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Iain Ogilvie

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  1. In latest news Tim has been experimenting with 3D printed wing struts - and initial results are very encouraging. Being relatively long and thin, these are pushing the envelope with current resins - but with a little shortening of the CAD master it looks like they may work perfectly - *providing* the wing is very firmly attached to the fuselage first. Photos below are a test fit on the airframe I'm building: Next job is to sort the dayglo strips for the outer wing leading edges... Have fun! Iain
  2. Fully understood Adrian - and a pity IMHO. It's certainly not cheap, but I don't think it could have been done in such a complete, high quality, low volume, run at any lower price, or Tim would be running at a loss I'm afraid. Some photos with all the decals/stencils done. The decals are excellent - beautifully thin and opaque, with no hint of silvering - anywhere... The decals for the under-wing serials where cut and trimmed between the 'X' and the 'E' on each, to remove a section of clear film where the strut mounts are located on the wing underside - makes things soooo much easier! No setting solutions were harmed in the application of decals - so a firm 10/10! So - item the next - and I couldn't resist removing the wing/cockpit struts from their supports and trial fitting to the fuselage: And then, well, I just had to see what she looked like with the wing balanced in place: This model makes me smile! Oh - and these are just a smidge over-exposed - I could have tweaked, but too late now. The grey is just a fraction darker on the model! Final finish won't be this shiny - will cover that later. Meanwhile - I have a plan - possibly a cunning one - to improve on the look of the kit supplied metal wing struts. These are supplied as aluminium tube for strength and are probably the only compromise in the whole kit. and one that prevented the cost escalating. I have some 1mm diameter stainless steel rod on order. If strong enough when cut to length, then I'll have a go at forming an airfoil shape around them with 5 thou styrene sheet - but news on that when I have it... "All Out!" Iain
  3. And with first stickers on - always a positive step on any model! More later... Iain
  4. Latest progress on the Flying Start Models T.31 Glider - ready for the decals now! A little neatening up required around cockpit edges - but nothing major... Off to do the decals now - will post an update when done. Loving this project! Iain
  5. Great to see another one coming together Andy - Tim's done a brilliant job, hasn't he! Iain
  6. Didn't get as much done over the weekend as I'd planned - got a little sidetracked with a real aeroplane needing its 'Annual'. First 'colour' is on the airframe - gloss white fuselage uppers, light aircraft grey wing central area (looks darker than it actually is in the photos) and red. All Tamiya gloss, thinned with neat Isopropyl Alcohol to speed up drying: I've used the lighting - and upped the contrast a lot - to illustrate the lovely fabric effect - yes, there is a very slight layering effect from the print process, but this is a lot less noticeable in normal lighting - and if you do notice anything, it looks like a fine fabric effect: Once decals are on, everything will be given a fine coat of satin varnish - buffed lightly when dry with some cotton scrap fabric to impart a slight sheen. Very pleased with how this is coming together now... Next job - to mask up for the areas of red on fuselage and wings. Iain
  7. Hi John, There was only one under fuselage attachment point at any given time - but two possible positions it would appear! Iain
  8. Hi Terry, I only knew about the two positions from reading Tim's instructions - and having to make a decision on which to go for! It's a nice size for a subject like this IMHO! Iain
  9. Hi Terry, Yes - but that's not what I mean! Ignoring the nose aerotow attachment... There are two possible attachment points under the fuselage for winch launches - most in the position shown in your underside photo - but some airframes had the attachment point further aft - the kit covers both options. Build is getting there - but maybe stalled whilst I get some suitable primer. Iain
  10. Mainly looking at photos this afternoon - and deciding which airframe to do. One important factor is the kit provides alternative winch-launch hook positions - and I wanted to choose a subject where I could clearly see te position on that particular airframe. Added to that, I wanted to do a red/white/grey scheme - as most were in those colours back when I was a cadet. XE799 on the instructions looked good - and I found a clear image confirming details. Decision made: Image from glidingheritage.org.uk So - rear hook mount filled with superglue and sanded back: Front mount masked with Humbrol Maskol. Elevator - previously removed from tailplane - re-attached at an angle - more representative of an airframe on the ground. I believe Tim has modified the kit so these items are no supplied as separate parts. And the cockpits all masked up: So, with a few attachment point also masked up with Maskol, we're ready for some white primer: And it looks like I'm out of automotive white primer - so may have to do some shopping! More when there's more... Iain
  11. Back on the T.31 - and more progress... The holes at front and rear of the central wing joint have been opened up with a 1mm drill bit, in a pin vise, and short sections of 1mm brass wire (supplied with the kit) cut to act as additional alignment - details are in the instructions. Ailerons: holes in wing and ailerons opened up with a 1mm drill - and sections of 1mm diameter brass rod bonded to the ailerons, before trimming to length: Assembled wing, using superglue - and access wiped away after drying using de-bonder. Ailerons are dry fitted at present: All good! Next item was the rudder - I'd managed to damage the control horn on the starboard side - so this was repaired using spare support material, bonded with thin superglue and filed/sanded to shape. As with the Ailerons, relevant holes were drilled out in the fin and rudder for 1mm diameter brass rod, which has been bonded to the rudder and trimmed back: It's worth pointing out that, with a few tweaks done to the kit parts in production, Tim has updated his instructions - the latest version is available to download here. This really is great fun - looking forward to getting some colour on her next! All Out! Iain
