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eBay Has Xotic-72 FIAT RS.14 Kit For Sale...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:42 pm

...yes indeed: eBay 1/72 Xotic 72 Fiat RS-14, gazillion moons since I'd seen any up for sale on the Internet. One am building - and will be done with tomorrow July 23rd - cost well over U.S. $50 when I'd bought it c.2012, two years spent searching for the bugger, this beauty is going for a cool $100 though no bidders yet, auction closes this Saturday July 27th. Ain't gonna buy this nor any other Aviation USK-ish RS.14 kit, if a new-tooled 1/72 scale one came out that's another matter altogether.

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Xotic-72 FIAT RS.14

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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:56 pm

Nice job Richard, send in a short article.
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Yes...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:11 pm

Editor wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:56 pm
Nice job Richard, send in a short article.
...will get to it along with those you'd asked for earlier in this discussion thread next month. Another heat wave underway, too hot for a big kit build but staring the "what if" five-cannon SUPERMODEL FIAT G.55 one tomorrow for posting on Beyond The Sprues website. The Piaggio P.108A/B/T kits builds will take up rest of 2019, first up the Cunarmodel P.108T resin conversion, starting on it next month also.
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Vincent Fiore » Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:24 am

Beautifully done. Is this a vac-form or injected?

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Thanks...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:30 am

Vincent Fiore wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:24 am
Beautifully done. Is this a vac-form or injected?
...injected with clear vacuform & etched brass parts.

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Cunarmodel+Special Hobby Piaggio P.108T Build In Progress

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:00 pm

Build Progress Reports Will Be Continuously Posted Here, Photos Of The Built Model Will Be In A Separate Posting

The Piaggio P.108B (Bombardieri) was wartime Italy's only operational strategic four-engine bomber, 24 constructed including one prototype. In addition, one P.108A Artigliere ("Gunner") variant armed with a nose-mounted 90mm Cannon da 90/53 was constructed well as one P.108C (Civile), twelve P.108T (Transporti) featuring cargo carrying fuselages similar in profile to the American-built Douglas DC-4.

The 1/72 scale Cunardmodel P.108T resin kit with clear vacuform window parts is the only one available of this Italian transport in any scale it requiring a Special Hobby P.108A/B injection molded one as a parts donor. The kit is large well as potentially difficult to build so will take up to a month in doing so, below is a photo of the open-box kits:

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July 31, 2019

- > Separated fuselage halves from sprue nibs, broke off fuselage edges whilst pulling some nibs off :x successfully glued them back on :thumbup:

- > Large one-piece interior part & pass-through mainwing weight bearing spar successfully separated from sprue nibs, test-fitting shown below:

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- > Photo also shows ALL other kit parts in bags, ALL kit assembly instructions are on the single paper sheet!

- > The kit comes with a 14-page two-sided copied supplement published by CMPR of all Piaggio P.108 variants including period photographs & profile line drawings, will employ it along with my Ali d'Italia No.15 P.108 for the build.

August 1, 2019

- > Port fuselage halve window openings & keel edges trimmed, filed & sanded, spot puttying necessary around & over some sprue nib cuts.

August 2, 2019

- > Starboard fuselage halve window openings & keel edges trimmed, filed & sanded, spot puttying necessary around & over sprue nib cuts.

- > Single-piece flight deck & cargo hold floor trimmed, filed & sanded, large additional rectangular cargo hold floor piece glued in place.

- > Fuselage halve, interior parts dry fitting OK, top fit good, keel fit uneven, extensive puttying necessary after fuselage halves are glue joined.

- > Fuselage halve gluing will be difficult, evaluating ways to make it "least painful" as possible.

August 3, 2019

- > Fuselage halve opening rims painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", viewing aesthetics better than painting them a light color or not at all.

- > Twelve cargo cabin vacuform windows cut & glued in place on fuselage halves, others will be placed later.

August 4, 2019

- > All remaining fuselage windows cut & glued in place on fuselage halves good results; kit lacked clear vacuform parts for all windows, fabricated these from clear plastic sheet styrene.

- > Spray paint masking now commences for the windows, fuselage halve interior side ones first, tedious work but necessary!

