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  1. Hi all, The inside of each fuselage half has been painted and side frame outlines added with oil paint. The frame cross bracing is 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament with 0.4 mm Nickel-Silver tube and 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale resin turnbuckles. The bracing still needs painting of the tubes and turnbuckles, Mike
  2. Hi all, Thanks for you comments and support during this build, Mike
  3. Hi all, Just a small update. The instrument panel is complete. Oil paint for the wood effect and decals added (not in the kit) from my spares. The five selector levers were made from 0.4 mm Nickel-Silver tube, flattened then bent to 90 degrees. Mike
  4. Hi all, Here's the completed Siemens Schuckert D.III (Serial No. 834 to 8359/17) as flown by Ltn. Joachim von Ziegesar when serving with Jasta 15 during May, 1918. As usual a fully detailed build log, in PDF format, is available to download from my web site (link below), Mike
  5. Hi Rob, Yes the Fokker E.V/D.VIII builds into a nice kit. I built it, but it was before 'Aviattic' released some of their after market parts and photo-etch set. I did use their cookie cut decals though, as well as theirs and others other after market parts. I also replaced all of the struts and cockpit framing with brass versions. If you go to my site, on Gallery 1, there's the downloadable PDF build log, Mike
  6. Hi all, The fuselage halves had two pre-moulded resin location pegs only and when the fuselage halves were located together, the pegs did not align correctly. Also, as noted by 'PrzemoL' during his build of the Sopwith 'Baby, once the cockpit if fitted and the fuselage closed up, the fuselage seam will be seen from inside the cockpit. Therefore I decided to sand away the resin location pegs and drill three 0.9 mm holes into one fuselage half, then fitted 0.8 mm brass location rods. To align the rest of the fuselage halves I added short strips of 0.8 mm thick plastic card to the fuselage half, in positions that would not interfere with the cockpit fit. Finally to hide the fuselage seam and to add to fuselage halves alignment, I cut and profiled a single piece of 0.8 mm thick plastic card, which was secured to the cockpit floor area of the fuselage half. The result is a much better alignment of the fuselage halves wih the seam below the cockpit hidden, Mike
  7. Hi all, The pilot operated the ailerons on the wings by turning the pilot’s wheel on the control column. The typical aileron control from a pilot’s wheel was effected by cables. The control column would be fitted with two cable pulleys, one from the wheel and located on the top of the control column and a second pulley located at the bottom of the control column. The aileron control cable run was routed around the top pulley then down to the bottom pulley, where the cable run was crossed. From the bottom pulley the cables were routed out of the cockpit and through the lower wings to their respective ailerons. Unfortunately these pulleys are not supplied in the model kit, so had to be made. Each pulley is a 2.5 mm diameter disc, cut from 0.5 mm thick plastic card, and sandwiched between two 3.5 mm diameter discs. These represent the basic 'grooved' pulleys, around which the aileron control cable run will be routed, Mike
  8. Hi Rob, Yes I'd say buying the engines separately would be a good move. Probably the best 3D prints I've come across thus far. You do get 12 cylinders and intake manifolds, even though the engine only requires 9 of each. Mike
  9. Hi all, I've been sorting out certain anomalies with the primary parts of the model. The details will be covered in the PDF build log, but as a heads up: The resin locating pegs for the fuselage halves cause the assembly to be misaligned, as do those to locate the wings to the fuselage and upper wing centre section. These pegs were removed and replaced with 0.8 mm diameter brass rod, which with the kit original steel pins provide a better joint and alignment. Even so I found that with the wing leading edges aligned, the trailing edges were not. It seems the wing chords are slightly less than their mating faces. Therefore some sanding of the trailing edges of the upper wing centre section and lower wing roots was required to align correctly to the wing sections. Resin surface irregularities, such as blow holes, chips, edge delaminations and joint seams, needed to be either filled and/or sanded. The two fuselage halves have pre-moulded external linen stitching, which is not very realistic. Also the stitching at the sides of the cockpit was not present on the aircraft. In addition, the removable rear fuselage was attached to the forward fuselage at a joint to the rear of the cockpit. This joint has been moulded on the fuselage halves as a thick ridge, but in reality did not look like this (see the following photograph). The joint at the fuselage sides was covered with a strip. These details were scraped and sanded away, in preparation for being replaced with photo-etch (‘Eduard’ WW1 Stitching (EDP32228). Mike
  10. Hi all, The 3D printed Le Rhone 9J engine is complete. Painted with 'Alclad' Steel lacquer and weathered using by sponging 'Tamiya' Weathering Master Burnt Blue, Gunmetal and Silver. Complete engine washed with 'AK Interactive' Kerosene, thinned with White Spirit. Spark plug leads twisted from 0.125 mm diameter copper wire. Mike
  11. Thanks Rob - Kind words indeed. You should be able to build either the earlier D.III or the kit intended D.IV - it'll be nice to see how it would turn out, Mike
  12. Hi all, I'm waiting for the propeller to arrive to complete my Siemens-Schuckert D.III model. Therefore I'm making a start on the 1:32nd scale resin model of the Ansaldo 'Baby' by 'Lukgraph'. I'll be modelling the first 'Baby' built (Ser No: So 5005) by the SA Aeronautica Gio Ansaldo of Turin. This aircraft was fitted with a Le Rhöne 9J rotary engine (120hp) with a circular engine cowl. I've made a start on the 3D printed engine, which I must say is the best finish I've seen thus far from a model company. The surface shows very little, if any, of the layer striations seen on some 3D printed model parts. Cutting the parts from their support trees is a bit tricky and because the material is quite hard, removing the tree stubs on such small parts is difficult. Mike
  13. Hi all, All I need to complete this model now is the wood laminate propeller from 'ProperPlane', which is on it's way. This propeller profile is slightly different to the kit propeller, which it seems is not quite correct. As such I'll probably need to re-profile the 'Loon Models' resin spinner I've used, as it is made to fit the kit spinner. I'll post up photos of the completed model once its complete. I'd like to thank everyone for their encouragement and comments. Mike
  14. Hi all, The figures, which the ‘Aviattic’ “GötterdÄmmerung” pilot and airman set (ATTRES 024). All painted with 'Tamiya' acrylics with metal fitting using 'Mr. Colour' enamels. The ladder was base coated with 'AK Interactive' Wood wash (AK 263) 'Tamiya' Weathering Master sets A, D and E used for dirt/stains. Just awaiting the propeller from Alex at 'ProperPlane' and the display case (due tomorrow, Mike PS: Is it just me but after I'd finished I thought 'the pilot reminds me of someone'.
  15. Hi all, Apart from the propeller, which Alex at 'ProperPlane' is attempting to make, the model is complete. The rudder is fitted. The windscreen in the kit is just a thin acetate outline, which is not very realistic, so I modified a 'spare' windscreen. The aileron control rod assemblies, which I modified earlier, were fitted into the cut-outs I made in the upper wing. Finally the bracing wire at each side of the engine cowl was held in a metal retainer, which I made from spare photo-etch harness buckles. Until the propeller is fitted I'll carry on painting the two figures and ladder, Mike
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