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The Promising underachiever 1929
JackFlash
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Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 08:56 AM UTC


Two Gloster aircraft (in the 1929 air race) were registered with RAF numbers N249 & N250. They showed promise and high speed, but also had significant problems with fuel supply when banking that led to engine cut-outs. For such a risky business as low-altitude air-racing, this was an unacceptable risk and the aircraft were withdrawn from competition in the 1929 Schneider Trophy, leaving the way clear for the Supermarine S.6 to win. . . Now in the Austrian Aviation birthplace from Wiener Modellbau Manufactur we are given an excellent kit. My review example came with no warp in the resin. Definately a high quality kit. The float / pontoon struts are poured brass instead of typical white metal found in other kits. This is a great boon as it will add strength and longevity to the over-all build.


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Thanks!
thegirl
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Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2008 - 11:18 PM UTC
It is a very interesting aircraft , is there any other manufacture who makes this kit which would be easier to get ?
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 - 06:54 AM UTC
No other manufacturer at all. And the website shopping cart is pretty straight forward.
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 05:21 PM UTC
Looks like this one gets built in the fourth quarter of 2009 for the Sea Plane campaign.

see here.
ludwig113
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 06:43 PM UTC

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Looks like this one gets built in the fourth quarter of 2009 for the Sea Plane campaign.

see here.



ha ha,looks like we'll be doing high speed runs together its a shame there arn't more schneider trophy models other wise we could have our own group build.
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 07:05 PM UTC
The build has been underway for a few days now.


Here I added some bits to the cockpit. Not having much to go on for the cockpit I have to admit to some gizmology.


The Sutton Farm Pilot Harness was developed late in WWI and under a series of modifications served well into WWII on British aircraft. Here I am including an Eduard prepainted PE fret.


Here is the pilot's right side fuselage joint. It reminds me of the moldings of the Pfalz D.III / IIIa types.


Here are the PE pieces representing the wing mounted (upper and lower surfaces)radiator. The trick here is to anchor the PE parallel to the aileron and work it like laying wall to wall carpeting. Work carefully to wrap it around the wing leading edge.
JackFlash
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Posted: Monday, December 28, 2009 - 07:25 PM UTC

Here are the float radiator applications.


This is a shot of the underbelly and the lower sections of the fuselage mounted radiators.


The fuselage and wing radiators are in place.
JackFlash
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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 08:36 PM UTC
AS we continue here.


A bit of pinning the tail on the Gloster. Brass pins only folks. Never any white metal or steel.


The propeller is 3 pieces and pinned together as well.


Getting everything level concerning the landing gear legs is critical.


Side views.
thegirl
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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 01:59 AM UTC
Looking very nice so far Stephen . The over all fit seems to be pretty good . I did notice a chip on the right stabilizer outer edge .

What is the instrument panel like ?
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 08:07 AM UTC

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Looking very nice so far Stephen . The over all fit seems to be pretty good . I did notice a chip on the right stabilizer outer edge .

What is the instrument panel like ?



Yes, that became apparant when I edited the photo images but its an easy fix.

The instrument panel is a combination of a painted acetate film that you paint white on the obverse side and the face is mounted to the back of a brass facade. Nice bit of detail. Mine is curing up as I write this.
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 06:40 PM UTC
Next I add the floats and prep for the finish.


Here is that instrument panel Terri asked about.


With the floats attached.


Here is where the leveling pays off.


head on.
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 06:56 PM UTC
After masking I begin the priming.


This is the brass etch canopy and the resin block you need to form it.


Primed for the finish.


Note the prop & spinner get their prime coat too.
JackFlash
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Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 02:26 PM UTC
Here is the build in a coat of old gold.







goldenarrow
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Posted: Friday, January 01, 2010 - 06:47 AM UTC
Dear Stephen,
You did an excellent job so far. It makes me very happy and a little proud to see this outcome of the kit.
Thank you for building it.
JackFlash
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Posted: Friday, January 01, 2010 - 09:40 PM UTC
You are entirely welcome Peter! Thanks for sending it to me to build!

Well folks it is almost done. The rigging is completed and the decals are on. One note for anyone building this kit. Spray coat the decals with a clear gloss and let dry. Then cut each individual decal out with a sharp Xacto blade. The rudder and serial number decals are commendably thin but will tear badly without a gloss coat over them.
thegirl
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 12:47 AM UTC
Coming along very nice Stephen . Rather neat having the forming block for the windscreen , making it easier to shape the part . Looking forward to seeing the finished model !

Hi Peter
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 02:06 PM UTC
Here is the build is completed.









Once again my sincere thanks to Aeroscale member - owner operator of WMM, Mr.Peter Plattner for providing the kit for review.
Mecenas
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Posted: Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 09:35 PM UTC
Needless to say...brilliant as usual. And the very interesting topic, I didn't hear about that plane before you posted the first news.
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