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Adrian Hills

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  1. Have now confronted the window configuration. Basically I cut some of the verticals out of the working fuselage and added the angled pieces removed from the donor fuselage. I chose this method as I thought the angle was the most difficult cut to look regular. On the working fuselage I kept a central vertical to stabilise the window orifice and then backed it up with plasticard. This made it easier to fill in the gaps with further vertical sections - used because they are the same thickness. Hopefully Tamiya putty, thinned with Revell glue will hide my sins (If only life was that easy !) Also seen in the image is the inclusion of the passenger door on the starboard side grafted into the blanking piece filling the loading-bay hole. front windows added as they will be painted over. This is what I am trying to emulate. I decided against doing the area using one piece of ribbed section as I don't think I have the skill. Now time for bed
  2. A Tale of Two Tails. I have now fiddled with the lower wing tips from the donor kit and made them approximate the pre-1936 squarer tail. A bit cooler in the evenings to model as I'm sure many fellow modellers in the UK are sweltering a bit - not conducive to modelling. My first effort above with the second effort below. Am glad the ribbing frequencies of kit tail and wing tip are similar. Here you see what I call 'the squarer' tail on the aircraft photographed with darker colour floats and the corresponding lower power engine. compare with photos of the rudder seen when it had silver floats and extended rudder to counteract yaw. (hope I'm making sense!)
  3. Hi Chris, Thanks for those references. The Russian on is particularly useful as cited in my last post. Will need to write to the Winnipeg museum and see if they know what colour the earlier floats were. I think the Canadian Airways wing panels were orange rather than the post war dayglo red depicted by some modellers. J Bot decals provide colour panels with their decals of this aircraft and they are distinctly orange. Yesterday I cut a section out the blanking plate fitted on the starboard side for the other door. Kit original personnel door fits fine. The tips of both donor kit lower wing sections were glued together and later they will be re-profiled to form the pre-1936 squarish rudder
  4. The problem I am having is that I am an academic and am dealing with secondary sources. For my Doctoral research one particular Professor strongly emphasised the value of primary sources -ie what was written down at the time. Unfortunately, for the purpose of this project I have neither the time or the inclination to fly to Canada and do in depth research. So what you have is my best shot from the few publications I have as well as online searches. From Russian website "Junkers Ju-52/1m (seaplane 1930-1932) (seawarpeace.ru)" using Google translate, "The fact that the design of the aircraft of this type was successful is evidenced by the fact that during many years of operation only minor changes were made to it. Only the BMW VII aU engine could not withstand the test of the harsh Canadian winter and in January 1936 it had to be replaced by the British Rolls-Royce Buzzard, which was also a V-shaped 12-cylinder aircraft engine. With it, the aircraft formally received the designation of the modification Ju 52cao. Due to the change of engine, the vertical tail was also changed, increasing its size. Later, they began to use mainly a wheeled chassis, the tires of which were replaced by modern low-pressure pneumatics." Perhaps an answer to my quandry over rudder profiles so perhaps I do need to use the earlier rudder profile - Chiz !
  5. For the basic anatomy of the aircraft I think I will go with an image reported as from 1931 shown in the Suadron Signal book, see below. The tip of the tail cannot be clearly seen in this image so I will go with what I have made, but modify it slightly. Note the tail wheel is still attached. I have seen a suggestion that this A/C was painted white. I think this is a mis-interpretation as the Squadron Signal book calls it a 'white elephant', but I think this probably refers to sentiments in "Flying Colours; A History of Commercial Aviation in Canada" by Peter Pigott that states the Ju 52 was 'an extravagant purchase' and due to unreliability of the engine only flew for sixty eight days in its first year - hence a 'white elephant'. Any comments on the colour of the floats in the above picture would be most appreciated. Now to do some actual modelling as I need to cut a passenger door in that starboard blanking panel I have just fitted !
  6. Have done considerably more research. Firstly Clive_t’s build of this aircraft has given me an awful lot of help and inspiration. He is obviously a very accomplished modeller, something I’m not. But there is a lot in his build thread that will help me. This aircraft had quite a life including fit of three different engines - did that change the shape of the nose ? Different tail configurations, extension of which was probably to reduce yaw caused by floats. And two different floats, the latter being larger. I am erring towards an early iteration with originally supplied floats, just because in 1931 they were dark in colour - RLM Dark Green? Was that colour available then ? Similarly 02 for interior as I’d like to reflect the fact that the Canadians bought a German service aircraft . This then makes my tail that I just made wrong! As I’m using the Bird models conversion will just go with that nose and decide this is a representation rather than a super accurate build.
