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  1. pheonix

    Me262 RAE/RAF 1/72

    Great collection of models in "unusual" markings. A point about the 262 and its late entry to the conflict. I do not wish to be pedantic but the hoary old chestnut that Hitler's intervention delayed it's development has only a small grain of truth. The real reason for the delay was the difficulties the engineers had with developing reliable jet engines: these proved to be much more difficult than anyone thought they would be at the time. When the engines were finally brought into service the Germans had many problems with them because the technology and materials were stretching the limits of knowledge and understanding. The 262 could not have entered service earlier whatever Hitler did or said. The same problems were experienced by the British who also had endless difficulties trying to master a raft of new materials technologies and science, hence the delays in getting our early jets into service. P
  2. Another little gem, the more so as it was painted with a hairy stick. I too like your interpretation of the red for the fuselage. Looking at it earlier today I was most impressed by this model and surprised that you only took three weeks to complete it. Your models are all very good - this one is no exception. Congratulations. P
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    Macchi M.5. Fly. 1/48

    That is a first class model in every way. I bet the pilot wished that he had not deided to try to fly that day. P
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    Flying Boats & Float Planes 2 GB

    Evening Pat, Jamie has drawn this to my attention via my post on the dio I made for my build in the last GB. I was worried that the next one was going to be this year - if it was I would have been unlikely to enter as I have only just started a project which given the current rate of progress is going to take a little time..... However I read with relief that it will not be until 2019, so I will try to enter a scratch build in the Sacred Scale: I am thinking of either a Hansa-Brandenburg W13 or W20 - both pushers so totally acceptable, and both on my "to do" list. Please note that with my speed of construction it will only be possible to make one of these. I will keep an eye open for the votes for 2019 GB's and will try to ensure that I get one in. To add to the interest stirred by Jamie here are a couple of better photos of my build plus the base that I constructed for it after the GB was completed. P
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    Contrail Blackburn Botha

