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  1. Thanks Pat.

    I've made a start with all the cutting out and filing with the wings being first. The undersurface of this plastic is very glossy. I didn't like the look of it and had doubts about paint adherence. To counteract this and gain a little more allowance when it comes to drilling strut location holes I've skinned the lower surfaces with 10 thou card. The ailerons and ribs are scored with a sharp craft knife and my big fingers have smeared pencil over one of the upper wings. I'm going to use the kit engine and have made a start on the cockpit. The bulkheads have equipment moulded on them which I have highlighted to act as a radio.


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  2. Hi John,

                 It's a lovely kit, one of the best from Airfix. Like Adrian I've built it OOB and used it for several kit bashes. But, despite Airfix claims of 143mph in the history, the kit represents an early model with the 250hp Eagle IV. It has the early short undercarriage, short prop and no shutters on the radiator. Not sure what version Cadbury and Leckie flew but the early Profiles have some decent pictures of the shutters etc.

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  3. This is a Sierra Scale Models vac form from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The kit is the Albatros CVII and represents an aircraft on the Western Front from late 1916 to mid 1917. The type entered service in September/October 1916 and was eventually superceded by the DFW CV, Rumpler CIV and LVG CV from the summer of 1917.  It was still highly regarded by the crews for short range tasks such as artillery cooperation but performance was no longer deemed acceptable for the longer range assignments.






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  4. Bringing this one to a close to clear the decks for the Under a Tenner GB. As others have noted I'm also suffering from GB overlap. Since the last post the undercarriage was constructed from 20x40 strip. The axle is 30thou rod with a cover made from 30x80 strip. I cut a groove with a saw and file for the axle. I don't usually bother with the cover but the CVII has an axle brake and I fancied adding the white metal part and needed the extra width. Wheels are the kit parts which were cut out and had card inserts stuck into the backs. The trap doors for any internal bombs and presumably camera work are represented by a couple of transfers I found in the spares. A tiny bit of rod acts as the weight on the end of the aerial line and the tail skid is white metal and came with the kit. Final work was at the front end with a cap for the water reservoir and the exhaust stack, the spinner and prop are white metal kit parts and the wireless dynamo is from something I found in the spares. No idea what is was or came from. The crew are Airfix with Emil the pilot transferring from Roland CII's and Franz fancied a change from the Hannover. Will post final shots in the Gallery.


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  5. So right P. This one has fought me all the way. I forgot to mention the observer's gun ring that didn't like it's intended home. The observant will notice one of the wing struts is not quite in alignment. I'd relocated the others but as one can guess it is the one that was most secure. As an appeasement to the modelling gods in a quest for a quieter life I've decided to leave it where it is. It seems to be working as I've managed to rig the wings and install the undercarriage without any, touch wood, further interventions from outside influences. Can see the end now.


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  6. I'm taking the opportunity offered by this years GB's to make some of the vac forms I've had for decades in some cases. I bought three of these as at the time I wasn't aware of any Albatros CI kits. That was in the early eighties. The twenty plus year sojourn then occurred before I built one as a Russian trophy CI. By now I had discovered the Joystick Albatros CI so the BII's got pushed further down the to do list. Until now. There is no price on the box but I have a Scale Models magazine from March 1983 which quotes £3.25 and this does sound familiar. I'm posting to make a commitment to myself so I don't change my mind as thirty eight years is long enough on the shelf. There are no transfers so I'll have to use a spare set from the Revell Fokker Eindekker.


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  7. Production has resumed after further distractions. I've managed to get the wings in place after several mishaps. First, I knocked the port lower off and took two attempts to relocate. Then the rear cabane was too short and had to be cut out. Then the starboard inner interplane strut holes were not aligned. I've redrilled the forward hole to get the strut straight and replaced the rear cabane supports. Just to make the day complete the starboard radiator was too low and had to be removed. I think I'm ready to sort the rest of the struts now but what a kerfuffle.


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  8. I picked this up from The Aerodrome web site a few years ago. The contributor was Steve Lawson. 


    On 26 June 1915 the Joint Services Committee ordered that aircraft should employ fuselage roundels. The RNAS used red ring devices, with either CDL or white centres up to 1 November 1915 when red, white and blue were stipulated. Wing roundels followed the same patterns. The RNAS added a blue central ring in similar fashion to French aircraft and aircraft sporting these markings remained active well into 1916. There was a gradual change to the RFC type roundel of outer blue, white and red until it predominated as all new aircraft would have been so marked at the factory.

  9. Have cracked on over the weekend and got this one finished. Not perfect but I've always been more looks like than replica builder. The tail skid was scratched using 20thou rod and is composed of two triangles which lock together. I've used two zero decals to represent the bomb doors and the Parabellum and exhaust stack are white metal and came with the kit. I used strip for the undercarriage legs and rod for the axle. This was secured with a dab of glue and invisible thread was wrapped around the rod and strip in similar fashion to the original rubber bungee cord. It was tied off and a touch of CA secured the knot. Prop and wheels are kit supplied white metal and I've only used the smallest serial numbers. According to WSDF Albatros aircraft were frequently sent from the factory without identification numbers so I have hidden this one under the elevators. There is no axle brake supplied and as there are several photos of aircraft without this device I've left it off. Couple of photos before the main gallery shots. Two for the price of one this time. The other aircraft is a kit bashed LVG CII which was started last year. John Masters Ardpol version inspired me to resume the build as a time filler when paint was drying. It's two thirds of an Emhar Anasal fuselage that has undergone serious surgery with practically everything else scratched. It may have qualified in it's own right but as it was started I thought twice about entering it.


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