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PostPosted: February 14th, 2018, 4:47 pm 
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As SWMBO is going out with another fella tonight, I thought I would turn to my second love and bodge some plastic. For my victim I have chosen this Hobbyboss kit:

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The instructions look straight forward enough.

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Whilst the parts count is very low.

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Having never built this kit before I can't swear to either it's accuracy or fit but I guess I will find out. :roll:
This will probably have to be a wimps 2x12 hour sessions as I have things planned for tomorrow, sorry about that.
I am planning to add some weapons to the kit and finish up with a South African example as used in the early bush war around 1975.

Hope you can join me.

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I've heard that Valentine's dates are better with someone else's wife! Anyway, what better consolation than some excellent plastic such as this, OT? Looks very blitzable to me.

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Looks a great choice OT!

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Excellent choice OT, I love those HB kits.

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OK here we go kicking off just about on time. My belly is full with home made Broccoli & Stilton soup so it's probably a good thing I'm alone tonight. :lol:

Parts and clock.

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Here are a few extras that I plan to install under the wing:

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IIRC they were leftovers from when I did the unarmed trainer version of the Airfix kit.
Sadly this is the only colour image of a Harvard on operations in Angola.

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Very inconsiderate of the South Africans not to document their illegal war activities! :roll:

Looks like I start with the pit which should be british interior green. Better get on.
I'll try to update at least hourly until I knock off for tonight.

A bit of light listening to start with.

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I've built a few of those HB Texans, in various movie disguises. Not a bad kit, either.

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Thanks Daz, it does look like it should fall together. (I've said it now....)

First hour gone and I have the innards fitted.
There are no instrument panels or details of any kind in there but as this is a blitz I shall ignore that.
The seats are painted just awaiting some seat belts.

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The canopy has been dipped in Klear but it looks very thick so no need to worry about the lack of detail. 8-)
Most of the next hour will be spent masking that thing.

I have added the gun pods to the wings. They needed a little filler but should look ok once cleaned up.

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I'll add the rocket pods too before painting. Also installed is the front fuselage underside and various lumps and bumps.
One thing I will have to scratch is the blade antenne as none of the kit options are anything like that.

More to follow.

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Good start OT. The soup sounds good too

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Thanks guys, this is going rather well.

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She is up on her U\C and as you can see the wings are attached.
That bit was a little tricky as there are several parts (fuselage, cockpit tub & wings) that need to align but with a bit of jiggling all went together.

So I celebrated by breaking into the blitz snacks.

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The only problem so far is that the Klear is taking a long time to dry. :sad:
I think its because it is a bit chilly in the Teepee tonight.

More classic tunes should keep the tempo going.


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Good food and a fun build what’s not to like.

Keep up the great work.

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Sausage rolls! Proper grub :drool2:

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Thanks chaps and apologies for the lack of updates. SWMBO has returned form her night out so I was forced to sit down and talk to her. Very inconsiderate. :grin:

This is where I am up to.

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You can see that I have attached the rocket pods and made the blade antenne behind the cockpit.

The canopy can now be handled so I'll get cracking masking it as best I can.

I'll also work on the engine & cowling. Once that and the canopy are attached I aim to get a coat of primer on.
With that done I will call it a night for this half of the Blitz. Just leaving the painting for tomorrow night at about 7pm again.

Some more tunes before bedtime me thinks.


Must be time for a sausage roll. ;-)

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