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  1. Didn´t want to let this year end without showing you one of the models I finished 2016. But first I want to thank LSP mate Nick Karatzides for this kit and his tremendous work designing it! This is my first completely 3D printed kit, so it did not went without some hassle. Nick´s research and the design are shown here on LSP: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=51976&hl=flettner Most of my trouble was based on the 3D printing. My kit was printed by Shapeways in the Netherlands, for I am from Europe. Nick suggested to clean the parts in white spirit only. But this did not work for me. The parts got stained after giving them a bath in white spirit, well seen here: So, I filed a complaint at Shapeways, strongly supported by Nick. Shapeways agreed to completely re-print the kit. Great customer care for a kit that costs some bucks! Getting the second print I thought about how to clean them. I placed some not this visible parts in my ultra-sonic cleaner, filled with destilled (!) water and some dishwashing detergent. Well, this went wrong, too... Also, my ultra-sonic cleaner broke down after some runs, it started to smell charred. So I ordered a new one, which ment even more expense. But well... In the end I cleaned all parts in destilled water only. Only water, no other stuff. Despite the kit parts having been cleaned from the supporting wax at Shapeways the parts still had lots of the wax on them,clearly shown by the water getting cloudy after some seconds. Don´t ask me how many litres of destilled water it took to clean all the parts! Nick designed all parts to a very tight fit. So I took outmost care to mask all locating pins and holes before giving the parts a coat of gloss black acrylic primer. Any paint on these points will make the parts impossible to fit! I guess it was from MiG, but I didn´t make notes on this. The main fuselage got a airbrushed in Alclad Duraluminium, to be followed by accents of Alclad Airframe Aluminium. Masking the rear part for airbrushing in a wooden base coat was intricate, for the part has this many details and is easily broken. Nick provides a template for the instruments, to be glued behind the part with the bezels on. But this template showed US instruments! So I checked my literature for pictures of the IP of the real Flettner. I then searched the Net for colour pictures of the needed instruments, resized and worked them in Photoshop. Also in Photoshop I placed and sized them onto a scan of the template and printed them on glossy photo paper on my colour printer. Much better! All in all this was a very enjoyable build and it looks great in my cabinet. Hope you like it as well! Here the pics:
  2. Great work here so far, I enjoy following you!
  3. Bad news, Chris. Sorry to hear this. Will we see you at the show in FFN?
  4. Looking at the pictures again I wonder where the guy sitting directly behind the pilot will rest his legs? There´s almost no place left for those...
  5. I´d really appreciate a picture or any other information on how you got those spinners corrected, Wouter! Still here, following your greatly illustrated build! Your work will be a major help once I will do mine!
  6. Really, this is a beauty! Very well done, Iain! Is a WIP of this one to be seen in a magazine?
  7. Not going to be nitpicking, but this is no Daimler-Benz engine, but a Jumo (Junkers) one. Shouldn´t be hard to Google "DB 603" to find some pictures of the Heinkel´s engines.
  8. Indeed the restored He 219 shows the main engine block in unpainted metal. I hardly could imagine the professional team at Udvar-Hazy having got this wrong, so for this He 219 it should be right. I also remember a picture of a rear engine being placed into a Do 335 having the main engine block not painted. In the end I guess it´s up to you: check the reference pictures given in the Concept Note book on the He 219, or just paint the engines black. Both options should be fine.
  9. Brian, be welcome! I have changed this folder to "public" for you and others to enjoy. Please follow this link to my Me 163 pictures on Photobucket: http://s861.photobucket.com/user/Wurzacher/library/Scale%20Plastic%20Aircraft%20Modeller/Walk%20Arounds/Me%20163%20Duxford%20mein%20Copyright
  10. No IPMS judges around here where I live! So, carefree modelling! I got a picture of a unrestored Me 163 for you. I did this and a series of more pics way back while in Duxford, GB. There are more pictures on our SPAM forum site, but I hesitate to post a link here for it could not be appropriate?!?
  11. What an update! I see you placed a placard on the fuel tanks in the cockpit. "Nicht verstellen" would fit on rudders or other moving flying surfaces, but sadly not on the fuel tanks to the left and right in the cockpit. "Nicht verstellen" means "Don´t move" or Don´t adjust"...
  12. The top quality here so far shows your great skills! Very nice!!
  13. Thanks for showing your WIP here on LSP. Wouter! I wonder how you managed to get the prop hub into the propeller cowling? My parts have a wall thickness that needs a fully charged Dremel to try to thin the walls of the propeller hubs... Maybe I could try to do some vac replacements?
  14. Such a wonderful build! Wished it was mine! Simply perfect, a pleasure to study your pictures!!
  15. Just checked with a magnifier: on the samples I have Airscale has printed them on a white background. So no white background should be necessary. Alles klar, Lothar?
  16. Lee, I never denied there possibly being a market for such weights.
  17. Aside from the circular cooler your red arrows perfectly indicate where I have filled my parts with weight. Circular cooler to follow! Your engines look great in Surfacer Black 1500! I think about doing mine in Ultimate´s black primer. Looks nicely satin black, but needs no thinning and doesn´t hide the finest detail!
  18. Thank you for this link! Although my French is very crude I will check this build.
  19. Amazing! Is there a wip anywhere to read?
  20. IF it would have had a dihedral the German engineers would have mentioned this in the aircraft´s manual. A tail wing that is flat (possibly!) on the upper surface, with the lower surface of the tail wing (possibly!) tapering towards the outer face not for a long time has a dihedral. It´s simply a design feature. Wartime pictures from multiple angles are no proof at all. Nobody knows the physics of the camera and the lenses used, among other stuff. It may be a hint, but no proof. At least for me.
  21. The aircraft manual mentions the main wings having a dihedral of 6°. It does not mention dihedral of the cruxiform tail. In my understanding the manual would mention such a dihedral at the tail. So, it had none.
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