FIAT cr42 n nightfighter in 1/40 scale

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I had trouble finding it locally but an ebay search for "fuse wire" turned up a seller doing 5 packs of the assorted cards for less than 3 quid delivered. Cheaper than firing up the quattro and fetching some :smiling5:
 

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Thanks Tony I've been looking for fuse wire myself for a while and as you say it's getting rare to find. I'll take a look in Wilkos when I get the chance unfortunately my local one closed down a while ago due to cutbacks. Thanks John
 

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Bit more added to the cockpit tonight . Ive fitted the side bars to the seat , made from bent brass wire . Ive made a bracket for the compass and gunsight which sits between the two instrument panels . This has been made extra long so i can get a good fix on the bulkhead , Ive also added a triangular bulkhead just behind the mounting for the rudder bar . Speaking of which , ive made this from bent wire and wine foil for the foot straps and this will be fitted after painting of the cockpit.The side consoles have started to be made , the right hand side one is just a bent flat panel with the switches etc on top and the left hand one is a solid panel with throttle quadrant and levers on top . This one will be fitted to the floor after painting . Next steps i think are to get some paint on as its getting busier and will be hard to paint if i add much more . 5B85650E-200F-4BB7-8DCB-F2419246837F.jpegA594D4B0-3908-4468-840A-C212D91C5509.jpegAFCCFD5D-0332-4C58-B3F8-8F61393E38A8.jpeg
 

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Awesome scratch work Tony, making a huge difference to the kit
 

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So wot are you gonna do with Gort? No way does he look as good as the rest. I suppose you could always scratch a replica of Klaatu's ship though ..... now that would be good!
 

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So wot are you gonna do with Gort? No way does he look as good as the rest. I suppose you could always scratch a replica of Klaatu's ship though ..... now that would be good!
Great work on the cockpit. Any plans for the 'sort of' Dr Who alien pilot thing ?
Not sure yet colin but hes too weird to throw away !
So wot are you gonna do with Gort? No way does he look as good as the rest. I suppose you could always scratch a replica of Klaatu's ship though ..... now that would be good!
I think i’ll be all scratched out by the time ive finished with this one dave!
Cheers tony
 

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Well i thought it was about time i got some primer on the cockpit. Its had a couple of coats of the UMP black primer , which i heard is the same as badger stynlrez. Once this has cured for at least 24 hours ill start and get some colour on . Ive been making the two kidney shaped instrument panels by cutting and drilling plastic card . The thinner pieces are for the back which i put behind before spraying black , this way ill have a backing piece with the instruments marked so i can scratch some vague details with a pin and once placed back behind the front drilled piece and glazed with a drop of varnish should look ok. If im not happy then ive always got some generic individual instrument decals to use instead. Cheers tony
 

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The cockpit has had a coat of paint before i add any more bits that would make it more difficult to do later . It is a very light grey green colour which i matched from photos to Tamiya xf 12 jn grey . While this was drying i started tackling some of the other areas that need attention. The top wing and elevators have the control surfaces marked out as a raised line so i had to rescribe these , bit of a bugger as the ailerons are not a straight line but i got it done with the help of some dymo tape my trumpeter scriber and the razor saw.I also cleaned up the mould seam lines and flash on these and the undecarriage legs . The wheels are meant to be trapped between the two halves of the spat but this would have meant i had to mask them up later on so I cut a slot in the wheel and it can be inserted last off after painting. 309180E4-0343-422F-B1BA-60DBC841919E.jpeg4C51DD10-BEB9-4A2A-BE62-E09AD2E28D55.jpegB661C1DA-E68E-4BF8-B3EB-6DBA6DF321AD.jpeg453300B8-5CD5-4692-B9A4-E30A2A292A3B.jpeg0237747A-702C-43FD-8452-F3AA173F467F.jpeg49B534F7-213C-4C71-8FE9-405881355D85.jpeg309180E4-0343-422F-B1BA-60DBC841919E.jpeg4C51DD10-BEB9-4A2A-BE62-E09AD2E28D55.jpegB661C1DA-E68E-4BF8-B3EB-6DBA6DF321AD.jpeg453300B8-5CD5-4692-B9A4-E30A2A292A3B.jpeg0237747A-702C-43FD-8452-F3AA173F467F.jpeg49B534F7-213C-4C71-8FE9-405881355D85.jpeg16776833-006A-4E15-AB53-B75D664FE978.jpeg
 
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I’m calling the instrument panels done , they've had the backing stuck on and the dials glazed with clear varnish. I gave the front face a coat of black grey to make the black dials stand out better. The cockpit has had a few more details added on the right hand console , these will be picked out in colours later on. There were three main areas of this kit that required major attention , the cockpit , the engine and the cowling , ive started to address the first two , and now ive been looking at sorting the cowling out. I started by sanding off the raised , cooling flaps and drilling and cutting out slots for the exhausts and machine guns. The ridge about 12mm back from the front edge is too far back so i glued a two mm strip of plastic card around the cowling to move this further forward to make the access panels behind it the right size. I have yet to finish scribing these and the newly positioned , closed cooling gills. Another thing that is notable for its absence is the 28 small oval bumps around the cowling ( 2 per cylinder, its a 14 cylinder radial , even though the kit only gives a full front 7 ) I plan to add these using tiny nail art jewels , the placement is going to be a tricky one though! 64FFC398-4507-406E-8456-A23C59ABDD42.jpeg1F95409F-4E48-4EFC-BC2D-E9DF01F3DDE1.jpeg6069B2FE-67E7-44B4-BEAE-696F9599A18C.jpeg682CFE8B-1F7F-4ED3-A2CC-C7D984D11C01.jpegCCD1DD7A-0DFD-4A7C-BBD3-A0BE7B8A08E0.jpegE615E74E-306D-433F-BA11-3004A6282A8F.jpegA28AE4D8-4ED5-4F6C-817F-5A62DC4E64A0.jpeg314B3A24-1797-4A9C-898E-D43D793C1839.jpeg
 

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Little bit more done on the cockpit today. The instrument panels have been glued to each fuselage half and another piece of tubular frame added underneath each panel. The right hand side of the cockpit has had the details painted, but theres still a few more bits to do , the next area to be sorted is the control column and its associated linkages and the rudder bar , then its onto the other side of the cockpit and the seat and belts:tired:88EF9ECB-8333-4269-86EB-EBBD1BA8D3EB.jpegF057978B-FEE5-4EC3-B399-55068F3D4C11.jpeg4BA1B398-7B94-480C-AB91-425789BEABF7.jpegCheers tony
 
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