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Airfix Tiger Moth,,lets try again,,:
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 07:20 AM UTC
About a year ago I started to build my first biplane,and all was going quite well until I made a right royal ****up while attempting to rig it.
Time goes on and with a couple of biplane builds under my belt I felt it was time to have another go at the old Airfix Tiger Moth.
Ive saved the first attempt and its sitting on the bench to inspire me when I get fed up with working on the parts,which need a lot of work before assembly.Sink marks everywhere but perhaps the worst part is a large "bump" on the port wing which Ive had to sand away to level the wing out.
Im still cleaning this up but its getting there.
Heres how Im progressing at the moment,,and a photo of the failed first attempt at this kit.

Fusalage together and primed.Still some filling and sanding to go on this,and also on the wing sections.

How the first attempt ended up.Snapped rigging,burn marks and just a general disaster area.
Lets hope "take 2" turns out a lot better.
Nige
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 09:14 AM UTC
I,ve got a Sopwith Camel looks a bit like your moth - i may be trying again sometime - i've learnt a bit from Jackflash - he seems to know a bit about bi-planes!!!


Andy
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Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 10:44 AM UTC
Hi Andy.
Yep,,Jackflash knows a helluva lot
Oddly enough,I feel that the rigging on this is actually going to be one of the easiest bits now. Far more painfull is all the sanding and filling to make everything fit!
Phil (Almonkey) built a lovely one of these.Hopefully he'll dig out his camera and post some pics when he sees this.
Back to the sanding
Nige
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2007 - 05:49 AM UTC
Good on yer Nige, having another bash at this is what I call dedication

I've actually been thinking about getting the Matchbox 1/32 scale Tiger Moth

Mal
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Posted: Monday, June 11, 2007 - 07:20 AM UTC
my ears are burning! did you mean this?
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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 02:03 AM UTC
Thats the little beauty Phil
Mal,,I have had the 1:32 Revell Tiger Moth in my stash since February,and still havent got around to doing a review for it. I'll try and do one when I get back from this latest tour,in about 3 weeks.
Nige
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Posted: Monday, July 02, 2007 - 12:13 PM UTC
Finally,after what has seemed like a week but was in fact a couple of days Im almost ready for preshading and assembling this little baby.
So much sanding,shaving,filling,primering,sanding again etc,,you get the picture. It seems like Im going to end up with another 1:73 scale Airfix kit.
The centre struts are glued in place,and when Ive checked everything with fresh eyes tomorrow I will carry on.
Now it seems like all the donkey work has been done hopefully I can get this together quite quickly. Well,,quickly for me that is

Nige
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2007 - 11:23 AM UTC
All in all a very frustrating day at the bench
I was hoping to be heading to bed tonight with the struts in place on the bottom wing having a nice overnight dry.
However,the best laid plans of mice and men etc,,LOL.
Instead,Ive spent the afternoon and all of tonight applying layer upon layer of Xtraacrylic RAF Trainer Yellow. I really cant get the hang of this stuff. Its a sod to spray,'scuse my French.
Anyway,,its not a race, and Ive finally managed to get everything sprayed.It really is a nice yellow and this should stand out well in the collection when its done.

At least I have the battered remains of my first attempt at this kit to keep me motivated
Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 05:14 AM UTC
Slow but sure progress.
The rigging thread is attached and the wings are in place and startng a 24 hour drying session.
Ive made a start painting the prop and I'll work on the other bits and pieces.Hopefully I can connect up the rigging and maybe decal the fusalage tomorrow.
.Hopefully the rigging will add some strength to the build. Ive just got to be carefull that when I connect all the rigging up I dont start to pull the wings out of shape.
All very precarious,,and all very Airfix,,LOL.

This is almost as far as I got first time around.Fingers crossed this makes it to the finishing line,otherwise Im going to end up with a scrapyard of Airfix Tiger Moths decorating the house.
Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 06:33 AM UTC
This is looking very good Nige, best of luck with the rigging I really am tempted to get the Matchbox 1/32 Tiger Moth, we could have a group build Not that I'll have the time though

Mal
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 11:11 AM UTC
Thanks Mal.
Its certainly been an adventure attempting this kit again.
Ive made a lot better job of cleaning up the parts this time.A years experience down the line has made a lot of difference.
2nd time around however,my downfall on the last attempt at this little Moth held no fear for me.
The main wing rigging is done.Ive just got to trim the thread from the exit points and sand them smooth. After that its just the pilots,undercarriage and decalling to go.


After swooning over it at Telford last year,Im really looking forward to building the Revell Tiger Moth,but as you say,,Im not going to hold my breath on doing a group build with Mal
Nige
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 07:22 PM UTC
Thats looking very good Nige.

I'm almost tempted to try one myself.

Andy
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Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 - 09:03 PM UTC
GIve it a go Andy...you'll have a lot of fun
I think "fun" is the right word,,,LOL
Nige
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 06:49 AM UTC
Nicely done Nige, the rigging looks really good. It is amazing what a year can do, plus not a little determination 2 Tiger Moths for Aeroventure then?

Mal
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 07:46 AM UTC

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GIve it a go Andy...you'll have a lot of fun
I think "fun" is the right word,,,LOL
Nige



I may go and buy one - when it will get built is different matter.
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Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 08:00 AM UTC

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I may go and buy one - when it will get built is different matter.


Hi Andy. This one cost me 1.99 from the Hinkley show last year. A bargain! Also I had lots of bits left over from the first attempt

Mal

It certainly is! As you may remember,( laughing when I bought it back to the stand at Hinckley), I was determined to build this. Having said that,its not over yet.!
Decals are going on tonight and I should have it finished tomorrow.
2 TigerMoths for Aeroventure?,,only if Phil brings his.Theres no way I'll get the 1:32 Revell one done.Im making the most of the summer break to get some campaign builds done.
Hopefully Phil will bring his Airfix TM up to Aeroventure,it'll be nice to compare the 2 side by side
Next photos will be the finished pics,,( I hope )
Nige
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007 - 08:51 PM UTC
I won!
I beat the Airfix Tiger Moth



Nige
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007 - 09:42 PM UTC
My hats off to you sir! you can collect your medal at AeroVenture (should give us time to make one then)
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Posted: Friday, July 06, 2007 - 11:21 PM UTC
Thats a good looking model Nige.

Andy
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Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 08:07 AM UTC
welcome to the airfix tiger moth club mate! but let me warn you, these biplane kits are extemely addictive
eduard do a lovely 1/72 dh2 kit you know....
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 07:48 AM UTC
I've seen this in the flesh and I can report that Nige has done a really good job. I also had a look at the kit when I was at Duxford yesterday and I reckon that anyone even contemplating building this kit must be absolutely stark raving bonkers. Therefore my hat goes off to Phil and Nige for not only completing the thing but for actually making a very, very good job
I would instigate a "you can only be called a modeller if you complete an Airfix Tiger Moth" accolade, but I will never, not ever, even consider building one of 'em You'r all mad

Mal
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Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 09:53 AM UTC
Thanks guys.
Its good to be in the Tiger Moth club
Yes Phil,,,these little biplane kits are addictive. Ive got a few now.
One things for sure though,,I will NOT be joining the DH2 club
Mal,,what are you being such a big girl about?,,its only got about 17 parts, no masking of canopy frames to worry about, and a single colour paint scheme......easy build,,shouldnt take you more than a couple of hours.
Seriously though,,thanks for the kind comments everyone.
This was actually quite a lot of fun to build, and Im very happy to have completed it 2nd time around.
Nige