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  1. So I got up this morning with the full intention of spending some quality model building time. But there was one little thing I wanted to do first out in the yard. One thing led to another (more yard work) and the next thing I knew, it was time to come inside and take a shower, change clothes, and take my daughter and granddaughter to drop them off at the movie theater. After picking them up, my wife wanted to take them to the mall to pick out new birthday clothing. Right, getter done. Came home and did more yard work until it was dark. It's time for another shower and change of clothing, but it's my full intention of burning the late night oil to get that modeling time in. To get myself in the mood, I like to listen to favorite music, like this one. Oh yeah, I am ready now.
  2. Once when I worked gas and oil pipeline in West Virginia, someone had told me that buckeyes were good to eat. Working a job out in the sticks, I came upon some buckeyes, cracked one and began to eat it. One of those old WV country boys said, "did you just eat a buckeye?" I answered yes, and with the most serious look on his face, told me they were going to have to get me out of the woods and to a hospital, fast...that buckeyes were deadly poisonous. I got so scared, I darn near fell to my knees, then all of a sudden all those country boys began laughing at me like school kids. What a dirty joke to pull on someone, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Believe me, I am no Gibbons by any stretch of the imagination.
  3. Can you imagine....if just one lucky (or well placed) round was to hit and sever that cable, aileron control would be totally lost and the plane would probably spiral to earth in a death crash. Such was the life and times of WW1 aviators. A brave bunch those were when aircraft were so unreliable and fragile.
  4. Wow, OC. You are quite the resourceful one when it comes to searching down aircraft details. Thanks for those....they will get put to use.
  5. Guess I'm just a Yule Gibbons sorta guy...got to have my daily roughage. 😕 Besides, it would be a shame to see all those weeds just rot and go to waste...or maybe not.
  6. Yesterday after mowing and weed eating, I thought I might get to spend some quality modeling time. No dice. 😕 Instead, I inherited this monstrosity of a television set and replaced the one in our family room with it. Then the one from the family room went to my daughter's room to replace the one she had there. (weird the way that picture turned out) And last but not least, my granddaughter now has a television in her room thanks to my daughter donating her old one. The best part was, it didn't cost me anything but time. Goes to show where modeling hobby really fits into the bigger scheme of things. Everyone seems happy with the changes. PS: today I changed my weed eater string, edged the driveway, finished weed eating, and blew it all into bags for the trash man come Tuesday. Maybe tonight some modeling time...pretty please with sugar on top...😄
  7. You've been busy, Jack. I love that Country Squire Ford station wagon. You know, you are the first modeler I've seen do an online build on the Stearman kit. I am surprised what a nice kit that is, and you're doing a great job with it. When I saw that kit advertised for sale, I imagined it was a rebox of some old tooling they found somewhere in an attic, had no idea it was a new tool.
  8. Those are very good observations on the pulleys and cables. I just don't know what type of transparent material besides glass was available back in 1917. I know plastic came along much later, but tell me about eisenglass. Not familiar with it and would like to know more. I still have a few old scratch built balsa and tissue models I finished. Some of the subjects I liked were not available in kit form, but I found it was easy enough to improvise and build something that was "close" to scale.
  9. Mowed the grass and weeded with the weed eater. String ran out on the weed eater. Need to buy a mount for the wall and hang a television in my granddaughter's room today. After I cook dinner, I might have some modeling time. 😵
  10. I think I'll save myself some work and only cut out/replace just the one cover for show. Can't see much point in doing them all that way as I can quite easily paint in and shade an opaque cover on the remainder of the locations.
  11. Those are quite nice construction photos of the S.E.5a, OC. Thanks for the link. I'm thinking the clear covers are simply a feature of the model to show off the pulley and cables. The real thing being a simple access cover, opaque.
  12. I need to check, but I think I may have reached the age where fishing licenses are no longer required in my state. 🙂 It's a benefit of becoming a senior citizen at some point.
  13. Not sure if you're talking to me or to Lou. If me, then yes, the radiator pipe cam loose from the upper wing/radiator.
