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  1. Both planes have been primed, puttied & sanded and re-primed. Not happy with the surface but it is what it is. I’m moving forwards with the build and still learning to use the airbrush. Tyres have been painted and masked for spraying the hubs. Turns out my that "house maintenance kit" punch set's smallest blade (3mm) is pretty much spot on for the wheel hub masks. I decided to paint tyres first as it resulted simpler painting workflow; could've gone the other way round just as easy. Hefty looking fine precision instrument . One of the wheels had a larger-than-minor casting imperfection. I didn’t bother fixing it but decided to use it for C. 450 as the wheel spats will hide the faults. Incidentely, there’s six wheels instead of four. That’s because this build has caught up with a C. 561 build I started some time ago. I’ll be building these three in lockstep so C.561 may ”bleed” into some images here. This build is about the two Caudrons Arnoux used so anything relating to C. 561 is co-incidental and only serves to illustrate the actual topic. However, here’s two images starring the C. 561. First a family portrait: Undeniable resemblance there. And what a sleek airframe the C.561 was! Cheers, -M
  2. Actually, there is something I could do: I could paint a coarse rectangle with slightly different shade of blue where Monville’s name should be, and slam the ”Arnoux” decal on top of it to simulate hasty paint job done between the legs. Likely to be an un-thruth but since I’m guessing anyway… Cheers, -M
  3. I wonder if somebody here has some insight on the markings? I’ve been looking at the decals. For C. 460 they seem ok but for C. 450 I’m not so sure . Everything I have found on the net says Monville was race no. 3. The decals give the plane as no. 13. I haven’t found a clear picture with Monville’s race number (there are always people standing in the line of sight) but it looks to me that it is 3, not 13. Easy remedy, though, I’ll just cut the decals in a suitable way. Another thing is the pilot’s name on the cowling. Instuctions give text as ”Arnoux” without any decorations. Again looking at the photos, it seems to me that at the starting line it reads ”Monville” in the cowling, decorated with a coloured circle in front of the name. So either the decals are wrong or the ground crew repainted the name during the break between the legs. The circle looks to be light colour but old black and white films are tricky to interpret. 1935 it could be orthochromatic or panchromatic film they used. Anyways, there is little I can do as I don’t have any means to produce new decals. Still, I’d like to know. The decals look like this: I think that at the start of the race Monville had his name on the cowling as in decal 12 for C. 460 is for Arnoux (upper sheet). Instead the instructions give only text "Arnoux"; see decal 14 from the C. 450 sheet (lower). Cheers, -M
  4. Splendid start with the cape! Can you give details on how you did it?
  5. Excellent sculpting and top notch painting! Very comic booky. The plinth also fits nicely to the subject.
  6. I think the topside seams are ok. Bottom ones need some work, but first I need to get some primer on so I can better see the problem. Wings, nose and tail bits have been attached, too. Next I need to prep all the small bits and then to the paint shop! Or garage, as the other members of the family call it. This is taking form now; there’s a passing resemblance of an airplane present, rigth? Cheers, -M
  7. Great idea to use a triangular base! Keeps the composition tight & directs the viewer's gaze to the action at the muzzle of the gun.
  8. Wasn’t ready for joining the fusalage halves after all. Instrument panels needed to be assembled. Tiny things, here they are sitting on top of Tamiya 10 ml paint bottle. Not perfect, but they’ll do. Seat belts are on and the seat subassemblies are glued to the right fusalage halves along with the bulkheads. Flap actuator rods are painted. Nice detail on the bulkheads: there was a dot/hole marking the backsides so less change to install them incorrectly. Now I am ready to join the halves. Fit was really tight and I got the things inside the hull just a tiny bit misaligned. I should’ve taken more time with fitting the seat assemblies and bulkheads. But the seams don’t look that bad, just need some putty and careful sanding. The top looks worse but I am more worried about the bottom and the possibility of loosing the fine ribbing there due sanding. There’s also some minor casting imperfections on the bottom near the seams. We’ll see how this turns out. I tested Tamiya epoxy on the other fusalage and VMS slow CA on the other. Not sure really sure what to think of them. The one with larger gap was glued with Tamiya epoxy but the gap is not due to the glue used, the bulkheads were more misaligned in this one, thus the larger gap. Cheers, -M
  9. Ok, duly noted. No offence intended.
  10. Not a company or product but similar in nature. There used to be a nice little luncheon near my office. To accommodate the international crowd, they provided the menu in English, too. Great food, good price but the translations in the menu might have benefitted a more careful consideration. “Cheesy vegetable patties” were excellent if you dared to taste them.
  11. Both planes had the same 6-cylinder, supercharged Renault engine that produced ca. 230 kW. It was inverted and there was a fairly large opening in the front exposing some of the engine. The kits represent that as a relief depicting first two cylinders. Nicely cast piece of resin that contains all that is needed without making the kit unneccessarily complicated. The engine relief is now painted, too. I've tinted the cylinder pushrods to get some accents to the engine block, but it doesn't show that well in the pictures. Cheers, -M
  12. Cockpits are painted and ready for assembly. Not much will been seen once the fusalage halves have been closed. I will pose the cockpit open and leave out the hatch on the left side of cockpit. In the real thing the canopy slides forward and the hatch comes completely off (unhinged), so that’s quite plausable for a parked aeroplane. This allows for slightly enhanced visibility into the cockpit. I tried to build some depth into the painting with lighter and darker shades. Painting is also deliberately exaggerated but hopefully doesn’t look overdone once the fusalages are closed. Painting is bit crude, too, that’s not intentional but my lack of skill for producing smooth colour transitions. Instructions don’t give any painting guidance for the interior. For some reason I think it was light grey but cannot find verification on that. It could be that I read it in some french modelling forum — an achievement in itself as I don’t speak french at all ; Google translate is suprisingly good if you have prior knowledge on topic and enough good will to overlook the not-so-smooth language & misinterpretations it will produce. Any other colour in the cockpit is purely fictional and in there to give some accents to the boringly grey overall look. If somebody knows how the colours actually were, I’d like to know. Left side of the fusalage is the same for both planes. The lever on the wall is used to control the flaps. Relief coming from the lever represents the pushrods that move the actuators . I may have glued the lever in ”flaps down” position although I won’t be posing them that way. I pondered some time whether I should replace the relief with rods but decided against it; I don’t think I could’ve cut the relief off cleanly enough. On right there is a pressure bottle on C. 460 but not on C. 450. C. 460 also has an upright "pole" in front of the pilot. NACA Technical Memorandum No. 765 focuses on 1934 Coupe Deutch competition which both C. 450 and C. 460 took part. There is a description and schematic on the operation of the C. 460 landing gear mechanism. It’s an oleo-pneumatic system. Compressed air pushes a piston which pushes oil and causes hydraulic jacks to move the landing gear. Relieve the pressure and the movement is done in reverse. I think that pressure bottle is the air reserve and the "pole" is the cylinder. Looking at the photos I realize I’ve left the flap actuator rods unpainted with accent colour. Have do that, then it’s time to assemle the cockpit and start mating the fusalage halves. Cheers, -M
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