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Hi Guys,

 

Yesterday I finished off a commission from Aviattic to build the WNW Junkers D.1 all metal monoplane fighter.  My first Wing Nut, my first WWI fighter ever. AND a deadline to stick to, which saw going to be November but last week changed to last night!  So the photos of the finished model are a bit dire, snapped on my iPhone as it sat near the spray booth.

 

Parts clean up:

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The Mercedes engine in the kit was changed to a higher powered BMW engine.  There was some hacking and chopping to get the engine to fit!

 

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A dry fit of the cockpit parts.  Very tight!

 

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Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Part 2

 

Aviattic supplied GasPatch 3D printed guns for the model. Simply stunning!

 

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Fuel tank and some framework painted!

 

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Proper Planes real wood propeller!

 

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Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Part 3

 

Test fit of the engine, engine mounts and bulkhead assembly.

 

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Masking the framework contact areas on the inside face of the fuselage.  Even a slight layer of paint here would be enough to stop assembly further on.

 

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Paint!

 

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Some real assembly at last

 

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Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Part 4

 

Wing assembly

 

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The model was to be finished in bare Dural and photos of the real D.1 show a sort of monochrome stripe pattern on alternate panels.  So here's Aizu Micron masking tape being applied over Mission Models Dural.

 

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One of the first attempts at getting the contrasting metal shades.  We soon agreed the contrast was way too stark and I had to find a way to reduce it.

 

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I ended up making a glaze, using Mission Models Dural, a drop of their Dark Alu, a drop of red, some Satin Varnish and a squirt of their Thinners.  Some parts got one mist over, some got two.  This left pale shades for the ribs and two darker shades for the panels.  I rate MMP very highly and have had hours of fun with their colours and a couple of airbrushes playing around and learning what it can do, which is just about everthing!

 

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And now you're thinking, "Why is there a round mask on a German aircraft that has crosses?"

 

See the next thrilling instalment!

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Guys,

 

As per usual, Windows threw me out of LSP as I was 90% thru the next reveal so its start again time.

 

The model is part of Aviattic's LuftKrieg 1919 scenario where the Soviets expanded rapidly and joined up with China in 1919.  This aircraft depicts a Japanese aircraft flown by a woman pilot in Europe in that fictitious war.  I used Maketar  rice paper masks to conform to the corrugated surfaces and the my own masks cut on the Silhouette for the fuselage markings which are a stylised Japanese arrow motif.  I used GSi Creos/Gunze Japanes Hinomaru Red from the set for the N1K2, had to import it as it isn't sold in the UK.  It's transparent so has to be built up in layers and it shows the metal shading slightly when you see it for real.

 

Underneath

 

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Markings after removing the masks

 

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Tyres in natural rubber, no added carbon.

 

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Guns on, engine panelled, exhaust fitted.  The Exhaust is painted with Mission Models Burnt Iron 1 which has a very fine fleck in it and I think it looks far better than the usual orange/pink rust that modellers tend to use nowadays.

 

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RG seatbelts thrown back over the fuselage for rapid pilot entry

 

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Well, that's all there is.  Didn't take any really good final photos as I really was pushed for time on this one!

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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Hi Bill,

 

The Aizu tape was only for precision masking, there wasn't really any other way to get the fine demarcation required.  I really enjoyed making this model for Aviattic, so much that I bought one for myself! When that will get made, no idea as I've still got lots of other half built models that need work, plus a Tamiya Mossie for a friend and also another commission that needs attention.

 

Who said retirement was boring? I'm having a great time making models, playing with airbrushes and scalpels and sanders all day long!

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby 

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Hi Guys,

 

 A bit out of sequence as I realised I hadn't uploaded all the photos to Flickr.  I hadn't sent the photos that show the masking of the fuselage markings, so here goes.

 

Here's the mask still on the sheet.  I did two sizes as I couldn't visualise which would be better.  I had already masked and sprayed the white background.

 

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And as luck would have it, here's the white background.

 

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The mask in place, the smaller of the two sizes.

 

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Here's the landing gear assembled but not fitted.

 

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And my big sweaty hand to show how small this aircraft is.

 

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The Silhouette was a major investment last year but has opened lots of possibilities, like building this particular aircraft in these markings.  Plus I've done German crosses and US Stars'n'Bars and codes on other models.

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Kev,

 

It's a stunningly beautiful bit of plastic IMHO, you don't realise how good until you airbrush some primer on it, then all manner of things suddenly pop out at you.  I recommend the thinnest possible primer,  absolutely NO PAINT on any mating or joining surface.  Otherwise it just won't go together.  

 

Seriously, that's one of my favourite models of anything, ever!  And I'm heavily into FW-190D-9's and T-54/55 tanks!  So to go from them to a German WWI all metal monoplane really was a leap into the dark (I was scared that I'd totally screw it up) and it took a leap of faith by Richard Andrews at Aviattic to trust me with it.  If you've seen his stuff you'll know he has extremely high production standards. Thank goodness he did take that leap of faith because I learnt a lot and had fun along the way.

 

But build it, have fun with it, show it to us.

 

Regards,

 

Bruce Crosby

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