The Y-pylons for the Sidewinder missiles is pretty dodgy as it is, so that will be removed and I'll keep two of the four missiles for what I have planned for this build.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120615b.jpg)

Underside is another story. There of course is the big gaps between the fuselage halves, that'll be easy enough to sling putty at to fix. No undercarriage came with this buy, the previous owner ham-fistedly glued the main landing gear doors in. The slinging of poo, I mean, putty and some sanding should help here as well as I'll be building this one up as a wheels-up bird.

After I took these pictures, I removed the missiles, tossed out the Y-pylon, removed the wing and the cockpit transparency and started filling in the gaps. Hellloooooooo, Squadron White.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 17, 2012, 09:30:56 pm
Latest progress shots:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120617-2.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120617-1.jpg)

Here's where things stand now. Slinged putty at all the gaps and generally cleaned up that hideous mess of how the previous owner glued the main landing gear doors on. I didn't glue the wing on (it's one-piece) as it will be easier to paint the camo scheme with the wing as a separate piece when the time comes. After sanding the puttied areas, I oversprayed the model with several light coats of Tamiya White Primer.

The cockpit will need some work. Since I hate doing cockpits, it will just be the bare-minimum. It looks like the top of the ejector seat was damaged, so some simple styrene scratchbuilding will help here along with something to make the panel and coaming more presentable. I'll also need to add the prominent air scoops that are on both upper sides of the exhaust section as well as scratchbuild the IR sensor ahead of the windscreen.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 19, 2012, 08:13:00 am
Latest progress:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120619.jpg)

Airbrushed the undersides and sides flat black. There were some gaps on the engine nacelle seams that were easily fixed with some thinned out Squadron White and a top coat of Tamiya Surface primer. I painted the interior wheel wells white but not evenly to give the impression of a grimy, dirty wheel well. There's a big donkey seam in there, too, but I can live with that one. Attached the wing pylons, I don't think they had much capacity on the real world Stoof, more like for single stores like the smaller pylons on the A-1 Skyraider. I'll have to think up a suitable set of stores for this build, I'm thinking maybe something simple like a flare launcher or even an ECM pod.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 19, 2012, 08:18:36 am
Latest progress:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build05_120619.jpg)

I decided to brush paint the camo scheme and that will either be a total disaster or it could work out for me, we'll see. It's been a royal pain in the donkey to try and match the camo scheme I wanted to use for this build and what I have done so far may be a big clue for some of you. The difficult aspect was matching what on the real world is a grayish-tan color and I had tried several candidates which didn't work worth squat for me. Either to dark, too light, or too brown. The brownish-gray patches on the model are what I ended up with and to be honest, I'm sort of sick trying to get that one color matched. That was one reason I didn't want to airbrush this, I knew I was in for a round of trial and error.

The next hurdle will be the markings. I have some decal paper will give a shot for the first time at inkjet printing some custom markings.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: RussC on June 19, 2012, 08:20:16 pm
One thing I found about camo patterns on 144 planes is that the size of the colored areas can easily become too large, its always best to go smaller and try to stay there. If its a set mirror wave pattern, then follow the textbook shapes but if its a whiffical scheme, go smaller.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 20, 2012, 05:55:25 am
Latest progress shots:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120619b.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build07_120619c.jpg)

The camouflage scheme has been airbrushed on and added the prominent intakes on each upper side of the afterburner on the aft fuselage. The colors should be a a big clue what I have planned, I next plan to work on the cockpit to fix the broken ejection seat and then scratchbuild some pylons for the wings and a new set of missile rails for the sides of the forward fuselage. 
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 20, 2012, 06:02:14 am
Latest progress shots:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120619b.jpg)

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build06_120619c.jpg)

First attempt in years of airbrushing a multi-toned camo scheme on a build this size, it was *okay* but I can live with it. Had the airbrush compressor set at a very low pressure but still got more overspray than I wanted. Next time I'll thin the paint out more. One of the main drawbacks of airbrushing, sometimes it's just too labor intensive to mess with. I may, motivation pending, go back and airbrush one of the shades of green again. I have more dark tan areas on the scheme than I need. We'll see. Got it up on wheels last night, it sits on its nose gear just right.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 25, 2012, 12:23:42 pm
Working on one of the wing weapons bays:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120625-1.jpg)

Had I thought further ahead, it would have been easier to cut out the hole and build this weapons bay before I put the wing halves together, but oh well. I drilled out some pilot holes in the wing where I wanted the weapons bay to be located and then used a razor saw (with Dremel back up) to cut open a rectangular opening just a shade larger then I needed. I was going to do external rails and doors on the fuselage so that bombs and torpedoes could be rolled out under the wings just like the Short Sunderland, but had my fill of working on the ill-fitting fuselage and didn't want to hack more openings into than I already have. So for this what-if PBK-1 Tarpon, there are weapons bays under each inner wing and bombs, depth charges, and torpedoes are rolled into them from fuselage racks.

