Torbogdan

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  1. I have decided to take a break from model ship building and build an aircraft. As it is not a ship I won´t put the log in the ship section. I hope it is ok to put it here as this is the "general topic" section as I understand it. I also understand that people visit this website to view modelships and not aircraft but maybe someone might find this of interest. It makes more sense, to me, to post here than to become a new member of some other site. I hope it it ok but if it is not admin can just move the log to a more correct place or remove it altogether. Anyway. The model I´m building is Model Airways 1:16 Fokker Dr 1 triplane. the aircraft flown by the red baron Von Richthofen. I have started to construct the main spar of the upper wing. Instructions are so far good but sometimes a bit unclear. For example the spar is made up by four parts glued together to form a beam. As I understand it the two parts making up the "thickness" of the beam is to be glued on top of the lower part. But it could be glued to the front and back also thus making the spar slightly longer and thinner instead of slightly shorter and thicker. Looking at the pictures gives some indication but I would have preferred one extra sentence explaining this. My little building corner. I wish it was much bigger, it kind of limits ( I think) the size of ships that can practically be built) Some pictures of the drawings
  2. A short update from the beach, well almost The pilots seat is in place. I have also done all of the wiring (except one cable!) for the engine and the controls. Lots of wires going here and there and not much space to work in. Sometimes I would have needed a mutated third and fourth hand. But now it is almost done. Just one cable from the engine to the magneto left! The fuel gauge "face" will be added to the fuel gage itself on the tank. it can be seen in the top picture, a grey round thing on a rod so to speak. The grey boxes in front of it are the ammo cans and spent cartridge cans.
  3. Looks like the ship of a "super villain" from a movie featuring the Marvel heroes.
  4. Beautiful build so far! With this speed you will finish before my aircraft is done. Your prop is stunning (along with everything else)
  5. Due to work I have not have had time to build or update. Now I will be on vacation for a few weeks so updates will be fewer and slower But don´t worry, I will continue to build!
  6. An oldie but a goodie! I tried to build this model maybe 30 years ago. I never finished it, I guess other interests came in the way. It is very nice to see one finished!
  7. Yesterday I got the book I ordered, Fokker Dr I the aces´aircraft, a great book! Lots of information and awesome pictures and drawings. I wish I had this book when I started building six months ago. Lots of thanks to Vossiewulf who pointed me in the right direction where I could find the book
  8. Some parts, bolts for the propeller, engine, fuel tank partly done, machine guns, carburetor and air intakes and parts for the pilots seat. Up to the left are two pieces of flat aluminum, they are the missing parts for the fuel tank. I, of course, bent them "the wrong way". Trying to bend it back, it broke of course. Thin aluminum can´t bend often without breaking... I´ll drink a beer tomorrow and use the can for repair material Som Cockpit are slowly getting done, the grey box is the MG ammo box. Another angle. Today was a productive day. It went slow but at least all went according to plan, no mistakes!
  9. This will be a rant, if you do not like rants, do not read it.. I´m very frustrated and annoyed and plain angry for the moment as things do not go even close to plan. I started on the front mount accessory. It is molded white metal with little "nubs" on it. You are supposed to put a short "tube" of heat shrink tubing on it and put a wire inside it. All very well thought out but it does not work. The nub is too short to hold the heat shrunk tubing. Even supergluing afterwards is not enough. So what I recommend is to take the part EC 10 front mount accessories and snip of the nubs with a plier and sand flat. Then drill holes and insert a short brass rod. Maybe 10mm long. Then put the heat shrink tubing and wire on it and now it will work. Now the tubing have a longer "pin" to stick to, so to speak. The original nubs on the part are just too short. I also replaced the wires that run from the mount with either black rubber rigging thread or a thicker round rubber band (for the MG:s). The metal wires supplied in the kit will work but are fairly stiff and is therefore very difficult to work with. (see picture below, after redoing it with the rubber rigging thread) First I followed instructions and used the wire but it was stiff and got tangled in the fuselage of the aircraft and was basically a pain to try to use. Now it is much easier as the thread is more like string and therefore easier to "guide" through the maze of the aircraft with all its wires and stuff. Then the control yoke is supposed to fit on the stick in the picture below the one below this text. Trouble is where to two pieces meet is very difficult to glue. the control yoke is about 2 mm in diameter and the stick is also 2mm in diameter. So it is impossible to drill a hole in the yoke to slip it on the stick. Sanding the stick to a thinner diameter is very very difficult as it is already mounted in the cockpit and is very difficult to get a file or sanding stick in there. Just gluing it on won´t work as the contact area is too small for the glue to form a strong bond. If I hade been made aware of this much earlier in the building process I could have fixed it quite easily but now it is difficult as the stick is already in the cockpit with lots of things in the way. If you have some heat shrink tubing you could slip it over the stick and the end of the yoke and it is done but I do not have it. Finally I cut off the stick from the cockpit and replaced it with a 1,6mm brass rod (so I could drill a hole in the square part at the end of the stick, where it joins the rest of the assembly) and drilled a corresponding hole in the yoke. But it was a pain doing it as getting the drill into the cockpit area was a difficult. All in all today have been a bad day with lots of frustration and troubles. Lots of it could have been avoided if certain things had been pointed out earlier in the building process. For example to make sure that the control yoke fits the stick. Or basically sand the stick to a thinner diameter before putting it in the cockpit, then there would have been no problem. Spent cartridge can added. These pictures show the wiring before I redid it. Long stiff wires that are extremely difficult to work with.
