1/32 CAC Boomerang A46-217 “Hep Cat”

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby ericg » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:37 pm

Some more work. 

The ignition wiring is depicted as a rather frightening photo etch part. I could tell that this was going to be too much work, as well as lacking the 3D look more appropriate to models in this scale. 

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I cut off the ignition leads and used the photo etch as a template glued to some thick plastic card and shaped.

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I then drilled some holes and glued in some copper wire

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Almost completed engine.

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I have used the excellent RB Productions Sutton harness. A little tricky to assemble but they look really good. I modified the lap belts as they aren't quite as complicated on the real aircraft  as they are meant to be assembled.

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I cut off the kit grip and remade it from some copper wire with very fine copper wire wrapped around it. I also added the two gun buttons.

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The almost completed cockpit. I added some instrument wiring from copper wire.

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby Kahunaminor » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:51 pm

Lovely craftsmanship,
The effort is certainly paying dividends. The wiring harness looks great.

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Completed: 1/48 SH CAC CA12 Boomerang; 1/32 Eduard Bf109E-4; 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk IXc;1/32 Hasegawa Bf109G-6;1/48 Eduard Fw190A-8.
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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby ozhawk40 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:02 pm

Excellent work! I like the improvements you are doing.

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby gapcio_11 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:00 pm

Hello, I am interested in one such instrument board, I have a question how to order it and one more question is it even possible to order one set of nozzles for Meteora in 1/32 contact me daniel_pach@interia.pl Best regards and congratulations on the beautiful work of Daniel
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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby Brenden S » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:09 am

Well done
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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby ericg » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:02 pm

gapcio_11 wrote:Hello, I am interested in one such instrument board, I have a question how to order it and one more question is it even possible to order one set of nozzles for Meteora in 1/32 contact me daniel_pach@interia.pl Best regards and congratulations on the beautiful work of Daniel


Daniel, I am sold out of the nozzles and instrument panel, with no further batches planned at this stage.

Some more work, appreciate the comments guys.

The kit is missing the floor of the cockpit, which is just the top surface of the wing. This was easy enough to whip up with some plastic card and a riveter tool.

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The engine mounts are quite troublesome and weak and didn’t really line up the engine too well in the cowl. I cut them off just short of where the engine sits and have fixed the engine in place once it was lined up, by drilling holes into the tops of the cylinders through the cowling and fixing it in place with 4 brass rods superglued into position. I will trim these down flush with the surface.

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby ericg » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:13 pm

Some more work.

I wasn't happy with how thin the the fin was. It was quite pinched towards the top and didn't look right. It was also slightly warped so needed to be fixed.

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Out with the razor saw and I made a cut right down the middle of the fin.

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I then inserted some plastic card to shim it out to the required thickness. The rudder fits much better, it is straighter and now thicker!

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I cut out the rear part of the vac formed canopy and attached the inner fairings with superglue, once they were painted Mr Paint tyre Rubber.

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Dry fit. Starting to come together.

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby DesTROYer » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:22 pm

That's some nice work, Eric.
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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby ericg » Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:39 pm

I used brass rod, copper wire and lead wire to depict the brake lines and other plumbing in the wheel bays. The fittings were made by stretching lengths of the piping of cotton buds as per the stretched sprue method.

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I clamped the model to my workbench and then set the outer wing panels at the required 7 degree dihedral. These parts for very well together.

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Next up was the wheels. I wanted the block tread tires on my model so got some excellent Barracuda Mustang wheels. This was going to take a little modification as the hubs are fairly different, as can be seen here.

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The outer lip of the kit hub was removed

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I then milled the back of the kit hub and also the inside of the replacement wheel

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A very tight fit.

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I then milled a flat spot onto the tire to simulate the weight of the aircraft, conveniently this also removes the remainder of the casting block.

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I then used my mask cutter to cut some precise disks from very thin plastic card and milled the inside of the wheel.

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Once the wheel was converted, I drilled out the hub to accept some brass tube to allow a precision fit onto the kit undercarriage legs.

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The completed wheels. I wicked Mr Surfacer into the areas that I converted and then used Mr thinner to rub off the excess to fill any gaps and tidy things up a bit.

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Re: 1/32 CAC Boomerang

Postby Kahunaminor » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:56 am

Lovely work Eric,
It’s these little touches that bring a build to life.

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Bench: 1/48 Eduard Bf 109E-7, Libya, 1941; 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk XVIe
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