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1/32 Wingnut Wings Albatross DVa Richtofen wip

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
1/32 Wingnut Wings Albatross DVa Richtofen wip
Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 10, 2019 12:33 PM

I've been wanting to build another WNW so much nabbed 2 of them. Given 4 versions to choose from still deciding which 2, but leaning towards 'Red hood, tail and wings; and the green tail from late 1917. Usual start with the office ,pretty basic . I did cut off the fuel tank caps to make it easier to smooth the glue joint , replaced them with aluminum tubing. 

Getting all the sub assemblies in order. Opened up the exhaust pipe ends with a dremel and needle files

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:15 AM

That is a gorgeous kit, would not mind having one . Subscribed to the build

 

Theuns

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:01 AM
Very interesting, especially in such a large scale. Looking foward to more!
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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:16 PM

Theuns , Josh thanks! Glad to have You on board! 

I went back and touched up ejector pin marks and added more wood grain detail. IP guage decals went down nicely and canopy glue applied in layers added the' lenses ' .Spares bin donated some pe fuel caps , then the sub assemblies went in .

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:23 PM

Yeah, those ejector pin marks are really a pain aren’t they?  My kit is still in the box with dozens of grey circles of filler.

But the D.V is the prettiest WW I scout, IMHO.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, August 16, 2019 8:19 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post up Real G, agree on both counts!

Engines are next and they are really kits by themselves. Adding some pe and will scratch in some of the plumbing later. Weathering will be next before I set them in the cradles.

 

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Posted by Theuns on Friday, August 16, 2019 11:37 PM

The quality and level of detail in these WNW kits is so high that I can not bring myself to build my SE5....I know that it is the crown jewel in my collection and will most likely never be surpassed ;-)

 

Theuns

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 17, 2019 12:26 AM

My birthday is coming up again, as it often does thank you God.

If I ver could afford the WnW Hansa Brandenburg kit, I'd thank my stars.

They kit such wonderful stuff.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:03 PM

Are you going to replace the valve lifter springs?  It’s tricky work, but a friend showed me his modded engine and now I cannot unsee it.

WNW kits have a certain intimidating aura, not from the kits themselves, but from all the gorgeous work their builders put into into them!  It’s like I’m not good enough to soil a WNW kit with my dirty hands!

Carry on, will be following with interest!

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:20 PM

Theuns I agree but still would just have to pull the trigger and build it!

GMorrison I've been eye balling that Hansa as well ,but going to do the Gotha next

Real G, its hard to see in the pics but I used a fine razor saw blade to scribe in the spring detail. I've seen the springs being 'wound' with wire on the net its impressive for sure. 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, August 19, 2019 7:34 PM

Engine progress

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:19 PM

Got the engines weathered almost ready to mount

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:57 PM

Engine cradles in place

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:02 PM

Got the engines set in place

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:39 PM

I got as much plumbing in place as needed to close up the Fuse halves, I'll add the coolant hoses later so they wo'nt get bumped and knocked off. 

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:09 PM

Your work is super!

I'll follow along when I can .. I have the WNW Albatros D.V "Manfred von Richthofen" in my stash and will refer back to your build when I get around to it.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Thursday, August 29, 2019 8:38 PM

Mike thanks, appreciate the kind words and looking forward to seeing your build! I'm honored that you think my build is worthy for reference! 

I gave a light spray of dullcote to the insides trying my best not to hit the guage faces, and I did. Quick drop of superclear brought them around tho! Got the rigging cables for the ailerons routed , now fitting the fuse sides together.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:06 PM

Fuse halves together and imperfections filled and sanded, rescribed the panel lines along the seam areas. Electric toothbrush is my go to tool for scrubbing sanding debris away from the panel lines and recessed details

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Monday, September 2, 2019 1:38 AM

There is no end of detail going on there! The weathering on the engine looking particularly good. How difficult is the fitment of the rigging cables?

Josh

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, September 2, 2019 7:50 PM

Thank You very much for taking the time to post up Josh , really appreciate it and the kind words. The rigging would have been easier had I pre-drilled the bulk heads under the seats, but it was'nt too hateful. 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:46 PM

Got the Fuse masking done and shot some Tamiya primer on, after it dried sanded with some 600 wet dry

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Sunday, September 8, 2019 6:31 AM

Moving along well I see. I've been using the Tamiya primer myself, fantastic product. 

Might I add all your pieces in the background look just as interesting as the current build. Nice collection!

Josh

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, September 8, 2019 7:53 PM

Thanks Josh !  I really do like the Tamiya primer for light filling and cut it %50 with universal thinner,  it flows evenly and lays down nice and smooth. 

I got some shop time in today and opened up the exit slot for the elevator control cables then shot some colors .

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:26 PM

2 different Gun options come with the kit,molded one piece and the upgrade PE. Of course I went with the PE, first I drilled out the muzzles and managed to blow the side out of one. You can see in the picture one of the solid molded guns donated a new one

Next I annealed the cooling sleeves to make them easier to roll

The instructions called for a 2.5 mm bit to roll the sleeves,but they would'nt slide over the reciever, Checking against the solid molded ones this was too small its actually 2.8, not a huge deal to correct

Taking my time and using some medium ca the sleeves went on nicely

Adding the front plate and site finishes this up

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  • From: Brisbane Australia
Posted by Josh_the_painter on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 3:42 AM

Those PE pieces are great, I've learnt something today. And dont they make a huge difference to the overall effect. How hot do you get them to anneal? Just warming them or do they have to be quite hot? 

Its looking great.

Josh

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 4:33 PM

Thanks Josh,  I usually heat them just til they start to curl a bit and change color

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, September 16, 2019 7:38 PM

Going to give this new wing jig a try

 

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:28 AM

That wing jig is quite neat. How did you find it?

Josh

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:10 PM

 Thanks Josh found it on line , its made by Vertigominiatures. The hardware is sub par , I will be replacing it with better stuff. Looking like it may be more trouble than its worth , we shall see

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, September 20, 2019 8:57 PM

Masked off the Rib stitching and started layering colors, later I will overspray everything with filters to tone down the contrast. Drilled out the exhaust and got them painted. 

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