August 5, 2019

- > Spray paint masking done, fuselage halve interiors painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosine, good results :thumbup:

August 6, 2019

- > Several sheet plastic strips cut, sanded, glued & backsides painted Verde Anticorrosine along fuselage halve edges as "hot spots" to join with styrene liquid glue instead of cyanoacrylate gels, doing so hopefully will allow more drying time whilst aligning the halves well as not crazing resin surfaces along the join.

August 7, 2019

- > Large fight deck/cargo hold floor interior & mainwings weight support & bracing part base painted Verde Anticorrosione, pilot & copilot seats base painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

August 8, 2019

- > Cockpit flight deck parts painted & assembled; kit parts throughout, rudder bars were fabricated from sheet plastic:

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- > Spacious fuselage interior lends itself to super-detailing, time & expense beyond my desire in doing so never mind lacking photos & pertinent information in doing so.

August 9, 2019

- > German aerial machine gun mounts fabricated & painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel glued in place:

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- > Final cockpit/cargo deck part on fuselage halve interiors dry fit tests followed by halve glue joining tomorrow, praying all goes well!

August 10, 2019

- > Fuselage halves glue joined, seams puttied, got good results :thumbup:

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- > Dorsal joins came off OK, issues with ventral, i.e. two sets of fuselage interior glue nibs broke off whilst gluing them together :evil: salvaged situation striping on superglue gel along seams, squeezing them together with taught masking tape.

- > Masking tape was applied parallel to glue joins to contain putty whilst filling the joins in, began using this technique recently with other model builds, wish had done so with past builds :(

- > Fuselage set aside till tomorrow for putty to dry, gluing on rudder sail well as masking transparencies for painting comes next.

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- > One-piece rudder & sail glued on fuselage & puttied:

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August 11, 2019

- > Special Hobby P.108A kit tailplanes glued on fuselage, putty filled, filed & sanded:

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- > Plastic sheet extenders glued on tailplane-fuselage rear fairings,

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August 12, 2019

- > Fuselage assembly topsides spray painted Humbrol 91 Matt Black Green + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Verde Oliva Scuro 2:

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August 13, 2019

- > Mainwing & engine nacelle components glued together:

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- > Outer nacelle gun turret holes plugged with trimmed & sanded curved styrene plastic parts saved from a previous Italian model kit build, near perfect fits :thumbup:

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August 14, 2019

- > Fuselage assembly undersides painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White enamels replicating Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1:

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August 15, 2019

- > Engine nacelles painted, assembled, glued on mainwings they test fitted with fuselage:

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August 16, 2019

- > Mainwing topsides spray painted Verde Oliva Scuro 2, set aside to dry till Sunday.

- > Image last several days Image again today, taking rest of day off from model building :|

August 17, 2019

- > Engine nacelles & main landing gear doors trimmed & sanded, insides painted Verde Anticorrosione, nacelle exteriors base painted Verde Oliva Scuro 2.

- > Disc-shaped engine part crankcases painted Testors Model Master 2105 Dark Blue Grey other areas Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > Four propellers assembled from injected plastic blades & resin hubs; two sets of blades & hubs glued together in clockwise & counterclockwise directions per wartime P.108T photos, blades spray painted "special mix" with Testors Flat Yellow enamel tips, painting hubs tomorrow.

- > Main landing gear wheels assembled, filed & sanded, hubs spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum, tires Testors Flat Rubber, Black & White "special mix" enamels.

- > Main landing gear struts & retraction bars trimmed & sanded spray painted aluminum.
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by BillShu » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:49 pm

I look forward to this build.

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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:33 pm

Great job on the interior.
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Thanks...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:11 pm

Editor wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:33 pm
Great job on the interior.
Half of it is made up despite having Ali d'Italia 15 P.108 monograph photos to work with though alas not enough. The cockpit deck is grossly inaccurate, pilots would need arms long as their bodies to reach the center flight controls :crazy: Tomorrow will scratch build & paint beam & ventral machine gun mounts, following test fits of the single-piece cockpit & cargo deck will glue the fuselage halves together praying all while no disasters along the way!

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