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To start I need to use either grey or black UMP (Badger Stynylrez) primer depending on the finish required, wood effect will have grey primer, red and metal finishes will be black

 

UMP grey primer
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UMP black primer 
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next I’ll be painting the wood effect in the cockpit and propellor 

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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OK time to make the wood effects

first some parts needed masking
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then a base coat of Tamiya XF-57 buff
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the Eduard instructions call for the ‘canvas’ to be painted olive drab, I’m ignoring this advice and continuing the base colour of buff as I reason that the inside of the red canvas wouldn’t be painted a different colour?
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the cockpit floor was sprayed vallejo model color 70.828 woodgrain and I used the PE mask
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for other components I hand painted wood grain, I need more practice, with vallejo model air 71.007 wood and 70.828 woodgrain
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these were then over-sprayed with Tamiya XF-59 dessert yellow
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next everything was given a coat of Mr Hobby H92 clear orange
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the propellor
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the wood laminations have been masked…
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…and sprayed with vallejo model color 70.828 woodgrain
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this was then over-sprayed with XF-59 dessert yellow
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finally a coat of Mr Hobby H92 clear orange
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Now that the wood is done I’ll move onto detail painting of the cockpit

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Detail paint of the cockpit
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I’ve given this instrument a ‘brass’ effect rather than ‘painted’ I’ve no idea if this is historically correct, and I don’t really care as I think it’ll look good
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The frame looks very dark in these photo’s, in reality they don’t look as dark
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the kit comes with Eduard “super fabric” seatbelts
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building the sub-assembly
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…and fitting it to the side of the fuselage
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fuselage halves joined
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Next I’ll be preparing for paint

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Seeing red…

Everything was given a coat of UMP black primer and then a couple of thin coats of Alkan RLM:23 red.

the fuselage
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a couple of thin coats of red
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spars and struts
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rear stabiliser, rudder and wheel wing
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top/front of cockpit
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the cowling, masking for the aluminium strip
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followed by the red coat
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the two lower wings
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…and the top wing
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As the aircraft is basically just red I want to try and break up the blocks of colour and give some interest by adding highlighting and slightly dirtying her up a bit. As the airframe is mainly canvas and wood its a bit limiting as far as weathering goes.
Anyhow I’ll show the process for the top wing
the spars are masked with strips of Tamiya tape cut to thickness
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firstly some highly thinned 90% thinner 10% paint Tamiya XF-68 NATO brown to simulate dirt and wear
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then the front of the wing is highlighted with highly thinned XF-59 dessert yellow
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and everything tied together with some highly thinned red
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the masking removed
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The idea was to subtly depict shadows and highlights, with practice I’m sure I’ll eventually get there.


I now need to complete the paint/weathering on the other wings and fuselage, I can then assemble the aircraft.

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Wow. That's tiny. Good work so far. 

 

The Mossie in your profile picture looks cool too.

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a triplane seat was aluminum covered in fabric, there's a few pics on the 'net of the actual seat from 425/17.     Good work so far :)

 

Tony

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Only a small update

Adding decals to the wings after a couple of coats of aqua gloss.

 

Top wing
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bottom wing
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I’ve given these a coat of aqua gloss and I’ll let them cure for 24hrs and then add the simulated dirt and wear.

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Another small update

 

Simulated dirt and wear.
Top wing
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bottom wing
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all of the control surfaces
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decals added to the fuselage
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Next up will be some assembly.

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)
 

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I assume that I either forgot or didn’t do a very good job on adding aqua gloss before adding the decals to the fuselage.
This caused quite a bit of silvering, in order to “fix” this I loaded up a brand new blade and very gently ‘scored’ the decals. I didn’t apply any pressure other than the weight of the knife/blade. Once the decals were scored I gave them a coat of micro sol, later everything will get a coat of varnish prior to some weathering.

 

Here’s the repaired decals…
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the Fok.DRI213 and the weight list were the worst effected, they don’t look too bad now. 
I’ve just realised that that’s the wrong number, it should have been Fok.DRI425, don’t tell anyone

 

When I removed the mask, it proved that I didn’t do a very good job
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so a little bit of touch up was needed
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The middle wing/top front of the cockpit was then attached
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Machine guns were next.
The guns were panted with Hobby Color H76 burnt iron and dry-brushed with Mr Metal 213 stainless. the ammunition was painted with Mr Metal 213, the bullets Mr Metal 219 brass
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here you can see the difference between the aqua gloss coated “metal” red and linen covered wings which have been ‘flat’ coated
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The main rear stabiliser was added
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The wing braces
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…and then the bottom wing
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Before I can add the top wing I have to prepare for the rigging, thankfully not too much on this aircraft. I’ve also notice a few places that the red needs touching-up, funny how sometimes you don’t see things until you look at the photographs?

