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About matihagen

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  1. The DH-89 I think is one of those eternally beautiful planes. I also built my Heller... I made it from the SCW of the tricolor side. Surely I will have used a lot of cement for plastic because I remember that one month after I finished it, the entire upper wing had twisted... It took me longer to build it than it did in the showcase. Finally I gave it to my niece, little at the time, who really enjoyed it between playmobils and figures. Anxiously waiting to see how the livery and floats will suit it. ^ ^
  2. hahaha... Surely, I couldn't help but follow Master Moa's heretical path. But he also had his days of rebellion, and in the fight against the iconoclasts, someone did not notice the image of the Moa pantocrator. That image is the one that definitely continues to drive us to find this shinny light in the golden years of historical aviation. ^ ^
  3. Yes, we attended the same Monastery..., but I a few decades later... There were only the traces of his heresies left... ^ ^
  4. Thanks guys... My English is very bad... I used to say "padded cockpit", but as @pheonix says, the correct thing is "coamings around the cockpits". I will try to incorporate it into my vocabulary... ^ ^
  5. Hi all... Some images about the progress of the London & Provincial typ. IV School Biplane and G-EAQW Fuselage Biplane project. We were at the stage of simulating the fabric. Well..., the entire open area where it should not be painted was covered, and saturate with paint the entire surface where we had previously simulated the ribs and other details that should be noted underneath the "fabric". After a week of letting the paint dry well, the sanding process comes. We had to look for the edge of the rib, masking, water and 320 and 360 sandpaper, and patiently start sanding. Two weeks of work, which we interspersed with other things that we have here on my work bench. The result has left me satisfied..., but not the rest of the fuselage. Now it's the turn of the wings... After having sanded 300 inter-ribs furrows (approximately), I can say: level up. Before continuing, I decided to corroborate my doubt about the length of the G-EAQW's nose for the last time, since according to my drawing it seemed very long compared to some images. We drew a few lines, took a snapshot of a profile view of the L&P that can be seen in the "Mr Sykes" video, moved it to scale, took a reference point, and was definitely able to verify that I needed to make a small correction. So, another little surgery... After the urgency, we continue with the work plan. Padded cockpits... First we delimit the area, and then we prepare a liquid putty (epoxy putty diluted with water), and load with a brush. Before it hardens (approximately two hours later), and with great care not to drag the putty, we remove the tape. The next day we sand and start modeling the padded. We masked again, and now we do a gross load of paint by brush. The Humbrol that I have been buying for some years are so thick that, without preparing them, they are perfect for lift or making relief panels, and in this case giving an extra surface for the final detail of the padded. Now time to attach the lower wings. I had thought about making a more secure fixing, using a through wire or something similar, but finally I decided for the simplest thing, gluing the pieces with cyano. They are not very large and heavy wings, and also their biplane structure will form a solid self-supporting assembly when all the parts are assembled (upper wing and struts). First have a locate the precise place and height on the model where the wings will be glued. We use a jig with the profile of the wing. This will give us a framework to pre-fix the wings to the dihedral jig previously manufactured, mark reference lines, and put stops so that the fuselage does not move. With a thiny needle and a little cyano we cover all the joints. Top, and when we take off the tape, below. We do the same with the G-EAQW... Done! The wings were fixed... That's how they looked until tonight. The next thing to do, the small holes to fix the struts on the wings and fuselages, make the struts, give a base paint, and the final paint, and then assemble all the remaining parts... That is all for now. Thanks for reading. ^ ^
  6. Dear Ed... Thanks!.. it is a pleasure to read your comment. I'm glad to know that you were interested in the story... (I just edited it because I forgot to write a paragraph at first. Now the text is complete). ^ ^ Matías
  7. Dear @Moa It's no big deal, don't cry that your glasses will be tarnished. In addition, the macrame is the territory of Mrs. V Better we keep with the plastics than the wish list is very long... ^ ^
  8. Thanks!... There are so many talented colleagues throughout the world, and very generous, who have shared their knowledge and time, the internet has helped a lot to get to know them, and for my part just trying to learn and imitate them. Luckily some things come out... ^ ^
