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Copper State W.12 Build
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:22:54 AM »
Blame Bud; he put me up to this.  Actually, his excellent model of the Copper State W.12 had me wanting to tackle this kit after I finished the AZ Models Gotha G.V.  You can see patience isn't one of my virtues as the Gotha isn't anywhere near being placed in the 'completed' models section.  The W.12 cockpit has a good 3/8" of resin on the bottom so I took a small drill went to the drill press, said three Hail Mary's, and started drilling out the floor.  Bud warned me Eric's early kit's had a brittle resin and I did develop a small crack in the fuselage side but a dab of acc glue and Tamiya putty made it disappear.  As you can see I left a small brace of resin of the bottom as a strengthener.  Next I'll add the floors and side bracing from Evergreen styrene. 

So here's today's efforts.     
 

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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 10:27:32 AM »
Excellent work, Charlie!  Congratulations!  The hardest part's done.
Cheers,
Bud
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 12:09:23 PM »
Bud
Would it be any trouble in posting some of your interior shots of your Copper State W.12?  I'd like to see where you placed the kits bulkheads.

Thanks
Charlie

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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 01:19:28 PM »
Here you go, Charlie.  Most of the interior was scratched.










I hope these help.  Sure wish I could find that build log.
Cheers,
Bud
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 11:58:23 PM »
Bud
Thanks, these help a lot.  The instructions let a lot to the imagination when it comes to the interior.  ;). The Wingnuts instructions are a huge help as well.

Charlie
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 11:35:12 PM »
I have a question on the Copper State model I'm building.  The bottom of the fuselage where the lower wing attaches matches the bottom of the wings - meaning its curved inward.  Looking at photos of various WNW W.12 builds the fuselage is deeper in this area and clearly doesn't match the bottom of the wing.  Did Copper State get it wrong? 
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 04:57:58 AM »
Here's a few shots of the Copper State W.12 under construction.  The interior was framed up and painted.  Window added to the observer's position on the bottom of the fuselage, the small windows drilled out in the observer's area; I'll fill these with Micro-clear after the flat coat.  The PE hatches are attached and fuselage painted with Tamiya Medium Sea Gray.   Am making up 1/32 struts out of brass stock and filing a pin on each end. It's taking a while to file these with rounded surfaces but I want the added strength to hold the wings straight.  You can see these in the photo of the floats. 











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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 10:31:05 AM »
Wow Charlie you have made terrific progress! Your W12 is looking fantastic. The metal struts will certainly add strength to the assembly.
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2017, 11:30:12 PM »
Very nice progress so far  :)




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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2017, 12:41:12 AM »
Outstanding, looks beautiful.  Looks like its WNW's smaller cousin.
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2017, 06:15:17 AM »
Superb work so far, Charlie!  She's coming along beautifully.
Cheers,
Bud
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Re: Copper State W.12 Build
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2017, 11:30:43 PM »
Bud
It's been a while since I added any updates on the W.12; I've not abandoned the project I assure you.  Omaha has been hosting an OS Omaha model railroad event the last few years and my Missouri Pacific Bagnell Branch is on the tour.  Guys from CA and even NY fly in to operate the 18 layouts we have here.  The layout features a branchline that operated from Jefferson City, Missouri to Bagnell - which became the Lake of the Ozarks when Bagnell dam up was built in the late 1920's.  The attendees switch industries just like the prototype.  If you google Mopac Bagnell Branch you'll see photos of the layout.  You can also search on OS Omaha .

Since I retired from the RR five years ago I started volunteering at a food pantry our parish runs.  Last week I was loading boxes of oranges and watermelons into our clients carts and my back started having shooting pains where I could barely walk.  Obviously this 65 years old back wasn't in shape for the lifting.  Been to the dr three times this week for pain relief and doing exercises so am slowly mending.  Promised myself the only thing I'm going to lift now is a glass of wine......

Charlie
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