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  1. Hi all, I've applied the decals to the model. The base colour, despite most profiles showing it a light blue, was more probably the standard light grey. This was 'Tamiya' Medium Sea Grey 2 (XF83) lightly airbrushed over a Dark Sea Grey (XF54) base coat. The kit supplied lozenge decals were replaced with ‘Aviattic’ linen effect Lozenge (ATT32113). All other surfaces were covered with ‘Aviattic’ linen weave effect (ATT32236) apart from the wing floats. The instrument panel was scratched using plastic card, decal from 'Airscale’ Generic WW1 instruments (AS32 WW1) and bezels from ‘Airs
  2. Hi all, Here's the engine and the oil tank with scratch made oil pump and HT ignition unit. The engine push rods were replaced with 0.6 mm diameter Brass tube and 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube. Ignition leads were twisted 0.125 mm diameter copper wire. The engine propeller shaft and rear mounting lug were removed to modify the engine with a shaft and different propeller. There's still various pipework to be fitted, which has to wait until further in the build, Mike
  3. 'Connec+o' joiners are used to form frame shapes but the joints still need to be soft soldered (or CA adhesive). However, they do make most framework easier to assemble and solder. I use solder paste rather than the traditional 'wire' solder. The paste is flux paste mixed with tiny balls of solder. which when heated flows great without and over-soldering the joint, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYTBReJPK-Q Mike
  4. Hi all, Here's some shots of the basic engine installation. There's still the engine to finish and pipework and rigging to be added later in the build. The engine oil pump and HT ignition unit were scratched as was the representation of the carburetor on the air intake. Inlet holes were drilled around the air intake, Mike
  5. Hi all, The top struts of the engine support frame have been added. I'm now working on the 'basic' engine installation. The kit supplied resin engine was a bit rough so is being replaced by a 'Wingnut Wings' 7 cylinder Oberursel U.0 (80 HP), kindly donated for this build by both Mark Elliot and Przemyslaw Litewka. The engine backing disc was made from 0.2 mm thick plastic card with a 0.5 mm diameter styrene rim ('Plastruct'). The engine shaft is 2.0 mm diameter tube (Albion Alloy's) stepped down to a 1.0 mm internal bore and 1.0 mm rod soft soldered in each end. The resin breather
  6. Hi all, I've been working on creating the engine support frame, which was located between the centre sections of the upper and lower wings. Nothing is supplied in the kit for this frame, apart from two bits of wire and a rather rough side drawing of the side of the aircraft. Quite how 'Omega Models' expect any modeler to fabricate this frame from the kit is a bit of a joke. Anyway I've made the bottom half of the frame soft soldered from 0.8 mm diameter brass tube using heavily modified 'Connec+o' joiners from 'Albion Alloy's'. The front under plate at the top of the frame is made fr
  7. Hi all, The last of the strut work is done. These are the support struts for the two wing floats. There will also be bracing wires fitted, but later in the build. These were created 0.8 mm diameter brass rod and 1.6.0 mm diameter brass tube. These were formed using my 'Albion Alloy's 'Strutter' tool, Mike
  8. Hi all, The tailplane support struts are done. These were created 0.8 mm diameter brass rod and 1.6.0 mm diameter brass tube. These were formed using my 'Albion Alloy's 'Strutter' tool and then soft soldered. Below are the tailplane struts temporarily fitted. Now to do the last sets of struts for the wing floats, Mike
  9. Hi Lox, As you can probably tell, there's very little actually supplied in the kit that of much use. The major components are OK but struts and smaller parts are not so good. I'm replacing the engine with either a 'Wingnut Wings' version (kindly donated by other modelers) or the 'Taurus' resin engine. There's no photo-etch supplied with the kit so I use what spare I have from other kits I've built. The control horns and other brackets are from the ‘Jadar’ WW1 1:48th scale control horns (S48087) set. The various struts I'm making from various brass tube and rod fro
  10. Hi all, I've now created the inner interplane struts. The rear struts are fitted to the fuselage through the cut-outs in the rear of the lower wing centre section. Now onto the tailplane and wing floats support struts, Mike
  11. Hi all, The inner and outer interplane struts supplied in the kit are resin and without any internal metal reinforcing rods. This makes the brittle resin of the struts weak and liable to breaking during handling when assembling the model. Therefore I decided to recreate these struts using 1.0 mm diameter brass rod and 2.0 mm diameter brass tube. These were formed using my 'Albion Alloy's 'Strutter' tool and then soft soldered. Below are the outer interplane struts temporarily fitted so I can accurately measure and make the inner interplane struts. Mike
  12. Hi all, The lower wing was not fitted directly to the top of the fuselage but was located on four mountings and just clear of the fuselage. The front a rear wing spars of the lower wing passed across the fuselage through these mountings. The kit instructions show the mountings, but they are not supplied in the kit. Therefore representations of the mountings need to be created. The mountings were made from brackets in the ‘Jadar’ WW1 1:48th scale control horns (S48087) photo-etch set and 0.5 mm diameter Brass rod. I also used 0.5 mm rod to make the grab handles for the rear of the
  13. Hi all, The kit supplied lower wing needed some major changes. I used the few photographs available for this aircraft and the drawings in the ‘Windsock’ World War Centenary (Spring 2015, Vol.31, No.1). Basically the kit wing needed to be modified for the following reasons: The wing leading edge had more of a swept angle than that moulded on the kit wing. The centre section of the leading edge had a recess, to allow the forward wing struts and engine support frame to be fitted to the fuselage. The lower wing and the upper wing had 'stacking' pads fitted into the wing leadi
  14. Hi all, The rudder, elevators and tail plane were linen covered structures with rib tapes covering the linen joins. It is unclear if the fin was covered with wood paneling or linen. The photographs available suggest that it was linen, as the fin structure can be see under the covering. So I've gone for a linen covered fin. Although rib tapes are represented on the wings and ailerons of the kit, they are not represented elsewhere. Created using 0.2 mm thick plastic card which was then sanded , Mike
  15. Hi all, I've added control horns and control cable ports for the ailerons and rudder. Next up is to represent the aileron control inspection panels, fuselage rear grab handles, wing stacking pads and rib tapes for the tail plane, elevators and ailerons. None of the above are represented or supplied in the kit. Mike
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