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  1. Been away and therefore have followed the build of the engines in one go. Just making one of these would be enough to drive a sane person mad.... to make four must have stretched your patience! Having written that they look superb - what an improvement. I still think that it would have been more sensible to build the whole thing from scratch! P
  2. Those lozenge markings look very good indeed. I have not tried to do that yet - a pleasure to come on a future project! P
  3. I have already started to post this build on other sites but as I am new to this site and some of you may not have seen this before I am posting all the current material here in one go. I have scratch built several WW1 types but they have been single or two seat types and therefore relatively small. I recently decided that it was time to follow Stevehed's splendid example and go big and so I did some research on these early large German machines: the best source is The German Giants by P Grosz and G Haddow, some of which is available of the net. Then I found that DataFile no 89 has a lot of material and drawings of the first of these machines, the Seimens-Schuckert R.1 (Riesenfleugzeug - giant aircraft), which was first flown in May 1915. I decided that here was a project which would be worth following because it is larger than any of my other scratch builds but still small enough to fit into my display cabinet. There will no doubt be some interesting problems to resolve as I proceed but that is part of the fun and challenge of scratch building. For those like me who are not familiar with this design here is what it looks like (and of course this contains a set of plans in 1/72 scale which could prove to be useful). Here is my kit although I suspect that a paper clip may also be used later for attaching wings. I started with the nose which looks like the front of a very large lorry with three radiators - one in the front and one on each side with a bonnet over them all. There were three engines in the front of these machines, two of which were between the side radiators and a third beneath and behind the pilots. I do not intend to make the engines as they cannot be seen on the completed model unless the top of the nose is left off. I cut three pieces of 30 thou card and glued lengths of 10 thou rod onto the faces of the card to represent the radiator pipes. Strips of stretched sprue represent the steel bands holding the pipes in place. Then I made a top and bottom plate to which I could attach the three radiators. Thanks for looking.
  4. Thanks to Ian, J-W, Nick, Adrian and OM for the very encouraging remarks - I greatly appreciate them especially from modellers with your skills. I have now completed the painting. I used Humbrol enamels - a mix of clear doped linen (103) with natural wood (94) in a ratio of 3:2. The DatatFile suggests grey as a colour but I have my doubts - personally I think that natural linen would have been more likely but who can tell from monochrome photos? In any event it took three coats as the first two were too streaky: I thinned the paint for the third and managed to get a much better finish. The white squares are for the crosses (which I have printed but not put on yet), and I have still to paint the radiators (dark grey) and top of the engine cover (anti-glare black). I also am showing a close up of the front struts with the propellor mounts in place as these were not ready for the last post. The next step will be to put on the markings, undercarriage and other details to finish it. P
  5. Gob smacked! I agree with Martian - and I thought that what I do is a bit near the limit sometimes! P
  6. Wholly agree with the above. This is really turning into a mini-masterpiece - just cannot think why you did not bother to just scratch build the whole thing from the start! P
  7. A little gentle brute force usually makes things go together! The remainder of the modelling is just super too. P
  8. Missed this! That is very well done indeed - lovely model. P
  9. That is a beautifully finished SPAD: congratulations on an excellent build. Lets hope the second is as good - you will have a superb pair then. P
  10. Your attention to such fine detail is truly impressive. These are going to be the most detailed engines on any Mouremets in this scale I am sure. Great stuff - following with real interest. P
  11. The Ago Fluggesellschaft Gmbh of Johannisthal was established in 1912 as the Berlin branch of the Flugzeugwerke Gustav Otto. Otto was a Bavarian engineer and early pioneer of flight and developed a series of very similar designs known collectively as Doppeldekkers. Unfortunatley for Otto the Prussian air service would not accept the Doppeldekker design for military service as it was considered to be structurally too weak, so although some machines did serve with Bavarian air units, the military market was limited. (Some modellers and other authors have given the designation CI to the Doppeldekker. This is incorrect as these machines were never fitted with a permanent armament). In early 1915 Otto produced a new design based on a pusher layout with a central nacelle as on the Doppeldekker, but with twin booms instead of an open tail. This left the observer with a wide field of fire if armed with a machine gun on a flexible mounting. The booms were made from two moulded plywood shells joined at the centre, giving a much stronger airframe. Both the army and the navy ordered land planes in early 1915, and the first CI airframe was delivered to the Army in April of that year. This aircraft became the first machine to receive the C designation, meaning that it was the first armed two-seater, being equipped with a Parabellum machine gun on a ring mounting in the front cockpit. Production machines followed but because Ago was a relatively small company the total number of CI's