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This is going to be a Roden kit, messed about with to represent an early production DH2 of 24 Squadron. My inspiration is a picture on page 5 of datafile 48 'The AMC DH2'

 

I got a bit obsessed with the 'wobbly mount' as Lanoe Hawker described it. As far as I can work out, this is it:

 

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That's how it is shown in the patent drawing.  DeHavilland designed it to be very flexible:

 

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Which would be great as an observers gun, not so much for a pilot of a single seater

 

I was intrigued with how the pilots managed to stop the gun wandering around. It was supposed to install like this:

 

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Contemporary pictures show the butt of the gun sitting much further back, so I think what they did was this:

 

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That just about matches the pictures, the patent drawing, and a pilot could relatively easily tie a belt around the whole lot to lock it in place - which was forbidden by the Ministry...

 

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Richard

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Wow very nice start. I'll definitely be keeping tabs on your build as I have the Wingnut Wings version of the DH2 on the self. Looking great so far!

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1 hour ago, TomR said:

Wow very nice start. I'll definitely be keeping tabs on your build as I have the Wingnut Wings version of the DH2 on the self. Looking great so far!

 

I have downloaded the WNW instructions for the DH2 - they have lots of useful information. Plus the Gnome instructions are in there, I'm swapping the Roden one for the WNW

 

Richard

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More parts installed:

 

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Most WW1 'planes, you add all this stuff, close the fuselage and you can't see a damn thing. A DH2 pilot was very exposed judging by how much is visible

 

How this DH2 ended up with a German compass is a mystery

 

The WNW Gnome:

 

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Richard

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Excellent start on this build! I love the exquisite detail work you put into the gun mount, and enjoyed the explanation and the drawings of how it worked. The interior is beautiful, the fabric effect and the wicker seat is completely convincing.  

 

I think you're brave taking the DH2 on, just thinking about the rigging gives me a headache!

 

Richard

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It isn't the rigging that scares me, it's those frames that link the empennage to the wings. They're very thin and bendy

 

I may have to replace them with something I can trust

 

Richard

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The magazine racks with the kit represent a later style than the first production DH2. Eduard make a nice etch to replace that

 

I have taken the Eduard etch, cut off the front and made a new one in brass:

 

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I turned down some Brassin magazines to represent the older style case and fitted a round ring:

 

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Richard

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I have tried a new material for the plug leads:

 

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it's a keratin based monofilament, around 0.003" diameter available (to me) in a sort of brown and grey

 

Yes - I pulled my own hair out and used that!

 

The prop is finished, awaiting paint:

 

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And the fuselage has been closed up:

 

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Yes. German compass - I know....

 

Richard

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The kit design means I can fit the cabane struts firmly in place to the cowling, so that makes a good solid support for the wing:

 

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One of the most dispiriting things is trying to balance a top wing on the ends of twelve wobbly 'toothpicks'. 

 

Richard

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More bits and pieces. I've added a lip to the bottom of the fuselage to represent where the metal nose overlaps the floor:

 

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Various little bits and bobs have got sorted, I'm particularly pleased with the pitot-static tube:

 

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And I have done the first bit of rigging:

 

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Those tail booms are very flexible, even this minimal bit of rigging helps stiffen them up

 

Richard

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