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Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:49 pm

Editor wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:05 pm
wow it came out beautiful, another gem for the Gallery!
...Maybe last build in Bianco Avorio 5, one of the en route LF/KORA SAIMAN 202s could be base painted the color, Humbrol 148 Matt Radome Tan tin's almost empty, hopefully enough left for the SAIMAN build. Must yet decide schemes for the Aviation USK/Xotic-72 SM.84s, one definitely will be VOS2 with GAC1 mottles per photo I'd seen in this livery, gotta find it, be sure got decals to render it as well.
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Group IV Aviation USK/Xotic-72 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84s, Valom Caproni Campini N.1, LF/KORA Models SAIMAN 202 Variants

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:13 pm

GROUP IV PLASTIC MODEL BUILDS ARE COMPLETE

Build Progress Reports Will Be Continuously Posted Here, Photos Of Built Models Will Be On Separate Postings

The Aviation USK/Xotic-72 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84s, Valom Caproni Campini N.1, LF/KORA Models SAIMAN 202bis & 202/M variants are the last injected plastic kits left in inventory, the last "Italians" in this casting medium pending any new aircraft subject releases now till end of 2022 when will retire from scale modeling.

The 2000-vintage Aviation USK AV2025 & re-boxed Xotic-72 AU2025 were the only 1/72 scale SM.84 model kits available till release of the superior SEM Model resin in 2018 none of which in production, difficult as well coming across on the secondary market particularly the SEM Model kit. Missing out on buying the superior SEM Model kit when released now must build the inaccurate though easier to build Aviation USK & Xotic-72 ones they being the first two Group IV builds:

Aviation USK/Xotic-72 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84s Builds In Progress

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June 26, 2020

- > Major kit parts & associated sub components separated from sprues, trimmed, sanded, glue join areas & blemishes puttied interiors of some spray painted out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors:

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- > Resin sprues on engine reverse sides sanded down to fit inside painted engine cowling interiors, engines must be painted before assembling cowlings, doing so later.

- > More filing & sanding work needed on mainwing engine/landing gear nacelle units, interiors spray painted before gluing them on lower mainwings, doing it later.

- > Torpedoes assembled, other kit parts must be glued on before painting them.

June 27, 2020

- > All propellers for both kits assembled, tedious work :crazy:

- > All engine nacelle interiors & mainwing mount areas on lower mainwings spray painted out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors.

- > All engine nacelles trimmed, filed & smooth-sanded, glued in place on mainwings, edge seams putted, laborious work :frown: smooth-sanding seams tomorrow.

- > All resin engine parts base spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels.

June 28, 2020

- > All mainwing-engine nacelles, mainwing edges finish filed & smooth sanded laborious work :frown:

June 29, 2020

- > All kit pilot & co-pilot seat frames spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum, seat covers Rust enamels.

- > Kit etched brass seat belts spray painted Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth, buckle ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on seat frames.

- > Kit lacked torso belts, fabricated them from cut strips of spray painted Humbrol 29 over Scotch Magic Mending Tape ends hand painted Aluminum, glued in place on seat frames.

- > Kit clear printed-on cockpit instrument panel plastic films trimmed & glued on injected plastic panel base parts.

- > Kit etched brass cockpit instrument panels over-spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, engine control levers Aluminum.

- > Brass cockpit instrument panel parts cut out of frames, aligned & glued over instrument panel plastic films, OK results, assembled units set aside for now.

- > Kit lacked beam guns & mounts, rectangular plastic beam gun port covers were provided however.

- > Two spare SUPERMODEL Savoia-Marchetti S.81 kit Lewis Guns modified to appear as generic 12.7mm machine guns spray painted "special mix", gun mounts fabricated from styrene sheet plastic spray painted Aluminum, parts assembled, guns vertically trainable.

- > Rectangular kit-provided plastic beam gun port covers alternately glued in place starboard/port model kit fuselage halves, mounts for the gun mount assemblies fabricated from sheet plastic also alternately glued in place port/starboard model kit fuselage halves.

- > Vertically trainable gun & mount assemblies test fitted on fuselage interior halve mounts, guns can train horizontally as well, good results :thumbup:

June 30, 2020

- > Kit fuselage halve interiors, bulkheads, cabin & flight decks base spray painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors.

- > All kit & fabricated fuselage interior cockpit parts assembled, painted, glued in place on forward flight deck, good results :thumbup:

- > Molded on forward flight deck rudder pedals hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

- > Kit lacked aileron & tailplane control column parts, fabricated sets from styrene sheet plastic, glued on kit provided steering yokes, assemblies spray painted Aluminum, yoke handles hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels, glued in in place in front of rudder pedals.

- > Kit engine control consoles parts spray painted "special mix" center-glued in place in front of control column crossbars.

- > Aluminum over sprayed kit brass engine control levers cut from frames, glued in place on engine control columns, detail hand-painted aluminum & "special mix".

