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#31 MARU5137

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Res Non Verba .

La calma è la virtù dei forti !

Potius Mori quam foedari.


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 01:34 AM

So as expected, I've run into some concerns with the nose landing gear. The support arm is made up of two parts, 65 and 68 as seen here in there instructions.

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They're a butt joint so I decided to drill them and add a pin for strength. Once I did that and test fitted the part, I realized it was too long. So I shortened it and reattached the two together.

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Compared to a stock part:

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When I checked the Kagero book, I noticed that the "A" shaped link was solid on one side. It's the upper bit resting on the tire in this image:

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So out with the sheet plastic and hopefully this works.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:01 AM

Carl..

I think you are doing a grand job on this one..does look good and Neat from here... . :goodjob:

Res Non Verba .

La calma è la virtù dei forti !

Potius Mori quam foedari.


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:36 AM

Nice work! :)

 

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:55 PM

Excellent start. I will watch with interest. I have the RB production all resin kit in the stash, so I have not bought the Fly version but it looks like a great kit.

 

David


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 08:15 PM

Really nice build Carl and one of my favorite aircraft.....this is coming together very quickly as well!!

 

Also, may I say Carl you are really cracking the builds out this year........keep up the fantastic work.

 

Regards. Andy



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 09:58 PM

Fast forward, indeed!

 

Whats your idea about the wing attachment? Do you want to add some kind of wingspar to keep things straight for the years to come?

 

Regards

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:15 PM

Excellent start. I will watch with interest. I have the RB production all resin kit in the stash, so I have not bought the Fly version but it looks like a great kit.

David


I was in the Hannants store near the RAF museum years ago and they had one in stock but I passed on it. I'd been pretty much kicking myself for doing so until the Fly kit came out.

I knew there are some accuracy issues with the kit but I've been really happy with it so far.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:21 PM

Really nice build Carl and one of my favorite aircraft.....this is coming together very quickly as well!!

Also, may I say Carl you are really cracking the builds out this year........keep up the fantastic work.

Regards. Andy


Thanks Andy!

I can't believe how quick since of these builds are going for me either. I think having consistent free time has helped a lot with that.

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:25 PM

Fast forward, indeed!

Whats your idea about the wing attachment? Do you want to add some kind of wingspar to keep things straight for the years to come?

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I've looked online and only found one other build of the kit, which was dinner by James Hatch. He's used a couple brass tubes to brace the wings so I might have to do the same. The joint itself at the moment is fairly snug but it's pretty much a butt joint with a small tab for support.
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Posted 11 April 2016 - 10:30 PM

Back to the landing gear, upon closer look at the images in the Kagero book I noticed that there are two spring supports instead of the kit provided single one and they're on either side of the arm and not the middle. I glued some sheet styrene to either side and once it was dry, I shaped them as best I could.

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I also drilled out and added the pivot hinges as they helped to centre the arm in the gear bay.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:46 AM

Nice work! :)

 

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 11:30 PM

Thanks Håkan!

Since there are two springs and the kit only provides one, I had to make up replacement ones.

I used some preformed springs in a 1.5mm diameter.


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I then pulled them apart slightly and added some plastic end caps.

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 12:07 AM

The first pair I made weren't long enough and the springs weren't evenly spaced so I made a couple more.

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At the same time, I decided to sand off the moulded bands on the strut body and replace them with strip styrene.

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I also drilled holes and use styrene rod for the pivot between the strut and the upper leg.

With a test fit into the great bay, it looks and fits much better.

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 03:16 AM

Lovely work, Carl! I wasn't aware you could buy miniature springs like that, so I must remember those in the future.

 

Kev







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