  14. The kit provides clear acetate triangle shaped windows to cover the resin pieces but still allow the inner parts to show through. I'm scratching my head and wondering if this is just a feature added to the model to show off the detail, or was the actual aircraft fitted with glass over the pulley and cable for a quick visual inspection? Unfortunately, I don't have much reference for the S.E.5a that might tell me the answer to that question.
  15. The admiral and I got eye examinations yesterday. It had been over 10 years since my last eye exam. Needless to say, the admiral and I both received prescriptions for new glasses, mine only being needed for close up work. Had been using over the counter drug store readers all these years, so maybe the new glasses will give me a new outlook on model building. 😎 PS: the time it takes to get your eyes examined then fitted for new glasses is a royal pain in the bottom. It reminded me of why I hadn't been there in 10 years.
  16. Hoping for a quick recovery for you, Dave.
  17. A pull-pull system with the pair of ailerons on each side linked together.
  18. Earlier (yesterday) I described the aileron control cables and pulley systems molded in the wings and horizontal stabilizer. Here is a picture of how the stock wings look at the control system location, the triangle-shaped units. Plain vanilla. The idea is to cut out these triangles with an xacto knife or similar tool These are the after market resin replacement units included in the Encore kit. It captures the look of the detailed control cable and pulley systems. They will look something like this when installed. Of course, a little filler and sanding will be needed around the edges. A much better look...something you might expect to see already molded in to a Wingnut Wings kit, thus my previous "you get what you pay for" statement.
  19. When I first posted these photos, it made me realize one of the radiator pipes had come unglued from the radiator. It's fixed now. It's amazing what details can be seen in photos that often escape the naked eye.
  20. Thanks JCT. Enjoying that RV? My brother and his wife sure do get a lot of use out of theirs. Almost every time I call him, they are out on a lake somewhere, fishing. That couple love fishing more than anybody else I have ever seen. They are darned good at it, too. His friends kid him and say, "Gene could catch a fish by casting a lure in a bath tub." I can tell you from experience, you can be fishing all day long in your boat, never get a bite, and he will pull up near you in his boat, cast a line over near your boat and catch a fish.
  21. Right now, I'm wrestling with cutting out the molded on aileron cable and pulley systems at each of the four corners of the wings, and the two pulleys/cables at the horizontal stabilizers. The kit includes some very nicely detailed pulley/cable systems to replace the lack luster molded on units. Being that the wings are molded in solid pieces rather than upper and lower wing halves, it makes for thick plastic to cut through. Not one of my favorite chores as it's easy to accidentally cut out more plastic than was intended. But the end result will be 100% better than the stock units. I had in mind to do the mid version, modeling the aircraft at the time of the Voss encounter. I do have a second S.E.5a kit to do the latter version with the spinner. Generally speaking, the Squadron Encore kits of any variety are bargains to be on the lookout for. They include detail parts such as resin and photo etch, sometimes historical pilot figures, and decal sheets that make them a bargain compared to their stripped down cousins on which the Encore kits are based. The Roden kits that are the basis for this Encore kit are what i would call 'limited run' kits. It's rather evident looking at the molded parts that the molds are just not up to the high quality standards of more modern, high production molds. These type of molds will only produce a very limited number of copies before they must be discarded. In other words, when the kits are gone, they are pretty much gone for good.
  22. Goodness, that's a lot of beautiful work represented in one model. It looks totally busy. Makes me appreciate the knowledge and skill the old sailors must have had to work and maintain a ship like that.
  23. Yes, it certainly does include that spinner...in resin as an add-on choice. Kit comes with three sets of markings, basically an early, mid, and late McCudden aircraft that included the spinner. For those who are unaware, the S.E.5a was a very durable, stable and well mannered aircraft compared to other highly aerobatic aircraft of that time period such as the Fokkers and the Sopwiths. This was due to the fact the S.E.5a was designed with lots of dihedral in the wings. This resulted in a very stable gun platform, but a slow roll rate. McCudden capitalized on the speed and stablity of the airframe by developing superior tactics and gunnery. Killed in combat at the age of just 23, McCudden made all but five of his fifty-seven aerial combat kills in the S.E.5a.

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