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    once again,very nice work..

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    Thank you, Daveroo

    I have just finished laying up the wings. I will infill the lower wing and then shape, sand and fill it until it is as ready for paint as the fuselage/main assembly is.
    Once that is done I can attach the lower wing and fair it into the bottom of the fuselage using the plan instruction of adding stringers and then infilling until a smooth and continuous shape is achieved.

    At that point I plan to paint the main assembly, then complete the elevator and rudder, paint and apply them to the model.

    The upper wing will be done as a separate and complete model unto itself..there is a ton of detail to add to the upper wing after all. Then I can paint it and attach it after the windscreens are installed to the fuselage.
    I still need to have decals made (or make them myself) but there is plenty of time for that.
    enter..the Sandman

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    cant wait to see the continued work in progress.

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    small update..not much to report as this process is labor intensive. The lower wing has been framed, infilled, and now shaped. The process continues with more filling and sanding to remove the stringer and former lines.
    After that comes the sealing stage with multiple coats of Gesso and medium to fine grade sanding to prep for paint. Once that is done the lower wing will be attached to the fuselage and faired in with a balsa belly pan.


    the plan is to paint the fuselage and lower wing assembly (after fitting the cabane struts to make certain of a good, loose fit, so that when the time comes they will just drop into the bottom wing with a bit of wiggle room to set the proper incidence and depth. This way the upper wing can be attached squarely with minimal alterations. So the entire aircraft assembly (sans upper wing) will be completely assembled and painted - then the upper wing will be completely assembled and painted - and then the upper wing will be attached to the model.

    I have ordered the decals from Bedlam Creations and hopefully they will be here before the final assembly. If not it's ok - I have a ton of work to do on this project yet

    enter..the Sandman

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    a little more progress..here the lower wing is attached and sealed. The belly pan is also complete and has been sealed.


    the pilot and passenger..


    I had the oil cooler scoop too far aft - had to fill that opening and cut a new hole in the fuselage a bit more forward, closer to the engine


    nothing like making extra work for yourself on a project that is already task laden
    enter..the Sandman

  6. #206
    like all of the Guillow models that use plastic augmentation, those parts and their configuration are less than ideal. The main gear upper fairings for instance, are way too thick and obviously misshapen.
    Add to it that they are no fun to work with as far as how they are joined together or how durable they are(n't) and you have a significant drawback to just using sheet or block balsa and carving your own parts.

    Next time (if there is one) I am going to set aside all of the kit plastic and just fabricate my own fairings for the Stearman..

    That said - the tail cone and vertical fin components aren't bad as far as their shape and assembly are concerned - but balsa would be more durable.
    enter..the Sandman

  7. #207
    The patience of a long distance runner.
    Coming along nicely.
    Your comment about the plastic parts struck a chord with me, way back (and I mean WAY BACK!) when I built several Monogram 'scale' models they included 'plastic' components.
    Early injection moulding was rudimentary to put it kindly.
    But at least one had to build the model, unlike today's 'shake and bake' kits.
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    One of the main reasons I have moved into this realm exactly. The plastic kits, especially the very incredibly evolved Tamiya and similar are so finely engineered and masterfully mass produced that there is no longer much personal effort required.

    The reason I do this at all is that it affords unusual opportunities for imagination, artistry, ingenuity, and meditation. The big plastic kit mfgs have removed almost ALL of that from the realm of the builder and taken it for themselves.

    In addition, the subject matter is no longer dynamic - simply put, they only create models of 'popular' subjects. I would much rather build a 1/24th scale balsa DH2C or 1/12th scale Super Solution than another plastic Mustang or ME109 and the balsa subject matter can go anywhere depending on one's level of competence or interest. There are scale model plans for literally ANY subject, and far more complete kits for more varieties of aircraft in balsa than in plastic if you include available 'out of production' material.
    enter..the Sandman

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    I've had the dubious pleasure over a few decades of being drafted into the judging team at what was originally the IPMS Australia championships which several of us finally turned into the Australia Model Expo.
    The styrene still abounds but the categories now include paper models, balsa, resin, white metal or combinations of all, in short the 'modelling' now covers anything imaginable.
    A couple of us old lags who have been to the Model Engineer Exhibition (at Wembley in my case) are feeling a little pleased with this, (perhaps 'smug'?) as the venue was moved to a far more professional location as well.
    Living where we do now is very handy as most of the current generation of Expo Committee can't find me or think I'm dead!!!!
    Haven't been to the Nationals for three or four years.
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    I have never attended an Expo, or any other kind of model meet..although I have visited the IPMS Websites and viewed tons of galleries and contest entries over the years.
    I would never intentionally disparage any form of scale model building. I only meant to convey thatfor me, plastic model kits are too confining. Itís good to see the shows are now open to the other disciplines of paper, balsa and so on. That can only serve to grow or at least maintain broader interest.
    enter..the Sandman

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    small update: I went ahead and painted the forward fuselage/exhaust collection ring fairing in the polished alum. just to see how it would look compared to bare metal foil...Since the entire nose of the airplane will be masked off it seemed like an ok step to take.

    enter..the Sandman

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    and finally with a little color...



    enter..the Sandman

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