The weapons bay is just a simple styrene box. I like to use the tiled styrene sheet as it makes it easy to get the rectangular piece for what I'm trying to make- sort of prescored sheet, if you will. I have some other styrene rod and strip pieces for the interior (like the rails) and then I'll more details once I have the weapons bay fitted into the wing. I put in a piece of scrap sprue so the weapons bay has something to support it and it doesn't fall further into the wing.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120625-2.jpg)

Weapons bay now in place. I made it just a bit taller than needed so I can sand it down to match the profile of the wing undersurface. Squadron White will be putty-fooed into the gaps and sanded down. I've scratch built undercarriage bays this way, so I know it should work out just fine. On the opposite side I'll have some scratchbuilt doors in the closed position to indicated where that wing's bay is located.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Old Wombat on June 26, 2012, 08:20:55 am
Coming along nicely! :thumbsup:
Title: PBK Engine Alignment?
Post by: sequoiaranger on June 26, 2012, 08:36:06 am
Quite a project! I will enjoy seeing the outcome!

Might just be the camera angle, though I *THINK* I am right, but the inner (picture right) nacelle and the next one out do not seem to be parallel. Dunno which one is "out of line", but before you go too much further, you might re-align:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120625-1.jpg)

PS--several years ago I sold off a HUGE collection of unbuilt 1/144 and 1/150 scale aircraft models to Dean Sills in Michigan. The 1/150 aircraft were of an obscure Japanese firm that had ATROCIOUS box art (making one suspicious of the quality of the models--not warranted). If you want hard-to-get subjects (He-100 among them), maybe contact him. He may still have some of those!

deanshobbystop@comcast.net
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 26, 2012, 11:04:05 am
The front of the nacelle is lined up parallel to the others, but the aft part toes in slightly more which gives the whole nacelle the appearance of being out of line. Good eye. Combined with the camera angle, it accentuates it. I had contemplated fixing it when I first started finishing up the wings and engines, but to be honest, was getting burned out of endless cycles of PSR- this is a much bigger build than what I've done before and underestimated the amount of PSR by a big margin!

From the top, it looks better since the front half of the nacelle is lined up correctly.

Still waffling on if I'll just live with it or take a crack at fixing the underside aft portion. Thanks for the tip on Dean's Hobby Stop. He has a website (located in Flushing, MI, right?), but his listing isn't comprehensive. I'll have to shoot him an email.
Title: Waffling?
Post by: sequoiaranger on June 26, 2012, 04:24:30 pm
>Still waffling on if I'll just live with it or take a crack at fixing the underside aft portion.<

Being "underside aft" probably means no one will notice it when it sits upright.

re: Dean's--Dean was very interested in those 1/150 aircraft when we were making our arrangements--perhaps he also had an interest in the scale, or thought he could sell them at good profit to someone else. Of course there is no guarantee that they are still in his hands. I had accumulated an enormous 1/144 collection for use as "photo backgrounds", intended to be painted just like the main 1/72 subject (different plane #, of course) and put in the near background for "perspective". Too ambitious. But the collection included just about every WW II aircraft made in 1/144 scale. Good luck!
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 26, 2012, 07:23:17 pm
Latest progress shots:

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120626-1.jpg)

The weapons bay is now fully integrated into the wing and several coats of Tamiya White Primer sprayed on between sandings helped smooth things out. And holy crap looks like I have a few minor "sins" to fix on the surfaces of the nacelles as well. Some of those I'll cover up Watergate-style with some greeblies like air scoops and the like. Added the final bit of detailing, the structural ribs on the side of the weapons bay. The original plan was to drill small holes in them to give the impression of a lightened structure. Maybe if I'd made this thing bigger and my eyeballs were ten years younger.

(http://www.airlinebuzz.com/chickenworks/Buzz/Build04_120626-2.jpg)

This view shows the other side of the weapons bay. There are two doors here that lead to the reloads/bomb/torpedo racks inside the fuselage, Sunderland style. One door would open if it's a 250 lb or 500 lb bomb being rolled out, maybe a string of depth charges. But for a torpedo, both doors would open and the longer stores would use both rails inside the weapons bay. Or if a long string of depth charges, bombs, or mines needed to be dropped, I suppose. The other side shows a closed weapons bay- just some simple styrene sheet there, nothin' fancy.

I plan to paint the inside of the weapons bay green zinc chromate, the standard interior metal protectant of the day.
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Sentinel Chicken on June 26, 2012, 07:24:09 pm
>Still waffling on if I'll just live with it or take a crack at fixing the underside aft portion.<
Being "underside aft" probably means no one will notice it when it sits upright.

Some days the better part of whiffing is choosing the battles with styrene worth fighting, isn't it?
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 26, 2012, 09:09:31 pm
This is looking better and better.  :thumbsup:

I like the use of the word 'integrated' here, it gives you a feeling that model isn't just thrown together. I may start to use that, if it's not patented of course.....  ;D
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: NARSES2 on June 27, 2012, 02:15:32 am
Some fantastic work going on here  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The 1/144 Braille Scale World of Sentinel Chicken
Post by: Gondor on June 27, 2012, 01:22:31 pm
A suggestion for your lightening holes..... use black circles rather than make holes. Masking tape, decal film or whatever you fancy and what ever size you like, probably as fiddly as making the holes but at least you can add as many as you like without the structure falling to bits due to looking like Swiss cheese.

Gondor