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WW1 Aircraft Modeling => Under Construction => Topic started by: eclarson on September 01, 2019, 12:27:35 PM

Title: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: eclarson on September 01, 2019, 12:27:35 PM
I sure didn't see this coming.   I was planning on getting back to a Great Wall Hobby 1/48 Su-35 that was briefly started before being set aside in order to build the WNW Roland C.II for the forum group build but my modeling muse had other ideas.  Long story short, after seeing a really nice Post-War NINAK with Pheon decals in process on a Facebook group, this suddenly appeared on my bench.  Progress is going to be slow at first as I'm well along on an Airfix 1/48 Spitire Mk.XIV which I'll complete before focusing fully on the NINAK.  I really wasn't planning on starting another WNW kit this year but oh well....here we go!

(https://i.imgur.com/dUYminI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aIthJdS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IFkwy1J.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on September 01, 2019, 11:45:42 PM
As always I will follow along with what I am sure will be a Terrific build!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: coyotemagic on September 02, 2019, 04:03:20 AM
Good choice, Eric.  I'll be following closely.  The Ninak is a great kit.  My favorite WNW build so far.
Cheers,
Bud
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Gisbod on September 02, 2019, 06:59:47 AM
Lovely Eric,

Iíve just resurrected my build of this, will be helpful to see updates...

Guy
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on September 02, 2019, 12:31:38 PM
Love the scheme , looking forward to this one  :)



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on October 06, 2019, 02:28:31 AM
Just finished the 1/48 MK.XIV Spitfire that's been my primary focus for the past month or so (can be seen in the Off Topic Build section) so my full attention can now turn to the Ninak!
I didn't totally ignore her though as while waiting for paint and glue to dry on the Spitfire I prepped the Ninak's parts for wood grain treatment and even got the wicker and leather seats done.
The seats were a lot of fun as I've never done wicker before.  That and the leather are a mix of acrylics, dry brushing with oils, and washes.  To provide visual interest and contrast between the wood sections, the fuselage and other interior parts have been painted with several different base colors (Tamiya and Vallejo yellow, tan, and wood shades) over which oil paints will be streaked for the wood grain effect.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZdGnRHK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XxZEJU8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1qEIuXB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6dJaNVp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZwDORuk.jpg)


Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on October 06, 2019, 02:41:21 AM
Excellent prep work for the wood. Your wicker seat is very impressive as is the leather !
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: lone modeller on October 06, 2019, 04:30:37 AM
I do like the wicker seat and leather seats: as Rick has commented they look very realistic. Going to be an interesting build.

Stephen.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Juan on October 06, 2019, 04:38:57 AM
Looks like a great start Eric.  Looking forward to your next update.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on October 08, 2019, 10:00:19 AM
This past weekend saw the wood effects applied to all the interior parts with some seen here.  The instructions call for various areas to be light or dark wood and I wanted to provide that contrast as well as variations of each.  Base colors are assorted Tamiya, Vallejo, and AMMO Mig yellow, tan, and wood tone colors.  Oil paints used for the grain effect are raw and burnt sienna on the darker shades with raw sienna and yellow ochre on the light.

Views of the fuselage inner surfaces and floor on the finished model will be limited to small sections here and there but since at this point it's hard to tell what will be visible, it's best to do the entire thing.  I'll give everything another couple days to cure then apply a protective clear coat followed by some filters and light weathering washes.

(https://i.imgur.com/eTVrBk4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Qm0GCt1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SCuyLdo.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on October 08, 2019, 11:29:04 AM
Your wood effects are looking great so far Eric and that seat looks nice and broken in making it look very comfortable .  :)




Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on October 08, 2019, 12:47:25 PM
Your wood effects are looking great so far Eric and that seat looks nice and broken in making it look very comfortable .  :)
Terri

Thanks Terri! 

I wasn't 100% happy with the fuselage insides as seen here (a little too light and the "grain" wasn't as fine as I like) so I just now finished applying a layer of raw sienna oil paint and used a piece of sponge and large flat brush to get the grain lines established after which the trusty fan brush was used to "draw" some random patterns.  Most of which will be hidden of course.  But I'm satisfied with the results so that's the important thing.   :)

I won't bother with pics of that little fix but the difference will be noticeable in future shots as the interior comes together.

