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CedB

Avia B-71 - ICM 1/72

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I have to say Ced, the kit is far from perfect but the detail is nice and you appear to be making a great job of it!

 

i really like have that was has turned out, luckily my local hobby store (Hereford model centre, it's like a proper toy/model shop that I used to go to as a kid, an electric train running round the rafters and kits stacked in piles! ) stock the full citadel range (and tamiya and Vallejo ) so will have to get some!

 

Rob

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Looking good. I must admit that the weathering now just looks good to me after putting it together with the pilot in it.. The kit reminds me of Roden's He 111 . Well and nicley detailed but a catastrophic fit, which made me stay away from builing it. Good to see that glazing nose fits well. I think one headache less for you.

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4 hours ago, limeypilot said:

Good to see you found the control yoke, it would have been a bummer to have lost it...even if it won't be seen when on the ceiling! It'll stop Fritz the pilot getting irate at not being able to control his aircraft!

 

Ian

 

Thanks Ian - it's the first thing I've caught with my trousers for some time :wicked:

 

Thanks Rob - great to have a decent model shop close by - although it could get expensive!

 

Thanks PC - rude? I can't think what you mean :wicked: Now, of course, I'll have that on my mind every time I handle it...

 

Thanks Benedikt - the wash does settle down after a while as it dries out.

 

I've closed up the rear. Nice fit but it has one of those irritating round edge gap in the tail and rear:

 

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Nothing that a bit of filler won't sort out.

I've been dry-fitting the rear fuselage to the mid-section - that link that Alexey posted a while ago suggested taping all the parts together and then glueing right at the end. I can sort of see why, and that's why I've left the trailing edges unglued, but the fuselage still 'pops out' annoyingly. The thought occurred to me that the glue would melt the locators a bit and settle the join - but then perhaps it might not. Eventually I decided to just go for it:

 

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Making sure the join was melding and clamping the trailing edge and wing root to keep it closed. Fingers crossed!

 

I'm really pleased I bought a canopy masking set for this - the frames are very fine - so that's a job to be getting on with while the glue dries.

 

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Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr

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Well those will stop a lot of bad language , the masks that is.

She looks like she is coming together nicely Ced.

 

Simon.

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Round edge gaps? You need filler and a rounded scraping gizmo :coolio: Can't post a pic right now, but if you're interested I can probably do it tomorrow.

I concur with Simon about the canopy masks :thumbsup: 

 

Ciao

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Alex is having a bit of a rest due to his cold Ced, but as he says, 'you can never have too many clamps'.

 

I hope it stops 'popping' and starts to behave.

 

I've been having a ponder over crew members and 'fit'. I know it's probably too late, but what about trying Matchbox crew figures?

 

I have this Dornier in the stash; my mental picture (now there's a concept :o), suggests that the three light blue German chaps in this kit may fit your Avia. They're slim and well defined, unlike me:

 

https://www.scalemates.com/kits/143208-matchbox-pk-409-dornier-do-g-1

 

Maybe someone closer to you might have some Matchbox bods they don't need?

 

All the best

TonyT

 

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Looking good Ced. Luckily we have a Games workshop type place in the building were I work so I popped down stairs and picked up some Sepia shade.

can't wait to give it a blast. :giles:

 

Johnny brown

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2 hours ago, CedB said:

Now, of course, I'll have that on my mind every time I handle it...

 

 

Fnaar,fnaar...:lol:

 

Shame about that German chappie, he is a bit chunky, must have been all that bratwurst! When I was cutting them off the Dornier sprue, it did seem that the crew were different sizes - were two of them smaller than the other two? When I was rifling through the spares box looking for others for you, I came across a couple of fairly poor jet pilots - they were a really weird size, somewhere between 1/72 & 1/48! Have no idea where they came from but I do know where they went - straight in the bin, they were awful!

 

Keith

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58 minutes ago, keefr22 said:

 

Fnaar,fnaar...:lol:

 

Shame about that German chappie, he is a bit chunky, must have been all that bratwurst! When I was cutting them off the Dornier sprue, it did seem that the crew were different sizes - were two of them smaller than the other two? When I was rifling through the spares box looking for others for you, I came across a couple of fairly poor jet pilots - they were a really weird size, somewhere between 1/72 & 1/48! Have no idea where they came from but I do know where they went - straight in the bin, they were awful!

 

Keith

Hey, hey, hey, Nothing against a german Bratwurst ( with a good beer) !!!!:wicked: Ced could put him on a strict diet: FdH= Friss die Hälfte ( rude: just eat half), but that would put some time and good will. I think Tony's idea with the Matchbox ones could be good alternative :).

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22 minutes ago, bbudde said:

Hey, hey, hey, Nothing against a german Bratwurst ( with a good beer) !!!!:wicked: 

 

I absolutely love German Bratwurst!! And a good beer to go with it!

 

Might be why I'm even chunkier than that Dornier crewman! :lol:

 

Keith

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Thanks Simon - hopefully the masks will fit!

Thanks Giorgio - 'a rounded scraping gizmo'? A tool I don't have? What! I must get one immediately so please do send some details :) 

Thanks TT - Keith has very kindly sent me some other pilots and they'll be appearing soon, but I think I want to mould some copies later so this one is going to have to make do with just the pilot. It'll be fine - that's one more than the kit provides! I've just checked my Airfix Ju52 in the stash in case there were some candidates there and look who's supplied:

 

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Hey, they're not Luftwaffe, they're 'chubbies' - with FACES - must be an old mold (tell me about it) so they're going in the molding pile...

