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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

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:

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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/IPMS-Italy Schema E2 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/IPMS-Italy Schema 10b, excellent results :thumbup:

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July 10, 2020

- > CMPR/IPMS-Italy Schema 10b 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/IPMS-Italy Schema 10b, 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/IPMS-USA Schema C10b 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/IPMS-USA Schema E2.

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/IPMS-USA Schema E2, very satisfying results :biggrin: :thumbup:

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July 14, 2020

- > Testors Flat White enamel identification band painted around CMPR/IPMS-USA Schema E2 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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LF/KORA SAIMAN 202 Models Arrived Today July 6, 2020

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

RetiredInKalifornia wrote:
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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