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#4491600 - 10/05/19 08:07 PM Aviatik 'Berg' D.I  
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Hi all,
I thought it was about time I took on another resin kit, as the last resin model I built was the DFW T28 'Floh' from 'Planet Models'.
I've had the 'HPH Models' 1:32 scale Aviatik 'Berg' D.I in my stash for quite awhile, so thought it was about time I gave it a go.
Already I've encountered a couple of things that may cause problems.
1. The instruction manual, normal I think for 'HPH Models', consists of a small booklet with photographs and arrows showing where parts fit.
However these illustrations leave a lot to be desired, especially those for assembling the engine, which has many parts and the smallest in the entire kit.
Some of the call out illustrations for parts are not the same as the actually resin parts supplied in the kit, which is a bit confusing.
2. More of a concern is that the kit is supplied with mask sheets for painting the lozenge - not the easiest route to take.
So I ordered the optional decal sheets.
These arrived in polythene bags and without the normal tissue paper protection sheets. Consequently the bags stuck to the exposed decals and despite being careful extracting the decal sheets, some were chipped where they's stuck to the bag. Also the bags had left an imprint across every decal, which I'm not sure will show after the decals are applied.
Thinking this might have been a 'one off' I ordered another set of decals, but these packaged the same way and in the same condition.
I emailed 'HPH' and suggested they revise how the package these decals - I haven't had a reply!!

Anyway we are modellers, not assemblers, so on I go.
I decided to work on the engine first, contrary to the instruction manual.
Unless I'm very carefully, some of the tiny engine parts may end up feeding the 'carpet monster' - we'll, but at least the kit is supplied with some spare parts.
I'm using 'Alclad' lacquers on the engine and have dulled down the copper water jackets on the cylinders and the intake manifolds by applying 'Tamiya' Weathering Master (Set D - Oil Stain), which gives the copper an older, heated look.
Long way to go on this one I think,

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#4491606 - 10/05/19 08:43 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Sandbagger, to avoid damaging the decals by trying to remove the poly when dry, why not instead wait until you are ready to apply them to the model, then cut them out as you would normally do but with the poly still stuck to it. Dip the whole cut-out in water and wait for the poly to come off without hopefully damaging the decal. Do you think that may work? I’m asking because I’ve got a stash of Hasegawa models which typically come loose in the box with no protection. I ziplock them until my retirement arrives, but always wonder what would happen if they get stuck to the bag. As to the print transfer, fingers crossed it will rub off. Looking forward to this build as much as to any others you do. They are all works of art.


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A valid point although between the two sets of removed decals I have enough good ones to use, unless I go down the mask and paint route,
When it omes to applying, I'll test a damaged decal to see if the bag mark show - we'll see,

Mike


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#4491698 - 10/06/19 01:57 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The basic engine build is done.
This involved assembling the engine block, cylinders' cam shaft, overhead valve gear housing, magnetos and drive shaft, ignition rail and the carburettor housing and intake manifolds.,
The paints used were primarily 'Alclad' lacquers (Duraluminium, Aluminium, Steel, Copper and Brass).
The only weathering applied so far is the 'Tamiya' Weathering Master (Set D - Oil Stain), which was sponged onto the copper cylinder heads and intake manifolds, in order to give an old, heated look.
There will be more weathering applied once the engine is complete.

Now onto the fiddly bits - support frame, pipe and water pump, timing handle assembly, valve gear, spark plugs, ignition leads etc,

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#4491846 - 10/07/19 12:08 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Oh my, on to the next one already, Mike. You Sir are a non-stop masterpiece building machine. Is there still time to place my order for Christmas? biggrin

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Oh my, on to the next one already, Mike. You Sir are a non-stop masterpiece building machine. Is there still time to place my order for Christmas? biggrin

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#4492093 - 10/08/19 09:24 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The engine is now completed.
I've added the ignition leads and spark plugs, timing mechanism, oil filler caps, water pump and coolant pipe, vale levers and springs and carburettor lever.
I've also made the exhaust pipes from 1.8 mm diameter brass tube mounted onto 1.4 mm tube - the kit items had 'solid' bores.
Test fitted into its mounting frames.

