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hendie

28 SQN (Allegedly) Bristol F2B

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Really impressive work on that thar Scarff ring Alan - the visual 'weights' of its various sections contrast extremely convincingly with one another. 👏

 

I had a quick look into Tim Mason's book on flight testing at Martlesham to see if it would reveal any details on:

2 hours ago, hendie said:

There's also some strange gubbinses atop the wing, under the wing, and even on the tail plane by the looks of things.

 - but alas the section on the aircraft didn't mention any such fittings undergoing tests there.

 

Quick scan of photo captions in the Winsock datafile (Vol.2) though reveals that the upper port wingtip (and presumably tail?) fitting were navigation lamps. An additional water capacity for the supplementary radiator is also mentioned for this version; might this extra capacity be that small tank-like thing up on the middle of the top wing?

 

That wire thing going up and back diagonally from the middle of the wheel axle looks to be the message hook carried by these aircraft for army liason purposes.

 

21 hours ago, hendie said:

Is the fuselage likely to be silver doped?

Looks likely in so far as being described as such in relation to a similar looking scheme in W'sock, as well as interwar painting orders notes at rear, though confirm this independently yourself to be properly satisfied. Grey (dark presumably?) enamel engine/nose colour a candidate (as Dave has mentioned above) already, along with wheels in flight identity colours.

 

I'd recommend you getting a copy of Vol.2 Alan if you can as it has invaluable structure and detail drawings from the original AP,  as well as as detailed rigging diagrams for you to drill even more holes...

2 hours ago, hendie said:

Here's a shot of an anonymous aircrew wearing one.  Oh look, he's eating!  Just look at the size of that piece - must have Tony's veal and ham pie between the doorsteps.

'Flying Officer Donald 'Snakejaws' Pemberton-Jones beats his own personal best time at consuming an F2B radiator in under 90 seconds.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, TheBaron said:

Really impressive work on that thar Scarff ring Alan - the visual 'weights' of its various sections contrast extremely convincingly with one another. 👏

 

Thanks Tony.

 

22 hours ago, TheBaron said:

I'd recommend you getting a copy of Vol.2 Alan if you can as it has invaluable structure and detail drawings from the original AP,  as well as as detailed rigging diagrams for you to drill even more holes...

 

All the copies I've come across in the last week are a bit on the expensive side and I've just spent a wad on materials so I think I'll have to pass on that.  I think I have what I need for the most part now.

 

The book arrived from the UK a day early and was unwrapped and ready to read before it had time to acclimatize. 

 

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Let's just say that Mr. Ross did not have a promising future as an author.  The book is essentially him expanding on notes from his diary - mostly about long marches, long voyages by ship, and complaining about having to perform guard duties. He jumps from one topic to another then back again, and repeats himself on numerous occasions throughout the book.  There's very little in relation to aircraft though I did find a few nuggets.

I had hoped that since 28 Sqn was formed from 114 Sqn that they may have pilfered some of their aircraft too, but twas not the case.  They were shipped basically out to India, and had to put their aircraft together in the field, so all the F2B's were brand new.

He did mention at one point about horrible green paint rotting the rubber engine mounts but that's about as technical as it got.

There was one photograph of a 28 Sqn F2B, but the book is printed on that hairy paper, and in conjunction with a 1920's photographic, the photo leaves a lot to be desired.  At least I have a serial number to work with, and I know it's a two bladed propeller, and the long exhaust.

 

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Mr Ross provides an appendix with some serials numbers of 28 Sqn aircraft, though he didn't capture them all.  

 

Anyways, on to the build again. The engine/cowling was glued in position, this time with styrene cement and not the squidgy TET stuff.

 

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I figured that I had better get a move on with the struts as I've never attempted these before, neither have I attempted the wood effect with oils.  The base coat was Model Master "Wood" - taking a chance that it was sort of wood colored.

 

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Once dry, out came the oils and I used a smattering of burnt sienna to try and replicate the grain.  I can't say it was overly successful but at this scale I think it's going to pass.

 

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Struts have now been left for the oil paint to exhaust its stickiness

 

There were a couple of protuberances on top of the nose (for gun sighting?), but they were a bit soft in detail and just wouldn't clean up properly, so off they came.  A few minutes on the lathe with some brass rod and I had some replacements. Not strictly accurate as I would need a milling machine to do the job right, but the detail is much sharper than the plastic, and I'm happy with it considering where I started from.

