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  1. That looks excellent. The corrugations on the surfaces are really convincing: bravo on another excellent and unusual scratch build. P
  2. Yes Adrian. I tend to use it on my 1/72 models rather than threads as scratch built wings and things are not the easiest to drill and pull together! Thanks gentlemen for the very kind comments. P
  3. There are plans in one of the Windscok magazines - cannot remember the reference in full as I do not have a copy. However I fond the ones that I worked to on the internet - just type in the name and then images and there are three photos of the original machine + drawings. The propellor dimensions are not given - I was told those by a fellow modeller who has the Spin Models kit.
  4. Evening All, The Seimens-Schuckert company produced a number of odd designs during the period 1914-1918, some of which were relatively successful. The DDr1 was a product of the "triplane craze" of 1917: the introduction of the Sopwith Ttriplane earlier that year had caused something of a sensation among pilots on account of the extreme agility of the type. It could easily out-turn all other types in service and although it was not particularly fast, in dogfights its pilots had a distinct advantage. Many companies tried to either design new types or modify existing ones which could
  5. Evening All, The Seimens-Schuckert company produced a number of odd designs during the period 1914-1918, some of which were relatively successful. The DDr1 was a product of the "triplane craze" of 1917: the introduction of the Sopwith Ttriplane earlier that year had caused something of a sensation among pilots on account of the extreme agility of the type. It could easily out-turn all other types in service and although it was not particularly fast, in dogfights its pilots had a distinct advantage. Many companies tried to either design new types or modify existing ones which could
  6. Evening All, Thanks Stuart and Steve for the comments - much appreciated. I have been struggling to finish this one for a number of reasons, all of which have sapped energy or caused distractions. However this one is now finished and pictures will appear in RFI shortly. I put the undercarriage in place first: the wheels were made from discs of card with rod for tyres. The legs were cut and shaped from card, as were the tail skids. I carved the propellors from thick card too - usually I use wood but the small size of these and my inability to focus for any le
  7. Wow Dave that one is a winner for sure. The paintwork and weathering are super - another demonstration (if one were needed) that a hairy stick is every bit as good as an airbrush. I am really looking forward to seeing this at some time in the future - and not just on a competition table either! P
  8. For a vacuform that is excellent Ian - I could not tell that it was from one. One of the best FE 8 builds that I have seen too. First class. P
  9. That is another cracker Dave. The minidio is very good - the figures add a touch of realism and interest. Very good rigging and paint finish too. P
  10. Superb model Ian. Glad you found the motivation to finish it - it was worth the wait. P
  11. Evening All, Thank you Stuart and Malc for the support - much appreciated I can assure you. Malc: I have had my model knife for over 50 years. I did use one of those plastic handled things at one time, but when it broke I acquired this one which had belonged to my brother because he had stopped using it. For 30+ years I stopped modelling too but I always kept my tools, paints, plastic sheet, wood etc, and reference materials - and this knife was among that collection. I attached the booms to the wings using rapid setting epoxy. I had thought of using superglue but in t
  12. Evening All, Progress has been interrupted again by life, but I have at last mounted the top wing - with some expected difficulty. I eventually adopted the method of fixing the outer struts first by placing the top wing upside down on the tray, adding drops of liquid cement into the holes and placing the main structure on to the wing. While things were still moveable I slipped liquid cement on to the tops of the remaining struts using the tip of a scalpel blade to reduce the risk of smear on the wing surface. Finally I added some liquid cement to all of the strut joints and left th
  13. We can never have too many pictures of your models Dave. Another winner! The finish and rigging are both first class - looking forward to seeing it - whenever! P
  14. Evening All, I have been dithering with this project because I was not sure how to fix the lower wings to fuselage assembly. I had run through several possibilities in my mind: 1. Fix the lower wing via the V struts to the fuselage, then place the middle wings on the fuselage to measure where the strut holes should be. Drill the holes in the middle wing, attach it to the fuselage and insert the wing struts. Finally add the top wing. 2. Put the middle wing on to the fuselage with the strut holes pre-drilled and struts already in place. Mark off on the lower w
  15. Excellent detailing Ian. What a relief that it was not taped to the turntable...! Definitely getting ready for the Gunbus. P
  16. Super engine and prop Ian - the more so given the size of both! P
  17. Evening All, Thanks Stuart for the kind remark - you are most welcome to follow along. I did write that this one was going to be slow - well it is being so. Painting of the main components is now complete: the fuselage was painted gloss black before I applied several thinned coats of aluminium (acrylics). This has given a metallic finish but not high gloss which I think would be unrealistic. It has also concealed all of the filler... I think that the black anti-glare panel will need to be made a little wider but that is a simple tas
  18. Sorry Ian but you have put the same link in twice! P
  19. That is a superb little scene. The snow looks completely realistic with the overspill on the skis and tracks. The paint finis is of course first class- just what we have come to expect from you! That is a winner and no mistake. P
  20. Evening All, Sorry Steve if I have caused you to have to do some research....if it is any consolation I had to do the same when I first read about this on another site. I know that you will understand why, when I discovered this odd design, that I just had to have one in my oddball collection. I did warn that progress would be erratic, and life has kept up to expectation as I have not been able to do a great deal even with the new restrictions on outside activity: most of my activities are at home so I am not affected as much as many. I have made a little pr
  21. Watching you use this software to determine size etc is fascinating. I wish that I had these IT skills and the programme to match!
  22. Asusual your patience is really paying off. This is a super model of the type - it will certainly be setting the standard for others to follow.
  23. I'm a bit late to the party Jon, but I am pleased to have found this. An excellent build thread and a super finished model - certainly one to be proud of in every way. I also like these unknown subjects - they are just so appealing as subjects for scratch building. P
  24. Excellent representation of a much maligned subject. When it was introduced in 1915 it was a very good machine, well suited for its purpose (reconnaissance) and stable and easy to fly (also good given the poor training and lack of experience of many pilots). Its reputation suffered because it was kept in front line service long after it was obsolete. You have captured the lines of this machine well - the colours are also very good. P
  25. Super piece of scratch building there. The figure is an excellent addition for scale - it was quite a large aeroplane. Looking forward to finished pictures. P
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