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Felixstowe F2a. Finally FINISHED and DONE!

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Thanks Darren. I'm addicted to these things. I like building the fighters and scouts, but I just love the challenge of a big twin. I built this Gotha a couple years ago, and it was by far and away the most challenging, yet also the most enjoyable build I've ever done, in any scale, of any era.

These kits are total marvels, IMHO.

 

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Looking forward to seeing more of this; maybe it'll inspire me to get back to my stalled Roland build. At least, Martin might hope so... :rofl:

 

Darren

 

Roland?

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Thanks Darren. I'm addicted to these things. I like building the fighters and scouts, but I just love the challenge of a big twin. I built this Gotha a couple years ago, and it was by far and away the most challenging, yet also the most enjoyable build I've ever done, in any scale, of any era.

These kits are total marvels, IMHO.

 

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I had a chance to see Ernie's Ghotha in Oregon and I have to say that this is one talented and overly modest and humble modeller. To see that monster (talking about the plane) in nature was quite a treat.

Felixstove  from Ernie's workshop will be another epic journey to pave the path of stringbag-building for cowards , like myself.

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Roland?

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I had a chance to see Ernie's Ghotha in Oregon and I have to say that this is one talented and overly modest and humble modeller. To see that monster (talking about the plane) in nature was quite a treat.

Felixstove  from Ernie's workshop will be another epic journey to pave the path of stringbag-building for cowards , like myself.

Ditto ! it is a beauty........Harv

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None of that you mention, but instead they have strings, lots of it, that's the challenge! :)HÃ¥kan

Seriously, it's not. You just need to plan and work symmetrically from the inside out. Do the hardest to reach lines first, the move out.

Also, pre rig the top wing before you even mount it. That way, you only need to run them through the lower turnbuckles when the wings are mounted.

I use mono line for all structural rigging in the wing bays. It adds huge, huge strength. I then use EZ Line for control runs along the fuselage and such. That way if you compress one, it just snaps back into place without tearing stuff up.

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What an epic project, I'll look forward to following along!

 

I have looked at the Felixtowe a couple of times but get scared off every time, ended up purchasing the Gotha instead.... and that's big enough for me!

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Ok, a selection of construction pics from my computer.

Here is the crew deck extending forward from the pilot's station to the Commander's kanzel. Correct word, or maybe pulpit or forward gunners station? Never mind, it's Kanzel for me.. assuming, like on the German bombers, the Commander sat in the forward gun emplacement? Or was the pilot the commander on RFC and RN aircraft?

Rudder pedals yet to go on.

Lower hull boards were waterproofed with a bitumous tar like substance that was forced into joints and liberally coated on all lower wood. I used Mr. Surfacer 500 dabbled on in much the same way you's simulate cast armor: by dabbing with a short, stiff brush, leaving a slight stippling effect. Them I overcoated with a tire black. At this point, this is just placed together without glue. The forward hull bottom will be weathered with some varying grays to break up the monotony of the off black.

Thee floorboards are a warm wood color now with slight variation between boards, but logic says they should be somewhat worn, with dried salt, mud, and maybe some wear in the wood itself. Possibly a hawser coiled in a corner and possibly a folded dinghy? Not much wear and tear though, as these were seagoing vessels and were kept shipshape.

 

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A look from on high.

 

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A look into what will be the main engineering compartment. Most of engineering will be out of sight and hidden, although some will be visible forward through the midships hatches. Main fuel bunkers will mount on the floor here. Again, this is just mocked up. Pressure pump will be brass, not black. Control pulleys need to be detailed, and warmth will be added to the exposed wooden spars and stays as seems right.

 

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