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  1. Hi all, Another fix required. The rigging diagrams in the kit instructions fail to show a single bracing wire fitted outboard from the bottom of the inboard front interplane struts. This wire was routed diagonally up to the underside of the front spar of the upper wing, midway between the inboard and outboard interplane struts. Mike
  2. Hi all, A few more areas of the model that anyone building it might want to be aware off. 1. The instructions have no call out for the parts, apart from the supplied photo-etch parts. This could cause some confusion with the cockpit, as parts are supplied to make a trainer version. 2. The instruction give the impression that the lower wings butt up to the sides of the fuselage. In face there should be a gap between the wings and fuselage, exposing the front and rear spars and attachments. This is important as if the lower wings are not positioned correctly, the interplane struts to the upper wing will tilt inwards at the bottom, when they should be vertical. I've added a brass rod through the fuselage for extra support and added tube spacers for the necessary gap between wings and fuselage. 3. The rigging diagram in the instructions fails to show the interconnecting aileron control wires between the upper and lower ailerons. Also only one drag wire is shown from the engine bearers to the upper wing, whereas there were two, one to the top of the forward cabane struts and a second to the top of the forward, inboard interplane struts. 4. The rigging diagram in the instructions shows only two bracing wires for the fuselage cabane struts, whereas there were actually four. A wire was attached to the tops of the two rear cabane struts and also the forward cabane struts. These wires were routed through openings at each side of the pilots decking panel and into the cockpit, where there were attached to the cockpit side frames. 5. The gravity fuel tank (behind the engine) and the main fuel tank (under the observers seat) were interconnected with a fuel transfer pipe. A fuel supply pipe was also connected between the gravity tank and the engine. That pipe won't be seen on the model, but the gravity to main tank pipe can be seen from the observers cockpit. I added this pipe using flexible black tube. 6. The 3D printed tail skid is intended to be butt glued to the rear, underside of the fuselage. I felt, given the size and weight of the final model by prove to be too weak. Therefore I reinforcred the centre strut of the tail skid using 0.5 mm diameter rod. Apart from that, it's all going quite well Mike
  3. Hi all, Here's the re-profiled fuselage rear decking panel. This was done by sanding away the decking panel, the cutting a new panel shape from 0.2 mm thick plastic card. That was glued in position then sanded with the flats of the fuselage stringers re-instated by scrapping. Mike
  4. Hi all, Back online and with the same URL links, Mike
  5. Hi Pyradus, I have them made by a UK online retailer. Paul Moss https://inperspextive.com/product-category/display-case/ Mike
  6. Hi all, I'm moving my hosting server for the forum build logs photographs to another server. In the meantime, all of the build log photographs in the forum will not show. I'll post once I get them back online with the new server. My web site (link in signature) is OK, Mike
  7. Hi all, Tailplane's: I cut the inboard ends of both tailplane's to match the fuselage sides. This only needed a small amount of trimming so doesn't alter the span of the tailplane's much. The fuselage was drilled through with 0.8 mm diameter holes at the tailplane location points. Two lengths of 0.8 mm diameter Brass rod were secured through the fuselage using thin CA adhesive. Both tailplanes were drilled with 0.8 mm diameter holes to match the added rods. The tailplane's were test fitted to ensure they were horizontal to the fuselage and at 90 degrees to the fuselage centre line. Now the fuselage (possibly), Mike
  8. Hi all, More corrections required. The kit instructions indicate that the left and right tailplane's should be attached to the rear sides of the fuselage, using two rods. The illustration shows the inboard ends of the tailplane's being 90 degrees to their leading edges and noticeably clear of the fuselage sides along their entire length. However, it seems that in reality, the inboard ends of the tailplane's were angled to follow the sides of the fuselage and the only noticeable gap was at the rear, where the fuselage tapered to its end. Also, the plywood rear decking is tapered to align with the linen covering over the fuselage stringers. I think 'Lukgraph' assumed that as wood, it wasn't profiled, but fitted horizontal. Unfortunately it can't, like the nose profile, be sanded, as the fuselage skin is too thin and would be open up. A more obvious, but not as easily rectified, error on the kit. Mike
  9. Hi John, You make a valid point. This is the only model in this scale and it's a resin model. I suspect the uptake of the kit by modelers would not be as high as say a 'Wingnut Wings' would have been, as its resin and fewer would take on a resin kit. Also the cost of the kit could prove prohibitive for some. Based on that I don't think after markets will jump on correcting this one area of the model. Besides, if you're careful in sanding the nose, it's a relatively easy fix, Mike
  10. Hi all, With careful sanding (to avoid breaking through the corners) the kit nose can be re-profiled, Mike
  11. Some photographs of original aircraft. The model will be a No.13 Squadron BE2c. This is the No.13 Squadron line-up prior to flying to France, 12th of October 1915.
  12. Hi John, This aircraft model in this scale has not been produced before. As such there is no aftermarket available for it, Mike
  13. Hi all, One area of the fuselage may need to be addressed. The underside of the nose is too square in shape and should be more rounded. This can be seen on the following photographs, the last of which is the reproduction BE2c at the 'Vintage Aviator Ltd'. The kit nose looks more like that of the R.E.8. Whether this can be rectified remains to be seen, Mike
  14. Hi all, The fuselage is now closed up. The join between the two halves (CA adhesive) needed some filling and sanding. I airbrushed grey primer over the fuselage which shows up any joint or seam gaps etc. Then re-filled and re-primed and sanded until a smooth joint was achieved. After test fitting, I'll be leaving the engine out until towards the end of the build as it makes it easier for painting and applying decals etc. Mike
  15. Hi all, Change of plan. I've decided to model a different BE2c squadron aircraft. No.13 Squadron: No.13 Squadron RFC was formed on the 10th of January 1915, equipped with twelve newly built RAF BE2c aircraft and was dispatched as a Corps reconnaissance unit to France in October 1915. The squadron served at Savy in France during 1916. Later the Squadron was also equipped with RAF BE2d and BE2e versions. The role of reconnaissance was maintained until the armistice. In April 1917 the squadron was re-equipped with the R.E.8. BE2c Serial No.2635 RAF BE2c, Serial No:2635 was built by Ruston-Proctor and was delivered to the newly formed squadron as factory fresh. The aircraft were finished overall in Clear Doped Linen (CDL) with white wheel covers and battle ship grey painted nose panels and cowls. The wheel covers were painted as roundels, which was at the pilots preference. On the 23rd of April 1916, a squadron making was allocated , which consisted of a narrow black horizontal stripe, which was applied to the sides of the fuselage and spanned between the front of the pilots cockpit and the leading edge of the tail plane. This marking was retained when the aircraft were replaced with the R.E.8. This particular aircraft has a Type C camera mounting rack on the fuselage starboard side. The aircraft was also fitted with racks for carrying 112lb ‘Cooper’ bombs. A Lewis machine gun was fitted for the observers and a second for the pilot. Ammunition drums were carried in racks mounted on the sides of the fuselage. It’s unclear whether BE2c Serial No.2635 was lost in action or retired and struck off charge. Mike
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