 

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I spotted more greeblies to add - the deck at the gunners position has some reinforcement around the opening, and some not very tidy tape immediately aft of the metal reinforcement.  I cut some styrene strip and glued that around the deck.

A simple job, but I think adds a lot to the overall ambiance. Sadly, I think that is about all the greeblies I am going to find on this particular a/c.

 

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After that I had a bit of a heart stopping moment.  On checking my references, I spotted a section of rigging that Roden hadn't indicated with their usual pimples.  To make matters worse, this particular piece of rigging wasn't just attached to something - it disappeared into the wing surface!

I pondered how I was going to achieve that trick - contemplating drilling two holes then trying to join them up with a chisel - before remembering I had bought a cheap scribing tool from China which came with 3 or 4 different sized scribing bits.

One of them looked promising, so the wing was duly marked up

 

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A few minutes later I had a nice neat trench along the wind surface

 

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into which a length or rigging wire will disappear nicely.  Quite pleased with that job I was.

 

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Killing time and procrastinating yet again, I made up a Lego jig to help me position the undercarriage with some degree of hope that it will not look absolute crap

 

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then crapped out and went and did something else entirely.

 

Now take a gander at this.... notice anything?

 

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Both pots claim to be Dark Seagray, both Mr Hobby Aqueous, and both labeled H-75.  Was it just the lids that were wrong?

 

Nope... contents seem remarkably different too.  Wot the heck?

 

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I chose the dark one. Who can prove me wrong?

 

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That paint has now been left to harden up before I'll attempt the masking for the dark greenish stuff

 

and wing sticking on and rigging is not far away I'm afraid.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice work hendie - well greeblied! :) 

 

Pleased to hear the scribing chisels work too - I've got those but have yet to use them in anger.

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Gribblery suitably positioned and very effective,  Hendie  :clap: :clap:

Smart use of the scriber too :worthy:

 

As for the paints, I only noticed the labels say "gray" in lieu of "grey".... :rofl:

 

Ciao 

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On 9/9/2020 at 9:46 PM, hendie said:

Let's just say that Mr. Ross did not have a promising future as an author.  The book is essentially him expanding on notes from his diary - mostly about long marches, long voyages by ship, and complaining about having to perform guard duties. He jumps from one topic to another then back again, and repeats himself on numerous occasions throughout the book.

From a critical perspective, large sections of 'militaria' sit in a publishing realm separate to the actual writing of history, a kind of formulaic sub-journalism in which chronology and anecdote substitute for insight and analysis. When you do get personal accounts with the imaginative depth of a Cecil Lewis or a Hugh Popham, it's all the more powerful the way that their individual experiences act as a magnifying lens upon specific periods in time.

 

Sorry to hear that  this one didn't delivery the necessary.

 

A different Mr. Ross: T.E.Lawrence's - yes him - The Mint is by contrast a sharply-observed biographical account of RAF service life in the 1920s - if you haven't had the pleasure already you can read it online here, though for best results get yourself the 1955 Alden Press version so that you can smell the pages...*

On 9/9/2020 at 9:46 PM, hendie said:

Once dry, out came the oils and I used a smattering of burnt sienna to try and replicate the grain.

The grain counters will be down on you like a ton of bricks!

 

(personally I think they look very much the part, as does the further onset of pigmentation. :thumbsup2:)

 

*which have a peculiar odour of damp airmen in cold hangars on February afternoons.

 

 

 

 

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On 9/10/2020 at 3:03 AM, CedB said:

Nice work hendie - well greeblied! :) 

Pleased to hear the scribing chisels work too - I've got those but have yet to use them in anger.

 

Ced the scribing tool was excellent - nice and sharp and easy to control. Moolah well spent.

 

On 9/11/2020 at 2:09 AM, giemme said:

Gribblery suitably positioned and very effective,  Hendie  :clap: :clap:

Smart use of the scriber too :worthy:

As for the paints, I only noticed the labels say "gray" in lieu of "grey".... :rofl:

Ciao 

 

Thanks G.  

 

On 9/11/2020 at 9:30 AM, TheBaron said:

*which have a peculiar odour of damp airmen in cold hangars on February afternoons.

 

:rofl2:

 

Just a short post this time around.

Lots of time was spent drilling ludicrously small holes. Since this will be (would have been**) my first attempt at rigging, I decided to build an aircraft with double wires. How bloody stupid of me.

To help with that, I made a small jig to aid in at least getting the spacing of the twin holes consistent - basically I cut a small notch in a piece of scrap and the drill was placed in the corners of the notch to locate the holes. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Then I discovered that not only does this blighter have twin wires, but there is a single wire crossing through them. Oh woopy bloody doo.

