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End Of A 56-Year "Love-A-FROG" Affair ;>(

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:51 pm

The above models albeit "What-Ifs" forever ends my passionate 56-year off-on love of these easy though at times vexing to build FROG Aeronautica Macchi C.202 Folgore 1/72 scale model kits. The very first build in 1964 was a "slap-together" though immediately was captivated with the aircraft notwithstanding the Impressionistic box top art rendered by the great aviation artist Joseph ("Jo") Kotula (1910-1998) along with 23 others of the original 1964 U.S.A. AIR LINES FROG kit issues. More Folgori would be built during the latter 1960s, all painted varying shades of dreadful first by hand then airbrushed with a U.S. $15 single-action Binks Wren airbrush, still available 60-plus years later via Pittsburg Spray Equipment, not till c.1979-80 would the next ones be built sprayed with Badger 150 et. al. model airbrushes.

For the record; my all-time number of single-subject model builds "at one time" were eight FROG C.202s whilst living at the folks former house here in Cameron Park c. summer 1990, had them professionally photographed for publication in FineScale Modeler, sadly didn't have copies the prints. In 1991 I'd exhibited them at a IPMS-Silverwings Sacramento model contest, this when Silverwings allowed modelers to independently show off their builds without having to pay for table space, knowing the "same people" still run Silverwings no chance of my winning any contest awards despite them being very good builds at the time.
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Group III Concurrent Balaton Modell SM.75 & IKW/Cunarmodel Ca.135S Resin Model Builds

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:31 pm

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

The Balaton Modell Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 & Italian Kits Wings/Cunarmodel Caproni Ca.135S model kits will be constructed concurrently to (hopefully) save on building supply resources well as being the last Italian-subject resin kits in stock, all other "Italians" left in stock, including the FLY Caproni Ca.101, are styrene plastic injected or vacuformed:

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April 28, 2020

- > All SM.75 kit Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 engines assembled:

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- > Kit lacked parts for poppet valve push rod housings in front of cylinders, several air/fuel carburetor housing parts broken or missing as well, fabricated them from styrene sheet plastic.

April 29, 2020

- > Major SM.75 kit interior parts separated from resin sprues, trimmed & sanded; all bench seats assembled.

- > SM.75 kit came with parts to construct 13 bench seats per kit instructions, passenger cabin floor parts molded to take 14 :think: fabricated extra bench seat from styrene sheet plastic, glued it in place as well.

- > SM.75 kit aft fuselage kit parts separated from sprues, trimmed & sanded glued together; defective starboard tail end molding putty filled:

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April 30, 2020

- > SM.75 kit fuselage halves, mainwing, tailplane & rudder parts separated from resin sprues, trimmed, sanded, test fitted.

- > Starboard fuselage halve forward of cockpit canopy broken off by kit fabricators :wtf: glued back on & smooth sanded by them.

- > No difficulty removing sprues off tailplanes & rudder, trimming & smooth sanding them.

- > Much difficulty removing sprues off fuselage halve noses, break-off holes created whilst doing so :twisted: much putty filling, trimming & smooth sanding work necessary.

- > Much difficulty removing sprues off mainwing parts, no break holes created whilst doing so :biggrin: good deal of trimming & smooth sanding necessary though.

- > SM.75 kit provided clear plastic film for fuselage cabin windows too thin, fabricated replacements from clear styrene sheet plastic, glued them in place instead:

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May 1, 2020

- > Fuselage halve interiors, flight deck & passenger cabin parts, mainwing wheel wells & doors, engine cowling interiors spray painted out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors, set aside all for overnight drying.

May 2, 2020

- > Bench seat tops, Scotch Magic Mending Tape (SMMT) piece hand & sprayed painted Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth enamel.

- > Pilot/Co Pilot seat frames spray painted out of bottle Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors, seats sprayed Testors Rust enamel.

- > Spray painted SMMT strips cut replicating seat belts ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel, glued on pilot/co pilot seats.

