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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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