AFM10YRGB- Airfix DH4 part 2 (and a $%#@^ disaster!)

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AFM10YRGB- Airfix DH4 part 2 (and a $%#@^ disaster!)

Joined: December 20th, 2006, 2:03 pm

June 16th, 2018, 1:24 pm #1

The only cockpit parts provided by Airfix are a very crude seat for the pilot and the little round padded seat for the gunner.  I added what I could see based on a few photos found online, basically just some flooring, flight controls and framing on the fuselage sides.  It's a bit crude but looks plenty busy when all closed up.  I might still add lap belts, a PE throttle quadrant and a few other bits here and there. 
DH4 cockpits 1.jpg DH4 cockpits 2.jpg DH4 cockpits 3.jpg DH4 cockpits 4.jpg

About an hour after taking the photos above I did something I've never done before- tipped over my full bottle of Tamiya Extra Thin!  Of course the recently glued together fuselage of the DH4 was right there in the puddle.  I let it drip-dry rather than make things worse by trying to wipe off the cement and the damage is limited to just the right side of the forward fuselage.  I'm going to let it fully cure and then try to smooth things out with filler.  I'll probably have to replace those louvers above the exhaust openings too.
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Joined: March 30th, 2008, 7:09 pm

June 16th, 2018, 4:58 pm #2

Oh no! I hope it recovers well.
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Joined: December 22nd, 2010, 9:20 am

June 16th, 2018, 6:34 pm #3

Oh Dan, I've done that too many times, I now place my bottles of glue in a larger but shallower jar so they are harder to knock over, good luck with the remedial work!
Regards
Steve.
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Joined: June 12th, 2008, 8:08 pm

June 16th, 2018, 8:36 pm #4

The fuselage will be fine with a bit of clean-up and the louvers don't look like they need replacing, just a slice or two to sharpen up the edges. Hope the lovely interior wasn't touched.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 9:41 am

June 16th, 2018, 9:41 pm #5

Bummer! but well worth salvaging. Very nice work overall.
Cheers,
Mark
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

June 17th, 2018, 2:41 am #6

Ouch!
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

Proud IPMS-USA Low Number Thumper!
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

June 17th, 2018, 8:13 am #7

Oh I feel your pain Dan, although it looks like not is recoverable. What  shame to waste all that glue as well!
Lovely interior as well - you have really improved the look of the old girl.
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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

June 17th, 2018, 9:15 am #8

Oh thats not nice, happened to me the other week, I put the kit involved aside to let the plastic harden before I assess it further.

I have a feeling you will be able to recover and I hope so I was looking forward to the build
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

June 17th, 2018, 5:07 pm #9

By the way, folks, in case you are not aware, your can download the instruction manuals for all Wingnut Wings kits at their website (http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/). They are excellent guides for improving WW I aircraft kits in any scale. Just go to the page for the kit subject you are interested in, and click on the "Instructions" icon below the box art illustration. You'll then see a page of icons of the kit's instruction manual pages. You can download individual pages or the entire instruction manual.
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

Proud IPMS-USA Low Number Thumper!
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Joined: December 20th, 2006, 2:03 pm

June 17th, 2018, 11:09 pm #10

It appears that repairs to the glue damaged area have been successful.  I am so lucky that the glue didn't get any further aft and affect the nice detail on the canvas covered area of the fuselage.  No damage to any of the interior parts either. Things are now back on track!

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