    Very well built model from an unpromising beginning. I do like your vacform builds - all of them could easily pass for injection moulded kits. P
  6. Must add to the chorus of approval. What a difference from the original Airfix Wellington which I remember gluing together decades ago! I really hope that this one sells well - it jolly well ought to! P
  7. Evening All, I have been through a complete loss of mojo recently: after completing the Dornier Rs II and base I was looking for a similar challenge and I had tried to continue with a 1/72 scratch build of an FE 2d, (an FE 2 with a Rolls Royce Eagle engine instead of a Beardmore), which I have been working on for about a year, but when I found that I will probably have to make a new nacelle I simply baulked at the idea: no particular reason why, just the thought was enough to put me off. I then floundered around with several different ideas and decided that perhaps a change in scale might offer a new challenge. This would mean that I would be abandoning the Sacred Scale, but I am determined that I will return to it in future as I have many interesting subjects on my “to scratch-build” list that I wish to make. I was looking for a subject to scratch build of course, and rapidly came to the (for me), obvious conclusion that it would have to be a pusher of some kind. I looked up several types but kept finding that I lacked enough information concerning the details of engines or interiors as I was thinking of 1/32 scale where details matter. In 1/72 scale I can make parts from drawings that look right, but in this larger scale I would need accurate 3D drawings and other information, and for many of the types that I considered such information could not be found. I also had the feeling of “done that” for some of the subjects I was researching. I do not usually like to make the same subject twice which may have been why I was put off the FE 2d - it is too much like the F E 2b, which I have already made. Then I happened to find a cut-away drawing of the Vickers FB 5 Gunbus. A couple of years ago it had been suggested to me that I try a cut-away model but to do this in plastic in 1/72 scale would be very difficult and probably leave a weak model. There are several cut-away model kits in PE in 1/72 scale but I do not like PE and I am not a kit builder any more, so that idea was a non-starter. But what about a cut-away in 1/32 scale? Problem: the engine. I can scratch build or convert engines in 1/72 scale and just get away with it, but that would not be possible in this scale, so I looked around to see what engines were available as aftermarket items. I went back to some earlier ideas and thought about either a DH 1A or the FB 5 Gunbus as engine kits are available for both. In the end I decided that I could not find enough information on the interior of the DH 1A so I settled for the Gunbus. I have built a Gunbus in 1/72 scale already - it was a conversion from an Airfix DH 4 but it was one which I started in 1981 and finished 31 years later! I am not planning to take quite so long this time…. This will be a CBSB (Classic British Scratch Build), - a basic, limited run kit with some aftermarket parts. As it will be a partial strip down the parts count will probably be quite high. I frequently leave my models unarmed but on this occasion I decided that I would model an early variant with the Vickers mg so I bought one of these from Gaspatch: it is resin. I also needed an engine - a 100hp Gnome rotary to be precise, and Wingnut Wings make a beautiful aftermarket specimen for an affordable price. ( Another difficult item to model is the wicker seat for the pilot but I found that Baracuda make one of these in resin. These three items are all little gems in their own right. Finally I have bought some PE instrument bezels, (I only have to cut and fit these so I can just about manage), and transfers from Airscale for the instrument faces. The remainder of the kit will be made from the usual plastic sheet, rod, strip, wood, brass bar for the wing spars and rod for the fuselage frame and booms. The fuselage nacelle of the Gunbus was made from steel tube, as were the booms, so I am going to have to learn how to solder brass rod and bar as CA will not be strong enough. My intention is to make a model that looks similar to the drawing I found on the net, with half of it cut-away showing the underlying structure, and the other half covered. I scaled up the plans from the DataFile number 56 and ordered some plastic strip from my LMS so that I could make the wing ribs. That was a mistake: after a month the shop had still not been able to get the strip, so I cancelled the order and got some in three days by post. I will not be using my LMS in future unless they have the items I need In stock, which is annoying because I like to support local traders: unfortunately that one will not be getting much of my custom in future. While waiting I had tried to make wing ribs from bass wood but these were not particularly good - I could not make the triangular hole at the front end and the very narrow slot at the rear, and cutting square holes for the spar to go through also proved to be almost impossible, so I intend to use 180 x 40 thou plastic strip instead. In all I have had a frustrating month ordering parts and supplies but getting almost nowhere in terms of actually making anything, except that I did manage to carve a propellor. This was made from 2 pieces of hardwood, (I know not of what type), which I regularly use for propellors. Gunbus propellors seem to have been coated in a dark varnish and this wood is just the right colour. The kit propellor (grey) is an example from a Wingnut Wings kit which was Kindly lent to me by fellow modeller Epeeman. The first shot simply shows the wood: This shows the wood being carved - the blade on the left has been shaped, the one on the right has not - taken from the side of the propellor. The extra thickness for the boss was unnecessary and was removed: The completed propellor - still to be varnished and a boss added: So after all the frustrations and stop-starts of the past couple of months I have at last begun a project which I hope will bring some results in the not too distant future…… Thanks for looking. P
  8. Thanks everyone for the positive comments. After a most frustrating few weeks it is wonderful to be making something again and to have your support. P
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    Harvey-Kelley's aircraft, August 12, 1914.

