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  1. Evening All, I regret to have to tell all that I am not going to be able to finish this build tonight. I found after the last post that I have had to make a new front elevator which slowed things a bit, but in addition I have not had either the time of the mojo to get on and finish this one. So I will continue the build and complete it hopefully next month and will continue posting in the In Progress section of this site. I have enjoyed participating with this GB and thanks to all who dropped by. I hope to have more success in finishing in the prototypes GB when that runs next year. P
  2. A little filing of soldered joints is fairly normal in my experience. What matters is what they look like when cleaned up and are they secure - if yes to both then success! P
  3. Pierre is such a wonderful pilot - he hides so much! P
  4. Evening All, Thanks Cliff and Steve for the comments - they are much appreciated. I have been incredibly slow with this build recently as I have been distracted by other things in life, including having a bathroom revamped. That has sapped a lot of time and energy but is at last nearing completion. In addition some of the model has proved more tricky than anticipated so a combination of tiredness and awkwardness has hindered constuction. It also means that I have not been visiting this site as often as I should to comment on other builds - I apologise for that and will try to drop in more frequently in future. I used black cotton thread which I waxed from a candle to stop the thread from absorbing moisture and slackening later. The thread was wound around the small "wheels" on the drive shafts between the wings and the drive shaft at the rear of the engine. I secured the ends with superglue. The right side was just a little slack when fitted but that was corrected easily when I inserted the chain guides: Apologies for the second photo but I could not quite get the image in focus. My model differs here form the Science Museum model because the latter does not have the chain guides: why this is so I am not sure because all of the contemporary photographs of the aircraft clearly show them to be present. In addition the Wright Flyers (upon which the Short design was based), also had these guides. A mystery indeed. The front elevator was constructed by putting in the numerous struts: The control rod and supports under the elevator was made from strip and rod: This was attached to the underside of the elevator and the struts and mechanism painted: Further progress is likely to be hampered because I have to visit a family member next week - more time lost! However further updates will follow when I have made more progress. Thanks for looking. P
  5. Looking forward to this Steve - another of your classic conversions starting from scrap plastic... er a vacuform. P
  6. Only just found these - mini-masterpieces especially as they are so well rigged. I take my hat off to anyone who can rig in the braille scale. P
  7. Evening All, Thanks dni42 and OM for dropping by and leaving those kind comments - they are much appreciated. dni42: the wing construction method is simple and effective (like all of my techniques - I do not do "sophisticated" or hard). I have found that I can make wings up to 8 inches span without serious droop problems - longer than that I laminate plastic and sacrifice scale thickness for greater strength. Well the best laid plans of mice and men..... Sometimes life offers distractions which we do not want or would prefer to come in an orderly, rather than disorderly manner, but then we rarely have a choice in such matters. Consequently I have either been unable to do very much or simply not had the energy until recently, and then I hit one or two tricky problems which have caused further delay. But to the model... The first thing to do was to attach the top wing. Given that I do not have proper drawings for this one I used the wonderful model in the Science Museum and contemporary photographs to guesstimate the gap between the wings: it worked out at close to 6 feet (1.9m). I cut 2 pairs of struts and cemented these to the underside of the top wing, one bay inwards from the wing tip. I used Revell Contacta for this. When the cement was partially set I inverted the wing and dropped the lower ends of the struts into the holes in the lower wing into which I had placed drops of cement. I rapidly assembled a jig to hold everything steady until all of the cement had set: Note how my modelling tray is being used for the purpose for which it was designed, and the range of expensive and sophisticated tools on display! With the 4 struts in place I could insert two pairs of struts on either side to help stabilize and strengthen the wing structure: The inner pairs of struts have been left off to allow me access to the centre section where the engine and seat will be inserted at the appropriate times. Now I could add the radiator to the centre section: this extended the full space between the wings on the Short No 2 biplane. This was followed by the engine and