- > Cockpit flight controls pedestal part spray painted Model Master, pedestal top & forward instrumental panel part upper area spray painted Testors Black & White "special mix" enamels.

May 3, 2020

- > All SM.75 kit fuselage interior parts detail painted with various Testors enamels & assembled:

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- > Kit came with two extra fuselage bulkheads, placements not documented on assembly instructions :wtf: slots in fuselage halve interiors match locations they'd likely be placed despite bottom portions not matching with passenger cabin floor locations :think: resolved issue by cutting bottoms off, aligning & gluing bulkheads on passenger cabin floor locations keyed to fuselage halve interior slots, good results :thumbup:

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May 4, 2020

- > SM.75 kit forward fuselage interior parts assembly glued in place on port half, fuselages halves glued together, assembled aft fuselage section glued on forward fuselage section, seams puttied:

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- > Upper starboard cockpit instrument panel, aft starboard passenger cabin floor section, rear cabin bulkhead parts too wide :evil: extensive trimming & sanding, spot spray & hand painting necessary getting them to fit inside starboard forward fuselage half, good results though should had done more fuselage interior parts assembly test fitting, trimming & sanding before gluing them on the port fuselage halve :oops:

- > All assembled fuselage seams puttied; aft fuselage section vertical sides up to 1.25 mm too narrow in places :wtf: should had shimmed aft fuselage section join seams to maybe fit flush with forward fuselage section but likely still be off alignment :problem: tomorrow with see whether forward-aft fuselage join areas can be trimmed & sanded, if not aesthetically worth doing will sand-smooth joins best possible :shifty:

May 5, 2020

- > SM.75 forward-aft fuselage join areas shape sanded for best possible aesthetic appearances, side-on view good :esmile: top down view not as much :|

- > Puttied fuselage dorsal & ventral join seams smooth sanded, acceptable results.

- > Clear molded styrene plastic cockpit canopy part trimmed & shape sanded, glued in place over fuselage cockpit, seamed puttied, smooth sanding them later.

- > Fuselage passenger cabin windows, tailplane & rudder slots masked over for spray painting later:

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May 6, 2020

Entire SM.75 upper fuselage, tailplanes & rudder parts base spray painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3, set aside to dry:

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May 7, 2020

SM.75 rear fuselage, tailplanes & rudder spray painted Humbrol 149 Matt Dark Green replicating Verde Mimetico 2, Humbrol 113 Matt Rust + 119 Matt Light Earth 50/50 mix replicating Marrone Mimetico 53193 scale shaded 36% Testors Flat White enamels in CMPR/IPMS-Italy Schema E6 bands:

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May 8, 2020

- > SM.75 forward fuselage spray painted CMPR/IPMS-Italy Mimetico Scheme E6 bands.

- > Mainwing parts assembled, seams puttied; good fit starboard wing :esmile: way over-sanded outer port wing piece :wtf: :oops: glued port piece ends from leading edge backwards followed by shimming aft gaps with cut styrene sheet plastic, liberally putty filling all seams, acceptable results, praying smooth sanding & re-scribing goes off OK tomorrow!

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May 9, 2020

- > SM.75 starboard mainwing seams smooth-sanded, liberally puttied port wing seams smooth-sanded & re-scribed, acceptable results.

- > Mainwings & engine cowlings base spray painted Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3, set aside to dry till Monday the 11th, moving next to painting & assembling propeller units:

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May 10, 2020

- > Following review & reconsideration join seams of both SM.75 upper mainwings re-sanded & re-spray painted, appreciably better aesthetic results.

- > All kit landing gear wheels puttied where necessary & smooth-sanded, base spray painted Testors Flat Rubber, Black & White "special mix"

- > All kit propeller blades trimmed, backsides spray painted Testors Black & White "special mix".

- > All engine crankcases spray painted Testors Model Master 1705 Dark Blue Gray.

