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Took me two weeks, give or take a day or two, with a cheeky Airfix Matador RAF refueller side project last weekend.

 

This is an early Ernest Heinkel design, gifted to the Austrians when it failed to make the cut for German service. They weren’t about to give away the secrets of synchronised machine guns, hence the gun-in-a-box on the top wing, macabrely nicknamed the “baby coffin”. This forward fin did nothing for stability, and the machine had a reputation for being hard to fly. However, the strut arrangement was very sturdy, albeit rather heavier than braced struttery, and it stayed in service for quite a long time by the standards of the day.

 

It has a sort of face, which reminds me of that  robot in the Mandalorian:

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8-B395-D8-A-2-F80-4-EC8-B890-835-E4-ECF0
 

When I started it, I thought the fuselage was ridiculously bloated. Now it just seems to me that every other WWI fighter needs a good square meal:

1265-EE77-54-AF-4-B7-B-AFCF-55-D528858-F

404776-C9-3-D9-F-4-B97-9-AEB-785-F2334-A

D34-EB34-F-1516-4-C87-8-D08-E52-E008-C31

 

Although the kit comes with some extensive camouflage decals, most examples seemed to be in clear doped linen:

576483-C9-30-A1-4988-957-F-47560-E7-FD0-

A5-BFC5-EC-968-C-4299-B714-58608-AA8-C32

B5-B8-E155-5856-40-DE-95-D4-2-D07986-C80
 

And here it is in the company of some recent examples (all vacforms) of my current run of WWI German builds:

8941414-C-3130-40-E9-A0-E8-F7-ED78-F7-B8

F428-B412-6-F46-47-AF-A583-05-BCB60-E5-F

F86-F1737-12-C2-4692-AEDC-91840-E4-A882-
 

Those of you who were kind enough to follow the WIP will recall me whinging on about the underside linen effect. Well, it turns out that with the basic photo editor on a phone, you can turn this:

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into this:

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So I will have to get some painting tips from my photo editor, and learn how to blow the propeller round while taking the photo!
 

Thanks for following this project, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. WIP is here if you are interested.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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I don't imagine its somewhat short tailed design enhanced its stability either, neverthelesss, you've made a super job of it, not one that I was familiar with. 👍

Steve.

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18 minutes ago, stevehnz said:

not one that I was familiar with

I can’t say I was either, but it was cheap and turned out to be a lot of fun to build!

 

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Adrian

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Another very cute macjine of Great War, you did it excellent. I like the timber on fuselage and first of all a parcial transparency of linen cover  at wings - how it is done? Is it just an illusion due to  darker paint on ribs from bottom and lighter from top?

 

Regards

J-W

 

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Really good work on this one -

 

Good wood effect to fuselage and the clear doped linen

 

Regards

 

Dave

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Thanks for the feedback. I still can't believe it only took me a couple of weeks...

 

3 hours ago, JWM said:

parcial transparency of linen cover  at wings - how it is done

It is as simple as painting the ribs and spars a slightly darker colour, then masking them off and filling in with a lighter colour. BUT, choosing the colours is a matter of trial and error (still not 100% there) and it helps to have a little variation with the lighter paint stippling to get a more realistic effect. I also tried to show the shadow of the crosses under the top wing, but didn't do a brilliant job there because I'd already attached the struts 🙄. It does look very weird when painting it upside down, because it doesn't look like it's going to work at all.

 

1 hour ago, Putty Animal said:

Looking forward to seeing what you do next!

I'm going to have a little rest from anything involving struts, rigging or CDL. I did pull out an Eastern Express Sikorsky S-XVI, but put it back again sharply when I realised it had lots of all three! So a FROG Spitfire XIV will keep me busy with some detailing and corrections, and an F-102 is getting done as close to OOB as I can manage for the Century Fighters GB. Then I believe it's time for Lightning(s) to strike in the P-38 GB...

 

1 hour ago, OWL1975 said:

wood effect

The slow drying acrylic gel medium is great if you are doing a wood grain effect - thoroughly recommended!

 

Regards,

Adrian

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14 hours ago, AdrianMF said:

Took me two weeks, give or take a day or two, with a cheeky Airfix Matador RAF refueller side project last weekend.

 

This is an early Ernest Heinkel design, gifted to the Austrians when it failed to make the cut for German service. They weren’t about to give away the secrets of synchronised machine guns, hence the gun-in-a-box on the top wing, macabrely nicknamed the “baby coffin”. This forward fin did nothing for stability, and the machine had a reputation for being hard to fly. However, the strut arrangement was very sturdy, albeit rather heavier than braced struttery, and it stayed in service for quite a long time by the standards of the day.

 

It has a sort of face, which reminds me of that  robot in the Mandalorian:

2-F6-DFB30-434-B-41-C2-B71-D-74358-CED42

8-B395-D8-A-2-F80-4-EC8-B890-835-E4-ECF0
 

When I started it, I thought the fuselage was ridiculously bloated. Now it just seems to me that every other WWI fighter needs a good square meal:

1265-EE77-54-AF-4-B7-B-AFCF-55-D528858-F

404776-C9-3-D9-F-4-B97-9-AEB-785-F2334-A

D34-EB34-F-1516-4-C87-8-D08-E52-E008-C31

 

Although the kit comes with some extensive camouflage decals, most examples seemed to be in clear doped linen:

576483-C9-30-A1-4988-957-F-47560-E7-FD0-

A5-BFC5-EC-968-C-4299-B714-58608-AA8-C32

B5-B8-E155-5856-40-DE-95-D4-2-D07986-C80
 

And here it is in the company of some recent examples (all vacforms) of my current run of WWI German builds:

8941414-C-3130-40-E9-A0-E8-F7-ED78-F7-B8

F428-B412-6-F46-47-AF-A583-05-BCB60-E5-F

F86-F1737-12-C2-4692-AEDC-91840-E4-A882-
 

Those of you who were kind enough to follow the WIP will recall me whinging on about the underside linen effect. Well, it turns out that with the basic photo editor on a phone, you can turn this:

11-CBA58-F-5308-4755-910-E-55-B7-FA33667

into this:

87-AAD0-B7-B611-4-C0-E-992-B-2595-EBDA8-

So I will have to get some painting tips from my photo editor, and learn how to blow the propeller round while taking the photo!
 

Thanks for following this project, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. WIP is here if you are interested.

 

Regards,

Adrian

Nice job.

 

Alain

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Lovely result Adrian, and at top speed too! I think the linen effect is pretty good myself.

I too have the Sikorsky in the stash, and will use a small parts engine with it, but it's not near the top of the list yet!

 

Ian

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  • 2 weeks later...

More I look at this Adrian the more I like it 👍

 

(My Toko version has just arrived and yes there are the sink marks in the baby coffin on this version too 🤨)

 

Paul

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On 15/08/2022 at 21:51, AdrianMF said:

It has a sort of face, which reminds me of that  robot in the Mandalorian:

 

8-B395-D8-A-2-F80-4-EC8-B890-835-E4-ECF0

 

 

He's a cheeky looking little chap, isn't he :)

 

Another lovely little Great War build. 

 

 

 

 

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Absolutely Exquisite Work!  I finished my "Spider" a few months ago...I still have the conventionally Strutter Phonix in the Stash...I have to get to work!

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