- > Bulkheads yet to be glued on flight decks, doing that later.

July 1, 2020

- > Fuselage halve window ledges spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" for better visual aesthetics.

- > Kit clear plastic fuselage window parts cut from sheets, glued in fuselage halve orifices, very tedious work :crazy: :evil:

July 2, 2020

- > Bulkheads glued on flight decks:

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- > Flight decks & cabin floors glued in place on alternate fuselage halve sides:

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- > Trainable fuselage beam guns inserted, retaining rings glued in place below mounts:

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- > Fuselage halves glued together, some seam puttying necessary, good results :thumbup:

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July 3, 2020

- > Inaccurate though usable kit clear vacuformed styrene plastic cockpit canopies cut out from sheets, trimmed, filed & sanded to curve-fit over fuselage cockpits.

- > Fuselage cockpit edges hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" for better visual aesthetics.

- > Fit-tested vacuformed canopies glued over fuselage cockpits, good fits generally, windshield gap puttying necessary on one fuselage, slight rear canopy bowing over fuselage on another, not noticeable enough to require puttying.

- > Kit clear vacuformed styrene plastic ventral fuselage gunner's gondolas cut from sheets, trimmed, filed & sanded to flat-fit over scribed ventral fuselage areas.

- > Scribed ventral fuselage areas masked-off, spray painted "special mix" for better visual aesthetics.

- > Gondolas forward windows masked-off, glued in place over scribed ventral fuselage areas, tricky work :crazy: acceptable results.

- > One poorly glued-on gondola had to be pried off :wtf: ventral fuselage area paint removed & re-sprayed, gondola outsides & insides cleaned-up, glued back on, disaster averted though just :shifty:

- > Ventral fuselage-gondola join areas edge masked, gondolas over sprayed out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors.

- > Masking over cockpit canopy windows, spray painting canopies Model Master 1726 tomorrow.

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- > Fuselage cockpit canopy windows masked-off, very tedious work :crazy:

- > Visible longitudinal center canopy join seams needed to be putty filled, scraped & sanded several times, more tedious work :crazy: :evil: canopies over-sprayed Model Master 1726 enamel, acceptable results.

July 5, 2020

- > Kit one-piece tailplane parts trimmed, filed, sanded, test fitted over rear dorsal fuselage attachment areas (some starboard side trimming was necessary), good fits & horizontal centering relative to fuselages :esmile:

- > Poorly molded-on two-point tailplane attachment lugs for rudder sail assemblies cut off, adjacent attachment areas sanded, one centered hole drilled in each attachment area well as in corresponding rudder sail assembly.

- > Cut circular styrene plastic pieces from parts spares glued in each tailplane hole as replacement attachment lugs, rudder sail assemblies test fitted, good results :esmile: allows precise three axis centering whilst gluing together later.

- > One-piece tailplane units glued in place over fuselage attachment areas, flat triangular dorsal tail parts trimmed & sanded, glued in place over fuselage tail cones, some puttying & shape-sanding necessary, very good results :biggrin:

- > Fuselage mainwing assemblies glued in place on fuselages, tricky work :crazy: fusalage wings roots tad thin relative to assemblies, positioned latters flush with upper root join line, putty filled all joins, acceptable results:

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- > SM.84s had fuselage-wing root emergency fuel dump pipes, fabricated them from cut-shaped styrene sheet plastic, glued in place per page 194 photo in Chris Dunning's Courage Alone The Italian Air Force 1940-1943:

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- > Engine crankcases hand painted Testors Model Master 2105 Dark Blue Gray, assembling engine & cowling parts later this week.

July 6, 2020

- > Fuselage-mainwing puttied joins of both models shape filed & sanded, tedious work :crazy: some re-puttying & sanding necessary, acceptable results.

- > Model mainwing leading edge landing gear light slots hand painted Testors Silver & Flat Aluminum, kit clear vacuform plastic mainwing leading edge landing gear light cover parts cut out of sheets, filed & sanded, glued in place in slots, acceptable results.

- > Propeller drive shaft holes drilled in all resin model engine parts, propellers test fitted, good results.

- > All engine & cowling units assembled, high-anxiety effort start to finish :shock:

- > Circular resin engine parts way too narrow relative to engine cowling interiors, solution after several tries was gluing cut styrene sheet plastic tabs & spacers on engines & cowling interiors, spacers center engines, tabs horizontal & vertical engine alignment relative to cowlings whilst gluing together, kluge though workable :esmile:

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- > Assembled engine & cowling units inspected, join puttying necessary on some, finishing cutting, filing & sanding them later.

- > Propellers test fitted over engine & cowling units; port mainwing props turn counter-clockwise per SM.84 period photos:

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July 7, 2020

- > Assembled engine & cowling unit seams scraped & finish sanded, forward cowling halves spray painted Testors Flat White one set over-sprayed Testors Flat Yellow enamels per period photos & painting information regarding SM.84 unit identification markings.

