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  1. Hot on the heels of her Spitfire PR.1G diorama, completed in January 2017, my daughter started her new project in early February. This was going to be her third build, but having done such a good job of her Spitfire and her first model, a Red Arrows Hawk, I had confidence she would manage. This project was going to be a wall hanging picture / diorama of "Snoopy verses the Red Baron" using a 1/72 Revell kit and a scratch built Snoopy and kennel. Framing the picture allows it to be hung on the wall where it won't be damaged and also it will keep the dust off the models.
  2. So...the latest...after almost 40 years of this hobby I finally built the Rittmeister's triplane, or one of them at least. I used the Roden kit, 1/72nd scale of course. This is a problematic kit and, like many Roden issues, suffers from "The Poor Fits." On the upside, the detail of the moulding is typical Roden, with excellent work on the overall kit, but why can't they get the turtleneck or tailplane to mesh? Why are they fiddling about with cabane struts that are 0.5mm too short? Argh! And the landing gear? My gods...even now I think the whole thing is going to collapse of its own, minuscule weight. I will take the Eduard kit any day, but I felt I should do this to get it off my mind and the bench. Colors are all Vallejo except for the Fokker Green streaking from Mr.Kit. Some of the decals are cannibalized from an Eduard stash and the control horns are photo etch from the F.1 I am not sure what to build next...I might do another another Fokker--a XXI from Finland maybe...Or something Bulgarian...or Greek...what era should I do fellows? Point me in a direction... Let's see if the pictures load...dont get too close!
  3. Dear Fellow Modellers, After completing my Grumman Duck (RFI here) I got the "biplane bug"... Then I read a favourable build review in Model Aircraft Magazine's December 2014 issue of the Revell Fokker Dr.I triplane (Red Baron's triplane, of course), which also classified it as an easy build, and thought: "Why not build a simple and quick triplane, in between more complicated models?". So, recently I went to my local hobby shop and got this for 10,50 €: Just two red sprues and a small decal sheet. Since I mainly use Gunze Mr. Hobby paints and the instructions have all the painting references using Revell paints, I went to Eduard's website and downloaded an instruction sheet for one of their Red Baron triplanes. Then I applied white primer to all parts, still in the sprues. Red plastic is not the best option for painting colours other than red... I used Tamiya's flat white acrylic paint as primer. It took several light layers to make the red less visible: This was done by the end of March. I left the kit alone for about a month and two weeks ago got back to it. I cut off most of the parts off the sprues, cleaned the molding lines and a bit of flash (not much really) and glued the parts to toothpicks with a drop of super-glue. I do this in order to achieve a better paint finish of small parts at first attempt, because I can choose the best point of contact to hold each part on the toothpick and don't have to touch them until they're finished. With the parts on toothpicks, I applied additional layers of white primer, to cover the cleaned up spots: To keep things simple and quick, this will be a purely OOB build (really!) and I'll only use acrylic paints (no Alclad for metallic parts). I started painting the small parts, progressing from lighter to darker colours, in order to optimise airbrush time (less cleaning needed between colours). Here are the cockpit parts already painted. This aircraft was mostly made of wood and canvas, which shows in the colours of the parts: The rims of the wheels, some pieces that where installed under the wings and the stirrup where also painted: After this I painted the cockpit walls, which are nicely detailed in the kit. First, the wood brown colour: This was masked before painting the second interior colour. Started by applying thin strips of masking tape to clearly define the edges of the area to be protected: Then I filled the interior with tape: This was done to the other half of the fuselage, of course. After painting the second colour (Olive Drab) and removing the tape, this was the result: To finish the cockpit walls, I used a paint brush to paint the ribs (Green-Gray) and the instrumentation / throttle quadrant (blacks, dark iron), resulting in this: Most of it won't be visible after closing the fuselage, but still... The last colours to apply with the airbrush were the metallic colours (silver, black metal), to the machine guns, engine parts, propeller centre,...: My last action was a dry-fit of the fuselage and wings to determine the best building / painting sequence. The idea is to make painting of the main parts as easy as possible and minimise damages to painting due to seam treatment. Here is the fuselage and the lower and middle wing dry-fitted: Now with the struts in place: and now with the top wing in place: It seems the best sequence is: close fuselage glue tail plane and fin and treat seams glue middle wing with struts and treat seams paint fuselage and middle wing paint lower wing glue lower wing and treat seams (these should be visible, like in the real plane) paint upper wing glue upper wing So, this should be enough for now. I haven't progressed further than this yet. Looking forward to your comments, as always. Jaime
  4. Hello, I'm currently building Revell's 1/72 Fokker Dr. I triplane (WIP thread here). I'd be most grateful if someone could clarify if stretchers were used in the rigging and, if so, what type. I haven't been able to find pictures on line to clarify this. I have Eduard's 1/72 stretchers and control horns PE set and would like to use the most appropriate types. Thanks in advance Jaime
  5. 1978 or 1979 seasons. Black? Grey? Silver? TIA, Carlos
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