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1:32nd scale Macchi M.5


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Hi all,
The 'HPH Models' 1:32nd scale resin model of the Italian Macchi M.5 float plane.
This is a commission build for the Commander of the Italian Frigate 'Federico Martinengo'.
His ship was named after the Italian naval pilot of WW1, Federico Carlo Martinengo.
I've previously built a version of this model and have a build log on my web site.
The only real differences between the two models will be the aircraft markings.
As such, I'll not create a detailed build log for this model here on the forum, just progress shots,

Mike

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Hi all,
I've added the following, which are not supplied in the kit:
External compass shroud
External base for gun sight.
Support struts for lower wing floats (Brass tube and rod).
Support struts for the tailplane (Brass tube and rod).
Lower half of the rudder post,

Mike

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I've replaced the kit supplied 'Z' struts between the engine support frame and underside of the upper wing.
The kit struts don't align correctly with their attachment points and not every strut has a protruding locating rod.
The replacement struts are Brass tube (formed to an aerofoil profile) with internal rod.

Mike

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Hi all,
Some progression the Macchi M.5.
Painted using 'Tamiya' acrylics and oil paint for the wood hull.
'Aviattic' linen effect decals applied to flight surfaces.
Personal markings are custom made by Mika at 'Arctic Decals'.
 
The model, especially the engine still require weathering.
 
Mike 
 
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The engine installation for the Macchi M.5 is ready to be fitted to the hull.
The propeller will be fitted later in this build,
The frame bracing wires are 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament with blackened 0.4 mm diameter Brass tube.
Turnbuckles are the 'Gaspatch' 1:48th scale metal versions.

Mike

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Hi all
The model has moved on a bit since my last post.
The upper wing has been fitted and all wire rigging done.
I just have the outer wing support struts to make and fit.
These will be made from 0.9 mm formed Brass tube.
Also I have to fit and rig the two ailerons, under wing floats and propeller

Mike

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The pilot figure with flight jacket and gloves (moustache added at clients request)
Also resin covered pictures of the ships plaque and Federico Martinengo
These will be located on the display base

Just waiting for the propeller now to complete the model

Mike

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Hi all
The final part of the Macchi M.5 is now fitted.
This is a real wood laminated propeller with metal erosion tips.
It was made by Alexey Belov at 'Proper Plane', based in Ukraine.

I'll post completed model shots soon,

Mike

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