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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2013, 04:02:13 PM »

Thanks Monique.
The cowl is made up using the laser cut rings provided. I then fitted a centre spindle so that I could mount it on my lathe ... then it was just sanded.
To be honest I stopped a little short of what it should have been, so I hope I don't ruin it when it returns to the lathe.  Undecided
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2013, 03:58:30 PM »

This is one of my problems .... I spend more time with an 'oo' brush than with an airbrush ... so sometimes I do too much freehand dabbling.
I've done a bit of 'Trompe L'Oeil' on the wheels ... creating the effect of spokes just with paint. Happy enough with the result ... and it was quicker without any masking etc. ... but I do want to develop my airbrush skills when I can too.
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« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2013, 04:07:28 PM »

Tres bon Russ, it certainly does trick the eye, and is very subtly done. I hope to see the finished model in the flesh (so to speak Shocked) one of these days. Do you think you might give it a whirl at Port Meadow if the conditions are good this year?

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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2013, 04:14:01 PM »

Weather permitting ... and a couple of other things turning around as I'm hoping ... I will be whirling as much as possible Peter!  Smiley
I've been saying it for the last few years, but surely we deserve a good flying year this year?
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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2013, 04:37:32 PM »

Awesome effect on the wheels Russ, looks very realistic.

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« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2013, 06:38:12 PM »

Lost a day to a problematic job ... will be a 'bones only' display from me at the weekend at best.
What's worse is that the weather looks miserable for the weekend ... I won't travel if any real snow materialises  Sad
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« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2013, 04:53:16 PM »

I thought that the model needed some kind of engine detail ... I wish the kit scale rules were that additional detail should be ignored ... not penalised  Undecided
I think the model might 'push itself out' of kit scale in the end .... shame, because the build is not true enough for open scale so this will be another model 'lost in space'.
Cannot complain really though .... I'm just doing what I want to do with the model.

Assuming that the model will need noseweight, I've not attempted to make the engine light.
The hub was turned first out of a resin material used for CNC machined moulds .... be interesting to see how it takes the knocks etc.
I then drilled the holes for the cylinders ... these are keyed in place with cocktail stick dowel as I find it easier to position small holes when drilling.
The cylinders are then centre drilled dowel over the cocktail stick.
Over these are drinking straw 'fins'.
The motor will come out when winding so the heads are short ... I put the whole lot back onto the lathe just to sand a little bit of clearance so it moves in and out of the cowl with no problem.


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« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2013, 05:23:54 PM »

Russ, this is wasted on Kit Scale!

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« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2013, 05:40:01 PM »

I suppose the rules do allow for the things that I want to build if you pick a more 'sophisticated' kit? ... ie. one with all the details listed and part of the standard build.
In that respect it becomes more a case of picking the right kit for what you want to do.
The thing that bothers me about it is losing 5 points for each of the deviations (as I read the rules?) ... it gives you 20 shots max before you get a zero score! (or minus?)
As I have said before, I like kit scale but it I just think it needs 'tweaking' a bit. To me 'Kit Scale' should not have to equal 'Simple Scale' ... but at the same time neither should be particularly advantaged or disadvantaged.
The 'hyper-moan' warning light coming on so I'd better stop  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2013, 05:42:57 PM »

Beautiful Russ, but then I expect no less  Cool

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« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2013, 05:52:22 PM »

Thanks Jon .. I've got two lathes! The other one is bigger and was largely unused for about 20 odd years!
I got offered the small blue one cheap (£60 I think) and I thought 'why am I buying this?' ... but I have used it regularly ... defies logic except that buying the smaller one coincided with buying the small chuck shown.
This is much more suited to modelling uses than the traditional woodworking chuck types I have I suppose.
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« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2013, 07:42:39 AM »

What's worse is that the weather looks miserable for the weekend ...

Russ, the forecast now looks as if the weather outside will be almost as good as inside!
http://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/impington
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« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2013, 06:20:26 PM »

A bit more done on the dummy engine ... 'pushrods' in place now.
I've also made the block look a little more like a real Clerget ... but it's only meant to be a representation.
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« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2013, 03:46:06 PM »

I picked up a couple of Dave Banks' pilots at the weekend ... both slightly different but hard to judge which would suit the triplane best.

I decided on the one that I have base coated with black paint.
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« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2013, 03:47:56 PM »

I also started painting the 'engine' today.
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« Reply #40 on: March 21, 2013, 03:49:26 PM »

As you can probably guess ... I do like messing about with the detail parts  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #41 on: March 21, 2013, 03:51:43 PM »

... and of course I could not resist the usual mock-up.
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« Reply #42 on: March 21, 2013, 04:28:34 PM »

That's looking awesome Russ! How much does the pilot weigh?
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« Reply #43 on: March 21, 2013, 04:31:15 PM »

I'll get me coat...
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« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2013, 04:34:41 PM »

Thanks Monique  Smiley

Not weighed the pilot but they are expanded polyurethane foam so not much ... you can also hollow them out quite a bit as the exterior 'skin' is quite hard.
Did you have a look at Dave Banks' pilots at Impington on Sunday? He was flying at the other end and on the other side to you. He had quite a stock of pilots with him at his table.
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« Reply #45 on: March 21, 2013, 04:39:08 PM »

Oh, no I didn't see him there, or know about him. I shall Google...

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« Reply #46 on: March 21, 2013, 04:50:54 PM »

Russ, are we going to have to call you Norman Stanley Fletcher after the indoor Nats?

On present evidence I think so!

I've not got round to sorting the Pilot out for my stalled Reggiane, does Dave normally attend the impington meetings?

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« Reply #47 on: March 21, 2013, 04:56:36 PM »

Monique, Andrew,

I think you can still only contact Dave by phone and post?
This link on Mike's site hould still be valid:

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Penny not dropped on the 'Porridge' yet!
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« Reply #48 on: March 21, 2013, 04:58:52 PM »

Forgot to say .... I have seen Dave at a few events lately but not every time.
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« Reply #49 on: March 21, 2013, 05:13:01 PM »

He got a five year stretch, as might you if you win  Grin
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