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  1. Thank you Jerzy. I really appreciate positive comments from a modeller with your skills Thanks Pat. The next instalment is below - I hope that you will enjoy this one too. I have to get on with this though as Jamie keeps reminding us of that looming deadline..... That must rank as one of the kindest remarks that I have read so far for this build. I do hope that it will not look like a scratch build when it is complete. Thanks Jamie. I was taught how to use acrylics by Epeeman who also uses a hairy stick and achieves a finish which is as good as any airbrush. I hope that my finishes are better than they used to be when I was using enamels. I have rigged the lower part of the tail boom together with the vertical sections as shown in the photos. Experience has taught me that rigging parts of a model like this is strongly advised as they become much less accessible later when there are large parts such as wings etc to catch on when one is trying to get the tweezers and wire into tiny spaces. I use rolled 40 SWG copper wire: I measure the length needed directly from the model using a pair of dividers. l then cut a piece of wire which is slightly longer than needed and roll it flat with a piece of brass strip on a hardwood base. The wire is offered to the space where it is supposed to fit and by the use of Mk 1 eyeball I estimate how much needs to be trimmed. A second, and if necessary third, attempt is made until the wire is the correct length. A tiny blob of CA is added to the model at both ends where the wire is to be attached and the wire carefully placed in position. The CA usually grabs the wire and holds it firm. Sometimes I will put one end on and then use tweezers or a knife blade to gently ease the other end of the wire into place if it is difficult to get to. By using wire I do not have to drill and fill lots of holes, and in the case of this boom structure which is made from brass, I do not have to drill into metal which would be extremely difficult and time consuming. The results look like this: Whilst I was in rigging mode I decided to complete the elevator so that I could store it where it cannot be damaged. This will be one of the very last parts to be added to the model so I need to keep it safe in the meantime. Just a reminder of size and how much rigging there is on this aeroplane, here again is the Avro biplane with the rigged and painted elevator: remember this will be at the very rear of the flying boat and is a relatively small part of it! I have been thinking hard about how I am going to attach the large V struts under the wings to the hull sides. On the original aircraft they came to a common joint and were attached to the hull side and probably to a large piece of frame inside the hull. I do not think that it will be practical to make the ends of 4 pieces of plastic come together and simultaneously be able to fix them to the hull sides, so I have decided to make two small attachment pieces from 60 thou card, drill holes in them and the hull and attach them with wire and CA. However I needed to make the attachment pieces the correct size: the struts will be made from 120 thou x 30 thou Evergreen strip shaped to aerofiol section, (the original struts were huge as the photos show). So I cut two small pieces of strip and made a tapered joint so that they would come together with a combined width of 60 thou. I could then cut the attachment pieces to fit exactly the strut ends: The hull attachment parts have an angled face which will be glued to the hull side and be reinforced with a piece of wire which I took from a piece of telephone cable. The opposite side will then be angled upwards so that the ends of the struts will fit directly on to it and will form a butt joint. The wing is completely rigid so the V struts should not be carrying any weight. The completed attachment lugs look like this: These have been CA'd to the hull. I have also done some work on the engine nacelles: by the use of a file and glass paper I have shaped them to match the drawings and then I drilled out two slots, one at each end on the top, into which I am going to insert some short pieces of 60 thou rod to represent the cylinder ends. I have called this a retro model for good reasons: I am not intending to add a huge amount of cockpit and engine detail only to cover it all up - this model will resemble some of the early Frog and Airfix models from the 1950's where there were no wheel wells, cockpit openings, or other recesses! I have also resorted to talcum powder and dope as a filler - another 1960's, pre-resin aftermarket solution to a modelling problem! The engine tops will have some detail which will hopefully disguise to all but the most serious onlooker the small liberties that I am taking with this model. The rear engines will be nearly hidden under the wing anyway and all will have radiators mounted above them which will also help to obscure the view! There is some tidying up to do around the edges of the slots but that will be easy to do and when paint is on they should pass muster. Various holes have been drilled in the sides and front and rear which represent various orifices on the originals, but I have no idea why they were there, they are just clearly visible in the photos Thanks for looking. P
  2. I think that those bomb racks look just fine - better in fact than what you get in many kits! P
  3. Excellent job on the tail. That even looks difficult! Brass rod is clearly the material to use there - must remember that for the future. P
  4. Dornier Do 18-D

