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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun 2013 10:15 am 
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ATF Build Review Airfix 1:72 Gloster Gladiator Mk.I. (A02052)

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Well the preliminaries, the kit will be completely OOB brush painted with recommended Humbrol enamel colours. I will be following construction sequence as detailed by the instructions and rigging it with EZ line (only my second attempt and it’s a lot smaller then a Heyford :nailbite: ) . I note that the Shuttleworth machine is currently being made in the 7th Anniversary GB so will complete this as the second option, that of No1 Fighter Squadron Irish Air Corps.

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Construction of the seat and frame
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And some preliminary painting of smaller parts on the gates.

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The plastic is soft so whist the attachment points are quite thick a sharp blade enables them to be removed with only a little clean up required.

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PostPosted: Sun 09 Jun 2013 23:22 pm 
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Looking forward to seeing more on this one John
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013 00:26 am 
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Do my best James.

Stage 2, Control column and strange black thingy added. (sorry I've got two cutaways of a Gladiator and its not mentioned in either). A bit more work on the pilot who now has a Mae West and boots, waiting for the enamels to dry now, further forward tomorrow I hope.

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Jun 2013 01:00 am 
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The strange black thingy is the compass, although really the pedestal should be aluminium colour.

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Nice start John. I like the new tooling on this kit. Much better details. The cockpit looks very smart.

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Been trying to paint the pilot over the past few evenings, bit slow using enamels waiting for paint to dry etc, anyhow here he is, just the goggles to sort.

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Figure painting is certainly not my forte, but hoping to get him into the cockpit tonight and some get some construction done.

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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jun 2013 13:09 pm 
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Great brushwork on the pilot. I like the new version, as it has more details. :thumb:

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Nice pilot painting :thumb:


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Thanks, it's better than my normal effort, but there again it's not the blob I normally have, much more refined mould and features.

Stage 3
Pilot attached to seat and cockpit
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Stage 4
this deals with the removal of the access door and fixing it in the open position, as I'm keeping it closed no pictures here.

Stage 5
Fuselage machine guns are fitted into the cockpit walls. No issue here the guns fitted into position fine, just a little CVA used. As the barrels fit into the gun troughs, I painted these HU29 before fitting the guns into the fuselage.
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Stage 6
The cockpit assembly is fitted into the fuselage. On mine the assembly didn't fit exactly into the locating lugs on the fuselage. Holding the assemble in position with one hand and applying a couple of drops of CVA after test fitting the fuselage halves together to make sure that they closed sorted it.
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Stage 7
Closing up the fuselage, I had test fitted this but it still required a little effort. I did it in two stages, I glued the front halves together using CVA which I left to cure 1/2 hour then used plastic weld on the rear fuselage and tape to keep the gap closed. As neither of options in the kit had a aerial mast behind the cockpit this was then removed a little filler used on the small resultant hole.
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While the glue is drying the last thing I did tonight was drill locating holes for the rigging into the lower wing. In the kit review I stated that locating points are moulded into the plastic for the rigging, whilst this is true not of of them have been moulded, I had to drill another 12 holes into the lower wings, but the rigging diagram is very good and the locations holes need to be drilled can easily be identified.

Tomorrow i should get the I/P decals on and the upper fuselage which includes the centre struts and the nicely rendered oil radiator mat sorted.

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Great work John the pilot looks great :thumb:
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Nice start John...looks like another nice kit.....keeping an eye on this :snack:

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Thanks, it is a really nice kit.
Stage 8
The instrument panel is made up of 4 decals, to assist in fitting, I went over the outline with a scalpel to remove any excess carrier film. Fit was good and quite a good effect when done. Apologies for the blurry picture here.

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The centre struts were then inserted into the fuselage top.

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I put the kit down haphazardly on the instructions which were opened on the paint guide at the time and I noticed something. Now I don't know if this happens with other kits, or was possible because of the size of the gladiator or if it's is just a happy coincidence.
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But the plan diagram is the same size as the kit, should help the airbrush fraternity to make masks easily.(the side elevations are a little shorter than the kit.)

