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  1. Many of you will know that there will be a GB on flying boats later this year in which considerable interest has been expressed. Yours truly has signed up for a build but he is not sure what it will be yet other than a WW1 type scratch build in 1/72, but not this one. I have already attempted a couple of WW1 flying boats - they are not the better known types but that makes them all the more interesting for me. This was one I knew nothing about until Ninetythirdliberator (Dan Smith) published an excellent build log of the Formaplane vacuform on another specialist website. I have an aversion for vacuforms and anyway I think that scratch building is easier and more satisfying in the longer run, so I managed to get Dan to send me a copy of the plans and after a couple of months I had my own model. I would also like to thank IanB who very kindly donated the tail badges from the Pegasus set. Otherwise the model is plastic, home printed crosses except the nose, which was hand painted, rigged with 40 SWG copper wire. There is a build log on if you are interested: for a scratch build this was not difficult except for placing the top wing. The outer struts lean outwards and forwards at the same time so a simple jig had to be made to support them while they dried out. Amazing what paint pots will do when required! The fuselage was push moulded but the underside of the hull has a convex surface so this had to be moulded separately and added after the sides had been glued together. The wingspan is approximately 6 inches (15cm). The Phoenix Type A was a Hansa Brandenburg design (the W18) which was manufactured under licence for the Austro-Hungarian navy: one was supplied to the German navy but as German pilots preferred floatplanes rather than flying boats the type was not used by them. By contrast the Austro-Hungarian navy used flying boats in considerable numbers for the defence of port and other coastal installations, and for offensive operations and reconnaissance. The Phoenix Type A entered service in the summer of 1917 for the defence of Trieste, Pola, Kumbor and Parenzo (Porec) - all on the Adriatic Sea, where it was capable of holding its own against the Nieuport 11 being used by their Italian opponents. Machines were powered by either a 200hp or 230hp Heiro engine (the German machine was powered by a Benz III), and there were variations in the tail structures and radiators mounted on the top wing In 1918 these machines were generally withdrawn from front line service as their relatively limited range and lack of manoeuvrability meant that they were outclassed by the newer machines being employed by the Italians. Thanks for looking. P
  2. Greggles has written it all. Totally agree with him. P
  3. That is an excellent rendering of a venerable kit. The contrast between the cowling and the doped wings is very good indeed - so difficult to get to look right. Never mind the rigging - it looks a great model. P
  4. That is truly impressive. Wonderful to see a WW1 type presented like this - the more so as it is a pusher. Many congratulations on a real masterpiece. P
  5. That is a really good model of an under-represented type. Those interwar/early war aircraft were very interesting for a number of reasons. Great to see one modeled so well. P
  6. I cannot help with the pilot because I too have never heard of this machine before. Looking at the photos it is well up to your usual very high standard - a lovely model indeed. Very interesting to see so many SCWtypes - a period much neglected by modellers - even more than WW1. P
  7. Evening All, I have form when it comes to pushers and recently I have had a severe attack of pusher withdrawal symptoms so it is time to start another one This will be a French design but I will finish it in RNAS markings. Voisin machines were very numerous during the first part of WW1 as they were employed by French, British and Italian air forces, some were sent to Russia and others were built there, so it was an important allied type. As it is a pusher it is seriously under-represented in the kit market: there is a vacuform kit by Flashback but I will try to show how to make one from scratch using plastic card and florists wire. I am going to cheat a little because I have acquired from Epeeman a spare rotary engine from a Roden kit which I will modify to represent the Salmson of the Voisin. I suppose this is the scratch builder's version of an aftermarket part. I will be using genuine aftermarket parts in the form of a set of Eduard PE wire wheels: my first experience of this medium. The plans will come from the DataFile no 135. I started by bending some 30 thou plastic card in a piece of drain pipe which had been plugged at one end. (I have to thank Stevehed for this idea). I placed the card in the pipe and held it with a wooden spoon handle while I poured in boiling water. After 10 seconds I drained out the hot water and poured in cold water. The card was then suitably bent so that I could cut out the wing blanks. I also cut out some ailerons and horizontal tail stabilisers, and a rudder. I have marked these in pencil to show where the ribs will be added in the form of 10 x 20 thou Evergreen strip. The engine looked like this: so the first change was to get rid of those awful moulded push rods and replace them with some new ones from thin copper wire. An exhaust pipe was made from plastic rod and glued to the rear of the engine: and finally an extended drive shaft also made from thick rod which had been filed to shape and glued to the front. Thanks for looking. P
