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John D.C. Masters

Eduard 1/72nd scale Fokker DVII (OAW), Ltn. Franz Buchner, Jasta 13, 1918...

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A fair amount of what I call 'busy work'...struts, little bits, guns, wheels, etc...I am using the kit Spandau and not bothering with the PE.  IMHO, PE Spandau at 1/72nd are too bothersome and always end up 'not straight'...others might be able to do it, but not me.

 

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Struts, exhaust...

 

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...and the fuselage with the rudder attached, green nose...thenakfully, Eduard has supplied the white diagonal stripes as decals.  In fact, I will add the decals to the fuselage today, seal them well, attach the exhaust and weather and finish the fuselage.  Then I will attach the lower wing, upper wing also after some weathering.  I'll mask the wheels and paint the light grey rubber tyres.

 

There is fair amount of PE that has to go on the plane at this point, mostly control lines and such.

 

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--John

 

 

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Looking good John, really starting to come together now.

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The Spandaus are indeed fickle, but I find it helps greatly to do it in slow steps and let the glue really settle. You can also just use the cooling jacket and replace that section on the styrene version, keeping the first mm of plastic (sanded down to allow for the thickness of the PE) as a guide to get it straight and extra mating surface for the glue. Admitedly, I’m a sucker for PE cooling jackets as I find they add such an impression of realism that they are worth all that fiddling. 

 

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Is there any point in asking how the struts fit? Or can we assume they fit perfectly? :D 

17 hours ago, John D.C. Masters said:

Finish the Roden!  I would love to see it!

 

I dislike unfinished business, so I’ll get there eventually. Will make a post somewhere but don’t expect too much :D I skipped - no, gave up on!  - the rib tapes as they disintegrated upon breathing in the same room. I should have listened to advice and replaced the lozenge but some people are obnoxiously stubborn and have to try themselves.

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6 hours ago, Torbjorn said:

The Spandaus are indeed fickle,

That's ok.  I prefer fun and ease to cursing and hair loss.  

 

That Roden lozenge is the pits--start to finish.  I hope you had better luck.

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OK.  The decals are all on.  I have noticed that the kit does not ask for any specification markings on either the fuselage or the interplane struts which was usually the case with all the DVII aircraft.  Obviously these were painted over by Buchner's crew.  I will coat the fuselage with some varnish and then add some weathering...some oil stains around the nose, exhaust staining, some dust...same with the wings.  

 

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Be forewarned, the werewolf decals are actually slightly different and sit at very subtly different areas on the fuselage.  Also be careful with the checkerboard band. It goes on easily enough but care is needed to place it perfectly.  And they are thin.  The white stripes on the nose were very easy to do.  They are in three pieces.  Piece of cake!

--John

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Just some small assemblies.  Eduard seems to have a habit of this.  As soon as I thunk I can progress onto something bigger, I am reminded I need to take steps 5,8 9...first.

So the guns are in place.  I lost one of the ammo chutes to the gods of modelling.  The prop is done.  Someday I will laminate my props, but not today.  Wheels and undercarriage airfoil are done.  

 

Now can I weather it? 😁

 

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Weather away!

 

How did you paint the radiator grille? It looks very realistic from here.

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Prop looks really good.  In 1/72 the laminated props can look a bit OTT I’m my opinion.

 

AW

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7 minutes ago, Torbjorn said:

How did you paint the radiator grille?

With a small hairy brush and using Vallejo Air Gunmetal.  I masked the grill area before I airbrushed the green.

Many thanks!

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Just now, Andwil said:

 In 1/72 the laminated props can look a bit OTT I’m my opinion.

I agree.  I have done enough wood effects in 1/72nd to know that at this scale, woodgrain, especially fine woodgrain, will not be visible. What will be visible are subtle changes of tone (darker/lighter).  Many thanks!

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