  12. Tail surfaces have been removed from their print supports, and the elevator separated from the tailplane so that I can re-fit at a jaunty angle. Tim will be changing these in subsequent kits... Spoilers fitted in the closed positions on each wing half - and the stainless 'spars' removed from the box: This is just a dry run - and I need to cut a couple of brass rods to go front and rear - but these rods just slide perfectly into the holes in the wings: And, partially slid together: All the way home. Not bonded yet - but this is going to be very straightforward! Blue skies, Iain
  13. A few minutes work with some 400, then 800, wet and dry and the forward fuselage section is perfectly blended in: The wheel housing has also been bonded in place - again, a perfect fit. And a dry fit of the printed seat straps - they work beautifully! May have to trim a little off the bottoms to get them flat on the cushions - but for a first dry fit they work! Iain
  14. And the lower front fuselage/cockpit section is now bonded in place - using thin superglue. Excellent fit that will take minimal sanding to blend everything together... Off to take a look at the wings. Iain
  15. A little more progress... Seat cushions added - important to note that they are different lengths - they'll only work one way! I used a punch and die set to create flat clear glazings for the instruments - added over a small blob of clear varnish to hold in place. Panels were then installed - adding thin superglue from behind each panel. Added separate spoiler linkages from 0.2mm silver steel rod. There are 'printed in' linkages - but I just wanted to add a little 'bling'. Next - buttoning up the fuselage/cockpit... Iain
  16. More progress... The front and rear bulkheads bonded in place using extra thin superglue. Spoiler actuating leavers fitted. Cockpit area sprayed Interior Grey Green. Data 'placards' added - from the kit decal sheet (includes spares). Instrument decals added (again, spares are provided) and panels dry-fitted in place - along with cockpit floor section. More work to do on the panels. And the bulkhead fit - I filled the extremely minor joint lines with decanted automotive primer, applied by brush - let dry overnight and gave a light sanding before paint. This is the result: More when there's more - but a great change of pace so far! Iain
  17. Thanks for the interest everyone - exactly why I posted on Britmodeller - I knew there's be some old hands here! Question - instrument panels - all black? I was looking at photos of a restored airframe that is grey green and black - but have been told a red/white/grey airframe would be all black? More progress - will get some more photos when I get a chance in daylight. If anyone's interested in more info on the kit I put together a review over on Large Scale Planes - hopefully the mods won't mind me posting a link. Iain
  18. Hi Paul, It's not cheap - but then neither is the process done to this level - and it's been a real labour of love for Tim, so it's beautifully done. Flying Start Models Iain
  19. Cockpit - a start made. This really is exquisitely done - and complete! Floorboards, seat bases and control columns prepped and bonded in place with a thick superglue to allow a little positioning time. One one minor issue - the tang at the front of the rear seat base needed trimming a little at its extremity in order to get a close fit of the angled profile to meet the 'V' of the fuselage underside. Tim is amending the instructions to detail this. Paint is Xtracrylix RAF Interior Grey Green: And with the seat squabs placed in situ - not glued at this stage: A start made on the instrument panels - these should look great - and the kit includes decals for instruments and placards: Ignore the gash yellow on the cable release - all will be neatened up! The seat straps were mentioned earlier with regards to possible damage when removing from the print supports: happy to report no issues whatsoever - I still need to remove final 'pips' with the tip of a scalpel, but they easily survived trimming with the side cutters and are tougher than they look! Hopefully a little more progress this evening, really enjoying this so far... If Tamiya released a range of 3D Printed niche subjects I reckon they'd look a lot like this, and might even fit together almost as well!! Iain
  20. Chance for a few quick photos this lunchtime... I wanted to start by illustrating the quality of design and printing in this kit - look at those rigging, strut and pitot mounting holes - all absolutely perfectly formed and sharp! Front and rear cockpit bulkheads removed from their supports and prepped, including drilling out two 0.6mm holes at the top of the rear bulkhead, as detailed in the instructions: Here they are dry fitted into the fuselage - absolutely perfect fit! The front bulkhead needs careful fitting to lock into place around the printed internal details. I'll bond in place by running a little extra thin superglue around the joints from the rear of each. From below: From above: And here's the cockpit base section dry fitted in place - with some gentle pressure in the middle, the fit is perfect! Back soon, because there's been more progress... Iain
  21. My first gliding was in the Barge - hopefully if Tim can sell enough of these, he'll take a look at the Sedbergh too! Iain
  22. And the fuselage prepped: Hopefully more in the next few days - have to say though, this is a delightful change of pace! Iain
  23. We now have a Porcupine with a semi-baldness problem: Next, a few minutes with a fresh scalpel blade to trim flush: Which gets us to here: Followed by sanding stick: And some 800 grit wet and dry paper: And, on a cautionary note - like traditional resin kits, the resin can be brittle. I made the mistake of doing the starboard wing whilst sat on the patio - the support lattice 'let go' of the wing when I wasn't expecting it - and it dropped on the patio - chipping a small section of trailing edge. Completely my fault - and easily fixed by cutting square and supergluing a section of styrene sheet in place: Iain
  24. So, making a start... First thing to address is removing the supports from the major components. It may look daunting, but it's very straightforward. Use a sharp pair of side cutters - I'm using a Tamiya set here - and be methodical. Work inwards from the outer edges, removing sections of support material once you've separated at the 'mounting' point to the part - this will give clearence to get to the next row of support attachments: I've found it best to cut slightly proud of the surface, rather than flush. If you cut flush you can occasionally take a small divot out of the surface of the part - easily fixed with a dab of superglue as a filler. And here we are - working back, section, by section: Ignore the remnants of the attachment points - we'll come back to those. Back in a mo... Iain
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