Sunday, October 23, 2016

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part Five – Shape and sanding

Fuel tank chamber: After sanding I applied wood filler.

Frame 1 will be attached once the filling and
sanding is completed.

Center fuselage section: Sanding is almost complete.

Next step is to apply a coat of wood filler.

The canopy deck is still missing a
1 mm plywood panelling.

Angular shape of the fueltank chamber has a
smooth transition into the curved center fuselage.

Dry fitting of both subassemblies.

It starts to look like an aircraft ... :-)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part Four – Shape vs. Material Stress

To minimize material stress and to allow for a
curved balsa shell I cut thin slots into
the backside of the balsa stripe.

I poured superglue into the grooves and bent the balsa.
A shot of activator secured the balsa immediately.

The balsa shell glued into the framework.
It starts to look like a ... whale?!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part Three – Center Fuselage section and fuel tank chamber

I cut frame 1 Motoranschlussspant from 2mm plywood
for its greater strength over MDF.

Cockpit floor (frame 1 to 5) and
luggage compartment (frame 5 zo 8).

I added balsa blocks cut from 8 mm board
between the MDF frames.

Dry fitting of the jack up pipe from 5x4 mm alu pipe.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part Two – Center Fuselage section and fuel tank chamber

The Behälterraum (fuel tank chamber) temporarily fitted to
the rear section framework. The top of the chamber is
part of the cockpit floor.

The jack up pipe is located on frame 13.
A cut-out is therefore necessary in the MDF frame.

Bottom view of the framework. Frame 1 will be
added soon at the very front of the framework.
This will be the engine mounting frame done from
plywood rather than MDF.

The outline of the cockpit floor is not yet finished.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Focke-Wulf Fw 190 D-9 | 1/12 th Scale | Part One – Center Fuselage section

It´s time for my first scratch build aircraft replica. I came across Arthur L. Bentley´s beautiful plan set of the Langsnase in 1/12th scale. I also bought the hand book and spareparts list from Luftfahrtarchiv Hafner. So let´s get started!

Mr. Bentley´s drawings contains all frames of the fuselage.

The frames will be glued to a longitudinal frame.

Between the frames blocks of balsa will be glued
and then sanded to shape.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early | Wingnut Wings 1/32 | Part Seven

I started to paint the pilot figure.
Underpainting of Tamiya flat buff and oils for the leather.

I casted the second epoxy layer.
Now the Hansa is afloat ;-)

Once the epoxy is fully cured I will demould the base.

Just an impression :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early | Wingnut Wings 1/32 | Part Six

Casting the Sea

I casted the first layer of SKresin 72,
a slow curing clear epoxy resin.

The Hansa is placed and posisioned on a
simple jig made from balsa.

The jig defines the height of the float plane above "sea level".

The jig takes also care of the angle of attack of the lower wings.

Shells made from PE by INDUSTRIA MECHANIKA

Fish are also made from PE by INDUSTRIA MECHANIKA and

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early | Wingnut Wings 1/32 | Part Five

View of upper wing. I tried to "bleach" the fabric not too uniformily.
Also note the contrast of the painted rear upper fuselage and
tail plane surfaces to the fabric wings.

Detail view of the cockpit and the observer´s station.

The streaking on the fuselage was done by airbrush using
Tamiya acrylics (redbrown and NATO black). It was partially removed
and re-applied according my "life-stage-weathering".

Details of the engine cowlings and lower wing.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hansa-Brandenburg W.12 Early | Wingnut Wings 1/32 | Part Four

Slowly all sub-assemblies come togehter. Nothing finished yet but one can get an idea how the finished replica will look.

Overall view showing the dry-fitting of the struts.

Fuselage markings are from Pheon Decals.
Highly recommended!

The Naval lozenge fabric is from Aviattic. It was chemically
weahtered with solvents to achieve a UV bleached effect.
Wing rib structure was done with 0.7 mm tape and
"smoke" from ZERO PAINTS.

Fuselage spine with painted naval lozenge from Aviattic.
It was treated differently from the printed fabric.

The floats were treated in a water basin which contained a dirty salt water.
The procedure took about 2 weeks to create the stains.

The Spandau MG 08/15 are a combination of WNW and
brass parts from Master Model (Poland).

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bismarck | Main battery – The Krupp Borthers | Part A

Please welcome the Krupp Brothers!

A few months ago I started to research Bismarck´s main battery. I am using ureol plates and blocks for the basic construction. It allows for precise sanding and filing and sharp and well defined edges and corners can be achieved.

Turret A (Brother Anton). After finishing the basic turret shape
I started to file the embracures.
I will make a template for the upper front plate

Test fitting of the barbette and guns. :-)

Details of the gunmatlets.