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I've made a start on the rudder, its shape and definition on the vac was poor so I started by cutting both halves off and sanding back carefully to get a better profile, then inserted a thin fillet of plasticard which I've now "faced" with some Milliput ready for sanding to a round edge once dry.  Like the plane's wings, the rudder has a distinctive lattice appearance caused by the reinforcing tape over the stretched canvas.  Fortunately Ken Hill in Canada is restoring one at the moment and posting progress on Facebook, all of which is very useful reference material, and he's also very obligingly measured some specific parts for me inside the cabin.

 

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The state of the cabin so far with the side framing laid out roughly in position (I think!!):
 
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Time to cut out the side windows shortly.......bit apprehensive about this, could go horribly wrong! :(
 
Max
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The work on the rudder has gone well, it looks much more business-like:

 

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The plan is to cut out squares of masking tape and place them on the rudder surface, then spray the whole thing with Halford's filler primer which should build up a thin network of lines to simulate the lattice effect.

 

I enlarged some drawings of the Anson fuselage to the correct scale to use as a template for cutting out the window's and the door:

 

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I had to make the door opening slightly shorter than it should have been because the bulges near the wing root are I believe either a little large or in the wrong place, but that's not too important!  On the port side I'll be filling in the area where the forward-firing machine gun sits, I can't imagine Winkle Brown's RAE aircraft would have had one fitted.  All in all a good day's modelling, a bit more tomorrow with luck! :)

Max

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You know you want to Kev, they're so much fun to do.....and you've got oodles of time!!!!

Max

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Watching with interest.  I've done a few vacs in my time, but this one looks rather daunting.  Some very meticulous work going on there.

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I've only just caught up with this, and what a start you've made.

 

It's so satisfying beating these kits into submission, and it looks like you're doing exactly that.

 

I'm a big fan of Halfords Filler Primer - for builds such as this it's so effective and gives you a beautiful surface to work from.

 

Will follow with much interest!

 

Tom

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