Mike

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#4492095 - 10/08/19 09:34 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Daaaaaaaamn. One thing though Mike, you might want to check the tightness of the drain plug on the crankcase pan, looks like it might be dripping just a wee bit of oil. winkngrin

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Sweet looking Motor. I always liked the Berg D-1

#4492103 - 10/08/19 10:35 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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#4492137 - 10/09/19 09:49 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Thanks.

Lou:
I hadn't noticed but I'll check that right away,

Mike


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Hi all,
Contrary to the models instruction manual, I'm making a start on some of the internal fuselage details, as I need to see how the completed engine sits in the nose.
The reason being I want to cut out the engine access panels from the one piece fuselage halves, so more of the engine can be exposed.
After removing the various parts from their resin backing and base blocks, I spent a few hours cutting and sanding away the residue resin, which is normal for resin kits,

Mike

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#4493049 - 10/15/19 07:51 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've been hammering away at the fuselage internal details.
Everything is fitted to the right side of the fuselage with regular testing for the fit of the left side.
Included are control lines, trigger cables, control rods to the engine etc.
I still have some bits to do, like the two machine guns and final weather etc, but I'm getting there,

Mike

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#4493435 - 10/18/19 10:35 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all.
I forgot to take shots of the internal fuselage before closing it up.
I still have a few bits to do - windows in the front decking, rear cabane cross bracing, top rear engine pipe, blast tubes for the machine guns and crash padding on the breech blocks.
Also seam filling and checks,

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#4493440 - 10/18/19 12:10 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I wish I had the time and patience for making stuff like this smile. That machine gun placement on the Berg is pretty interesting. Do the bullets fly over the exhaust and next to the rockers?

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Originally Posted by mvp7
I wish I had the time and patience for making stuff like this smile. That machine gun placement on the Berg is pretty interesting. Do the bullets fly over the exhaust and next to the rockers?


The rounds were fired from each machine gun through their barrels, which were enclosed within blast tubes.
The blast tubes were fitted from the gun breech blocks, along each side of the engine and finished inside the two rectangular openings in the engines radiator.
I will be making the blast tubes from brass tube and fitting them later in the build.

Earlier Aviatik D.I's were initially armed with a single 'Schwarzlose' machine gun, which was either mounted onto braces set into the upper fuselage or to the left side of the engine.
The latter installation was soon dropped as it was impossible for the pilot to clear stoppages.
The upper fuselage installation was used as the arrangement was clear of the propeller blades yet still allowed for easy in-flight access to the breach mechanism.
Ammunition was stored in a drum within the fuselage decking and belt-fed, it appears, to the lower, front of the gun through a purpose-built conduit.
The empty ammunition belts with spent cartridges were fed back into the fuselage, presumably into a container.

The model is of a later version and was fitted with twin 'Schwarzlose’ M7/12 or M16 machine guns and my assumption is that the ammunition was fed to the guns, and empty belts from the guns, in a similar manner to the upper fuselage installation.
However with both guns fitted to model, there's virtually no room to add ammunition belts/conduits (which are not supplied in the kit) and in any case, they would be barely visible once the upper wing is fitted.
Therefore I decided to have just the guns with the addition of blast tubes,

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Thanks Mike!

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Hi all,
The basic fuselage is now completed, with the addition of the blast tubes for the two 'Schwarzlose' machine guns, crash pads and top rear engine pipe.
I also added lead wire to represent the pipes/wires connected at the back of the instrument panel, although its virtually impossible to see them and worse once the upper wing is fitted.
There's a lot of photo-etch detail to be added to the fuselage and another engine pipe, but those will be left until later in the build to prevent the getting damaged,

Now it's time to move onto the wings and tail unit,

Mike

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Mike, not to take away from anything else but the exhausts look magnificent!


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Thanks Mark.
It's strange how exhausts catch the eye.
I post on five different modelling forums and the exhausts seem to get commented on a lot.
In fact I'm quite 'exhausted' by it all,

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