- > SM.75 kit Alfa Romeo engines lacked forward-facing piston head exhaust header pairs, set molded inside nose engine cowling but not wing engine ones :?: :think: removed all those molded inside nose engine, fabricated headers from styrene sheet plastic, glued them in place on all engines, doing so allows file-sizing headers for cowling placements, better aesthetic appearances as well.

May 11, 2020

- > Mainwings spray painted Humbrol 149 Matt Dark Green replicating Verde Mimetico 2, Humbrol 113 Matt Rust + 119 Matt Light Earth 50/50 mix replicating Marrone Mimetico 53193 scale shaded 36% Testors Flat White enamels in CMPR/IPMS-Italy Schema E6 bands:

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May 12, 2020

- > SM.75 fuselage & tailplanes undersides base painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico.

May 13, 2020

- > SM.75 kit lacked tailplane underwing bracing struts, cut & shape-sanded sheet styrene plastic strips oversprayed Grigio Mimetico enamel to fabricate them from later.

- > SM.75 mainwings base painted Grigio Mimetico enamel.

- > All circular engine firewall areas spray painted Testors Flat Steel enamel:

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May 14, 2020

- > SM.75 tailplanes, fabricated & painted underwing bracing struts glued in place on aft fuselage tail areas, set aside to dry overnight.

- > Upper fuselage-tailplane root gaps noticeable at certain view angles may need to be filled in, doing so may damage their surfaces, deciding what to do tomorrow.

- > Generic rudder navigation light housing fabricated from styrene sheet plastic glued in place.

May 15, 2020

- > SM.75 starboard upper fuselage-tailplane root gap partially putty filled in & spray/hand overpainted, smaller less noticeable port side root gap left alone.

- > White rudder Distintivo di Guerra cross masked out, spray painted Testors Flat White enamel, spare House of Savoy crest decals applied.

- > SM.75 kit fasci & "605" (605° Squadriglia Transpordo) decals applied on fuselage, Machine "1" decals taken from Tauro Models decal sheet.

- > Fully painted & decaled rudder sail part glued in place on fuselage, EZ Line stretch thread replicating bracing wires sized cut, glued in place upper tailplanes to rudder sail:

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May 16, 2020

- > All SM.75 kit Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 engines fully painted; cylinders Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", front push rod covers & air inlet pipes Flat Aluminum, exhaust pipes Flat Rust & Steel spot mix enamels:

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- > All SM.75 kit engine cowlings fully camouflaged (detail painting commences tomorrow March 17th):

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May 17, 2020

- > All SM.75 kit engine cowling cooling gills masked-off & spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum per some wartime SM.75 photos, forward cowling ring outwards Flat Steel enamels, all set aside to dry.

- > All SM.75 kit mainwing & tail landing gear parts flash-trimmed & spray painted Flat Aluminum enamel, all set aside to dry.

- > Synchronization stripes for all SM.75 kit propeller blade back sides masked-off & spray painted Testors Flat White enamel.

- > All SM.75 kit propeller blade fronts spray painted Testors Model Master 2078 RLM 65 enamel approximating pre & WWII Regia Aeronautica Italiana-specified front blade color per CMPR/IPMS-Italy research.

- > All SM.75 kit propeller spinners spray painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico commonly applied on pre & WWII Italian military aircraft.

- > All kit propeller & spinner parts assembled, all dimensionally undersized :wtf: no right-sized spare propellers, must use them :sad:

May 18, 2020

- > Testors Brass enamel spray painted over all masked-off engine cowling forward areas, good results, only one cowling section re-mask & spray necessary :biggrin:

- > All fuselage & mainwing engine firewalls masked-off, outside areas surrounding them spray painted Poly Scale Flat Black & White "special mix" acrylics replicating engine grime, good results.

- > One set of kit engine exhaust pipes hand painted Testors Flat Rust & Steel spot-mix, pipe insides Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", glued in place on fuselage engine cowling.

