100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:57 pm

I am making slow progress with the cockpit & canopy , after a little figure painting i have a pilot & navigator.

Now just need to make the canopy latch.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:14 pm

Here is a picture of my Airfix 1/24th Mosquito nearing completion. Just trying to decide if i spray the Invasion stripes or just Decal it as per the kitset. I'm thinking it would be good practice to put the stripes on it.

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:19 pm

Haha just realised i posted the wrong photo of the pilots , thats how they came out of the packet & i was not really happy with them wearing lipstick & bright blue headphones.

This is after my attempt at figure painting.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby spitty » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:33 pm

Now they look fantastic...

The Original ones are looking a bit funny :lol:

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:24 pm

After hours of cutting & sanding to make the canopy frame & clear canopy fit nicely i still had to resort to 2x 2lb diving weights on top of the canopy to hold it in place.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:20 pm

Now its starting to look like a plane , I have just glued the stab & elevators on to the fuselage using a mix of epoxy & micro balloons through a syringe to get it into the fairing.
It took a little work with the Dremel & sanding drums to get the stab alligned but now its looking good in all directions.

Fingers crossed i might be able to make a serious start on the paint work next week.

Its amazing how you can look at pictures and just miss the obvious, a customer pointed out that the bombers have Green / Grey on the fins while the Fighter Bombers only have Grey on the Fin , Okay must admit i had not really looked at the back end much.

BUT then i got a shock when i tried to fit the Green onto the fin of my Airfix Fighter Bomber - The Green and Grey are reversed on the Bombers !
I remember now i have seen a spitfire with the standard RAF scheme but the colours reversed , now i realise they must have done that between the 2 types of Mosquito.

Glad i saw that last week before i started spraying the Top of the model !
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby ash » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:44 pm

What's the story with the black patches, lines, rings and spots?

Are they to be exposed by sanding through the colour coats as some kind of weathering or shading?
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:41 am

Glad you asked that Ash , my next post was going to talk about that :)

The black lines & patches were sprayed on with a Tamiya Sprayworks airbrush , then the main colour is applied over the top with the touch up gun ( a small car painters gun )
The technique is called Pre-Shading , the idea is that is shows through the top colour and gives the panels ( and access panels ) a soft edge. Basicly it stops the model looking like its a flat surface with no detail.
The trick is to shade over the dark lines without covering them completely.

Come in to Modelair and i can show you some good examples of finished models using this process.

So after a few hours painting the bottom of the model is done , next step it to put the grey on the top side.

Look closely at the engine nacelle just above the gear doors and you can see the pre shading effect i was trying for.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:44 am

Just a quick pic of todays progress. Next step is the hard one.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby DH100 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:46 am

Looking good guys!

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby spitty » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:28 am

Adam,

wow, she will be really a beauty... again, please post more Pictures ( inside gear area, gear Doors,

Hinges and so on )

Many thanks in advance

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:51 pm

Made a little progress over the last month , the invasion stripes have put up a hell of a fight , I am having real trouble getting the paint to stick to the Oracover , tried sanding it with 600 paper & priming it first, but best result seams to be paint directly on to it. Forget masking tape , even the low tac tamiya yellow tape lifts the paint in places , so far the best results have been using thin cardboard and 3 hands to hold it in place ( thanks Tony ) or pinching my wife's L plates that stick to the car windows and throwing them on the wing, they are a very thin slightly sticky plastic , almost silicon in feel. From what i have been told thats how they did it in the Factory , Rubber mats cut to shape and attached to the aircraft.

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:55 pm

Here we are trying to work out the paint lines. Thanks to the airfix 1/24th scale model for reference.

The grey was applied first , then masked off with blu-tac and the green sprayed, I am very happy with todays result , next step the tails , then onto the wing centre section and fuselage , at least i can do it a small part at a time.

I'll try to remember to give you some pictures of the blu-tac masking next time.

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby spitty » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:41 pm

Adam,

wonderful progress,wow, I was very pleased when I saw Your work on the Landing gear, the oleos looks

fantastic.

I use Humbrol Colors for my Warbirds and I´m more than satisfied with this methode.

But Adam, again, I would be more than happy If You could post some Pics from the

Details, please hold Your camera in every open hole of the Mossi ;)

( gear area, hinges, fuselage, connection points of Wings and Flaps )

Many thanks in advance :)

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:00 pm

Made some good progress today with the painting.
Dark Grey and then Green have been sprayed , the wing roundells have been painted white to hide the black stripes then the red centre has been added.
The green was sprayed freehand with my Sprayworks Airbrush following the Airfix colour drawings.

The Exhaust pipes went on today & the start of the exhaust staining has been sprayed on the cowling.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:36 pm

Well this is tonights progress. the Fuselage Roundels are now painted on, that was a job , 5 colours to paint , a mix of Automotive , tamiya Lacquer and my now favourite type Tamiya Acrylic's

If it wasn't for my airbrush i would never have taken on a job like this.

The wings are now completed with the last colour going on tonight.

Getting close now, tick .. tick .. tick .

Time to start assembling everything and getting ready to the test fly.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby spitty » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:22 pm

Adam, very nice progress and I remember the Roundels on my Hurricane...a full day job. :cry:

Please be so nice and don´t forget my request, please make some more pictures ( gear area , open cowling and so on )

Many thanks in advance and good luck for Your maiden, i will pray for You

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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:44 pm

Today's job was to put the 2 pot semi-gloss clear over the model to protect the paint.

We are lucky to have a friendly car painter who lets us use the spraybooth, I was spraying in a 30 degree dust free enviroment with very low humidity, it makes all the difference with the clear coats.

Then the model was left to bake for a couple of hours. Next week its the big reinstall job , refitting motors and electronics.


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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby ash » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:03 pm

Wow, what a monster!

Looking good.
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Re: 100" Mosquito Bomber for Electric Power

Postby Adam » Mon May 13, 2013 9:22 am

It looks like i have come to the end of the build process , now with the test flights going well its time to talk about the setup and habits of this model.

The model balanced with the main drive batterys attached to the front wing spar , 2 infront , 2 behind , so all the fears of it being tail heavy were wrong.

The Feel of the elevator was good on approach , although i do want a bit more down thrust as it climbs hard above 1/2 throttle , thats where it cruises , just under half.

My best take off was done at that power , mush less torque reaction as the tail lifted and a smoother climbout. Now i have to learn to fly it like a bomber , it really feels like a spitfire! very light on the controls.

So far only one landing was done with 30degree flap , it had no trim change but really dosent need the flaps , 3 bladed props have a great engine brake effect and after cutting power to idle on finals i was putting a bit back on to make it to the strip.
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