  9. The biplanes are an existential equation, the more difficult, the more beautiful... ^ ^
  10. Hi all... At the urging of the friend @Moa, I decided to rescue a scratch that I had archived for four years and get down to work again with him, and publish it here on Britmodeller. I hope it is in the interest of the community. A brief history. The former Stag Lane aerodrome, if we are located throughout the '20s, was undoubtedly synonymous with De Havilland. But in the previous decade another story ran in those grounds. In the context of the first months of the WWI, the confirmation of the aeroplane as a new military "tool", and the growing need for pilots to "wield" it, is that some contracts are obtained for the opening of aerodrome and establishments for that purpose. In September 1914 Messrs. Geoffrey Smiles and W.T. Warren founded the "London & Provincial Co." pilot school on the ground they bought to the north, in Egdware, where they will install the school and the Stag Lane airfield. The first batch of instruction aircraft were the English-made Caudron G.III with Anzani engines. In 1915 it was added an L&P "Brevet biplane" of own manufacture, similar to the Caudron but somewhat smaller. Success accompanies them, and with the intention of modernizing the aeronautical material they hire designer Anthony Fletcher, recently move away from Martinsyde, to manufacture their own training aircraft. In 1916 London & Provincial Co. introduced the "type.IV" or "School Biplane", with 50hp. Gnome 'Omega' rotary engines, and the undoubted imprint of the works of "Tony" Fletcher. In this case, emphasizing the instruction role, the cokpit is totally open, in tandem, but the student and instructor occupy the same open space. In July of that same year, Flight magazine presented L&P type.IV "Fuselage Biplane", modified for aerobatic flight. The fuselage is narrower, the cockpits are closed and differentiated, the wing and the tail is larger. The engine is an 80hp Anzani. In October this aircraft will obtain the record of loopings in a demonstration on the Hendon aerodrome. In the remainder of the War the London & Provincial Co. will be assigned as part of the RAF "18th wing school of instruction". I couldn't find the precise information on how many "School Biplane" and "Fuselage Biplane" planes were manufactured by the London & Provincial Co. on Stag Lane, but it can be said that four type.IV "School Biplane" planes reached until 1919 ( K-117 / G-EABQ; K-118 / G-EABR; K-119 / G-EABS; K-138 / G-EADT), and the looper type.IV "Fuselage Biplane" G-EAQW until 1920. After World War I, all contracts and subsidys related to the conflict are cancelled immediately. The aviation industry will undoubtedly be the most affected area. We already know the becoming of many manufacturers, designers, and the urgency of civil and commercial aviation. The London & Provincial Co. will also be found in this situation. In January 1919, 40 vacancies were announced for pilot courses and the arrangement of Stag Lane airfield and its aircraft for air events and some commercial flights. The company was in a reorganization process at the same time that a dispute began with the Department of Civil Aviation. Finally the license is not renewed and in July of that year the "London & Provincial Co." closes its doors. With the closure of "L&P" the four L&P type.IV with a 50hp Gnome engine are also lost trace. The facilities will survive and part of them will shelter the brand new company that Geoffrey De Havilland was creating, which will be formally established on September 26, 1920. As for the looper L&P type.IV "Fuselage Biplane", sometime in 1917 it was acquired by the Richmond company "Whitehead Aircraft Company", another contractor of elements and aircraft for the War Office, to be part of the group of aircraft from your flight school. The first jump tests will be done on this machine with the Calthrop parachutes, enlarging the front cockpit to facilitate the departure of the passenger. According to the images it can also be seen that there was a redesign of the landing gear by one of the "anti-overturn" type, and of the nose of the fuselage behind the 80hp Anzani, which still maintained it. https://youtu.be/tttHD9s0jrI Within the same process of company reorganization after the end of the War, the "Whitehead Aircraft Company", which also carried debt and capitalization problems, finally entered bankruptcy in 1920, with the auction and liquidation of its assets. The L&P type.IV "Fuselage Biplane" registered by Rodney A. Whitehead as G-EAQW in February 1920 will be part of these asset sales. In an article published in Flight magazine on May 20, in addition to reviewing his history, he can be seen in a image with a shiny new look and in good flight conditions. The landing gear returned to its original configuration, a new livery with well-placed regulatory registration, and a new 100hp Anzani engine more powerful. If the plane had a buyer or not, it will disappear from the registrations that same year. The planes I decided to represent are the London & Provincial type.IV "School Biplane" (no painted registration) from 