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About stevehed

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  1. Splendid job, very impressive. Built three BE2c's to date but have stayed clear of the chequer board. As for the DH9 I hope Airfix re-issue the DH4 as it can be kit bashed into a Nine. The hardest part would be scratching a Puma engine as I used an Aeroclub white metal casting which are probably like hen's teeth at the moment. Regards, Steve
  2. Really enjoying this thread. I've been building vac forms since the early 80's before " retiring " for the usual 25 years. Airframe and Rareplane were the brands then with the latter far superior. Since returning to the fold I've built 14, got two WIP's and a further 28 in the stash, all of which are WW1. The early Classic Plane are very variable in quality although they do provide a very interesting range of products. Keep up the good work. Always keen to see another vac builder's work as never to old to learn. Regards, Steve
  3. Revell 1:72 Fokker D.VII

    Nice going. Particularly like the streaked canvas. Might be a bit late with this build but the conversion to an earlier Mercedes type is a simple conversion. Ray Rimmel published an article many years ago in Wings that I used. Go to page 3 and look for the Bolshevik. I hope this helps. Regards, Steve https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/revell-1-72-fokker-d-vii-04177-t20134-s30.html
  4. fokker streak decals?

    Very impressive Ologist. Got to admit I'm with Smithy but purely on grounds of cost. Projects to date were the resurrection of an Airfix Dr1 and a kit bash Fokker DIII. I used HU159 with a lot of thinners and ended up with something like Smithy's. The Airfix DrI was red plastic and was the most difficult with the red showing through which took several coats to adequately cover which tended to spoil the overall wishy washy effect. Lesson learnt was use a decent undercoat such as light grey or your choice of cdl. Did this for the DIII and was happy with the results. Regards, Steve
  5. Hansa Brandenburg W29

    Go for it Andy. It's a lovely straight forward kit. I built mine OOB and the lozenge went on ok. The experts will never agree so I reckoned it was as good a choice as any other. Be careful removing the rear cockpit mg ring/set up and the outer float struts do not match the holes but look ok when positioned. IMHO this is a great WW1 starter kit. Regards, Steve
  6. Hi, My interpretation of the photo shy LFG W, a floatplane version of the Albatros CI that LFG Roland were building under licence. Based at Lake Angern, now Engures, on the shores of the Gulf of Riga, during the second half of 1916. Last picture was taken in natural light to try and show the blue colour. Thanks to those running the show. Regards, Steve
  7. Top Notch P. Very impressive. The tail unit is a work of art itself. Regards, Steve
  8. A rare bird indeed. Looks very promising. Regards, Steve
  9. LFG(Roland) W

    Just a quick update before Christmas. The strip has worked fine. I've taken my time making sure the measurements are right because when everything fits the undercarriage is surprisingly strong. There's one more strut per side to add to make the outer N shape and that will do. I thought I could get away without them as there are several variations of float support struts but i couldn't find anything to support my intended laziness. Tail struts are added and the leading edge radiator needs to be painted before installing. After that the paint is to complete and then the armament. Regards, Steve
  10. Well done Ray. A toughie without a doubt but definitely worth the effort. Regards, Steve
  11. LFG(Roland) W

    Thanks Guys. Have a go John as a vac is just another short run kit once it's cut from the sheet. My bug bear is resin kits. Twice the price and just as much work as a vac but I've finally bought one as it's the only game in town. See how it goes but the price will always be a factor to me. But back to floatplanes. Tail unit added with a larger fin/rudder scratched from card. Happy with it and it makes the kit look different from a standard CI. Then it was on to the float struts. Evergreen 020 x 040 strip provided the material. I've used it before and it should be strong enough although I think Contrail strut material is stronger. Regards, Steve
  12. PK-25 A.W. Siskin IIIA [Conversion]

    Looking forward to this. I tackled it nine years ago and there was quite a bit of major surgery involved. Good luck. Regards, Steve
  13. Go for it P. It's a question of balance. I've every confidence you have the profile of the wing correct so the lion's share of the weight should be in the forward section beyond half way. Provided the location holes are in the right place it should all fit together nicely. Says he from the comfort of the sofa. BTW I always cheat and make the holes larger than necessary for wriggle room and fill them with CA gel. Regards, Steve
  14. LFG(Roland) W

    Thanks for the comments. Bit more to report as part of the rigging has been tightened. I reckoned that the aircraft would need more surface area in the tail area due to the floats. I've scratched a larger fin and rudder from card and was going to make that do but there is a photo of an earlier B type on floats on the Aerodrome. The elevators aren't the more normal V shapes supplied in the kit. They appear to have more rounded shoulders. Luckily I had a spare from a HB W29 kit which saved making something from card. The floats are joined together with cross bars and I've started cutting strip for the float support struts. Just got to make a leading edge radiator which should complete the major parts. The end is in sight. Regards, Steve