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pheonix

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  1. 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
  2. These are truly impressive improvements that you are making - and without going to town either! P
  3. That is a very good model Dave, despite the many problems that you had to overcome. Top marks for perseverance and for the finish. P
  4. 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.
  5. It can be a real b...... when you discover these differences - small bu important. I am pleased that yours was only small and you found it before assembling the wings and not after. This is beginning to look even more spectacular than before - really looking forward to seeing the wings on. P
  6. Evening All, Thank you gentlemen for your comments - I much appreciate them particularly after the last episode! The first piece to be made after I had assembled the fuselage and nose was the cockpit glazing. I made this in a single piece of clear 20 thou acetate sheet which was plunge moulded in the usual way. I needed to add a little filler at the top to get the contours right but this will not matter as this area was covered on the machine - the glazed parts were lower down. It is noteworthy too that the pilots did not have a windscreen - there was a large hole with side windows and windows above the hole. Later after the wings were fitted I added framing from 10 x 20 thou Evergreen strip. I fitted the lower wings one at a time. The pins which I had put through the bottom of the fuselage were to go into holes which I had drilled into the ends of the wings. I had to tidy the ends of the wings a little with some thin card because the laminations had left some uneven edges. When I had dry fitted the wings and checked that all was aligned I started with the starboard (right) wing. Superglue was put on the ends of the pins and cement to the plastic edges of the wing. The wing was then attached to the pins and supported while the cement dried. The superglue dried quickly and held things in place but I decided to take no chances and left everything for an hour. The struts had been pre-cut and shaped from 30 x 60 thou Evergreen strip but they had to be trimmed to fit exactly. I measured the gap with dividers and final trimming was done by offering the strut to the hole. The inner rear strut was placed first and allowed to dry for 10 minutes. The remaining struts could then be fixed and the lower wing was firmly in place. The above procedure was repeated on the port (left) side. Finally the upper wing overhang bracing struts were fixed into place. Now the horizontal tail surface could be fixed to the top of the rear fuselage and the struts glued into place. These were made from 20 x 30 thou Evergreen strip. I assembled the gearbox bearer struts. These too were Evergreen strip (30 x 40) which was sanded to aerofoil section. I measured the rear struts first and then bent them gently at the mid point before gluing them to the sides of the gearbox. The front struts were shaped and then cut in the centre and the corners at the rear of the centres cut off so that when the struts were joined to the gearbox the tops and bottoms met the rear struts. This sounds complicated but I hope the photos show what I mean. I did not glue the top and bottom of the strut assemblies until all four struts had set on the gearbox. Finally after the struts had been glued together both sub-assemblies could be inserted between the wings and glued into place. The next stage will be to paint the model: this will take time as once again I am about to go on my travels. P
  7. I know that WNW kits are good, but you have turned yours into a mini-masterpiece. Excellent in every department. P
  8. That has built into a really nice model. Never heard of these kits but if this is representative they look to be very good. P
  9. Bet that lot kept you out of mischief for a while.... I'll also bet that you are pleased that you had the beer after drilling the holes and not before.... P
  10. What stunning detail. This is masterclass modelling. P
  11. Really enjoyed the build log and like the model even more! Vry well finished and rigged - a mini-masterpiece. P
  12. super model in every respect. P
  13. Absolutely stunning, the more so considering the kit that you started from. You have truly captured the delicate nature of this machine and your conversion/extra details are superb. Just what we expect from your bemch. P
  14. Wonderful build of a rarely seen type. These early WW1 machines are really interesting. P
  15. Lovely build of a classic Kit. It really is surprising how well these old models can look when built - even the inaccuracies do not show - and anyway who sees them most of the time? P
  16. The fuel tanks and extra details are well up to your usual standards Ian. Good luck with the rigging - that really does look as though it is going to test your patience. Reminds me of the Longhorn........ P
  17. Excellent extra detailing there, the more so as it is all home made. Will be following this one with interest. P
  18. The Revell model looks really fine. Looking forward to seeing this one finished - especially with the spider markings. Very different. P.
  19. This is shaping up nicely Ian. This is even more complex than I hd thought - makes my current build seem starightforward by comparison - but then you do not have to make all of the parts....only half of them! P
  20. Thanks Brett, Ian and Pete for following and leaving a comment. Yes Ian I did find out but too late to save a lot of what I had already done.... a real b......r but sometimes scratch building goes like that. But not on this scale before in my experience. Right. I have rewritten the instructions for this build and proceeded to start again with the fuselage behind the nose. I also had to make a new engine cover and re-assemble the remaining parts of the nose as these had come off when I dismantled the disaster as illustrated in the last post. I made new sides and added some internal detail in the form of framing etc, a new floor and a rear panel - the latter was not on the real machine but I need one to hold the sides when I assemble all of the parts. Without a rear panel the sides will wave about and not stay square. 60-thou strips were glued to the lower parts of the cockpit sides as two pieces of paper clip have to be passed through - these will form pins to help strengthen the butt joints of the lower wings to fuselage. New triangular fuselage sections were constructed, this time the lower section will extend under the cockpit and join the base of the nose. A new bulkhead which will hold the front ends of the triangular fuselage sections was also made. I should have made two bulkheads really as on the first attempt but I was frustrated and in a hurry - more haste less speed…! The horizontal tail surface was not attached to the upper fuselage triangle because it would get in the way later. The fronts of the cockpit sides were cut to fit into the rear of the nose section. Now I could start construction again, but this time following a different sequence. First the cockpit sides were glued to the front of the lower fuselage triangle, and the rear panel inserted to stop the sides from falling about. Two reinforcing strips were added to the front of the fuselage panel to strengthen it ready to add some more card on the underside later. Then the cockpit floor could be put in, this rests on the small blocks added to the bottoms of the cockpit sides earlier. The cockpit floor will conceal the reinforcing pins for the wings which were added later. The bulkhead was glued into the lower triangular fuselage section. Pins from an old paper clip were inserted through the holes in the bottom of the cockpit sides and superglued into place, followed by the nose section. The upper fuselage triangular section could now be lowered over the bulkhead and the wire support strut inserted into upper and lower rear fuselage units. Now the upper and lower sections could be joined so that the top of the rear upper unit lined with the rear of the top wing. Finally the triangular pieces which fill the gaps behind the cockpit were cut to fit - each had to be trimmed and adjusted from the pieces which I had previously made from using the card patterns illustrated above. These were then touched in with some filler. Last the fuselage under the nose had a piece of 30 thou card glued and sanded to shape when it was dry and all the joints were treated with filler. This assembly sequence works: certainly the gap for the front of the cockpit is now the correct size and the windscreen will not look too small when I get to fit it later. P
  21. Only just found this - obviously I am not alone in being in that age group that remembers this kit when it was released........ You are making a first class job of the improvements - the kind of things that we never knew about when we built them in the 1960's! This is a trip down memory lane too - when I was older in the early 1970's one of my first conversions was one of these into a Mistel combination with a 109 - also Airfix.
  22. That is an old kit but you have really turned a sow's ear into a magnificent silk purse. I doubt whether many people would pick up on the problems of accuracy that you mention - they would be too busy admiring the finished model - I was! P
  23. Completely agree with Meatbox - that is difficult to tell that it is 1/72 scale - at first I thought that it was a WNW 1/32. A model to be proud of - first class in every way. P
  24. Very interesting and striking colour scheme. I too like these lesser known types - yours is first rate no matter that the kit left something to be desired. P
  25. First class model and first class finish. I know that WNW kits are good but you have demonstrated just how good they are when they are well finished. I agree that weathering can be overdone - yours is just right. P