- > Propellers spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", yellow over white blade tips, hubs hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, good results, painting blade reverse side synchronization stripes, applying propeller manufacturer logo decals later.

July 8, 2020

- > Largely assembled models base spray painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3 (GM3), Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 (GAC1) enamels.

- > GM3 applied over model topsides, surrounding mainwing & tailplane leading edges, main landing gear nacelle fronts for yet to be determined applications of other mimetico camouflage colors.

- > GAC1 applied over entire model per CMPR/GAVS Schema E2 ala IPMS-Italy color chart specific to some Savoia-Marchetti SM.84s, Azzurro 11 to be applied later.

- > Models set aside to dry overnight:

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July 9, 2020

- > GM3 base painted model topsides & rudder units laboriously spray painted Humbrol 120 Matt Light Green + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Verde Mimetico 53192, Testors Model Master 2009 British Crimson + Humbrol 118 Matt US Tan 80/20 mix + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Marrone Mimetico 2 per CMPR/GAVS Schema 10b ala IPMS-Italy color chart, excellent results :thumbup:

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July 10, 2020

- > CMPR/GAVS Schema 10b ala IPMS-Italy color chart painted model undersides & mainwing wheel cover outsides sprayed Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico, good results.

- > Yellow painted engine cowlings masked off, rear halves sprayed Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3, Humbrol 120 Matt Light Green + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Verde Mimetico 53192, Testors Model Master 2009 British Crimson + Humbrol 118 Matt US Tan 80/20 mix + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Marrone Mimetico 2 per CMPR/GAVS Schema 10b ala IPMS-Italy color chart, good results.

July 11, 2020

- > Image conditions made for :crazy: working today.

- > All assembled kit engine oil cooler units painted & glue-mounted on models, acceptable results.

- > Cooler housings too tall per period SM.84 photos, sanded them down 25%.

- > Cooler housing interiors spray & hand painted out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors, oil cooler parts hand painted Testors Brass enamels.

- > Three cooler housing exteriors spray painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Grigio Mimetico other three Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Giorgio Azzurro Chiaro 1 (GAC1) enamels.

- > All kit engine cowling dorsal ram air inlet parts partially painted, glue-mounted on engine cowlings.

- > Period SM.84 photos show center-mounted air guide stakes inside inlets, fabricated sets from sheet styrene plastic strips, glued them in place, all inlet interiors spray painted Model Master 1726 emamel.

- > Three inlet exteriors spray painted GAC1, glued in place over GAC1 base-painted engine cowling rear dorsal areas, set aside for more painting later.

- > Other three inlet exteriors partially painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3, Humbrol 120 Matt Light Green + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Verde Mimetico 53192, Testors Model Master 2009 British Crimson + Humbrol 118 Matt US Tan 80/20 mix + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels extending Schema 10b mimetico of parent engine cowlings subsequently glued in place over them, set aside for more painting later.

July 12, 2020

- > Image conditions made for :crazy: working today as well.

- > Testors Flat White enamel identification band painted around CMPR/GAVS Schema C10b ala IPMS-Italy color chart model's rear fuselage:

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- > All assembled engine & cowling units fully painted:

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- > GAC1 base painted units spray painted Humbrol 25 Matt Blue mottles replicating Azzurro 11 pneumatic piping color employed on some wartime SM.84s ala CMPR/GAVS Schema E2 ala IPMS-Italy color chart.

July 13, 2020

- > All GAC1 model topsides & rudder units spray painted Humbrol 25 Matt Blue + 36% Testors Flat White shading replicating Azzurro 11 ala CMPR/GAVS Schema E2 ala IPMS-Italy color chart, very satisfying results :biggrin: :thumbup:

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July 14, 2020

- > Testors Flat White enamel identification band painted around CMPR/GAVS Schema E2 ala IPMS-Italy color chart model's rear fuselage.

- > Kits lack mainwing navigation light parts, fabricated them from cut & shape-sanded styrene plastic parts, holes drilled near mainwing leading edge tips, pieces glued in place, hand over-painted camouflage colors, Testors & Model Master Flat Green & Insignia Red enamels stippled on part ends, OK results.

- > SM.84s had additional navigation lights above/below mainwings behind those on wing leading edges, replicated them by drilling shallow holes filled in with Green & Insignia Red, OK results.

- > Kit mainwing tri-fasci water decals cut from sheets & applied, good results:

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July 15, 2020

- > Kit "258-2" & small fuselage fascio water decals applied on CMPR/GAVS Schema E2 ala IPMS-Italy color chart model's rear fuselage sides, good results.

- > SKY Models 72019 "204" + unit logos, large kit fuselage fascio decals applied on CMPR/GAVS Schema C10b ala IPMS-Italy color chart model's rear fuselage sides, good results.

