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Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby RayS » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:36 am

As part of a Maritime Patrol group build over on BritModeller, I am attempting the Welsh Models 1/72 P-8A.

My kit is an original issue so some parts are not up to production standard.
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I am using a decals sheet Derek at DekLs made up for me.
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This is a vacform /resin kit
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I will be building it as A47-007 as displayed at the 10SQN 50 Years of P-3 Operations Family day
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The parts were cut out
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and sanding and assembly began
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In my usual way, I could not keep it simple so I had to build a weapons bay
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I started to build up the internals
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It turns out I miscalculated the length of the bay and it is about 5mm too short, I won't tell anyone if you don't!

I also added the sonobuoy tubes
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The weapons bay was detailed and glued in, I might add some more detail later
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I have also cut out a few panels which have some sort of exhaust/vent doors in them. That is my progress so far.
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby RayS » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:22 pm

Well, there seems to be a lot of interest in this thread so I will update it.

The fuselage went together yesterday after I finished sorting out the vents and doors that dot the skin
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A test fit of wings and tail
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I was reminded the Welsh kit is about 9mm short forward of the wing, so out with the razor saw and some card strip
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There you go instant extension...
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby thommo » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:33 am

Looking great Ray, I esp like the weapons bay scratching.
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby qfa_tsv » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:33 am

Nice work and detail in the weapons bay
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby surfsup » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:38 pm

Agreed. Very nice work overall.....Cheers Mark
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby bell209 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:12 pm

Love it! Nice to see you have another P-3 in progress, too!
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby rodenlee » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:22 am

Beautiful work Ray.

Can you provide some more detail on how you did the DIY fuselage extension when you have time please?

Thank you Ray

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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby RayS » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:41 pm

Hi Shaun,

I cut the fuselage along a panel line and then glued 20mm lengths of strip plastic into one section. marked a line where the other section would be joined leaving a 9mm space between the 2 sections of the fuselage. I let that set and then ran some more strip around the circumference of the gap, glued and puttied it up. THen sanded the section until happy with the join. Hope that makes sense?

So back to the build, I have now finished the fuselage sanding (I hope)
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I then started on the wings which needed some hot water work to get a few kinks out, the raked tips are not the same thickness as the cut off tip, so some putty was required to match thicknesses
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I then pinned of the rear surfaces
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Anf finally a test fit if the wings.  I think some more hot water work will be required to get some dihedral happening
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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby rodenlee » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:59 am

Thanks for the clue Ray, that's a very logical way to do it, but you made it sound much easier than I think it will be!

Lovely piece of work going on here Ray

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Re: Ray's Welsh Models P-8A

Postby RayS » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:25 pm

2 steps forward, one step back.

I glued the wings on only to find I had stuffed up the dihedral of the port wing. I was too well embedded to remove without major damage, so the only thing to do was the cut the wing off at the root and refit, this has the consequence of damaging the fuselage with the Dremel head. Anyway, the wing is back on and the fuselage is being patched up.

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The difference between my kit's Electronic Support Measures (ESM) antenna and the reshaped one of the later release is very apparent
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The later was fitted to the lower fuselage
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The engines were next prepared and glued together and puttied.
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Studying pictures it looks like I have a number of additional ESM antennas to scratch build on the lower fuselage. The Missile Warning System (MWS) sensor blisters will need work to reshape and the forward ESM antennas are missing and will need to be created.
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