FIAT cr42 n nightfighter in 1/40 scale

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Hi all ,heres my entry for Alans nightfighter GB . Its the SMER kit of the FIAT cr42 in 1/40 scale. This old tooling dates from 1959 and was originall released by a firm called plastic toy ( so scalemates tells me) This boxing is a recent SMER offering and comes with excellent decals , although i wont be able to use many in my conversion to the caccia notturne nightfighter version . Ill be hopefully getting stuck in on monday so heres the box and sprues for now , cheers tony
 

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Defo an unusual scale Tony. Also an aircraft i know nothing about. Every day is a learning day.
 

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Very interesting Tony. Look forward to seeing this fly!
 

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Different Tony definitely one to watch.
 

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Well im out of the starting blocks with this old timer . First couple of things to start are the cockpit and engine. The cockpit consists of a L shaped slab and a very strange looking pilot ( think the robot from ‘ The day the earth stood still’ in a sleeping bag and youre not far off!!) Obviously im going to have to scratchbuild everything but i like a challenge! The engine isnt all bad , being about the right shape but its messily tooled and basic , a bit of addition should make a world of difference. The kit actually supplies the pushrods for the engine cylinders but theyre all the wrong shape and covered in flash and mould seams so im replacing these with brass tubing. 6CD49D48-E7BB-4185-93EA-7CCDB3498382.jpeg9B16B60F-9708-4349-A41A-C044B9533FF9.jpeg6CDA8549-F69E-459E-91F9-9FC1DCF1344D.jpegD5BFBC29-7AA3-46F9-ABDA-A8C0303B95C7.jpegE04E1267-F154-46F7-800E-888BAA3783BD.jpeg
 

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Cool. Once you've cleaned off all that flash you'll have enough plastic to make a second one!

Love the reference to Gort in a sleeping bag, I see what you mean :smiling2:
 

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Bit more done today, ive had a good look round the airframe and theres a few sink marks that need a little filler , forgivable as this tooling is older than me ! Ive cleaned up and given the engine a coat of black , ive also hollowed out the ends of the cylinders and drilled holes ready for the pushrods - these will be brass rod as the kit ones were a bit poor. Before that ive got to add the ignition wires and their junction block . The two piece cockpit ( pilot, seat) needless to say is not getting used so ive started to build up a basic structure to add everything else to . I used the contour gauge to get a decent shape for the bulkheads and added a floor and some stringers to the fuselage sides . Next i think ill be adding the tubular framework and the instrument panels ( 2 of these , either side of the gunsight ) then its onto the rest such as seat , side consoles , rudder bar etc. Cheers tony7B691EA2-B194-4519-9815-214B937C2F44.jpegE14DC698-E842-4B06-BDEA-4C408B7247F0.jpegF6ED63F1-1773-41D3-BE81-7ECAB8EEAFA6.jpeg5D1B99B6-532E-48BE-9315-0CC10D2FA452.jpeg19F8EE71-C827-4D93-89C3-460F917C0A27.jpegA9810A5D-5290-4E4E-BC46-D395BE2DD4ED.jpeg54B359E4-1719-4996-BC62-087426A7FB57.jpeg10BAD6A8-8337-4B15-A338-529DFCFC3050.jpeg
 

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Latest progress- the engine has had the ignition wires added 7 for the front cylinders and seven short ones that go to the back row. The 14 pushrods are next to go on after ive painted the crankcase and gearbox grey. Ive been adding the tubular framework in the cockpit , theres a bit more to add yet before i start thinking about the seat , instrument panels and side consoles. 7F552F46-C170-4F63-86AF-37830502C2D2.jpeg40C4CCD5-785F-4858-9079-51841CE729EE.jpegACFD7A4D-46AF-4B10-AB11-26515E573871.jpeg15EA52CD-CDB8-4A57-B9C8-89F6EAABE3D4.jpeg
 

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Good thing you enjoy scratch building Tony! Looking very good so far
 

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Nice to see you got all your mojo back Tony! Good stuff.
 

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Very nice work so far Tony
 

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The engine has had the pushrods fitted and painted and a final wire added at the front ( red one) the crankcase and gearbox have had their grey done and ive made the small brass id plate from a bit of suitably coloured wine foil with a few random marks made with a scriber. The seat was made from an aluminium venetian blind slat from the metal spares box , cut and bent to shape . It might look simplified but thats because the real thing was , just welded sheet steel , i imagine the parachute must have been acting as padding. Ive been using the excellent walkaround pics online for reference , the ipms stockholm ones being particularly helpful with the cockpit and engine . The seat sits on two bearers which i made from styrene rod glued together on a bit of sticky label backing paper , once the glue dries it just lifts straight off. The seat will be going in last off after further construction and painting in the pit and fitting of the seat belts which will have to be made .F0AB6099-6BDA-40A0-AE0E-B5D1F3CDAAB7.jpeg921CC7F4-81FD-4520-90D6-47A7EC68BB99.jpeg604DC24F-2216-4892-AA6A-4DB6075F9A8E.jpegC9419B76-8BC0-4ADB-B142-76242B1DDE12.jpeg1BB0EA8E-5E7E-413A-99E1-D0EE56763B18.jpegE2FFA0AD-B8A0-4F52-B347-E495DE012AE1.jpegCC27E04B-2E2B-48F7-A259-8BEB96CC3197.jpegE7867554-7ACC-43EB-8DF6-A41D60256BC3.jpegA8AAAD9F-3935-4D92-B33A-83AFF993F529.jpeg4CF9A123-B8F0-44F2-A4CD-966E77D4BBEA.jpegEB966685-0847-4B14-B2BA-FB17C524E2C7.jpeg2BB2B893-33B0-4B40-832F-A4EF26B5FE87.jpeg
 

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Looking good Tony and great scratch building. What gauge lead wire are you using and did you get it from a fishing tackle shop?
 

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Looking good Tony and great scratch building. What gauge lead wire are you using and did you get it from a fishing tackle shop?
Its fuse wire john , not sure what amp but i get a pack from wilkos for around 40 or 50p with various amp rating wire ( and therefore thickness) on it . I suppose fusible links are getting rarer these days with most fuse boards being rcd breaker types but if you can get hold of some fuse wire its very useful and for modelling purposes identical to lead wire hope this helps cheers tony
 
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