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Orso

Albatros almost finished

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OK. Normally I don't build in this scale 

 

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But look what I found. I could not resist it.

 

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I finished the Avro 504 from Smer so I continue with quality models. I especially like that there is no doubt where the decals should go. The dual radiators are a nice touch. 

 

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A perfect model to keep my vision that 1/48 planes are no good. Almost less detail than 1/72 etc. (Esci's Viggen apparently made a big impression in my childhood).
This one is actually in 1/50 so I can uphold my claim that I don't build in 1/48 

 

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I will remove the engraved markings but I think the file was too rough. It removed to much material.

 

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The wing tip decreased by almost 10 mm so I could just as well do the same with the other one, but then the bottom wing was too long so it also got a reduced span.

I also removed every second rib

 

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Time to attach the wings

 

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I made a new fuselage for it.

 

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The span may look a bit short.

 

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A plastic egg and a 1/48 scale Viggen nose make up the fuselage frame.

 

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Then the tail was then filled with plastic strips

 

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and a large amount of filler and Magic Sculp. A lot of filler will be used for this build. Do you think that I can get Tamiya as a sponsor.

 

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But a small problem arose which I was almost prepared for. The nose feels too blunt. I had problems deciding on how to turn the egg. The pointed part forward or backward?
I choose to point it to the back because it would look most like the Albatros fuselage. Turning it the other way would probably made it look to fat at the rear.

 

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But with a good saw you can overcome everything. I think the answer to the problem is to cut another egg.

 

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Adding the pointy part to the blunt nose should do it.

 

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I did choose a large plastic egg for my build so it will be larger than Hasegawas Egg plane series.

 

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Instead it will fit in with the Revell series of the Fünfdecker, Messaschnitzel and the Spitsfire.

 

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This is a fun build. I have seen several of these types of models but have never seen one in the process of being built. Will follow with interest.

 

P.

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I finally found a propeller for it. A 1/32 Fokker Dr.I from Roden came to rescue.

 

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But i need to cut in the fuselage that I had finished puttying and sanding.

 

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But I think it is the easiest way to do it so bring out the putty again.

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Parts for the engine comes from the Revell "Messaschnitzel" I modified it and added something on the top to get the old engine look.

 

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Finally it is time for some paint.

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Fun build and nice work so far! :)

 

Håkan

 

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Time for some colour.

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and I will try wood decals for the first time.

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Interesting effect but I should have chosen a painted plane. Much easier and quicker.

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1 hour ago, AdrianMF said:

Looks good! I think the wood adds to the fun.

 

Definitely!

 

Gene K

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Wood decals are finished

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Now on to the task of fitting a top wing.

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Nice work with the wood decals! :)

 

Håkan

 

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I was close to make a big mistake. I almost drilled holes for the struts for the top wing when I realised that I wouldn't have any space left for the guns so I need to get that sorted first.

I decided to use parts from the Roden 1/32 scale Triplane with some scratch building.

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The guns are ready for paint.

 

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With the wood done on the Albatross I decided to start painting the Fokker as well.

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To mount the top wing has worried me for some time but it turned out to be of no problem at all. Now I can go on adding the rest of the struts.

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The wheels have given me some problems. The only ones I could find was the spare wheels from the JoHan 1931 Cadillac in 1/24 scale. I wasn't all happy with them. I found them to wide and the spokes was to much automotive for my taste. When I managed to crack all of the spokes on one of the wheels I had to improvise again. The wheels were made of polystyrene so I broke them apart ant removed 1 mm to make them thinner.

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A couple of plastic discs replaced the spokes.

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This feels better.

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I think your just being very very silly!

 

Marvellous job though, what else could you do with some of those old kits?

 

Keith. 

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2 hours ago, Britman said:

what else could you do with some of those old kits?

Not the best or most modern kits. When I had came to a point where I could see how this build was shaping I had a close call. I was standing with an old Fokker F.VII in my hands thinking that maybe there was an egg model hiding in there. In the end I came to my senses and didn't buy it. But I did build an Avro 504 from Smer a while ago.

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Now I'm getting to the stage where my models turns in to "the sleeping beauty"

 

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When I can see what it will look like in the end my interest fades and the project goes to sleep.

 

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But I will fight to finish this one now.

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Getting closer to finish it. Got the decals on.

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Now I need to decide if I should add a pilots head or a seat and a stick.

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