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Post  bottomgun on Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:17 pm

My A-25 that I'm currently working on was in good shape when I bought it. The tires are in excellent condition and absolutely no breaks or scratches in the plastic. One thing I found interesting is that even though the main operational feature on this model is the bomb drop, it still has the provisions for the pilot "bail-out" feature, so I would think that with a new parachute and a fourth line a kid (or the kid in us) can have some extra fun. Oddly enough, I found one half of the pilot under the bottom liner along with an extra glow head, and the other half was rattling around in the cowling around the engine. It was easily removed after disassembly of the fuselage. The other thing I noticed is the unusual plastic bellcrank assembly. Putting this thing back together will just merely require the growing of a third arm and hand. No problem. The screws are pretty much the same as the T-28, and also with the same tightness. I did the same procedure as before and took my time and got them all out with no damage. Cleaned everything up in warm soap and water and all the residue came off. I used alcohol on the stubborn stuff.

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I decided to repaint the lettering on the wing because of some worn areas, especially the tail end of the "S". Once again I used Scotch Painter's Tape and it didn't let me down. Masking it off took just this side of forever to do but my time doesn't cost anything. I used Model Masters Insignia Yellow and after it dried overnight I followed up with a clear coat of K&B Superpoxy. You can see in the second photo the work involved in just stripping off the masking after painting. I touched up the fuse numbers by hand afterwards.

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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:29 am

Yes, if reassembly is anything like the Stuka, a third hand will be necessary. Defiantly the most difficult Cox model I ever put back together.

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Great job on the repaint. Looks like a well taken care of model. Had it been ran? Ebay find?

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Post  getback on Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:54 am

Looking good bottomgun , hope I can remember some of this stuff when I get off my butt to do some plastic restorations . Reg. alcohol ? getback:cox logo:
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Post  bottomgun on Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:44 am

It was an Ebay find. Came with the box, control handle, and the two-sided comic strip story with two miniature guys showing the reader how to start and fly a genuine Cox plane. The parts cleanup can be done with any store bought Isopropyl Alcohol that is available practically anywhere they sell health care and medicinal items. I also used it on the motor after heating it up with a Monocote heat gun because it was froze up solid. It loosens up and cleans the components well after taking it apart but you have to remember to lubricate all parts to displace the water content in the alcohol and prevent corrosion.
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Post  bottomgun on Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:34 pm

One thing else I found was the left-hand rudder insignia decal that fell off some time ago. It was intact and instead of trying to get it reproduced, I went ahead and tried my hand at using multiple masks and actually painting it on both sides of the rudder. Again I used Scotch Painter's masking tape and it didn't disappoint me. I sprayed the triangle first in Insignia Yellow. I then cut a triangle mask 2mm smaller and masked around the perimeter of the triangle again to spray the red outline in Insignia Red. After completely drying I then made a mask of the lightening bolt image and sprayed that next. After all was done it got a coat of 2-part Superpoxy clear coat to seal everything as on the wing. The right side is the same.

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Post  akjgardner on Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:02 pm

Dude , You do some nice paint work
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Post  bottomgun on Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:39 pm

Thanks. It took a while to do but it's worth it. When I had Callie Graphics make my T-28 decals, and since Cox used the same set for this plane, I had them make me an extra set, but without the center red stripe. I know this would not be what Cox originally did, but it is more period correct for the time frame of a late WW2 A-25 Shrike.

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I started to reassemble the plane this afternoon. Got the landing gear with all the ordinance on the wing and what a pain it was to put together. I say it would be a close second if not equal in difficulty to the Stuka. I plan to paint the pilot so I need to get some info online to see what colors I need to use to get it somewhat accurate.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:51 pm

Very nice! Are you gonna make a repro antenna, here's some pics to give you an idea of size.
(hmmm...can't seem to upload pics, will try later)

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Post  bottomgun on Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:32 am

I've got an NOS antenna coming in the mail today. When I get that attached I'll get some full view pics up.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:10 pm

nice, where you find that?
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Post  bottomgun on Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:57 am

Haven't painted the pilot yet and may just leave it alone. Anyway here are some pics of the completed project along with the T-28 and my future project.

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Pilot has abandoned aircraft due to obvious reasons.

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Not as bad as it looks. I disassembled some of it already. The only thing it needs are a set of wing props and an antenna. I may go with the repro ones if I can't find original ones and the tail wheel is chipped a little so I'll either restore that one or find a used one.
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Post  akjgardner on Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:30 pm

Are you going to paint the insignia o the Stuka as well ?
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Post  bottomgun on Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:53 pm

Thinking about it. I know they do have some good repros out there but half the time they are out of stock. The pattern would not be hard to replicate.
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Post  RknRusty on Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:10 pm

That's a great looking restoration. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed following it.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:58 pm

Well done sir! That giant cat is probably not to be messed with if you're a Thimble-Drome pilot.
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