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Last year I produced a 3D model of a Le Rhone 9C engine, designed to be printed at 1:8 scale. It's part of a long term project to build a 1:8 Sopwith Pup to go with my Hasegawa Museum Series Sopwith Camel model. Over the last few days I've been trying to 3D print the cylinders on my Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K. I knew I was pushing my luck when I modelled the design, particularly with the cylinders. The cooling fins are only 0.35mm thick at the edges, and I knew they wouldn't be the easiest thing to print successfully. I started with auto-supports in Chitubox, plus additions of my own, but it quickly became obvious that something a little more bespoke was required. Hence, I resorted to my own support strategy designed in CAD. After 7 iterations I think I might be there. I just need to do the other 8 now... I'm still impressed with the detail of the printer. The grid is 1cm pitch.
Fellow members of my local IPMS have built many, many Wingnut kits and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em as they say. Having procrastinated too long I was fortunate to pick up one of the sell-off boxes from MBK in Germany. I chose the boxart version as the instructions suggested it had the bombs for ground attack, however I've also shown the cable pulleys the instructions show as painted over for this aircraft. Hey, it's my model. Paint is Tamiya, mostly as directed by WNW though I didn't like the various PC10 options they give so I modified proportions from one of their Olive Drab and Desert Yellow mixes to taste. I can't swear what it was now as I foolishly didn't write it down so my beautifully subtle variations at the ribs as been lost somewhat under the touch up coats after rigging. The kit was generally very easy to build, though not quite the perfection the WNW hagiography would lead one to believe. The decals were very, very thick; the cockpit coamings had duplicated part numbers in the instructions (guess how I discovered that!) and the worst problem was that the lower wings which should have a straight dihedral have a slight curve were their sprue was packed too tightly in the box - maybe that was a QC problem as the wheels came off at WNW? Other problems were mostly of my own making, either not thinking ahead sufficiently or finding that the greater length of 1/32 struts make the model much less robust than a 1/72 biplane. Rigging was put off for a good while, but in the end it was reasonably straight forward if time consuming. I just followed through logically from the fuselage outwards, and not doing too many lines in one session. Materials used were elastic "Prym" knitting-in thread from the local haberdashery shop fixed in place with Poundland superglue. There is probably enough elastic left for another 100 aircraft, and the reel was only £2 or so! I tried using a Sharpie, both black and silver on some line as an experiment but gave it up as too much of a palaver. In real life the "Prym" gives a certain shiny air sufficient to look like metal lines, and is more subtle appearing than in these photos. I hope you like these pictures and would encourage all of you with Wingnuts in your stashes waiting until your skills improve to just have a go. There was nothing difficult or impossible about the build if you just take it steadily. Despite the slight error noted above, the instructions are excellent and clear as to how to proceed. It has been a fun route to building detailed biplanes, I have several in the stash but at smaller scales. Would I build another large WW1? Well, not a WNW unless supplies resume or prices moderate, but there are other 1/32 makers back in the picture now so maybe one day... Cheers Will