 

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There was no way I could drill these holes once the wings are assembled so I just had to trust the molding and assume that Roden have got the strut locations correct in relation to each other, otherwise the criss-crossing wires are going to interfere with each other and it's going to look all skee-wiff.

As (bad) luck would have it, some of the struts are placed right on the hairy edge of the plastic, so I had to reposition the holes slightly.  I guess I'll find out just how bad this is when it comes to actually rigging it.

 

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Now here's where things go downhill pretty quickly.  Never having built one of these early fliers before I had nothing in the paint store that would do, so ordered some AK WW1 paints - a couple of versions of PC10 and some versions of bleached linen. I even stretched out and order some of their own brand thinners as well. Not particularly cheap when all said and done.

Everything was primed in my usual grey Alclad primer, then it came time to do the PC10. (By this time I had actually built myself up and was looking forward to starting the rigging phase. Well, the paint was a disaster. No matter how I tried I just couldn't get the paint to flow uniformly.

After my first attempt had dried off, I found that a quick wipe with their thinners removed the paint fairly easily

 

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This is my third attempt at painting the wings - you might be able to see that the paint finish is all blotchy and speckled and this was my best attempt... dammit.

 

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I had to strip the fuselage back as well and got a bit of collateral damage, but should be reasonably straightforward to repair at this early stage.  The AK paints will be going in the bin I think - a total disaster.

I've since found that Mr Paint do a range of WW1 colors so have ordered them and I'll give it another go when they arrive

 

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Well, that really put a halt on the proceedings as I can't assemble anything more until I have paint on the airframe.

I then turned my focus to the transfers - I already knew I was going to have to get some custom made for the particular aircraft I am modeling, but when I looked at Roden's transfers more closely I got a bit of a shock.

 

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None of them are usable.  Ink bleed, fuzzy edges and poor registration. I guess I'll be buying some roundels as well then. :doh:

Can any of you learned associates provide some insight as to which roundels I should actually be obtaining?

The aircraft I'm basing this on was photographed in 1920 - WIki-thingy states that Roundel Type A was used up until late 1929 and shows the roundel as a somewhat muted blue

 

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On dark surfaces there was a 2" white band around the blue.

 

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I've had a few searches but am really not sure what I should be looking for. Everything I've found appears to have a much more vibrant blue.  Any suggestions from the hive?

 

Until I have sorted out the paint and the decals this bird is on hold, hopefully not for too long.  In the meantime I have started another build - link coming later

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, hendie said:

my first attempt at rigging, I decided to build an aircraft with double wires. How bloody stupid of me.

To help with that, I made a small jig to aid in at least getting the spacing of the twin holes consistent -

'Jiggin'  in the riggin'

Jiggin' in the riggin'....'

 

I'll be interested to see how the Mr.Paint performs.

 

As for confirming the roundels....paging

@Heather Kayor @Brandy?

 

 

 

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32 minutes ago, TheBaron said:

As for confirming the roundels....paging

:idea:

 

I'm afraid my knowledge doesn’t really kick in until the late 1930s. 

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Odd your experience with the AK pc10 I find them pretty good and have used them successfully on my Triplane, quadruplane, pup and Snark. I spray them neat from the bottle over ultimate primer. My only niggle  is they don’t brush well and need an undercoat of khaki on any brush touch ups.

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9 hours ago, hendie said:

Then I discovered that not only does this blighter have twin wires, but there is a single wire crossing through them. Oh woopy bloody doo.

 

Sounds like an eye of the needle job! I don't envy you Alan. My Gamecock build is stalled for many reasons, one being I'm totally scared of rigging! I reckon you will sort it though.

 

Superb build so far. I love the old Bristol Fighter.

 

Terry

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Good work on a tricky project, Sir.

 

This is not the ideal subject for a first biplane.

 

If you think you are having fun now wait till you have to sit the fuselage on those little struts rising from the lower wing. I have done it twice with their 1/72 kit, and it was an experience both times.

 

Two notes about color. The P.C. 10 went decidedly brown with sun and wear. The roundel paints, particularly blue and white, also did not stand up well to sun.

 

Great that you've chosen a subject from the old Northwest Frontier.

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Great work on the fuselage and drilling of rigging holes. Sorry to hear of the paint issues,  that not good.   

Hopefully won't be too long before you're back on this one. 

Chris

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Intermission (while waiting on paint)

 

 

 

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