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#4526676 - 06/21/20 10:30 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Hentzau]  
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Wing strut location holes filled and re-drilled 6 mm further inboard.

Mike


First let me say that I love following these builds, some really amazing work. I stop by each day to see what's new. Looking at the above photograph of the actual plane in regard to the model's ailerons it almost looks like the strut should have been moved 6mm outward on the upper wing instead of inward on the lower wing? Regards!


Hi Hentzau,
Yes you are correct - the new strut locations on the lower wing are too far inboard.
However its a necessary compromise between the kit wing and the resin conversion parts.
The converted upper wing is correct and the strut locations are good.
To keep the struts vertical I needed to move the lower wing locations further inboard.
This leaves the struts location into the lower wing out of position to the ailerons, but there's only so much that can be done.
Good observation though,

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#4526679 - 06/21/20 10:43 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The fuselage is ready to be closed up.
The kits cockpit was modified by the following:

Addition of photo-etch rear bulkhead, fuselage formers, fuel/oil cock control panel and side box containers.
Added tube for spent cartridge chute.
Added cross bracing to fuselage forward area and cockpit floor (0.4 mm tube - 0.12 mm mono-filament).
Added rudder and double elevator control line (0.4 mm tube - 0.08 mm mono-filament).
Added instrument decals (not supplied in the kit).
Added 0.3 mm lead wiring for magneto starter, starter switch and Tachometer drive, twin gun trigger cables and twin throttles (control column.
Replaced kit supplied oil priming pump and oil and fuel cock controls - 0.4 mm tubing.
Added 0.4 mm lead wire for oil priming pump pipe.

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#4526756 - 06/22/20 12:32 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The fuselage right side is now fitted and the rudder and elevator control lines rigged.
Next step is to fit the pilot's seat harness, including the shoulder straps through the rear firewall slots.
Then I can close up the fuselage and fit the seat,

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#4527245 - 06/24/20 05:42 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The fuselage now closed up, including:
Top decking panel
Underside louvred panel
Engine fire wall
Tail plane
Fuselage head rest fairing
Underside access panel and hinge.

Most joint and seams needed filling and sanding.
Next it's applying primer to check for surface imperfections then on with the build,

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#4527933 - 06/29/20 06:47 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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#4527989 - 06/30/20 07:40 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: loftyc]  
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(I don't know how to insert a pic in here, so attached a comic that rang a bell)

Makes me think of this insert that I spent hours looking at as a kid, and wishing I was that skilled and persistent. LOL
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#4528170 - 07/01/20 09:53 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Yes Shep Paine - he was one of the best modellers around earlier on.
Bill Horan was another, who's figures were what got me into Napoleonic modelling,

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#4528171 - 07/01/20 09:54 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The fuselage of this aircraft was coloured blue and was applied over what were the original National markings (fuselage and rudder). However, the markings were still visible under the applied blue colour and therefore need to be represented on the model. The colour profile of this aircraft and others from Jasta 15 appear in several books and the profile artist for the one used does state that the over painted markings are speculative and based on previous aircraft flown in Jasta 15.

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The following photograph, although of poor quality, shows a large white cross with the black cross at its centre on the fuselage. The rudder seems to show a very faded black cross under the white coloured rudder with the later black cross superimposed.

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The colour profile has the previous rudder marking as the old style ’Cross Pattée’. However, when the photograph is changed to a negative, the marking, although difficult to see, does appear to be more of a standard cross in shape.

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Between March and May of 1918, the ’Idflieg’ ordered that the National markings be changed, but initially no dimensions were given and confusion at the various Jasta’s led to a wide
variation in the shape of the new cross markings. The older ’Cross Pattée’ marking was used earlier in WW1 and I personally doubt that this underlying marking would have been on an
aircraft in 1918, especially when you consider that the first production batch of D.III aircraft was placed in March 1918, the same month the ‘Cross Pattée’ was discontinued. Therefore I've chosen to use the later cross shape as the underlying marking on the rudder, rather than the older ’Cross Pattée’.

I'm intending to chip the paintwork on the forward metal panels and engine cowl, so I've applied a base coat of 'Alclad' Duraluminium (ALC-102).
Then a coat of cheap hairspray, as I can't get on with chipping fluids, which I find tend to bead up.

