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PostPosted: August 23rd, 2012, 9:30 pm 
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Started work on the Hastings again. The vacform surfaces have no panel lines at all, so using the Hastings Warpaint pull-out as a guide, I'm drawing the lines on with a fine tipped pen, then will scribe them on afterwards. I'm not sure what technique I'll use to do the curved fuselage panel lines yet, I guess I'll solve that when I get to it...

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Dymo tape, the coloured plastic tape that is used in label makers, is the usual recommendation. You could also use the straight edge of a PE fret and use masking tape to hold it in place.

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PostPosted: August 24th, 2012, 7:51 pm 
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JamesPerrin wrote:
Dymo tape, the coloured plastic tape that is used in label makers, is the usual recommendation. You could also use the straight edge of a PE fret and use masking tape to hold it in place.


Non of my PE frets would be anywhere near long enough. But Dymo tape is a great idea. I just have to find somewhere that sells it. Or resort to eBay...

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Wings both upper and lower have been marked and panel lines scored.

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Tail surfaces next, then the fuselage once I get some Dymo tape

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PostPosted: August 25th, 2012, 9:14 pm 
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Looking really good Julian :)

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2012, 2:34 am 
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That's very good work !
I get so impatient when I'm scribing

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2012, 6:03 pm 
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I've had to put some strengthening spars into the wings as the wing is thick but not so the plastic, so it tends to collapse inwards without, they also hold the wheel wells in place too.

I've also made a couple of spectacle grips for the control column and will have to make some structural alteration to the cockpit as the floor seems too high to get the crew in (I'm using smaller Airfix pilot as the Revell multi-pose are just too big.

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Work on the cockpit tonight. Scratch built the seats as the vacform ones provided were breaking up and wrong in shape anyway. Lowered the forward cockpit floor and added rudder bars and stirrups. Then throttle handles and trimwheels on the centre control console:

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Just a bit of cleaning up to do and rehang the cockpit door, then I can undercoat

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Having worked on these at Luqa for a year and
a half in the early fifties this build will be very
interesting to me. Good luck with it.
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Hello Bluesteel,
Referring to an earlier comment of
yours in July as to weather they were
Coastal or Transport through Luqa
well they were all Transport Command.
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Taurusboy wrote:
Hello Bluesteel,
Referring to an earlier comment of
yours in July as to weather they were
Coastal or Transport through Luqa
well they were all Transport Command.
Regards,
Pete.

I didn't think that the CC Met Hastings would have got as far as Malta and the Med, they were needed where the weather was a tad more hostile I suspect.

But I do have a second vacform Hastings that I'm planning to build as a Transport Command variant as some stage.

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