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AdrianMF

Frog/Novo Miles Magister

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Hello All,

 

I'm in! I have a ton of work stuff to do between now and the end of the build, and a couple of boxes full of training goodness (this, Pegasus Master I, Frog/Novo Master III, Frog/Novo Oxford, Frog/Novo Proctor) that are candidates. So I'm starting with something simple and hopefully quick. I think I built this from balsa when I was about nine or ten, it being the simplest shape from Aircraft of the Fighting Powers Vol 1. There are newer and better kits out there I believe, so I will try to improve it a little as we go along. I'm intending to do an all-yellow version, serial L8338, as pictured in the book. Here's the real thing, courtesy of Wikipedia commons:

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So, what have we got?

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Fuselages have a moulded-on blind flying hood, which I have removed to replace later. The ding in the wing root is not me, it's a moulding flaw, honest!

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Insides got a scrape down to remove the moulded in part number and a big ejection pin mark:

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Wings and tailplane went together nicely, with the elevators slightly drooped (so I didn't have to prop them up while drying...):

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Starboard side doors and hatch were scribed using the raised kit lines as a guide:

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The back of the cowling was scribed to represent the gap:

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The vague inlets moulded on both sides of the cowling were removed. I'll get that sink mark later!

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The anti-spin strakes were also removed and will get replaced with card later on:

C4-C331-C4-36-D3-4-F93-B226-98-A102-B6-C

 

Cockpit time! Some freshly-stretched sprue for the internal structure:

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(It was only after that I remembered this is a wooden aeroplane and so it doesn't have a tubular internal structure)

 

Floor and wing root blanking plate over the top of the two floorlets provided by the kit:

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Bulkheads courtesy of trial and error fitting:

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Control panels same:

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Seats. I have seen pictures of nice leather seats, and I quite liked the kit ones, so I scribed up some leatherwork:

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Some card and stretched sprue details:

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Compasses are slices of an overspill pip off the end of the old Airfix Seaking door runner. It's good to have a spares box!

 

New inlets and a hinge from stretched sprue bits, hollowed out with a file or scraped down to a half round:

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Wine bottle foil belts and a splash of Hubrol's finest acrylic:

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And ready to close up:

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Thanks for looking,

Adrian

 

 

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Coming along very nicely. :like:

 

I’ve recently acquired an original Frog boxing of this kit, which I am saving for another GB. I shall keep this thread bookmarked for some handy hints and tips! 

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Some good old fashioned modelling going on!

 

Trevor

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Got one of these myself & I'm going to copy off you so you'd better do a good job. Love these Frog trainers, just wish I had more than one, good job up to now.

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3 hours ago, spaddad said:

you'd better do a good job.

No pressure then, gulp!

 

They are proper old school kits and fun to just build in a weekend-y sort of way.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Trouble is, I gotta have spats:

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Three laminations of 40 thou sanded down.

 

Seems to match my reference:

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And on, together with the anti-spin strakes. Time for some filler and supper!

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I’ve cut out a slot for the exhaust too. Yes it would have been easier to do it before sticking everything together!

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Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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Well, that wasn’t meant to happen:

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I was using PPP and smoothing it off with a wet earbud. It was all touch dry so I thought a first coat of yellow was in order. On the couch now trying to catch up with Endeavour (when the WiFi starts working)

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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You're not much for hanging around, are you? That is impressive progress & great looking modelling going on, the cockpit is a honey. :)

Steve.

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Thanks Steve! I’m away for two and a bit weeks on Wednesday, so I’m trying to get this one done by then.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Just found this one. You are turning this into a masterpiece looking forward to seeing how this ends up

 

       Roger

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3 hours ago, Hamden said:

how this ends up

At the moment it seems to be  a race between applying layers of yellow too thickly and sanding them back smooth!

 

Regards,

Adrianm

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Very nice work Adrian!

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Well the yellow has had a few more coats and a lot more sanding. I realise that I don’t have any roundels small enough for it so I will have to print some (and the serials) when I get back at Easter.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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On 3/31/2019 at 11:50 PM, AdrianMF said:

catch up with Endeavour 

I thought it was a good series even though it was a bit short.  Well done all around.  You too.  Loving the M1.

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Home at last. We talked about software and video encoding for a week and a half in Las Vegas, and we gave away about 2000 of these:

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Back at home I had to mend the loo and turn the small meadow at the back of the house into something resembling a lawn. The joy of homecoming, eh?

 

I think I have enough yellow on now, and I took a leaf from Stuart @Courageous‘s Sea Fox build to make a front cylinder behind the cooling aperture:

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The cylinder is made from the peg that serves as a seat in the Airfix Thunderbolt, wrapped in a strand of electrical flex wire.

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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And I’ve got to here today:

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Just the canopy frames to paint, make and apply some decals and lightly weather it.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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A Proper Job.

 

Cant wait for the next instalment.

 

Trevor

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That's very smart.

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Thanks all!

 

I was looking for serial number decals when I found these:

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which meant I could do this:

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I had checked my 1939 onwards A type roundels but I’d forgotten the inter-war ones.

 

On to serials. I may try out the Lazertran inkjet transparent-with-oil-varnish paper today rather than waiting for a laser printer on Tuesday  because suddenly I’m feeling lucky!

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian 

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Well the Lazertran inkjet decal carrier dries to a fairly opaque white. The instructions say that if you coat the decals with water-based varnish the carrier will stay white, but if you cover them with oil-based varnish the carrier will go clear. I’ve never had much luck with oil-based varnish, so I thought I would give this a go:

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it works!

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Props to Mr William de Coster over on the Hyperscale forums for attacking his decals with this.

 

but if it goes a bit wrong you had better clean it up before it eats through the paint and plastic:

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Yes, you may ask me how I know! I should have let it harden until tomorrow, then sanded, painted and waited etc. Nah. Let it dry during dinner, sand-paint-decal-extrathinagain:

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Front window shield painted, rear shield adorned with some aluminium tape. 

 

So tomorrow there will be a bit of weathering, more for the control surface and body hatch emphasis than for dirtying up, because I undersand that the training units kept their kit in good condition. Gallery after that!

 

Thanks for looking,

Adrian

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Nearly there with this one Adrian great work it's looking good!

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I'm liking, quite a lot in facr. I've just got this urge to go find me a Frog Magister, who knows where that came from. ;)

Steve.

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1 hour ago, stevej60 said:

Nearly there

If I’d remembered I had inter war decals before I went away I might have finished by now. But I would have laser printed the serials and wouldn’t have discovered the Tamiya Thin trick, so it’s swings and roundabouts..

9 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

go find me a Frog Magister

Recommended! The Novo ones are just as nice, mould-wise, and the Miles Master And Percival Proctor are also cracking weekend kits. The Frog Oxford looks a bit strange around the canopy, but I have a Cunning Plan (if I get the time...)

 

Regards,

Adrian

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