- > SM.75 kit lacked extension part necessary for proper fuselage engine inside cowling placement, scrap circular styrene plastic extension piece glued on rear of one assembled & painted kit Alfa Romeo 125 engine for center aligning it in fuselage placement hole, engine then "alignment glued" in place inside fuselage engine cowling, good results though after two join attempts.

- > Fuselage cowling with engine glued in place on fuselage nose, aesthetically excellent results after just one join attempt :thumbup:

- > SM.75 kit lacked fuselage radio mast, fabricated one from styrene sheet plastic per pre & WWII photos, glued in place on dorsal forward fuselage, spray painted forward fuselage Humbrol 63 Matt Sand + 10% Testors Flat Yellow + 36% Flat White shading replicating Giallo Mimetico 3.

- > SM.75 kit also lacked D/F loop, spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" over one from spare parts bag, glued it in drilled hole aft of radio mast per pre & WWII photos.

- > Entire SM.75 fuselage sprayed Testors Clear Semi-Gloss lacquer, aesthetically good results :thumbup:

- > Shaft holes drilled in all SM.75 kit landing gear wheel hubs, wheels "weathered" with sprayed on Poly Scale Mud acrylic paint.

- > Tailwheel glued on too short in length fork strut, scrap circular styrene extension piece cut shaped, fork strut glued in drilled hole, assemblage repeatedly test fitted & cut down in length to properly fit inside fuselage tailwheel slot then glued it in place, good results.

- > EZ Line stretchable thread replicating radio wires glued in place between rudder sail & dorsal fuselage radio mast:

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May 19, 2020

- > SM.75 kits mainwings fully painted & assembled, all kit tri-fasci mainwing water decals placed:

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- > Kit lacked mainwing pitot tubes & navigation lights, fabricated them from sheet styrene plastic, all glued in place, all detail spray & hand painted.

- > Kit lacked extension parts necessary for proper mainwing engine inside cowling placements, scrap circular styrene plastic extension pieces glued on rear of remaining two assembled & painted kit Alfa Romeo 126 engines for center aligning them in mainwing placement holes, no "alignment gluing" in place inside engine cowlings was necessary, good results after just one join attempt per engine-cowling pair :biggrin:

- > Kit mainwing engine exhaust pipes meant for Romanian version :think: employed cut-trimmed spare resin long FIAT CR.42 night fighter exhaust pipes approximating those seen on some early militarized civil SM.75s, spray & hand painted them Testors Flat Rust & Steel spot mix, Flat Black & White "special mix", glued them in place behind respective engine cowlings, acceptable results:

- > Mainwing landing gear struts fully assembled & painted, wheels slid in place, landing gear covers glued in place on wheel well edges with cut sheet styrene plastic retention nibs hand painted Testors Model Master 1726 Light Sea Gray enamel approximating color Savoia-Marchetti employed in painting aircraft interiors:

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- > Model will be completed tomorrow May 20th after sealing mainwings with Testors Clear Semi-Gloss Lacquer.

Balaton Modell Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 Complete, See Post Below

Italian Kits Wings/Cunarmodel Caproni Ca.135S

May 21, 2020

- > Ca.135S pilot/copilot aileron/tailplane control column unit assembled, ready for painting.

- > Kit instructions required fabricating a crossbar to mount control columns & pilot side pivot plate on :eh: fabricated it from styrene sheet plastic, glued on columns & plate.

- > Kit rudder control bar trimmed, ready for painting.

- > Pilot/copilot seats trimmed, too short relative to control column unit & rudder control bar :wtf: glued on cut-to-size styrene sheet plastic extenders, letting them dry overnight for size sanding tomorrow.

May 22, 2020

- > Ca.135S control columns & pilot side pivot plate assembly, rudder control bar, pilot/co-pilot seat backs & frames spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

- > Pilot/copilot seat fronts spray painted Testors Flat Rust approximating one of several Italian seat cover colors.

