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5 minutes ago, Martian said:

I don't know, it could be quite amusing watching Moa performing strenuous contortions. Oh, he means on the model. 😞

 

Disappointed of Mars 👽

You...you little...probing satyr!! 😆

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6 minutes ago, Moa said:

You...you little...probing satyr!! 😆

Flattery will get you everywhere. What do you want?

 

Martian 👽

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3 hours ago, Moa said:

People not wearing masks, or igniting pyrotechnics in the middle of an extended wildfire alert, in the peak of wildfire season.

I see a commonality there...

Quoting comedian Ron White:

"You can't fix stupid."

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18 hours ago, Martian said:

Your Alien Overlord orders that you remain safe Moa. After all you are one of our favorite victims  members.

 

Martian 👽

Do not worry. Space Rangers are patrolling Moa's sector.

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Great work as usual Moa the interior looks fantastic and toilet roll too.  Hope you and other BMers in your part of the world are able to stay safe.

Chris

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9 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Great work as usual Moa the interior looks fantastic and toilet roll too.  Hope you and other BMers in your part of the world are able to stay safe.

Chris

Thanks, Chris!

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The over-wide cockpit transparency, following a traditional South-American head-shrinking procedure, is set in place, wiggled and wriggled, and then superglued:

(kids, don't do this at home)

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So far so good. I hope we are not awaken at 3 in the morning by the sound of a splitting fuselage:

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Wing on.

Not a natural fit, took some minor scraping here and there. Some filling will be needed too:

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Horizontal tail on:

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I wanted to glue the vertical tail too, but the tongues in the part were too big, so I will have to wait until the horizontal tail is set, then glue the shaved vertical tail.

 

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Notes:

-Some of you may have notice that I have a clothespin under the fuselage, so the landing gear legs are not supporting the weight of the model at this stage.

The widely open legs are very flimsy and fragile, and also pone to retain the bend they acquire under flexion. Mine, in fact, were already "curved" upon arrival as the sprue was pressed against other contents in the box.

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-As you know I replaced the too generic engine for an Aeroclub white metal item. Here's the rub: the engine fits ok on the nose, but the diameter of the exhaust ring in the kit is too large, and unfortunately doesn't coincide.

This means the kit's engine is larger (than it should be?).

This will have to be remedied by cutting and shortening the ring, or by making a new one. We'll see:

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-The exhaust in this plane was different than the one offered with the kit, so an aluminium addition is fabricated, and the kit's "long" part discarded.

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Nothing better than spending my Sunday morning catching up with this build, coming along so well, and some of the solutions although looking quite brutal, seem to work in a Russian engineering way.

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Hello Moa,

Nice job on the windscreen !

Hope that the air has a bit improved !

CC

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36 minutes ago, Graeme H said:

Nothing better than spending my Sunday morning catching up with this build, coming along so well, and some of the solutions although looking quite brutal, seem to work in a Russian engineering way.

:laugh:

 

Beg your pardon, we are talking Argentinean engineering here. We only use hammers of different sizes as tools (besides coconuts, of course).

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32 minutes ago, corsaircorp said:

Hello Moa,

Nice job on the windscreen !

Hope that the air has a bit improved !

CC

Hey CC

Not a bit, I am afraid, I just poked my head out, and retreated in haste.

From the Net, I think yesterday:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1302817575311564800

 

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If I had to chose between 1960s Airfix and Aeroclub for accuracy, my money would be on @John Aero everytime. You could try adding a plastic card sleeve to the inside of the cowling as from the photographs, it looks that the difference between the circumference of the engine and the inside diameter of the cowling is not that great.

 

Helpful of Mars 👽

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1 hour ago, Martian said:

If I had to chose between 1960s Airfix and Aeroclub for accuracy, my money would be on @John Aero everytime. You could try adding a plastic card sleeve to the inside of the cowling as from the photographs, it looks that the difference between the circumference of the engine and the inside diameter of the cowling is not that great.

 

Helpful of Mars 👽

Dear unhelpful of Mars:

This is the center engine, no cowl.

Martians go home!

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16 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

the interior looks fantastic and toilet roll too

I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out how he does triple-ply toilet tissue in 1/72 scale! :giggle:

Mike

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10 minutes ago, Moa said:

Dear unhelpful of Mars:

This is the center engine, no cowl.

Martians go home!

At least, it’s only one engine then.  When I did my tri-motor, I had to scratch exhausts for all three engines (no cowlings for me! All of my Small Stuff Wasp Jr’s were exposed for display). 

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2 minutes ago, billn53 said:

At least, it’s only one engine then.  When I did my tri-motor, I had to scratch exhausts for all three engines (no cowlings for me! All of my Small Stuff Wasp Jr’s were exposed for display). 

You adventurous man. And I think you like "exposing" a little bit too much 😁

The ring has segments with decreasing diameter. I will just have to separate the ring in its components, remove a slice here and there from bottom to top as I glue the sections.

It's remarkable how simple all looks in your head.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Moa said:

You adventurous man. And I think you like "exposing" a little bit too much 😁

 

I’m disappointed, Moa. You missed an opportunity with my reference to “small stuff”. 😁

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6 minutes ago, billn53 said:

Here, Moa. I found this, just for you:

 

https://toilet-guru.com/aircraft.php

 

🤪

 

He'll be bookmarking that site in due course, no doubt - that is, if he hasn't already!

 

Moa could probably write the definitive history of aircraft toilets for Squadron: Aircraft Toilets In Action. On second thought …

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28 minutes ago, Space Ranger said:

Moa could probably write the definitive history of aircraft toilets for Squadron: Aircraft Toilets In Action. On second thought …

:cwl:

 

Darn, it's out now! On third thought...

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Photo-etched bits are being repurposed as part of the control cable guides seen on the fuselage:

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New control arms are being made from brass sheet:

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Good to see it all coming together and the brass bits emerging. Ooer !

Greatvwork Moa

 

6 hours ago, 72modeler said:

I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out how he does triple-ply toilet tissue in 1/72 scale! :giggle:

Mike

Not only is it triple ply it's  extra soft too and a golden retriever puppy runs up and down the Isle on each trip unravelling some rolls!!!

 

Chris

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