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Moa

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  1. The vertical stabilizer is glued on. The trimming of the transparency begins. The transparency has no marks whatsoever to guide you, but a resin plug is provided that is not exactly perfection itself. So careful, gradual trimming is advised until the parts fits reasonably over the cockpit opening. We'll see how it goes, since the part seems to be a tad wider than the fuselage opening. The landing gear legs are re-touched, and a new propeller made. You may have noticed an item -in the photos of the parts still on the casting web- that looked like a malformed pillow with four arms, well, that was supposed to be part of the landing gear, some braces and a cover over the shock-absorber bungee. That will also be re-done since the part provided is very poor:
  2. The parts: And all in place, cylinder included: With certainty the grey primer will reveal much to deal with.
  3. The nose tip, that comes solid and separated, is hollowed to add detail. The fuselage nose is carved to position a dummy cylinder from the spares. It is obvious that more pinholes are present in both parts: When you put the tip on the nose you find it is quite smaller, so a part made of styrene sheet as an interface will be necessary.
  4. The Spartan Cruiser is such a beautiful plane! I love that machine! Pity when the subjects are extraordinarily appealing, and the kits are not really quite there yet. But it's the price to pay for such off-the-beaten-path machines, I guess? I am getting really tired of paying it, though. That been said, some resin kit manufacturers present products that go from fair to total joy, while others struggle to render a quality that goes from so-so, to merely acceptable, to downright kit-maker catastrophic unjustified optimism. As with vacs, bad products (and there are a-plenty) is what drives some modelers away from the media, unjustifiably so in the case of good products, of which, again, there are many examples. Our hobby is a vast universe....
  5. The filler seems to have worked:
  6. I had to look it up, it seems to be far more common in the Isles than in the mainland, although surely many things deserve it here, at the very least, starting from the top, if you know what I mean. As a native Spanish speaker it does make sense to me, though, since it was a prefix associated with a known brand of epoxy glues for all its product line.
  7. Stuart, I think it should at least be a title of a song: "Pinholes in Your Resin"
  8. We´ll see how it goes with the filler for the pinholes:
  9. For reasons that remain obscure to me, while some pinhole issues can be, in some kits, simply treated with any filler, others reject most of it, and the pores remain open. For those cases the only remedy seems to be superglue, which I am never happy to apply in that guise because it creates bumps that are difficult to level with the rest of the surface. But one shall do as one must:
  10. The dry-run trial of the landing gear legs goes well, yeepee!:
  11. Weirder theories have been advanced, for example that this is the love child of a forbidden love between a Nieuport and a Fokker triplane.
  12. After a couple sandings and fillings it looks ok. The primer will later tell: Then fuselage's thick walls, as I was afraid, needed some material removed in order for the interior to have a chance to fit, always the same drill with Dujin. Addition of inst. panel, axle to prop, and preparations for some base paint application:
  13. I just discovered three things: -That my kit as suspected was an old edition, since the new one has the hitherto "do it yourself" bulkhead already provided as a white metal part, and -There are instructions provided freely online as a PDF that in this case show a simple exploded view: http://www.aim72.co.uk/Wessex-inst-A5.pdf -The engineering of the kit will effectively prevent me from doing my usual opening of the door (and sometimes cargo door) trick to display the interior. Pity. Now with all the parts deployed on my board, resin and metal, it becomes clear that this will be a shelf-sagging model, given its ponderous overall weight. I have seen new resin kits of relatively large planes solving this problem with, for example, a massive (but partially hollowed) cast of a wing, that has a "lid" in the form of the lower skin of the wing, thus saving weight, material, shipping costs, etc. I must clarify that my experience in casting is very limited, thus my views are those of an outsider, but I do have experience building resin kits and getting all too familiar with the issues presented by most (but no all) of them.
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