  7. Here is my basic attempt to at least represent the enlarged tail as required when the aircraft was fitted with floats/skis. As the extended rudder was pretty similar to the fin I nicked it off the donor kit. I cut into the bottom of the removed section as I noticed the rudder was quite low and extended down to be in line with the fuselage. The fin on the working kit had to have a section cut out. To complete the top of the rudder I took the bottom section from the original rudder and cut to same angle as rest of new rudder. I'm have some jolly good fun doing this
  8. The donor kit has now given up a fuselage section which I have used as a blanking plate for the large side door on the starboard side. I believe the single engine Ju52 would have had only one of these doors as, just to port and not starboard as such a big hole effects the structural integrity of the fuselage and according to an image (p4) of the prototype Ju52 in the eponymous Squadron Signal publication there is no door on the other side. The image below illustrates not only the 'ribectomy' to the donor kit, the section fitted to the working fuselage but also the kit door. Note how fine the ribbing is in comparison to the main fuselage ribbing. Yet to look closely at photographs to see which is most appropriate - the other donor side has enough room should I need to nick a bit. I guess this makes me a 'rib counter' rather than a 'rivet counter' I need to let glue dry on hatch before attending to alteration of windows. Will perhaps look into tail modification CanAdrian
  9. Have looked more closely at this conversion. 1)The rudder is quite a bit bigger on the floatplane aircraft. 2)Large access door on opposite side than one provided in kit. 3) side windows need blanking and re-cut with circular holes. 4) Engine removal on wings needs to look good as it will be a focus. All of these problems can be solved if I sacrifice my other Italeri kit 1) Rudder ribbing is quite fine and I can use other rudder as well as horizontal control surfaces to a grafted together shape. This method worked ok on a Junkers F13 tail modification. 2) Ribbing on large side access door a lot finer than rest of fuselage. There is enough room on the donor kit to cut two doors from the coarse fuselage ribbing. One as a blank for starboard and the other the 'Canadian' port door. 4) Rather than fiddle hacking up the resin wing section it may be easier to graft pieces from the donor kit This is why I do plastic modelling. I like a challenge
  10. As pictures are a bit of a problem will only post something actually interesting and useful. I have this evening cleaned up the main components and glued the enormous floats together. These will be waterlined - something worthy of pictures. Now getting my head around the nature of the conversion ie were cuts need to be made for nose and to disguise missing engines on wings. Cheers CanAdrian Feeling particularly proud as a fellow Canadian, Hugo Houle, won today's stage of the Tour de France. The last stage win by a Canadian was by Steve Bauer way back in 1988 !
  11. Have investigated the interior and glued seat and bulkhead in. From the photo of the crashed aircraft, albeit 30 years after it hit the ground, I can see not one hint of preservative paint, being O2 dark green or even black. If it was anything but bare aluminium (Canadians add the second 'i' to this word) I would have thought there would be some evidence. If anyone has an opinion on the interior colour please say. Oh, and I've glued the wing halves together and clamped them with a fan of nipple clamps
  12. This is my excuse why I haven't done any work on the W34 recently. I was just finishing off a 1/100 scale Vulcan Hurricane kit (1957, pre Eagle).The reason I am showing it here is that I have represented an aircraft fitted with skis in Canada. Mine was a basic 'quick & dirty' job with skis, intakes, radio aerial and prop from the parts box. flame shields on nose bits of Kronenbourg can. Hopefully this will inspire someone to do a proper job with a modern kit for this Canadian Group Build The canopy was lovely and clear so I put some Kabuki tape on it to represent the framing. This was my favourite part of the build Here it is sitting on my 1/100 shelf with the first prototype Manchester in the background. Now back to the W34 Cheers CanAdrian
  13. Cheers, underside already Sky so will do Dark Earth and Dark Green. In Frome at the moment and bought more Dark Earth Gunze at the fantastic model shop they have here.
  14. Troy, just finishing my Canadian spinnerless Hurricane on skis as per the image you posted earlier. Was it painted in Dark Earth and Dark Green rather than Grey and Green ?
  15. No need to apologise Dave. I’m sure I will be amongst the legions thanking you - and Pat for all your efforts in this wonderful group build
  16. Just using Flickr again. Here is a photograph taken in 1978 of what was left of CF AQV, my chosen subject. It is notable that there is a float alongside which indicates the aircraft was using this configuration when it crashed. The interior is bare aluminium so I will take that as a lead for chosen inside colour. Image taken from the AVCANADA.ca website. According to one report these parts are now at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  17. Still trying to fix the photo thing. More usefully I have done quite a bit of work further cleaning up the parts and thinning the inside of the fuselage by the cockpit, windows and rear door. This might be open as deciding on a mini-diorama with a figure at the door and a canoe strapped to one of the floats. On further reading I have changed which aircraft I will depict to CF AQV which is the other option on the decal sheet. This aircraft crashed, importantly with no loss of life and part of the fuselage and a float survived. Images are on the web from a photo taken in 1978 one source says the parts are in a museum in Western Canada
  18. 49th Parallel - The Internet Movie Plane Database (impdb.org) This movie database has a shed load of stuff including the various aircraft seen in the film "49th Parallel", perhaps the most interesting one is the Canadian Airways Fairchild 71C - Now I wonder if there is a kit of it ? Cheers CanAdrian
  19. |That looks like a good deal And I believe Paul Janicki still has similar decals for a DC3 too
  20. Dennis, thank you for putting the piccies up. Today I started on the kit by cleaning the parts up as it is a ‘short production run kit’ and all that entails cheers CanAdrian
  21. Jeroen, Thank you very much for your advice Cheers Adrian
  22. Hi Jeroen, it is becoming clear that my image posting isn't working and I will have too look again at this problem - otherwise you would have seen the image of the front of the box. The kit I will be using is the MPM Junkers W.34 Floatplane no 72071. Cheers CanAdrian
  23. Looking at the discussion, and since buying a kit of a Ju 88 yesterday for a tenner from our HDSMC model show I think I might do this build. The kit was made by Faller - 1/100 scale. I also have a Lindberg kit, again rather basic, but at least it is 1/64th scale. By November I will be itching to build them !
  24. Hairy Tickler, you obviously haven’t been to Canada. At the end of parties you will see lots of half drunk beer bottles as it got warm and people could taste it! Mind you the Brick Brewery beer in Waterloo, Ontario wasn’t too bad
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