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I may come to regret this, but after the intensity of finishing my AIMS conversion Bf110G4 in the "In the Pale Moonlight GB", I feel that I need a more "simple" build to get my head straight and before getting involved in the Multi-engined GB with my Anson. I bought this kit early last year and have been itching to build it ever since:

 

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The Fw44 Stieglitz (goldfinch) was one of the main training aircraft for the Luftwaffe in the 30s and 40s and was flown by Peter Spoden, a former Nachtjager and gentleman who I've been privileged to meet:

 

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It's the first full resin kit that I've built, so bit of a learning curve there, but it will be OOB apart from a few bits of wire in the cockpit.  It comes with all the bits in plastic bags:

 

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packed by Celine!

 

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but as Geoff Coughlin noted in one of his reviews of a SW kit in Scale Modelling Now, the bits are randomly packaged.  The instructions are a series of drawings:

 

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but there are no identifying numbers or sprues to give you a clue about what is what and where it goes.  So my first evening was spent emptying everything out onto a table and basically trying to identify bits and sorting them into bags:

 

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It was a worthwhile exercise because I feel that I've got a bit of a handle on what's going to be needed.  

 

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No decals provided but masks, which I prefer anyway so that's a plus.  I hope to start the build very shortly.

 

This is a rather good photograph, very clear around the engine, which is where I'm going to start!

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15 minutes ago, Daniel460 said:

I like it Max! I don't know about a simple build with all those parts and rigging though. :D

 

Dan

The number of parts don't frighten me Dan, but the b****y rigging does! :huh:

5 minutes ago, Alain Gadbois said:

Great project Max! Looks like a good kit.

 

Alain

It's incredibly detailed Alain, means I don't have to worry about doing too much else to it....I hope. :rolleyes:

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What a nice subject. I think you don't have to be afraid of the rigging, it doesn't look to difficult. Good luck

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58 minutes ago, Fvdm said:

What a nice subject. I think you don't have to be afraid of the rigging, it doesn't look to difficult. Good luck

ANY rigging frightens me!! :blush:

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17 minutes ago, monthebiff said:

Interesting little project you have there Max, I likeit a lot!

 

Regards.Andy 

Cheers Andy, it's certainly a big change from a Bf110, and a change is as good as a rest they say!  :whistle:

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Pretty little biplanes Brian one and all! I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this one.

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Managed some time this afternoon to make a tentative start on the Stieglitz.  The first, perhaps continuing lesson, is to take nothing for granted and to check the identity of the parts carefully and their exact position, as evidenced by the exhaust pipes coming out of the cylinders.  It wasn't until I started cutting them off their individual casting blocks that I realised there were two slightly different types, which then made the cryptic diagram in the instructions a bit clearer (if I'm right!):

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The main bits of the engine assembly:
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Sprayed the collecting ring (MRP anodised aluminium and a light dust of copper) then assembled the engine and sprayed with MRP white aluminium followed by a coating of MRP exhaust soot over the cylinders:
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Three important reference photos:

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