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nigel56

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This link is for Pete to introduce and display his final reveal photographs, and give his conclusions after ending his build. 

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Before I get to my conclusions of this kit I want to say a huge thank you to Nigel for his generosity in sending this to me. Since I first saw one I have always wanted to build a wingnut wings kit and I will be ever grateful to him for enabling me to build one ( Nigel, you are a diamond my friend and I will find a way to reciprocate ASAP)

I'm Struggling a little with what to say about my experience with this build as its been a bit of a bittersweet journey for me and I'm no reviewer that's for sure ( but I'll do my best)

The kit builds beautifully as the fit is superb, so good in fact that even a layer of paint on mating surfaces will cause an issue. Looking back at the build I didn't really have any problems other than the mating of the top and bottom wing, this was a bit of a faff and the instructions don't really give a lot of info on how it goes together other than showing a pic of the position of the struts and then in the next pic the to wing in position. I eventually get there but I think the difficulty I had was down to my lack of experience with biplane models and not at all with the kit itself.

For me the biggest hurdle was the rigging. I found it very difficult as its quite a complex process and then halfway through I manged to knock the model over, detach the top wing and break a few of the struts, I was ready to throw the towel in but after a count to ten and a calm down I went back and fixed it as best I could.
I rigged the wings first and started by gluing the threads into the top wing before fiiting it to the struts and bottom wing and then when fully rigged I rigged and fitted the tail.

I did buy some micro tube and planned to make my own turnbuckles but I failed horribly at the test stage when it came to making the wire loops lol. With hindsight I wish I had bought some aftermarket ones ( Bob's buckles or gas patch ) as I think it would have made things a little easier. Also I have seen aftermarket stands that are designed for biplanes that are adjustable and work like a jig and I think that I would have found one very helpful on this build and if I ever do build another Wingnut kit I will purchase one.

All in all its a fantasic kit and I would definitley build another wingnut kit but maybe one with a little less rigging next time lol.

You will see in the pics that I haven't fitted any control wires. When I went to fit them I found the Uschi elastic thread I have for this is just too thin (0.003 mm) and although I'm sure it's to scale it's going to be almost invisible once fitted and looks wrong against the Prym knitting elastic I used for the support wires, so I'm going to order some heavier Gauge thread and will update the pics once it arrives.

Pete

Anyway here's the pics, apologise in advance if there's too many but I took them and uploaded them so they're going on lol



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gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous ! [smile]
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Cheers Paul , it took a while but I got there in the end, just need the EZ line to turn up and I can get the control cables sorted.

Off to the wife's parents for a weeks holiday but will get it finished when I get back


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Fantastic work 

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It's just soo beautiful!!

Too many pictures?? No way, I could watch a hundred more [smile]

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Pete, this is absolutely gorgeous work my friend. If I ever try one of these this will definitely be my reference :-). I'm very happy you pulled it through and overcome the difficulties the kit was throwing at you. Your the painting / weathering master!!!
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Pete, my friend, you did it.
Not only did you complete it, you overcame some horrendous pressure (sorry about that).

It's an amazing result, with attention to every part of the model. The weathering is truely fantastic, and I'm amazed at how you've painted parts to look like they are not just painted plastic, the prop looks like wood, the canvas is canvas.

What I also like is the way you've displayed it on a piece of simple grassland, bringing out all the various colours and tones of the bi-plane.

Well done, kudos.

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Soory it took me so long to reply, Pete. I had the wife order me a new brain, as you blew my mind with this a few days ago (3-day shipping). Now that I'm partially up and running again, mind you some software is as of yet uninstalled, I must say this has to be one of the most beautiful builds you've done to date. You need to send a picture to Peter Jackson and ask for a job with Weta Workshop, mate!
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Pete, only one word needed, outstanding.
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