Pg265 Posted October 1, 2022 Share Posted October 1, 2022 (edited) Good morning, Well, let me introduce the superb AAR Eagle Weslake! It changes from red, but orange and green were not that far away .. the red (s) either either! The kit is not more complicated than that, but the installation of the rivets promises to be... sporty and time-consuming. I started by cleaning the parts of the bathtub / chassis, the interior of which is almost invisible once the tub is in place. Only a small part on each side is polished. The assembly is, as often, carried out by welding. The main parts of the V12 are also assembled And we start to put a little color The body parts are prepared, adjusted and the locations of the threaded fasteners for solid fastening. And then, we had to get there, the hull is pierced (0.35) in anticipation of riveting ... Resin rivets with semi-round head of 0.5 for a tail of 0.3. There are many!! Riveting is ... DONE !! I decided to use rivets of different sizes for different reasons. For the lateral parts, rivets of 0.5 for the most part, of 0.4 for the outline of the hatches and of 0.8 in aluminum for closing them. for the upper part of the hull, 0.4 convex / flat head. These are used for: - appearance / aesthetics, a kind of scale effect as with painting, - ease of applying decals. FYI, there are 1620 ... rivets. The body parts have been primed and, for some, painted or partially painted The engine has progressed well I took the opportunity to work a little on the exhausts and their pronounced traces of heating. Temporary assembly. The gearbox is fitted with pretty accessories which I decided to modify: The filter holder, one of the fuel pumps and its filter. The oil filter covers are redone in aluminum, as is the crankcase of the fuel pump motor. Machined aluminum and brass hardware is added to provide a little detail to these subsets. As with the exhaust manifolds, the filters are chemically burnished, then polished and slightly "worn". Here is the set with the gearbox, painted with a mixture of Gun Metal and semi Gloss Black, 53 and 85 Humbrol. Make way for the dashboard. It is primed and painted in my beloved Humbrol 85, a little more diluted than usual and applied in thin coats a little more diffuse to make it slightly less satin. The counters have their strapping polished. The decals installed will be covered with "glass" cut to the punch for more realism. Small machined switches from Top Studio and a few instructions complete the package. The steering wheel is prepared in the same way as the dashboard. The original mold is removed and the Allen hardware and its washers installed instead. A passage of oil allows to shade the colors. Finally, the tank connection pipe is polished and painted with Candy Electric Blue ZP. Still progressing. The steering rack will be installed later .. just like the radiator. It is modified, as well as the pipes connecting to it, in order to weld the fluid inlets / outlets on the body of the radiator. I brought a little detail with the lateral perforated reinforcements and the manufacturer's plate. The interior is quickly fitted with a lead wire to simulate the cooling circuit behind the grid and fill the void. The wheel disc is primed and painted, then finalized, a machined valve installed. Everything is assembled to the machined rim. Masking of the bodywork parts before the passage of the sublime blue whose glitter base is extremely fine. The parts exposed and presented in a white assembly The hubs are detailed, primed and painted he original discs are decked out with important grooves that I don't like ... at all! As for my other models on which I reproduce the scratches of the discs, I made a tool allowing me to maintain them. The shoulders must be thin, both in diameter and in thickness, in order to be able to machine most of the disc. The small "jaws" on the second image are those used on a 312F1 for example. They then went on the lathe to give them a better appearance. Installed on a wheel for control: could be worse. The body of the rear shock absorbers is hidden and then painted. The springs receive a layer of gloss black. The radiator is painted and the tin solders reproduced according to the images I have. The dashboard is finished, wired and the windows installed on the meters. I did not really manage to take a photo that shows it correctly ... Sorry. Last masking step before varnish A shot of white Disassembly of the parts and installation on their support for the varnish step and presentation in the box so as not to be bothered during this step. Gravity (EU) sprayed, fresh (Flat Pattern 0.3 Meng) It dries quietly It's dry!! I couldn’t really resist a little "Test Fit" For fun: I made a small sheet of carbon this morning to dress small aluminum plates. They help me to present the pieces for photos, supports for models ... And, in the afternoon, I decided to make one to present the Eagle with the extra decals and old dry transfers. It's funny, it relaxes and above all I like it! I may shoot a layer of clear coat on it tomorrow to standardize everything and protect transfers, more fragile than decals ... Quite a few tests for the parts to be assembled on the bodywork elements today. The inside of the nose is painted mat black and the decals installed. The reinforcement plates of the anchorages of the tie rods are painted in Polished Alu Metal Cote with a paintbrush and slightly polished. The tank caps are modified and fitted with machined banjo connectors. It remains to tweak them a little with oils. Finally, as mentioned yesterday, I varnished the small presentation plate. It will be used to brighten up the table during exhibitions! It remains to polish the edge of the 2024 Alu plate. Connecting session. The gear box is now installed on the engine. Done for rear with engine/oil filters, fuel connections, underside tubing from engine to radiator... Next step will be the front radiator hoses and ducts installation and the rear drive train. Well, of course, I lost a part ... Not that small and yet nowhere to be found after a good part of the evening and the morning... The part, the lower left anchor of the rear axle push bar (or tie rod ...), has been redone. I quickly turned a piece of 2x2.25, glued to a plastic card base. A 0.8 stainless steel tenon and a resin bolt to finish and install. Quite a few mods and parts for the upper arms to do what I wanted, but it's done. Sorry for the quality of the photos, but the episode "Carpet Monster" (and I don't even have a carpet!) Made me a little ... irritated. I hope it will fit anyway. Pipes, ducts and radiator connected and installed. Lower suspension arms and steering rack in place. More soon. 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