- > Kit main internal fuselage part base spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels.

May 23, 2020

- > Ca.135S kit lacked pilot/copilot seat belts, fabricated them from strips of cut Scotch Magic Mending Tape over-sprayed with Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth buckle ends hand painted Testors Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on seats.

- > Kit bombardier & gunner/observer seat parts spray painted Testors Flat Rust enamel approximating one of several Italian seat cover colors, glued in place on main internal fuselage deck part front end, lacking seat belts glued on painted cut Scotch Magic Mending Tape strips.

- > Kit rudder control bar glued in place on main internal fuselage deck part.

- > Kit control column yokes hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" & Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place on columns, assemblage glued in place on main internal fuselage deck part.

- > Pilot/copilot seats glued in place on main internal fuselage deck part.

- > Kit engine control panel & throttles (two more fabricated from cut styrene sheet plastic), spray & hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" & Flat Aluminum enamels, glued in place, assemblage glued in between pilot/copilot seats.

May 24, 2020

- > Ca.135S kit bombardier & gunner/observer platform glued in place in front of main internal fuselage part base spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels repilcating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Bombsight spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix", glued in place rear center bombardier & gunner/observer platform.

- > Communications radio station kit part base spray painted "special mix", set aside to dry for later hand detail painting.

- > Cockpit instrument panel front painted "special mix", back Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Lanciabombe, landing gear retraction air compressor unit, photographic plate holding box kit parts spray painted Testors Flat Aluminum, glued in place on rear main internal fuselage deck part.

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- > Ca.135 kit fuselage halves trimmed & sanded, spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels repilcating Verde Anticorrosione.

May 26, 2020

- > All Ca.135S kit fuselage halve window sills laboriously hand painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels improving visual aesthetics after gluing in clear plastic panes.

- > Inside sills laboriously hand touched-up with Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Fuselage halves set aside to dry, commencing installation of clear styrene plastic window panes tomorrow.

May 27, 2020

- > All Ca.135S kit fuselage halve windows fitted with cut clear styrene plastic panes; tedious work, good overall results :biggrin:

May 28, 2020

- > All Ca.135S kit fuselage interior parts assenbled & painted; all parts except those shown separately glued in place on flooring & fuselage halves:

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- > Fuselage flooring too wide :wtf: much sanding necessary to fit inside fuselage halves when closed up, some pilot seat sanding necessary as well, acceptable results.

- > Kit specified three-piece structural tubing fans needed to be fabricated to fit inside each fuselage halve over large rectangular mainwing access portals, did so with cut styrene sheet plastic hand painted over with Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels repilcating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Fuselage interior parts & halves glued in place tomorrow.

May 29, 2020

- > Ca.135S kit fuselage interior parts fuselage halve test fit:

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- > Fuselage interior parts & halves glued in place, took some doing :crazy: seams puttied, good results :biggrin:

- > Assembled fuselage with unassembled mainwing, tailplane & rudder sail parts:

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May 30, 2020

- > All Ca.135S fuselage seams smooth-sanded, good results.

- > Kit vacuform cockpit canopy cut out, windscreen front too long :evil: windscreen & canopy sides too wide :evil: clunky canopy-windscreen molding with gaps :evil: starboard rear canopy-fuselage area gap :evil:

- > Windscreen front trimmed back, likely more trimming needed, fuselage cockpit canopy-windscreen corners & rear starboard rear fuselage cockpit canopy area shimmed with styrene sheet plastic, puttied over & shaped-sanded setting aside till tomorrow.

May 31, 2020

- > Ca.135S clear vacuform plastic cockpit canopy kit part extensively edge-filed, shape-sanded, glued in place over fuselage cockpit, acceptable results.

- > Noticeable forward canopy/windscreen-fuselage corner join gaps, smaller though noticeable upper rear canopy-fuselage corner join gaps putty shaped-filled.