- > Poly Scale Flat Black & White "special mix" acrylics sprayed around fuselage noses, mainwing landing gear nacelles of both models replicating engine blow-by grime, good results.

- > Both models & assembled engine cowling units over-sprayed with Testors Clear Semi-Gloss Lacquer, window maskings removed, windows cleaned & covered with clear machine oil, good results.

- > Engine cowling units glued on both models, satisfying results :biggrin: :thumbup:

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July 16, 2020

- > Assembled kit torpedoes trimmed & sanded, ready for painting

- > Torpedo break-off tail vane parts trimmed & assembled, ready for painting.

- > All assembled mainwing landing gear & tail wheel tires base spray painted Testors Flat Rubber, Black & White "special mix."

- > Landing gear tire forks trimmed, ready for painting:

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- > All mainwing landing gear strut units assembled, ready for painting.

- > Basic kit landing gear strut parts laboriously super-detailed with cut styrene sheet plastic pieces & EZ Line stretch thread using this SEM Model SM.84 "dry assembled" photo as guide:

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July 17, 2020

- > All kit exhaust pipes, trimmed, filed & sanded, spray & hand painted Testors Flat Steel & Rust "spot mix" enamels, "Pan Pipe" outlets hand painted Flat Black & White "special mix", all glued in assigned places behind engine cowlings, good results.

- > All assembled mainwing landing gear strut units base spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum, oleo shock areas hand painted Silver enamels, good results.

- > All landing gear wheel hubs hand painted Flat Aluminum enamel, treads spray painted Poly Scale Mud acrylic, all mainwing wheels slid in place on landing gear strut units, good results.

- > All now fully assembled mainwing landing gear strut units glue-mounted inside mainwing wheel wells, extremely exasperating work :crazy: :twisted:

- > Scratch fabricated upper oleo shock scissors on "H-struts" pushed against wheel well front bulkheads causing strut bottoms to go off 1.5mm from well mount holes :wtf: H-struts slanting some degrees aft well as slanting inwards towards fuselage :wtf: :twisted: corrections made to reduce rear slant angles, absolutely not wanting to tempt fate those slanting towards fuselage left alone :!:

- > Sets of L-shaped hangers for all kit landing gear wheel well covers fabricated from styrene sheet plastic, glued in place on cover insides, set aside to dry.

- > Assembled torpedoes base spray painted Flat Aluminum enamel, still evaluating whether fabricating retaining pins glued on shackles will allow removing torpedoes for displaying.

July 18, 2020

- > All kit landing gear wheel well covers with L-shaped hangers glued in place along mainwing wheel well edges, good results.

- > SM.84s typically had two mainwing outer leading edge-mounted Pitot tubes just one very generic & too thick tube provided with each model kit, fabricated thinner "not as generic" tube sets from styrene sheet plastic strips & spray camouflage painted them, tube ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum & Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels then glued them in place, good results.

- > All kit aileron & tailplane elevator mass balances separated from sprues, trimmed & finish sanded, two sets of three spray camouflaged, glued in place underneath ailerons & port side elevators, good results, painting & mounting those on upper starboard elevators tomorrow.

- > Cut styrene plastic subs glued above & inside all kit torpedo shackle parts former facilitating glue-mounting them underneath model portside wing roots, latter alternatively placing & removing torpedoes on/off them.

- > Torpedo noses & shackles spray painted Testors Flat Steel enamel.

- > Retaining holes drilled in scribed rectangle areas underneath portside wing roots of both models, torpedo shackles glued in place, good results.

- > Assembled torpedo break-off tail vane units spray & hand-painted Testors Flat White & "special mix" neutral grey & Aluminum enamels, glued them on torpedoes, good results.

- > Shackle mounting holes drilled on torpedo topsides they test fitted for placing & removing them on/off shackles, good results :biggrin:

- > All kit Distintivo di Guerra crosses & House of Savoy crest water decals applied on rudder sail assemblies, good results.

Aviation USK/Xotic-72 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84 Models Complete, See Post Below

LF/KORA Models SAIMAN 202bis & 202/M Builds In Progress

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July 21, 2020

- > SAIMAN 202 historical information via Internet very limited, just two cockpit interior photos of instrument panels available, adjoining areas possibly painted light grey.

- > Kit fuselage halve, wheel spat & engine air scoop interiors, cockpit floors & bulkheads speculatively spray painted light grey Testors Flat Black & White enamels 1:15 mix similar to my c.2010 JACH 72103 SAIMAN 200 kit build.

July 22, 2020

- > All fuselage cockpit parts fully painted & assembled; 202bis kit version fuselage halve cargo window areas cut out, clear injected plastic windows glued in place, extensive portside window sill puttying necessary, good results:

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- > Kit instrument panel water decals applied over Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" spray painted plastic mountings, millimeter too wide either side, trimmed decals & mounts to snugly fit over forward cockpit bulkhead, mounts glued on bulkheads, good results.

