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75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build

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5 hours ago, Anthony in NZ said:

Hi Mike, Zac and Chris

 

Chris, I'll be back at the Skyhawk again soon as Woody from Archer has been in touch about some possible solutions to those weld lines on the fuel tank.  I'll be working between the 2 kits.

 

Cheers and thanks chaps!

Anthony

Cheers Anthony - My A4G has been on hold while I finished off a 1/48 FM Breguet Alize over on BM - now I have to get it moving again.

Chris

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Boy, you guys are busy building at the moment, my build was 3 or 4 pages back...I'll have to work quicker LOL

 

Chris I had a look at your Alize, very very nice mate.

So I have been riveting both the side cowls and have them all finished.  Fasteners yet to be added.  I took a pretty crappy photo on my phone so you can see how faint the riveting is.  However the slight riveting gives a nice texture to an otherwise featureless large surface.

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And here is an original cowl showing the detail

 

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Working on the lower cowl now...

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1 hour ago, Anthony in NZ said:

Boy, you guys are busy building at the moment, my build was 3 or 4 pages back...I'll have to work quicker LOL

 

Chris I had a look at your Alize, very very nice mate.

So I have been riveting both the side cowls and have them all finished.  Fasteners yet to be added.  I took a pretty crappy photo on my phone so you can see how faint the riveting is.  However the slight riveting gives a nice texture to an otherwise featureless large surface.

 IMG_0862_zpsoben3skb.jpg

 

And here is an original cowl showing the detail

 

Sept%202010%20142_zps3igt2whz.jpg

 

Working on the lower cowl now...

Thanks Anthony - i have to say i’m impressed with the neatness of your work on your models - I don’t like to get too close to mine

CJP

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These might be of use to anyone building a Mosquito in any scale.  Note the inside is silver painted.  This is off a British built Mosquito and the other British built ones are silver inside as well.  Would have to check my refs for Aussie and Canadian built examples

 

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Cheers Anthony

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Thanks Pip!

 

It's builds like your Canberra that inspire me to forge on....love that build!

 

As for the Mosquito, I have been pouring hours and hours into her.  I am on holiday at the moment and spent practically the whole day working on the port nacelle.  I had no idea it was going to be such a big job!!  I made brass templates for the rear nacelle curved panel lines, rivet, stress the skin, rivet some more and so it goes on....

 

Pretty much all the flush skinning detail is done, thankfully it doesn't have lapped skins.  Next up is the raised rivets, which I will use from Archer. I haven't gone overboard on the stressed skin, figuring 'less is more' and is really only visible at certain angles.  But it has really brought the metalwork to life and really happy with how it's turning out.

 

I was going to take a photo and post where I am at, but a good friend of mine (who has seen the model) politely told me yesterday that my photography is 'pretty crap' (well he didn't use those words exactly....but I got the message LOL) and I need to do better there.  

 

Going away camping with the family for 4-5 days so I wont be able to work on her, dang it!  But the break will probably do me some good as it's been pretty intense work.

 

I'll try and take a decent photo before I leave, unless Belynda doesn't look impressed I am not packing the car LOL....

 

Cheers for now

Anthony

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Ok, now this is a bit of an FYI since we are looking at nacelles.

I hope Neil (ex Paragon Designs) dosent mind me posting this 2 photo's here for illustrative purposes.

 

Neil spotted an issue with the kit many years ago when he was making his resin sets for this 24th Airfix kit.  Neil knows his Mosquito's and he found something I hadn't noticed either.  The undercarriage hangs out too far below the nacelle and the bracing against the firewall needs shortening by a couple of mm to sit the kit down lower on its legs.  I have done this and agree with Neil that it makes a difference to how everything sits in relation to each other.  Most noticeably the u/c doors in relation to the door guides on the legs.  Simple fix, and I think quite important.

 

Anyway best to decide for yourself if you are building the kit.

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And nestled into the well

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And this is my subject aircraft to illustrate

 

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Hope this is of interest if you didn't know and have the kit

 

Cheers Anthony

 

Edited by Anthony in NZ

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There is something very special that happens to warbirds in New Zealand, and apparently to model aircraft too! Lovely build to watch Anthony.

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Mike, Zac and Max

 

Thanks guys!!!  Mike the camping got postponed one day because of weather, so off tomorrow now.

Zac....I could watch that all day mate!  Thanks

Max, that is very kind, there are some pretty talented engineers over here and the Warbird scene is pretty strong for a small country.  Reminds me I must crack on with my own humble Auster T.7 rebuild!

 

Cheers guys

Anthony

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Ok, this update is more exciting than me showing you more pics of stressed and riveted  skin panels on the nacelles.

 

Mike Swinburne (Serian01) has revised his rails for me.  We tweaked some distances etc and Mike added the 'fork end' mounts to the rails with the 2 adjustable locking nuts that butt up against the stub mount.

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Thanks buddy, they look awesome!!

 

In the meantime I shall go back to finishing off the port nacelle skins...yawn.....

 

Thanks for looking in as always

Anthony

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I finished most of the nacelle skinning apart from some fasteners and raised rivets. 

 

I turned my attention to the wheel wells and was just about to rip out all my scratchbuilt ribs and put in the Eduard set.  When it suddenly dawned on me (as I had blade to plastic)....I have re-set all this area to drop the undercarriage deeper into the well. I also measured all the rib positions off an actual nacelle. This ment that everything was in a slightly different position.  I put an Eduard rib in the space and it was slightly off now.  Ugh....one of the main reasons for buying this set!

 

So now I will have to make all the others myself.  You can see in this pic that I cut the top off the undercarriage support structure and made all the new ribs to fit...

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Oh well, there is still a lot in it I can use...

 

Cheers Anthony

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