  10. I´ve put some work into the ammo cans, spent cartridge can and fuel tank. Gluing and sanding, gluing and sanding is the recipe. First one, then wait and the other and repeat again and again. I will get some pictures at the end of the week! I´m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my book which Vossiewulf recommended. Then I guess the placement of all internal parts will be a breeze
  11. A better picture of the engine. It is funny to compare it with Vossiewulfs picture. My pushrods are thinner than what they said in the instructions. Instructions said to use 1,6mm thick brass rod. I used .8mm rod. I used .4mm rod for the wire from the spark plugs, but according to the picture should have used even thinner wire. Oh well, it is a learning process. Two of the instruments, will get some gloss varnish over the "instrument" to simulate glass and to protect it. Control yoke painted according to instructions. Don´t worry about the missing paint on the yoke, I will touch it up when it is glued in place. The same stuff, ammo drum to the right and spent cartridge can to the bottom. These will be sanded to a better shape and then painted either brown or grey.
  12. Don't worry Vossiewulf. They are there. You will see them when I can get some better pictures😀👍
  13. I´m continuing building small parts for the model. Working on the ammo cans and spent cartridges can. Compass and tachymeter is done. they turned out very nice. Now I just need photo bucket to cooperate so I can post the pictures of all the "small parts".
  14. It came with the kit. The kit was well supplied with jigs that made building the model (so far) easier, very good by the manufacturer.
  15. Firewall in place and dry fitting engine. I have more pictures but have trouble uploading them. Anyway the engine is done with all washing and drybrushing and "aging". Turned out nice. In this picture it is not done, I finished it after dry fitting it here. I have also started to paint all the little instruments that goes into the cockpit area. I do deviate a bit from the instructions but I´m waiting for the book I´ve ordered. The instructions are ok in the kit but I sometimes a bit fuzzy so to speak. I hope the book will give some nice pictures or drawings where all the wires go and how all the "little things and instruments" are mounted and where. So while waiting I´m doing all the small stuff. I hade to improvise the cables running from the engine, it was not enough wire in the kit so I used some scrounged up copper wire, it will be painted of course. I´ll do that towards the end when it is in its correct position. I have also started on the propeller. I have sanded it to its general shape so to speak. But same here, waiting for the book and hope for some nice pictures on its final shape. I feel it is much easier to remove wood from the prop than replacing it, so I´m careful and only want to do the final sanding when I´m sure about its shape.
  16. All the subassemblies so far! I have gotten to the moment when I realize "this one is going to get finished!". Even though it is still quite a lot of work there is no doubt it will get finished. Some time as I work on parts and put them away when it is finished and start on the next subassembly it can feel a bit hopeless. But when I put all the subassemblies together... I get the feeling that all I need to do is glue them together and it will be finished, it is a very nice feeling. I start to see a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not the headlamp of a train it is sunshine
  17. The parts for the propeller. Important to glue them in the correct order and correct according to the other pieces. It would be difficult to scratch build if I mess this up Engine. Assembled and primed black. I always use Games Workshop black primer. Very good primer. Gives a thin smooth layer to which paint adheres very well. It is expensive compared to other black primers but I would not use anything else. I especially like that it dries "very thin". Some primes coat details and "smothers" small details, this primer does not. Of course you still have to apply it correctly but doing that it will give excellent coverage and showing details. Now I will start painting the details. I will also, dry brush and wash the engine to make it look much more realistic.
  18. It seems like I ordered the last example! I went to Amazon and it said one item in stock so I immediately hit the buy button...
