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  1. Today was spent mostly looking at drawings and photos and trying to work out what was wrong with the wings. The drawings in French Aircraft of the First World War show more ribs than the reproduction aircraft, and also show the floats (which are directly under the struts) one rib further outboard than the end of the ailerons. The struts should be at the end of the ailerons! The pic of the Austro-Hungarian machine also shows the shorter lower wings, as does the original in Paris, with the outer struts right at the end, whereas the drawings and the repro both show the wing extending out one rib further. The Paris aircraft appears to have much shorter wings though... My problem was to try to find where the error was - Were the wings too long or were the ailerons too long? The rib count was off anyway so I discounted that. The wings didn't look too long compared to the pic when held at a similar angle, and comparing the width of the tail, and where the end appeared to be relative to the wingtip, so I decided that the problem lay with the ailerons being too long. I measured the distance between the tops of the struts on the pic of the Austro-Hungarian aircraft. The distance between the main struts was 30mm and between the outer pair and the extensions it was 25mm. On the model, if I moved the ailerons 2 ribs further outboard the measurement was.... 30mm and 25mm, and it put the outer struts right at the tip of the lower wing! Eureka! The actual distance may not be exactly right, but the proportions were, so it would at least look right! So...I chopped the end 2 ribs off the ailerons and glued those bits back onto the wings. After all that trouble marking everything out and carefully measuring, I had got it wrong! So much for the drawings! (Of course there's no guarantee that I have it right now either, but it should at least look right!) Now I will need to spend a little time blending the repairs back into the wing, and painting out the extra spar that the ailerons had. Oh well, it'll keep me out of mischief! After that, I spent a little time humming to myself and sanding down the floats and fuel tank..... Then I went for a beer... Night all! Ian
  2. Thanks Z, I do hope you're right! Thanks P, I don't think you need advice on using jigs..... Cheers Steve, glad you're enjoying it as much as I am! Thanks Jaime! I only hope I can find a way to attach it that is strong enough! So for today's update, we have the following for your delectation... I gave the wing undersides and tail surfaces a quick blast of white today to seal the pencil lines and stop them smudging, then removed the ailerons and elevator with a nano saw and scribing/snapping them off. Unfortunately that highlighted another error with the kit. The ribs are in the wrong place! If I'd been modelling the wing-warper this probably wouldn't be an issue, but an aileron ending between ribs? Oh well, only one thing for it...the rib detail had to be removed. It will be replaced in the correct place later. I then turned my attention to the floats and petrol tank. They were removed from the backing sheet and cleaned up, but the floats appeared too narrow and elliptical instead of circular in cross section. To remedy that I added a shim of .020" (0.5mm) plastic sheet between the halves. Those are drying over night before a clean up and assessment of the final shape. I think the fronts of the floats need to be thickened up a little, so the Miliput may have to come out again.... Ian
  3. Zebra's Airfix Walrus

    Wow, Airfix kits have definitely come a long way! This looks fantastic, I'm looking forward to seeing it all done and rigged! ian
  4. Dornier Do 18-D

    Well that little lot should keep even you out of mischief for quite a while! Would it be possible to reduce that gap on the sponsons by sanding the mating edges back so they are a little more matched to each other? Might save half a ton of filler/goop at least! I don't envy you the rescribing though.... Ian
  5. I have now added the supporting struts for the lower wing. The jig was taped on and the front struts were positioned correctly then zapped with PalsticWeld. The rear ones were glued in with ordinary plastic glue. They were held in place during this time by slipping the wing over them to help ensure they were at the correct angle. Once they were dry they were clipped to size and a trial fit was made to check that all was well The final job today was to make new tail surfaces from .020" plastic card and mark them and the wings with ribs and spars. Tomorrow should see a coat of white primer to seal the pencil lines, then I can remove the ailerons. Ian
  6. Just watched the video, Ced, even more jealous now! What a horrible job though, flying people around all day in a Spit..... 19p for an Airfix baggie when I started,and I think most of the series were under a couple of quid..... Ian
  7. Dornier Do 18-D

