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  1. A reminder of the important work done by floatplanes, in this case the subject of two builds in this group (at time of writing): the Vought Kingfisher. From US Coastguard Facebook posting today: ”17 September, 1944. 58 hours earlier, cutters Jackson and Bedloe went down in a hurricane/massive storm with 47 souls after safely escorting a torpedoed Liberty ship to Norfolk, VA. Pictured here are some of the 20 survivors of the cutter Jackson awaiting the arrival of a Coast Guard rescue ship aboard one of the USCG Kingfisher scout planes that found them. Seventeen men were lost to the elements in the hours after the sinking. https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2018/06/the-long-blue-line-jacksons-battle-with-the-rogue-waves-of-44/“
  2. Hello BMers, an update: cowl attached! (spinner just taped in place for alignment) Spent quite sometime fettling and test fitting, over-calculating how best to address issues arising ... then decided I just wanted to stick the thing on, so here goes! With this big picture perspective in mind I prioritised overall alignment of sub-assemblies, overlooking issues at the join (more on these below). Hence I temporarily taped on the spinner - thinking it most important that the front pointy bit is true on axis with that back pointy bit! .. & as it needs be in plan, so it must be in elevation too (you’ll have to take my word for it - difficult to photograph). Celebrating that for a moment ... Now, the gritty detail. First, this is not a join which just gets puttied-up & ‘disappeared’. The part join mimicked the equivalent engine-to-fuselage junction of the real thing .. visible here just in front of the air intake: But the hope was that this should be a tidy join ... Well, rotating around the clock-face of the join reveals continually variable alignment of the fuselage & cowl skins ... one or other more or less proud or recessed from it’s neighbour. 12 to 3 o’clock.. .. 3 to 6 .. .. 6 to 9 .. & 9 to 12. So this will need some concentrated attention.. Still, I’m mighty glad I just got on with it & stuck it on!
  3. Good progress. I did a little laminating for my Crusader wings, with variable results. I think my error was supposing I needed the thinnest possible cement, which I now suspect did not sufficiently ‘weld’ the layers into one. I haven’t had a need to repeat yet, but I did think I might use a more ‘corrosive’ cement, or maybe pre-sand the faces to key better .. or?? Do you do any particular prep? & which glue do you use?
  4. Fuselage looks quite reasonable, those wonky wings on the other hand..! Resin plugs at the wingtips is just cruel!
  5. Looking forward to your photos. An interesting machine... the A-10 Thunderbolt’s babushka!!
  6. Ha! Yes please, I’ll bring a picnic lunch .. Hats off to you for stepping into that realm! Will follow closely, for the duration..
  7. Tough choice! Either way a civil machine? Both very worthy, with a slight edge to the Norseman for my mind - a very dignified bush plane workhorse.
  8. Oh, sorry to have contributed to that insomnia! Very rapid recovery, soon back on track. The sanded & primed wing shows a nice subtle end result ..
  9. Thanks again for the company gents, Tonight quietly spent finishing the joints, filled yesterday with a little white putty & liquid surfacer. Calling that task done up here .. & over here too .. .. & down here too: The wing / fuselage join was set along a pronounced lapped panel line, so the intent here was not to blend in, more clean up. I intend one final light coat of white to further integrate the two. Now Bert (aka Dan) can start preliminary, unpowered test glide flights, over the dark stormy sea that is the kitchen floor ... I really should soon paint those wing oil coolers ... but I’m procrastinating re colour choice. Instead I think I’ll next investigate mounting the cowl (minus individual cylinder helmets) to the front there ... g’night / g’morning all, as the case may be ...
  10. Well, there you go! I really just made a tenuous connection in my muddled memory bank .. good on you for actually following it up! I’ve now gone back to check my principal reference for all matters Macchi: ... and it confirms your report. Total wingspan is dimensioned 9.74m, comprising: a 2m centre section; 3.805m starboard wing; 3.935m port wing. That’s about 3.5% larger. ... & on this, the drawing supports your assertion: 21 tapes on both. Well I would wholeheartedly recommend the above book. M33 drawings include: 1:32 longitudinal section down length of fuselage; 1:72 set of front, rear & both side elevations and top & bottom plans; & a fine full page coloured profile. None of the above meant as a comment on quality of your build, merely offered in sharing an ongoing fascination at these machines ... (actually, now I look again at your plans above, these plans are the same, but arranged differently on the page, scaled & clearly printed)
  11. Wow, this is no shop-front mannequin, the detail is more anatomical dissection model!
  12. Well let’s favourably speculate that, in fact, you may well have got this detail just right. Keep in mind that Mr.Macchi (Castoldi actually?) later made one wing slightly longer than the other on the 202 (or was it 205?) fighter, such that the asymmetrical lift so generated would offset the torque effect from the propeller. An idea which may well have been experimented with on this machine ...?
  13. More of consequence to report tonight: I have - finally - joined wings to fuselage! Sometime ago (2yrs?!!) I layered up some sheet on a stone slab as a jig to achieve dihedral when bringing together my mended wings & wingroot / centre section as cut from the kit fuselage halves ... ... well it turns out I must have left it intact for a reason ... This jig assisted again by holding the wings steady for glue application, and also insured against me splaying the wings out of dihedral though over-enthusiastic pressure when gluing. Or such was my concern ... In any case - glazing was fixed in, then the subassemblies at last permanently brought together! Now sitting, waiting overnight for the slow-burn CA glue to cure before I handle again. There are varying gaps along the upper join, but nothing beyond that which should be filled with carefully applied white liquid putty. It remains to be seen if it is equally benign below ... Feels like quite a milestone.
  14. ... I’ve not tackled this issue before - do you then sand down (or..?) to ‘blend’ them in?
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