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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 02:37 PM UTC
Yeah, its a funny thing that out of the four sopwith kits i have this one is the only one to not have these wires moulded on, so i did them just to see how it went.
Of course once the upper decking is on you won't see a lot in there!
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
some great little detailing you have going on.
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:45 AM UTC
Nice

I'm deciding whether or not to add these wires to my Pup. I think that I probably will even though I don't think that they will be seen! The WNW instructions give you the location and runs for all the wires in the cockpit, loads of the things. I think though that the only other ones that I will also do are the ones from the rudder peddles because they are above all of the gubbins and might be visible on close inspection!
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:57 PM UTC
Love it Phil. It's coming together well.
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:39 PM UTC
@mal - yeah i'm pleased with the seat, and its not too hard to wrap them in mesh, so its something i will continue doing on these WW1 builds, although it nearly fell victim to the carpet monster the week before last!

@ jon - thanks! the red was pretty easy to do, the white stripe took about two or three goes before i got it parallel and in line.

last week, despite being ravaged by man flu, i put some bracing wires in place on the inside of the cockpit, i used fishing line for the wire itself, this particular one has a blueish metallic finish, so seems perfect for wires.
something else i happened on, is gorilla glue gel, which I've found to be really easy to use, sets really quick, and doesn't flow everywhere.


halfway through, all i did was glue the line into one corner, let it set, glue the opposite corner, let that set, then trim the excess.


....and this is how this stands at the time of this post, fusalage floor has had a piece of plasticard put over it, as there is no way to fill and deal with the seam internally once the seat and framing is in, and I've also had to scratch build an instrument panel as theres none provided in this kit.
all in all, i have a nicely busy cockpit, and as a bonus i rediscovered a bunch of photos of both a 1 1/2 strutter, and a sopwith pup taken at cosford in 2016. (i actually bought my pup kit there about 20 minutes after inspecting the real thing!)

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Posted: Monday, February 05, 2018 - 02:36 AM UTC
looks really nice. I love the Red nose cone, really stands out.
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 12:43 PM UTC
Nice update, you are cracking on and some very nice work there That wicker seat is awesomely done

Keep up the good work
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 03:16 AM UTC
Looks great Phil.
liking the added details.
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Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 02:49 AM UTC
this thread is well overdue for an update!

firstly heres an airfix 1/72 dornier 17E it was unpainted until last october at the southwell show when, after showing someone a photo of my bench, he just said "how long have you had that dornier on the go?" apparently i'd shown him a photo of it about two years earlier, and it had taken up residence on the shelf of doom not long after!

the most recent started kit i have on the go, is this 1/72 toko sopwith 1 1/2 strutter, being built for telford 18, along with (hopefully) a few more kits from my stashes WW1 department!



in this last pic i'm in the middle of scratchbuilding an instrument panel, and adding fine wire mesh to the seat to make it look more like wicker, plus some setbelts.

.....and finally
not exactly a W.I.P. because its actually finished, my 1 2/4 airfix stuka -


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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 04:47 PM UTC
That's all looking great Phil.
well done mate.

Paul
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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 01:10 PM UTC
I have one of these started, well I have built the engine! The reason that I asked what kit it was is because I am sure that the wings on both my kits are full span, and yours obviously has separate outer wings? I will check mine but it has been "put away"!
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:56 PM UTC
its the airfix 1/24 mal, started sometime in 2012! it has an original "flick to start" 1970's motor fitted inside the engine, using the mounting parts that are still on the sprues today, but are totally unacknowledged in the instructions.

the montex masks were pretty easy to use, being two separate sets interior and exterior, which is handy because some of the canopy glazing bars are fully internal and are correctly moulded as such on this kit, plus the rear gunners canopy has quite a complex shape, but the montex masks conformed to it, and more importantly stayed stuck down.

i was surprised at how close this kit is to being finished, all i need to do is get the wings and tailplanes on (all assembled and ready to go) and fire some paint at her.

this model may well form the comic book element of my telford '17 stuff (more later), so thats given me a bit of a push to get this finished.
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 09:31 AM UTC
What kit is that Stuka? What do you think of the Montex masks?