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: aliluke on October 08, 2019, 04:46:02 PM
Wow. Some modellers here just seem like machines - beautiful machines that is. Work has sure kept me away from what I'd rather be doing these last few months and my stash of WW1 machines looks at me with a  threatening cardboard face - "Build me, build me, build me...". And then you just get on and build while juggling other kits at the same time. And everything you do looks magic and now I want to add another cardboard face to my annoying cardboard companions which will say - "Build me, I'm a Ninak, build me, I'm a Ninak..."

Well - for the time being I'll just watch and then get a Ninak - it kind of even sounds like an annoying "Build ME" kit to join all of my others. "Ninak me, Ninak, Ninak, Ninak...

But, seriously, great work and following on from Guy's build of the same this is a very tempting choice...to join my other plastic fulled, cardboard boxes...

Best
Alistair
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Borsos on October 08, 2019, 08:41:48 PM
What wonderful wood tones!
Andreas
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on October 09, 2019, 06:49:08 AM
What wonderful wood tones!
Andreas

I am in total agreement with Andreas!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on October 09, 2019, 10:31:23 PM
The wood-meister is in the house!
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on October 27, 2019, 01:16:48 AM
Ninak update time.  It's been a while but these things take time.  The interior sub-assemblies (and sub-sub-assemblies) are ready to be...assembled. Which of course means some will no longer be visible.  :)   Still need to do the HGW seatbelts and add some internal wire cross-braces but those can be done once the interior structure is together.

(https://i.imgur.com/40CWupv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BfItZps.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1LRvyaw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EX380wS.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on October 27, 2019, 01:23:29 AM
Simply Awesome!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: gedmundson on October 27, 2019, 01:57:51 AM
Amazing work, Eric. I especially like the way you've got all the linkages and wires added to make your cockpit extremely well detailed. Beautifully painted, too.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: FAf on October 27, 2019, 03:05:09 AM
Really, really impressive! My personal favourites are the leather and the cockpit floor planking! Looking forward to seeing more!
/Fredrik
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on October 31, 2019, 11:56:46 AM
Interior structure together.  Next task, assemble and install the HGW seatbelts, then...the engine! 

(https://i.imgur.com/7WbTY46.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9OmwbPH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0zmnrDU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/88Y1x9h.jpg)


Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Gene K on October 31, 2019, 08:30:42 PM
Thanks for this treat thread, Eric.

Gene K
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Robin on October 31, 2019, 11:43:53 PM
Beautiful :)

Robin
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: FAf on October 31, 2019, 11:50:29 PM
👍👍👍
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on November 03, 2019, 02:31:59 PM
Thank you for all the encouraging comments guys. 

Just a small update tonight showing the HGW seatbelts installed.
They are a big improvement over the kit's photo-etched belts which for one thing look much too big. 

(https://i.imgur.com/1QgeZA8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/S7oRzQJ.jpg)

It might be a while until my next post as I just started working on the engine.  I've not decided how much extra work to put into it but as the plan is to leave the cowling top off I'll at least give the upper part of the engine some special attention.  There's plenty of inspiration to be found in Des' excellent article about detailing the NINAK's Liberty V12 engine on the ww1aircraftmodels.com site.

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on November 03, 2019, 10:57:43 PM
Looking really good so far Eric , looking forward on seeing what you do with the engine .



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on November 04, 2019, 11:32:18 PM
The belts really add to the feel of the cockpit. Excellent results!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: bobs_buckles on November 05, 2019, 12:53:44 AM
Stunning piece of modelling, Eric. Truly EPIC!

vB
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on November 10, 2019, 05:37:56 AM
Some may think me nuts but I wanted to try using techniques based on Des' excellent article about detailing the WNW Liberty engine. 

https://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/page28.html

So, I'm in the process of replacing the 24 molded in spark plugs on my Ninak's engine. Plug bodies are 0.4mm brass tubing placed in holes drilled with a #77 bit. Stems are .008" bronze wire.

