Maryland takes wing(s)!

On Monday night, it a fit of actual building, I went and stuck the wings on the Maryland. It was a little tough – Azur gives you a rudimentary butt-joint, with a hint of a wing root you have to match. This pseudo-root may or may not also approximate the thickness and profile of the wing. I cut a slot in each side of the wing root and inserted a strip of .040 styrene strip vertically to provide a hint of a spar, more for help with location of the wing than for strength, and stuck on the first wing, using drawings in the Czech Monograph on the Maryland. It had remarkably little dihedral, which was interesting.

Wing two, of course, was a lot harder to get on; I had to sand the lower half of the wing where it mated to the fuselage to reduce the dihedral and to match the first wing. With no locating pins, it became a test of keeping alignment in three axes (with the horizontal tail, with the other wing and with the fuselage) and I finally got it into place and hit it with CA glue. There was a lot more seam on this side, but nothing that required anything more draconian than plenty of CA glue. Here’s what it looks like right now:

I’ve already masked the fuselage and outer wing and started sanding the roots. The soft plastic makes it pretty quick going; actually, none of the mismatched fit areas have been really difficult to handle. Plus this plastic scribes like a dream, so restoring detail is not a big problem.

So, now the wings are on and shortly the seam will be dressed and polished out. The props are done, the landing gear is built, the upper turret is finished… I may be closer to completion than I realized. Here’s the project task inventory as it stands:

1. Rescribe bomb bay, nose and wing root panel lines
2. Cut windscreen from kit canopy and install it ahead of the pilot’s cockpit
3. Prep a Falcon opening canopy section for later installation (this is a side-opening section with a fold-down top window, kind of like the middle canopy on a TBF Avenger – not very bail-out-friendly!)
4. Mask the bombardier’s section, cockpit, turret, side windows, etc.
5. Paint this sucker
6. Decal
7. Wash and weather
8. Flat coat
9. Add landing lights in the wings from MV lenses (and tape covers for them), plus position lights
10. Add landing gear and gear doors
11. Add the turret and the tail protector stub behind the turret
12. Add the bomabrdier’s compartment top and bottom hatches
13. Add the pilot’s canopy, and propellers
14. Rig aerials

So that’s it… Just 14 steps to completion! Of course, completion entails me finding Falcon Clearvax 30 for the cockpit canopy, and I have to get a decal made to replicate the French unit logo still on the tail of this plane. If you’re unaware, I’m doing a Martin 167 that fought the Germans, then was captured and given to the Vichy Air Force, then was flown by a defector to Gibraltar, then was used by the RAF at Malta. It’ll have very weathered French camouflage, with the tricolor tail and striped cowlings painted out in RAF dark green, and British markings with some residual French touches. I’m hoping the final product is worth the work that’s gone into it!

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1 Comment

  1. Do U have a goal of having it ready for the Kick Off Classic?

    Lookinng foward to seeing it done in person.

    Mike


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