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  1. Hi all, All of the pre-rigging of lines is now done and ready to be attached to the various parts of the model before assembly starts. The tricky areas were the rudder and elevator, which need to be rigged before assembly starts. All turnbuckles still need their centre section painted, Mike
  2. Hi all, Apart from the cross bracing wires, the landing gear is complete. The lozenge wheel covers were cut out using a 'Thinnerline' circle cutter. I'm now working on pre-rigging, the first of which are the aileron control lines. These are 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament and 0.4 mm diameter tubes, chemically blackened. Turnbuckles are the metal 1:48th scale from 'GasPatch'. Holes of 0.2 mm diameter were drilled through the ends of the upper wing control levers (for the rigging lines). These can't be finished until the upper wing has been fitted. Now onto the rest of t
  3. Hi all, Subtle weathering applied and sealed. As usual I used 'Flory' Dark Dirt fine clay wash and sealed it with 'Alclad' Light Sheen lacquer (ALC-311). So now it's onto some sub-assembly and pre-rigging, Mike
  4. Hi all, Just a quick update. The 'Aviattic' four colour faded decals have been applied along with the kit decals. The lozenge decals were applied on a white, pre-shaded gloss base coat. The next step it to seal the decals with a clear semi-matte before applying the weathering wash. Then onto pre-rigging the wings, Mike
  5. Hi all, The basic fuselage is now finished. As I said in the previous posts, the original colour scheme I was planning to do is in doubt, as to its authenticity. In addition, any masking or masking tape laid onto these decals, no-matter how gently, started to lift the decals. Having spent time and effort applying the wood effect decals, I didn't want to risk destroying them with masking. There I chose a an authentic scheme that has no personal or unit markings. The metal fittings were brush painted with 'Tamiya' Grey Green (XF76). Padding was 'Humbrol' Leather (62) with hightl
  6. Hi all, There is some doubt now over the authenticity of this particular colour scheme. It seems that it was based on what is apparently the only known photograph of Emil Schäpe seated in a Roland fighter. The Windsock Data file states that he is seated in a Roland D.VI but doesn't state whether it is a D.VIa or the later D.VIb version. The photograph shows what appears to be the top of a multi-headed arrow marking on the side of the fuselage. The late Dan-San Abbott interpreted this as the yellow arrow and this seems to have been accepted by painters and illustrators, such as Bob
  7. Hi all, The wood effect decals with 'scarf' joint plywood joints (from 'ProperPlane') are now done. These are probably the most difficult decals I've applied. The 'scarf' joint strips and the fin, rudder and lower wing fairing were tricky, but the fuselage decals were something else. They are four separate fuselage long single decals. Not 'cookie' cut and with no marking or transparent areas for the fuselage raised details, such as access panels, pulleys and fittings. Cutting these into sections was not really feasible as any slight overlap of the decal joins would show up as dark
  8. Thanks but that's not my work. The exhaust is made by 'ReXx' (from 'ProperPlane') and what you see is what you get. Their exhausts are very well made but are fragile and easily crushed by hand if you're not careful, Mike
  9. Hi all, The fuselage is now closed up with the cockpit front decking panel fitted. I'm replacing the kit supplied machine guns with resin equivalent weapons from 'GasPatch'. These needed to be modified slightly so that would fit down and into the weapon slots in the front decking panel. This required the removal of the front mounting and synchronizing cable from the underside of the breech blocks. In addition the lower part of the cocking mechanism on the right side of the left weapon was removed. Now it's onto preparing the fuselage for the application of the 'ProperPlan
  10. Hi all, Just a quick update. The cockpit structure is now complete and ready to be fitted into the closed up fuselage. I had to sand the outer surface of the two cockpit side frames and cockpit frames quite a bit, as for some reason the fuselage wouldn't close up fully with the cockpit test fitted. I know tolerances are tight, especially on WNW kits so I made sure there was no paint etc on any mating faces. Even so the gap at the underside seam of the fuselage was large, indicating something wasn't fitted correctly. Everything look correct so I'm not sure where the obstruction was
  11. Hi all, A few updates. I'm working on the fuselage internals and the engine. The fuselage halves were two-tone, as were the cockpit side frames. The engine bearer frame was a single colour. As I normally do, the slight weathering effect was done using the 'Flory Models' dark dirt clay wash. The rudder, elevator and ailerons control lines were added using 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament and blackened 0.4 mm diameter tubes. Other detail, such as pipes, seat harness etc will be added after the cockpit assembly is built and before closing up the fuselage. The next stage, a
  12. Thanks everyone. Alex: Looks like we're neighbours - Woodhall and Coningsby, Mike
  13. Hi all, I'm now starting on the 'Wingnut Wings' 1:32 scale model of the Roland D.VIa fighter. This aircraft was unusual in that its fuselage was clad in overlapping plywood planks, known as ’lapstrake’, which was similar to that used on clinker built boats. This proved to be as strong, but lighter than existing constructions methods provided, which was an important factor for a fighter aircraft. Also the lower wings were located under, not into, the lower fuselage. It's the Roland D.VIa, Serial No: 3615/18 during 1918 (Jasta unknown). Mike
  14. Hi all, The Ansaldo A.1 ‘Balilla’, Serial No:16558 of pilot Tenente Leopoldo Eleuteri of No:70a Squadriglia, operating from Gazzo Padovano during the September of 1918. The forum build log is here: As usual I've uploaded my PDF and bookmarked build log to Gallery 3 on my site (link below). Thanks for your support and comments throughout this build, Mike
  15. Hi all, The final part of the aircraft build is the propeller. Airbrushed with a 70/30 mix of 'Tamiya' Flat Red (XF7) and Hull Red (XF9) to represent the dark finish needed. A sealing coat of 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC-311) was airbrushed over the propeller. Propeller bosses brush painted with 'Mr. Colour' Stainless Steel (213), then washed with 'AK Interactive' Kerosene (3029). Finally the edges were lightly sponged with 'Tamiya' Weathering Master Set D (Oil Stain). So, now onto the figures, Mike
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