 

Thanks Johnnie - good luck with the Sepia - if I can use it...

 

Thanks Keith - especially for the pilot selection, very kind. The Dornier crew are two sorts (oooh, get me, crew expert!); pilots with their legs straight out and crew with their legs bent. Sadly they're all too fat - must be the Bratwurst and beer as you say (although I don't have the former as an excuse for my figure) :)

 

Thanks Benedikt - don't mention diets, I'm still on one! :)

 

I can't let you go to bed without checking the joins:

 

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Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr

 

Happy enough with those, although I think the rifflers will have to come out for the wing roots.

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10 hours ago, CedB said:

Thanks Giorgio - 'a rounded scraping gizmo'? A tool I don't have? What! I must get one immediately so please do send some details :) 

It's this one Ced:

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This is actually something @Fritag talked me into. There's also another one for straight edges and another rounded tool but for seams; they can be found here:

http://www.modelsrgo.co.uk/modelling-tools/cutting-scribing.html

 

HTH :winkgrin: 

 

Ciao

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Thanks Giorgio - great tool! I have the straight one and use it a lot, good stuff :)

Go on Pin, you know you want to (and get the straight one too!)

 

 

Boring scraping, filing and sanding this morning to get rid of high spots and (small) steps:

 

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Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr

 

Note the riffler files - also a Fritag recommendation and great for (gently) removing steps on round areas.

Then, unusually, I felt like some masking so I started on the canopy. The main one fits well after cutting out the bits at the back bottom (??!):

 

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and the windscreen fits well. They just don't fit together:

 

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I followed the Eduard guide to choose the screen that matched the single-slot nose - the instructions just have a '?' next to the parts.

I've got the wrong one, haven't I?

I must straighten up the masks too - I always have to remind myself that I'm masking the windows, not the frame, but they need to line up and, if you don't get it right, the photos will highlight it (see above).

Patience gone (again) - more later.

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I'm still using Flexi-files!

That canopy looks like it fits where it touches, but I'm sure that a man of your calibre will soon sort that out.

 

John

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Something's a bit amiss there Ced. Is there a screen with a more gradual angle?

 

Orherwise it's great progress on wing attachment :thumbsup2: 

 

You're positively racing through a tricky kit here Ced.

 

I wonder if Benedikt would concur that your next challenge should be the RODEN  He-111A/B/C/E?

 

I'm really starting to think you could bash it. It's infamous; for very good reasons (I made a start; So. Very. Much. Sanding and scraping.) .

 

http://www.roden.eu/HTML/005.htm

 

A Ced take on it would be pretty inspiring. I bet that you would see a way to bash it that no one else has ;).

 

TT

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Not exactly the ideal form of mold, really, but..Is it possible to make an adjustment of the gap?

 

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41 minutes ago, TonyTiger66 said:

 

 

I wonder if Benedikt would concur that your next challenge should be the RODEN  He-111A/B/C/E?

 

I'm really starting to think you could bash it. It's infamous; for very good reasons (I made a start; So. Very. Much. Sanding and scraping.) .

 

http://www.roden.eu/HTML/005.htm

 

A Ced take on it would be pretty inspiring. I bet that you would see a way to bash it that no one else has ;).

 

TT

Mhh,  I don't know. Maybe. It's a good looking one at the end but I don't hate Ced at all and don't want to embarrass him or drive him to desperation. :D So, the Airfix Superfreigter could be an option, what you wanted some time ago.

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Thanks Keith, John and Ozzy - I did have the wrong one (see below) and the other fits just fine, but thanks for the ideas :) 

Thanks TT - the 111 earlies do look like interesting subjects but I'm not looking for any more problems kits than I already have - yet. I almost added one to my Scalemates wish list but thought better of it until I've done some more research!

Thanks Benedikt - kind of you :) 

 

Disciplining myself to (gradually) mask up the canopies. Future builders - watch the masks for the nose; if you get the wrong one, they almost fit and you'll spend ages trying to get them aligned before you realise the error (ask me how I know)

 

Correct screen and canopy masked and glued:

 

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Untitled by Ced Bufton, on Flickr

 

Note that I've left the filling until after the clear parts go on, although so far the fit is great (and the original aircraft had sliding canopies, so they shouldn't be too tight anyway).

 

Empennage (still love that word) fitted:

 

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Interesting job - the joins are supposed to be a bit gappy so the only join points are the hinges really. Bit of patience required while the TET takes hold.

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5 hours ago, TonyTiger66 said:

 

[...] your next challenge should be the RODEN  He-111A/B/C/E?

 

 

You're an evil, evil man.

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10 hours ago, giemme said:

It's this one Ced:

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This is actually something @Fritag talked me into. There's also another one for straight edges and another rounded tool but for seams; they can be found here:

http://www.modelsrgo.co.uk/modelling-tools/cutting-scribing.html

 

HTH :winkgrin: 

 

Ciao

Now where have I seen something like that before? Hang on...file_zps9451f5da.jpg

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Thanks Simon, your support is greatly appreciated! :)

Thanks Jont - me too, the new one looks miles better :)

Hi Churchill, you naughty man you - they only go up to 40mm? I'm not saying anything... :wicked: 

(For those who don't know, 'Conveen Optima' are male external catheters - I Googled it.)

Not the worst search tonight. Mrs B wanted to watch 'First Dates' so of course I forced myself. Laura if you must know. One of the dates asked for a 'Porn Star Martini'. "What's that?" I asked. "I don't know, Google it" said Mrs B. Interesting...

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