  8. Evening All, Thanks Sprueloose for the kind comment which I appreciate. As far as I am aware there are no such wheels which would be suitable for this model unless I could fins a pair from a diecast motor of some kind. However even the I am not sure that they would be heavy enough, - it is a tricky problem. However if the weights in the nacelle are insufficient I do have a plan B to ensure that it does not sit on its tail........... I have attached the moulded upper parts of the fuselage nacelle to the main body and cleaned up the joints. I also drilled the holes in the top rear where the water pipe from the radiators will enter. The radiators have been made from 2 x 60thou laminated card which was scribed to represent the vertical pipes with thin strip glued for the binding pieces. Holes have been drilled where the pipes will enter and leave. The propellor has been carved from wood and I have added the ribs to the flying surfaces from 10 x 20 thou Evergreen strip. The next stage will be to glue the lower wings to the nacelle and then the booms to the wings: more later. Thanks for looking. P
  9. Scratch building is the most satisfying form of modelling for me. This is a really excellent demonstration of what can be done with plastic. First class in every way. P
  10. Lovely trio of models. I take my hat off to any pilot who could down a 109 in one of those machines - a very skilled pilot indeed. Very interesting too to see the Republican air force markings - another minority subject. P
  11. Extremely well presented Nieuport. It may have tested your skills but they were evidently well up to the challenge. The pilot figure also adds an interesting dimension. P
  12. Only just discovered this. Wonderful buil;d so far, especially the translucent wings and cockpit interior. Any further progress? P
  13. Totally agree with Limeypilot: that is an old kit but you have made a good job of this. P
  14. I made the fuselage sides and floor from 20thou plastic card and painted the interior with Revell semi-matt natural wood (SM 382) which is close enough for this model. Very little will be visible when the fuselage is closed so I am not too concerned about the colour. I added some framing from Evergreen strip and interior wire bracing - the latter is rolled copper wire. I made a fuel tank from 20thou plastic card and filled it with some old lead fishing weights that I found stored in the roof from my earlier incarnation as a modeller: lead weights are no longer available in the UK. This aircraft had so much lead in its petrol that its exhaust fumes would have poisoned half of the troops that it flew over, never mind the ground crews!! This model will be a nose sitter so I need to add a lot of weight - there are few places to put it without it being visible. Just to make sure I am going to put more under the observer's seat too. The fuel tank was painted brass but I am not sure that much will be visible when the top of the fuselage is in place. The shelf behind the fuel tank also has lead shot underneath it - extra weight which I hope will help to pull the nose down. (There was no such shelf on the real aircraft but this will not be visible on the completed model). The pilots' seat was made from card together with a control column (rod) and rudder bar and pedals. The window in the floor at the front of the nacelle was added from a small piece of acetate cut from an old blister pack which I keep for this purpose. I moulded the top sections of the fuselage (front and rear) from 30 thou card. These will be glued into place next - I have been away for the Easter break and have not done that yet. Thanks for looking. P
  15. That is an interesting blast from the past. Those old Frog kits included some very interesting subjects: yours has turned out really well in spite of the strut issues. Congrtaulations. P
  16. Wonderful model and an excellent build. A real tribute to your master skills and a good kit. P
  17. Interesting to see Pattle's machine being modelled. He was one of those pilot's who seemed to have dropped below the radar for a long time - possibly because he scored most of his victories early in the war in types which later became obsolete. It is only just that he is at last receiving the recognition that he deserves. Your model is already doing his memory justice. P
  18. You should be tempted into more WW1 types judging by the standard of this build. This is an unusual type and very well and originally presented. Looking forward to seeing more of your WW1 builds. P.
  19. What a superbly finished DVII. One of the best that I have seen in any scale. P
  20. Great to see you back and scratch-building again OM. Also a most interesting and informative tutorial on the engines - and to the very high standards that we expect from you. P
  21. Only just found this - excellent modelling in the very tiny scale. Very impressed at the amount of detail that you manage to get in - I have to keep reminding myself of the size when I look at your pictures. P
  22. Those canopies look so clear... I had no idea such clarity could be achieved. Shows how long ago I used one!!! I now only build WW1 types which might have something to do with it. P
  23. This paintwork and those turtle decks look great Ian. These two are turning inoto your usual little gems. Looking forward to seeing more. P
  24. That looks very realistic. Are you going to put this into a mini-display? P
  25. Hi All, I had not realised that this pre-build section existed. I would like to join the group with a scratch build of some kind. Not sure what it will be yet other than it will be WW1 and will sit on water - there are a few flying boats form this period but I will probably make one that is not available in kit form, and in 1/72 scale. I will provide more specific details nearer the time when I have decided which type I can build within the time allotted. P