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Aug 08, 2009, 09:51 PM
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Hey! I just realized this is the thread for the P-40 on youtube. Once I realized it, I started to hear the bionic voice even while just reading the posts. Thaks for logging your work!!
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Aug 16, 2009, 10:57 PM
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...just a few quick pics of progress on the panel lines tonight - still some work to be done on these ones, but I wanted to make sure that I get regular pictures.

A wing or fuselage that turns out good and flat, and shiny is something to behold to be certain, and other craftsmen will often comment because they have a respect for the amount of work that went into it. But once you start adding panel lines and that perfect form becomes interesting, well then to me it becomes something else. This is where regular Joe's begin to stare and they aren't really sure why. There's just something about giving the eye something to bounce around on.

This brings up a question that I often ponder on whilst sanding away in my own little zone...is this art? What do you think Ladies and Gentlemen? Not my work in particular but is what we do art? I really don't have an answer - I guess that's what keeps me asking it. My gut feeling is that once you start detailing a machine that is capable of flying without any of the drama that we cross a line. I really don't know and art is not something that I can say I've studied formally. What do you think? To be honest I kinda think that artists might be a little offended by my query - oh well!
Aug 21, 2009, 02:13 AM
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Panel Lines - End Round One

I know that at first glance this can look a little ugly but these are not intended to be the typical chart tape and built-up primer panel lines. There are many planes that I might still take that approach with, but a 1940's P-40 is not one of them.

There's a little bit of artistic license to this, in that the roughly blended leading edge of the seam falls off abruptly into a crisp clean trailing edge where it met the tape. This makes it difficult to focus the eye in the detail and so it moves quickly down the seam and finally falls into the flat centre of the panel. It's actually not overly realistic if you take a good look at the real thing, but this is a model that is viewed from several feet away and so I find that impression is more important than a perfectly scale detail that wouldn't be seen anyway. Perceived realism if you like. It takes some effort, but I can almost guarantee that you'll be the only one at the field with anything like it. Flite Metal or other foil approaches are good too, but I like the look of this for some reason. And hey - so far it's probably cost me about $3 in finishing epoxy and sandpaper - that always make me smile.
Aug 29, 2009, 04:56 AM
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Gun bay access panels this week.
Aug 29, 2009, 06:28 AM
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great work
Mar 13, 2010, 08:53 AM
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My apologies to all of my modelling friends out there who’ve been thoughtful enough to enquire as the status of my P-40 project over the course of the last 6 months or so. Not to worry – b1heqh54 is back with a vengeance! Lol Anyone who’s been at this longer than a season or two will be well aware that at times, life sometimes requires a shift in focus that will put a build project on the back burner. But the lesson for the younger folks is that this not the end of the road, but merely an opportunity to work on your persistence skills!

It would seem that old Father Time came by to collect a few debts for the thirty years that I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid most of the limitations often associated with my physical disability. Luckily, this hobby is a place where I’ve made many friends over the years with others whose challenges are far greater than mine, and so I’ve been blessed with yet another treasure that our hobby has to offer. Well, enough said there.

As one gets older, one’s world gets smaller. And so, it was that life necessitated a change in setting. Now without a work area, we have a great opportunity to demonstrate that a wing mould can be built in the space between your recliner and the blathering boob tube! So no more excuses! lol

Before I post a few pics of my progress with applying panel lines to the underside of the wing, I need to take care of a little business. On hearing of my change in scenery, a dear friend stopped by unannounced not long ago to wish old Slow & Low well. With her, she brought along a bag of unused sandpaper left behind by a dear friend who recently passed on. So, now armed again with sheet abrasive of varying grits, the build continues. Her only request was that I set her computer up so that she could watch along. How sweet is that! Not one for charity, I can only offer heart felt and humble words in exchange. This one’s for you Lizzy, I hope you enjoy following along with Ted and I.

An angel crossed my path today.
An open heart: she couldn't stay.
Down a staircase, she came to me.
She brought me hope I couldn't see.

Her beauty was light; clean and true.
I hope she never comes to you.
Not because you don't deserve her love.
But what came first. The push; the shove.

If ever you should live in a hole,
Where the sun won't shine on your tired soul.
Put pride aside and hold up your cup.
The clouds will part if you just look up.

And now for some pics….I’ll apologize in advance for the blur…better next time.
Mar 13, 2010, 09:03 AM
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Glad things are settling down. Looking forward to seeing this thing finished. Does your disability necessitate that you use that voice changer?
Mar 13, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by soholingo
Glad things are settling down. Looking forward to seeing this thing finished. Does your disability necessitate that you use that voice changer?
10 points for hitting a nail on the head to you sir! As harsh as it is, it's better than mine. lol
Mar 29, 2010, 04:23 PM
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Underside of wing is coming along. As is always good advice in a build project; when you do something to one side, you should immediately move to the other side. This will keep things symmetrical and balanced. So I mark one line on one side and then the next line on the opposing side while the scaled measurement is still in front of me. All measurements are scaled relative to a detailed three view drawing. After that, I finish one side of the wing, and then the other. If you get too much unsanded epoxy in front of you, it can become intimidating and you will unconsciously begin to rush toward the end - this is not a good state of mind to achieve your best; hence finish sanding one side and then starting the other. This, for me, leads to an internal competition. I find myself trying to make the second side better than the first, and then sometimes it'll force me back to the first side - and so on, and so on....LOL Coming along though.
Apr 03, 2010, 05:51 AM
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...just some quick pics to document progress...
the laser level is how I got the nice curves across the bellypan - in fact the panels were cut curved to form straight seams when applied, but I liked the look and so I allowed myself a little secret....lol
Apr 08, 2010, 10:50 PM
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I promised some reference pics a while back. Here are a few that I'm using to detail the wing. Please don't use them to critique my work - I've looked at each of them in great detail, many, many times, and some of them are not even of an E model. Interest only.
Apr 09, 2010, 04:37 PM
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Panel ends are done with resin that has been thinned down considerably. I've found over time that this gives depth next to the more pronounced spanwise seams. Coming along....
Apr 10, 2010, 11:07 AM
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art indeed...thank you for sharing this.

Apr 11, 2010, 01:44 AM
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Worth the wait.
Apr 11, 2010, 07:10 AM
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Cosmo Kramer said it was all about levels: I say it's all about layers. Access hatches, and landing light bezel today.

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