- > All kit pilot & co-pilot seat frames spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum, seat covers Rust enamels, good results.

- > Kit lacked torso & seat belts, fabricated them from cut strips of spray painted Humbrol 29 over Scotch Magic Mending Tape ends hand painted Aluminum enamels, glued in place on seat frames, seats glued on cockpit floor, good results.

- > Kit joysticks & rudder pedals hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum & "special mix" enamels, glued on cockpit floor, good results.

- > Front & rear cockpit bulkheads glued in place, assembled cockpit interior units test fitted on 202bis & 202/M starboard fuselage halves, good results:

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- > Assembled cockpit interior units test fitted inside closed-up fuselage halves, good results:

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July 23, 2020

- > SAIMAN 202/M assembled cockpit interior unit glued on starboard fuselage halve with no cargo window, port halve also with no cargo window then glued on, clear pour-molded plastic canopy glued over cockpit, OK results.

- > Assembled 202/M cockpit interior unit kept sliding off fuselage halve even with superglue on it :evil: clamping fore & aft cockpit bulkheads down "seated" it though must try different approach gluing the 202bis assembled cockpit interior unit on :!:

- > Gluing on clear pour-molded plastic canopy not as difficult other than beforehand spraying Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamel paint over forward of cockpit dorsal fuselage area for better visual aesthetics the canopy windshield extending some millimeters beyond the forward cockpit edge, OK results.

- > Dorsal & ventral fuselage halve joins needed extensive puttying & shape-sanding, aft canopy-fuselage glue join also needed to be puttied over & knife-shaped, noticeable gaps between port/starboard fuselage cockpit & canopy covered with glued-on cut styrene plastic shims, OK results.

- > Clunkily molded one-piece mainwing part extensively trimmed, filed & sanded, assembled fuselage ventral areas where it seats also trimmed, several test fits of both made then glued together, OK results, dorsal fore & aft dorsal fuselage-mainwing joins on fuselage sides will be puttied over tomorrow.

July 24, 2020

- > SAIMAN 202/M fuselage-mainwing joins along fuselage sides puttied over & knife-shaped, OK results.

- > Ventral fuselage halve join had to be re-puttied over & smooth-sanded, OK results.

- > SAIMAN 202bis assembled cockpit interior unit glued on starboard fuselage halve with cargo window, port halve also with cargo window then glued on, good results.

- > Assembled 202bis cockpit interior unit didn't slide off fuselage halve with superglue on it though had to clamp down aft cockpit bulkhead to "seat" it on the halve, OK results.

- > Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamel paint over forward of cockpit dorsal fuselage area for better visual aesthetics the canopy windshield extending some millimeters beyond the forward cockpit edge, OK results, gluing on pour-molded plastic canopy tomorrow.

- > Clunkily molded one-piece mainwing part extensively trimmed, filed & sanded, trimming assembled fuselage ventral areas tomorrow before gluing together.

July 25, 2020

- > Image conditions made for :crazy: working today.

- > SAIMAN 202bis dorsal & ventral fuselage halve joins puttied & shape-sanded, aft canopy-fuselage glue join also needed to be puttied over & knife-shaped, noticeable gaps between port/starboard fuselage cockpit & canopy covered with glued-on cut styrene plastic shims, OK results.

- > Clunkily molded one-piece mainwing part extensively trimmed, filed & sanded, assembled fuselage ventral areas where it seats also trimmed, several test fits of both made then glued together, OK results.

- > Dorsal fore & aft dorsal fuselage-mainwing joins on fuselage sides puttied over & knife-shaped, OK results.

- > SAIMAN 202bis & 202/M cockpit canopy frames masked off, panes speculatively over-spray painted light grey Testors Flat Black & White enamels 1:15 mix similar to my c.2010 JACH 72103 SAIMAN 200 kit build.

- > Entire 202/M fuselage-mainwing assembly speculatively spray painted Testors Flat Black, White, Light Blue 1:15:5 enamel mix approximating the light blue finish of the post-WWII restored Museum of Aviation Rimini, Emilia-Romagna Italy's 202/M.

- > Topsides & underneath wing leading edges of SAIMAN 202bis fuselage-mainwing assembly spray painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Giallo Mimetico 3:

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July 26, 2020

- > Image conditions again made for :crazy: working today.

- > SAIMAN 202bis & 202/M starboard fuselage engine carburetor air scoop inlet & manual starter crank holes drilled out.

- > Fuselage engine canopy noses, rudder-sails, tailplane & underwing support parts separated from sprues, trimmed & sanded, one tailplane & support set glued on SAIMAN 202/M, good results.

- > Mainwing landing gear wheels & spat parts separated from sprues, trimmed & sanded, spats glued together one set glued underneath 202/M mainwings.

