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Title: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on May 06, 2017, 12:04:32 AM
Hi all,

I'm a slow model builder but am enjoying this 1/48 Mauve P-40N.
The Hasegawa kit is nicer and has fewer flaws to fix; however, this Mauve kit is very nice and will end up looking very good.

I have the True Details resin cockpit upgrade and it is one of their best.  It will fit perfectly.
I also have some metal cockpit sills and that should look good because I plan to have the canopy slid open.
True Details wheels with open spokes will be used but it's an older version where the flattened look is over done making the tires look flat in a way.

I have started on the propeller blades.  I'm picky and have found the Curtiss Electric blades from the old Monogram P-38 kit are best.
So, I have used some old mold rubber to cast copies and that is going well.
It's a one piece mold so some come out with bubbles....about 50%.  However I got four good blades out before one copy broke off inside the mold...due to a bubble I didn't get out.

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on May 06, 2017, 12:07:41 AM

I'm also experimenting with the cockpit paint.
The top is Model Master Acryl interior green and bottom is Humbrol bronze green.
I think the Humbrol is more authentic to the P-40 don't you?

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2916/33393290614_8b731fec40_c.jpg)


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Mark Joyce on May 06, 2017, 12:45:44 AM
Hi Vince,

Glad to see that you are able to get some time in for modeling! I too am a slow builder so can relate.

I also like the Mauve kit, actually finding it an easier build than the Hasegawa one.  My only complaint is the dark color of the plastic, mainly because I am so used to working with grey.  

Nice work on the propeller blades.  I hadn't thought about using blades from another airplane, which is a great idea, and have simply sanded the kit ones into a more reasonable shape.

Sorry I can't help much with the interior colors.  I'm partially colorblind so you probably don't want to ask my opinion!

By the way, I'm also planning on using the Mauve (or Eduard) kit for Lope's Hope sometime in the future,

Mark


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on May 06, 2017, 09:46:10 PM
Thanks Mark

I am very picky about the prop. Perhaps because the P40 nose is so prominent.

Almost all kits have inaccurate props. Most of them don't put in any twist along the length.  Do I sound like an aeronautical engineer?  Well I am.  LOL!

Anyhow. That guy that did the old Monogram P-38 nailed it. I use them on any Allison model I do including a P-51A that I have not finished.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: P-40 Admin on May 09, 2017, 08:12:03 AM
Nice work on the prop! I like the darker green


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on May 10, 2017, 01:10:25 PM
I took three good resin prop blade castings and have primed them with Krylon Matte Aluminum.
The subsequent black on the back of the blade will be rubbed down to simulate the actual paint being worn off.

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on June 08, 2017, 02:18:47 AM
 My only complaint is the dark color of the plastic, mainly because I am so used to working with grey.  

Mark

Mark,
I have a Mauve Kittyhawk MkIII kit in which the base plastic is a tan color (subject is a RAF desert scheme).
Perhaps you could pick up one of those on eBay and get rid of dark plastic issues.
Vince


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on July 31, 2017, 03:52:14 AM
I need to add a receiving tube for my prop/brass rod set up.


First temporarily join spinner to one fuselage half like so:

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Then use a bit of nylon thread to ensure perfect left/right alignment of tube:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4309/36228736496_0b5064fa3d_c.jpg)

Now, I have gently laid some bits of sprue on the "ass" end of the tube.  They have been set with gap filling superglue and I had to dab, gently, some accelerator:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4297/36136422781_5d6fc38b38_c.jpg)


Here I have slopped on some 30 minute clear epoxy.  Note I have added a peg to the front end of the tube but it is only glued to the fuselage at this time and NOT the tube.

I'll explain why later:

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Here is a view of the epoxy setting up.  Five minute epoxy would have been better.

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Jim on August 04, 2017, 08:07:02 AM
outstanding work sir, great attention to detail and yes the darker green is better.

Nothing better than a well built P40, I look forward to watching the progress of the model.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: P-40 Admin on August 15, 2017, 05:24:11 AM
This is coming along nicely!  :)

I like the Krylon on the propeller blades, at least from your pictures it looks better than the number of the chrome paints used on cars. Is it pretty fragile like a lot of the metal paints or is it relatively tough?


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on August 16, 2017, 12:24:56 AM
Actually the Krylon holds up well to some light handling.
Over time it loses its luster but most models are not handled that much.

I ruined my silver blades...

I had a very old can of Testors yellow that I sprayed on the tips of each blade.
It reacted badly with the silver and I had to strip those parts.

I'll present a photo soon showing the completed prop/spinner unit.
It should be done soon I hope.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Jim on August 23, 2017, 12:08:53 AM
Delicate work for sure but the end result is going to be something special, I am enjoying every stage of this build.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on September 25, 2017, 12:34:35 PM
Some progress has happened.  Done with the prop so I'm working my way front to back I guess!

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Have I gone off my rocker?  LOL!
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OK, that's better

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This is a prop jig I made many years ago.  Still works well!

