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About stevehed

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  1. Just wondering if any of the 1/72 kits offer the early bomber option with the lower gondola mg position. Failing that are there any aftermarket choices. Regards, Steve
  2. Very impressive. Regards, Steve
  3. I always found the Soviet site very handy but it seems to have gone awol. Anyone know what's going on? Regards, Steve
  4. Many thanks Jan. Regards, Steve
  5. Anyone know what the hold up is ?
  6. Me too. I've got plenty to go at as well. Regards, Steve
  7. Butt joining wings is not my favourite pastime. Whenever I can I will add metal wire or brass support rods. With rods or even small pips it makes getting the wing in the correct position easier. When butt joining I have to mark the wings position on the fuselage with a pencil. Then I add a small amount of polystyrene cement to the wing root, let it go tacky, and then position. I do one wing and let it dry with supports under the wing tip. When the cement has dried and I'm happy with the position I run liquid CA along the joint. Then repeat for the other wing. As for rigging I find my technique varies according to the aircraft. Sometimes the upper wing is thick enough to allow a blind hole to be drilled and in these cases I would drill through the lower wing. In other cases I razor saw a tiny nick into the top and bottom of the struts. I loop invisible thread around the struts into the nick and secure them with CA before cutting off the excess. Neither method is perfect but in many cases there has to be compromises. Regards, Steve
  8. As far as Joystick goes I agree with Paul. I've built the Albatros J1 and have the Aviatik BII in progress. In both cases the wings are thick enough to allow locating holes to be drilled. However I had to butt join the lower wings as I couldn't drill holes to receive support rods into the wing ends, far too thin. Regards, Steve
  9. The simple answer is no but this gentleman scratched one in 1/72. The site that hosted the build thread I followed is no more but I'm sure it still exists elsewhere. HTH, Steve
  10. Those kits have got to be very difficult to get hold of at present. Probably at bit pricey too, particularly the Virginia. The Hyderabad and the Hiniadi can be kit bashed using the Airfix 0/400 as the main donor kit. Regards, Steve
  11. My scale is 1/72 and the most I've paid for a single kit was £30 plus about three quid p&p. I won it on Ebay. A bargain too as it was the Roden Zeppelin Staaken RVI which at the time went for about £70. Thirty quid remains my limit.
  12. I use a method similar to Selwyn except I dip the rigging wire, Aeroclub invisible thread, into ordinary polystyrene cement. Because it doesn't set quickly it gives me plenty of maneouvring time to hit the hole. It is then left for half an hour if I'm in hurry or all night otherwise before I apply a small blob of CA gel on the end of a cocktail stick into the hole end which fills it. Then. depending on the method selected for the kit the thread continues to holes drilled through the wings or tied around the struts which have had a nick sawed into the ends to receive the thread which is secured with a dab of liquid CA. Regards, Steve
  13. The other alternatives are vac forms. Forma plane do the CL11 and it can often be found on sites such as King Kit. Joystick offer the later CLIV version and Hannants is probably the best bet. Pegasus did the CL11 as a short run injection but I haven't seen one for sale for ages. Probably a bit pricey when they do show up. Regards, Steve
  14. Hannants will probably have several options and the Pegasus range are sold by Freightdog. Regards, Steve
  15. None as I am perfectly happy with 1/72. More choice of type and much more affordable. Regards, Steve