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Gisbod

1/32 Felixstowe

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Hello all,

The rather beautiful Felixstowe all the way from New Zealand :) (although it sat in UK customs for 3 weeks before they got round to delivering - and charged me £50 for the privilege :()

Looks incredible at first glance - I'm going for the box art scheme as I like the varying finishes - clear linen/ painted/ plywood/ dark wood ;)

She's a big bird!

Few initial pics...

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Where all the 'action' takes place...

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Just been sawing the internal parts off the sprues - when I've got a big enough pile - I'll work out what to do next ;)

There are tons of attachment points to remove on the internal framework that keeps it from distorting/ breaking. I know everyone harps on about the size of the model but you need a big bench just when you're cutting the sprues! Let alone where to put the box..

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I have a notion to open up the top of the fuselage to show off the interior - I was thinking of a plastic framework to represent the stringers/ formers... But I'll see how that pans out. The other conundrum is how best to represent the rigging and pullies..

It's great to start such an epic kit though - I quite like the beginning where I'm not rushing anything - I'll try and keep that pace/ mindset throughout the model...

Cheers

Guy

Ps I've just finished a book called 'The Spider's Web' a Flight Commanders recollection of the WW1 flying boat campaign - it was excellent - Its nice to get an historical feel of what I'm building...

Pps Apologies for posting elsewhere...

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Friend of mine also got his kit the other day.

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Why did you have to pay 50 pound to customs?

Looks an impressive kit.

Stephen

Just the going rate for import tax & handling fee - I wouldn't mind so much, but the fact it took 3 days from leaving Wingnuts to arriving in London - then a further 3 weeks sitting on a shelf at customs because they have no one to answer to...

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I thought Ned Kelly was a crook.

Have you built many wingnuts kits? I would like to try one, but not sure which as I would like an easy kit to build first.

Stephen

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Will certainly be watching this build. I went for the late version and is one amazing kit.

Stephen, there's a lot to a WNW kit, but if you break them down to their sub-assemblies they aren't that difficult, but the tolerances of fit are such that paint on the joins could affect it. Care and patience will result in a great looking model.

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Watching this with interest

pick mine up tomorrow from Argos ( Ebay £235) I'm going for B the black and white dazzle !!

I've built a few WNW kits and they are stunning,I backed away from the Gotha as is was to big!! now I have this at almost twice the size!!! .

Bring on a HP 0/400!!!!

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I thought Ned Kelly was a crook.

Have you built many wingnuts kits? I would like to try one, but not sure which as I would like an easy kit to build first.

Stephen

Yep, about 7 or 8 I guess.. Really depends if you like rigging.. If not - the Hansa - Brandenburg W.12 is a great kit - excellent fit, not difficult (and as Dave said - you just have to be careful as the fit is almost too perfect!) and minimal rigging - although I particularly liked the Pfalz D.III - simple construction - lovely aircraft - medium rigging. I just wouldn't start with a Brisfit or RE8... Everyone seems to recommend the Pup, but that has a slight fit issue with the lower wing - so I'd go for the Pfalz

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Guy

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Or a Fokker D.VII with next to no rigging

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Thank you, I have now only to choose which to tackle first. Pfalz will be the one. I wanted the wife to buy me one a few years ago but didn't happen. They certainly are fine models built and un-built.

Stephen

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Perusing my sample of this , in the "Duelists" set , I thought it will take as long to rig it as it takes to build it. WNW's are excellent , setting a high standard , but ya gotta remove paint from mating surface's , the fit is that good!

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My Felixstowe arrived just after Christmas, I went for the "Duelists" set too. But as a WNW virgin, the Felixstowe is going to have to wait until I've got a couple of smaller, single-engined WNW kits under my belt first. This is a whole new world of modelling in relation to accuracy, fit and detail. I cannot wait to get started on one, but in the meantime I'll enjoy yours! :popcorn:

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Look forward to seeing how this builds up. I'm still toying with the idea of getting one but I've seen one in the flesh and it's huge.

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...although it sat in UK customs for 3 weeks before they got round to delivering - and charged me £50 for the privilege :().

£50.00, I thought it was only £20.00?

£12.00 for the Taxman and £8.00 to the Royal Mail, for the liberty of handling the Taxmans money (or is it the other way round?)

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£50.00, I thought it was only £20.00?

£12.00 for the Taxman and £8.00 to the Royal Mail, for the liberty of handling the Taxmans money (or is it the other way round?)

Charged me £41 tax and a £9 handling fee.... :(

Quick mini update on the petrol tanks...

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Guy

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Charged me £41 tax and a £9 handling fee.... :(

As i understand it the tax is directly related to the value of the goods being imported .

Ahhh, that explains it, still want one though...

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Ticking along..

Just prepped the woodwork for the oils & I've used Uschi plywood decals for the interior fuselage. Super duper kit! Loving it so far ;D

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(the sink holes won't be visible once finished)

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Guy

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Wow will watch this with interest, would love to be able to get one of these but I would need a bigger house, got the Roden 1/72 scale version to build instead. Good luck with your build, looking good so far and the plywood decals look fabulous.

All the best
Chris

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