- > Clear vacuform plastic lower fuselage bombardier station & nose cap kit parts edge filed, shape-sanded; cut styrene plastic shims needed to glue on on bombardier station clear part; parts glued in place on fuselage, good results :esmile:

June 1, 2020

- > All Ca.135S cockpit canopy, lower fuselage bombardier station, nose cap & fuselage windows except those for the ventral tunnel gun "greenhouse" masked for painting, very tedious work :crazy:

- > Cockpit canopy, lower fuselage bombardier station & nose cap window sills spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels repilcating Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Kit clear vacuform plastic ventral tunnel gun greenhouse cut out, extensively size-trimmed, filed, sanded & test fitted, resuming work on it tomorrow.

- > Kit ventral tunnel gun gunner's bicycle seat spray painted Humbrol Flat Rust enamel paint some days ago, glued in place inside lowerable gunner's "tub" spray painted Verde Anticorrosione some days ago as well, holes drilled though upper rear tub corner to glue on a scrap resin rod for later mounting inside ventral fuselage.

June 2, 2020

- > Small rectangular cut styrene sheet plastic piece with hole drilled in it for mounting a spare parts Breda-SAFAT machine gun glued in place inside the Ca.135S kit ventral fuselage gunner's "tub", hand painted over with Testors Flat Aluminum enamel.

- > Gunner's tub exterior spray painted Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico.

- > Ventral fuselage areas bordering tub placement slot also spray painted Grigio Mimetico.

- > Scrap resin rod spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione, slid in holes drilled in gunner's tub, glued in place.

- > Triangular pieces cut from styrene sheet plastic, glued in place on fuselage interior vertical moldings behind gunner's tub preventing latter from sliding out, hand painted them Verde Anticorrosione.

- > Small rectangular cut styrene plastic tab glued on aft end of ventral fuselage tunnel gun stowing cavity, hand painted "special mix" for improved visual aesthetics.

- > Aft ventral fuselage tunnel gun stowing cavity upper edges spray painted Testors Flat Black & White "special mix" enamels for improved visual aesthetics after gluing on the tunnel gun stowing cavity "greenhouse".

- > Greenhouse solicitously glued in place over ventral fuselage gun stowing cavity.

- > Poorly plumbed gunner's tub placement slot molding skews greenhouse portside leaving aft midway fuselage-greenhouse gap :twisted: plastic shimmed, putty filled, smooth sanded it over, acceptable results.

- > Ventral fuselage tunnel gun greenhouse window pane masking for spray painting commences tomorrow.

June 3, 2020

- > Ca.135S ventral fuselage tunnel gun stowing cavity greenhouse masked for spray painting, tedious work, oversprayed first with Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione then Humbrol 140 Matt Gull Grey + 36% Testors Flat White shading enamels replicating Grigio Mimetico, good results.

- > Single-unit tailplane part glued in place over dorsal fuselage tail area, join edges puttied, set aside till tomorrow.

June 4, 2020

- > Radio/Gunner seat broke off whilst assembling the Ca.135 fuselage halves on May 29th :shock: wedged in between fuselage flooring & port fuselage halve :wtf: didn't notice that till last night :oops: extracted it after removing a fabricated lower portside interior fuselage "W" support strut, hand-repainted & glued back in place on starboard fuselage halve in front of Lanciabombe, fabricated another "W" strut from cut sheet plastic, glued in place & hand-painted over.
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- > Fuselage tail cone trimmed, sanded, test fitted, glued in place, seams putty filled & sanded, tail cone wheel well spray painted Humbrol 78 Matt Cockpit Green + Testors Flat White 50/50 mix + 36% Flat White shading enamels replicating Verde Anticorrosione, good results.

- > Mainwing landing gear housing parts trimmed & test fitted, interiors & mainwing wheel wells spray painted Verde Anticorrisone, housing parts glued over wheel wells, seams putty filled & sanded, good results.