- > 202/M engine canopy nose, wheel spats, rudder-sail, tailplane & underwing supports over-sprayed Testors Flat Black, White, Light Blue 1:15:5 enamel mix approximating the light blue finish of the post-WWII restored Museum of Aviation Rimini, Emilia-Romagna Italy's 202/M, good results.

- > 202bis rudder-sail & engine canopy nose spray painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Giallo Mimetico 3.

- > 202/M canopy frames over-sprayed Testors Flat Aluminum enamel per Museum of Aviation Rimini, Emilia-Romagna Italy's 202/M, good results.

July 27, 2020

- > Image conditions yet again made for :crazy: working today.

- > Selected SAIMAN 202/M build option depicting Generale Rino Corso Fougier's (1894-1963) personal aircraft seen at Roma-Centocelle April 1942 calls for rudder-sail tri-color markings, rudder-sail masked-off, base spray painted Testors Flat White enamel, after drying masked-off again, over-sprayed Testors Flat Green & Model Master Insignia Red enamels, good results.

- > 202/M build option also calls for white fuselage & mainwing bands, masked-off & spray painted Flat White, good results.

LF/KORA SAIMAN 202/M Model Complete, See Post Below

July 29, 2020

- > Image conditions still yet again made for :crazy: working today.

- > Selected SAIMAN 202bis build option depicting civilly registered I-ABIU in Regia Aeronautica Italian mimetico east Africa 1940.

- > Humbrol 103 Matt Army Green & Testors Model Master 1702 Field Drab enamel equivalents of kit specified Mr Color/Hobby acrylics respectively replicating Verde Mimetico 1 & Marrone Mimetico 1 with 36% Flat White shading sprayed over all 202bis model topsides & around mainwing & tailplane leading edges in CMPR/GAVS Schema C1 pattern, set aside to dry.

July 30, 2020

- > Image conditions still yet again made for :crazy: working today.

- > SAIMAN 202bis kit Alfa Romeo 110 engine part hand-painted Testors Flat Steel & "special mix" spot mix, glued inside mimetico-painted engine canopy nose part, assembly glued on fuselage nose (same procedure with 202/M build), good results.

- > All model undersides including tailplane & braces spray painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico, good results.

- > Mainwing walkway tread areas masked-off & spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" (same procedure with 202/M build), good results.

- > Port & starboard cockpit canopy retraction handles fabricated from cut styrene plastic pieces, glued in place, hand over-painted "special mix" (same procedure with 202/M build), good results.

- > Canopy frames over-sprayed Testors Flat Aluminum enamel per kit painting instructions & period 202bis & 202/M photos, good results.

- > Tailplane glued in place over rear dorsal fuselage, forward dorsal join spot puttying & knife-shaping necessary (same procedure with 202/M build), join over-sprayed with Testors Model Master 1702 Field Drab + 36% Flat White shading replicating Marrone Mimetico 1, under-tailplane braces glued in place, good results.

- > Main landing gear wheels could not fit in spats :twisted: 2/3rds of them cut off, glued over spat bottoms (same procedure with 202/M build), spats spray painted Grigio Mimetico, wheels hand-painted Testors Flat Aluminum & Flat Rubber, Black & White "special mix", good results.

LF/KORA SAIMAN 202bis Model Complete, See Post Below

Valom Caproni Campini N.1 (CC N.1) Likely Last Year 2020 Injected-Plastic Italian Aircraft Subject Build In Progress

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August 1, 2020

- > CC N.1 fuselage halves, one-piece lower, two upper mainwing parts, fuselage flight crew deck & seats separated from sprues, all edges trimmed, filed, sanded & test fitted, seats glued on flight crew deck.

- > Parts interiors, flight crew deck & seat spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel per kit instructions & period Internet photos, set aside to dry, more fuselage halve interior painting later.

- > Mainwing parts glued together, set aside for more working on later.

August 2, 2020

- > Assembled CC N.1 mainwing unit leading edge join seams putty filled, set aside for more working on later.

- > Fuselage halve interiors aft of cockpit flight crew deck areas spray painted Testors Flat Steel, good results.

- > Kit resin fuselage nose air impeller clean-trimmed, spray painted flat steel, back plate area Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", good results.

- > Cockpit flight crew deck assembled, satisfying results :biggrin: :thumbup:

- > Pilot & co-pilot seats hand painted Testors Rust enamel.

- > Kit brass etched torso & lap seat belts spray painted Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth, buckles & seat attachments hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on seats.

- > Kit brass etched rudder control pedal parts spray painted Aluminum, glued in place on flight deck.

- > Aileron & elevator control column spray painted Aluminum, steering yokes "special mix", glued in place on flight deck.

August 3, 2020

- > All CC.N.1 kit fuselage interior assemblies completed, glued in place on fuselages halve interiors, satisfying results :biggrin: :thumbup:

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- > Kit etched brass flight crew controls spray & hand-painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" & Aluminum enamels.

