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pheonix last won the day on December 28 2017

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  1. Excellent scratch build and an informative log. I have double double vision when I look at this - would also make an interesting subject to scratch in the true scale. P
  2. I have got to make a batch of pulleys for my DH 1A although they will be bigger than yours (1/32 scale). Pushers do like to present the modeller with some different features! P
  3. The last stages of filling and sanding are always the most frustrating when the end is in sight - well just! The model is looking very good though and will really be transformed when you spray it with silver finish. P
  4. I agree with Rob - a real journey into the mysterious and obscure but an excellent result. Does this mean that I will not have to worry about double vision in future? P
  5. laying a second transfer over the first is going to test your patience Ian - rather you than me, but form past performance I suspect that will will succeed. If you have to put one on the top wing why not underpaint the area with white first and clean up with a fine brush if necessary afterwards? P
  6. Good to see another real aeroplane in the True Scale Dave, even more so as yours is brush painted to a very high standard. The streaking is very impressive and the pilot figure sets the model off well. It is certainly a small model but it looks very much bigger in the photos. P
  7. A super example of first class scratch building. Excellent build log and an interesting history. P
  8. The wing paint overlap looks good Ian as do the wheels. This will be an excellent model when finished. P
  9. As you know Dave, I am not figure painter either because I too am a WW1 aircraft modeller, but I think the figure is very good - very realistic. Interesting base to set it off. The shield (or what little I can see of it), looks OK to me. P
  10. Very good engine Dennis. The lack of cooling fins will not be very evident behind the cowling. P
  11. Yes Dave. Dennis the Wonderful has just sent me some excellent detaild drawings of the interior details of these machines, plus other three views. Now I know the source of many of the other DataFile drawings too! I have studied the drawings from Wylam carefully and had to make some small changes - there are still one or two areas which are not wholly clear such as the fuel tank and the engine mounts but I think that I can work out what they probably looked like. Thanks for your assistance Dennis! P
  12. Many thanks Dennis and Jon for the kind comments Dennis the information you have supplied is very useful indeed. The side elevation of the nacelle seems to be reasonably accurate when compared with the DataFile drawings, and the general info about the interiors of the cockpits is interesting and better than anything I have been able to find - which is not very much! If you have any other information from that source I would be very grateful to have access to it. The DataFile drawings are good good but limited, probably because reliable information on the type is limited. Once again many thanks. P
  13. Evening All, Thanks Ian and woody for passing by and leaving positive comments. Woody you are most welcome to join the ride - I hope it will not be too much of a roller coaster! I have finally bitten the bullet in that I have soldered the lower wing spars to the nacelle frame. This is one of the most tricky parts of the assembly - if this is not completely accurate then the rest of the model will look distorted and unbalanced. In brief the spars have to be laterally dead centre to the nacelle, the centres of the spars have to be perpendicular to the sides of the nacelle, and the spars have to be at 90 degrees to the fore - aft line. Usually with wings there is a tab or interface between the end of the wing and the side of the nacelle which provide surfaces to join the wings to nacelle/fuselage , but in this case the spars are fixed to four points at the bottom and rear of the nacelle: if any of those are mis-aligned it can have unfortunate, not to write disastrous, consequences. Before I soldered the spars I had to solder a piece of brass rod to the upper nose - this represents the upper part of the frame in front of the observer - a machine gun mount and a folding split windscreen was fixed to this on the real aircraft: With this in place I proceeded to mount the spars. I put a rib on the ends of the spars to ensure that they were the correct distance apart and they could not move together or apart. I had carefully measured and marked the centres of both spars and these were lined fore-aft up as accurately as possible. The spars were placed on the bottom of the 4 vertical frames at the rear of the nacelle and the height of tips of the spars to the top of my desk measured - these had to be equidistant or the spars would not be properly aligned with the nacelle and one wing would be higher at the tip than the other. Minor adjustments were made until this was right. The the set-up was jigged so that the centres of the spars were in the centre of the nacelle frame, and that the spars could not move sideways or fore-aft while I wielded the soldering iron: Having taken several deep breaths I proceed to solder and hoped that nothing moved while I was working. The result: I have now got to write the instructions for the next stages of construction because I need to prime and paint the metalwork of the nacelle but do not want to prime the spars until later. This is that the ribs slide along the spars and strip the primer from the meta but I have to attach a rib flush to each side of the nacelle and these and the nacelle frame have to be painted first, and have holes for double lift wires drilled into them. I also need to consider carefully how and what to assemble inside the nacelle before i work on the wing ribs - which incidentally also have to have bracing wires. I intend to use my previous experience with the Gunbus, but some things are very different on this model and have not been fully worked out yet. However I am hoping that the next post will not be a bit quicker than the current ones. Thanks for looking. P
  14. Looks good Jon. BTW - I do like your jig! p
  15. Completely agree Ian about construction being the fun part. That is why I pushed through to finish the bulk of these fiddly bits. P
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