At long last, it is beginning to take form:
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The master for the main, fuselage/wings component - of what is (currently shaping up) to be a 6-piece set, composing a 425-scale Martin P5M Marlin. Next about to receive top- and tail radomes, and finalization of surface detailing (see below), this piece still needs about half-again as much work - an then that much more again, to complete the full set of masters, including wing pontoons, beaching (wheel) gear and tail.
This fuselage/wing piece is built from a multi-part a foundation:
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Comprised of a casting of Revell's PBM Mariner
, plus two resin prostheses - one for the nose/cockpit and another for the belly, aft - both made just for this conversion, nevertheless so much additional mass/fill was still required, that, here with paint stripped off, all the superglue putty made it appear milky, throughout. Fact is, though both Marlin and Mariner were high-wing flying boats, their fuselage/hulls shared very little in common - accordingly making it also virtually impossible to retain any of Revell's fuselage detailing. Meanwhile, the top surface of the wing currently still preserves Revell's details/textures (except behind the engines, where large sink-marks had to be filled), however many if not most of these - for example, the fabric-covered ailerons, innaccurate for the Marlin - are moreover too exaggerated (particularly the rivets) and/or incompatible with the new, smooth fuselage, and so would need to be dropped, anyway.
However I will certainly retain anything(s) which still look good for the P5M - and of course ensure that all
pieces end up with, at a minimum, all
the (now-) standard Matt Stein Models details: engine flaps, crankshaft cases, control surfaces and raised canopy framing - the latter already installed. It may also prove fruitful to add more fuselage details - particularly the viewport-type windows, as well as large hatches - but these are still being thought/worked-out: we'll see.
So, the Marlin is now - finally - well-and-truly back on track!
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