Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - completed 13 Apr 19

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Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - completed 13 Apr 19

Postby harvs73 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:44 pm

While the decals on the Sea Fury are drying prior to putting on more and the MIG-17 PFU is off the bench I have started the Blenheim Mk 1f.
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I have started on the interior builds with the bomb bay and cockpit areas together and put in to the fuselage for a test fit. It appears to be ok but I might have to check the bomb bay as it appears to have a very slight gap there. It may just close when glues but I don't want to put undue pressure in to the fuselage.
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The pilots area is a complicated beast that seems to fit in ok.
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The bomb bay goesd together well but the stage where you have to cut the parts ot make the centre beam in half confuse me, hopefully it is something to do with a difference between the bomber and fighter version.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:59 pm

That looks like a nice kit. It'd go well in my blackbirds collection :) .
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f

Postby harvs73 » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:16 pm

It's not too bad but has little details to be wary of when constructing it. I am working on the lower engine pod for eqach wing and I need to tape the wing together to endure that the engine pod goes on correctly in line with the wing. I have yet to put in the area behind the flaps that give me the correct height for the rear of the wing but it looks ok now.

I have also found that the cockpit assy needs to be perfectly straight as it goes on to pins on the firewall behind it and the slightest tilt throws this out, even though there is no exact indicator or marking to ensure it is the right angle.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f

Postby harvs73 » Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:28 am

A bit more work done on the Blenheim.
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The wheel well prior to paint. You need to get the small projections at the rear of the bay correct as these impact the installation of the undercarriage when you to get to it. The circles on the side wall I believe can also be drilled out if you want to add some extra detail and finesse to the area. A point to remember though is how much will actually be seen once everything is installed in to the wheel well.
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The cockpit with basic paint job prior to any weathering. You could go to town with extra detailing here as the detail is basic and could use some help. I just painted some black rectangles on the left side of the cockpit rim to replicate similar things in the real aircraft.
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You need to ensure that you keep things straight here. I found that the Airfix paint instructions are not that good and you need to try and find reference images eg the oil tank is all silver according to Airfix but looking at it the straps would be a different colour (I chose black) and the bar it is attached to will most likely be black as well since the rest of the assy is black.
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The wing roots look ok at this time.
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The area for the flaps is not bad but when compared to an image of the same area on a Blenheim (a Mk IV not a Mk 1f) it shows the the circles in the back wall are actually drilled out to lighten the aircraft. I plan to paint these black with a thinned paint, basically a heavy wash.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 29 Dec 18

Postby harvs73 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:31 am

I did a bit of work on the cockpit and weathered it followed by sme more of the smaller parts.

Now the unhappy part, it was pointed out to me that there were some sink marks on the wing fillets that needed filling. Not only were they there but on further looking I found numerous other areas that have them. Unfortunately I can only fill/fix some of them and hope the rest are not too noticeable. The sink marks are highlighted with brown pen.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 30 Dec 18

Postby DesTROYer » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:01 am

Great progress David.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 30 Dec 18

Postby bell209 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:10 am

Are the sink marks just from the earlier mouldings, Dave? Airfix seem to making a bit of a history of putting out great kits that need revision.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 30 Dec 18

Postby harvs73 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:58 pm

bell209 wrote:Are the sink marks just from the earlier mouldings, Dave? Airfix seem to making a bit of a history of putting out great kits that need revision.


Rob, I don't think it is the moulding that is the problem so much as getting the plastic in there and holding it long enough to set properly.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 30 Dec 18

Postby harvs73 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:06 am

I have done the cockpit and am now trial fitting the canopy. This is a bit of a concern as the canopy is a very tight fit and has a bit of pressure on the port side. It appears to be too wide for the cockpit (or cockpit too narrow for canopy) so I might have to see if a piece of sprue can be used temporarily to widen it for the canopy to fit properly.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Belnehim Mk 1f - updated 30 Dec 18

Postby harvs73 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:11 am

The wings and tail planes are now on. The tail planes go on easily as Airfix have recessed the hole to allow for a solid fitting of the tail plane which puts it at the right angle.

The wings are a pain. One went on perfectly with minimal filler on the edge but the other needs a fair amount of work. The training wing fillets also need some fitting to ensure they merge in to the wing nicely. Due to the tips of the wings in the fillet region being short shot on one side and deformed on the other, a bit of extra work needs to be done to fix the resulting hole/deformation.

I also found that the bomb bay door is not wide enough to fit properly as it is too narrow. The doors will need to be widened a fraction or the fuselage narrowed but the cockpit needs to be widened to allow the canopy to fit properly so it is a bit of a problem.
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