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  1. Thanks everyone, I've picked up a few more items for the continuing build...... Merc. D.I engines from the Albatros B.II Early kit (I put the Hazlet Radiators in another bag for safekeeping) and Aviatik resin Gotha Wheels..... The Horizontal Tail has a different shape.... And the rudder has control horns with the cable passing through the vertical fin.... The aileron control cables for the Ursinus didn't run along the lower wing like the G.I, it looks like they ran along the top wing trailing edge with 2 control horn cables meeting at a single point at the trailing edge.... Notice how much shorter the lower wing is compared to the top wing. Any experts out there know what color the UF is on the logo? I will keep on keepin' on.. Mark
  2. Thanks everyone, I've spent a few days looking at the Ursinus and am still not quite sure about how the control lines for the flying surfaces are arranged for it. I think I will be putting the build in a short holding pattern for now with the hopes that Windsock will release a "Gotha at War" volume that has more pictures or even better, detailed scale drawings! If nothing pops up in that department soon then I'll just continue the build the best I can. More soon, Mark
  3. Thanks Ray and Kevin. I had started out building the Gotha in 1/48...…. But when I saw the GB announced I decided to build it in 1/32. I have not posted much on the site but I have always received so much help from the members and staff I feel I owe my best effort contribution. I really value this site and forum! I've been putting some thought into my build now and I think I'll be amending it a little. I will definitely be building the WnW Gotha G.I, I am so impressed that they have released it for everyone to enjoy! Just so I don't have an overlapping build I will be changing mine slightly to model the 1st incarnation of the G.I called the "Friedel-Ursinus Type FU". This way I can have the Friedel and the G.I in my collection. WnWs release of the Gotha G.I is perfect timing for the stage that I am at in my build as I can easily convert it to the FU without much modification at this point in my build. I am very pleased with how accurate I was able to make the center cockpit area in comparison to the WnW kit and instructions but the FU version had a few variations. The FU had a different cockpit covering, engines, tail and wings than the G.I. The cockpit covering was a simpler design and there were a few redesigns along the way. One particular variation is the engines. The first version had the radiator in the engine nacelle and the nacelle was a little "boxy" I'm going to go with the second version with exposed engines and Hazlet radiators so I can really detail them up. Onward and upward! Thanks so much for looking in and the encouragement! Mark
  4. Wingnut Wings just announced they are releasing a Gotha G.I and UWD! Excellent!! Not to fear, I will be continuing and finishing my scratch build. I just received the last of the goodies I needed for the cockpit today! more soon, Mark
  5. Thanks guys, I'm putting some thought into the wings now. Probably styrene over basswood core. I put in some mail orders for materials to detail the cockpit areas, bezels, instrument faces, etc. so that will give me some time to do a little cleanup and fitting of the new parts while I wait for them to arrive. More updates as soon as I can and I appreciate you looking in, Mark
  6. I was able to finish up the majority of the tail area. As you can see in the period pictures, the tail and fins were plain with no ribbing. I'm assuming They were plywood covered structures from the looks of it. I made the horizontal tail and edged it in half round rod. I find that this gives the edge a nice profile rather than trying to eyeball it and hand sand it half round. I made hinges so that the tail and fins would be articulated. And here is the tail temporarily taped into place. You can see that distinctive tail fin shape the Gotha G.I was known for. The tail area still needs some priming and finishing but I'm pretty happy with it at this point. And here is a shot of the fuselage as of today. A lot of work and a lot of fun. Still some more work in the cockpit areas so more to come later. Thanks for looking in, Mark
  7. Thanks Kevin, Brian, Ray and Alain. I sincerely appreciate everyone taking time to look in and be encouraging. Moving on to the tail today, looks pretty straight ahead. The most difficult part will probably be the alignment. The tail was integrated into the lower rear fuselage rather than just tacked onto the fuselage so I'll have to be very careful there. Mark
  8. "I should have an update on Sunday..." Ok, so it took a bit longer than I thought, The center section has been the most difficult part so far. I've relied on the picture documentation and have it pretty close. I made the top part to be removable at first so I can paint and detail the interior before gluing everything together..... So far so good, next, I'll finish up the cockpit area walls and seat area and probably move on to the tail. Thanks so much for looking in, Mark
  9. Excellent work Tom, loving this build! Mark
  10. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the very kind words and encouragement! More work on the fuselage and the horizontal stabilizer and elevator this weekend so I should have an update on Sunday. Thanks so much for following along. Mark
  11. Some progress on the cockpit covered area. Still a little shaping to do around the cockpit opening. It was definitely some work for me but I'm very happy with the result so far. Thanks for looking in, I appreciate it, Mark
  12. A little update, not much time to work on it this week and I still need to order some .02 and .03 styrene sheet. The rectangle and triangle shapes to the rear are the bases for the balsa wood to vacu-form over and the half circle near the front will be built up with a small piece of balsa and vacu-formed too. You can see the areas near the back of the cockpit that I need to fill back in because I opened up the entire cockpit area but this is not a problem.. Mark
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