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I will say that this is a great read and has inspired me on this model.
I had always thought less of the USAAC group that followed the Flying Tigers.
Why?  Well I guess I didn't think of them as the Flying Tigers.
Well, no more.  These guys and their trusty P-40s fought HARD!
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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: P-40 Admin on October 19, 2017, 02:07:26 PM
Love that paint technique  :)


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Mark Joyce on October 23, 2017, 10:36:09 PM
It's coming along nicely, Vince.  Yes, "Into the Teeth of the Tiger" is an outstanding book.  I read elsewhere that Don Lopez preferred the P-40 over the P-51 (at least its early versions, IIRC) for combat in the CBI.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on December 29, 2017, 12:14:18 AM
Well, too busy lately so work on this project has stalled for a while.
However, I will finish it.
Here is a shot of the finished propeller.  I has been sprayed with a mixture of Future and Tamiya Flat Base.
I used too much flat base so it is a little "chalky" but it looks nice and weathered that way, eh?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4457/37369086036_7e289b354a_c.jpg)


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: P-40 Admin on December 30, 2017, 04:56:26 PM
Looks good that way


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on December 31, 2017, 12:34:38 AM
Thanks!
I just "eyeballed" the blade pitch angle...and it is a little too flat.
I think minimum was 22 degrees and I won't miss it on the next kit I build!


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Mark Joyce on December 31, 2017, 11:19:32 PM
I don't know about the angle, Vince, but everything about the prop and spinner look good to me!


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on January 02, 2018, 07:13:29 AM
Here I have used my drill press to create holes for the nice brass gun barrels from Master:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4455/37558937320_a4d9c83761_c.jpg)

Perhaps more important that the holes were the backstops that need to be there or else you lose your parts later at installation!

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Jim on January 08, 2018, 08:05:09 AM
Nice work Sir, keep up the outstanding work, great choice of plane too.


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on July 18, 2018, 01:14:43 PM
Long time, no see!


Well my wife was on my butt to get the basement finished and boy was that a long drawn out process.

I will say it's nice to have a better basement and a nicer area to work.  Someday I will sheetrock the hobby room but the rest of the basement is done!


P-40N:

This kit was supposed to help restore my mojo and by that I mean to just relax and no more AMS to bog me down.

Well...the Mauve kit is really beautiful.  It has nice panel lines and good accurate shapes, but...

They compromised in a few key areas that I cannot ignore.  So, I think from now on it will be exclusively Hasegawa for P-40s.

One area to address is the intake grill which is pretty frickin' prominent on a P-40.  It HAS to look right.


The pieces in the kit are awful and have almost no alignment capability.  It can drive you crazy just dry fitting.

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So I had to come up with my own way to achieve solid, repeatable alignment:


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The leading edge shape needed good ol' styrene, files, and patience to reshape:

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1785/41598061110_f95cd5cde2_c.jpg)


Here it is completed and with a coat of Mr. Surfacer White out of the spray can.  Wonderful stuff!

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I also worked on the instrument panel which is from the Eduard photoetch set made for the "Eduard" kit (they did a Profipack version of the Mauve kit).

Here you see it with a piece of clear acetate epoxied onto the instrument faces.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1765/42687711454_a76c86eb3e_c.jpg)


And here assembled with a little Micro Crystal Clear around the edge of the "sandwich" of parts:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/842/29533768838_58307abf09_c.jpg)


One more photo.

This is a resin part from the True Details cockpit set.  It is a marvelous fit and worth every penny.

Not much going on here but I experimented with cheap craft store acrylic satin black paint, as a primer.

I wanted to see if I could airbrush it and it did fine (although it didn't cover well in one coat).

I must say it snuggled down and did not hide even one bit of surface detail!

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Mark Joyce on July 20, 2018, 09:58:13 PM
Looking good, Vince!  I know what you mean about the Mauve kit; generally nice but there are a few areas needing improvement.  I too have issues getting its intake aligned.  The AMtech/AMT kits are the same way.  That is one area that the Hasegawa shines, since its design makes alignment easy and sure.  Same can be said for Hasegawa's cockpit.  I'm about to start one of the Eduard boxings but the intake is one area I don't need to concern myself with.  I'm grafting on a resin nose to do a Merlin engine P-40F from the 79th FG.  I really wish Hasegawa would issue a Merlin engine offering but, alas, it's probably not to be.

I also know what you mean about getting sidetracked with real-life projects.  I'm finishing up painting the exterior of our house.  Since the highs have been in the upper 90s to low 100s where I live, I think I would prefer an inside job like your basement right about now!

Mark


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on October 17, 2018, 03:59:29 AM
Hello my friends!


Work has been progressing, slowly but surely.

I must say that being at the bench is where I like to be, to relieve stress.




Another weakness in the Mauve kit is the wheel wells...they are pathetic.

So I have tried to add some structure but decided to simulate the canvas liners with metal tape that you can get at the hardware store:




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Here's one reason this project drags on, I'm a rivet maker (not a counter).  LOL

Actually, I got the rivet tools from UMM and just could not help myself!

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Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: P-40 Admin on October 18, 2018, 07:06:47 AM
Wow, looking good!


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Mark Joyce on October 27, 2018, 10:54:48 PM
Nice work on the wheel wells, Vince.  I probably have some unused resin ones that came with one of the several Eduard boxings I built in the past, which I would have been more than happy to have given you had I known you were going to all this effort!


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on October 30, 2018, 08:27:03 PM
Thanks, Mark.
Appreciate that!


Title: Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope"
Post by: Vince_M on November 12, 2018, 02:12:58 AM
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