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Viking last won the day on July 20 2013

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  1. Hi Marty, sounds like you have a more workmanlike method of securing the ruddr bar lines. I did start by trying to do that but found the hole I was drilling wandered off. I didn't want to weaken the part so stopped drilling and just glued the lines on top & bottom. Threading them through the guides was no probem (under a magnifying glass). Here is how the assembled unit looks now. I scraped every bit of primer/paint off mating surfaces. It is tight, but does go together without problems. Bracing is done with stretched sprue. The gun barrels are not yet fixed, they push in from outside once the fuselage and coamings are all fixed on. Very clever. Clerget 9f engine assembled. Front view. Rear view with ignition wiring in place. I've started on the wings. I always reinfoce the ailerons wit short brass wire 'pins'. Not strictly neccesary, but I've knocked them off on finished models in the past, so prefer to do this for extra strength. The brass wire is in the wings, with matching holes drilled into the ailerons. The stick out bits on the ailerons are moulded details. Thanks for looking, John
  2. Hi Beardie, I brushed accelerator on the rudder bar then dipped the tip of the fishing line in cyano and attached it. It grabs pretty quickly so you have to be accurate. Trouble is, 3 of them pinged off when I pulled them tight and trying to re-attach them in amongst all the birdcage of framework isn't easy and I made a bit of a botch job of it. At least is is pretty much invisible down there. On my next one I might try stretched sprue. The idea was to do the attchments while the ruddr bar was easily accesible. Oh well! The whole cockpit unit is now together, I just need to do the internal bracing on the side frames. I think I'll take the stretched sprue route for that. Cheers John
  3. Great scratch building, really inspirationsl. Cheers John
  4. Nice job! Looks like a good little kit. Cheers John
  5. Very tempted by this, but I've got 3 D.VII's built and 2 more in the stash still. Should I get another? or put it towards something else I haven't got. i'll have to mull that one over. That rings a bell. Was it this one? Cheers John
  6. Couldn't resist swatting everthing off my workbench and starting one! It is a pleasure to build. Cheers John
  7. Sopwith F.1 Camel 'The Duellists' 1:32 Wingnut Wings The long awaited series of 1:32 Sopwith Camels finally started to arrive towards the end of March 2017, with no less than six different boxings. Five of them are individual kits covering Bentley, le Rhone, and Clerget powered variants, with another for the 2F.1 'Ships Camel', and finally a United States Air Services boxing. The Sixth boxing is 'The Duellists' vesrion shown above, containing a Clerget Camel and an LVG C.VI, depicting an actual event that took place on 9th October 1918. The LVG was brought down and captured virtually intact by members of 4 Squadron Australian Flying Corps. It is great to see the LVG kit available again, as it has been sold out for several years now, fectching huge prices on auction sites. The full kit is featured in an 'in box' review here with the individually boxed 'Clerget' version 'in box' reviewed here. This is one of those kits that makes you shove all current projects to one side of your workbench, and get right on with building it. As the Camel is the new release and of most ineterest to modellers, I have started with this one, and will follow up with the LVG at a later date. Construction begins with the cockpit, and the first thing I did was to anneal (heat it and allow it to cool slowly) the etched brass fret containg the seatbelts for both the Camel & LVG. This softens it a little and makes it more bendable for fitting around the seats. A coat of Halfords grey primer was followed by airbrushed Tamiya Khaki, a dark wash, and details picked out in silver and other shades. I did the LVG ones at the same time, the Camel ones are the 2 wide straps on the top left. The fuselage halves need painting in Aluminium, wood, and clear doped linen, not forgetting the centre section between the lower wings. The 2 cockpit side frames are mostly wood, with various metal details picked out in silver, black, copper, and brass.Note that the cabane struts are moulded integralll with the fuselage frames. This should automatically line up the top wing later on when it is fitted. Also, thay are a darker wood colour than the rest of the cockpit area. The wood paint is Tamiya 'Deck tan' (a pale sand colour) coated with Johnsons kleer, and then given the grain effect by brush, using tube oil paints. Lots of people complain about the long drying times of these oil paints, but I use 'Griffin Alkyd' which will be stone dry in about 4 hours. This stuff. it is reasonably priced, and a tube will last about 10 years. With a basic set of 3, raw umber, light red, and burnt sienna, you can blend a wide range of wood colours. Increase your range as finances permit. Wicker seat with etched belts attached Instrument panel, shown here about 2x actual size. All instruments are readable. All parts prepared and ready for assembly; I then realised that a bit of advance preparation would make it easier to attach the control wires before any assembly takes place . Dry fit test; The Clerget engine has aslo been prepared and is ready for asembly. The cylinder section is in 'front' and 'back' halves. I fount that by running Tamiya extra thin cement on the top of each cylinder onny, capillary action took it down each side and gave an almost seamless fit. The join is very hard to see. Next up is to fit all those cockpit components together and put in some wire rigging on the side frames. Thanks for looking, John
  8. Lovely! great to see these oldies still being built. Cheers John
  9. If I could, I've have given that 10 likes. A real stunner. Cheers John
  10. Thank all for the kind comments. Ian, I should have said '3 reasons'. It was indeed the triple tails. Dave, Resin one? didn't know Densil did one with resin wings. Could have save me time there. Mind you, I took it with me when working away from home for weeks on end. This is mostly a 'Hotel Build'.(Cue people in the next room 'Whats up with that guy next door, all the scratching and scraping sound. Has he got nits or something. ) No problem Chris, I'll bring it over once you've finished that Dan Air 727. Or anything really . Cheers John
  11. Oooh gotta love a Mossie. Specially a highball one. Lovely job. Cheers John
  12. Two words RNAS1916 "BlackMike Models" I ordered 3 from Duncan on a Saturday, the postie was knocking at my door with them 3 days later on the Tuesday (Other retailers are avaialble, but I believe in praise where praise is due . I'm sure other members will endorse Duncans service). Oh - and I've started building the Clerget sample reviewed here. It is exquisite, I'll do a 'Work in Progress' thread when I've got time (and some progress). And an edit - I've found something we need aftermarket for. The Cooper bombs have little star shaped 'props' on their fronts (for fusing I guess) Nothing in the kit, but they would be ideal in etched brass. Cheers John
  13. Nice mojo restorer Trevor! Cheers John
  14. Wow, that is proper modelling! what a fantastic job. Cheers John
  15. Airspeed AS57 Ambassador 1:144 Welsh Models I've always wanted an Ambassador in my airliner collection, it is such a gracefull looking aitcraft. It is harldly likely to ever be issued as an injection moulded kit, so thank goodness Welsh Models have provided a vac-form kit. It is a fair bit of work to cut out and prepare all parts, but it goes together quite well. This one has been on the bench for over 2 years now, mainly because I dithered about what scheme to finish it in. I really wanted to do it in the early BEA scheme but could not track down a decal sheet, and Densil at Welsh Models had sold out. Earlier this year I revived it and got on with painting it in the Dan Air scheme the kit provided decals for, although these are mainly just the titles, logos amd registrations. All the cheat lines you have to paint yourself. The paint job required before you can start decalling; 'With something else' - a double this time!. It goes well with the Welsh Models HS.748 Budgie; And I couldn't resist parking these 2 together, for 1 obvious reason; Thanks for looking, John