- > Molded-in internal mainwing fuel tanks near wing roots viewable from dorsal fuselage Lancini machine gun turret spray painted Verde Anticorrisone.

- > Mainwings glued on fuselage, root seams puttied & smooth-sanded, good results.

- > Ca.135 kit lacked tailplane elevator & rudder mass balances, fabricated them from styrene sheet plastic scrap styrene & resin kit parts, all glued in place, good results.
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Mainwing castings around lower wing-fuselage roots outwards warped exposing glue join tabs & large gaps :evil: too late discovered :oops: puttying tabs & gaps over will damage paint finish :problem: best leave be considering aren't viewable looking at model from above.

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

Post by Editor » Wed May 20, 2020 2:23 pm

Brilliant job Richard! One of your best, just gorgeous. Everyone one of those photos look great. Short article if you would together with articles of your Hasegawa and Italeri C.202s - we don't have many 1/72 C.202s the only one I think have is the now departed Rick Chin's C.202 which won 1st place in ist category many years ago at the Western Canadian show.
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Writing Them This Weekend...

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Wed May 20, 2020 2:23 pm
Brilliant job Richard! One of your best, just gorgeous. Everyone one of those photos look great. Short article if you would together with articles of your Hasegawa and Italeri C.202s - we don't have many 1/72 C.202s the only one I think have is the now departed Rick Chin's C.202 which won 1st place in ist category many years ago at the Western Canadian show.
...IF feeling better; endless days fighting really nasty non-COVID GI & muscle pain viruses this spring, mental concentration building models worsens pain still more, barely got S.75 done & pics up today :cry: ain't gonna die from it though wonder at times, am assuming you don't want articles for the FROG "what-ifs". Starting on Cunarmodel Caproni Ca.135S build tomorrow, last all-resin unbuilt Italian kit left, much smaller model than S.75, adequate kit instructions ala their Ca.135 kit with Isotta Fraschini Asso XI RC.40 in-lines had built c.2016, should be easier build as well. FLY Models Ca.101 though a Serie III build is plastic injected, still researching livery want to build it as.
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Model Building Continues "On Schedule" During The June 2020 Multi-Madness...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:46 pm

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Editor wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 2:23 pm
Brilliant job Richard! One of your best, just gorgeous. Everyone one of those photos look great. Short article if you would together with articles of your Hasegawa and Italeri C.202s - we don't have many 1/72 C.202s the only one I think have is the now departed Rick Chin's C.202 which won 1st place in ist category many years ago at the Western Canadian show.
...IF feeling better; endless days fighting really nasty non-COVID GI & muscle pain viruses this spring, mental concentration building models worsens pain still more, barely got S.75 done & pics up today :cry: ain't gonna die from it though wonder at times, am assuming you don't want articles for the FROG "what-ifs". Starting on Cunarmodel Caproni Ca.135S build tomorrow, last all-resin unbuilt Italian kit left, much smaller model than S.75, adequate kit instructions ala their Ca.135 kit with Isotta Fraschini Asso XI RC.40 in-lines had built c.2016, should be easier build as well. FLY Models Ca.101 though a Serie III build is plastic injected, still researching livery want to build it as.
...Regardless of or rather in spite of it does continue. Fifty years ago was in college, wasn't building scale models then, maybe should had though research resources, e.g. seminal 1977 CMPR/IPMS-Italy Regia Aeronautica Italiana (RAI) aircraft paint finishes & Squadron monographs were years away. Early 1970s Italiaerei RAI kits followed by the Supermodels were coming on the market 50 years ago but again not enough research information never mind decals, save the Altmark, Microscale/Superscale & ETRL/ESCI sheets, Humbrol & Testors supposed RAI enamel colors (Pactra & Floquil might had theirs as well) to build those kits but not with historical province, better I'd build my "Italians" now with province than then!
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