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The figures I chose to use are the pilot and airman from the ‘Aviattic’ - “GötterdÄmmerung” pilot and airman (ATTRES 024)

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#4528181 - 07/01/20 11:13 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike, your eye doesn’t miss much! If you would have not pointed it out, I would never have seen the two crosses on the rudder in the picture. Especially the negative.


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#4528191 - 07/01/20 11:47 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike, your attention to detail is truly amazing. And speaking of detail, you need to change the expression on that pilot figure's face. He should be smiling at your fine work, not scowling at it. biggrin

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#4528426 - 07/02/20 05:36 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The base colours of red (engine cowl, propeller spinner and forward fuselage) and blue (fuselage and tail unit) have been applied (both darkened slightly).

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The masks were used to create the fuselage and rudder 'over painted markings, which were then airbrush over to give the impression of being over painted.
The fuselage markings will be partially covered by the pilot's personal markings and a decal will be used for the rudder cross.

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I've 'hair sprayed' an under coat before applying the red, as those areas have metal surfaces that I want to chip slightly.
The overall semi-sheen finish and weathering will be applied once the wing decals have been applied.

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#4528711 - 07/04/20 10:00 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Beautiful work you are doing on this kit Mike. It is very nice to see one being built and not just sitting in the box as an investment. The WNW kits and work being done by chaps like yourself is an inspiration and a reference to us building lesser kits.


#4529495 - 07/11/20 06:33 AM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: RickityCrate1]  
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Well aren't I a silly #%&*$#. This is actually a Roden kit and so well done I thought it to be a high end Wing Nutter. All the more impressed with your results then. Please excuse me.


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Trust me it's no Wingnut Wings kit banghead

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#4529813 - 07/13/20 07:34 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've applied the linen effect lozenge decals from 'Aviattic' to both wings, ailerons and the elevator.
Also added 1.0 mm wide strips of 5 colour lozenge to represent the rib tapes and edging.

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The wing outer 'V' struts were tubular steel covered with a Spruce wood fairing.
The fairings were then covered with the lozenge linen or in some cases, the lozenge pattern was hand painted.
I've used the same 'Aviattic' lozenge decal that used for the rib tapes.

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#4529815 - 07/13/20 07:46 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Mike that looks very tedious to fit the lozenge to the V struts. How did you pattern the fit?


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Mike again great work. I actually have the the Roden 1/72 kit and shall be using your pics as inspiration. I will of course not come close to your results but as they say "aim high" I have the Pegasus kit as well which comes without any of the struts, it will wait awhile.


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Rob:
Basically I laid each strut onto the decal sheet and traced the outline, allowing a slight overlap at the edges to allow wrapping around each strut.
It worked out to 6 mm width for each strut.
I created a decal for both sides the applied them with the joined edges at the centre line of the leading and trailing edges.
The strut base was dove separately using the same method.

RickityCrate1:
Way to go if you can manage anything like this on a smaller scale - not something I think I'd try,

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#4530366 - 07/17/20 04:20 PM Re: Siemens-Schuckert D.III - 1:32nd scale [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I don't think I've spent as much time cutting and applying decals to any model, as I have on this one.
The upper wing/ailerons are 45 degree 5 colour lozenge ('Aviattic' ATT32019 underside, ATT32018 top surface).
The lower wings/ailerons and elevator are standard 5 colour lozenge ('Aviattic' ATT32075 underside, ATT32013 top surface).
All rib and edging tapes were cut from 'Aviattic' ATT32073.
National markings and pilots personal markings were from the ‘Pheon’ (32023) Siemens Schuckert D.III decal sheet.

I had the problem of repairing the model after I dropped it during final preparation for applying the decals.
I managed to catch it between my legs, but in the process clamped the wing tips which transformed the D.III into more of a Vought Corsair!!

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I had to break off the upturned lower wings, clean up, re-pack, re-drill and re-pin then reassemble.
All in all it didn't turn out too bad.

The surfaces are gloss sealed so as not to damage the applied decals. The final finish and weathering will be done later in the build.

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Geez I'm glad you opted to hang onto your beer in favor of dropping the model! You can't keep a good man down!

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