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A Musical Interlude - ## FINISHED ##


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With a poor record of completing Blitzbuild entries, I thought that I would give myself a fighting chance of finishing something this time around, so I picked up this laser cut kit which should be easy to assemble and doesn't require paint. I give you the Musical Control Tower. I don't know what I will do with it when it's done but I should have some fun building it.

 

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See you over the weekend

 

John

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Excellent! I started work on a similar kit (though from a different manufacturer) here

 but I haven’t done much with it for a while because sticking splintered cocktail sticks into the ball of my thumb stopped being fun after a while. I’m a crack-handed fool though and I’m sure you’ll have fun making this and it’ll turn out great. Looking forward to seeing the finished result!

 

Craig.

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Hi John,

 

now this is something groovy! 

And impressive, with far too many toothed wheels for someone like me!

And awfully dangerous! Beware of the chocking hazard. Age has nothing to do with it!

It will be fun to watch.

 

JR

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I made a start on this one a little before 1:00pm today. the kit contains four laser cut sheets and Sheet A has all the parts for the sound box and holds the music chimes.

 

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About 50mins later I had worked my way through the sheet and this is what I had.

 

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Sheet B contained the closure for the sound box and several gears, not many of which can be seen once everything is closed in. This was quite a tricky stage and took some time to sort out, I had to adjust the parts several times to check that the gears meshed together correctly and by late afternoon the sound box and drive assembly was complete. That was it for the afternoon and it was time to fire up the BBQ for something to eat.

 

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Back to it later in the evening and it was time to get on with Sheet C which holds the tower parts, I started by putting together the parts that raise and lower the aircraft and these were then fitted to three of the tower sides and after adding some more gears the sides were mounted to the base. Then I assembled the lattice sections of the tower and fixed those to the base, all of this was held together with the top section of the tower and mast, by now it was little after 21:00 and that job completed the work I had planned for today.

 

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The job for tomorrow will be to assemble the three bi-planes and fix those to the arms on the tower. All of the parts for those are on Sheet D.

 

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See you tomorrow.

 

John

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  • nimrod54 changed the title to A Musical Interlude - ## FINISHED ##

I started the next phase of build at around noon today and around 1hr later had finished the first biplane.

 

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I thought that I would document the build steps for the second aircraft  which starts by adding a tailplane to the fuselage section.

 

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After that the lower fuselage formers were pressed in place followed by a couple of metal rod stringers and a final former which holds those in place.

 

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The next stage was the addition of two fuselage side pieces, they also formed more of the tailplane, and that was followed by the upper fuselage formers.

 

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You are warned in the instructions that the next part to go on is easily broken, so I took extra care when pressing that home. It helps to form the cowling and has struts and attachment points for the upper and lower wings. 

 

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The parts below form a small sub-assembly which becomes the attachment point for the finished aircraft to the Control Tower. I then added the remainder of the parts that form the cowling and that completed the fuselage section

 

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Next it was time to add the wings, struts and undercarriage parts followed by the cylinder and propeller, and with that the second bi-plane was finished.

 

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By now I had progressed well down the learning curve and the third build took me around 40mins to put together, so here is 'A' Flight lined up and ready to go.

 

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On the test flight the movement is a little jerky, but it seems to be at one point so it may still be binding up slightly and that is after extensive testing during the build. It has been something different for me though and lot of fun to put together.

 

I'll take some more photos for the gallery shortly.

 

John

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On 30/08/2021 at 17:52, Jinxman said:

Top job, and a thumbs up for the clock as well.

 

On 30/08/2021 at 18:03, Hockeyboy76 said:

Well done on finishing in time good buddy. 

 

Cheers fellas, and thanks for tagging along. One final image of the end result.

 

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I'm not sure why but this has really tickled me and I'm over the moon to see it completed and in the gallery. Thank you for making this weekend just... better :)

 

Andy

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55 minutes ago, Foxbat said:

I'm not sure why but this has really tickled me and I'm over the moon to see it completed and in the gallery. Thank you for making this weekend just... better :)

 

Andy

 

Thanks Andy. Glad that you've enjoyed it mate. 

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