    Thanks for that information. All of the sources that I have consulted say that Harvey Kelley was the first to land so 471 would probably have been the first aircraft.
  10. Evening All, I have a small question to ask of those of you who have access to any accurate information on the serial number of the BE 2a flown by Lt. H. Harvey-Kelley of No 2 Squadron on the morning of 12 August 1914. He was with his squadron when it crossed the Channel to France, and was the first to land at Amiens. He was therefore the first British service pilot to land an aircraft outside Britain in wartime. According to T. Funderburk in his The Fighters (1965) the serial number was 347, and I have seen this repeated on many occasions in several places: indeed I have long thought that this was the case. However I acquired a copy of J. M. Bruce's Britain's First Warplanes (1987) and he wrote the following about BE 2a no. 347: "Although in A flight of No 2 Squadron on 31 July [1914], it did not go to France: the next day it was under repair at the R[oyal] A[ircraft] F[actory]. It saw some training service with No 1 Reserve Aeroplane Squadron at Farnborough and by January 1915 was at the C[entral] F[lying] S[chool]." I am certain that the late J. M. Bruce had his facts right because he had access to the records of the RFC, and it is most unlikely that he made a mistake. Which leaves the question: what was the serial number of Harvey-Kelley's BE 2a on 12 August 1914? Does anyone know? Any light that can be shed on this problem would be much appreciated, if only so that we can be certain of the true identity of this historically unique machine. P
  11. Evening All, I have completed this one at last- my first ever attempt at a base for one of my models. This is based on contemporary photographs of the Zeppelin hangar at Seemoos Hafen, Lindau, Lake Constance where giant flying boats were built and test flown under the direction of Claudius Dornier. The turntable rotates because I mounted a small motor underneath it: the battery and switch are concealed in the rear of the display under the hangar floor. The scene depicts the launch of the Rs II in May 1917 after the engines had been fitted with cowlings. All of the features in the diorama are based on what I could see in contemporary photographs, right down to the figures of Claudius Dornier (dark suit) engineer Durr and the sailor standing by the winch shed. The furniture and boxes, etc were also present when the photographs were taken. The model aircraft build log is in the group build section of this site under Flying Boats and Floatplanes and is scratch built. The civilian figures are from Dart Castings and the naval figure from W D Models. The blank section on the side of the diorama base contains a copy of an original photograph and the following text: Zeppelin Lindau (Dornier) Rs II, Seemoos, Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance, April 1917 The Zeppelin Lindau (Dornier) Rs II (Reisenfleugzueg: giant aeroplane) is rolled out of the hangar at Seemoos for the next series of test flights after the engines have been enclosed in cowlings to try to stop them from running too cold, and to protect the valves from wind shear. Claudius Dornier (in dark grey suit), and Oberingenieur Durr watch as the machine sits on the turntable and is photographed. One of the men from the works waits by the shed to operate the winch which will let the flying boat run slowly down the slipway which had been built so that flying boats could be launched and retrieved from Lake Constance. The first of Dornier’s designs was a biplane which was wrecked in a storm before it could fly. The second was a monoplane with three Maybach engines buried in the hull driving pusher propellors via transmission shafts which started trials in May 1916. On a flight trial in July of that year the transmission shaft of the centre engine broke, severely damaging the tail boom so it was decided to rebuild the aircraft. In November 1916 the aircraft appeared from the hangar with a new hull, four engines mounted in tandem above the hull and redesigned stub wings. Originally the engines were uncovered. The model represents the aircraft as it appeared in April 1917 after engine covers had been installed. A month later the biplane elevator at the rear was replaced by simpler fins and rudders. In August 1917 the aircraft was badly damaged again during a long test flight when one of the engines backfired and shattered a propellor. A third design was close to completion by this time so this aircraft was broken up and the parts used for systematic testing, the results being applied to the design and calculation of new R planes. Thanks for looking. P
  12. pheonix

    Revell Albatross D.III 1/72

    Just catching up - you are doing very well for a first build. I regularly use copper wire for rigging on my 1/72 models. I roll it with a piece of brass strip on flat wood, but as Ian has suggested, it can easily be rolled between two pieces of flat wood. Measure the distance on the model with a pair of dividers and use these to cut the correct length. I always use superglue - I put some on the end of an old scalpel blade and just touch the model where I want to attach the ends of the wire. By using tweezers I can place the wire in the correct places. It is much easier than stretched sprue because the thickness is consistent. I use 40 SWG wire which I bought on a roll, but there are many sources which need not cost too much. Best of luck in finishing this - looking forward to seeing more of your WW1 builds. P
  13. I have been away for some time Jamie and have just found this. A delight in every way: to see the model finished, and to see a model finished to such a very high standard. Far better that you did not rush it to meet the GB deadline but took your time to produce a masterpiece. Superb model from an excellent moderator of the GB. P
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    Fokker E.iii 1/144 (I'm sick)

    Catching up with this one - I agree with others that you must be mad to work in this scale (and even madder to attempt a strip-down). But you are still producing a first class model. With the wheels I would make one with covers... You might find it helpful to refer to ww1.aircraftmodels.com - a modeller called Ondra scratch builds in this scale and he has made a Fokker EIII. You might get some useful tips from him. (His models are in the under construction section - not scratch builds on the contents page).
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    Sopwith Camel 2F.1