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Rigging, quite a lot of work, thankfully not much rigging on the Fokker triplane.

materials used for the rigging:
0.2mm dia' copper wire
0.6mm brass tube (Albion Alloys)
Fine WZ Line
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First I cut a length of the copper wire, bent it in half over a pin and then twisted the two ends together (keeping the pin in place) to make an anchor point.
The 0.6 brass tube was cut to size…
…and a length of EZ Line was threaded through the brass tube
the EZ Line was then passed through the ‘hoop’ of the anchor point and then threaded back through the brass tube. Easier said than done but a few deep breaths and Optivisor firmly in place the task was completed.
CA was then added to the EZ Line/ brass tube and synched up, after the glue dried I cut the excess EZ Line.

Holes were then drilled in both the wing and fuselage
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The anchor/turn-buckle was glued in place
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Top wing attached
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EZ Line stretched to fit and fixed with CA
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I’ll add the rudder, ailerons and other bits and pieces after I add the landing gear.

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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This kit is on my 'want' list, so your masterclass will come in very useful in the future. Safely bookmarked - thanks.

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Adding the landing gear.
The airframe is “levelled” by using a roll of Tamiya tape under the rear of the aircraft. Struts for the landing gear are glued using Revell contacta to enable a little bit of movement to allow better alignment when attaching them to the main body.
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The landing gear subassembly has been attached to the fuselage, using CA glue. You can also see where the strut(s) was removed from the spru and will need touching-up.
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Wheels attached 
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Rear skid and outer wing supports(?) added
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Control surfaces will be next.

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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For some reason I had a problem fixing the EZ Line rigging for the landing gear, I think I probably cut them a little too short and although it stretches the CA glue wouldn’t hold them in place and they kept springing back. So as an alternative I cut some thin, 0.2mm dia’ wire to length and fixed them in place with CA glue.
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The wire had a red coating, I used a permanent ‘Sharpie’ to colour them black

 

Control surfaces, first thing was to attach the control horns
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Attaching the rear aileron 
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The rudder and 'top wing' ailerons 
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I’ll add the control wires to the various control horns after some more weathering. “Normally” I would use EZ LINE however as I've had “issues” with the landing gear I’ve decided to use more of the 0.2mm dia’ wire
 

Bolting on the engine will be next.

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Before fitting the engine, cowling and propellor I thought I’d do a dot filter.
The oil colours I used were white, red, brown and dark brown. These oil paints are from a ‘generic’ set from the £1 shop, I’m sure that Abteilung or Windsor & Newton oils would do a better job but these are what I have.

 

I started on the underside using tooth-picks to place ‘dots’ of red, brown and dark brown oil paint
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These were blended using a wide flat brush moistened with odorless thinners
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The upper surfaces were treated to the same with the addition of some white oil dots
Here I’ve circled the oil dots...
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...and blended
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The effect is really subtile and will take 24/48 hours to fully cure, as they dry the filter will show up a wee bit more, unless I've completely washed them off.


Bolting on the engine will/should be next.

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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The engine.

The cylinders were first given a coat of vallejo acrylic metal color dull aluminium 77.717
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The engine block was given a coat of Mr Metal Color iron 212 and the cylinders were treated with Tamiya panel line accent color brown
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The intakes were painted Mr Metal Color copper 215 and the block was also given a coat of Mr Metal Color iron 212
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The block was dry-brushed with Mr Metal Color stainless 213
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Cylinders and intakes assembled
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Inside of the cowl was also painted dull aluminium
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The cowl was masked for the red, leaving an aluminium band
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Alkan red
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Decal added
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Engine placed in the cowl
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The propellor decals have been added
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The cowl/engine attached to the fuselage
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There are still a few bits’n’pieces that need to added, grab handles, flare canisters etc. and control wires and then some final weathering and she’ll be finished.


until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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The last few bits’n’pieces added, grab handles, flare canisters etc. and control wires.

The control wires were made from 0.02mm copper wire cut to length(s)
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these were then painted and CA’d in place
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The remaining spars (rear wing) and grab handles were fitted
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along with the flare canisters
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and foot stirrup 
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then a touch of very light weathering and she’ll be RFI.

you can see the RFI photos here…
 

 

until next time
as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received.
rgds
John(shortCummins)

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Thanks for taking your time to document the build in such detail. I'm sure it will help me in the future.

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45 minutes ago, Gorby said:

Thanks for taking your time to document the build in such detail. I'm sure it will help me in the future.

you're more than welcome, at least you'll be able to avoid some of my mistakes :wink:

 

rgds

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