Author Topic: 1:72 DAP Bunyip Mk. IIB, BF-K of RAAF 5 Sq., New Guinea, late '44  (Read 770 times)

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Well, it's early, but I had to search for a suitable project since I had recently "built away" some of the most suitable candidates for this GB.  :rolleyes:
However, I found a recent inspiration and a suitable kit as a basis - it's actually (once more) a PantherG drawing that triggered something here:



It looks so natural... My build will differ in many ways, though: I found an Eduard La-7 in the stash that will become the basis, and I will give it a different engine and propeller (maybe spinner-less), as well as a different armament (all in the wings).

We'll see...  :mellow:
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It looks really good in that scheme

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Cool.  One of the possibles on my mental list is a white-tailed RAAF Wildcat.
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Preparations go on. Found a suitable Bristol Hercules cowling (from a Matchbox Beaufighter) in the spares box, as well as an engine dummy that should fit into it. Both spend the next week in oven cleaner foam. The propeller is a bit diffifult, but IIRC I have some resin B-24 props that should fit well into the combo.
Really looking forward to this one, esp. because of the colors - AFAIK, RAAF WWII colors are under heavy debate, tone suggestions are controversial, to say the least.  ;)

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Really looking forward to this one, esp. because of the colors - AFAIK, RAAF WWII colors are under heavy debate, tone suggestions are controversial, to say the least.  ;)

I've got a nice Lifecolor set which look right to me, but I think there would have been huge variation at the time if only because of the immediate War situation in 1942/1943 in particular.
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Also, I have a feeling our sun would fade it pretty badly.
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Parts safari in the resin sets revealed a quartet of Hispano 20mm cannon for a Hurricane. Might become useful, too...  ;D

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Also settled for a suitable unit: RAAF's No. 5 squadron, operating in New Guinea in late 1944.

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"Lift off, we have lift off...". Not finished yet ( :rolleyes: ), but first things are on the way - e. g. the donor propeller (resin piece for a B-24, pimped with a metal axis), and engine and cowling have been secured from last week's oven cleaner bath:


1:72 Australian Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) "Bunyip" Mk. IIb - WiP
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Furthermore, here's a look at the kit - pretty lost in the big box, half of it would have been enough:


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Looking forward to this one coming together! :thumbsup:
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Well, construction phase has been finished. The integration of the new engine was more complicated than expected, and I might replace the propeller with a slightly smaller one (or I will build another one from the B-24 set and clip the lower end of the blades). Additionally, I decided to open/lower the flaps, since this is easy to realize on this kit. Otherwise, the building experience is so-so. The plastic is a little weird and soft, and it takes unusually long to cure with my standard glue.

The dry-fitted engine sans old paint. A section, where the original exhaust was attached, had to be filled, too.


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The flaps, WiP:


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Cockpit preparations. According to several sources, Australian-built aircraft were painted with the British Interior Green, so I stuck with that:


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Painting the engine, with acrylics and a fat coat of black ink:


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Strangely, the instructions tell you to glue the fuselage halves together first and then insert the dashboard and the bulkhead with the seat:


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The engine "interior" with the adapter tube for the propeller:


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Engine parts before assembly:


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Lots of PSR around the engine attachment area. The La-7's exhausts had to go, as well as the machine gun bulges on top of the cowling:


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Assembly of the major components - with the B-24 prop in place, it looks a little oversized?


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A look underneath:


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And finally with the clear parts in place:


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Still some cleaning to do (e. g. the new exhaust port, the cannon magaine bulges on the wings), but progress was better than expected. Work will rest tomorrow , though.

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Typical, less than a whole day into the GB and Dizzy's already finished his main construction!  :o
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

...and I'm not a closeted 'Take That' fan, I'm a REAL fan! :)

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 ;D

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And not only "done" but "good!" :thumbsup:
[the word "realistic" hurts my heart...]

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Besides, here's a look at the two propellers - for the new one, I used the central hub from the B-24 set, but simply added the single blades from the La-7 kit. Works very well, and looks much better now.


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Today's work: basic painting with individual mixes for the Foliage Green and Earth Brown tones - inspired by real life pictures. No guarantee concerning any authenticity, but both tones appear pretty dark, the green very bluish and the the brown almost like a rich chocolate tone:


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Should look great with massive white ID markings!  :lol: