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Sabrejet

Wingnut Wings 1/32 Bristol F.2b Sunbeam Arab

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Howlindawg    507
14 hours ago, Sabrejet said:

More soon: I can almost see the finish line. :)

 

I for one will be rather sad to see this one drawing to a close.

I'm thoroughly enjoying tagging along on the build.

 

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Sabrejet    513

Right upper mainplane redone and incurred a bit of decal damage along the way, which I think I'll keep: a happy accident giving me a nice bit of wear and tear!

 

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Wing undersides with 'trompe l'oeil' wing ribs showing through the linen:

 

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This evening, sadly after there was any decent light available I managed to get the lower mainplanes drilled and all the Bob's Buckles eyelets glued in, ready for rigging. Lower wings are now glued in position and so I dry-fitted the uppers and took a few photos. Apologies for the quality - it's feeling like late autumn tonight and my camera doesn't do artificial light very well.

 

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With luck I can get the struts in, top wings prepped and glued in tomorrow night: then the final bits of rigging. I shall miss doing this one too. 

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Sabrejet    513

Inner bays rigged!

 

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And the tail finished too:

 

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So just the outer bays, top & bottom wing control runs and a few minor pain touch-ups to do. The Bob's Buckles/Uschi vd Rosten rigging system takes time, and my method with the wings was to install all eyelets, glue the wings in place and then rig. I did find however that some of the fuselage-to-wing attachments were difficult to get at (a bit like painting your bathroom door with a long pole through your front letterbox while viewing proceedings from the kitchen window), and so if I did an F.2b again I'd attach those lines at the fuselage end before putting the top wing on. It takes time - maybe a couple of hour-long sessions per bay, but it's very satisfying. The Uschi rigging line takes superglue very easily and sticks pretty much on contact. That helps a great deal because for my first few attempts I was fully expecting the line to come unglued when I released the tweezers. So far no major mishaps and I should also say that it's pretty robust: I've stuck my fingers into various bits of rigging so far and none of it has broken.

 

I think my only regret is that I maybe should have gone with RAFwires after all because even the 0.005 Uschi line is very fine. What do you think?

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Ex-FAAWAFU    10,363

I think it looks absolutely magnificent - and that includes the rigging.  Like all of us towards the end of a build, you are so close to the model that you are noticing tiny differences and wondering whether (for instance) you should have gone for the RAF wires.  But the rest of us, looking in, are just saying "Blimey!  That looks amazing!"

 

I have a trio of WnW kits in my stash (predictably, all Naval - a Tripehound, Pup & Ship's Camel), and I have been taking copious notes, especially about your experiences with rigging.  If mine end up looking half as good as this, I'll be chuffed to bits!  And I'm not planning fundamental changes to the kit, like a completely different scratch-built engine...

 

Fab.

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pheonix    834

When I first looked at your picyures - the close ups - I thought that they had been taken in a museum! That is simply superb in every way. I do not think that most people looking at this would even notice the rigging wire shapes....

 

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limeypilot    4,064

I'm not aware of anyone who has ever done RAF wires to their satisfaction, they all regret trying! Especially the PE ones. What you have done is top notch and about as good as you'll get it!

 My only suggestion would be to tone down the ribs where they cross the white of the roundels. They look a little too stark to me.

 

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Sabrejet    513
3 hours ago, limeypilot said:

I'm not aware of anyone who has ever done RAF wires to their satisfaction, they all regret trying! Especially the PE ones. What you have done is top notch and about as good as you'll get it!

 My only suggestion would be to tone down the ribs where they cross the white of the roundels. They look a little too stark to me.

 

Ian

Glad you said that - my thought too but I was going to leave it! I think I'll blow over it with a light shade (is that an oxymoron?) before putting any wires on the top wing.

 

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Max Headroom    6,020
19 hours ago, Sabrejet said:

 

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That has to be my favourite shot. The amount of 'fiddly bits' on display is truly mind blowing.

 

I'm deeply, deeply impressed.

 

Trevor

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andymoore    464

Stunning - if I was you I'd be extremely proud of that, it's a beauty

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Sabrejet    513
2 minutes ago, andymoore said:

Stunning - if I was you I'd be extremely proud of that, it's a beauty

How's yours going Andy?

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andymoore    464
4 minutes ago, Sabrejet said:

How's yours going Andy?

not too bad - I managed an hour after work this evening, I've attached the wires to all the difficult eyelets on the lower wing & the upper wing is fitted. I'm hoping to get the struts, the upper ailerons, roundels & aileron control wires fitted tomorrow.

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