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#4533028 - 08/08/20 09:44 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The inside of each fuselage half has been painted and side frame outlines added with oil paint.
The frame cross bracing is 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament with 0.4 mm Nickel-Silver tube and 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale resin turnbuckles.
The bracing still needs painting of the tubes and turnbuckles,

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#4533527 - 08/13/20 09:44 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The basic cockpit assembly is ready to be fitted into the fuselage.
Control wires are 0.08 mm diameter mono-filament, cross bracing 0.12 mm diameter mono-filament.
Turnbuckles are the 1:48th scale resin versions from 'GasPatch'.
All tube work is either 0.4 mm or 0.5 mm diameter Nickel-Silver tube.
Seat belts were replaced with spare Sopwith F.1 Camel kit from 'Wingnut Wings'.
Fuel tank pipe and throttle control rod are 0.4 mm tube.
Aileron control line pulleys scratched from cut plastic card discs, with spacer discs to allow the control line to be able to wrap around them.
Seat cushion made from 'Milliput',

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#4533751 - 08/15/20 09:13 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The cockpit assembly is now enclosed within the fuselage.
The fuselage seam joint and the various surfaces blemishes were first filled, then sanded before being primed.
This showed slight surface anomalies which were re-sanded and re-primed until the surface was smooth.
The right side of the fuselage had pre-moulded linen stitching, which I felt was overdone and unrealistic.
So it was all removed, including stitching further forward, which didn't exist on the actual aircraft.
The stitching was replaced by photo-etch from the ‘Eduard’ WW1 Stitching (EDP32228) set.
Also a joint line was added around the fuselage to the rear of the cockpit decking, to represent where the rear fuselage could be detached.
The rear fuselage was secured to the forward fuselage by turnbuckle type fasteners, which will be added later in the build.
A white primer was applied as this is required prior to applying the 'Aviattic' Clear linen CDL effect decals,

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#4533766 - 08/16/20 12:17 AM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Your moving fast on this one Mike. Looking great.


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#4534427 - 08/22/20 06:15 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Just a few updates for the fuselage as they're not covered in the kit:
Filler cap (oil tank?) and access panel hinge to the top of the front decking.
Filler cap is 0.2 mm plastic cards discs with a 0.3 mm diameter tube.
Both fuselage/wing roots have photo-etch flying wire attachment points added from the ‘PART’ 1/48th scale WWI Aircraft Control Horns (S48-087).
Creases added to the corners of the linen stitched panel, using ‘AV’ Masilla Plastica (401) putty,

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#4534701 - 08/25/20 04:21 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Just a quick update on the fuselage progress.
The metal is 'Alclad' black base with Duraluminium top coat.
Wood panels are 'Tamiya' XF57 base with 'DecoArt' acylic Burnt Umber for wood effect.
Fuselage pre-shaded with 'Tamiya' Smoke X19 with XF55 used to highlight formers.
Top coated with XF 78 for CDL base colour.
The pre-shading and formers are faint but should show up more once the decals and sealing coat are applied.

I still have to gloss coat and apply 'Aviattic' Clear Linen effect decals and seal the wood effect.
Then weather it before starting on the rest of the model,

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I've gloss coated and applied a test decal of the 'Aviattic' canvass/linen effect (ATT32236).
This decal has no colour tint, just the canvass/linen weave.
The colour required shows through from the base coat.

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#4534817 - 08/26/20 07:36 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
The Canvass/linen effect decals have been applied after cutting out the necessary paper templates.
Kit Italian Roundels and Serial number also applied.
Engine and engine cowl fitted.

Next is to weather and seal, then create the various rigging points,

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#4534818 - 08/26/20 07:37 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Nice affect Mike. I’m sure there will be weathering over this, correct?


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#4534831 - 08/26/20 09:19 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Mark,
Yes some weathering but not too heavy as it is a sea plane,

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#4534832 - 08/26/20 09:28 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Seems I was asking as you were posting. This one is going to look nice. I like the canvas/linen affect.


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#4534913 - 08/27/20 12:02 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
Weathering applied using a combination of:
'Flory Models' Dark Dirt clay wash.
'AK Interactive’ Engine Oil (AK 2019).
‘502 Abteilung’ Smoke (ABT005) oil paint.

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Now to create the four turnbuckle type locking devices that join the rear fuselage to the front fuselage, just behind the cockpit rear decking panel.

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#4534924 - 08/27/20 01:23 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Mike

The model is coming along very nicely I see.
You are always seek to apply accurate details as much as possible in your models using historical photos and details as guidelines. The Ansaldo follows that trend but I have noticed what appears to be a small anomoly, however you may very well have intended it. I was wondering why you placed the roundel slightly more behind the stitching, than is shown in the photo where the edge of the roundel appears to overlap it on the fuselage.

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Hi Rob,
To place the decal as in the photograph would mean applying it over the vertical photo-etch stitching I used.
I wasn't sure if the decal would fully conform over the photo-etch, so I located the decal further back.
As a side note, it's thought that photograph was taken at the flight training school, based at Orbetello.
That particular aircraft had a 'horse shoe' shaped engine cowl, whereas Ansaldo built 'Baby's' had circular cowls.
Therefore it may have been a British Sopwith 'Baby' and if so the fuselage roundel may have been located differently.

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#4534997 - 08/27/20 08:58 PM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi all,
I've represented the four locking turnbuckles at the fuselage joint, using 'GasPatch' 1:48th scale resin 'Anchor Points',

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Thanks Mike. I knew the was a logical answer. I can appreciate your concern regarding the decal seating.

Interesting note about the photo history. So that point about the Sopwith baby is a new one to me. I must research that.

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#4535038 - 08/28/20 10:40 AM Re: Ansaldo 'Baby' [Re: Sandbagger]  
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Hi Rob,
The interest of the Italian's for the 'Baby' was not much as they favoured using their own designed aircraft.
Even so, the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) served in Italy and flew their Sopwith 'Baby's'.
The first two photos are of engine cowls on Ansaldo built aircraft (early and late).
The last is of a Sopwith built Baby,

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Hi all,
I'm working on preparing the wings for the linen decals etc.
This is the upper wing (top surface).
First primed white then masked for the wing ribs and front and rear spars.
Airbrushed with 'Tamiya' Smoke (X19).
Then the outer five wing rib areas airbrushed to represent the Italian red and green under wing colours 'ghosting' through.
Finally airbrushed with 'Tamiya' XF78 and XF57 to give the base colour for the linen effect decals.
I lightly polished across the wing to smooth the surface and to highlight the wing ribs.

Next is to gloss coat the surface then cut and apply the linen effect decals and roundels before a touch of weathering is applied,

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It is really fascinating to see this progress. Amazing work!

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And the description of the construction process is very informative and helpful to other modellers.

Kudos Mike for always taking the time to document and explain!

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