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1:32nd scale Hannover Cl.II


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Hi all,
As the build of the Halberstadt Cl.II is coming to a close, I've started to prepare for the next model.
This hopefully will be Hannover Cl.II, Serial No.690/18 of FEA 8 (Fliegerersatz Abteilung 8), based at Graudenz (now Grudziadz in Poland) in late 1918. 
I've changed my original scheme to this one as the decals I applied did not go well.
Basically the lozenge decal I used were clear backed, which was not the problem.
The problem was adding the rib and edging tapes to the wings etc.
The cut clear backed lozenge decal, when applied, showed the underlying decal, making the rib tapes way to dark and muted.
I did try white backed lozenge decal, but they were way too bright.
Basically I should have used the white backed lozenge decal to start with.
So, rather than spend more buying replacement decal, I decided to change the scheme to the above.
Also, I have a commission build of the CSM Bristol Scout waiting to be started, so time is pressing, 

Mike

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Hi all,
I've started on the Argos As.III engine.
I'm using the kit supplied alternative cylinder block, as this does not have the unrealistic solid moulded valve push rods.
These will be added later using Nickel-Silver tube.
The exit ports of both exhaust pipes have been drilled out as these were also solid moulded.
Finally, I've added 0.8 mm diameter tube to the rear ends of the ignition lead support tubes.
These will allow for the insertion of ignition leads from the magnetos later in the build.

Mike

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Hi all,
The fuselage is close to being closed up now.
I've added:
   The rudder and elevator control cables, using 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament and 0.5 mm diameter blackened Brass tube.
   The wireless cable from the from the hand reel in the observers cockpit and through the cockpit floor.
   The control rod from the clutch control lever (wireless set generator - engine driven), from 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube.
I've also fitted the cockpit panel for the pilots machine gun ammunition magazine in the half open position, not that you can see much of the ammunition inside the magazine.
The engine and two radiator pipes are only dry fitted.
Those, along with the pilots 'Spandau' machine gun, will be fitted after the fuselage has been painted.
An engine throttle control will also be fitted at the same stage.

Mike

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Hi all,
Both weapons for the Hannover completed.
The pilots 'Spandau' is a combination of the kit supplied parts and the ‘Master’ Spandau LMG 08/15 barrel and jacket (AM-32-023).
The observers 'Parabellum' is the ‘Gaspatch’ Parabellum 14/17 resin machine gun,
 
Mike
 
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Hi all,
An update on the Hannover build.
The fuselage has been closed up.
Fuselage, wings and tailplanes have had their panels and fittings etc painted.
Pilots Spandau machine gun fitted as well as the nose cowl and some of the engine access panels (others will be left off).
Still some work to be done before weathering then preparing and applying the decals.

Mike

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Hi all,
Assembly has moved forwards and the 'Aviattic' Linen Weave effect decals applied where required.
The relevant kit decals have been applied also and the carburettor fuel supply pipe added.
Now it's onto applying the weather and pre-rigging before final assembly,

Mike

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Very nice work, Mike.

If I may, the linen effect decals look surprisingly « heavy » on this build, compared to what I have grown to get used to on your builds. But then, maybe it’s just me …

Hubert

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14 hours ago, HubertB said:

Very nice work, Mike.

If I may, the linen effect decals look surprisingly « heavy » on this build, compared to what I have grown to get used to on your builds. But then, maybe it’s just me …

Hubert

Hi Hubert,

Yes it is more obvious than usual.

I think it can only be the light blue base colour.

I did consider applying a very light over spray of the base colour to 'knock it back', but thought it too risky.

Actually it's not too obvious viewing the model normally,

Mike

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Hi all,
Landing gear fitted.
Wireless aerial and generator assembled and painted.
Swivel ring and mountings assembled and painted for the observers Parabellum machine gun.
Additional grab handle added to the swivel ring.

Now onto the pre-rigging,

Mike

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Hi all,
The upper wing has fitted.
Pre-rigged with resin anchor points, blackened 0.5 mm diameter Brass tube and 0.12 mm mono-filament.
Rudder control cables also rigged with 'Proper Plane' turnbuckles, 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament and blackened 0.4 mm diameter Brass tube.

Now it's onto final rigging,

Mike

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Hi all,
Final rigging is complete.
I tried this time using resin Anchor Points, but won't bother in the future.
Although they will take tension in the rigging line, they break away very easily if only slightly knocked.
I'll continue to use the metal versions from 'Gaspatch', even though most unfortunately have blocked 'eye' ends, which effectively renders them unusable.
I've used 1:32nd and 1:48th scale One Ended version turnbuckles from 'Gaspatch' on this build.

There's still more bits to fit and figures to paint, but I'm getting there,

Mike

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Hi all,
The engine radiator pipes and front exhaust have been fitted.
Also the observers 'Parabellum' weapon, windscreen, aerial weight, flare and grenade racks  and wireless generator (with added retaining straps and conduit).
I still have the propeller to fit and the figure to complete.
Also I need to fit tie bars between the flying and landing wires, which are nor supplied in the kit,

Mike

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Hi all,
The tie bars between the flying and landing wires on both sides of the aircraft have been added.
Made from 0.6 mm diameter plastic rod.
The actual tie bars had the wires passing through them.
However, this is not possible to do on the model, as the the bars are too thin to drill.
Also, the holes would need to be accurately position along the bars and the wires passed through them during final rigging.
If the holes are not positioned accurately the wires would be deflected and not be straight.
Therefore I had no option but to locate the bars onto the wires and secure then in position using thin CA adhesive,

Mike 

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