Stage 9
The lower wing and top fuselage are fitted. These both required a little work, test fitting showed that both parts would require a little persuasion to get in place, given the centre struts are quite fragile I attached the lower wing first.
The issue with the wing on my kit appeared to be that the lower fuselage of the plane was a little more curved than the wing. so I fitted the rear of the wing and fuselage insert first using CVA, after a few minutes attaching the front also with CVA and when set running plastic weld down the join lines.

The top fuselage I think is fouled by the blanking plate under the I/P, possibly caused if the seat assembly is slightly out of line at stage 6. Here I used plastic weld and applied pressure until the solvent had set.

Neither were major issues but you might want to be aware of them if making the kit.

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I am now about to depart from the instructions sequence. Mainly because I want to get the fuselage and inside of the wings painted in order to install the rigging. So I have skipped stages 10 to 17 which deal with the engine and wing fixing and gone to sections 18 and 19 which is attaching the rudder and tailplane and the U/C legs.

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The top assembly has needed a little filler which I am leaving overnight to harden. I have finished drilling the pilot marks and holes where necessary for the rigging. Plan to sand back the filler tomorrow and get the painting started.

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She goes together nicely John :thumb:

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Tonight I filed back the small amount of filler that the plane has required and gave it it's first coat of HU29.
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Second coat should make it look a lot better.

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Shaping up nicely there John. The office looks great. I like that you superimpose the parts onto the manual so you may compare what they look like with the schematic drawings.

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Thanks BB,

Gladi has now had three coats of HU29 and Hu11 applied to the underside of the upper wing.
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Looking to get the 1st coat oh Hu163 on tonight (instructions call for Hu30, reading posts on the ATF, the general concensus appears to be HU30 is too blue and whilst Hu163 is a satin colour, mat varnish brings it to the required finish).

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One thing I forgot to mention whilst building mine is that the locating pins for the wheels are too fat and slightly too long. I had to widen out the existing holes in the wheels to get them to fit. Even then I managed to snap one locating pin off the landing strut :cry:


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Green applied then gloss varnish to facilitate decal placement in this area.
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Waiting for decals to dry then I'll put on mat varnish to seal them in and bring the finish back to the correct sheen. It will be out with the EZ line tomorrow.

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Nice job on the build and camouflage John :thumb:

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Applied the mat varnish this morning, as I don't want to be trying to sort the engine cowling out which Tom expereinced problems with the rigging in place I've gone back to the construction sequence so:

Stage 10
First stage of engine assembly. Part A 26 which I think is air intake trunking to the cylinders.
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Stage 11
The Bristol Mercury engine is fitted. There are locating pins moulded into the cylinder heads that correspond to locating holes in the cowlings and these are asymmetric. it is possible here to fit the engine inverted which will throw out future part alignment. In the correct position the locating lug on part A27 should be pointing down as I've highlighted here by painting the face of the part black.
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Then the inlet pipes are fitted into through the engine into the locating holes on part A26
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Stage 12
The cowling frame and prop spinner is attached to the engine.
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Waiting for paint to dry again now, hopefully get the cowling and collector ring fitted tomorrow.

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With the cowling after a bit trial and error I've gone with an out of sequence construction. Firstly with a micro drill I made the locating holes on the inside of the cowling a little deeper and wider and fitted part B14 to the locating pins on the cylinder heads as detailed in stage 13.

I then tried the fit of the top cowls B8 and B9 and and was having problems getting them to line up and found the locating pins seem to be hindering rather than helping so I removed them and with a smal dot of superglue attached them and lined them up before the glue went off. when happy with the alignment a ran a small amout of plastic weld along the joins.

This is the result.

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A dry fit of part A28, the collecting ring does not indicate any major gasps caused by doing this. It also means that the cowling can be painted and keep the demarcation between it and the collecting ring.

I'll get the green on the cowl tonight and fit the collector ring :pray:

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Well done with the cowling. I'll have to revisit mine.


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