1919, and the London & Provincial type.IV "Fuselage Biplane" G-EAQW from 1920. It is a work that I am resuming after four years of suspending it. My scratch speed is not the same as my friend @Moa's, but slowly I will show some progress. Now I definitely want to finish it. Here are some images of the model construction process. They are all from 2016. For now they are like this... Cutting the first plastics... Control sticks... The first parts glued. Although there is some information about the interiors, basically almost everything is improvisation, taking as inspiration the most documented planes of the time and similar to these models. The RAF BE.2 was a good reference. In this link an original drawing of the instrument board of the L&P "Fuselage Biplane"... The materials used for construction are varied: there are wires of different thicknesses, stretched plastic, plastic sheets, cyano-impregnated paper, paper tape to make the seat belts. The model begins to take shape... The first steps to develop the cylinders of the Gnome and the Anzani. Mold making for the "proto-cylinders". The complete fuselages have been covered. The Anzani and the Gnome block's with the sites marked for the location of the future cylinders. Proto-cylinders to start working on the details. The Anzani's master cylinder is finished. Cylinder cloning is ready. At this stage a problem arose. This was when I discovered that the 1920 L&P G-EAQW had some details different from the 1916 original. I found its history with the Whitehead Aircraft..., and the doubts with the livery of this aircraft. A new drawing... ...and the corrections began with major surgery. The simplified instrument board of the front cockpit was replaced by a simulation of the fuel tank. That site would be used for test jumps with the Calthrop parachutes. No one saw anything... ^ ^ We start with the wings. Stretched plastic to simulate the fabric. First step. We continue with the engines. It is time to put the cloned cylinders in their places... We start with the most complex Anzani and its ten intercalated and slightly desradiated cylinders. Everything stayed in its place. This is the current moment of the L&P scratch. I am not very satisfied with the Gnome Omega because it was slightly out of the correct diameter. Maybe I'll correct it... I hope I didn't bore you. I will be showing the progress. Matías
  11. My dear friend @Moa... I thought I already had some things posted around here, but I only have two posts. Well, in a little while (when I finish translating the text) I'll publish something that you've incited me to feel like finishing it... ^ ^
  12. Hello everyone. I'm still new here..., so here I'm trying my second message. These are my works in progress. For now, all suspended in different stages of construction, for some error that requires a major correction, for boredom, or because the stage that begins requires special attention, especially the development of engines... Anyway, now I am dedicated to some works that occupy me all the time, so necessarily there they will be waiting for the best moment to be finished. Artigau 'Coronel Pringles' ... it was an airplane of Argentine manufacture that flew between 1917 and 1920. It is the work that is first in the waiting list. I have to make the Gnome Omega 50hp, make the simil fabric of the wings and fuselage, and everything else. London & Provincial ... they are the models 'Brevet biplane' (Gnome Omega 50hp), and 'Fuselage biplane' (Anzani 100hp.). It is necessary to refine the details of the fabric of the fuselage and the wings, besides carving the corresponding ailerons. The cylinders of the engines are already made, only the blocks are missing, and everything else... LFG V.130 Strela ... the huge wings of this plane are stored in another box. The Benz Bz-IV engine and all its parts are already made, I just have to assemble it. Work details on the fuselage. Assemble the wings and tail, and continue with the construction of the rest of the parts... FEIRO Daru ... an interesting Hungarian passenger plane from the early 20s. This project I suspended almost at the beginning, since the development of the nose for the Hispano-Suiza was wrong. It will require a lot of attention and better interpretation of the images.
  13. Hello... I greet the community from Argentina. I see that I joined Britmodeller in 2015, but I never wrote anything... I can assure you that I'm not a ghost! ^ ^ I am a lover of everything that has wings produced between 1919 and 1939... I am also very tempted by the WWI planes, and the beautiful curves of any time (of some planes too). Although the interwar world is usually silvery with some well-documented colors, being a ghost can sometimes be very convenient at the moment of interpreting lost livery in b/w. I embrace this hobby from the scratch, drawings, and some projects that revolve around them. My English is very bad, so I apologize in advance. If the subject be up to my knowledge, and I have time, it will be a pleasure to participate in Britmodeller. Saludos Matías
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