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Moa

Handley Page HP42/45, Contrail vacuformed 1/72

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Next is the window areas. I started cutting CD liners, but since some of the windows had a slight curvature, I switched to polycarbonate of about the thickness of the fuselage walls. Both materials are not easy to cut or sand. A thin interior flange (to be applied) will eventually keep them in place with some glue. The kit's clear plastic is unusable due to yellowing:

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But how dare you call the steampunk flying bus a "lumbering, double biplane (wing and tail), fabric covered ungainly beast"? It sure is a curious looking beast, and massive. Great work so far, and you're putting your flying model building skills to good use.

 

Cheers,

Wlad

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Good detailed progress Moa. When you're on page 11, you know it's been hard graft. :yes:

 

Stuart

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On 2/25/2019 at 7:43 AM, Moa said:

Bad (but predictable) news, the protective paper of the decal sheet fused on, after almost four decades, so new ones will have to be commissioned:

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Not even in water the protective paper will let go of the decal, that otherwise is completely ok:

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Funny that the decal did not shatter or broke down, it is perfectly ok on the other side as shown, but the protective paper is firmly glued on the front:

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Moa, I started to build this kit when it was first released, even covered the fusalage in aluminium foil, but external pressures like family, work, house moves etc. meant the model did not survive.

 

However I still have the decal sheet which looks to be in mint condition. If you PM me you are welcome to have it.

 

Chris

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6 hours ago, Tankerman said:

Moa, I started to build this kit when it was first released, even covered the fusalage in aluminium foil, but external pressures like family, work, house moves etc. meant the model did not survive.

 

However I still have the decal sheet which looks to be in mint condition. If you PM me you are welcome to have it.

 

Chris

Hi Chris

You are very kind, but I commissioned a set from Arctic Decals, with a higher level of accuracy and detail. The decals in the kit are not bad, but have some issues (color and shape).

Nevertheless, your good intentions are much appreciated.

Cheers

 

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The cockpit and radio sections are added to the floor:

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Always checking that the structures coincide with the openings as they should:

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The work to furnish the cockpit begins. To the left, the instrument panel provided in the kit, to the right, the home-made one:

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Dressing continues:

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Geeze! Your scratch-built stuff looks better than what you get in most injection kits.

 

 

Chris

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As always, your attention to detail is great.

Those there steering wheels; PE, scratch?

 

Stuart

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5 minutes ago, Courageous said:

As always, your attention to detail is great.

Those there steering wheels; PE, scratch?

 

Stuart

Hi Stuart

those parts that fit the bill very satisfactorily are photoetched steering wheels used in trucks and such. I knew one day I would use them.

cheers

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On 4/16/2019 at 8:39 PM, Moa said:

Look at this enclosed cockpit on a four-engined, mostly metal monoplane airliner, in 1919.

I'll bite... What is it? 

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This is as much structural engineering as modelling, and very impressive. I suspect that my recent Contrail purchase may not be quite so involved! Keep it up; this is good stuff.

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8 hours ago, Chaotic Mike said:

I'll bite... What is it? 

Oh, I had posted this on September last year, thought most would have seen it:

Cheers Mike

 

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The Zeppelin really  is a beauty. Since were' reliving past glories :) I decided to post and RFI for my Deperdussin, I reckon Moa in particular would appreciate it.

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4 hours ago, Marklo said:

The Zeppelin really  is a beauty. Since were' reliving past glories :) I decided to post and RFI for my Deperdussin, I reckon Moa in particular would appreciate it.

 

I certainly do, so much that I also built one, as you can see here:

 

 

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Reading this in awe for the effort shown... and at the same time thinking, wasn't a plan and some styrenesheet an equal effort in the end?

 

But it has to be said... superb modelling...

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2 minutes ago, Silenoz said:

Reading this in awe for the effort shown... and at the same time thinking, wasn't a plan and some styrenesheet an equal effort in the end?

 

But it has to be said... superb modelling...

I think it would have been a lot more difficult, but would have ultimately resulted perhaps on a better model.

In any case, I don't know why, I feel a satisfying pleasure "rescuing" kits, many of them borderline irredeemable, for example the two Everest planes I built from the awful Frog molds.

I like to keep the scratch for more arcane endeavours, or when the existing kit is a fiasco.

Strangely enough, you can see online an interesting number HP42 built, which is rare for such big and complex kit, but I sensed that more juice could be extracted from this old mold.

It is, however, a balance act: you can't reconstruct/replace/re-do the whole kit, that would make no sense, but certainly many areas can benefit from improvement. I believe that in doing so the old hag can achieve a decent, if not ponderous presence.

In the same vein, I am satisfied with my Blackburn Kangaroo model made from the same manufacturer, even if certainly that kit also adolesced of many maladies and needed deep surgery and many corrections.

 

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Hi Moa

Wow, the wing spar is an inspired solution and will no doubt result in a strong structure when the wings are mated to the fuselage. The window areas look great too, no matter how hard I try I could never get my cutting so neat and the fit you have achieved is superb. 

Great great work.

All the best

Chris

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5 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Hi Moa

Wow, the wing spar is an inspired solution and will no doubt result in a strong structure when the wings are mated to the fuselage. The window areas look great too, no matter how hard I try I could never get my cutting so neat and the fit you have achieved is superb. 

Great great work.

All the best

Chris

Thanks , Chris, you are very kind.

Let's hope we arrive safely at destination.

Cheers

 

 

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Other parts are adapted:

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For comedic relief and brief change of scenery a 1/10th Cox Baby Bee engine is fabricated:

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Some of the parts are added:

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A little bit here, a little bit there:

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I have made a detour building in parallel a civil Junkers Ju-52, another corrugated brick in order to explore some tricks with the corrugations and cross-pollinate:

 

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