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  1. Hi all, Just a few more details to add for this particular aircraft. Then it's on to the figure and display base. I've added the bungee suspension cords and tail skid. What's left to do: Propeller and spinner. Exhaust. Windscreen. Cooling system vent pipe. External airspeed indicator. Mirror and instrument. Mike
  2. Hi all, The rigging is now complete. Blackened 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm Brass tube, 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale turnbuckles and 0.08 mm and 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament. Mike
  3. Hi all, I've replaced the front cabane struts using profiled 1.4 mm diameter Brass tube with internal reinforcing 0.5 mm diameter Brass rod and 0.2 mm thick plastic card. The remainder is the kit parts, Mike
  4. Hi all, During fitting of the upper wing both front struts of the fuselage cabane strut assembly snapped. Looking at them it looks like they snapped cleanly and I think along stress points, possibly created during release from the moulds. So rather than pin and glue them together, I decided to make replacement struts from Brass tube shaped around Brass rod. Mike
  5. Hi all, The rudder, elevator and landing gear has now been fitted. I've also pre-rigged the various flight and control wires, prior to fitting the upper wing. The lines are 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament with blackened 0.5 mm diameter Brass tube. The turnbuckles are from the 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale series. There is a slight bow one of the rear landing gear struts, which I need to sort out, Mike
  6. Hi all, Just a small update. I've added photo-etch mesh to the front and rear of the 'Windhoff' radiators. The photo-etch was heated slightly to create a heated look and then given a dark wash. I've also added the bottom drain cock, made from 'Taurus Models' engine fuel primer. Finally I added the radiators upper and lower attachment plates to the fuselage, Mike
  7. Hi all, Some progress on the Albatros D.I. The smoothed and grey primed surfaces were clear gloss coated with 'Alclad' Aqua Gloss 600. The undersides of the wings and tail unit had the ‘Aviattic’ German blue linen (ATT32077) white backed decal applied. The upper surfaces of the wings and tail unit had the ‘Aviattic’ clear Linen Weave effect (ATT32236) decal applied. All surfaces were then airbrushed with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer. The 'Roden' kit supplied decals were as expected very thin and fragile and were easily broken when applied. Also this particular aircraft had marking not available as decals. Therefore I inkjet printed all of the decals required onto white decal paper then sealed them with two coats of acrylic sealer. I decided to try out the 'Quinta Studios’ 3D printed Albatros D.I set (QD32076). The model raised details were already sanded away before painting. Due to the time it took for the set to arrive in the UK from Russia (via Poland), I had already closed up the fuselage. Therefore I only used the Part 1 sheet which had the external details. These were brush painted to match the surrounding colours on the model parts. I did not used the two strips on the upper surface of the lower wing roots as they were way too thick. Instead I used strips of painted photo-etch. All surfaces were then airbrushed again with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer. Weathering was applied using the 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt fine clay wash. All surfaces were then finally airbrushed with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer to seal it all. Mike
  8. Hi all, Upper surfaces camo painted. Mixed ‘Tamiya’ J.A. Green (XF13) with White (X2) and Flat Brown (XF10) with White (X2) to an approximate ratio of 80/20. Mike
  9. Hi all, Slower than usual progress on the Albatros D.I (real life got in the way). I've airbrushed the fuselage and upper surface of the elevator with a mix of Tamiya Cockpit Green (XF73) mixed with White (X2). It's the closest I could get to the colour profile by Ronnie Barr. The nose and forward decking panel is Tamiya Medium Sea Grey (XF83). Next up is the two tone brown/green for the upper surface of the wings and tail plane, which will be covered with clear linen effect 'Aviattic decal.. The undersides will be light blue linen effect 'Aviattic decal. It'll all be weathered in due course. Mike
  10. Hi all, I'm a bit slower than normal working this model as I'm working another unrelated model at the same time. In order to sand and fill gaps after fitting the lower wing, some of the surface detail under the lower wing was also removed. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try the 'Quinta Studios' 3D printed detail set for this aircraft. To that end I've sanded off the surface details in preparation. If the 'Quinta' parts don't work out I will revert to the photo-etch detail set I have from 'Part'. In the meantime I've had to fill the pre-moulded recesses in the fuselage sides, above the lower wing roots. These are intended for attaching the flying wires, but are not located correctly. The flying wires for the Albatros D.I were routed through a cover panel on the upper surface of the lower wing root at the fuselage. The wires passed through a recess below and into the fuselage attachment points. Mike
  11. Hi all, I need to replace the two machine guns. This aircraft was armed with the earlier LMG 08, not the later 08/15 I used. Mike
  12. Hi all, The fuselage is now closed up with joints filled and sanded. I've replaced the kit supplied machine guns with equivalent weapons from 'GasPatch'. The guns and fuselage detail needed modification to fit the guns correctly. Mike
  13. Hi all, I'm getting close to the fuselage being closed up. As is usual, most of this won't be seen, but hey-ho. I just have to add the flight control lines, engine controls, wiring at the starter magneto and switch and the gun trigger cables. Mike
  14. Hi all, The engine is completed. It's the basic kit engine with just a few enhancements, as most will be hidden by the the fuselage. I've added: Ignition lead support tubes (1.0 diameter brass tube). Ignition leads at the spark plugs and magnetos (0.3 mm diameter lead wire). Coolant expansion tank and pipe (modified WNW engine cylinder and 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube and flexible black tube). Coolant supply pipe from water pump to cylinder integral gallery. Carburettor control rods (blackened 0.4 mm Brass tube). Air vale at rear of camshaft housing. Fuel feed pipes to base of the carburettor. Spare WNW data plate decals. Mike
  15. Hi all, This particular Albatros D.I was a pre-production version and had differences to the production aircraft. An Anemometer was fitted to the forward, starboard interplane strut and the expansion tank for the engine cooling system was located at the front of the forward engine cylinder. The propeller fitted was an ‘Axial’, rather than the more often fitted ‘Reschke’ type. The production aircraft had a larger, triangular shaped expansion tank located along and above the engine and slightly to the left side (as supplied in the kit). However, this particular aircraft was a pre-production build and had a conical coolant expansion tank located at the front of the forward engine cylinder. This was one of possibly only two or three pre-production aircraft with this type of expansion tank. On production aircraft, with the over engine expansion tanks, it can be seen that a pipe was connected to the top of the expansion tank and up over the leading edge of the upper wing. My assumption is that this pipe was intended to release to atmosphere, any excess build up of pressure within the cooling system. The following photograph is of this particular aircraft after it was recovered from the crash site of the then pilot, Prince Karl. The photograph shows two pipes routed rearwards over the engine, from the coolant expansion tank. The Albatros D.I did not have a flush mounted radiator fitted into the upper wing, but had instead 'Windhoff' radiators located on the fuselage sides. My assumption is that the upper pipe was attached to the upper wing and vented to atmosphere any over pressurization in the cooling system. The lower pipe was possibly routed down inside the fuselage a cockpit coolant temperature gauge. Mike
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