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  1. MR Paint https://mrpaint.sk/ The best I ever airbrushed, instantly drying and a number of colors related to WWI is available. They are like Alclad in color Another company selling paints of WWI colors only is Drooling bulldog. Hope it helps.
  2. Hmm, can' really remember, what I used here. Beside my bench is a storage of the fine brass pipes (and some nickel silver) from Albion from 0.3mm up to 2.0mm in 0.1mm steps. So it depends on the aircraft - I use always the Windsock Datafiles as reference. You can calculate it: circumference = π * 2 * r and if you half that (- thickness), you will get nearly the strut size. May be it is easier to take a short piece (0.8, 1.0, 1.1mm) and squezze it In meantime a friend printed my some pads for the vice with a 3D printer. But it is not that perfect as the tool, you can buy here, but only for 1/32: it converts 1.4mm tube into 1.6mm x 1.0mm brass struts https://www.shapeways.com/product/N6N2WG6JA/1-32-fokker-d-vii-quot-strut-smasher-quot-tool By the way, he sells also some nice louvre sets in different sizes: https://www.shapeways.com/product/TG6GLJL6N/6mm-miniature-louvre-die-set Cheers, Frank
  3. Thank you very much for your nice feedback From my workbench I like to work with wood and nearly every of my modelsdownscaled originals has one. Mostly 1/48, only the Eduard Stripdown models are 1/72. For the latest build in that small scale my Fokker D.VIII got also a real wooden AXIAL airscrew. Yes, and the wooden underside was a test, because I want to build a Lloyd one day plated with real wood. Here the short-run nature is clearly visible I put always brass pins in my struts. The N-struts do not fit to the holes! I hate to glue in something under pressure! I tried in a mounting frame, but it do not work. So I made new ones from squezzed brass tubes with pins: More scale compared to the kit part! After black paint glued into fuselage. On this picture the paint needs to be repaired from the previous tries to use the kit struts. My solution holds the upper wing without any support. The outer wooden struts. The length according to model needs. No decals yet. Cheers, Frank
  4. Thank you! I put brass pins into the exhaust pipes: The pins hold them already without glue! I always use a mix of Gaspatch turnbuckles, here Anchor points, Albatros and One end. But type A and C are also often in use, see my latest Albatros W.4 here: Cheers, Frank
  5. Very nice so far! You invited me to shown my Phönix too, now in the neighbor thread The inner struts was made from steel, so painted balck instead of wood. But how to hell you managed to use the kit struts? I replaced the outer ones with wood and the inner with brass. Cheers, Frank
  6. Hello, I build some time ago the D.I Special Hobby: Phönix D.I K.u.K. Kriegsmarine again in 1/48. The plastic parts are somehow of short run quality, but really not bad! The kit comes even with PE and resin parts. I added some further details like Gaspatch turnbuckles and airspeed indicator, and wooden parts like airscrew and struts. And this was my first model with a "rubber" rigging, painting of the light effects on the wing ribs and a wooden plated fuselage! It was a experiment and with a fail it would only be visible from below Painting was done with Gunze and Alclad. Happy modeling, Frank The real wooden bottom side: And a nice view: The curved front was the hardest part: The resin cooler is really cool and was part of the kit, painted with Alclad: The Gaspatch speed indicator ... ... was really in use:
  7. But only a modeller can recognize the effort and care behind the scenes! Cheers, Frank
  8. Thank you very much for your overwhelming feedback! Much appreciated! And sorry, the last picture was a duplicate to the previous one in the first post, I fixed the link now. You should inform me about such mistakes Cheers, Frank
  9. Thanks and very nice to meet you here, Erik! Cheers, Frank
  10. At first thank you all for your fantastic feedback! I used the Gaspatch metal turnbuckles of type Albatros (for an Albatros ), A, C, "One End" and "Anchor Points". See http://www.gaspatchmodels.com/products/metal-turnbuckles-48.html For the ropes I used here a "non-functional" rigging, that means a rubber product "Rig that thing" found in a ebay shop. That has the advantage that the lines are always straight, but do not give additional strength to the model. I'm not sure how long this will work with UV light by sun, but I think my glass cabinet protects. If that strength is needed (functional rigging) the I used on my other models a very fine fishing line. In both cases the mounting is done with 0.4mm brass pipes (available from Albion) cut into short pieces. Cheers, Frank
  11. Wow, what a great feedback - Thank you very much! There is a detailed build report on the ww1aircraftmodels forum, but I can show here also some interesting pictures. Bend struts replaced by thinner brass ones, sanded in form. Ailerons cutted from wings, with correct control scratched Used Alclad primer and MRP linen Modified seat Axle for my wooden prop, able to rotate drill tool for the spinner Bare metal foil and black decals Engine from Vector with new heads and spark plugs Fabric seat belts (Eduard/HGW) and cockpit, brass fuel tank, new water tank Wood with oil paint and clear colors Drain valves on radiators: Browned MG from Master New Exhaust New struts after a broken ones Cheers, Frank
  12. No, this are decals printed by Eduard and part of the kit. I only toned the colors a bit down with high diluted paint. And I shadowed after that the ribs, using a "moving mask", since I avoided to mask on top of the decals. Cheers, Frank
  13. Albatros W.4, Eduard 1/48 My model number 5 of 2019 is finished, after a light weathering I think it is finished now. This float plane is a Albatros W.4, as flown at Baltic sea at "Seeflugstation Windau". The kit is a very fine Eduards Profipack with PE, mask and decals, released 2003. I added a wooden screw, some brass parts, Gaspatch turnbuckles of different type and a Vector resin engine. I used paints by Alclad, MRP, Gunze, oils and pastels for weathering. The build was pure fun, with a lot of added details! And now the pictures! I hope you will like it! Cheers, Frank
  14. There seems to be a problem with the search syntax. If I search for mustang AND 1/18 as suggested by search form, it finds a lot of postings containing only mustang. and or AND are ignored. At least the help and suggestions should be fixed, to match the search engine behavior. Thanks, Frank
  15. The older Google Picasa provides links to embed the pictures externaly. Those links and pictures are still valid, but it is no more possible to add pictures to Picasa. It was replaced by Google Photos, but it states explicitly on help pages, that embedding the pics on external sites is NOT supported and any tricks will not work forever. You can officially generate links and share them, but with click on it you will see the pictures only on the Google pages. There is a way doing this with Google Drive, but this is not that easy. My personal opinion: dropping the embedding feature was one of the reasons to replace Picasa by Photos Cheers, Frank
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