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Several months ago, a very good friend of mine, Mike Swinburne, broached the subject of me taking over the finishing of an incredibly rare model, one with the possibility of only three or four complete sets of sprues in extant.  
Back in 2018, Mike had been asked to do a pre production build of the big O/100, and he undertook that task with gusto.  His work was well documented on several modeling sites, and he was asked to build the kit “out of the box”, to serve as Wingnuts website build demonstrator. 
After Wingnuts ceased operations, the build languished, and eventually, it got packed away and forgotten.  
I have been actively pursuing a set of the unstarted Sprue sets with little success, but several months ago, Mike broke it to me that this model was mine if I would do two things:   1. Finish it    
2. Show it at the IPMS USA Nats.     
I also made it known that after it was finished on the show circuit, I’d find a suitable aviation museum to display the model.  
Locally, we have the Confederate Air Force B-29 and B-24 Squadron,  the Frontiers of Flight Museum, and the Cavanaugh Air Museum.   The Cavanaugh has a family connection.

I have the honor of finishing this, so I’ll oblige.

First observations are that Mike’s quality of work is second to none, and that this is so big, it makes the Felixstowe look like a 48 scale model.

Right now, I’m going to simply repair the shipping damage to the biplane tail and the undercarriage.  Then, I shall set it aside and continue with my PBJ.

 



 

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The tail was in multiple parts, but they fit together well enough.  The tail is extremely wobbly, and I’m thinking of re rigging with mono line to add strength.  

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The quality of work is amazing, but I’ll do some more subtle weathering and try to take it to the next level.   Being that I’m not constrained by having to abide by Wingnut demands, I’m going to change a few things.  Like that I pinned the tail struts for extra strength, and will re rig the structural rigging on the tail with mono line.  The center section seems quite solid.  

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What an amazing project. Talk about a Hens tooth pooped out by a Unicorn! 

The work so far looks amazing. Is the fuselage painted or decalled? Either way an incredible job.

Can't wait to see you out your personal touch on it. 

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27 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

What an amazing project. Talk about a Hens tooth pooped out by a Unicorn! 

The work so far looks amazing. Is the fuselage painted or decalled? Either way an incredible job.

Can't wait to see you out your personal touch on it. 

Paint but kit roundels. The big fuselage letters are purposely semi transparent.  Some serious research here…

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What a fantastic chance, Ernie, a one in a million build, it doesn´t get more exclusive. WNW twins are a pure joy to build, but this is HUGE, I guess the tail in itself is larger than a Camel. The camo does it´s job, it´s hard to see all the details. Can´t wait to see some progress with that beast and yes, fishing line rigging might be a good idea for the wings as well.

Cheers Rob

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7 hours ago, DocRob said:

What a fantastic chance, Ernie, a one in a million build, it doesn´t get more exclusive. WNW twins are a pure joy to build, but this is HUGE, I guess the tail in itself is larger than a Camel. The camo does it´s job, it´s hard to see all the details. Can´t wait to see some progress with that beast and yes, fishing line rigging might be a good idea for the wings as well.

Cheers Rob

The camo works.  Against the background clutter, it’s invisible on my bench 

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