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shortCummins

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  1. Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget” So having finished the Mk.VIII Spitfire it was time to decide what to build next. I don’t have too big a stash, unless you talk to my wife, so my choice is reasonably limited. I have mainly 1:48 kits, 1:72 is far too small for my tired old eyes, in the stash, in no particular order, I have a Tamiya Swordfish and a Lancaster, an Eduard Starfighter, a Revell/Monogram PBY-5A Catalina and B-26 Marauder, ICM Beechcraft C-45, Hobby Boss Sukhoi Su-17M4 Fitter-K, Hasegawa P-38J Lightning (with no instructions!?) and the beautiful 1:32 Sopwith Camel ‘Clerget’. The Lancaster, Catalina and B-26 are going to be “big beasts” and at the moment I’ve nowhere to display them, also the B-26 has been started, by my Father-in-law who’s since passed away so I want to “do something special” with the kit once I finish it, I just have to make up my mind what that will be. I was tempted by the P-38 but I can’t make up my mind if I should go for a NMF or a well-worn green and grey version? Also I was very tempted by the Starfighter but having a look at the Wingnut Wings plastic swayed it, the quality of the moulds is remarkable, so I can only butcher it! The kit has 5 markings: B3834 “Wonga Bonga” Manston Flight RNAS B3889 “B1” 70 Sqn RFC B3893 Sqn 9(N) RNAS B6289 Sqn RNAS B6313 139 10(N) Sqn RAF B7406 4 Sqn AFC I can’t resist “Wonga Bonga” apparently Wonga = Gotha, because of their distinctive engine sound and Bonga = smasher Another reason I chose this scheme is because it has the Sopwith factory detail on the tail and as I grew up near Kingston Upon Thames it has some personal (although tenuous) meaning to me. Last year I went to the show at Telford where I was lucky enough to meet Robert Lane who sculpted this figure I’ve never painted any figures, only one of the aircraft I've built has had a pilot?, so I thought I’d have a crack at this one, what can go wrong? I’m planning on taking my time building this, it'll be the most expensive kit I built, also the most detailed? I’ve never built a 1:32 kit before and everything I’ve heard about Wingnut Wings is positive so I want to enjoy the process as much as I can. As usual I’ll be starting with the cockpit until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    I'm pleased with them, they were a bugger to thread so I'm glad they worked out rgds John(shortCummins0
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    rigging the fuselage frames, WnW have a really useful “walk around” page… http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/productdetail?productid=3157&cat=2 one of the photos… …shows turnbuckles, in order to replicate these I’ve used albion Alloys 1/48 turnbuckle which are 0.4mm (outside diameter) 0.25mm (inside diameter) x 3mm (length) here I’ve threaded one of them with fine EZLine the first one attached all attached here against a white background ‘dry-fitted’ against the side of the fuselage the completed other side Next up I’ll be bolting the cockpit sub-assemblies together. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    Thanks CedB this is a really nice kit, I'm still not sure about the scale, I'm far more comfortable with 1/48, I can see me buying more WnW kits or maybe the Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire just to try and get used to the scale (thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it) rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    Somehow I managed to stuff-up one of the dial decals, not sure how I managed that?, anywho, I replaced the ‘white faced’ decal with a ‘black’ faced one. The instrument panel, magazines, engine plate and carburettor air induction pipes sub-assembly control column, rudder bar, floor boards(foot rests) and bent undershield wicker seat and petrol(fuel) tank-sub assembly I’ve added ‘fuel spills’ to the petrol tank adding the PE safety belt the belts were ‘folded’ after annealing and then given a coat of UMP black primer once the primer had dried they were given a coat of Tamiya XF-57 buff the buckles were then picked out with vallejo model air steel 71.065 the strap was masked with Maskol for the leather part and sprayed with Tamiya XF-52 flat earth after an hour or so the Maskol was removed and the rope attachments were also painted XF-52 both belts were given a coat of aquagloss and then I used Tamiya panel liner dark brown to highlight the stitching and also dirty the belts the belts were then super glued to the seat Next I will be rigging the cockpit fuselage. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    this is a photo from the WnW "walk around" that shows the 'bullet'
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    I've seen other builds where the modeller drills a small hole through the "bullet", this sounds OK to me its just going to be how to drill the holes? holding it steady will be a challenge I'm sure but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it rgds John(shortCummins)
  8. this is my favourite aircraft, I'll be watching with interest
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    Thanks Johnny I'd been so tempted by WNW kits over the past 2 or 3 years, they all look really good kits, then they released one of my favourite aircraft the Camel, I couldn't resist now when(?) they release a Fokker Dr.1 triplane (the Red Baron and all that) I defiantly won't be able to resist that! I've never built a 1:32 kit before so I can't really compare however I will say that I'll be buying more WNW kits, I just need to save my pennies rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    thanks CedB, I normally build 1:48 so have the "larger" format is a bit strange, you'd think it would be easier but I'm not finding it so at the moment. I am really enjoying it though rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    More detail painting… First colour is dull aluminium, vallejo acrylic metal color 77.717 masking the fuel tank tank straps painted black these photos show that I need to re-paint the straps to get better coverage magazines and back engine plate fuselage side-frames black detail painted Mr Metal Color 215 cooper dull aluminium, vallejo acrylic metal color 77.717 Mr Metal Color 219 brass floor boards/foot rest seat cushion vallejo model color 70.828 woodgrain wicker-seat binding model color 70.814 burnt red tail-skid Next I’ll be assembling the cockpit and adding the internal rigging. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Spitfire Mk.VIII