  19. Does he live in Sweden? Cause I also have a friend who did that... My friend glued the pieces wrong (right) broke them lose. Had to scratch built new pieces and glued them in place, incorrectly again... But being stubborn made yet another pair of landing gear struts and added them correctly but the left piece where the right should have been and vice versa... After that the model (I mean his model) went into the closet until the local exorcist can cleanse it... My friend finished by saying, "and we shall never speak of it again"...
  20. I havn´t bought anything from Uschi but have plenty of other material of equivalent quality from my "paint and weather" storage. I´ve built lots of plastic models so have quite a lot of different materials. As for the white metal I can only agree. It is not a good material at all. Injection molded plastic would be great but is, for what I know, very expensive (to produce the moulds). Resin would be very good (and fairly cheap) as it also gives very good detailing. White metal feels like something from the 1970:s and with quality and detailing from the -70:s... Last evening I noticed I had done a mistake, I have mounted the landing gear struts backward! It is not noticeably from the picture but two of the struts are shorter. These should be to the front according to the instructions, mine are to the rear... Sio I hade to carefully pry them lose and will reattach them (correct this time) later this weekend. Luckily I used superglue which although strong is kind of "brittle" when gluing metal to metal so I could separate the pieces without damaging them (well a little paint was scuffed but no more). So yet another remainder, read the instructions first, then dryfit then check instructions again, then check against drawings, the dry fit again. Redo this one more time and then glue. If this hade been plastic and liquid glue I would have been in big trouble...
  21. Landing gear and engine. The brass rod at the rear of the "wing" will be repainted. The paint was scrubbed loose as the fit between the rod and the hole was too tight. The wheels have a small access hatch on them. I outlined it in black but it did not turn out particularly well. I will repaint that as well. As for the engine it says that the push rod for the valves should be 1.6mm thick brass rod. 1.6mm in 1/16 scale seems awfully thick. Checking with pictures on the net they are nowhere that thick. I will use much thinner brass rod instead. Probably .8mm. That looks much nicer. The 1,6 mm looks very massive.
  22. Thanks for all the advice. I will use the engine in the kit for this model. One of my "worst" traits, is that I´m a bit impatient and like to build and finish things. It would delay finishing the model quite some time if I would try to manufacture the engine with a 3D printer. The engine in the kit is in no way perfect but it will do. If I would correct all the discrepancies in the kit I fear I would never finish it. Anyway, I´m working on the engine, all the cylinders are in place and its going fine so far. The reason that I started on the engine was that I needed the silver spray to start putting together the landing gear. Well, the silver spray is salvaged so I will stop with the engine and finish the landing gear! No pictures today but some pictures by the end of the week will follow!
  23. Engine so far. It has taken a lot of grinding and sanding to get the extra flash of the parts. There are some mould marks on the cylinders that I would like to get rid of. It is probably the two halves for the mould that was not perfectly aligned and tight enough together. I can´t finish the landing gear until I get my silver spray paint can back from a friend that borrowed it. Going to him tomorrow to reclaim what is rightfully mine! Unless he finished it... There are a few parts that needs to be silver instead of brass, thats where the spray paint comes in.
  24. A quick photo and as I noticed now slightly out of focus. The problem with taking pictures with one´s phone is that on the small touch screen on the phone the photo looks sharp, but on this page with a much larger picture you notice that it is slightly blurry. Anyway, here are the wheels and the color. It is red, very red. It works, I would have preferred a slightly darker red but this will do. It will not be easy to find a darker hue of red in a spray can.
  25. Almost all parts for the landing gear have been identified, just need to figure out what some "spacers" are. Can´t really tell if they are pre made parts or if I have to make them myself. Anyway I have started to spray paint the landing gear and wheels. I paint them red of course, I will post some pictures to see what you say about the color. I´m not dissatisfied with the color but not really content either... I feel it is a tad too "orange" and bright. But I want to use a spray can as it gives a much smoother layer than brush painting so I might stick with it. when it is dry I´ll post pictures of course. So while I´m waiting for the paint to dry I have started a bit on the engine. Identifying parts and cleaning parts from flash with sand papper, sand disc on my proxxon and files. The parts have quite a lot of flash. I have found some pictures of the engine on the net so I know what the parts should look like which is lucky as some of the parts are almost indistinguishable from what they should look like. But with sanding they start to look rather ok. Feels like I´m chipping out a statue from a piece of rock. From a blob of white metal I slowly grind out the engine part