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#4501751 - 12/27/19 06:56 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've now added all of the necessary photo-etch parts to the fuselage and lower wing halves.
Also the main undercarriage, a windscreen (which wasn't supplied in the kit) and a flare pistol and cartridge rack (not supplied in the kit, but often carried on this aircraft).
The whole lot has been sealed with a semi-matte lacquer, ready for a 'Flory Models' clay weathering wash.

I've still got to add a small pipe to the radiator condenser assembly and two cross bracing cable at the rear of the engine bay. These will be attached to the underside of the upper wing centre section.
Also the propeller shaft access hole.

Then it's onto pre-rigging and fitting the wings

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#4501760 - 12/27/19 09:33 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Yep, another masterpiece. Very nice.


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#4501810 - 12/28/19 06:52 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Just a few minor additions.
The upper wing was cross braced from the top of the rear cabane struts to the bottom of the opposite rear cabane struts.
These are not detailed in the kit. I've drilled holes for adding the cross bracing through the cockpit front decking later in the build.
The 'ProperPlane' Knoller-Jaray propeller has a 2.0 mm diameter tube added for mounting into the fuselage.
The small pipe on the top of the radiator condenser assembly has also been added, using 0.4 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube.

Now it's onto weathering with clay wash, pre-rigging the wings and fitting them, which I know already will give me problems with alignment!!

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#4501837 - 12/29/19 01:20 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike.. thanks to you... I will never build another plastic airplane model as long as I live... my God this thing is amazing!!


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#4501846 - 12/29/19 11:07 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Thanks James - I try yep

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#4501887 - 12/29/19 09:39 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike that is turning into a fine model worhy of note!

Was that condenser pipe an after market or scratch built? It is very close to the photo in accuracy.

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#4501919 - 12/30/19 11:39 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Rob,
No, just a 0.4 mm Nickel-Silver tube bent to 90 degrees and set in the condenser - nothing fancy really,

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#4501936 - 12/30/19 02:22 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Oh Mike, yet another beautiful work of art. I can't wait to see this one completed so that I can bid on it when you auction it off. And don't you dare tell me it won't be made available.

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#4501969 - 12/30/19 06:01 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Steve, you are a persistent enthusiast! As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained! I'll start the bidding with 5 Marks!!


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#4501970 - 12/30/19 06:04 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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50 Marks! (jump bid)

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#4501983 - 12/30/19 07:33 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Heh he biggrin - as Rob knows it would take a little more then that just to cover shipping insurance yep

Hi all,
I've applied the 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt clay wash to give a 'subtle' grimy look - I added a few drops of washing up liquid to break the surface tension of the wash to help it spread more over the model. The wash wash applied by brush.
Once the required amount was wiped away with a very slightly damp tissue and brush, I sealed it all with 'Alclad' Semi-Matte (ALC-312) lacquer.
I've also prepared the rigging and control lines.

The next step is to install the pre-rigged lines and fit the wings, so as to be able to complete the rigging.

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#4502053 - 12/31/19 01:56 AM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The tail unit is now rigged with cross bracing cables and rudder and elevator control lines.
A combination of 0.12 mm and 0.08 mm mono-filament with either 0.4 mm or 0.5 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube and 'Gaspatch' metal 1:48th scale turnbuckles (Types A and C).

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#4502102 - 12/31/19 03:14 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Originally Posted by Sandbagger
Heh he biggrin - as Rob knows it would take a little more then that just to cover shipping insurance yep



How true, how true!! Good one Mike!
When do you plan to take a break!! You're as committed as OBD staff!!


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OK, fine, 500 Marks then. biggrin

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#4502548 - 01/03/20 03:50 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I spotted that the upper surfaces of the lower wings, at the forward wing root area, had protective ‘walkways’ fitted, presumably to protect the wing surfaces from being damaged whilst the engine area was being worked on by ground crew (too far forward for pilot’s access).
As no details of this could be found, I’ve assumed this was possibly reinforced plywood fitted under the lozenge linen wing covering or a thin metal design and fitted over the lozenge linen covering of the wings.
I decided, more for aesthetics, that I'd use metal mesh from 'RB Productions', which was cut to share and secured in position using thin CA adhesive.
They were then weathered using 'Flory Models' Dark Dirt and Grime clay washes and then dusted with pigments.

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#4502555 - 01/03/20 04:29 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike that is interesting about the walkway. It's not very clear in the photo but might be easier to see if the photo is w as lightened. Do you think this might have been a field fix?


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#4502559 - 01/03/20 04:55 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Rob,
Yes I tried that but it's not much clearer.
Looking at all of the photographs I could find it seems most 'Bergs' had these fitted, so I suspect it would have been a factory installation, rather than an 'in-service field mod',

Anyway the lower wings are fitted now.
Given the wings are pinned into the fuselage at the trailing edge, but only supported at the leading edge by the front spar bracing bar 'resting' on the underside of the fuselage, it leaves the wings liable (with handling) to break free at the front and pivot down on the rear support pins.
There didn't appear to be any additional bracing bar support fitted to the actual aircraft, so with 'poetic license' I've added 'U' tube supports over the bar (at the outer ends) and secured them into the fuselage underside.
They should provide extra support for the wings and prevent 'break away' until the upper wing is finally fitted,

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#4502647 - 01/04/20 05:41 PM Re: Aviatik 'Berg' D.I [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The upper wing underside has been pre-rigged, ready for fitting,

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Hi all,
Undercarriage cross bracing wires fitted,

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I'll live long ages before I ever understand how one could develop such a skill set. The details, the weathering, the rigging... dear glory, it's without peer. And the dear chap's retired, which means, come hellfire or high water, presbyopia has set in, and he's working with rigging wires that are about one step up from human hair!

Mike , you are the man. if I ever get meeself retired here, I might actually have time to get a couple of fuselage halves together!


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