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Bughunter

Phönix D.I K.u.K. Kriegsmarine, Special Hobby 1/48

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Hello,

I build some time ago the D.I  Special Hobby: Phönix D.I K.u.K. Kriegsmarine again in 1/48.
The plastic parts are somehow of short run quality, but really not bad! The kit comes even with PE and resin parts. I added some further details like Gaspatch turnbuckles and airspeed indicator, and wooden parts like airscrew and struts.
And this was my first model with a "rubber" rigging, painting of the light effects on the wing ribs and a wooden plated fuselage! It was a experiment and with a fail it would only be visible from below :coolio:

Painting was done with Gunze and Alclad.

 

Happy modeling,
Frank


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The real wooden bottom side:
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And a nice view:
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The curved front was the hardest part:
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The resin cooler is really cool and was part of the kit, painted with Alclad:
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The Gaspatch speed indicator ...
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... was really in use:
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That is - very - nice, I must admit I find it turned out very fine as well (if we were in any kind of competition I'd give you the prize, to be honest - but lucky me, we aren't 😉 ), 

 

I must admit the speed indicator looks very fine and the exhaust pipes look way better than on my variant, Maybe these are a bit different, I have to check with my Marineflieger. At least I hope! Also I have to reconsider my decision of not using the gaspatch turnbuckles - do you still know which type you used?

 

But, yes, again: I'm impressed!

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Thank you!

 

I put brass pins into the exhaust pipes:
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The pins hold them already without glue!
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I always use a mix of Gaspatch turnbuckles, here Anchor points, Albatros and One end. But type A and C are also often in use, see my latest Albatros W.4 here:

 

Cheers,

Frank

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Beautiful build and finish. And insane littel details…

 

The turnbuckles really dot the i:s

 

Sweet work!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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Great work

I have this in the stash as well.
This build will be saved for future reference. 👍

 

Where did you get the prop and struts from?

Edited by flarpen

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Once again a marvelous job! :thumbsup: Some years ago my father started this kit too but didn´t make it to finish..

Good to see some Austrian stuff 😀

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Another miniature marvel! Stunning. 

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Very nicely done. The see-through linen effect is very cool. And the overall finish captures the almost other-worldliness of the Austro-Hungarian aircraft. 

How were the struts on this kit? Did they require pins? Did things line up without too many problems?

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Thank you very much for your nice feedback :worthy:

 

12 hours ago, flarpen said:

Where did you get the prop and struts from?

From my workbench:coolio: I like to work with wood and nearly every of my modelsdownscaled originals has one. Mostly 1/48, only the Eduard Stripdown models are 1/72. For the latest build in that small scale my Fokker D.VIII got also a real wooden AXIAL airscrew.

 

12 hours ago, Reini78 said:

Good to see some Austrian stuff

Yes, and the wooden underside was a test, because I want to build a Lloyd one day plated with real wood. :nuts:

 

1 hour ago, SoftScience said:

How were the struts on this kit? Did they require pins?

Here the short-run nature is clearly visible:wall: I put always brass pins in my struts.

 

The N-struts do not fit to the holes! I hate to glue in something under pressure! I tried in a mounting frame, but it do not work.

So I made new ones from squezzed brass tubes with pins:
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More scale compared to the kit part!
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After black paint glued into fuselage. On this picture the paint needs to be repaired from the previous tries to use the kit struts.
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My solution holds the upper wing without any support.
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The outer wooden struts. The length according to model needs. No decals yet.
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Cheers,

Frank

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BRILLIANT strut work. 

What diameter tube do you use for 1/48 scale? I'm fighting with an Eduard kit right now, and I think the struts were made from dehydrated sugar crystal. I already snapped one in two different locations. 😡😡. This squeezed tube method looks promising. I presume you squeeze with a padded vice? 

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Wow, that is going above & beyond. Stunning work with great attention to detail.

 

Pete

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1 hour ago, SoftScience said:

What diameter tube do you use for 1/48 scale?

Hmm, can' really remember, what I used here. Beside my bench is a storage of the fine brass pipes (and some nickel silver) from Albion from 0.3mm up to 2.0mm in 0.1mm steps. So it depends on the aircraft - I use always the Windsock Datafiles as reference.

You can calculate it: circumference = π * 2 * r and if you half that (- thickness), you will get nearly the strut size. May be it is easier to take a short piece (0.8, 1.0, 1.1mm) and squezze it :D

 

1 hour ago, SoftScience said:

I presume you squeeze with a padded vice?

In meantime a friend printed my some pads for the vice with a 3D printer.

But it is not that perfect as the tool, you can buy here, but only for 1/32: it converts 1.4mm tube into 1.6mm x 1.0mm brass struts

https://www.shapeways.com/product/N6N2WG6JA/1-32-fokker-d-vii-quot-strut-smasher-quot-tool

 

By the way, he sells also some nice louvre sets in different sizes:

https://www.shapeways.com/product/TG6GLJL6N/6mm-miniature-louvre-die-set

 

Cheers,

Frank

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