    Catching up with this one. Yes that is a bit of a pig of a kit - one of Airfix's first releases from the late 1950's and it shows....... You are certainly making a good job of it - do try the rigging - it is one of those skills that seems nearly impossible until you try, when it turns out to be a lot easier than you might think. And it really adds to the realism of early ircraft and biplanes. P
  16. Evening All, Well I am calling this finished. I still have to add the panel on the side which will have a copy of an original photo of the Rs II on the turntable and information about the aircraft and Seemoos. The final details included the pulleys on the launch ramp: these were to hold the cable which was used to lower the aircraft down the ramp to the lake and then pull it back again. The ramp was slightly curved at the top end and these pulleys obviously held the cable in the correct position: I also added a steel cable and pulley wheels on the other side of the turntable - again these are visible in the contemporary photos: The furniture was placed where I could see it in the photos and four figures placed to give an air of activity. The sailor by the door of the winch shed was based on photos of the time, the two civilians by the shed represent Claudius Dornier, (in the dark grey suit), and chief engineer Durr. These were present when the Rs II was launched and can be seen in contemporary pictures. I added the photographer because someone had to take the pictures! The civilian figures were made by Dart Castings. The last part to add was the cradle on which the aircraft was transported: Base complete! All that was needed now was the aircraft: I had drilled a hole in the hull in order that I could mount the model on the spindle of the motor and lower it on to the cradle: the fit was tight but needs to be so that when the motor is switched on the aircraft will turn, which I am pleased to report, it does. This is a large model and is therefore difficult to photograph, but I will post more photos in the completed aircraft models gallery if you are interested. Thanks for looking. P
  17. Evening All, I have recently completed a 1/72 scale scratch built model of the Zeppelin - Lindau (Dornier) Rs II flying boat for the Flying Boats and Seaplanes GB and I now need somewhere to put it. I do not wish to keep it in a large box in the roof, (why all the effort to scratch build the model if I do that?) and as the aircraft was launched and retrieved from Lake Constance on a trolley on rails, the trolly is an obvious feature to mount the model on. The size of the model is also important - it has a span of approximately 17 inches (42cm), and a length of 14 inches (35cm), which means that it will not fit into the display cabinets in which I usually keep my models. Consequently I have bought a perspex covered base and I want to put in it a small display for the aeroplane. The aircraft model will sit on the carriage on a turntable which was built outside the front of the hangar/workshop at Seemoos on Lake Constance which was an old Zeppelin shed in which Claudius Dornier's early flying boats were built when he was working for Graff Zeppelin. I will include a short section of the ramp along which the flying boats were taken to the lake for launching and retrieval, and part of the hangar floor. The display will be based on photographs taken between mid 1915 and late 1918 and published in Windsock DataFile no 136: Dornier Flying Boats. One set of photographs in particular, taken in May 1917, will be used for some specific details as it is clear that there were changes made between 1915 when the turntable and ramp was built and 1918 when the last of the photographs was taken. I am not trying to make a 100% accurate replica: rather this is simply to set off the model aeroplane in a realistic context. This is the first time that I have attempted anything scenic so it will be a steep learning curve for me and I do not doubt that I will be making mistakes along the way, but as the person who never made a mistake never made anything, here goes. First here is the base which I bought from Just Bases (I have not included the perspex top): The dimensions of the display area of the base are 21 inches (53cm) x 13 1/2 inches (33cm) which will be large enough for the model aeroplane to sit in it and leave space to put the perspex cover over without hitting it. When I told to my brother and a member of my modelling club of my intention to mount the aircraft on the turntable, they both asked would the latter be motorised! I have to admit that this was not my original intention, but it happens that the turntable was built on the top of a steep bank, so I investigated the possibility of putting a motor under the scenic base. Careful measurement showed that it would be possible: This is my working plan for this display: it is 1:1. The square is where the motor will be ie under the turntable. The two arcs on the top left are part of the platform that surrounded the turntable ,and the other lines represent platforms and a shed, steps, hangar workshop floor, etc, all of which have been drawn to scale based on the photographs mentioned. The right side of the display area will be left clear so that I can put some explanatory notes about the aeroplane and setting for viewers. The various notes on the plan are for ideas that I have concerning how I might make this - I may of course change some things as I go along. Having a turntable motor would have an advantage that I had not forseen. The aircraft model is quite heavy as it has a wood hull, brass boom at the rear and a large wing made of laminated 60thou plastic card sheet. If this was to be mounted on a railway trolley it would need something fairly strong to hold it in place. By drilling a hole in the bottom of the hull and inserting the turntable shaft, I would have a hidden strong and stable support while the trolley would be what the viewer would see. I drilled the necessary hole in the underside of the hull when I was making the model, after one model railway turntable kit had been purchased: Testing of the gear assembly for this kit showed that the gear drive to the vertical shaft, which is plastic, would be too weak and would quickly wear. Given that this motor is not going to be accessible when the base is finished I decided that the gears would be better if they were replaced with something more durable: some of my brother's old Meccano gears were therefore pressed into service. (Well he suggested motorising in the first place so he could help find a solution to a problem that motorisation raised). Here is the unit, showing the gears on the vertical drive shaft and original plastic gears inside the clear perspex box of the motor. You can also see that my brother and I have built a stronger and more stable perspex surround (blue) so that this unit can be screwed to the display base: Now I have to fix the motor to the base and some wood strips which will have holes drilled into them to hold the ends of dowels which will represent the posts which supported the various platforms. Thanks for looking. P
  18. Just found this - mind if I follow along as I too enjoy the challenges offered by scratch building and oyu have some first class ideas her. Some first class modelling too. P