    This is really coming together well now - good to see the componebts being fixed into place and an aeroplane emerging from the many parts. I really admire your skill and patience with all those brass fittings for the ailerons and flaps - a lot of fiddly work but well worth it. The new flaps will be fine without surface detail - as you write panel lines and other such irregularities on the actual machines were so small as to be invisible at this scale. Looking forward to seeing the wing mounted soon. P
  5. Great and original idea, brilliantly executed. P
  6. Two first class models in the making here Jerzy. I particularly like the Finnish markings - so nice to see these lesser air force machines represented. P
  7. That is truly first class Ian. Very difficult to guess that that is a vacform model. P
  8. Sanger Blackburn Iris

    I agree with Beard - looking very good indeed. The exhaust and louvres are much improved. P
  9. Thanks for a super update Ian. That really is an impressive piece of modelling. Does this mean that you are going to enter a Macchi M5 into this GB too? P
  10. Evening All, Thanks Ian and Jamie for the positive comments. It will be a little while yet Ian before I am ready to dry fit very much - more like assembling each sub-unit as I go along, especially as the engine nacelles are mounted on two sets of struts and the wing on a third! Which reminds me I have still to shape the engine nacelles and put in something resembling engines..... I have fixed the windshield to the hull - that was the part that I moulded and showed earlier. It was metal and I think had the instrument panel mounted behind it - at least that is how I have interpreted it. The IP was a simple piece of card painted in oils to represent wood, (although on the original it may have been duraluminium?), and then some black dots to represent instruments. As this part will barely visible on the completed model that is good enough. The joint between the windshield and hull was filled and sanded and then the whole given a coat of primer, together with the wing and tail surfaces. The brass boom was given a coat of metal primer: I am not sure how acrylics would go on to uncoated brass and I was not prepared to take the risk. Painting and decorating followed. The first was the CDL for which I have used Revell Beige 314. Artwork is not my strong suit and I find it very difficult to mix paint and get consistent shades so I used this straight from the pot. I watered it down and applied numerous coats - I think about 12 in all - I lost count actually. The first two coats looked positively awful but after that things improved a little. For the wings and large surfaces I drew the brush across the surface for one coat and then along for the next, alternating the direction for each coat. The final coat was always from the front to the rear of the part being painted. Then on to the metallic areas which I have represented with Revell Hellgrau 76 again straight form the pot but again watered down and multi-coated as described above. The finish does look a bit uniform but the photographs do not show any variation and any panel lines would be too small to see in this scale anyway. Next came the decoration: I had printed the crosses on my computer so I first cut out the white background squares from white transfer sheet and applied these: This is the top of the wing and shows what I mean - nothing special. After that was dry the crosses were applied, in this case under the wing: The ribs on the underside were cut from 10 x 20 thou Evergreen strip and represent reinforcing strips between the strut location points. I have since painted these grey too as these were metallic and not covered by fabric. The holes where the struts will be eventually fitted can also be seen here. The fin crosses were also applied so that the complete hull assembly now looks like this: After all the excitement of waiting for paint to dry I can now get on with rigging the underside and inside of the boom because I am concerned about access accidentally knocking off parts because I have to invert the model in order to rig these areas. I also need to get on with those engine nacelles..... Thanks for looking. p
  11. AZ Model Morane 'WR'...or is it...?

    You do work quickly! This is beginning to look very interesting indeed. At the pace you are going this will only take a week to finish! P
  12. Dornier Do 18-D

    Lovely pair of propellors there - very elegant method of manufacture too. I always use the simplest possible jigs - they are effective, less likely to go wrong but easy to correct if they do. Modelling does not have to be difficult if we do not want it to be and the results can still be very good - as you have just demonstrated. P
  13. That is a superb piece of modelling to get that engine, fuel tank, and other paraphernalia in such a small space. Small Stuff engines are well described - but they are good. P
  14. You have made a good job of the torpedo recess on the DT 2. The finish on the Ripon looks good too. There is a close similarity with the Shark which I can see now - an interesting family of aircraft. P
  15. That is a super piece of fiddling with the fuel tank and carb mount. Knowing just how tiny all this is, I take my hat off to you for such fine workmanship. P