With no other kits on the backlog, I can break out of my comfort zone and build a helicopter kit for the first time in half a decade. I’m pretty nervous and overwhelmed with the task but I think I will relax once I get started. Construction doesn’t scare me so much. That’s a pretty universal aspect. The painting is the major detail that I have to stay laser focused with. I will just need to pay attention and do my research.
Preliminary paint was started on Monday and I haven’t had a chance to do anything more since then. Cockpits will be the main focus for now. Rotors and landing gear will be thrown into the mix at some point just to get them finished and out of the way. There is quite a bit of work ahead of me here and I am eager to have a quality sit down to get things rolling. Sunday is my target date for that.
Just a quick update on the Betty for today. I managed to steal about fifteen minutes this morning to get the engines installed and then get the nacelles wedded to the aircraft. I weathered the nacelles last night before bed so I could at least get this far. The propellers were mated to their cones and I will try to get them installed tonight or tomorrow morning. I may even get the photo shoot done tomorrow. We’ll see.
Workbench activity has come to a trickle over the past forty-eight hours or so. Not to worry because I am ever so close on both builds.
The Beaufighter could have been finished yesterday but I didn’t want to rush through and risk a massive catastrophe. It’s actually all finished now with the marker lights being the last task to perform. I painted each wingtip the respective red and green so it would show through the clear part. I let that dry overnight and finished the Beaufighter off this morning. Final pictures tomorrow.
The Betty is looking good. The engine nacelles were painted this morning and I began final assembly yesterday while I was waiting. More weathering has been added as well with the paint chips. The nacelles will get a coat of clear matte tonight and I probably won’t have a chance to do anything more until the weekend sometime. I took some rare overtime at work the next two days so the workbench will most likely be idled for a short time. I may just bring the nacelles to work and get them weathered on my downtime. Regardless, I’m at the end and it feels good to see it all coming together.
As the title suggests, I wish that there was more time in the day to allocate to all that I want to accomplish. Back to reality and here we are almost finished with the Beaufighter. I’m back in a regular rotation at work while the steel industry figures out where its heading. Hopefully in a positive direction soon so I can get back to my cake schedule. The dreaded afternoons are my schedule this week and I’m not exactly excited about that. I try to make the most of it but having a family that I don’t see for a week is downright depressing.
Back to the Beaufighter now. I had about an hour to spend on final assembly this morning and I spent every bit of it. The bulk of it is completed with just some minor areas to address. The landing gear and engines were the main attractions along with some touch-up painting. I’d say another hour will do it. So hopefully I can finish everything up tomorrow morning.
My goal to have at least one build completed this weekend fell by the wayside. However, I made great leaps towards achieving that goal. No worries at all because both builds are on the cusp of finalization.
So Friday night, I took the family up to Kalamazoo, Michigan to see a K-Wings game. Before we departed, I sprayed a coat of clear gloss on the Beaufighter to prepare for decals. Saturday started off feeling terrible with a cold. The flu has been shared throughout my household in the past week so I am feeling lucky at this point. As the day went on, I felt well enough to get some work done. I applied the decals which took a phenomenal amount of time to release from the backing. They dried overnight and I shot the aircraft with a coat of clear matte this morning. I waited until this evening to get the weathering applied. Another coat of clear matte was applied and now it’s time for final assembly.
The Betty is going very well except for the fact that I forgot to paint the engine nacelles. As you can see in the photograph, I set them on the Beaufighter’s work board and completely overlooked them. A quick session at the airbrush will correct the mistake but it is still annoying nonetheless. Other than that, the build is coming along nicely. The weathering was completed yesterday and I picked up this evening with the window frames getting painted. Some more weathering will be done tomorrow and hopefully I can get started on final assembly.