  19. Evening All, At last the end is in sight: I have been finishing some pieces which have I have been working on and off during the build, and have almost all of the final details completed. First up is the frame and trolley on which the aircraft was carried on the rails. I looked at as many photos as I could and came to the conclusion that frames were made individually for each aircraft. What I have produced is the best match that I can make to the photographic evidence available. The trolley was made from brass rod soldered together to make a rectangle, axles were from 60 thou plastic rod and the wheels from N guage Graham Farish accessories. I pushed the wheels off the Farish axles and back on to the longer plastic rod ones. The main sections were made from I section plastic strip and the large pads at the rear were carved from scrap balsa wood and given a couple of coats of talcum powder and dope filler before being painted. The leather straps were from 10 x 20 thou Evergreen strip. The wood in the last photo was visible in the contemporary photos - I used obechi strip to represent these beams. The arms on the sides were to allow ground crew to push the assembly on the turntable. I made some furniture which again is visible in various photos: this will be distributed over the hangar floor based on photographic evidence and will help to fill what will otherwise be large voids in the display. A couple of boxes, two trestle tables (the tops were made from mixing sticks), and some beams of wood. I have also constructed a box camera which will be present in the display. The rails have the fish plates added and have been painted and dry brushed with some rust, and are now fixed in place on the base: All that remains to add now are the pulleys on the ramp, the furniture on the hangar floor, the trolley to the turntable and some figures. Then I can mount the aircraft! Thanks for looking. P
  20. Evening All, Thanks arbrownra and Badder for dropping by and leaving kind remarks. I agree that there has been a lot of fiddly work on this project - much more than I initially thought but then that reflects my lack of experience with this kind of thing. I have never attempted anything like this before so it has been, and still is, a steep earning curve for me. However I am happy with the result so far, but the end still seems to be a long way away! I drilled some holes in the base so that the down pipes from the shed gutters could fit into them and the shed was put into place. I did assemble a winding gear from plastic rod and card but forgot to photograph it, and in any even it cannot be seen with the shed in place so it does not matter after all. I made a second set of steps and glued these into place: the set on the launch ramp are visible in photographs, but the second set by the winding shed are my best guess: ground crew had to be able to get to the shed somehow. I also made a cover for the winch cables between the shed and launch ramp - once again this is clearly visible in the photographs and was made from obechi strip and plastic card painted black, and given a dark brown acrylic wash. I have also started to make two rails which are on the edge of the platform between the shed and the left side of the display. Once again this is based on contemporary photographs and my modeller's license as I cannot be certain of the exact details. [ I have added some darker areas to parts of the sand base to give a variation in colour: natural soils would not have quite such round areas but as these are going to be covered in grass flock they will not be visible. I then dry brushed all of the wood surfaces with a mixture of dark grey and dark brown acrylic washes: I have tried to vary the density to show areas of greater wear and footfall. A door was added to the shed. Now I could add the grass flock which I mixed from several different packs. I brushed watered down white PVA glue over the sand base and liberally scattered the flock, including areas of neat flock from individual packs to give as varied a background as possible. Once again I deliberately left some areas clear where people would have walked: this too is visible on some of the photos of the original site. I have now got to put on the rails. I am using 00 guage flexible track for the rails - they are rather brassy but some paint and washes will tone them down. First though I have cut some fishplates (joining pieces) from thin brass strip and will glue these to the sides of the rail at intrevals of three scale meters - again a distance estimated from photographs. The parts look like this before assembly: More later when I have finished the rails and made some furniture and the carrying frame for the flying boat. Thanks for looking. P
  21. Evening All, Thanks James for your comment: I cannot provide copies of photographs that I am using because they are published in the DataFile number 136 Dornier Flying Boats by R. Rimmel and I am not sure about copyright restrictions. However if you search for Zeppelin-Dornier Rs II or Rs III flying boat images you will find several photos of these machines at Seemoos, some of them on the turntable. There is one image in particular of the Rs II which is taken from the rear which shows the turntable and ramp very clearly: in fact it was just that photo which gave me the idea for this scene in the first place. It can be found at http://flyingmachines.ru/Site2/Crafts/Craft31363.htm I wrote earlier that I was not sure what the ground would have looked like under the turntable, so I had put in a plastic disc to represent some form of platform. I have since found out that in fact such a disc would not have been there in reality so I have removed it from my model and replaced it with sand. I have also redesigned and rebuilt the shed with longer front and rear faces. The roof was made from plastic card and painted matt black and then given a three light washes of dark brown to tone the black down. I had bought some guttering and down pipes for an OO railway water tower, but when I looked at the gutters I saw that they had flat tops, whereas they should have had shallow grooves. I looked at some 80 thou rod and decided that if I filed it to a half section I could then file out my own shallow grooves to better represent the guttering, and I could drill holes to represent the drains. Down pipes were cut from the same sized rod, bent to shape and glued to the gutter sections. After the shed had been assembled I could put the roof on and then the gutters and pipes: The hole in the front is for a door and on the side is a window and opening which probably was where winch cables passed. I have brushed the wood with a wash of dark brown acrylic. The drain pipes are slightly longer than the shed sides so that I can insert the ends into holes which I will drill into the base later. I have also finished the short section of ramp which was on the lake side of the turntable. The ramp which the aircraft was launched on sloped to the lake: the rails which supported the carriage were laid on thick longitudinal beams which in turn were laid across transverse beams. The transverse beams rested on vertical posts which had been pile driven into the ground. There were two platforms, one on each side of the rails, so that ground crew could walk down the launch ramp to the lake. In the immediate vicinity of the turntable the crew platforms sloped at a steeper angle than the rails and had transverse beams to provide footholds: all of this detail is visible in the different photos in the DataFile although it took me some time to work it out! The large transverse beams which supported the rails were glued into place first: these were made from obechi strip. The longitudinal rail supports were also obechi strip. Under the crew platforms there was transverse planking as found on the other platforms and the turntable, but on top of these there had been laid supporting beams: these were continuations of the beams supporting the rails, but were thinner, so I used obechi for these too. The steeply sloping platforms were made from 3mm stripwood glued to the obechi underneath, and the footholds were from thin obechi strip: The structure is now pretty much complete but I still have to make the trolley for the aircraft, weather the wood, put in some vegetation on the ground and make some pulleys for the ramps etc. Thanks for looking. P
  22. pheonix

