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  1. Right oh then Ian, an Otto Doppeldekker next followed by the Fee! You will probably remember that I scratch built a Doppeldekker a few years ago - the build log is at https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=6328.0 P
  2. Dennis, You are quite correct to quote Lewis re- the FE 2B, (his book is extremely interesting and I recommend it to others very highly). The FE 2b still has a lingering reputation in some quarters as being a death trap which is simply unwarranted by the historical record. When it came into service in the summer of 1916 it was more than a match for the Fokker and Pfalz monoplanes which it encountered, as it was heavily armed and slightly faster. It was also more manoeverable than the monoplanes and could absorb much more punishment. It was at least as important as the DH 2 in ending the period of the "Fokker Scourge" in 1916 and helped the RFC gain air superiority for the battle of the Somme. It was not really until the Albatros scouts appeared in late 1916 that the Fee met its match, but then defensive tactics were adopted which made them harder to shoot down. Skilled pilots of the calibre of von Richtofen could them down but usually when they were isolated, not in a group. (von Richtofen was no fool: he did not usually attack the enemy unless he thought that the odds were in his favour). However due to the lack of suitable faster tractor fighters in the early months of 1917, the RFC continued to fly FE 2b's long after they had really become obsolete as front line day fighters/observation aircraft on the Western Front, and then losses began to mount alarmingly. Sadly it was this later period that critics focus on and remember and it was this partial view which distorted the truth for quite a long period of time. The DataFile no 147 quotes the first hand experiences of crews: in one of the examples quoted the crew states how their aircraft was badly damaged yet the pilot was still able to get back to the landing ground. Other examples show that their machines were both liked and valued by their crews, at least until the spring of 1917.
  3. Rob: Here is an image of the pipe that I use: I place a sheet of A4 plastic into this tube (it could be another size) and press it against the sides of the tube with a long piece of 1/2 inch (1 cm) dowel. I have to press the plastic a little because it does resist conforming completely to the curvature of the tube. The curvature does not have to be complete - a small amount of mis-fitting does not matter. The plastic sheet looks like this when it has been extracted: You can see that I have marked out a top wing for an Otto Doppeldekker on this sheet. I am indebted to Stevehed for this idea. P
  4. Andy, My text was not clear: I immerse a sheet of 30 thou card into boiling water to bend it. I can the cut lengths of plastic to make the wings - this gives the slight curvature of the chord of the wing. Hope that makes sense. P
  5. Evening All, I seem to have lost my mojo of late - if anyone finds it can you please pm me and I will send you my address so that you can send it back. Winter is never a good time for me and I seem to be suffering a bit from seasonal lack of energy. I have ideas for several possible projects but frankly I cannot get the motivation to start one. Instead I am going to try to pick up on a long term project which I have been tinkering with for too long - not quite a shelf queen but a stop-start affair which I have decided to bring to a conclusion sooner rather than later. Unfortunately I have temporarily mislaid some of the photos of the stages which I have already completed, so I am having to trawl through my photographic library to find them. (I had no idea about how many photos until I started to look for photos relevant to this project. Normally I create albums straight away but for some reason I failed to do so for this model). Updates will be a little sporadic as I a. find the photos of the stages completed thus far, and b. hopefully continue with the model until it is finished. Many modellers have an FE2b in their collection - WingnutWings have produced two variants in 1/32 scale and Aeroclub produced a 1/48 scale kit many years ago. There is a vacuform kit, (rare I believe), in God's Own Scale, but I chose to convert an old Veeday BE2c and some parts from the Airfix DH 4 into an early FE 2b. If I had waited for a couple of years I could have used the Airfix BE 2c as the basis for the conversion. (The FE 2b and BE 2c had common wing components which meant that I only had to make the centre section of the wings for the FE 2b: alternatively wing parts from two kits could have been used). This was made shortly after I had returned to modelling after a 30+ year break about 7 years ago. The result of my efforts look like this: This will be the subject of this scratch build: The FE 2d differed from the 2b by having a Rolls Royce Eagle engine in place of the Beardmore, a different radiator, modified nacelle, four bladed propellor and in the case of the subject I have chosen the Trafford Jones undercarriage (as shown on the cover above). I have made the wings and flying surfaces, (and found the photos), in the usual way: 30 thou plastic card which had been immersed in boiling water in a 4 inch diameter pipe was the basis for the wings. These were cut to plan shape and the ribs added by cementing Evergreen 10 x 20 thou strip. This was lightly sanded to smooth the edges. The tail surfaces were also cut form flat 30 thou card. I have also made the nacelle parts using the push mould technique. I had hoped that I might be able to use an FE 2b nacele and modify it but that was not practical so I made a new set of moulds. This image shows how I had started to cut out the observer's cockpit: More updates will follow in due course. Thanks for looking. P
  6. Late as usual - my excuse is that I was away over the Christmas new year period and have not had much time or energy since. Wonderful and informative build thread and even more wonderful result. 18 months well spent IMHO. P
  7. Great work so far. Floatplanes are not the easiset of build but personally I find them very satisfying. I too will be looking out to see this one finished. P
  8. That looks another cracker Steve. I am not sure that I quite agree with Adrian but I am sure that you can complete the rigging when you fell a little more settled and less rushed to meet a deadline. P
  9. I have to agree with Adrian - a top notch build. Never mind about the propellor - in my experience very few people will notice the wood grain. Excellent pictures in the gallery too. P
  10. Glad to see that you managed to get the struts on in the end. BTW I mentioned adding the outer struts: if you look carefully at the photos you will see that I always add pairs of struts to avoid the wing sag problem that you encountered. Never mind you have got there - brilliant! And has been commented the weight will not have helped either. Now you have got this far you can be thinking of a scratch build 1/32 pusher..... P
  11. What a shame you did not quite finish Dennis. This was one of the lead builds in this GB in my opinion - an excellent example of scratch building. I am looking forward to seeing this completed and in the RFI section as I am sure that the numbers and base can be relatively easily finished. P
  12. Sorry to be late again Adrian but I have only just returned from a holiday break. Excellent new fuselage - that is a very large moulding and yours has come out extremely well. I know who to ask if I need one that size in future....! I too will be following your WIP thread as there is so much to be learned from this conversion. P
  13. Thanks gentlemen for the very kind remarks. I am going to be offline for a couple of weeks so will catch up on the last completions when I get back online hopefully early in the new year. Seasons greetings to one and all. P
  14. This type was completely new to me so I have been very interested to follow this build. A very impressive model indeed - and I too really like the sea surface. P
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