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Solvaset is amazing but it needs to be used with care, as some decals wrinkle up very fast and need to just be left alone until they completely dry. Most of the WNW decals worked well with the Solvaset but a few seemed to react a bit quicker. Wonder why?

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Most of the WNW decals worked well with the Solvaset but a few seemed to react a bit quicker. Wonder why?

It's mostly to do with the phase of the moon Peter.

 

Kev

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You're both probably right. I've had some problems with Solvaset being too hot before, but Catograf decals are pretty amazing. They're like the WNW of decal producers.

 

 

 

I've got a ton of progress done today with my day off. I applied the lozenge decals on both the wings and fuselage today, and got it ready for the painting of the blue and the big personal markings. I'm really loving how these decals go on, and how great they look once on. I had a couple of problems with air bubbles, but with Solvaset, they settled down well enough.

 


Enough of my ramblings, here are the photos, which should illustrate the work better.

 

 

 

 

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Getting these things to settle around the wingtips was quite the challenge, but with a hairdryer, and some Solvaset, it eventually all went down okay.

 

 

Also got the lower wing all done as well, that was much easier than the top wing.

 

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Later on today, I was able to get the fade coat on the fuselage lozenge. The instructions say a very thin coat of Tamiya XF-52 Flat Earth, so I made a mix of about 10% paint to 90% thinner. When misted on, it really muted down the colors, and looks pretty good

 

 

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Getting it adhere down to the stitching on the bottom was quite a pain, but I got it all down eventually. Now to dry-brush the sticking in order to make it pop out. Should be fun.

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I'm going to close this post with a picture though. The instructions say to paint the whole top decking blue, but I'm not sure about that. The pictures that Wingnuts includes in the instructions seem to show that the very top deck is black, not blue. What do you guys think about it? Black or blue?

 

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I also got the front panels installed. The pictures do seem to show that it was completely faired in, even though the instructions say that's for a different option. I attached the parts, and laid on a couple of layers of Mr. Surfacer to smooth it out, then sanded it to smooth it out.

 

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And a teaser of what's to come in the next couple of days.

 

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Thanks everyone for reading in on this. I know this was a long post, but I hope that you all enjoy it. I'm having a blast with this one, and hopefully I'll be able to get it done soon. I'm really getting farther and farther along, next will be the rest of the decals, and then weathering everything down. Then final assembly!

 

 

 

Hope to be back soon. All comments, critiques, observations, fixes, reviews are welcome. Thanks everyone!

 

 

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Looks great, Matt! I especially like the way your mist coat toned down the lozenge. Looking forward to seeing what comes next. :tumble:

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Looks great, Matt! I especially like the way your mist coat toned down the lozenge. Looking forward to seeing what comes next. :tumble:

 

 

Thanks for the support dad. I'm glad you like the work. Hopefully your build comes out well too, so we can display them together.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Black sir!

 

 

That's what I've been thinking. But trying to decode almost century old film is difficult, especially figuring out where the shadow ends and the actual paint color begins. It's a quandary.

 

 

Thank you for stopping in and helping out with my dilemma.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Wow Matt, those lozenge decals laid down beautifully with the rib tapes lining up perfectly with the stitching. If you had trouble with any of them you'd never know by looking at 'em now. I also like the brown glaze effect on the fuselage and I expect that you'll be doing the wings too, no?

 

As far as trying to interpret the colour of the upper cockpit decking, based on the tonal value of the colours you do know, I would think it was black myself. The upper decking looks to be the same colour as the centre of the fuselage cross. What ever colour you eventually go with, it'll be pretty hard to dispute you choice.

 

Have you started on the engine yet?

 

Cheers,

Wolf :popcorn:

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Guest Peterpools

Matt

Amazing work on the lozenge decals. Simply superb !

Keep 'em coming

:popcorn:

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I`m not sure black . Most Fokker DVII had the top decking Fokker green . It`s a shade lighter then RLM 82 dark green . That`s my two cents

 

 

Id have to agree with that. Ive seen that dark Fokker green applied on the upper forward decking as well as the lower area between the wings even occasionally.

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Wow Matt, those lozenge decals laid down beautifully with the rib tapes lining up perfectly with the stitching. If you had trouble with any of them you'd never know by looking at 'em now. I also like the brown glaze effect on the fuselage and I expect that you'll be doing the wings too, no?

 

As far as trying to interpret the colour of the upper cockpit decking, based on the tonal value of the colours you do know, I would think it was black myself. The upper decking looks to be the same colour as the centre of the fuselage cross. What ever colour you eventually go with, it'll be pretty hard to dispute you choice.

 

Have you started on the engine yet?

 

Cheers,

Wolf :popcorn:

 

Thank you very, very much Wolf. That's a huge compliment coming from such a master builder as yourself. Yes, the wings have been glazed over by now, I just have not had the time to take the pictures and post them up. It was just done with a hyper-thin mix of Tamiya Flat Earth XF-52, like the instructions ask for.

 

That's what the problem is with the top decking though, is that because the picture is almost 100 years old, there really is no one out there that can give us a definitive answer, and since trying to decode orthrochromatic film is like walking through a mine-field blindfolded, I try and avoid it. But that top decking does look very, very dark; which is what led to think it would be black.

 

 

yes, actually, I began work on the engine this evening. Getting the cylinder bank together, and I've started adding the Taurus Model parts. They really are great, but super fiddly. I have no idea how I'm going to be able to remove the rocker arms without destroying everything else in the process. I will try and get some pictures up tomorrow during my break so all can see.

 

 

Thank you for stopping in and commenting on my build.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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Matt

Amazing work on the lozenge decals. Simply superb !

Keep 'em coming

:popcorn:

 

 

Thank you Peter. The lozenge decals were tough to get on, but everything eventually went down okay. I'm just happy to have them done, they are stressful to get on there.

 

 

Matt :party0023:

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