    Wingnut Wings Albatros DVa

    first class, top notch, etc. That really is a very fine model - looking forward to seeing it for real. P
  23. Evening All, I have tried to make the shed which probably housed a winch to pull the aircraft to and from the lakeside on the ramp system which forms the groundwork for this diorama. I do not know what the dimensions were because I do not have any drawings: I have had to guess them by looking at several photos and trying to work out sizes by comparison with objects of known size, such as planking etc. The construction is simple: make a frame from obechi strip and then add planks in the form of 3mm strip wood. The first attempt looks like this and I admit that I am not happy with it because I am certain that it is too small: I thought that the shed was square but I am now of the opinion that it was rectangular, so I will make two new parts - front (with the gap for a door) and rear (blank face): both are on the left in the photos. I have also been working on a screen which is visible in the photos and was somewhat crudely nailed to the pillars on the side of the turntable platform. I do not know what the function of this feature was - probably some form of windbreak. I glued small lengths of obechi into the base and rested the upper ends on the edge of the platform. Then I could glue strip wood to represent the planks that formed the screen - a bit rough to try to represent what is visible in the photographs. Finally I put in the low fence panels which ran at 90 degrees from the platform: Thanks for looking. P
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    Wingnuts Stahltaube

    That is a super model of one of the early types. Reminds me of when I rigged the Etrich Taube (Pegasus 1/72), - that was fun too. Your lines look very good indeed with exactly the right tension. The paint finish is first class. P
  25. That is a really nice model - the propellor looks very convincing. Very colourful scheme too. P