- > Cockpit flight crew deck assembly needed to be glued on port fuselage halve interior first, flight crew controls glued in place afterwards, tricky work :crazy: port controls then glued on starboard halve interior, good results.

- > Kit-provided plastic "bridge" between pilot & copilot painted Aluminum, glued in place on port fuselage halve interior.

- > Kit provided cockpit flight instruments printed on clear plastic sheet not at all aligned with holes in kit etched brass instrument panel covers :twisted: clear styrene plastic sheets glued on cover backsides & cut out, sheet backsides spray painted "special mix" spot mix lightened replicating instrument dials, kluge for sure OK results nevertheless.

- > Mounting instrument panels on port fuselage halve interior problematic :think: wedges cut from styrene plastic, glued on instrument panel backsides, copilot's panel glued underneath the bridge, pilot's panel on cut plastic shim glued on top fuselage halve interior edge, good results:

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- > Fully painted resin nose impeller glued in place on starboard fuselage halve interior:

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- > Jet exhaust cone assembled & spray painted Testors Flat Steel & Silver enamels, circular plastic cone mount spray painted Flat Steel & "special mix", cone mount glued in place on starboard fuselage halve interior, cone assembly unit slid in mount, good results:

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August 4, 2020

- > CC N.1 fuselage halves glued together in stages, join seams extensively puttied afterwards, tricky work :crazy:

- > Cockpit flight deck popped out of starboard fuselage halve interior retaining rail whilst gluing halves together causing copilot's steering yoke to pop out of alignment :wtf: removed, trimmed to fit, repainted, glued it back on control column, forced flight deck back on retaining rail, glued it in place, OK results.

- > Mainwing assembly unit leading & trailing edges extensively knife-trimmed & shape-sanded, additional puttying necessary in places, OK results.

- > Fuselage & mainwing assembly units knife-trimmed to fit, units glued together, join seams extensively puttied, OK results:

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August 5, 2020

- > All CC N.1 puttied fuselage & mainwing assembly joins finish-sanded, OK results.

- > Vacuformed clear pliant plastic flight crew canopies cut from forming sheet, trimmed & sanded, test fitted, OK results.

- > Pilot cockpit canopy originally was to be closed, poor test fits changed mind, cut off windscreen, knife & sand-shaped it to sit in front of cockpit, OK results.

- > Pilot & copilot sliding canopy sections knife & shaped-sanded to fit over dorsal fuselage spine in open position, OK results.

- > Dorsal fuselage area forward of pilot cockpit where windscreen will be seated spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels for better visual aesthetics.

- > Tailplanes & rudder sail kit parts glued in place, seams puttied, clunky fits though OK results.

- > Fuselage nose air intake ring separated from sprue, trimmed & sanded, insides spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, glued in place, join puttied, OK results:

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August 6, 2020

- > CC N.1 tailplane, rudder sail & fuselage nose air intake ring puttied join seams finished-sanded.

- > Pilot's clear vacuform windscreen masked-off, glued in place in front of cockpit, over-sprayed Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels for better visual aesthetics.

- > Entire model sprayed painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, good results, set aside to dry till tomorrow August 7th.

- > Spots on fuselage nose air intake ring join seam needed to be re-puttied, set aside to dry & finish sand later.

Valom Caproni Campini N.1 Complete, See Post Below
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LF/KORA SAIMAN 202 Models Arrived Today July 6, 2020

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:33 pm

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Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:17 pm
...Grossly unbeknownst to me LF/KORA Models in 2018 released a new-tooled injected-plastic kit of the SAIMAN 202 two-seat cabin monoplane with many different decal options for the 202bis & 202/M variants:

LF/KORA Models SAIMAN 202 Kit Offerings...
  • KPK72102 SAIMAN 202BIS Italian & German Service (2 Decal Options)
  • KPK72086 SAIMAN 202/M Italian Liasion & Courier Service (4 Decal Options)
The 1/72 scale SAIMAN 202 was an Italian aircraft I'd very much wanted to model to pair with the 1/72 scale JACH SAIMAN 200 biplane, the Italian Kits Wings IW08 resin SAIMAN 202 wasn't available so gave up looking for any aftermarket ones years ago - oh, so little did I know :oops:

The 202's have been added to the Group IV Proposed Late 2019 Up To Summer 2020 Model Builds following completion of the Group III Cunarmodel Ca.135S & FLY Model Caproni 101 kits.

