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It's why we do, what we do. A kind of therapy.
It all looks wonderful.

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Just now going through your WIP thread here. Sorry to hear about your dad. So sorry. I helped take care of my mother-in-law for 12 years before she passed. My dad passed in 1991, and my mom passed in 2014 after I took care of her for the last 11 years of her life. No matter the support, each heart hurts differently and the road is never certain. You have my prayers.

As for this project, you have found a solution to each problem, worked through it, and added some really really great details. Best wishes in all things.

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It's why we do, what we do. A kind of therapy.
It all looks wonderful.

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Thank you, Mike, I do appreciate it.

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Just now going through your WIP thread here. Sorry to hear about your dad. So sorry. I helped take care of my mother-in-law for 12 years before she passed. My dad passed in 1991, and my mom passed in 2014 after I took care of her for the last 11 years of her life. No matter the support, each heart hurts differently and the road is never certain. You have my prayers.

As for this project, you have found a solution to each problem, worked through it, and added some really really great details. Best wishes in all things.


Bless you, Ted, that's most kind of you.  I'm sure I don't need to tell you, even though I knew it was coming, it still doesn't matter how much you try to prepare yourself, you're never truly ready when it happens.
As for the kit, that was as far as I got, at the beginning of last week, before things got really bad.  I was really only picking at it, the way you do with a meal when you have no appetite, but last night I felt I needed to do something, and I spent a few hours and the time passed quite pleasantly.  Modelling really is a kind of therapy.  I can see why there's a charity in this country, 'Models for Heroes' that ask for donated kits for ex-servicemen who suffer from PTSD.

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Time to move on, the deadline is approaching, and there’s still a lot to do if I want to meet it.

I wanted to simulate the leather coaming around the cockpit opening, so I mixed some Tamiya dark brown with some Mr Surfacer 500, and, using a cocktail stick, dimpled some padded effect in a rough, lumpy pattern on the edge.

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Next the resin MG mounting rings.  Very delicate, it took some care to separate them from their plugs.

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What was far, far harder though, was leaving off the guns themselves.  As I mentioned earlier, I have never built a plane with no guns, and this will be the last time I do!  Gun rings were painted Mr Metal aluminium before fitting.  I have also masked, painted and fitted the last vac-formed transparency, the pilot’s windshield.

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Time to make a start on the struts.  The tail seemed like a good place to begin.  And what were Heinkel thinking, coming up with such a drag-inducing array of supports?  I can tell you, fitting those struts was as awkward as it looks.  Also I did my best with the EZ rigging line, but though I can get good results making antenna wire, here I really struggled.  I just couldn’t make it do what I wanted.  It kept curling up, pinging off, and just generally fighting me every step of the way.  And that was just four strands.

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Leaving the rigging for now, it was time to tackle the main event, attaching the top mainplane to the rest of the build, using another big bundle of struts.  I figure it might be easier to attach the main nacelle supports to the upper wing first, as I thought it might be more difficult to do them when the wing was attached.  As it happens I was wrong, but more of that later.

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Now for some modelling gymnastics!  It was so much fun, poking the 0.3mm rods into the holes in one wing, while the other side popped out again!  The Panzer Putty tin is there for support, being just the right size to keep things horizontal.

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After a lot of swearing and cursing, I finally got the top wing on.

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This is one of those cases where three hands is not just nice, it is a necessity. Sliding the nacelle in with one hand, holding it vertical with the second, and applying the extra-thin c.a. with the third.  It was here I discovered the problem with this extra-thin stuff.  I was using the flexible tips, as suggested, but the instant I touched the tip to the desired point, it literally flooded out, leaving big pools of c.a. everywhere. Still, I managed to get the nacelles in more or less the right place, though they’re not exactly at 90*, or perfectly vertical.

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This is where my idea to fit the nacelle supports first turned out to be wrong.  The horizontal bracing struts were a pig to get in place.  In fact it would have been far better to have left off the top wing altogether, then the whole job of fitting the nacelles and the bracing struts would have been far easier.  But they’re in.  By this time I had switched to regular c.a. but there are still lots of horrid big blobs of it everywhere.

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The rest of the struts followed the same pattern, i.e. fiddley as all heck, and also with nasty dollops of glue marking their progress.

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Now for the rigging.  Since I wasn’t too keen on the EZ rigging, I wondered about using something solid.  I still had the best part of a full pack of the 0.3 mm brass rod, and so decided to try that.  I’m not sure it’s perfectly to scale, so I hope the rivet counters will forgive me, but it worked out a little, just a little, easier than the wire!  I started in the middle, then worked my way out.  I cut a piece of wire close to the correct length, held it in place, checked the fit, then kept nibbling it down till it was about right.  This time I used a cocktail stick to apply the c.a.

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Left side done.

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Once all the rigging was in place I painted all that brass wire with Mr Colour Aluminium again, as the jar was still on the workbench from last time!

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And that’s the rigging done, and I'm sure our WWI experts are cringing right now!.  It may not show in the photos, but it turned out all a bit messy, with fingerprints everywhere, those blobs of glue, and kicker stains on the paint.  But hopefully another coat of matt varnish will hide most of it.

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Next is the floats, and if fitting all those struts was hard, doing the floats will be ten times more difficult.  I have to find a way to hang them in space while I work out the correct angle of dangle of each strut, and where it locates, all in correct relation to the next strut, the float itself, the fuselage, and keeping the float square and parallel!

Wish me luck!


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Dear lord! I know you say there are lots of errors, but the pictures don't show them. But what a struggle lol!

This is why I seldom build a WWI bird. Struts and rigging can be torturous!