Nice to see that you are getting at least some time at the bench
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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 02:09 AM UTC
where does the time go? it doesn't seem five minutes since telford and suddenly its next year!

my run up to xmas was a pretty hectic one, and its also been bonkers through the post xmas so really since telford I've only managed half an hour a week modelling if i was lucky, coupled to the fact i treated myself to a PS4 mid december and fallout 4 is a massively addictive game....

the only thing I've actually finished is this armourfast panzer IV D built alongside a crusader II tank and a sd. kfz 251 (both waiting to be painted now) not the most detailed or accurate kits, but for a quickish build, and weathering practise they do just fine.


now that brings me to my kind of new years resolution, to finish at least some of the shelf of doom stuff, and to that end i've started work again on the beast!



over the course of the last couple of weeks, i finally got to use the montex masks for all the cockpit glazing, started back sorting out the engine/cowling panels so they look like they are from a stuka when they are on, slightly disappointingly most of them will have to be fixed in place, and it looks like only the top cowl will be removable, so at least some of the detailing work i did on the engine will be visible.




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Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 - 11:28 AM UTC
Looks great Phil
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2016 - 11:31 AM UTC
This is all looking interesting Phil, I ought to post a photo of my in progress models, I must have about 30!
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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 02:32 PM UTC
and i'm back in the room!

been a bit of a busy little bee the last couple of weeks as this photo shows -


in amongst all the clutter is this airfix Mk V spitfire, the 1974 moulding as its stamped on the inside of the fuselage, all i've done to improve it is to fully re scribe the raised panel lines, add an instrument panel and a resin gunsight and resin exhausts.


also coming along is the aforementioned heinkel He 100, p/e seatbelts and dashboard on this one, had a minor hiccup with the exhausts, in that you are supposed to fit them before closing the fuselage, which i didn't, luckily it was quite easy to split it open again to get them in.


....and finally,
the Ju 86 is still rumbling along, i've got the cockpit and nose glazing on, as ever with this kit they both needed filling and fettling to get them right!


i also got one of the aileron/flap parts on last week, not an easy task, i've actually drilled holes through some of the supports and inserted little bits of wire to hold them in position, because they look really easy to knock off when just glued onto the top of the wing as per the instructions, and the JU 87A i recently built had both knocked off at various times in its construction.


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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2016 - 01:17 PM UTC
bit late reply, but no i'm not, as a facebook friend of yours i can recommend you to that group. and i've seen you've already made a post there.
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Posted: Saturday, August 06, 2016 - 12:14 PM UTC

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I've added your name as a member mal, you should get a facebook confirmation sometime today.



Yep, I'm in and posted

Are you a staff member on there then?
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 01:23 PM UTC

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Your photos of the models hanging off the ceiling brought back memories of when me and a couple of my brothers were building models, before girls came along!

I'm interested in the "Model Builders Parts Finders Group" I need a couple of parts



I've added your name as a member mal, you should get a facebook confirmation sometime today.
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Posted: Friday, August 05, 2016 - 11:24 AM UTC
Your photos of the models hanging off the ceiling brought back memories of when me and a couple of my brothers were building models, before girls came along!

I'm interested in the "Model Builders Parts Finders Group" I need a couple of parts
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Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 09:48 PM UTC
speaking of airfix Paul, have you seen this months airfix modelworld? your cavalry scout figure is in the review of the coventry and warwick show.

bit of a quick post this, i have just barely started another build, its being done as part of a group build on my youtube channel.


seeing as how nice the special hobby stuka turned out i decided to build the only other SH kit i have....

...and when i say build i really mean stick three parts together!


on another note, i became a member of the facebook group, model Builders Parts Finders Group,and when i put a post up asking if anybody had a spare sopwith pup mainwheel strut, within an hour a very nice chap said he could send me one, and today not only a pair of struts arrived, he'd put a magazine build article in there too.

(the aeroclub prop and engine are parts i sourced previously)
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Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 12:46 PM UTC
A fantastic blog to read Phil,
Some of those kits bring back memories of reading the airfix catalogue every summer holiday.

Happy modelling mate.

Paul
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Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 12:53 AM UTC
i think i have a fair few of those kits in my stash now! in fact i have three halifaxes, two airfix one matchbox/revell re-pop, two hampdens with all sorts of aftermarket, both the matchbox and airfix mosquitos, and a genuine frog boxed whitley.

as for hanging planes on ceilings i've been meaning to post a couple of pics i have of phils bachelor pad circa the mid 90's, complete with aerial armada and migrane inducing wallpaper!
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Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016 - 11:14 PM UTC
Wow, good luck with those Phil.

Looking forward to seeing a Hampden finished at some point, not a great aircraft but one I have always liked and one of those forgotten RAF types along with the Whitley. Many many years ago when I was knee high to a grasshopper and had aircraft hanging from the ceiling I had a Hampden, Whitley, Battle, Halifax, Stirling, Lancaster, Wellington, Blenheim, Anson and Mosquito all hanging together with a Spit and Hurricane flying escort. Those kits were from what I remember Airfix, Matchbox and Frog. Seeing your builds brings back fond memories.