Endless profuse thanks to Chris Busbridge's SUPERAEREO website cluing me on the LF/KORA SAIMAN 202 kits, am assuming he's a member of STORMO Magazine as well, no?
Kits are very nicely molded, high quality water decals, kits will be currently built during August 2020.
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Aviation USK/Xotic-72 Savoia-Marchetti SM.84s

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:39 pm

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204° Squadriglia SM.84 In CMPR/GAVS Italy Schema C10B Ala IPMS-Italy Color Chart Livery:

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258° Squadriglia SM.84 In CMPR/GAVS Italy Schema E2 Ala IPMS-Italy Color Chart Livery:

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

Post by Editor » Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:57 pm

Good job Richard, I never seen a S.84 finished in the E2 scheme. And I see you gave your S.84 "204"/C10B the Jean color treatment - the color matching is almost identical - very well done. The Aviation USK kit builds up beautifully. Articles please. btw the CMPR chips originated with GAVS not IPMS Italy. There was some involvement with modelers clubs in Ravenna and Trentino but I believe only with respect to distribution. Ferdinando D'Amico was a founding member of GAVS.
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You're Absolutely Right...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:13 pm

Editor wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:57 pm
Good job Richard, I never seen a S.84 finished in the E2 scheme. And I see you gave your S.84 "204"/C10B the Jean color treatment - the color matching is almost identical - very well done. The Aviation USK kit builds up beautifully. Articles please. btw the CMPR chips originated with GAVS not IPMS Italy. There was some involvement with modelers clubs in Ravenna and Trentino but I believe only with respect to distribution. Ferdinando D'Amico was a founding member of GAVS.
...Been referring to IPMS-Italy's CMPR/GAVS color chart since 2001 for Humbrol enamels, don't know when it was posted, correcting references to CMPR/GAVS Schema Ala IPMS-Italy Color Chart.
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"The Last Italians" Described

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:15 am

The following 1/72 scale Polish-made BroPlan styrene plastic vacuform kits constitute the last Italian aviation subject model kit builds of mine during 2020 pending any new or desired reissued subject releases:
  • MS-44 CANT Z.506C + 1316 Italeri Z.506B Conversion
  • MS-86/88 Aeronautica Umbra Trojani AUT.18 Pre/Post Modification
  • MS-97 CANT Z.1007 Isotta-Fraschini Asso XI Inlines
  • MS-158 Caproni Ca.316
  • MS-193 Savoia-Marchetti SM.95
The Z.506C conversion build was scheduled to be first after completing the LF/KORA Models SAIMAN 202 & Valom Caproni-Campini N-1 injected-plastic ones but will build the Z.1007 first as have display box space for it well as wanting to gain practical skills building a large vacuform kit before taking on the more complicated Ca.316 & Z.506C floatplane builds, work on the Z.1007 should commence on or before August 20, 2020.
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LF/KORA SAIMAN 202s

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:16 pm

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SAIMAN 202bis "I-ABJU" Formerly Owned By Frederico Bazzi In Regia Aeronautica Italiana Mimetico & Markings Italian East Africa 1940:

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SAIMAN 202/M Generale Rino Corso Fougier's (1894-1963) Personal Aircraft Roma-Centocelle April 1942:

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Valom Caproni Campini N.1 August 27, 1940 Maiden Flight Livery

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:52 pm

Valom Caproni Campini N.1 Was Last Italian Aviation Subject Styrene Plastic Injected Kit In Inventory

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Group V BroPlan Vacuforms - Final Italian Subject Kit Builds Of This Discussion Thread

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:25 pm

Build Progress Reports Will Be Continuously Posted Here, Photos Of Built Models Will Be On Separate Postings

On hiatus after non-stop kit building since January 1st, details of the Polish-made BroPlan kit builds will be posted after August 20, 2020.
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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Italian Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:14 am

Beautiful job Richard on your CC N.1 (article please) and second SAIMAN 202.
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Thanks...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:38 am

Editor wrote:
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Beautiful job Richard on your CC N.1 (article please) and second SAIMAN 202.
...Will compose the CC N.1 article this week, already sent you article for the SAIMAN 202s.

First BroPlan vacuform kit build of CANT Z.1007 Asso commences August 22nd, very apprehensive how it will go, first vacuform build since 1982 Vac Wings 72 Flugtechnische Fertigungs Gemeinshaft 227 (Czech Flugtechnische Fertigungsgemeinschaft Prag actually built it), quarter scale Blohm und Voss 238 research aircraft Amazon currently having one up for sale 38 years later no less:

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Kit was terrible; thick plastic & wide mold corners made cutting out parts difficult, propellers had to putty backfilled, thin transparent canopy hard to glue on though this decades before using ethyl cyanoacetate glues, did complete it but thought "Never Again!" on vacuforms till now.
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BroPlan Caproni Ca.111 Purchased From Aviation Megastore Netherlands

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:55 am

Today August 10, 2020 purchased the last BroPlan MS-76 Caproni Ca.111 vacuform styrene plastic kit with injected plastic parts Aviation Megastore Netherlands had in stock, found it whilst doing a "random search" for Caproni Ca.111 model kits. Seven 1/72 scale BroPlan Italian subjects kits are now in inventory, first up is the CANT Z.1007 Asso on August 22, 2020.
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