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Andrew.S

De Havilland Puss Moth - Avimodels 1/72

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I bought this kit few days ago and after a short viewing I decided to start immediately.

 

There are lots of imperfections in this kit at first sight such as missing doors, no instrument dials at all, air intake is sealed and both types of tires are wrong for the markings included in the kit. That's why I want this kit to be over before it grounds forever in my stash.

I started with wings (they are quite nicely featured) and then with other major parts. Next step will be interior enhancements and creating the first engine cylider into the air intake.
I am not sure about the marking yet, but the Czechoslovak Baťa company is my favorite so far (but it needs a pair of new wheels).

At first I wanted to build the famous G-ABXY "The Hearts Content" but after a short realisation I declined it. There were just too many differences on this record machine that will put this build to another level but all I want now is just a calm pleasant build only with necessary enhances.

So there we go, first images:

 

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Today, I worked on the cockpit and now it's ready to paint with the interior colours. I chose red for padding but the colour for the floor is still mystery.

I also scribed the doors and made the padding and map pouches on the other side of the doors in the interior. The rear bulkhead with the seat was also made from scratch as same as the visible part of the engine. The clear parts are ready to glue into position too, but there were a lot of dry fitting I have to say :D.
So there are the photos of the parts prepared for airbrush.

 

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Enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

Edited by Andrew.S

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I will follow this very closely, as the Puss Moth is one of my favourite aircraft. Great work so far!

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It may have a lot of “imperfections” but the wings look beautifully sculpted. I like your cockpit detailing and I’m looking forward to the build!

 

Regards,

Adrian

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Thank you guys, I am glad to read that.

Today I painted the interior and now it's ready for putting the fuselage halves together. Small parts are prepared too, only the throttle lever is missing. I also made a luggage rack above the rear seat - I have to say it's quite a nice detail but not visible when the model is completed.
I chose the light beige ceiling, redbrown padding and seats, and the wooden floor. I am looking forward to see it finished.

 

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Thanks!

Cheers,

 

Andrew

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What did you use for the luggage rack? It seems to be thinner than my tea bags!

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Wonderful detail!

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11 hours ago, Andrew.S said:

I am looking forward to see it finished.

Me too,  Wonderful detail!

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Looks lovely. But not seen it released in the UK yet.

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Lovely work...

 

Very classy interior colours, tea bag luggage rack is genius.

 

Matt

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Thank you all, I really appreciate it!

 

Todays progress - sanding, polishing, scribing and some engine details. There are seats in the cockpit finally! :) The fuselage is ready to paint as same as the tail section and wings. I will play with the struts and landing gear now. The clear parts have very distinctive layers from the master 3D printing so I had to cover them in the Future varnish. It seems to be better now, but I will glue them after a proper drying up. Wish me luck with them :D

 

 

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After the first control surfacer:

 

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And the clear parts - they fit quite well I have to say!

 

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Looking good!

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And there is the Sunday progress :)

I started with wings, then went for the tailskid and the rest of the small parts. After that, I masked the clear parts and glued them with CA glue to its places...

 

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... and after that, I started painting the wings with Agama Aluminium dope and then varnished them with Mr. Super Clear. After a good curing I applied the decals on the bottom of the wings. I have to say - they are really really thin! Perfect behaviour, fast progress. They are a real jewel in this box.
The last part was painting the silver canopy frame with C8 Silver. Good day today! :)

 

 

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Superior work!

A real pleasure to see!

Glad it's not giving you grief.

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This is very nice. I have one on backorder, so great to see what it looks like and how it goes together.

 

I would like to see some decent marking/decal options for some more colourful examples, maybe some will be available soon  :fingerscrossed:  

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Very nice...

 

Are the needles in the wings just to handle them or will you be pinning the wings to the fuselage? The connection point between wing and canopy looks precariously small, even with the supporting struts helping out...?

 

 

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7 hours ago, Smudge said:

This is very nice. I have one on backorder, so great to see what it looks like and how it goes together.

 

I would like to see some decent marking/decal options for some more colourful examples, maybe some will be available soon  :fingerscrossed:  

 

Thanks!
I was hoping so, but after a short research I found out that many colourful aircraft had many modifications in their construction such as extra fuel tanks or different windows so maybe that's why there are not such options :( Sadly...
 

6 hours ago, Mattlow said:

Very nice...

 

Are the needles in the wings just to handle them or will you be pinning the wings to the fuselage? The connection point between wing and canopy looks precariously small, even with the supporting struts helping out...?

 

 

Thanks :)
The needles are just for handling, I trust those pegs connected to the wings and the struts and the CA glue :D I don't have much experience with the highwing structure - this is my first one so we will see...

 

8 hours ago, Moa said:

Superior work!

A real pleasure to see!

Glad it's not giving you grief.


Thank you Moa, I am glad to see you there! The grief came just at the beginning after the purchase but now it's fine - just me, plastic and tools :)

 

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Hi Ondra, great job and I will follow it when I build mine. BTW what is the thickness of the spacer you used to widen the nose?

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4 minutes ago, Marcel said:

Hi Ondra, great job and I will follow it when I build mine. BTW what is the thickness of the spacer you used to widen the nose?

Thanks a lot Marcel. It's hard to tell, because I sanded the nose section too much (on the flat sanding paper) and that's why I had to use it. It's around 1 mm but again - that's my fault. If you do it correctly, there is no need for the spacer (I hope). :)

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Enjoying this thread a lot lovely work am waiting for it to be released in the Uk!

 

TT

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1 hour ago, Andrew.S said:

Thanks a lot Marcel. It's hard to tell, because I sanded the nose section too much (on the flat sanding paper) and that's why I had to use it. It's around 1 mm but again - that's my fault. If you do it correctly, there is no need for the spacer (I hope). :)

Thanks mate, will do my best then.

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22 hours ago, TEXANTOMCAT said:

Enjoying this thread a lot lovely work am waiting for it to be released in the Uk!

 

TT

I've just seen a couple of Puss Moths show up on eBay UK but at thirty quid a pop, I'll be giving them a miss.

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Blimey yes I thought they’d be closer to the cost of their lovely Fox Moth which was less than £20 IIRC 

 

TT

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