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  1. Hi all, The undercarriage assembly has been fitted. Also added are the panel fasteners to the rear of the undercarriage, a drain pipe and the cross bracing anchors in the fuselage under shield, Mike
  2. Hi all, The forward fuselage and cockpit area is nearly done. It included a fair bit of modification, no surprise there. It includes adding the two machine guns, wind screen and 'Aldis' gun sight with cockpit support frame, adding access holes in the front decking panel and side plates in the decking panel cut-outs. Also nail lines up the fuselage side panels and changing the retaining straps at the top of the engine cowl to those for the 'Swallow', which were metal retainer strips. Next is to add the twin pitot-static pipes onto the forward right cabane strut and the cross bracing rigging between the cabane struts and across the forward two struts, Mike
  3. Hi all, Both 'Vickers' guns are fitted along with their ammunition feed belts. The 'Swallow' did not have ammunition ejector chutes, as fitted to the 'Camel'. My assumption is that the ammunition was fed to each weapon from inboard of the breech blocks and spent rounds were ejected outboard over the fuselage sides. Next is to sort out the wind screen and 'Aldis' gun sight. None of the available data show an 'Aldis' sight fitted, other than the information supplied with the resin conversion set. As the 'Swallow' was a 1918-19 design, it's quite possible that this sight was fitted, Mike
  4. Hi all, The engine cowl and after market ‘CMK Master Models’ Le Rhöne 9J (110 hp) has been fitted, which is the correct engine for the 'Swallow'. The next step is to create cowl plates that were fitted to replace the 'Camel' strap type fasteners at the top of the cowl. The bottom strap fasteners were retained. Then final fit the two 'Vickers' guns and feed chutes. Mike
  5. Hi all, I've used 'Milliput' two part putty to fill the gap between the resin front and rear cockpit decking panels. Painted with 'Humbrol' leather (62) and highlighted using 'Tamiya' hull red (XF9). Mike
  6. Hi all, The decal pre-shading has now been applied - 'Tamiya' Smoke X19. Before the decals are applied I need to finish a few bits around the cockpit - padding, missing front to rear decking panel sections, machine guns and ammunition feeds and windshield. Mike
  7. Hi all, I painted wood effect on the fuselage rear panels and rear decking, but that was not correct as they should be grey. Luckily the oil paint used is water based so I've removed the wood effect and airbrushed with 'Tamiya' ocean grey (XF82). Mike
  8. Hi all, I've started the painting in preparation for the application of the 'Aviattic' linen effect decals (CDL and PC12). The external fuselage, wing, tail plane, elevator, rudder and fin were primed using 'AK Interactive' white (AK-759). The fuselage forward side panels and front decking panel were airbrushed with 'Tamiya' ocean grey (XF82). The rear decking panel and fuselage side panels were airbrushed with 'Tamiya' deck tan (XF55) the brushed with 'DecoArt' Burnt Umber acrylic oil paint, to create a wood effect. The undercarriage struts, fuselage cabane struts and over wing cable support pylon were treated the same. I still have to create the 'in-fill' between the rear and front decking panels and paint the cockpit surround padding. Then it's onto fitting the two weapons and ammunition feed and ejector detail, Mike
  9. Hubert: Thanks - got that covered already though, Mike
  10. Hi all, I've re-profiled the forward fuselage area from what was the Sopwith 'Camel' to that of the Sopwith 'Swallow' It required the removal of panel 'nail' lines, spent ammunition chutes, re-positioning of panel joins, extending the lower 'cut-out' and filling/blending in the 'Camel' lower wing area. Mike Sopwith 'Camel' Sopwith 'Swallow'
  11. Hi all, Thanks for the encouraging comments - things should move a little faster now. The cockpit area always take the most time on models I modify. Mike
  12. Hi all, The 'Lang' propeller is wood laminated from 'ProperPlane' and was airbrushed with a 'Tamiya' clear orange and Hull Red mix, to create a darker and varnished appearance. The machine guns are from 'Gaspatch' and were modified to add a 'ring' gun sight and alter the angle of the cocking handles, , Mike
  13. Hi all, The fuselage is closed up now. I've added twin trigger cables and the 'blip' switch cable to the control column. Also the seat belts, cockpit cross beam and the fuel pressure pipe from the pilot's hand pump to the fuel tank.. As usual not much can be seen, although the cockpit on the 'Swallow' is more open than most, but the low wing cover a lot. Now it's onto filling and profiling the external fuselage. Mike
  14. Hi all, I've been working away at the cockpit area, which is just about ready for closing up the fuselage. All of the flight controls, except ailerons, have been added along with the visible cross bracing on the cockpit side frames. I still have to seal the area and gloss the instruments. Also fit the pilot's seat straps, gun trigger cables and fuel tank pressurisation pipe, but they will be done after the fuselage has been closed up, Mike
  15. Hi all, I'm currently working on the internal rigging. Here's the flight controls consisting 'Gaspatch' 1:48th scale turnbuckles (Type A and C), 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube and 'Stroft' 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament. The rudder bar was drill with 0.2 mm diameter holes to secure the four rudder lines using 0.125 mm diameter copper wire. The elevator pulleys were also drilled through to accept the elevator line. A short piece of tube was secured to the control column to act as the attachment for the elevator forward cables. The floor under the pilots foot boards has cross-bracing added. Only the ailerons control run is still to fit, but can't be until the fuselage is closed up, due to the way the cable is routed. Next up is the cross-bracing to the cockpit side frames. Mike
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