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Caudron C.714, Azur, 1:32 - FINISHED

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The plane is starting to show off its sleek lines once I put the front and back portions of the canopy on.  I intend to have the canopy 'open', so the middle bit has been left off and hidden behind some Tamiya tape.  I used the 'inside' masks and painted the inside of the canopy the same colour as the cockpit.  No blemished or paint creeping under masks have been found, so I am a happy bunny - at least for this part. The 'outside' masks were put on before gluing the covers to the fuselage.

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The front part of the canopy did not fit perfect and would have required some pulling out of shape to make it fit.  I did not like the sound of that, so I hightened one area with a smell narrow strip of plastic.

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The centerline on the fuselage, as well as where the grey plastic bordered the clear, needed only a limited amount of putty.  Some sanding and rescribing the affected panel lines and screws completed this part of the build.

 

Next are the wings.  Dry fitting showed me some problems, so to overcome these I will first fit the bottom of the sings to the fuselage and make sure there are no steps and the lines flow smoothly before fitting the top halves of the wings.

 

That all, folks

slainte gu mhath

 

Edited by Landrotten Highlander
typo

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1 hour ago, Troy Molitor said:

The Caudron 714 is certainly a sexy looking machine.   Are the internal canopy masks custom made?   Lovely efforts on this one.

 

Troy 

Perhaps I forgot to mention that.  I got the Montex Maxi Mask for the Caudron C714 (item code MM32117) which has the masks for the canopy (inside and outside) and wheels, as wel as for the French and Polish schemes - unfortunately, these will not work for the Finnish scheme - only the fuselage roundel has the same diameter, those on the wings need to be larger than the largest I got in this masking set.  Need me thinking cap for this one, but it is still some way of.

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Long time since I put an update here, but I have not been idle.

 

Instead of manufacturing the bottom wing with the two upper wing halves, I decided to fit the bottom wing first without the top wing halves, so I an be sure of a smooth and aerodynimically sound line underneath the airframe (dry fitting showed there would have been a significant step near the front of the wing halves).

A minor flaw near the back of the wings and fuselage junction was rectdified with some careul puttying and sanding.

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The next step asked for fitting and gluing of the resin guns in the gun bays located in the wing.  Unfortunately I was a bit hamfisted and broke of both guns on one of the two sets.  Long period of thinking what to do next (the carpet monster of the non-existing carpet managed to gobble both of them up) until I remembered I replaced the guns of a 1/350 ship with brass guns.  A bit of checking showed me some were the same diameter as the guns of this kit, so a bit of canibalism and I fitted 4 ships gun barels into both gun bays.  Not ideal, but good enough for this build - and it strengthens the old saying: waste not, want not).

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Fitting of top wing-halves needed a slight correction near the wing root which I solved by adding a thin strip of sheet material.  Careful puttying and sanding and I was happy with the overall look:

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Little additional detail on the wheel bays - some electrical and hydraulic pipework:

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Edited by Landrotten Highlander
missed WIP step

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I decided to make a little presentation board just so I can place the airplanes I am making next to a repesentation of a human.

This is the aircraft after priming:

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I continued by painthing the bottom of the plane with the standard French sky-blue.  This allowed me to then mask things off so I can paint the wheel bays.

 

While photographing this half-build plane I realised that the bottom antenna is too long and would be lower than ground surface  even when the wheels were mounted.  This aircraft has the ability of retracting the antennas (top and bottom form a single antenna but has to be retracted when on the ground and during take-off/landing) and I think Azur created the parts of the antenna to fit the height when fully extended - i.e. in full flight.

 

So if you are building this plane as in full flight leave the antennas as they are, but when sitting on the ground they should be shortened. 

 

I left the top one fully extended as I did not want to damage the clear canopy throuh which this antenna is glued, but cut off about 6 mm from the bottom one.  The plan is to paint it so thay appear to be half-out as could have happened during a ground check.

 

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Unfortunately I forgot to take some pictures of the next step.  For improving the landing gears I fitted a hydraulic pipe to the brakes. and installed them before painting the underside of the aircraft and the wheel bays.

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The top side of the airframe is in the French 3-tone camouflage.  It should be noted that there was no standard pattern to apply the camouflage, so that leaves a fair bit of freedom to make you own interpretation.  So first I painted the lightest colour - a grayish blue (or bluish grey depending on your disposition) then airbrushed some green  irregular stripes amounting to approximately 1/3rd of the  total surface area.

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Completed the main painting phase with the reb-brown colour of the camouflage.  Appologies for the different temperature of the colours - I took thesse pictures at night under a yellow-white light.

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A note regarding the painting instructions that came with the kit.  According to the instructions all 3 versions should have the spinner in the greyish blue and the bottom colour across the entire bottom, including the front engine cover.  Pictures of the time clearly show that the camouflage pattern was continued onto the spinner itself, while the front engine cover looked like it came from a different aeroplane and does not have the light blue at the underside.  Refer to the picture of the side to see what I mean.

 

This made masking a bit easier, as I could leave the front cover and the spinner off the airplane when painting without worrying if it would mach the camouflage pattern as my documentation shows this is not applicable.

 

Last pictures show the front cover, spinner and propeller fully fitted.  The stencilling on the propellor comes from the kit's decal sheet.

 

That is all for now, folks.

 

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Looking good, to me the French camouflage are very attractive and yours look great, your photos though are a bit small to see the details.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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2 hours ago, dennismcc said:

 your photos though are a bit small to see the details.

Not sure what happened here.  I uploaded the images directly from camera onto Imgur and pasted the link exactly as I did before, but now they are smaller than before?

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