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Thanks for the support, guys, much appreciated.
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Time to start bringing some of the parts together.  Firstly, I glued in the bracing spar I scratch-built, taking care to make certain it was all square.  Then I attached the two horizontal stabilizers.  The steel rules, along with the fading grid on the cutting mat, are there to act as a guide, rather than measure any dimensions.

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As expected, the tail fit isn’t exactly perfect.  As I have pointed out, there’s no locating pins, sockets or whatever you may be used to on premium brands.  The brass rod was all there was, and this did keep everything square, but there was still a bit of a gap to fill.

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It was much the same story with the wings.  That spar was a huge benefit, so I think I can pat myself on the back for that.  I don’t honestly think I could have attempted this kit last summer.

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Again, there was quite a gap to fill.  This is the first time I have used Perfect Plastic Putty in anger.  It’s good, but Vallejo’s similar stuff is easily on a par with it.  Still, I have copious quantities of both, so I’ll likely flit back and forth, as the fancy takes me!


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Now that I have some more micro-drills, I carried on where I left off after breaking the ones I had last week.  The brass rod I have is 0.3 mm, but drilling any hole that size results in an interference fit, so I stepped the holes up to 0.4 mm.  Prior to this, you can probably see tabs of masking tape, with each strut identified according to the instructions, so I know which one goes where.

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Short lengths of said brass rod were then c.a’d into place.

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The first batch of struts, drilled and pinned.  And yes, it is possibly the most fiddly and time-consuming job I have so far attempted in my modelling life!

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Before attaching the struts to any part of the bodywork, I decided I should fit the transparencies next, or there would be a good chance of knocking the struts off if I fitted the windows in after.  This could be tricky, not ever having worked with vac-formed parts before.  These are the holes that need filling.

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It made sense to me to mask them up first, before fitting.  If not I just know I’ll push them through if I tried it when in place.

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Of course, trimming them, and trial fitting them, proved to be something of a headache.  I used my vice to prop the fuselage up, freeing up one hand.

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After dropping it inside more than three-score times, I began to grow a strong dislike for vac-formed transparencies!  This was one attempt at solving that problem, by holding it in place while dry fitting, a blob of white-tac on a cocktail stick.

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That was fine for dry-fitting, but no good for gluing in place, because the white-tac’s grip strength was stronger than the wet PVA glue being used to hold it in place.  In the end I just fingered it in, but I had the advantage of being able to push it from behind using a cocktail stick through the opposite window opening.

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Lightbulb!  For the other side I just cut a thin strip of masking tape for me to hang on to while positioning it, and to support it while the glue dried.

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The nose window, though more awkward to trim, was easier to fit, as it couldn’t drop inside, due to the cockpit detail being in it’s way.  I have to admit, I’m rather pleased with how they turned out.  I think I managed to trim them pretty much spot on, and without using the second, back-up set the kit provided.  Any slivers of gaps were back-filled with PVA glue and tidied up with a damp cotton bud.

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Now for the one job that has been causing me some worry since I first started this build: the struts.  But first, there was some fiddly-arsed resin parts to attach to the fuselage/centre wing strut.

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Knowing I would need to be able to view and access all sides and angles quickly, I brought out the Lazy Susan turntable.  Each strut is placed next to its location, to minimise confusion.  The original plan was to gently place each strut in the lower wing, then try to place the upper wing onto the tops.  This, I theorised, would then hold everything in place while I super-glued the struts to the bottom wing.

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No chance!  The struts kept falling out.  I’d just get one side in place then the other sides would come out, and it was almost impossible to see where the holes in the upper wing were anyway, since they were in shadow on the underside.

So in the end I just gave it my best guess.  I know they’re all vertical, and there’s a little bit of flex in them, so hopefully when it comes to fitting the upper wing I can wiggle things down.

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And those were the easier ones.  I still have the engine nacelles and floats left to fit.  Do you think anyone would notice if I left them off?!

Still, I’m up to the paint stage now, and unlike most other kits, I think for a bi-plane it’s better to paint things in separate components, as otherwise getting between the wings and around the nacelles would be all but impossible, though those of you who have actually done bi-planes before probably already know that!


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Not a simple build... But your result looks great! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, Daniel.  Hopefully I'll have her in primer by the weekend.
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Before priming I did have to add a couple of p.e. and resin parts to the main assembly, one of which is a radio antenna loop, and the other some sort of trumpet beneath the cockpit opening, both of which have already been knocked off several times!

For the primer, instead of the Vallejo product I usually use, I thought I’d experiment, and after consulting with my fellow Florian’s, I had a bash with Mr Surfacer, made up of a mix of 40% Mr Surfacer 1200 and 60% Mr Hobby self-levelling thinners.  Must admit I’m quite pleased with the results.

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Before I progressed any further with the painting I thought it best to do a dry fit of the upper wing.  I didn’t want any unforeseen problems when all the components were painted and weathered.

Just as well I did, because there’s a big problem.

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The struts on one side don’t reach the upper wing.  I was afraid of this.  I checked and re-checked everything, and began to wonder if the problem was the fuselage V-struts. 


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On the front one there is some sort of mount for a turbine of some sort, that looks as if it should, maybe, actually touch the top of the decking.  But I know I fitted those struts onto the, admittedly very faint, marks on the body, and further checking of other builds on-line showed the same space underneath that mount.  So I was left with only one option, and so I nibbled a little bit off the tops of the V-struts. 


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Another dry fit showed everything is more better in alignment, and hopefully the centre wing join won’t look too far wrong.

Since the engine nacelles and floats were made of aluminium on the real thing, and to facilitate some sort of chipping effect, I first sprayed those parts with Vallejo aluminium, and, when fully dry, covered them with a couple of coats of Klear.

