[WWI] Monoplane cook-up - Le Vengeur

Gabriel Limon arglim at msn.com
Mon Dec 12 13:51:08 EST 2016


Looks like it's coming along pretty  well Carlos.  Adding the stringer details will really dress it up nicely!


Gabe

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From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org <wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org> on behalf of Carlos Carreira <cacarr1960 at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2016 10:27:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [WWI] Monoplane cook-up - Le Vengeur

Please find attached some photos of my progress with the Morane.

I corrected some profile issues in the fuselage (comparing with the drawings in Datafile 58). Nothing too serious, but as one stringer starts at the top of the exhaust tunnel I added a piece of plastic to reduce the angle. I also cut the rear fuselage by the top longeron, leaving just a small part near the head rest to help with the alignment of the fuselage halfs. This will be cut later and replaced by a different, narrower, head rest. I made a new plan top with plastic card.

[Inline image 1] [Inline image 2]


As the two locating pins don't help too much (in fact, they prevent a correct alignment) I replaced them by tabs made from plastic card. This helps a lot not only with alignment but also when you must work with both halfs unglued, as in this case.

[Inline image 3] [Inline image 4]

One main problem with the kit is the lack of definition of the fuselage stringers, something that adds a lot to the "monocoque" Morane character. So I did new stringers with stretched sprue glued in grooves made with the help of a cutter blade. Scotch plastic tape 471 helps a lot on this work. It's not difficult nor time consuming, it only needs care and precision.

[Inline image 5][Inline image 6][Inline image 7]

Next I spread putty all over...


[Inline image 8]

...and after a few minutes I could scrape it *very carefully* along the stringers using a #11 blade. I needed to redo some spots and it still needs priming and sanding but the result is in my opinion good, if you compare it with the original.

[Inline image 9] [Inline image 10]

Stay tuned for more progress soon!

Carlos
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