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  1. ... indeed! A great introduction thanks. Agreed. An alarming design. A flightless 'Farley Fruitbat' ... Good to see more scratch building underway in this group build. 1mm at 1/48 is very conveniently scaled for armour .. very little at that usable thickness when crafting something for an aircraft! Excellent. Double fun for us thank you!!
  2. Quick work! Plain grey it may be, but it's still an exceptional design (.. though for my mind the Macchi MC.72 was a more attractive example of the S2 tandem engine, contra-prop configuration) I look forward to to viewing the gallery photos when ready.
  3. So the fuselage tasks, rippling through to match my engine rebuild: Windshield. Here's the kit part (still on casting block at front): Unfortunately it's far from accurate. It has angular edges between top & side glazed faces, more like the Supermarine S6B: Whereas the Crusader windscreen was glazed on the sides only, and had a distinctly different form to the frame, with rounded edges between faces. See here: Interestingly Karaya rendered it right on the box.. but not the kit? To model this tiny piece I tried another smash-mold but it didn't give a good result. This started the thought of another play with the vac-former. To make it worthwhile I decided to bring forward making the prop spinner (more on that another time). Here the windshield vacformed (together with a test - dud- spinner) ... and here in place ... ... and here with that done & glazing opening cut: Photo for this side only as unfortunately I had a less successful outcome when cutting on the window on the other side ... to be repaired when morale recovers!! Note a few additional details: reinforcing straps & another prominent material junction, this time where the wing & fuselage meet (not a wing root fairing as such as I believe the value of these had yet to be discovered). These looking more pronounced in contrast to the kit grey, hopefully to be quieter when all is white. ... that's all for now .. time's up
  4. A challenging kit, but the curious subject should be worth the effort!
  5. .. & here's a nice summary on your subject that popped up online today:
  6. .. & here's a nice summary on your subject that popped up online today:
  7. Oh that is disappointing.. good luck with the rescue.
  8. Excellent kits they may be, but an excellent outcome still takes a skilled & patient modeller such as you evidently are. Congrats, looks most impressive!
  9. Unexpected but nice choice! The first of many French aviation firsts..
  10. Its quite a machine, worth reading up on the thoughtful streamlining design of the engine nacelles alone - both the airflow around and though. Come to think of it that's something it shares with Albatross.
  11. Looks great! ... but all wrong ... but great!! Well done, envious of your efficiency!
  12. Doubly delightful!! That Rapids has a very elegant trim, but the Albatross really is magnificent. One of my all time favourite four-engine machines, up there with the Republic XF-12 Rainbow (or at least the civil version which might-have-been).
  13. These high wing polish machines really are quite stylish. They seem the very best of design bridging between the WWI legacy biplanes and the WWII cantilever monoplanes. Nicely represented, well done!
  14. Hi all, No model update (tentative as they are) this time. Instead an appeal for assistance. I'm now near certain that I will finish this machine 'in flight'. As I soon will be ready to close up the fuselage, a commitment either way will be required. I have something of an aversion to seeing these speed machines trussed to a beaching trolley. Reminds me of a convict's ball & chain .. I have an idea for display in flight, but the kit is without a pilot. I had previously canvassed ideas for sourcing a suitably attired pilot in another thread here: .. which yielded some excellent suggestions, including: I'm wondering if anyone reading this might have a suitable candidate aviator - perhaps from one of the kits suggested by Black Knight above - which is currently languishing, unwanted & frustratedly grounded in their spares stash? I'd be happy to cover the expense of their journey to realise their flying ambitions in this machine ... Any assistance much appreciated ..
  15. More playtime! Tonight, the instrument panel (I know I said windscreen next but this must come first). Here's the kit part (bottom third, still attached to casting block): To be fair to Karaya, there is little evidence to go by, with no cockpit photos or drawings that I have know of. However I do think we can enjoy a little more effort speculating than Karaya invested! In sorting through my accumulated images I believe I can mount a case that not only is Karaya's panel, er .. lacking in detail, but it is also not the correct outline, being fully contained within the circular fuselage. Here follows my evidence: First, this image - which I've posted a few times already - is one of the few which is at least looking toward the (shadowy) cockpit. Well, after a little software fiddling of image contrast / brightness / highlights can you too see the ghost of something emerging from that shadow?! Might I suggest the circular face of some unknown instrument in the back face of the fuselage fairing?! Similarly this grainy image, again peeking into the cockpit, this time with the door helpfully open: Again, with image fiddling I see the apparition again! I say this confirms the single central dial set high - poking above the circular fuselage - set under the windshield in the back face of the top fairing. And do you too see a few more instruments below set in the same plane?! This is why I changed the cockpit opening from circular to keyhole shaped, as shown last post. There's precedent for such an arrangement on these Schneider Trophy racers. Here a view of the Gloster VI 'Golden Arrow' with that single big instrument (airspeed indicator or RPM?) in the back face of the top fairing: (What would we all give to have had that boy's day out!!!) And here the Macchi M67: Again the single instrument set in the back face of the fairing (to the top six of eighteen cylinders in 'W' configuration!!) So I've scratched up & fitted a panel like so: The instruments are Airscale 1/48 RAF etch. Based on the precedents above I set an airspeed indicator at the top. So now i can move on to the windscreen ... Goodnight all