    For my next project I intend to build a Mk.VIII Spitfire. The Mk.VIII was the third most numerous with approx. 1,650+ built all of which served almost exclusively overseas in the Mediterranean with the Desert Air Force and the USAAF, in the Pacific, with the RAAF and with the RAF in the China-Burma-India theatre. The kit I’ve chosen is Eduard’s “weekend edition”, kit no. 84139. The kit has no PE, masks or resin and provides option for two markings one RAAF and one UASF. I want to portray the RAAF scheme, love the shark mouth A58-631, No. 457 Squadron, Morotai, Borneo, April 1945 As with all(?) aircraft builds I started with the cockpit. Opening the holes in the support frame adding the side detail I’ve added a connector, made from thin wire, to the oxygen bottles the flooring sub-assemble the pilot’s seat control column I’m using the provided instrument panel, no PE Now that I’ve put together the sub-assemblies I gave them a coat of black UMP/Stynylrez I used some lead wire to fashion some extra plumbing Next I’ll be making a start on painting the cockpit until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    wow, there's some fine kits there, I'm not jealous With the wood effects complete its time to add some painted details to the instrument panel Tamiya XF-2 white for the dials Tamiya X-18 semi gloss black for the dial bezels and as a ‘base’ for the brass Mr Metal Color 219 brass Tamiya XF-23 light blue for the glass vial Instrument decals and placards More to come with the cockpit. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    ha ha, I've just showed my wife that you've got 8, she just said "don't get any ideas" what kits do you have?
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    this kit cost around £60, not cheap I agree however I don't need to buy any aftermarket to bring it "up to scratch", its of one of my favourite aircraft and it will probably take me a month or two to complete. I see you're a Chelsea fan (I'm a Fulham fan so take the rest of the sentence with a pinch of salt), don't go to a game, you'll easily save the money and be able to afford a Wingnut Wings kit :-) you know it makes sense rgds John(shortCummins) P.S. this site has the kit for £55.50 (a bargain?) https://www.wetanz.com/shop/model-kits/sopwith-f1-camel-clerget?ref=brand
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    Thanks Clive I've used these templates on a couple of previous builds, a "wooden" mossie (see my avatar) and an Eduard 1:48 Albatros I think the wood grain was probably "over-scale" for those two, I was happy with the results but I'm really looking forward to how the wood looks once the kit comes together and the weathering has been applied rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    thanks for the encouragement Martin here's a link to the PE stencil(s) http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=77_117 This kit is really, really nice, it might just spoil me for any other kits!? The bigger scale, I normally build 1:48, is a little disconcerting however I've enjoyed it so far rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel “Clerget”

    As with 99.9% of all aircraft I start with the cockpit, however whilst preparing to start I decided that I’d try and prepare some other areas that made sense, to me anyway, that would be requiring the same sort of finished, i.e. wood, such as the propellor and cockpit decking. So to that end I separated the parts I needed and gave them a coat of UMP/Stylenrez black primer side walls floor, seat and fuel tank instrument panel and gun mount oil tank propellor cockpit decking wing struts and machine guns tail skid There are several parts that need to be ‘wood’, instrument panel, wicker seat, foot rests, spars etc. so I started by giving them a ‘base’ wood colour of either Tamiya XF-55 deck tan and/or XF-59 desert yellow. These now need a ‘woodgrain pattern’ so I used vallejo model air 71.036 mahogany or model color 70.828 woodgrain. For the larger items I used a RB production PE stencil to create the woodgrain, for smaller items I used a small brush to create the pattern the PE stencils Once I was satisfied with the wood effect they were given a diluted coat of either Hobby Color H92 clear orange, Tamiya X-24 clear yellow or Tamiya X-27 clear red mixed with the clear orange to give either lighter or darker shades With the wood, more or less, completed it’s time to add the other painted detail… until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
  19. this looks amazing, what an interesting idea for a kit
  20. [ Eduard Spitfire Mk.VIII weekend A58-631 No.457 Squadron, Morotai, Borneo April 945 You can see the build log here… http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235035343-spitfire-mkviii/& until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Spitfire Mk.VIII

    what are you planning to build?
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    1:48 Eduard - Spitfire Mk.VIII

    I masked the 'old/bigger' roundels and free-hand sprayed darker grey and green and then put the kit decals in the centre of the 'over sprayed' roundels
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    Spitfire Mk.VIII

    Thanks guys, I didn't know about the red crowbar, I've now painted it steel, I wanted to keep it 'distinct' I've also added more dirt to the tyres as I agree they did look too clean compared to the rest of the airframe Now I just need it to stop raining and I can take some photos for the RFI rgds John(shortCummins)
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    Spitfire Mk.VIII

    When I sat at the bench this morning I found that I’d managed to stuff up one of the decals so I broke out theTamiya XF-23 light blue and had a go at touching it up the light blue colour is not an exact match but as my old Nan would have said “a blind man would be pleased to see it”, no I’ve no idea either While I had the paint brush out I decided that I’d add some more scratches using Mr Metal Color stainless I wanted to add a bit more colour variation so I opted for a dot filter these were then blended in by a paintbrush lightly soaked in odourless turpentine …after letting the oils cure for a couple of hours this is the result Once the dot filter had dried I added some streaking to the underside Next I added the remaining bits and pieces radiator flaps undercarriage and pitot tube ariel cockpit door …and finally removed masks from the cockpit glass and added the propellor I’m calling her finished, she’ll be ready for inspection shortly. until next time as always, any suggestions or comments will be gratefully received. rgds John(shortCummins)
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