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  1. Hi all, The pilot figure is finished - ‘Wings Cockpit Figures’ leaning pilot (LSK 06). Painted with a mix of 'Tamiya', 'AK Interactive' and 'Citadel' paints. I'm just waiting for the case and information plaque to arrive. Once the display is done I'll post up completed photographs. Thanks to everyone's encouraging comments, appreciated, Mike
  2. Hi all, Just a few more details to add for this particular aircraft. Then it's on to the figure and display base. I've added the bungee suspension cords and tail skid. What's left to do: Propeller and spinner. Exhaust. Windscreen. Cooling system vent pipe. External airspeed indicator. Mirror and instrument. Mike
  3. Hi all, The rigging is now complete. Blackened 0.4 mm and 0.5 mm Brass tube, 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale turnbuckles and 0.08 mm and 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament. Mike
  4. Hi all, I've replaced the front cabane struts using profiled 1.4 mm diameter Brass tube with internal reinforcing 0.5 mm diameter Brass rod and 0.2 mm thick plastic card. The remainder is the kit parts, Mike
  5. Hi all, During fitting of the upper wing both front struts of the fuselage cabane strut assembly snapped. Looking at them it looks like they snapped cleanly and I think along stress points, possibly created during release from the moulds. So rather than pin and glue them together, I decided to make replacement struts from Brass tube shaped around Brass rod. Mike
  6. Hi all, The rudder, elevator and landing gear has now been fitted. I've also pre-rigged the various flight and control wires, prior to fitting the upper wing. The lines are 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament with blackened 0.5 mm diameter Brass tube. The turnbuckles are from the 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale series. There is a slight bow one of the rear landing gear struts, which I need to sort out, Mike
  7. Hi all, Just a small update. I've added photo-etch mesh to the front and rear of the 'Windhoff' radiators. The photo-etch was heated slightly to create a heated look and then given a dark wash. I've also added the bottom drain cock, made from 'Taurus Models' engine fuel primer. Finally I added the radiators upper and lower attachment plates to the fuselage, Mike
  8. Hi all, Some progress on the Albatros D.I. The smoothed and grey primed surfaces were clear gloss coated with 'Alclad' Aqua Gloss 600. The undersides of the wings and tail unit had the ‘Aviattic’ German blue linen (ATT32077) white backed decal applied. The upper surfaces of the wings and tail unit had the ‘Aviattic’ clear Linen Weave effect (ATT32236) decal applied. All surfaces were then airbrushed with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer. The 'Roden' kit supplied decals were as expected very thin and fragile and were easily broken when applied. Also this particular aircraft had marking not available as decals. Therefore I inkjet printed all of the decals required onto white decal paper then sealed them with two coats of acrylic sealer. I decided to try out the 'Quinta Studios’ 3D printed Albatros D.I set (QD32076). The model raised details were already sanded away before painting. Due to the time it took for the set to arrive in the UK from Russia (via Poland), I had already closed up the fuselage. Therefore I only used the Part 1 sheet which had the external details. These were brush painted to match the surrounding colours on the model parts. I did not used the two strips on the upper surface of the lower wing roots as they were way too thick. Instead I used strips of painted photo-etch. All surfaces were then airbrushed again with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer. Weathering was applied using the 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt fine clay wash. All surfaces were then finally airbrushed with 'Alclad' Light Sheen (ALC311) lacquer to seal it all. Mike
  9. Hi Kevin, Thanks. ‘ProperPlane’ wood effect decal set (PDW-501230). These decals are translucent so a base colour needs to be applied to the model surface before the decals are applied. It is important that the surface of the applied paint is smooth, free of surface imperfections and has a gloss surface. Airbrush the entire external surface of the fuselage with ‘Tamiya’ Desert Yellow (XL59) or similar. I thinned the ‘Tamiya’ acrylic paint with ‘Mr. Colour’ self-levelling thinners 400, which improves the surface finish and dries quickly. Applied the decals including the scarf joint strips. Weathering was ‘Flory Models’ Dark Dirt clay wash, which was allowed to dry then removed with a very slightly moist kitchen paper towel and brush. Once the desired effect is achieved, airbrushed a light sealing coat of ‘Alclad’ Light Sheen (ALC-311) or ‘Tamiya’ Semi-Matt (XF35) over the fuselage to seal the applied weathering. Mike
  10. Hi all, Upper surfaces camo painted. Mixed ‘Tamiya’ J.A. Green (XF13) with White (X2) and Flat Brown (XF10) with White (X2) to an approximate ratio of 80/20. Mike
  11. Hi all, Slower than usual progress on the Albatros D.I (real life got in the way). I've airbrushed the fuselage and upper surface of the elevator with a mix of Tamiya Cockpit Green (XF73) mixed with White (X2). It's the closest I could get to the colour profile by Ronnie Barr. The nose and forward decking panel is Tamiya Medium Sea Grey (XF83). Next up is the two tone brown/green for the upper surface of the wings and tail plane, which will be covered with clear linen effect 'Aviattic decal.. The undersides will be light blue linen effect 'Aviattic decal. It'll all be weathered in due course. Mike
  12. Hi all, I'm a bit slower than normal working this model as I'm working another unrelated model at the same time. In order to sand and fill gaps after fitting the lower wing, some of the surface detail under the lower wing was also removed. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try the 'Quinta Studios' 3D printed detail set for this aircraft. To that end I've sanded off the surface details in preparation. If the 'Quinta' parts don't work out I will revert to the photo-etch detail set I have from 'Part'. In the meantime I've had to fill the pre-moulded recesses in the fuselage sides, above the lower wing roots. These are intended for attaching the flying wires, but are not located correctly. The flying wires for the Albatros D.I were routed through a cover panel on the upper surface of the lower wing root at the fuselage. The wires passed through a recess below and into the fuselage attachment points. Mike
  13. Hi all, Below you can see main visible differences between the earlier Spandau (LMG) 08 weapon and the later 08/15 weapon. Mike Early 08 (as in the previous post photograph) Later 08/15
  14. Hi Peter, I replaced the machine guns with 'GasPatch' resin version, based on the kit supplied weapons. However, as was pointed out to me, this aircraft was fitted with the earlier LMG 08 weapons. The following shows the difference between the incorrect replacements (previous post photograph) and the correct weapons (below), Mike
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