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  1. Hi all, Just a quick updated. The front decking has been fitted and I've added the 'splash' rail around the edge of the hull. Also the nose 'bump' padding to the nose, neither of which are represented in the kit, Mike
  2. Hi Hubert, To be frank there's not much cockpit detail anyway, just a control column, pump , rudder bar and compass - that's it. I need to scratch an instrument panel and the rudder bar wont be used, Mike
  3. Hi all, This kit does present the modeler with challenges, to put it mildly. The supplied kit itself comprises of parts which are solely resin and unlike many more up market companies, ‘Omega Models’ do not reinforce parts, such as wing struts, with metal rods. This makes the supplied resin struts very weak when flexed. All of the resin parts have mold ‘flash’ that will need to be removed and larger items, such as the wings, do have some warping, which is not uncommon in resin kits. The kit does not supply many parts required to make this an accurate model, for example an instrument
  4. Heh he - yes I'll take another look before I finish the final display, Mike
  5. They're there but no lips (easy to over paint lips). It's the light and the angle of the photo . Mike
  6. Hi all, The two mechanic figures ('Kellerkind') are finished. One will be priming the engine cylinders whilst the other turns the propeller to position the cylinders. That's it now until I post up the completed model display. Thanks for all of your comments during this build - much appreciated, Mike
  7. Hi all, As I'm nearing the completion of the Fokker D.II model build, I've started preparing the next model. This will be another resin kit from 'Omega Models', which will represent the Hansa-Brandenburg W.20, Serial No:1552, photographed on the 14th of March 1918, at the seaplane experimental centre (SVK) at Warnemunde before being accepted for naval use (by the SAK). The Hansa-Brandenburg W.20 was designed during late 1917 and early 1918 by Ernst Heinkel whilst working at Hansa-Brandenburg. The intention for this small, unarmed spotter float plane was for it to be p
  8. Hi all, The external elevator control lever and cable on the underside of the fuselage have been added. The two slots were cut through the fuselage and a lever, made from photo-etch and 0.4 mm diameter rod, was fitted. The control cable is 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament with 0.4 mm diameter blackened tube. The basic model is now finished so it's onto the figures and display, Mike
  9. Hi all, The wheels, rudder and elevator are now fitted. Now onto representing the external elevator control cable under the fuselage, which is not represented in the kit, Mike
  10. Hi all, Just a quick update. The landing gear is finished using 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament, 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm diameter blackened tube and the 'bungee' suspension (not represented in the kit) is 'EZ' stetch line washed with 'AK Interactive' Kersonene (AK2039). The Tail skid is also finished and was constructed from micr-tunbe (kit parts too fragile) with suspension cord created using 'MFH' flexible black tube. Now onto creating the elevator control under the fuselage (not represented in the kit) and fitting the rudder and elevators, Mike
  11. Hi all, Being a wing warper as opposed to an aileron controlled aircraft, the rigging of the wing required more than usual. A combination of flying wires, landing wires, drift wires, cross bracing wire, wing warp control cables and wing warp reaction cables. The turnbuckles still need to be painted though. Now onto the landing gear, rudder and elevators, Mike
  12. Hi all, In preparation for fitting the upper wing onto the ten struts, I've pre-rigged those wires that would be difficult to attach with the upper wing attached. The remaining rigging can be attached afterwards and these will be: Wing warping reaction wires with their pulley support frame Forward flying wires Drift wires Landing gear bracing Rudder and elevator control cables. The pre-rigging is 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament passed through the 'eye' of the turnbuckle, then a blackened 0.5 mm diameter tube and finally the fitted 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale anchor point. Th
  13. Hi all, I've finished pre-rigging stage now. Thirty two lines with 'GasPatch' One End type turnbuckles and two with double ended Type C turnbuckles. Also the Rudder and Elevators have their control lines fitted. Tube used is blackened 0.5 mm and 0.4 mm diameter with 0.12 or 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament. Now all I have to do is fit the anchor points to their various locations and the ten struts and upper wing can be fitted, Mike
  14. Hi all, Two of the six wing warp control lines were attached to the base of the rear interplane struts on the lower wings. The two control lines were routed between the lower wings through twin pulleys, mounted on a support frame in front of the cockpit. Mono-filament lone of 0.08 mm diameter and routed through 0.2 mm diameter holes above the pulleys. 'GasPatch' 1:48th One End turnbuckles fitted with 0.4 mm diameter blackened brass tube. Mike
  15. Hi all, Just a quick update. Looking at photographs it's difficult to see detail for the interplane struts on this aircraft. Some look to be of wood construction only. Others seem to show a tubular reinforcing tube that was fitted to the leading edge of each strut with wood aerofoil struts attached to its rear edge. Also what appears to be four 'wrappings' of either linen or metal around each strut. Normally strut wrapping would be linen and these were used to help prevent the wood struts from splitting under stress. Anyway, the kit 'wrappings' were over sized so I decided to mod
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