produced was probably only around 64. Nevertheless it was a type that proved to be robust and had a long active service on both the western and eastern fronts, the last machines being recorded in service with front line units in April in 1917 whereafter they were used by training units. It was popular with crews as it was relatively easy to fly and could withstand damage and still return to an airfield. The Ago types were initially reported as twin engined and more heavily armed than they actually were, but even when they were recognised as single engined pushers, they were treated with respect by Allied pilots. It was only later in their service when tractor fighters were introduced that the inherent weaknesses of the pusher layout became important and the type had to be withdrawn from front line service. The German navy showed an interest in the type from the start and ordered land plane variants in early 1915. In May 1915 the first floatplane was delivered where it was used for training in bombing and machine gunnery. The CI types were usually powered by either 150hp Benz Bz III and later 160hp Merceedes DIII engines; early machines had radiators mounted on the nacelle sides, but later the radiators were joined and moved under the top wing. In late 1915 the CI was replaced by the CII with the more powerful Benz Bz IV engine. Some CII machines had an extended wingspan with a third bay added. The navy accepted several of the extended wing CII's which were fitted with floats and these were used for maritime reconnaissance and bombing, and later training. These seem to have been in service for most of 1916 and may not have been withdrawn from front line service until 1917. The aircraft depicted in the model is of 539 which was photographed at an unidentified naval station, probably in 1916. This machine was powered by a Benz B IV engine and had the gravity tank mounted on the starboard side away from the exhaust manifolds. Agos were delivered and flown painted in a brown dope with the wood booms either left in wood or painted to match the linen and were probably not light blue as is often shown in illustrations. The model is 100% scratch built and is rigged with rolled copper wire: the markings were home printed. There is a build log on Airfix Tribute Forum: scratch builds. P
  12. Richard, I do not count the hours building a particular model - rather the period of time that I build it in. I usually work in the evenings but sometimes for an hour or two during the day. This one took approximately 5 months. TonyT, The information re- colours is given in the DataFile no 75 where Carl Haller of Feld-Flieger Abteilung 9b stated that the Agos in his unit were "a light yellowish brown," and it would seem that they were delivered in this condition. Photos suggest that they were not usually painted and unit markings were rare. Thanks to all the others who have dropped by and left such positive comments. P
  13. Pegasus kits are not too bad and they do cover the lesser types. Yours is a mini-masterpiece and does real justice to the type. Nice to see it on floats too. P
  14. That is a very impressive piece of modelling. In 1/48 scale that must be a pretty big model too! P
  15. Totally agree with Thorfin - the colours are spot on. Well made and rigged model - many congrtaulations. P
  16. That news is a real shame because you have produced an excellent model from that kit. P
  17. It does not matter to me what the scale is (and my eyes are nearly 65 years old) - it still looks very good. Keep it up. P
  18. You have turned a bit of sow's ear into a real silk purse. The kit does date from the mid-1960's and unfortunately it shows. Super extra detailing and the figure adds a really nice touch. P
  19. This is a really interesting project: as a fellow scratch builder it is very interesting to see how you tackle different problems (even if it takes three attempts!) This is really going well - I hope that you keep up with this now until it is finished. An unusual type and a very interesting one. Will continue to follow with great interest. P
  20. Just found this - great to see another WW1 type being built. Not so great to read of all the problems that you are running into. I have the Roden GV and started that but then gave up - for different reasons to you., Mine is still languishing in the roof and I am afraid may continue to dos so for a long time yet. You are doing a super job on this one - I am sure that the Roden kit is better all round, although it needs more detail added of course. Will be following this with interest. P
  21. Having to scratch build engines can be a pain but it is also satisfying most of the time. Making four together is a real test of skill and patience - you seem to have passed both with flying colours! P
  22. Been away and am catching up. You have done a lot on this since I last looked in and I am having to look twice to check that it really is Airfix! This is a major improvement for this old kit - it really is beginning to look like a Ju 88 after all. Great work - looking forward to seeing the colours go on. P
  23. I have only just found this one - a group of types which are completely new to me but they have two wings and windmills so they are interesting. You are certainly putting in a great deal of work on them and performing some minor miracles in the process! The story about the human containers does not surprise me at all - typical Russian actually - and not just in the communist era either. Looking forward to seeing these completed - an interesting and unusual trio. P
  24. Oh I DO love building engines for WWI types..... Almost as much as I enjoy the rigging! Actually both are very satisfying when things are going well, except that I do find multiple engine building tedious after the second one. P
  25. These are truly impressive improvements that you are making - and without going to town either! P