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  1. Hi all, The rigging for the wings has been done, apart from weathering and sealing. Rigging line is 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament with 0.5 mm diameter tubing. The crossed bracing wires from the top of the front cabane struts to the top of the fuselage are not shown correctly in the kit instructions. In reality, the two lines crossed through an 'acorn', similar to that for the Sopwith Camel. The acorn was made from plastic rod and drilled through with a 0.3 mm diameter hole. Next is to fit and rig the main floats and after that, fit and rig the ailerons, Mike
  2. Hi Kevin, Thanks for the heads up on SSL and https:// I have a host/domain that I use with Filezilla (FTP) to link to my posted photos etc, but as you say it's just http:// at the moment. I've now purchased an SSL certificate which is being processed against my domain. Once that's complete I guess I'll need to install it to the Filezilla FTP server and see what else is needed to ensure Chrome (and other browsers) show my photos, Mike
  3. Hi all, The windscreen has been fitted using the kit supplied photo-etch frame and template cut out acetate transparency. The upper wing has also been fitted. I had the usual tricky problem of locating all of the struts and at the same time making sure the wings are correctly positioned and aligned. So now it's onto final rigging for the wings, Mike
  4. Hi all, Just as a heads up. Last night I posted photos for this build in the same way I have for years, linked from my hosting provider to the forum. Later last night I went to the forum and found that every build photo, of any of my builds, had disappeared. Not only from this forum but also from others I post in. I could see everyone else's photo, just not mine. A couple of various forum members have experienced this problem over the past couple of weeks. When I checked on my android mobile and Apple IPad devices, I found my Ipad showed the photos, but my mobile did not. I
  5. Hi all, I've completed pre-rigging the fuselage and wings, apart from the main floats and ailerons. The rigging is 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament with 'Gaspatch' 1:48th scale turnbuckles and anchor points. The next step is the fitting of the upper wing before final rigging, Mike
  6. Hi Alex, The materials you use really depend on the method you use to rig the aircraft. I have in the past made my own turnbuckles from micro-tube and copper wire, but for a long time now use those from 'GasPatch' (resin or metal). I use their 1:48th scale types as I think their 1:32nd scale types are over sized. The micro-tube I use (Brass, Nickel-Silver, Aluminium) is from 'Albion Alloy's' (range of tube or rod from 0.1 mm diameter). The rigging line I use is mono-filament (fishing line), which is easier to thread through tube and turnbuckles and gives structural str
  7. Hi Matt, In general the 'Aviattic' linen effect decal range are fairly subtle in appearance, especially when applied over darker coloured base coats. On this model I used the clear linen effect only decal (no colour tint) over the tan base coat. As such the linen effect does stand out a bit more than other applications, but I think the close up photos make it stand out more. In person it's not so obvious, Mike
  8. Hi all, The tail unit is complete now. Rigging is 0.08 mm mono-filament for the control lines and float bracing wires - Fin bracing is 0.12 mm. Tubing is Nickel-Silver 0.4 mm diameter. I replaced the float rudder operating bar with tubing and had to create the rudder/fin bracing bar (not included in the kit). The tail plane support struts in the kit is just brass rod, so I made aerofoil struts from tube with internal support rod. Mike
  9. Hi all, The bracing for the tail float is now done, apart from painting the tubing. I'm now working on the tail float rudder and aircraft rudder/brace bar (which is not included in the kit). There are several problems with the tail float rudder, which required modification using micro-tube, drilling of location hole and reprofiling the rear face of the tail float. Also the creation of the aircraft rudder/brace bar, which also required a hole drilling, Mike
  10. Hi all, I'm now working on the tail unit, starting with the rear float. First is to pre-rig the eight bracing wires between the four support struts. The mono-filament used is 0.08 mm diameter with 0.4 Nickel-Silver tube and 1:48th scale turnbuckles from 'GasPatch'. Next step is to fit the float and struts then complete the rigging from the fuselage to the float, Mike
  11. Hi all, The lower wing, the wing ailerons, tail plane assembly and rudder fitted. Now it's onto pre-rigging, the struts and then start assembly. Mike
  12. Hi all, The linen effect decals I was waiting for arrived so I've now finished applying them to the fuselage, wings, tail plane and control surfaces. The Ansaldo built 'Baby's' were primarily used for training and probably flown multiple times daily. It's probable they were not kept as clean as maybe the operational aircraft were. Therefore I've intentionally applied heavier weathering than I normally would, Ansaldo built aircraft tended not to have the white vertical rudder stripe painted, but instead left it as clear doped linen. Also, it was common for the upper surfaces of the
  13. Hi all, The main and tail floats had wood panels nailed to the internal structure. Inside each float were canvass ’bulk heads to separate the float compartments. Each of the three compartments in the main floats were accessed through a circular cover on the top surface of the floats. At the front and rear edges of the main floats were reinforced with Spruce end caps. Across each main float were recesses to locate the float cross beams and these recesses were covered with panels. These details are not reproduced on the kit supplied floats. The floats panel and
  14. Hi all, As I'm still waiting for decals to arrive I've worked on the trestles and beaching trolley. The side guard rails of the beaching trolley were broken, so I used tubing to repair and reinforce the rails, Mike
  15. Hi all, While I'm waiting for decals I thought I'd work on the pilot. As this model is a float plane I thought I'd use the ‘Kellerkind’ Gotha bomber pilot (54095), as he is inflating his life jacket. Painted with 'AK Interactive' and 'Tamiya' acrylics. Dirt weathering is thinned 'AK Interactive' Kerosene (AK3029). Mike
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