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Here's my first contribution to the GB. The strangely configured Beech Staggerwing which I'll be building as a Fleet Air Arm Traveller MkI. 

 

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The boxing gives 4 options, an RAF, FAA (it does say RAF but the Royal Navy ID over the serial sort of gives it away), Finish and Chinese Nationalist options. Mine will be the FAA option in the US blues. 

 

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Obligtaory sprue shot. Single sprue with minimal flash and most things reasonably well moulded but only time will tell. 

 

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Nice transfer sheet and two tiny transparency sprues. 

 

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And typical AZ instruction sheet showing vaguely where things go. 

 

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Welcome, ah yes, the old "guess the correct positioning" instructions. Always makes things intersting!

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Hmm. One I missed but have built the Sword version that was around before this AZ kit,  Look forward to seeing this done.  Also it looks to be the exact same plastic.

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Some paint on to the interior and detail parts. 

 

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The moulding is a bit mixed, there were a lot of big ejection pins on the other side which have been sanded down. Some parts are nicely moulded while others are a bit chunky and/or a fair bit of flash. The mould gates are substantial, especially on the smaller parts. In general I find AZ kits good for fit and shape but need a bit of care when cleaning up. This is modelling isn't it. 

 

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Started to assemble the cockpit, the plastic is quite hard so produces a fair amount of dust when tidying up. Anyway seats and side in. I'll do some dry brushing to lift the colour of the leather. 

 

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On 4/24/2021 at 12:31 PM, Grandboof said:

interesting choice watching 

Martin H

Thanks Martin

 

On 4/25/2021 at 7:59 PM, Paul J said:

Nice so far. How is it coming along?

Had a busy old week at work so not much time at the modelling bench Paul. But some work done today. Interior completed with the addition of seat belts from Tamiya tape, engine and cowling assembled and clear parts dipped in Kleer. 

 

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Small windows inserted and then the fuselage closed up. Took a little bit of care but went slowly but surely along the seams and wee bit of tape to close over the cockpit roof. I'll leave overnight to firm up before seeing if some filler is needed. 

 

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Lower wings, tail plane and engine on and some filler around the joints. Starting to look like an aeroplane. I'll paint the airframe at this point before putting the upper wings on. 

 

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The underside has a few coats of white on and looks about done. However despite being filled, sanded and polished to within an inch of its life that seam is still sticking out like a sore thumb. White is very unforgiving. I'll have to do something about it. 

 

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I'm now thinking I'll have to some more work on this seam too. 

 

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Cleaned up the seams and after a few coats the white is complete. Masked off the white areas and a first coat of intermediate blue laid down. I'll leave the upper wing off until I've finished painting get the main body of the aircraft. I know some touching up will be needed but it's better than trying to squeeze a paint brush in between the wings. 

 

 

I bought a couple of Citadel blues to see if I can get a reasonable match for non specular Sea Blue and layered them onto the wing. Here they are from the fuselage out Kantor Blue,  Leviadon blue over Kantor blue and Leviadon blue alone. I'm thing the combination is probably closest. 

 

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The Leviadon blue looks just about right in the bottle. 

 

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Anyway best get on with the intermediate blue. 

 

 

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Intermediate blue finished, but there's been a fair amount of tidying up of joints along the top between coats. I'll remove the masking and then mask up for the Dark Sea Blue. Coming along but taking time. 

 

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This stage of painting finished. I'm waiting to think whether to get the transfers on and the canopy finished before getting the upper wings on. Or get the wings on.

 

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Decided to put the transfers on. The IP was popped in and fixed too. Dipped the canopy halves in Kleer and fitted one side. It took a little bit of gentle sanding to get to fit. Lifted it up to put second side in and thought the better of it. Best leave well alone until the first side is firm. 

 

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The fit of the side windows is not great, but they'll be under the top wing so I'm not sorry worried. The canopy on the other hand is very prominent so it's important to get right. 

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It took a long time to get here no it's the best I can achieve, although close up photos are cruelly perceptive. Thankfully there's a frame that runs down the centre so hopefully that'll hide the join. I have filled the join with Krystal Klear so it should be almost smooth. Checking on photos for the framing layout there are a couple of internal frames on some Travellers but I'll have to forego them. There's no way I'm taking the canopy off and trying to re-fit it. 

 

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Framing done and unmasked. 

 

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next step is to add the upper wing, but it'll need another coat of white on the underside. Then the undercarriage which is pretty complex, the doors are moulded as a single piece and there doesn't appear to be any locating points for the tail wheel. 

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Upper wings on and a first coat of paint. 

 

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Paint on upper wing completed and a layer of Kleer to give a gloss finish for the upper wing roundels. 

 

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Then the undercarriage started, took less effort than expected though it did take a while to clean up the parts. I've also added a strip of plastic strip into the tail wheel aperture, I'd visions of the tail wheel disappearing into the void and being lost inside for ever. I'll also use plastic strip for the tail wheel doors as the kit part, as well as needing sawn into two halves, is really thick and the strip will look better. 

 

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Undercarriage on as well as prop. More or less finished apart from some touching up, varnishing and some rigging. 

 

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Excellent build, I always look at this and think the wing is on backwards! :) Well done.

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On 6/9/2021 at 2:56 PM, Brad said:

Excellent build, I always look at this and think the wing is on backwards! :) Well done.

It does look a little odd doesn't it. 

 

I've added a little bit of rigging. The wires should be duplicated but I'm not sure I have the patience. Just a little bit of touching up to do, as well as deciding what to do with the Sea Blue. On combat aircraft it was semi gloss on the wings and fuselage sides and non specular (pretty much matt) on the leading edges and along the fuselage spine. The leading edges are straightforward enough but there isn't a spine just a flat top to the fuselage. 

 

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