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About stevehed

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  1. Airfix Kingfisher

    Talk about nostalgia. I built this in the late sixties. It was dark blue plastic and it was my favourite for some time. However I'am pretty sure I added land undercarriage instead of the floats so looking forward to a proper build. Regards, Steve
  2. 1/72 Gloster Mars X Nightjar

    Looking good. Like a few others I'd like a go at this one myself. Regards, Steve
  3. AZ Model Morane 'WR'...or is it...?

    Not bad at all, particularly the floats and associated strut work. Is it a tail sitter?? Regards, Steve
  4. LFG(Roland) W

    Got the top wing on but bit of a carry on. Usual three hands required which was not helped by the fact that I’d drilled two of the strut locating holes off by about a mille or so. Finally sorted so I’ll rig the wings and add the tail unit next. The exhaust stack is a very tight fit against the wing so I might use the spare from the new KP LVG CVI kit. Probably me being out by another mille somewhere. Regards, Steve
  5. LFG(Roland) W

    Thanks All, Slow but steady progress. I've got the fuselage together with a bit of paint on the upper surfaces. From what I can gather some Albatros CI's had grey upper surfaces and some sort of sky blue under surfaces which included the fuselage sides. This isn't too far from naval practice and as I suspect this was a stop gap order I'm going to assume they were delivered in standard colours. The upper wings are two part so there is no centre section. The method I devised last time was to build the inverted V strut cabanes, add the inner interplane struts, let everything dry before dry fitting one of the wings. At this point everything will fall apart and it will prove necessary to add the outer struts as well unless some other means of support can be devised. The intention is to get the innermost parts of the wings to rest against the top of the cabanes leaving a gap of about a tenth of an inch, about 2 mm, into which short lengths of rod will be added to represent exposed framework when the edifice has set enough to be handled. Have to admit that when I've scratched wings of this nature I cut them one piece and cut short lengths into the front and rear in the centre to represent the gaps. Much easier on the nerves. Regards, Steve
  6. Top notch Ian. Very impressive. Regards, Steve
  7. Sanger Blackburn Iris

    Very impressive. Slowly, bit by bit it's all coming together. Regards, Steve
  8. LFG(Roland) W

    Thanks for all the comments, To date I’ve cut out the wings and fuselage and cleaned them up. WSDF 57 has a set of Albatros CI plans in 1/72 which I used to check the fuselage, particularly the width when removing the excess plastic. The wings are nigh enough, the lower spot on and the upper about a mille short. The cockpit is supplied with a floor, a seat, central bulkhead and a generic instrument panel. This is pretty standard for Joystick kits as it was for Formaplane. I’m adding three slices of cut off round sprue to act as magazine drums, another bit of shaped sprue to act as an equipment box, an observer’s seat using rod and card and another bulkhead to the rear of the cockpit. A couple of lengths of strip represent small bomb shoots which DF state were common to all CI’s. Crew from the spares and the engine has to be added before joining the halves. With the pilot in place the white metal engine would not sit straight because of his feet. I decided to keep it for another day as I had a plastic remnant from a Roden kit. The sump was completed with 80thou card which was shaped to match and the cylinders are short lengths of rod. A bit of filework reshaped the sump and the Mercedes was positioned with the aid of blue tak packing. It’s not easy to see on the photo but the wings have been painted HU 64 matt grey. Sorry P but no shots of the float construction but the method is one I've been using for a while now. The link is to a build from the last floatplane GB and has some photos. HTH Regards, Steve
  9. Still a bit of time left so here is my second build. A little known type that served on the Baltic shores from the summer of 1916. Known as the Beetle to the Russians it featured in several fights with enemy flying boats. It appears to have been a stop gap type. It is a floatplane conversion of the Albatros CI which Roland were building under license. Aircraft colours cannot be authenticated so will be a best guess based on other types flying at the time. The kit is a vac form of the Albatros CI from Joystick which sports white metal engine and armaments and plastic strut and rod material. The floats are scratched and are the only parts I have made pre-build as this has been near the top of the list for a while now. Regards, Steve
  10. Right then...an Academy SPAD XIII in 1/72

    Bear Paw has a point but the Academy is not a different scale. It has been manufactured as a XIII but the dimensions used are those of the VII. The upper wing is 4.3ins and the completed fuselage, including prop, is 3.3ins and the height is 1.2ins, dimensions which match those given in Munson's Fighters 1914-19 mini encyclopedia which are 25ft 8ins, 20ft 3 1/2ins and 7ft. Regards, Steve
  11. Brilliant job P, particularly the rigging. Have tried several times to use this method but I always bend the wire when trying to position it.
  12. Sanger Blackburn Iris

    Like it, excellent to date.
  13. Curtiss J4N in RFC service.....

    The IPMS link and the build thread show the differences. Basically there are slight mods to the wings and the tail fin/rudder is different. It's not a difficult conversion.
  14. Curtiss J4N in RFC service.....

    The short answer is no but as both 24 and 25 sqns were active on the Western Front by April 1916 I would think it most likely that any Jennies would be JN-3 types. According to Kenneth Munson, Fighters,Attack and Training Aircraft, 1914-19, ninety seven were delivered to the RNAS. Presumably some were transferred to the RFC. The next version used by the British was the JN-4Can(UK), namely the Canuk. Of 180 received by the RNAS one hundred were transferred to the RFC. No mention of serial numbers.
  15. Splendid job Ian. Very informative too. Was never too sure about the rotary set ups on these types of floatplane. Regards, Steve