This is the Roden kit. It was built mostly
out of the box. The only problem areas I
ran into were the engine nacelles and the struts.
They give you 2 nice engines, but they don't
fit into the nacelles at all well. I thinned out the insides so
that they would fit, then discovered that after they were installed, they
would not be visable anyway. The kit struts are very fragile, and
after breaking several of them, I gave up and replaced them with strut
stock. I tried something new this time for the rigging.
Instead of drilling holes through the wings or struts to glue
the rigging wires in, I made a bunch of small
"eye rings" out of very fine wire. They
were made by looping the wire around a piece of 28
guage tube and twisting until it was snug against the tube.
I then drilled a bunch of #80 holes in all
of the attachment points. After the model was painted and
assembled, I was able to go back and tie off
the wires using invisible thread. I used the same rings
for the fairleads for the control cables that ran along the
outside of the fuselege. I think the final result was
easier to do than other methods I have used and looked
more like what was on the real plane. I want
to get some of the PART turnbuckles and see how they
The wood grain areas (inside the fuselage and undersides
are all done with decal paper. I used Gunze paints with a future overcoat and kit decals, except for the light green panels and the wheel disks, which were made by painting clear decal paper with the desired colors, then cutting out the needed parts.
The photos are not as good as I would like. They were taken
with a first generation digital camera with a close up lens adaptor.
I think I will be able to get better pics with the camera, I will have to play around with the settings.