    Love those doors. My first reaction was "the windows aren't central, that'll hurt the framing" then you mentioned that the frames weren't symmetrical, so point moot. Time to buy some shares in filler methinks! Ian
  8. Many thanks P and Jaime! The keys are 1) Use the widest brush that fits the area to be painted, so you don't have to make more than one stroke at a time, 2) DO NOT try to "work" the paint, you'll end up removing patches and leaving a heavy dark colour around the edge which then has to be removed and/or painted over again with the base colour, 3) Be patient! One stroke at a time and let it dry (it doesn't take long). Once dry a second stroke will darken it evenly. If not dry, it will just remove paint and lighten the area being painted. Glad you find it useful, it's certainly a lot quicker than oils! Ian
  9. Thanks Jaime and P...here's the final "wood" installment..... Today was the day to try to put it right..... I gently sanded down the upper front panel, and the rear three on both sides, and repainted those, then did the underside, which left me with this.... That looks far better to me. The rear panels were done horizontally. I'm not too happy with the underside, but since it's not going to show I'm not going to redo it! Then the final touch, a coat of clear orange to tie it together and give it a more of a varnished wood look.... I'm very happy with that! Could it be better? Absolutely! One of the biggest problems in this scale is getting the wood right. It probably looks a little over scale, but to get it closer would mean virtually no contrast and just a plain orange-brownish colour all over, so I'll settle for what I have. It has also given me a much better idea of what needs to be done to achieve this effect and I will be much more comfortable when I get to doing some of the wooden German two seaters. Thanks for looking in, Ian
  10. RAF vehicle sets built/converted

    I did a few of those myself back as a teenager, but never got around to the ammunition carrier - that really needed some work. I even had a special folder for the articles. I think the models are still in my old man's loft somewhere. Lovely job on these though! Ian
  11. That is absolutely gorgeous, and it's not often I say that about something so ugly! Beautiful work and an exquisite conversion, top marks! Ian
  12. SSW DIII Eduard 1:48

    Very nicely done, even more so as a first WWI subject! They really aren't that difficult, just different techniques, but don't tell everyone or they'll all be doing them! Ian
  13. A pair of Fokkers ; 72nd scale

    Nice work, I especially like the EV! Ian
  14. Thanks guys. Those draws sound very interesting Tony, anything that impresses the other half is a good idea! Well, I did the other panels and I'm not too unhappy with how they've come out, especially considering this was more of a proof of concept than anything else.... The front panels look fine, I'm very pleased with those, but the rear ones are not, so I'll probably do those again. A coat of clear orange over the top should tie it all together nicely. Ian
  15. Thanks Steve. FBA bought the rights to Donnet's designs, so the initial FBA's were in fact licence built Donnet's, and the design was developed from there. Hence the similarities! Many thanks P, I had a feeling this might be "up your street"! Thanks Jaime! Cheers TT! Glad you are enjoying it, and it's always nice to know that ideas are useful for others! Thanks Z, I totally agree about the quality of builds in this group build, it is very impressive! Many thanks Tony, glad to have you along! And without further ado, here is the next update! The fuselage has undergone a lot more work since the last update, mainly just cleaning up the last few traces of the surgery, and repriming, then repeating. It's as good as I think I can get it now, so on with the painting! I'm not certain that my usual method of painting wood effect will work on such a large surface, but I'm going to give it a shot - I can always repaint it! I'm also hoping to add a little variation between the ply panels on the sides. First off was a coat of the base colour. I've used Misterkit CDL as usual. I then masked up the panels. the plan is to paint the sides one panel at a time, then mask them off and do the top and bottom surfaces as one piece each. The first panels were then painted with thinned ModelMaster Leather acrylic, using a 15mm flat brush. One stroke over each panel, then after a minute or so, another, until I got the look I wanted. Since I will have to mask those to paint the other panels I'll leave that now, probably until Saturday. The tricky bit is going to be getting the panels similar, but with just enough difference to be noticeable if looking closely. To that end I may leave some of the panels unmasked and do it in stages so that I have a reference to work from. Thanks for looking in, Ian