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  1. Thanks. Yes, it seems to have come with a remarkable selection of different control surfaces and stabilizers. The Master-X replacement parts were excellent.
  2. Thanks. It looks better from some angles than from others. In case anyone's interested, I wrote a little description of how I go about making these propeller discs on my blog: https://oikofuge.com/how-to-model-rotating-propeller-discs/ The one thing I learned this time is that my new laser printer bakes a curve into the transparent sheet as it goes around the roller, which isn't what you want from a prop disc. I'm guessing I could undo that by gently heating the finished disc on a flat surface, but I haven't got around to making that experiment. This time, I managed to persuade my
  3. Thanks. The context for this aircraft went on to get richer. I've now posted my build of what it looked like at the end of its flying career, when it had a quite dramatic adventure. The combined WiP thread for these two builds of the same airframe is here:
  4. Thanks. And correspondingly tough aviators--they flew a six-hour round trip to the Arctic pack-ice in that open cockpit!
  5. This build is of the same airframe (Junkers Construction Number 650) which I've already modelled when it was registered as D 260 and participated in the Junkers Spitsbergen Expedition of 1923. That build is here: After coming back from Spitsbergen, it knocked around Germany, Estonia and Norway under various registrations before ending up under the ownership of pioneering Norwegian aviatrix Gidsken Jakobsen. Unable to obtain a licence to operate her company Nord-Norges Aero as a commercial airline, she flew the aircraft on sight-seeing trips around Balestrand on the Sognefjord. Here it is
  6. My apologies, folks, for failing to give due credit to the people who made my display base. It comes from Coastal Kits. That was an oversight on my part--I'd intended to mention Master-X, Arctic Decals and Coastal Kits when I made my OP, but I seem to have got distracted after crediting only two, which is more than a little embarrassing. I've accumulated a few Coastal Kits display bases over the years, and I thought this one was particularly suitable for a float-plane in the Arctic--there's something very icy-looking about the water, I think. You'll see another of their efforts whe
  7. Despite the box-art, this edition of the Revell 1/72 Junkers F13 includes all the necessary parts for the F13W floatplane version. I used it as my basis for a model of Construction Number 650 "Biene", which was temporarily renamed "Eisvogel" when it was part of the Junkers Spitsbergen Expedition of 1923, registered as D 260. I used Master-X resin replacements for the kit ailerons. I intended ordering one of the Master-X conversions and scavenging the ailerons, but once Lumír at Master-X found out I only wanted the ailerons, he just sent me the ailerons
  8. Nearly done. As before, I've kept the wings/floats and fuselage assemblies separate until pretty much the last minute. But D260 is now ready for that final assembly. Then just a few minor bits and pieces to add, and a little touch-up work. So probably the next post regarding these two aircraft will be in Ready For Inspection. Thanks for your attention.
  9. Mika's Arctic Decals are excellent, highly recommended--thin enough to bed down nicely, even on the corrugations of this model, but robust enough to be fairly easy to handle and position, if you follow the detailed instructions provided with the decal sheet. They actually didn't need much persuasion to conform to the corrugations. I applied Micro Sol to a small area at a time, and immediately rolled a cotton bud firmly across the decal following the line of the corrugations. (The decals are soft and sticky within 30 seconds of the Micro Sol going on, so you do need to be fairly nippy to c
  10. Yay. Mika's revised decals have arrived, after sitting for a couple of months in some sort of Brexit/Covid limbo somewhere between Finland and Scotland. And you'll see he has included newly minted lettering for D 260, as well as the revised lettering for LN-ABH!
  11. I thin Liquid Decal Film with ethanol-based Surgical Spirit / Rubbing Alcohol, a 50:50 mix of decal film liquid to ethanol. Works well.
  12. Marvellous aircraft, marvellous build. Thanks for sharing it.
  13. Thanks. I'll be glad if it turns out useful. Sometimes I reckon my WIP threads seem like they're entirely for my own benefit!
  14. I've pretty much gone as far as I can with these two kits, pending the arrival of decals from Mika at Arctic Decals. It seems there's currently some sort of vast Covid/Brexit-related mail backlog between Finland and the UK, so despite Mika's promptness and helpfulness, we're stuck at present. I scribed off the elevators of D260, so that I could pose them in the characteristic droop this aircraft seemed to exhibit when on the ground. Also a little bit of rudder deflection, which seems common enough in photos of this aircraft. The "mystery object" on the starboard fuselage is now
  15. This one, I guess because it's a newer kit, was easier to get together than NL-ABH was. There was a bit of a bow to the upper section of the fuselage, but otherwise the interior and fuselage halves came together fairly readily. A little light sanding along the tops of the interior walls, and again I needed to separate the tail halves by a fraction of a millimetre to avoid a slight overhang in the fit of the top section. Aligning the two parts of the starboard fuselage needed a little dry fitting of the upper fuselage--the forward portion in particular wanted to pivot into a nose-dow
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