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1  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 20, 2019, 08:58:12 PM
Solvaset is quite the miracle fluid.  After several applications, the wrinkles are almost gone!  It just takes patience.
Also it is so "hot" you have to avoid brushing over it too many times.  Just put it on...and wait.  
Note that I also have a small vial of Solvaset/water mix.  This mix is less caustic and is good for very thin decals.

Touch up with paint will
still be required.  This is one reason I will think twice about doing another shark decal unless it is included in the kit.
The Eagle Strike sheet was made for Mauve or AMT but that means it is not a perfect fit for either!

All of this is telling me that it would have been impossible to finish for the contest due to the decal step taking so long.
I mixed my paint with Future which made it very tough and partially shiny.  So, I skipped adding a gloss coat for decals.
I think I'll never do that again because I'm having to fight a lot of "silvering" with repeat applications of solvent...

2  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Re: CAF P-40N crack up on: March 20, 2019, 11:56:32 AM
The P-40N had those little yellow pegs that poke up above wing surface and provide visual feedback that the gear is down and locked.
I know because I'm planning to put those on "Lope's Hope" model.
I wonder if the pilot did not check or if they forgot to put the hydraulic handle back in neutral.
As you say, it could just be due to an old airplane...
3  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / CAF P-40N crack up on: March 20, 2019, 06:16:18 AM
Looks like another pilot walks away - tough P-40!
This looks fixable but expensive for the CAF.
It might be one of the original CAF planes!

https://worldwarwings.com/last-weekends-p-40-crash-leaves-airframe-crippled/
4  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 20, 2019, 01:20:55 AM
Yeah Mark, I tried leaving that piece under the spinner attached when I did the port side, first.
It was just too hard to line it all up and was a big mess.  So the side you see here, starboard, I decided to get ahead of it and cut it.. to be added last.
Solvaset it awesome but really "hot".  I have a small amount set aside and cut with some water to tone the power down a bit.

The port side is looking better with these large wrinkles.  They are nearly gone!

I just lament having to paint touch-up around the spinner and intake corners.  Hopefully, white paint will match white on decal...
5  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 19, 2019, 12:01:15 PM
 Rainy days, Mondays, and Shark Mouth Decals always get me down....

I dreaded this for so long.  Actually this is before Solvaset Decal solvent which works miracles with repeat application.
No doubt I see red, black, and white paint as well as an art brush in my future too.
Just wish I still had those young eyes!

6  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 316th FS/324th FG P-40F started on: March 18, 2019, 12:17:02 PM
Looking good!
7  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 18, 2019, 12:16:33 PM
I was procrastinating putting on the shark mouth decal and for good reason. It was very difficult to position and broke right at the upper corner. It will take more decal solvent but it should lay down. I didnít want to have to paint to fix it but I will have to. Oh well. Lots of difficult curves in that area.
8  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 15, 2019, 01:53:26 AM
Mark, thanks for the advice.

I'm experimenting on the bottom of the plane first.  I may try some Future under the decal to help with silvering.
9  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 14, 2019, 09:29:03 PM

Well, why not?

I have put so much into this project why not put on some stencil decals to make it more accurate.
This is the old "Tally-Ho!" sheet and it is pretty good.
The first ones I applied are silvering a lot though...


10  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: Airfix 1/48 scale Tomahawk on: March 12, 2019, 08:51:49 PM
Great job on that Tomahawk!!!

I am really enthusiastic about this Airfix kit and your example makes me more so.
11  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 12, 2019, 12:16:05 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys!

The decals are Eagle Strike and are designed for AMTor Mauve. So I should be okay if Iím patient and careful.

The Master guns are wonderful. Of course the hardest part is getting six holes in just the right spots on a narrow leading edge. That is a mouthful and an understatement
12  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 11, 2019, 11:45:59 PM
I'm completely intimidated putting on the sharkmouth decals.
If there are fit issues I won't be able to do anything about it.


13  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 08, 2019, 01:11:09 AM
Yeah, that is good advice.  I should default back to accuracy.

I saw that a lot of the Merlin P-40s sometimes had no ring or bead at all!
14  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 07, 2019, 10:45:29 PM
A lot of P-40N did not have the "Ring and Bead" sight installed on the upper cowling, by that time in the war.
Many had just the "bead" and not the "ring".
I wanted to do the Ring and bead just because I have the photoetch parts and I think it looks interesting.
Should I be more accurate and just do the "bead" only?

Hmmmmm
15  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: March 05, 2019, 01:23:29 AM
Well, it's not going to be done in time for the show Saturday...

I had a relative come to visit this past weekend and then another friend of my wife wanted to come visit as a surprise on Sunday.
So I spent the whole last weekend socializing.
It didn't matter because I was cleaning my airbrush Friday and was using Lacquer Thinner.
It must have been incompatible with a small rubber O-ring on the tip because that O-ring broke right off.
That little O-ring made a huge difference on the spray pattern and it would not work properly at all.
My old Badger 350 won't spray Future properly so that is not a good backup.
I ordered a new part but it won't be here until Friday.
So....the pressure is off.

I guess that is okay because I can finish it properly without being rushed....
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