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  1. Hi all, All of the necessary pre-rigging has been done, using 0.12 and 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament with blackened 0.5 mm diameter Brass tube. The wings were then fitted. The ailerons win the upper wing were controlled from the cockpit by external rods and levers, similar to the French Nieuports. The kit parts had rods that were way too short and would not reach the fuselage openings. I cut the rods away from the levers and fitted 0.6 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tubes with 0.4 mm tube inside. The protruding 0.4 tube fitted into holes drilled through the front end of the levers.
  2. Hi all, Photographs of the finished model are now up in the LSM Finished page. Thank's to everyone for the encouragement and comments throughout this build, Mike
  3. Hi all, I thought you might like to see my 1:32 scale build - The German ‘Hansa-Brandenburg W.20’. This model is from ‘Omega Models’ and is resin. This aircraft was a single seat float, designed to be carried in a water tight container on a type of submarine. The intention was to surface and remove the aircraft from its container, assemble it then launch it for reconnaissance missions. After landing near the submarine, it was be taken onboard, disassembled and stowed back in its container. The special submarines were never built before hostilities ceased and the three prototypes we
  4. Hi all, Just a few updates. I've applied and sealed the weathering ('Flory Models' Dark Dirt clay wash). Also added the pilot's foot plate, made from spare photo-etch) to the lower port wing, which is not in the kit. The replacement 'GasPatch' Lewis Mk.1 machine gun has been fitted. Now onto the pre-rigging, Mike
  5. Hi all, I've applied the decals. The Clear Doped Linen are the '‘Aviattic’ CDL aged varnish (ATT32094), The plywood fuselage are the ‘Lukgraph’ Dark Plywood (DEC004) - from their Friedrichshafen FF.33L kit (32-30). I still have to finish weathering and maybe darken the wood decals, Mike
  6. Hi all, I've pre-shaded the parts ready for applying plywood effect decal to the fuselage and linen effect decal to the flight surfaces. The fuselage if the aircraft was covered in plywood but it's difficult to tell if the plywood was applied as single sheets or as separate panels. One photograph seems to show a panel join, so I've gone for separate panels. Panel lines scribbed with nail lines added each side using a 'Rosie the Riveter' (1.0 mm). Mike
  7. Hi all, Just a few updates. The kit supplied resin propeller was base coated with 'Tamiya' Buff (XF55) then had 'DecoArts' Burnt Umber acrylic brushed on. Finally a sealing coat of 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) mixed with 'Tamiya' Clear Orange (X26). Forward fuselage and spinner base coated with 'Tamiya' black gloss (X18) then over coated with 'Alclad' Duraluminium (ALC-102). Slot cut forward of the cockpit to house the 'GasPatch' Lewis machine gun. The brass created struts were base coated with 'Tamiya' Buff (XF55) then had 'DecoArts' Burnt Umber acrylic brushed
  8. Hi all, I've been asked on several forums about making struts from Brass tube and rod. The tool I use is the 'Strutter' made by 'Albion Alloy's' This tool, plus others, was available to purchase on the previous web site, which is no longer online. I contacted 'Albion Alloy's' and this was the reply I received today: "Hi Mike, Many thanks for getting in touch and so pleased to hear your comments regarding the Strutter. We do indeed intend to put the details of how to purchase the hobby tools we do on our website. This will probably happen in the next couple of weeks and I'll
  9. Hi all, I decided to replace all four interplane struts as the kit parts were also soft white metal alloy. Made from 2.0 mm diameter Brass tube and 0.5 mm diameter rod, soft soldered the profiled, Mike
  10. Hi all, The landing gear and wing struts supplied in the kit are molded in white metal. Consequently the landing gear in particular bends extremely easily and I suspect may not even take the weight of the model. Therefore I recreated the landing gear struts and axle using brass tube, rod and styrene sheet. The struts are 2.0 mm tube formed around 1.mm rod and soft soldered then filed and sanded to shape. The axle is 2.0 mm tube crushed flat on one aide around 0.8 mm rod. Styrene strips off 0.5 mm thickness were glued to the front and rear of the rod, then sanded to an aerofoil sha
  11. Hi all, I can't finish the Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 as I'm still waiting for the propeller. Also I can't progress the Ponnier M.1 until I receive the replacement Lewis gun, so that I can modify the fuselage accordingly. So I've started researching what will probably be the 'next' model, which will be the last of the problematic resin kits I have. This model will represent a Mosca-Bystritsky MB bis fighter, flown by the Imperial Russian Air Force from 1916. The Italian aircraft designer Francesco E. Mosca worked at the Russian Duks factory, along with Bezobrasov, Lerkhe and Yankovski
  12. Hi all, The engine cowl and the two side panels have been added (the engine will fit inside the cowl). Also the kit supplied resin carburettor air intake pipes have been replaced with chamfered 1.8 mm brass tube. This was done as the tubes are angled downwards from the fuselage sides and have chamfered ends, unlike the kit parts. Also added the filler cap as it needed to be sanded away during the fuselage assembly. Finally the lower wings had just one small resin locating stub for locating against the fuselage sides. I replaced them with 1.0 mm diameter rod - the front rod passes t
  13. Hi all, Some progress on this model. Information on the cockpit detail is non-existent as far as I can tell, so I've built the cockpit as supplied. All I've added rudder control lines and pipe to the priming pump. Getting the two fuselage halves to fully close around the cockpit assembly required some fairly heavy scraping of resin from the cockpit side panels. I also added 1.0 mm thick plastic card strips around one fuselage half to help positive alignment to the other half, as as usual being a resin kit, there are no locating pegs and receptacles. The ailerons in the upper wing w
  14. Hi all, I forgot the figures. I'm not much of a figure painter, but I add them to my models primarily for scale effect. ‘Wings Cockpit Figures’ - (Seated pilot LSK 07A) - butchered somewhat to fit into the cockpit. ‘Elan 13’ Miniatures German Naval pilot WW1 (EL19). ‘Elan 13’ RFC Mechanic WW1 (EL41) - removed the RFC forage cap making him bald.
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