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  1. "Rube Goldberg, call your office". I have spent the last few nights making a carrying "apparatus" for the 209. I've done this many times in the past. but this one clearly is different. For most 109 carrying trusses, I make a pedestal of builder's foam, with attaching points in the wheel wells and rear fuselage. This clearly wouldn't work here; there is simply too much stuff in the wheel wells. The further out on the wing you go, the more obstructions you find. The wingtips also won't work since I would be concerned about the wing flexing and snapping. So the fuselage it was, with primary fore and aft supports and wing trailing edge braces just to keep things snug. The entire thing is made from foam core, a remarkably sturdy and inexpensive product that can be found in art & craft stores. The front "remove before flight" item is a tab made up of several bits of foam core. It is designed to slide in after the plane is fitted on the other supports and prevents the model from sliding forward and out of the wing braces. It all actually works. All attachment points are lined with, well let's just call it fluffy paper... The whole thing fits into a cookie tin (thank you Rot Sutherland). These things are great for transporting models. They are light, nearly indestructible, and invisible to airport X-ray machines. BUT, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me for a cookie as I walk past I'd be retired by now. IMG_6740 IMG_6733 IMG_6737 Again, thanks for following along. Barry
  2. Thanks you, Duncan; that is indeed high praise. As for my supply of FM 109s, go back and look at the middle shelf in the first photo of this thread...
  3. Thank you for the compliments; they are appreciated!
  4. Finished! Finally!! Have to admit that I was getting a bit twitchy toward the end on this one. It was a long and intense road. I think I'll cool off with a few OOBs next. The whole sordid tale can be found in the Work in Progress - Aircraft section. Here of some photos of the completed bird. IMG_6682 IMG_6684 IMG_6687 IMG_6694 IMG_6701 IMG_6718 IMG_6719 IMG_6720 IMG_6721 And finally, a comparison with a "normal" 109. IMG_6729 Again, thanks to everyone for you encouragement along the way. It is greatly appreciated.
  5. Finished! Finally!! Have to admit that I was getting a bit twitchy toward the end on this one. It was a long and intense road. I think I'll cool off with a few OOBs next. Here of some photos of the completed bird. I'll post more in the Ready for Inspection section. IMG_6682 IMG_6684 IMG_6687 IMG_6694 And finally, a comparison with a "normal" 109. IMG_6729 Again, thanks to everyone for you encouragement along the way. It is greatly appreciated.
  6. Preview: IMG_6642 I'll take some proper photos and post them soon.
  7. She's getting very close now. I've done the usual trick with the canopy (in this case a Rob Taurus vac). My angled sheet plastic brace is held in place with tape, making a cradle for the canopy. Actually, the tape is fashioned more like a Band-Aid, with a middle section doubled over to prevent it from sticking to the plane. When the brace is inserted, it can then be moved up or down to give the proper angle. The canopy frames are painted clear decal film. Also added are riveted strips along the base and a locking lever. IMG_6640 IMG_6635 In these photos you can see the other progress made. The retraction pistons have been added to the main gear and inner gear doors and the main LG covers are in place. There has been drama and smooth sailing in alternating doses, but as I mentioned, she's getting close. IMG_6636 IMG_6641
  8. Will do Neil. I'll take some side by sides soon.
  9. Shaun, the 109 Z is definitely on the to-do list. I have done some tinkering with the A-model kit and decided that it would only contribute the wing, parts of the right fuselage and horizontal stab. Two Fine Molds kits will provide the rest.