Lucky for you we can't see it as bad as you do. To me, it still looks fantastic.
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Struts above, struts below—rigging rigging—enough to go crazy! Best wishes. I built a balsa/tissue Fokker triplane when I was a teen. No riggings. Static model. That was the last WWI plane I built. They scare me. The canopy on jets and the intakes. Tracks on tanks! Bless you for your struggles. You have done great work on this kit. Keep pushing.
I stopped using thin CA glue quite a while back . Gel and medium CA only. I place kicker with a Q-Tip. Good luck

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Dear lord! I know you say there are lots of errors, but the pictures don't show them. But what a struggle lol!

This is why I seldom build a WWI bird. Struts and rigging can be torturous!

Lucky for you we can't see it as bad as you do. To me, it still looks fantastic.


And yet they say a picture is worth a thousand words!  Thanks, Mike, if you say it looks fantastic, then that's half the battle!

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Struts above, struts below—rigging rigging—enough to go crazy! Best wishes. I built a balsa/tissue Fokker triplane when I was a teen. No riggings. Static model. That was the last WWI plane I built. They scare me. The canopy on jets and the intakes. Tracks on tanks! Bless you for your struggles. You have done great work on this kit. Keep pushing.
I stopped using thin CA glue quite a while back . Gel and medium CA only. I place kicker with a Q-Tip. Good luck


Thanks, Ted, much appreciated.  The deadline for this particular SIG is the end of the month, or just six days from now.  Hopefully I can just squeak it in!

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I literally fell asleep last night stressing over how the heck I was going to mount these floats!  Do I start by hanging the main body somehow, and position the float underneath?  Or do I start with the float, and try to attach it to the lower wing by some form of magic? 

After a lot of head scratching I started at the float end.  Using my Lazy Susan turntable, so I could easily access all sides without moving the model itself, I made a sort of cradle out of white-tac, to ensure it stayed level and square from all orientations.

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Next I needed some sort of jig to hold the main body at the correct height above it.  After a lot of experimentation with sanding sticks, I got within the ball-park, then fine-tuned it with some strips of plastic card.  I wonder if Phil knows there’s so many other uses for his products!  I then taped it all together, to prevent it sliding when I least needed it to.

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The kit was then placed on top of the rig.  There then followed a lot of checking, adjusting, sighting and so on, but there was no real way of being certain if it was correct, other than the age-old measuring device, the Mk.1 modellers eyeball.

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Two hours in, the first two struts are in place.  As much as I have enjoyed this build, other than of course losing dad last week, the biggest pain in the butt of it is the total lack of any form of locating pins, sockets or whatever.  Barely even a hint as to where everything is supposed to go, just some extremely faint marks on the wings, which are impossible to see from underneath anyway.  So I just went with what looked about right according to the instructions and the pics I downloaded.

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Time passed quickly, and here we are, with one float half done.

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One problem then occurred.  Two of the forward struts were too short.  They are supposed to run from the pimple on the float, but they were way off reaching it.  Chances are it was my fault for not setting things up properly, but most of the other struts seemed to fit about right, so who knows?  Still, that’s the port side fitted.

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Fortunately, there’s no rigging wires to worry about, or at least none that I can see.

Starboard side next, so the whole thing was flipped across to the other side.

Even more eye-balling took place, because now I had not just to worry about keeping it all square, but accurately matching the other side, too.

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Half-way done, but with that jig in the way, there’s no way to check if I’m getting the angles to match the far side.

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Once I was sure what struts I had got in place were strong enough to hold, I removed the jig.

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A quick peep showed that, more-or-less, yes, they matched, within a bit, anyways.

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I had the same problem on the starboard side with the front two struts, being oddly short.  But it’s done, the floats are fitted!

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Running my eyes over the finished job the floats are square and parallel with each other from the sides and from straight ahead.

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But from the top view the port side is a little Pigeon-toed.  Oh well, worse things happen at sea, I suppose.

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That just leaves all the nif-naf to fit.

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But before that, I have some touch-up to do on the struts, since I sprayed them on the runners.  And that meant I had to order yet another jar of Gunze off-white, since what I have left is thinned 50/50, and is way to thin to brush paint.  Once that arrives I reckon one more evening’s work will see her done!


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Seriously, like other guys here have written, the project looks absolutely beautiful! Sorry for the struggles you have encountered along the way but you stuck it out and will cross the finish line soon. Best wishes!
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Thanks, ted, much appreciated.  It's certainly been a memorable build, for many reasons, that's for sure.
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If you run into the lack of locating pins again, drill and set your own. I've had to eyeball a few too many such issues in my travels as well.

I'm not so sure I would've painted most of it first as you did, but it seems to have worked out regardless lol.

Interesting subject and a very nice build.
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Thanks, Mike.  For the fuselage I just cut some small tabs out of plastic card and glued them along the inner edge, and that worked beautifully.  The inter-wing struts I micro-drilled and fitted short lengths of 0.3 mm brass rod, but that was relatively easy as the struts were vertical.  The float struts, on the other hand, ran off at all sorts of angles, meaning drilling the holes in the wings would have been all but impossible to guess, so I did what any respectable modeller would do: make it up as I went along!
As for what's left, it's just a smattering of p.e. and resin parts, plus the props, but I want to do some touch-up first, once the fresh jar of paint arrives.  Saturday is the last day for the SIG, and hopefully I'll get it done in time, as I want it as a tribute to my dad.

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Sorry I didn't post much these times. I'm very busy with other stuff. You did an incredible good work. Very very impressed !!! Far too difficult for a beginner like me. Congratulations !!!
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