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Albatros DVa - finishing-line in sight?
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 01:05 AM UTC
Hi all

Well, there were times when I doubted I'd ever get this far , but the Albatros is finally beginning to look like an aeroplane! :-)





There are still some details to add and then, of course, the rigging ... but there's a real chance I might actually finish this little bleeder! :-)

Now I'll just open the window and see if she flies!!

I'll try to add some pics if I manage to get some more done...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 03:19 AM UTC
wow nice job...
the plane looks like it could take of and fly in to battle,
iam going to build a world war 1 plane one day
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 06:01 AM UTC
Hi again

Thanks Tazz for the kind words. :-)

In future I won't make any jokes about "seeing if she flies" 'cause, guess what! - I dropped her on the floor!! :-)

One observation is that bi-planes don't really bounce...

Nothing fatal (amazingly), but the top wing is off again, and most of today's work is down the drain...

I always knew this kit would kick and struggle to the bitter end! :-)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 06:10 AM UTC
that really sucks....
iam sorry to hear that just take a deep breath and cry lol.
cauae i would,
i have stuff happen to me like that
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 06:24 AM UTC
Hi again Tazz

Sometimes all you can do is laugh! :-) After all I really DID tempt fate!

Believe it or not, I've started re-rigging... I got the top wing back on easier than the first time - probably 'cause I've more practice now! Next time, I'll try it blindfold! :-)

Perhaps, for safety's sake, I'd better withdraw that last joke...

Cheers again

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 06:52 AM UTC
:-) Looking dam good Rowan, I bet if you launched it out of the window it would fly
Making no headway at all on mine (DIY, not sure what the sentance is ) I'm away all next week as well, so it's looking less and less likely that I will finish
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 08:59 AM UTC
Excellent work!!

With the US Open these past weeks, my Albatros does not even have to cockpit complete yet

Peter
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 09:38 AM UTC
Hi Mal and Peter

Thanks for the praise :-)

I really hope you guys get things done in time...

...surely Peter, you're not suggesting sport is more important than Armorama!:-):|

...Mal, I know you'll pull a rabbit out of the bag if it's at all possible...:-)

Age of Aces has been a great Campaign for me. I haven't built a WW1 plane since I was a kid, so I've had to learn a bunch of new stuff. It's tested my patience at times and I'd have probably given up if it hadn't been a Campaign...

All credit to Airwarrior for getting Age of Aces up and running. :-) :-)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003 - 09:46 PM UTC
hye merlin !
Your albatros is looking real nice ! I'm always glad to see your updates because I know I'm going to see nice pics !
I'm sorry to hear about the accident but it's nice to see you taking it the right way.
My albatros is advancing slowly. it should be finished in time... right in time...
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Posted: Monday, September 08, 2003 - 12:47 AM UTC

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...surely Peter, you're not suggesting sport is more important than Armorama!



Not all sports, but Tennis for sure!

...and maybe NFL football (if Buffalo can get their act together this year)


Peter
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Posted: Monday, September 08, 2003 - 05:25 AM UTC

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I'm always glad to see your updates because I know I'm going to see nice pics !



Cheers penpen! :-)

I should have taken one of the bits on the floor for a giggle! :-)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 02:50 AM UTC
Hi again

She's finally finished! :-)

I've posted some pics in the RRB to (hopefully) tempt the armour fans to try an aircraft model...

But here's a taste, just to prove there is life after near death...



All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 03:42 AM UTC

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All credit to Airwarrior for getting Age of Aces up and running.


Athank you

Woah,awesome plae rowan,how did you achieve that mottle?sponge?drybrushing?Airbrush method that I don't know? Please tell me!
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 04:49 AM UTC

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Athank you

Woah,awesome plae rowan,how did you achieve that mottle?sponge?drybrushing?Airbrush method that I don't know? Please tell me!



Hi Dave

You're welcome! :-) It's thanks to you that I've built my first WW1 aircraft! :-)

The mottle is done the "old-fashioned" way... using a brush with its bristles cut short and quite thin paint. The full-size aircraft had the camouflage stippled on with a rag or sponge, so this was the nearest I could get to the effect...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 06:03 AM UTC
:-) As expected Rowan, superb. Rigging looks great, what did you use? The tyres look like a good colour for rubber of the period, what colour did you use?
Nice one Rowan :-)
Mal
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 06:38 AM UTC

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Rigging looks great, what did you use? The tyres look like a good colour for rubber of the period, what colour did you use?



Hi Mal

Cheers for the kind words :-)

The rigging is stretched sprue tightened up with a hot pin. It's ok, but it was a pain trying to get consistent thicknesses. Next time I may try fishing line...

The tyres are painted pale grey with a touch of beige to warm it up. I've heard that early rubber ranged in colour from yellowish to almost pink - but I didn't want to be too extreme!

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 08:00 AM UTC
Rowan,

You're a far, far, FAR better man than I - I gotta pull out thanks to work. And those Revell 1/28 Camel wings were actually starting to look reasonable . . . .. . . . ..


The Albatros looks great.

Next time I'm getting a day job that doesn't take up the whole darned day
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Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003 - 09:36 AM UTC
GREAT JOB AND EXCELENT PAINT WORK - NICE
ROBERTO