  10. She's on her own three legs now. IMG_6628 IMG_6626 As you approach the end game there always seems to be more and more fiddly bits to make. Here are the retraction links in the making, in this case telescoping Albion Alloys brass tube and nichrome wire. For the attachment points I took some Evergreen half-round stock and stretched it like any other sprue over a candle flame. I made quite a few different sizes to see what will eventually fit. IMG_6629 IMG_6630 I'm amazed how much better this plane looks with inward retracting landing gear than the Bf 109 H that I built a few years back. IMG_6631 IMG_6202
  11. Next up are some of the very fiddly details. This is the canopy retaining cord frame. It was made from .005" card and stretched sprue. IMG_6609 Here it has been snipped off and white glued to the cockpit interior. There was a bit of oil paint dry brushing going on as well. IMG_6620 Gear on! This was a challenge (isn't it always?). I made a simple jig to align the gear side angle, but the forward rake was done by sighting from above. When you can see both of the axles as you rotate the model forward when viewing from above, you've got it. After letting the liquid glue set up overnight, I fixed the gear with thin superglue this morning. IMG_6621 IMG_6622
  12. It's time to start taking the landing gear seriously. I tried taking precise measurements of the drawings using a digital caliper but that didn't seem to be the complete answer. So I went ultra high tech... IMG_6598 ...1/16 " plastic rod, some folded double stick tape and kit wheels. This is the same diameter rod as my landing gear extensions and I had already glued some rings of the telescoping sized tubing on the roof of the wheel well. They stuck enough temporarily to give me an idea of how things would line up. IMG_6599 Another thing to check was the prop clearance. IMG_6603 OK, that looks about right, but the final matter was making sure it fit in the wheel well, and it does. So now I have the measurement. But considering how easy it will be to knock these things off, I decided to delay attaching the gear until many other small details are added. Next will be the remaining cockpit details, such as shoulder harnesses, and the framework that holds the cockpit retaining cord. A couple more status shots. The canopy mask has been removed and exhausts added. IMG_6604 IMG_6607 Getting there. Thanks for looking.
  13. Thanks, Guys! Just a bit of progress to report. The gear has been weathered with oil paints and the oleos done by applying Uschi Van der Rosten chrome powder with an artist's stump the has been cut to a chisel shape. This is a very efficient way of representing this section; no masking and it is done in a few minutes. Also, it seems to represent metal more effectively than paint of foils. Apologies for the somewhat out of focus photo. I'll try for a better one. IMG_6583 I've added the exhaust stains, which can be nerve wracking since you don't want to overdo it. As a result I've understated them. She also got to try on the finished prop, which makes her look seriously more lethal. After the stains have completely dried (this takes some time since they are at least 9/1 mix of thinner/paint), I'll use some Vallejo flat coat to dull them down. This is the flattest flat on earth and perfect for the job. Engineers occasionally marked the Werk Nummer on the prop or spinner with chalk. I duplicated this with a light grey water color pencil. At the moment only one prop blade and the spinner have been "fixed" with clear flat. The additional umber on the other blade seems redundant and will be removed with a wet Q-tip. IMG_6588 IMG_6587 More soon.
  14. Thank you, gentlemen. A bit more progress to report. I've applied the flat coat, in this case Gunze 182, which does even more to harmonize the paint, markings and weathering. IMG_6574 IMG_6572 IMG_6571 IMG_6569 I've also begun working on some of the accessories. For the landing gear the best solution seemed to be lengthening the kit part with Plastruct rod. IMG_6567 First up was adding Bare Metal foil for the wider sections. Then .04mm Albion alloys tube was glued on for brake line guides. From practice I've learned the best way to do this it to apply some Tamiya liquid glue to the gear to give a sticky surface. Then the tube sections were stuck in place and and when dry, a tiny drop of superglue is placed on both sides using a bit of very thin stretched sprue. Sprue seems to hold the glue better than wire. This must be done carefully to avoid filling in the tube. Finally, a length of Detail Master coated wire, with the loop pre-formed, was threaded through the tubes. Sounds easy, doesn't it. Well the number of failures and re-dos tell me it really isn't. Here's one gear after its initial coat of RLM 76. IMG_6577 Also in the works are the gear doors. These are the inner doors, made from .010" and .005" plastic sheet. IMG_6578 As always, thanks for following and your compliments.
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