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Pre-shading next.  I thought at first to use the usual black for the pre-shading, but since the top colour was going to be almost white, I worried that perhaps the effect would be too stark a contrast.  So instead I opted for a pale grey, in this case RLM 02.

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Top coat is Mr Hobby H21 off white, as suggested by the kit’s own colour call-out itself.  Mixed originally about 50/50 with self-levelling thinners, I laid down a coat on the underside first.

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But the coverage wasn’t what I wanted, looking thin and a bit zebra-stripy, so I mixed another batch, this time 30% thinner to 70% paint, and this gave much better results.

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I think my call for a pale grey pre-shading worked out more or less spot on.

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What did baffle me for a while was just how shiny the paint stayed, appearing to still be wet even an hour later.  Then I discovered that H21 is actually a gloss paint!  I had no idea!

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I’m going to leave the topcoat for several days at least to fully cure before attempting to use the masks Mr Hillman kindly supplied for me.  The only other thing I did was some chipping on the nacelles and floats, gently rubbing with a damp cotton bud and scraping with a cocktail stick down to the Klear, to reveal the aluminium paint underneath.  Unfortunately, the surface colour is so pale it doesn’t really stand out all that much.  Oh well.

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Next will be the red cross and unit markings.


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Love that gloss finish !!! Very well done !!!
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Thanks, Alain, though to be honest, I'm not entirely sure it should actually be gloss, despite what the instructions call for.  It may be an air-sea rescue craft, but it's still a combat plane, and I'm pretty sure that, like most WWII planes, the paint would have been matt.  I have to paint on the red cross and unit markings next, and those will be matt, so I'll probably give the whole thing a coat of matt varnish afterwards.
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This build reminds me of the Gotha I built in the 1/72 GB, almost the exact problem areas. Anyhow it's coming together very well!!
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I have to start this update by saying that I am uncertain if I will finish my entry in the Flory Models ‘Rescue Me’ SIG before the close date.  The health of my 91-year-old father is deteriorating by the day, and though I hope and pray he may yet rally, I feel in my heart that we may be approaching the parting time.  Naturally it is hard to think about modelling with this on my mind, and if/when he does leave, well all thought of kits will be brushed aside while I deal with things.

That said, here’s the story so far.  The props have been assembled, a strange two-tier affair, strongly reminiscent of the Heinkel’s opposite number, the Supermarine Walrus.  The kit gave no positive location pins, so it was all down to the mark.1 eyeball to ensure they were fitted squarely and centrally.

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Now to the markings, and the mask set supplied by Mr Hillman.  Now there are a couple of things about masks.  One, they have glue on them.  This means that, when used by anyone named Nigel, they will stick to anything else, including him, rather than where they are supposed to go!  Two, unlike decals, you can’t slide them around.  Once they do stick, they tend to stay put, so you have to get it right first time, or peel them off, again, and again, to re-position them.

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Still, using the ribbing as a guide I managed to get the first one down.  I then worked my way along the wing, carefully measuring, so as to be as sure as possible they were even.

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Next came filling in the blanks with Tamiya masking tape.

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The fuselage came next.  I had to remake the smaller, fuselage red crosses out of masking tape, as there wasn’t really enough room between each marking on the mask sheet to leave a safe amount of land between the marking and the cut line.  I was worried it might tear when laying it down.  Didn’t take very long, as it was a simple cross, after all.

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I then temporarily masked all the lettering, leaving me to spray in the red crosses.  This I did with Vallejo RLM red, with a little IJN brown mixed in, to take down the intensity of the red.

But, disaster.

Something went horribly wrong.  It might be that Mr Hobby and Vallejo paints don’t like each other, or perhaps that the Mr Hobby base colour is a gloss, and the Vallejo couldn’t grip to it.  Either way, the paint crazed like, well, crazy.

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Needless to say I was pretty despondent at this point.  I left things for a day or so before trying to take the red off with neat IPA, planning to repaint it, but directly onto some white primer.  I did my best to sweep the IPA from the mask to the plastic, and tried not to soak it too much, but I had a feeling it wouldn’t work out too well.

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After I had removed all the original red as best I could I repainted the red, then left it a day to dry before masking it off and doing the black lettering in Tamiya Nato black, but not before doing a test on one letter, to see if I had the same crazing.  I didn’t, so I guess Tamiya and Mr Hobby get along just fine.

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Then came the unmasking. 

Even worse than I had feared.  The IPA had run all under the masking, and basically buggered everything up. 


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This is in no way the fault of the masking, as the black sections, the ones I didn’t touch with the IPA, performed perfectly.  No, this was all the fault of the paint reaction, and my attempt to fix it with IPA.

So, that’s it, for now.  My thoughts are taking me towards seeing if I can find someone to make me up a set of decals.  They’re pretty basic, after all, being no more than two straight colours, but before then I’ll have to sand back the blighted areas and repaint the Mr Hobby off-white again, and that’s only if the mood takes me, when I’m not worried about dad. ÃƒÂ°Ã…¸ËœÅ¾


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I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, my thoughts are with you!
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Thank you, Daniel, your kind words are much appreciated.
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Thanks, Colin.  I'm trying to keep my chin up, best I can.  After all, as they say, life goes on.  He was a little better today, but still on oxygen, and still weak.  A dietitian is visiting him on Monday, to see if she can help him to eat better, and get his strength back up.
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Ooooh... so sorry things went wrong with the red cross painting. And also I send you tons of positive waves from this side of the ocean. Hope they will reach you soon and help you and your dad. 
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Bless you, Alain.
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