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During a moan discussion with @RWG686 we both realised that we had got involved in kits that were less than straightforward (he a Twin Otter and me a Frog Oxford) that triggered a mutual shortage of mojo, and decided we needed something more or less straight from the box as mojo restoration therapy. Something new. Something simple. Something not from the stash that could be bought and built, almost like we used to do on a Saturday when we were kids.

So I spotted this on ebay, under a tenner inc postage...

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So, straight from the box, apart from decals - I'll be doing my own - though I doubt I'll manage the one or two hours completion time of my younger self.

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1 hour ago, Che Guava said:

did you forget to google

No. Life's too short.

Went looking for pictures of Eimhir for the F-K thread instead. :innocent:  (memo to self : Modify will...instruct cremate laptop with me)

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Well, that didn't take long!

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Lovely little kit, good interior detail, a bit of flash and raised internal ejector pin marks but nothing serious, careful with the sprue-cutters (kit plastic is very fine). Just letting everything set before painting the interior and donning the canopy etc.

So far, so good....

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Just a quick update....

Fuselage top and underside wing joins need a little attention, but some gentle sanding plus undercoat sorted the top, while (due to the mysterious disappearance of my tube of filler) a little glue build-up plus more sanding sorted the underside

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Nicely detailed cabin just needed paint, went together well, though needed a bit of care to position the floor correctly.

Then, still religiously following the kit pictograms, I applied the seat belts from the transfer sheet. Arghhh - they looked terrible! I've had better results from strips of painted masking tape. I had to remove them by scraping with a scalpel, which meant I had to overpaint the seats which now had wee bits of stuck transfer and scraped paint. Grrr - they had a better finish before that pantomime. Never again with kit transfer harnesses :rant:

I suppose I should have done my usual with the masking tape strips, but - staying with the 'straight from the box' principle, instead just went ahead and attached the canopy and cowlings sans harnesses. Cowlings  need a wee bit of filling to fit, but nothing disastrous.

I've deliberately not been tempted to get distracted by any other kit project till this one is on the Shelf of Done

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4 hours ago, Jessie_C said:

Has Richard been around to visit recently?

A scurrilous allegation as it is a well known fact that I never use the stuff. It says so on the bit below my user name so must be true.

As his filler is so old it is in a Britfix box and due to the current cost of Humbrol stuff, I'll wait until he buys a new tube.:evil:

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26 minutes ago, Che Guava said:

You have heard of the long arm of the law?

Surprising the range of vehicles he has at his disposal too;

The Class 47 train was painted in police colours and bore a ...

Nice little job is that Al, a licence built Bucker Bestmann I think.

This is a Swedish built one:

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5 minutes ago, Miggers said:

Nice little job is that Al, a licence built Bucker Bestmann I think.

This is a Swedish built one:

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Revolutionary that i am, though 'tis a kit of a Zlin, I'll be making it a German-built one. Bit of a Bücker, nein?

Didn't know they'd built 'em in Sweden too.

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1 hour ago, Che Guava said:

Didn't know they'd built 'em in Sweden too.

Ja.

Shamelessly pilfered from elsewhere:

"The Bücker factory at Rangsdorf built most of the Bü 181's, but because of demand was forced to license the design to the Fokker Company in the Netherlands, who subsequently built 373 of the type for the Luftwaffe all of which were delivered by the end of 1943. Production of both the Bü 181B and the slightly modified Bü 181C was begun by Fokker in Amsterdam in 1942 and its total wartime production was 708 aircraft.

The Bü 181 was also built by Zlin Aviation Works plant in Zlin, in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and after the German withdrawal the production continued after the war at the same Zlin Aviation Works, now denominated as the C.6 and C.106 for the Czechoslovak Air Force and as the Zlín Z.281 and Z.381 in various versions for civil use. 783 aircraft were built. Between 1943 and 1945, Hägglund & Söner AB in Sweden built 120 Bü 181's under license with the Swedish military designation Sk 25.

During the 1950s the Heliopolis Aircraft Works of Egypt acquired a Czechoslovakian licence to produce the Zlin Z.381 with a 105 hp (78 kW) Walter Minor engine. It was produced for the Egyptian Air Force as the Heliopolis Gomhouria (meaning "Republic") and subsequent versions were supplied to other Arab air forces. At least 300 Gomhourias were built.[1] In all, 3,400 aircraft were built but only a handful survives today."

(those)Fokker's in the Netherlands built 'em too,bit of a Bucker there eh.

A rather unfortunate name for the A-rab built ones methinks.

Apparently,there's around 32 of all builds surviving in captivity with only two of 'em are actually

Bucker built ones.

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1 hour ago, Che Guava said:

I'll be making it a German-built one.

The strange thing here is that I haven't had a message asking me to check my logs for the registration and colour scheme of the aircraft we saw sometime between 1970 and '75. Must mean it's going to be one I haven't seen.

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1 minute ago, RWG686 said:

The strange thing here is that I haven't had a message asking me to check my logs for the registration and colour scheme of the aircraft we saw sometime between 1970 and '75. Must mean it's going to be one I haven't seen.

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....sorry, don't remember that one (did we see one then?)...the one I'm building was scrapped before we were born (that rules out the Boer War and the siege of Sevastopol then)

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'nother uncontrovercial update....

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...trousers and boots installed under silver overalls. Will need a coat of varnish for the decals to stick to - I think I'll experiment with a mix of matt and gloss for that satiny finish. Started masking and painting individual frames of the canopy - the doors and side windows I'll do while still on the sprue and glue in later.

I'll paint the alloy cowlings in a different shade of silver. Damn fine therapy, this kit!

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Yay! At last something to report.....while carefully using my new sprue clippers on the canopy doors, the component spat a small corner off into the distance. Oh dash....

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Despite having a large stock of empty pineaple tart containers for just such an eventuality, I settled on a beautifully clear leccy bulb container from ikea, snipped a bit out to replace the broken top window and...job done.

Well, that was fun. Nearly finished now.

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57 minutes ago, Gorby said:

The canopy looks great.

It is a damn fine piece of kit. The framing is so fine, i thought I'd try masking and painting rather than my new fav method of painted strips of masking tape (the framing was in raised mouldings to didn't want to add to the height on such fine detail). It worked mostly. As @RWG686said recently, 'life's too short' [for obsessing over detail].

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aaaaaand.....Finished....

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...on a sad story. Captured afer the war and following evaluation by the military, the aircraft was flown to Denholm airfield where, despite being a nearly new airframe with all German paperwork present, it sat there for three years in the open to rot away. It was finally broken up in 1950.

A bit dull here in just silver with black lettering. They look quite good in German camouflage, or even better in silver pre-war German civvie schemmewith just a splash of red National Socialist regalia. Anyone fancy a project?

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