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#4531858 - 07/29/20 11:23 AM Ansaldo 'Baby'  
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Hi all,
I'm waiting for the propeller to arrive to complete my Siemens-Schuckert D.III model.
Therefore I'm making a start on the 1:32nd scale resin model of the Ansaldo 'Baby' by 'Lukgraph'.
I'll be modelling the first 'Baby' built (Ser No: So 5005) by the SA Aeronautica Gio Ansaldo of Turin.
This aircraft was fitted with a Le Rhöne 9J rotary engine (120hp) with a circular engine cowl.

I've made a start on the 3D printed engine, which I must say is the best finish I've seen thus far from a model company.
The surface shows very little, if any, of the layer striations seen on some 3D printed model parts.
Cutting the parts from their support trees is a bit tricky and because the material is quite hard, removing the tree stubs on such small parts is difficult.

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#4531863 - 07/29/20 01:53 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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I am sure this build will be as brilliant as all of your others

Looking forward to it!

The 3D prints are likely from a liquid resin printer - not the older spool feed type - no more ridges smile

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OOB again, Mike? winkngrin

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#4531877 - 07/29/20 04:38 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hmm this should encourage Lou to work on his Italian theatre!!


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#4531897 - 07/29/20 07:30 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: RAF_Louvert]  
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Originally Posted by RAF_Louvert
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OOB again, Mike? winkngrin

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Nearly but not quite hahaha


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#4531949 - 07/30/20 01:19 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The 3D printed Le Rhone 9J engine is complete.
Painted with 'Alclad' Steel lacquer and weathered using by sponging 'Tamiya' Weathering Master Burnt Blue, Gunmetal and Silver.
Complete engine washed with 'AK Interactive' Kerosene, thinned with White Spirit.
Spark plug leads twisted from 0.125 mm diameter copper wire.

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#4531953 - 07/30/20 01:38 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Which museum did you take those engine photos from?


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#4532075 - 07/31/20 09:37 AM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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He Heh - Actually once the engine is covered by the circular cowl, you don't see anything from the middle of the cylinders outwards or much of the rear of the engine.
Hey-Ho,

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Originally Posted by Fullofit
Which museum did you take those engine photos from?

OK, it's not just me who thinks Mike is passing off photos of actual planes for his models biggrin. There's one picture where he added the cowling bracing wire to his Siemens-Schuckert D.III that I still believe is an image from an actual plane https://SimHQ.com/forum/ubbthreads....schuckert-d-iii-1-32nd-scale#Post4531103 . The level of detail in both the paint job and the attachment bracket is superb.

Looking forward to following this build too, Mike.


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#4532185 - 07/31/20 08:52 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Oh boy, Oh boy....the plot thickens!! Could it just be "Fake News" biggrin


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#4532261 - 08/01/20 06:33 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've been sorting out certain anomalies with the primary parts of the model.
The details will be covered in the PDF build log, but as a heads up:
The resin locating pegs for the fuselage halves cause the assembly to be misaligned, as do those to locate the wings to the fuselage and upper wing centre section.
These pegs were removed and replaced with 0.8 mm diameter brass rod, which with the kit original steel pins provide a better joint and alignment.
Even so I found that with the wing leading edges aligned, the trailing edges were not. It seems the wing chords are slightly less than their mating faces.
Therefore some sanding of the trailing edges of the upper wing centre section and lower wing roots was required to align correctly to the wing sections.
Resin surface irregularities, such as blow holes, chips, edge delaminations and joint seams, needed to be either filled and/or sanded.

The two fuselage halves have pre-moulded external linen stitching, which is not very realistic. Also the stitching at the sides of the cockpit was not present on the aircraft.
In addition, the removable rear fuselage was attached to the forward fuselage at a joint to the rear of the cockpit.
This joint has been moulded on the fuselage halves as a thick ridge, but in reality did not look like this (see the following photograph).
The joint at the fuselage sides was covered with a strip.
These details were scraped and sanded away, in preparation for being replaced with photo-etch (‘Eduard’ WW1 Stitching (EDP32228).

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Why am I not surprised by the irregularities!!

You seem to be a glutten for challenges Mike: biggrin


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#4532279 - 08/01/20 09:01 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Ok folks, here comes another one straight out of the box!


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#4532471 - 08/03/20 07:31 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The pilot operated the ailerons on the wings by turning the pilot’s wheel on the control column.
The typical aileron control from a pilot’s wheel was effected by cables.
The control column would be fitted with two cable pulleys, one from the wheel and located on the top of the control column and a second pulley located at the bottom of the control column.
The aileron control cable run was routed around the top pulley then down to the bottom pulley, where the cable run was crossed.
From the bottom pulley the cables were routed out of the cockpit and through the lower wings to their respective ailerons.

Unfortunately these pulleys are not supplied in the model kit, so had to be made.
Each pulley is a 2.5 mm diameter disc, cut from 0.5 mm thick plastic card, and sandwiched between two 3.5 mm diameter discs.
These represent the basic 'grooved' pulleys, around which the aileron control cable run will be routed,

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Mike, what did you use to cut the circular disks?


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Hi Rob,
To cut discs from plastic card I use a ‘ThinnerLine’ circle cutter.
There is also a similar tool available from ‘DSPIAE’, although they are pretty expensive.
Both employ a fine cutter housed in holder.
The holder is mounted within a rotating bearing assembly and can be adjusted for the diameter required, by being slid and locked across the bearing housing.
You then place the assembly onto your plastic card and adjust the depth of cut for the card being used.
Then it's just a matter of holding it in position and rotating the housing in its bearing around the outer housing.
The blade cut out the disc - voila.

If you search for 'thinnerline cutter' you should see both devices - YouTube as well.,

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Thanks Mike. I thought you might be using a special cutter. I will look it up.


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Hi all,
The fuselage halves had two pre-moulded resin location pegs only and when the fuselage halves were located together, the pegs did not align correctly.
Also, as noted by 'PrzemoL' during his build of the Sopwith 'Baby, once the cockpit if fitted and the fuselage closed up, the fuselage seam will be seen from inside the cockpit.
Therefore I decided to sand away the resin location pegs and drill three 0.9 mm holes into one fuselage half, then fitted 0.8 mm brass location rods.
To align the rest of the fuselage halves I added short strips of 0.8 mm thick plastic card to the fuselage half, in positions that would not interfere with the cockpit fit.
Finally to hide the fuselage seam and to add to fuselage halves alignment, I cut and profiled a single piece of 0.8 mm thick plastic card, which was secured to the cockpit floor area of the fuselage half.
The result is a much better alignment of the fuselage halves wih the seam below the cockpit hidden,

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Hi all,
Just a small update.
The instrument panel is complete.
Oil paint for the wood effect and decals added (not in the kit) from my spares.
The five selector levers were made from 0.4 mm Nickel-Silver tube, flattened then bent to 90 degrees.

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