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Moa

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  1. You are all more than kind, and it is nice to know that fellow modellers and aviation enthusiasts enjoy the results of these efforts. Joy is joy-er when shared. Cheers
  2. Hi Gazontipede Hum, two DH89s at priming stage now, but still much to work on them. After that, things are uncertain. May be a civil Hansa W33 that flew for Tiedemann modifying a Broplan vac kit, a civil Italeri JU86 that flew in Australia, VH-UYA (since I utterly despise and can't see a nazi symbol without puking), the old Flight of the Phoenix plane as a scratch project, or something else. We'll see. The Golden Compass may tell.
  3. The horizontal stabilizer is sanded down to erase the rib relief, that is angled incorrectly. New "ribs" are engraved. The angle of the root rib is changed to better fit the fuselage sides, avoiding the swept-back angle that the kit renders otherwise. The front knob, that was removed to alter said angle, is drilled and replaced with rod. Now ready for priming:
  4. Completed model here on RFI:
  5. Oh my. Finally. This half-scratch turned out to be more than half, and at least twice as much as I wanted to work. Nevertheless, it is here now, even if it taxed quite a bit my little grey cells. If you would like to see the construction process, please go here to the post on Britmodeller: Thanks to all who contributed to make this model better, and specially to Mika Jernfors of Arctic Decals, always providing superb graphics for these exotic projects. OO-ENC was owned by Belgian pilot Guy Hansez and gained much notoriety due to some assiduous aerial meeting participation and some remarkable flights uniting France and Belgium with far places in Africa. With its vertical stabilizer painted on silver and the number 13 on it -and no wheel pants-, it was also seen participating in the Oases Meeting. This airframe was originally G-ACDD, the machine owned by certain British prince that later on played a very sad role in world history. So far, the story you can find in books and newspapers. But it is known by some that Hansez was actually flying his compatriot Hercule Poirot, in secret missions designed to catch the baddies.
  6. Hi Martian I gathered some images, and started to look for a plan or 3-view, but fortunately common sense prevailed as I looked at the stack of unfinished projects and kits lying around. But by all means, if you feel like, please! Cheers
  7. The resemblance with the Genairco Cabin Biplane is outstanding (From Bill Larkins Flickr photostream):
  8. Decals on, one more time: And then rigging, stab struts, doors, prop. Almost there. Roger: if you see something, bite your tongue:
  9. The top wing is glued on, and the veneer applied. Some details are added to it:
  10. Hi Paul Of the stab I knew, having built one long ago, but I had missed the aileron linkage misplacement (lower right wing, underneath), so thanks very much!:
  11. Hi Stuart As explained above, I saw the technique applied to the Rapide in an old SAMI issue. But the technique itself is as old as scratch-building. The part is positioned over a piece of cardboard and scribed with a ball-pen. How much pressure/passes and how thick the plastic depends on the particular project. If the results are a bit excessive, you can tone down sanding. If too mild, re-scribe. The technique is good but won't tolerate too much compound curvature, and works obviously better on relatively flat surfaces or single-curvature ones. Practice is the rest. Cheers
  12. Some not very visible whitish patches were the result of the removal, but just in case, again with paint and varnish: You are right, Roger. I hate you, but just enough. Without excesses, in a professional way, one may say.
  13. And yet (plywood-covered only at the leading edge). The point is that there may be surprises, and particular arrangements. There is no absolute one-rule-fits-all. Unless you are a Mordor agent and want to subjugate everything to the One Rule (sorry, One Ring). This is one of my firsts scratch efforts. Why do I model so many British things? I may have to change that.
  14. And yet, sometimes rules are meant to be bent. Here in this Ellsworth Gamma the regs. run perpendicular to the fuselage: But in these other two, Cochran's and TWA's Weather Laboratory Gammas that I modeled, they run parallel to the L.E.: That's why, being the case that OO-ENC had a repainted registration (at that time Belgian, not British anymore), I guided myself only from the meager number of photos of it I could get.
  15. Wing registration decals removed using Micro Set. Fortunately there are spares.
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