flywheel (at the rear), and a return water pipe from the bottom of the radiator to the engine. I made the pipe from 20 thou rod: To stabilize and strengthen the structure I added the fin between the rear of the booms: With the struts, radiator and fin in place the model is robust and can be easily handled, turned or rested on the skids or top wing as necessary. The drive shafts for the propellors were mounted between the rear struts of wing bay 2. I made these using 30 thou rod for the drive shafts, 25 thou rod for the supports and the wheels were cut and shaped from pieces of 40 x 125 thou strip: It was at this point that I went on a fool's errand. I thought that the plastic structure might not be strong enough to hold the large propellors, so I tried to make up a structure using brass rod. Having cut the rod I found that everything was so small I would have had a major problem keeping it all aligned and inserting the tip of the soldering iron between all of the stabilizing pins. I gave up in exasperation, only to discover that, when I had assembled the plastic structure and allowed it to set it was more robust than I had originally thought. The drive shafts have been duly inserted between the wings: I will put in the (motorcycle?) drive chains next - these will be made from waxed black cotton thread. The waxing stops the thread absorbing moisture and slackening over time, but more of that next time. Thanks for looking. P
  8. I think that I might be able to submit a WW1 scratch build of a prototype - there are plenty to choose from. Count me in. P
  9. Evening All, This is taking longer than I had anticipated, in part because I do not like painting. (There is no decorating on this model so I am relieved of trying to find suitable transfers or having to print my own). However I have at last painted the flying surfaces a mix of Revell white with a small dash of beige (314) to take the brightness out of the white. The wooden skids are Revell SM 382 enamel. I also painted the fuel and oil tanks in Humbrol copper and the radiator block matt black: Prior to painting I epoxied the booms to both wings. These are florist's wire and were held in place by my usual sophisticated and expensive jigs while the epoxy set: With the skids and wings painted I could cement the former to the lower wing and add the cross strut at the front of the skids: Now I could start on the "cockpit" and add extra details to the engine. Because I have excellent photos of the model in the Science Museum in London, I have been able to make reasonable representations of the seat and Vivani engine: I am now pondering the next stage(s) in the build sequence, because the engine, seat, radiator, oil and fuel tanks will all be a bit fragile and in the case of the oil and fuel tanks, potentially difficult to mount. I may have to use some modellers licence with those parts just to be able to put them in their correct positions and keep them there. I also wish to avoid knocking things off at a later stage of assembly and rigging, so I am working through different possibilities. Hopefully I will be able to post results before too long. Thanks for looking. P
  10. Apologies for the failed link: I have amended it and it now works. P
  11. Evening All This refers to the Short No 2 biplane that I am currently scratch building. The pictures are well worth a look, even if you are only interested in a scale model. @Arpie on Airfix Tribute Forum has posted some super photographs of the scale model of this machine which is in the Science museum: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixt ... 55960.html If you are interested they really are the bees knees - so much detail, much of which I was guessing about but now are clear. I am not sure that my model will be anywhere near as good, but I will try. They show the aircraft as it was for the initial flights with the Vivani engine. P
  12. Evening All, Thanks Cliff and Toryu for the comments - much appreciated. @Arpie on Airfix Tribute Forum has posted soe super photographs of the scale model of this machine which is in the Science museum: https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/scratch-builds-f79/ If you are interested they really are the bees knees - so much detail, much of which I was guessing about but now are clear. I am not sure that my model will be anywhere near as good, but I will try. They show the aircraft as it was for the initial flights with the Vivani engine. P
  13. Very well done - the wood and fabric effects are first class. Having scratch built an H-B CC flying boat I know how tricky the star strut arrangement can be to get right - you have got it just right. P
  14. Another superb model to add to your collection Dave. This was a real gem when I built it shortly after its release and it looks as though not much has changed in the meantime. That is a real gem too. P
  15. Only just seen this. For a first attempt at rigging you have done extremely well, despite the fat fingers. A very colourful scheme too - a first class model in production here. P
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