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  1. Hi, I used to make my own turnbuckles but for a long time now I use those from 'Gaspatch'. Although I model in 1:32 scale I use their 1:48th scale turnbuckles, as I think their 1:32 scale turnbuckles are over scale. I always use the 'sintered metal' turnbuckles, so I've never tried their new resin versions. I'm not sure how fragile they are being resin and not metal. I imagine any stress applied to them could cause them to break, As for rigging I tend to use 0.08 mm mono-filament or EZ line for cockpit and control lines and 0.12 mm mono-filament for Structural rigging, as it gives the finished model strength, Mike
  2. Hi all,, Just a few updates for the Macchi. Engine support bearers with added photo-etch bearer plates (kit part), cross bracing anchors (Gaspatch) and added nuts (RB Motion). Also drilled out three lightening holes into the resin top struts and 'opened up' the fasteners around the engine cowls and the nail heads on the top of the forward fuselage. The kit now supplies alternative wing floats but no support struts, so these were made from soft soldered 0.7 mm diameter brass tube. I've also added all of the rigging points around the aircraft. Now it's onto scribbing in the wood panel lines onto the fuselage,, Mike
  3. Hi all, A little more progress. The ailerons have been rounded off at the leading edges and pinned to the upper wing for animation. The fuselage support fairing for the tail plane/elevator/fin and rudder has been hollowed out to allow the elevator controls to be fitted from inside the fairing. I've replaced the elevator control horns, which seemed over scale, with two from a 'Parts' 1:48th scale set. The cockpit area and ports in the decking have been opened up, Mike
  4. Hi all, I've 'fettled' the basic tail unit. Fuselage support fairing re-profiled and drilled. Tail plane drilled. Fin re-profiled and pinned. Rudder pinned. Elevator halves pinned. Rudder control line exit holes in fuselage drilled. Support fairing aperture opened up for elevator controls. Rear fuselage notched for rudder post. Rudder post added to rudder. Photo-etch rudder control horn added. Assembly all test fitted. Just elevator control horns then its on to the cockpit end, Mike
  5. Hi all, My research is throwing up more apparent anomalies - this time with the flight controls. The kit instructions show both the rudder and elevator control 'cables' exiting from an open aperture in the fuselage support fairing for the tail plane and fin/rudder assembly. These cables are attached to the rudder control horns at the base of the rudder itself and to control horns only under the elevator halves. However it seems that: The rudder cables exited the fuselage at the base of the support fairing and were routed back to the rudder control horns, which were in fact attached the rudder post and below the rudder assembly. The elevator 'cables' it seems were more likely to be a push/pull rod which was connected to the elevator control horns only under the elevator halves. This method of control would only require control horns on one side of the elevator as it was a push or pull control. Finally the model does not have aileron control cable exit openings in the rear decking behind the pilot, from where the cables were routed up and into the underside of the upper wing. As an aside the model does not have the filler cap for the fuel tank, which should be located at the right side at the top of the rear decking panel. This is all detailed, with illustrations etc, in the PDF build log I'm compiling as I go along. However before I sort that lot out I need to 'fettle' the tail unit as the there are a few issues to be corrected there as well, Mike
  6. Hi all, I've removed all of the major parts from their resin backing sheets or blocks and cleaned away any residue and flash. The fuselage fin support is moulded with a slight curve on the top edge, which needed to be flattened. There were no substantial 'blow holes' on any of the parts, but there were a few rough spots, especially under the rear of the fuselage. It looked like it had been filed to remove resin? The main problem to sort was that the various struts have steel reinforcing struts moulded inside, which should protrude from the ends of each strut for location into the model. However most struts had at least one that only protruded from one end. I had to drill a 0.5 mm diameter hole into the end of the strut, where I thought the pin should have exited. Once the end of the pin was seen I carefully twisted and pushed the pin up through the strut until it protruded from the end. Tricky as you know how brittle resin can be when stressed - however it worked. The next step is to 'open up' the cockpit and two forward ports in the top of the fuselage, which by the way is moulded mostly as a solid piece so is pretty heavy!! Mike
  7. Hi all, Normally I never work more than one model at a time, but I'm waiting for decals to arrive for my 'Aviatik 'Berg' D.1 build. Therefore I thought I'd make a start on another 1:32 scale 'HPH Models' resin kit. This is the Italian 'Macchi M-5 single seat float plane fighter. I know already there may be some areas of this model that will need some attention, so we'll see how this one goes, Mike
  8. Hi All, The 'Aviattic' CDL decals have been applied to the under surfaces. Weathering still needs to be applied, Mike
  9. Hi all, Austro-Hungarion pilot completed Mike
  10. Hi all, Things are progressing slowly right now until I receive some decals I need. I've applied small serial number decals to the struts and fuselage and painted the condenser assembly on the forward, top fuselage. The fuselage underside has had wood decals (HGW Models) applied. Very thin and fragile!! Weathering and joint seams yet to be applied. Tail skid painted and under surfaces pre-shaded and prepared for CDL decals. In the meantime I'll crack on painting the figure, Mike
  11. Hi all, On the top of the fuselage and to the rear of the radiator is a condensation matrix for cooling radiator steam back to liquid and returning it back into the cooling system through a pipe connected to the rear of the assembly. Apparently this avoided a build up of steam pressure being lost through the filler cap and losing coolant. Anyway I wasn't happy with the resin one piece part in the kit. I felt it was too large at the base and anyway the top was slightly off centre with the bottom. Also the kit doesn't appear to have the 90 degree pipe at the back of the assembly. So I cut the part in two, re-shaped the base, connected them with brass tube and added the rear pipe using annealed 0.8 mm brass rod. Strangely the photo-etch in the kit supplies only one 'matrix' disc for the condensation matrix, which presumably like a radiator, would have the matrix from front to rear? I used the photo-etch from the front of the matrix (as that will be more visible) and drilled 0.3 mm diameter holes in the rear face to replicate the matrix, Mike
  12. Hi GrzeM, Thanks - great link - somehow I missed that one Mike
  13. Hi all, I've been working on preparing the wings, fin/rudder, ailerons, tail planes, elevators and their associated support struts. The struts should, I think, have steel reinforcing pins moulded through them, but I found the 'Z' shaped cabane struts had ends without pins. Also the fuselage indents for locating these struts had no locating hole. The single piece fin and rudder had no locations for attaching it to the fuselage and neither did the tail planes. The separate ailerons and elevators also has no locating pins/holes. Therefore I added support pins of 0.6 mm diameter for the wing struts and ailerons and 0.4 mm diameter pins to locate the fin/rudder, elevators and tail planes. Mike
  14. Hi all, The undercarriage assembly is completed. Struts modified by removing the pre-moulded axle ends and bungee suspension cords. Cross bracing anchors points added to the bottom front of the forward undercarriage struts. Axle secured to the undercarriage struts and 0.4 mm diameter lead wire used to replicate the bungee cord suspension. Bracing bar in kit replaced (too short) with 0.9 mm diameter brass tube, Mike
  15. Hi all, The supplied undercarriage struts have solid axle ends solid with bungee suspension cords include. However the axle fairing has a solid steel rod moulded into the fairing, which can't be fitted into the struts without drilling out the moulded axle ends. Even if possible, it would leave the weight of the model on the flimsy resin suspension cords, which I don't think would take the weight. Instead I've removed the moulded axle ends and bungee cords to allow the rod in the axle fairing to locate onto the struts. I've yet to create the bungee suspension cords from wire. I also replaced the kit supplied bracing bar with 0.9 mm diameter tube, as the kit part was too short, Mike
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