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June 24th, 2018, 11:36 pm #61

Very nice work on those struts!! Excellent modeling!
Best regards, Steve Cook
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Joined: May 17th, 2005, 3:19 am

June 26th, 2018, 3:15 am #62

Thanks, Steve.

It's time to start taking the landing gear seriously. I tried taking precise measurements of the drawings using a digital caliper but that didn't seem to be the complete answer. So I went ultra high tech...
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...1/16 " plastic rod, some folded double stick tape and kit wheels.
This is the same diameter rod as my landing gear extensions and I had already glued some rings of the telescoping sized tubing on the roof of the wheel well. They stuck enough temporarily to give me an idea of how things would line up.

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Another thing to check was the prop clearance.

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OK, that looks about right, but the final matter was making sure it fit in the wheel well, and it does. So now I have the measurement. But considering how easy it will be to knock these things off, I decided to delay attaching the gear until many other small details are added. Next will be the remaining cockpit details, such as shoulder harnesses, and the framework that holds the cockpit retaining cord.
A couple more status shots. The canopy mask has been removed and exhausts added.

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Getting there. Thanks for looking.
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Joined: January 5th, 2018, 10:10 am

June 26th, 2018, 9:35 pm #63

Ok Barry, its time you take up bowling, decorating Christmas trees or something along those lines.....this build is a masterpiece sir, and its not even finished!!! you have my vote for Best Luftwaffe, Best 1/72, and Best A/C, extraordinary workmanship and truly an inspiration, thank you!!

Gerry
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June 29th, 2018, 3:12 am #64

You flatter me, sir; but I do appreciate your kind words.

We're into the doo-dads phase now. This is the canopy retaining cord frame. It was made from .005" card and stretched sprue.


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Here it has been snipped off and white glued to the cockpit interior. There was a bit of oil paint dry brushing going on as well.


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Joined: May 17th, 2005, 3:19 am

June 30th, 2018, 3:37 pm #65

Gear on! This was a challenge (isn't it always?). I made a simple jig to align the gear side angle, but the forward rake was done by sighting from above. When you can see both of the axles as you rotate the model forward when viewing from above, you've got it.

After letting the liquid glue set up overnight, I fixed the gear with thin superglue this morning.


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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:14 pm

July 1st, 2018, 7:57 am #66

You continue to blow me away Barry!!  Beautiful job sir!! 

Mark Copeland
Lakeville, Minnesota
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Joined: April 23rd, 2006, 11:04 am

July 1st, 2018, 12:05 pm #67

GerryBrennan22 wrote: Ok Barry, its time you take up bowling, decorating Christmas trees or something along those lines.....this build is a masterpiece sir, and its not even finished!!! you have my vote for Best Luftwaffe, Best 1/72, and Best A/C, extraordinary workmanship and truly an inspiration, thank you!!

Gerry
I concur wholeheartedly! Bravo! Very well done indeed!
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Joined: May 17th, 2005, 3:19 am

July 2nd, 2018, 2:01 am #68

Thank you, Gentlemen.

She's on her own three legs now.

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As you approach the end game there always seems to be more and more fiddly bits to make. Here are the retraction links in the making, in this case telescoping Albion Alloys brass tube and nichrome wire. For the attachment points I took some Evergreen half-round stock and stretched it like any other sprue over a candle flame. I made quite a few different sizes to see what will eventually fit.

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I'm amazed how much better this plane looks with inward retracting landing gear than the Bf 109 H that I built a few years back.


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Joined: March 3rd, 2005, 2:16 am

July 2nd, 2018, 3:27 pm #69

Wow...I bet that never Ground looped.
Beautiful work.
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

July 2nd, 2018, 5:07 pm #70

How does that go, the last 20% of the work takes 80% of the time? Something like that, but it's the truth. Watching with interest.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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