(https://i.imgur.com/59lbBBK.jpg)

I'm also planning on adding some primer cups but first need to see if I can pull off cross-drilling brass tubing.  Again, following steps Des gave us.

https://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/page48.html

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on November 11, 2019, 12:40:47 PM
Incredible Detailing!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on November 13, 2019, 10:53:26 AM
I did it!  I was actually able to create priming cups for my Ninak's engine.  Made from 0.6mm tubing with a 0.3mm cross-drilled hole (first time I've ever tried that and I only broke three drill bits in the process, one is still usable).  Taps are .008" brass wire with a dab of Mr Surfacer 1200 to make the knobs.  In Des' article he installed 12 but several period photos I found of Liberty engines showed only 8 - 4 on each manifold.  So that's what I chose to do which saved having to make 4 more.    ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/eDUbJah.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Robin on November 13, 2019, 11:00:58 AM
Wow!  :o

Robin
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on November 13, 2019, 11:01:22 AM
Excellent job Eric ! Those bits look lovely  :)


Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: AlbertD on November 13, 2019, 01:54:24 PM
Nice work so far.I'm going to jump on board this build as it looks like I will learn a lot of new techniques.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Manni on November 13, 2019, 04:07:54 PM
Spectacular!
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: FAf on November 13, 2019, 04:14:03 PM
Impressive! I instantly feel a need to try the same procedure... but I'll just save the idea for now.
/Fredrik
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Borsos on November 13, 2019, 09:37:20 PM
Great stuff!
Andreas
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on November 13, 2019, 10:39:23 PM
Excellent work, Eric! You're a real 'modeller' (reference Facebook post).
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on November 13, 2019, 10:50:37 PM
Outstanding work on the primer cups!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on December 01, 2019, 10:57:56 AM
Finally got my Ninak's engine done!  Literally a model within a model,  I probably quadrupled the build time by adding little scratch built extras like the priming cups, spark plugs (which are nearly invisible) and ignition wires.   :)

Sadly, much of the back end and underside details will be hidden once in the model but I'll be leaving the "hood" off so the topside details will be visible.

(https://i.imgur.com/VHtklzr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VXsea2F.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hmufgvG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/d9wY561.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/e2mZqAU.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: AlbertD on December 01, 2019, 02:01:19 PM
That's one fine looking engine.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on December 01, 2019, 11:50:28 PM
Outstanding Engine! Like you said, a model within a Model!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: gedmundson on December 02, 2019, 06:56:57 AM
Very impressive work on your engine, Eric. And your cutting mat is beautifully clean (unlike mine!).
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on December 02, 2019, 11:06:23 AM
Fantastic job on the details ! :)



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on December 02, 2019, 11:43:57 AM
Very impressive work on your engine, Eric. And your cutting mat is beautifully clean (unlike mine!).
Cheers,
Gary

Thank you Gary and the rest!  Hehe...the blue cutting mat is only used for photos.  I have several green ones used for their intended purpose.  :)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: lcarroll on December 02, 2019, 02:02:13 PM
Eric,
   That engine is as nice as I've seen here. A pleasure to follow along, really exceptional work!
Cheers,
Lance
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Manni on December 02, 2019, 03:33:27 PM
Outstanding work. The wiring is just geat and the primer cups are superb, too.
Bye,
Manni
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: gbrivio on December 15, 2019, 06:23:54 AM
Wonderful build so far, very fine additions on the engine that's a masterpiece in itself.
Ciao
Giuseppe
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on December 15, 2019, 07:02:03 AM
Thank you all for the kind comments.

My "Ninak" is slowly progressing! Masking everything before painting the fuselage will be great fun...not.   :)

(https://i.imgur.com/R7pARpg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YptJb1V.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gAkAH6o.jpg)


Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RLWP on December 15, 2019, 07:19:01 AM
Coming along nicely, Eric

Richard
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on December 16, 2019, 12:11:19 AM
Like Lance said, the engine is as nice as any shown here.  I think that goes for the interior also.

Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on December 16, 2019, 02:53:42 AM
Like Lance said, the engine is as nice as any shown here.  I think that goes for the interior also.

I agree 100%
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on December 16, 2019, 09:00:44 AM
Love that engine , lovely details  :) 8)


Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on January 09, 2020, 01:30:32 PM
First update of the new year!  Happy 2020 everyone.

Just out of the paint shop, there was some serious masking involved, especially for the fuselage bands.   Some minor touchups remain to be done along with the leather cockpit trim.
In keeping with my usual rule regarding stripes, bands, etc., the rudder was painted rather than use the kit's decals.   :)
Floquil Railroad Colors Old Silver followed by a satin clear coat is being used to replicate the aluminum dope on the tail, wings, and other parts. 

(https://i.imgur.com/Urb9CTg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wtWXmG9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qa0eCqn.jpg)


Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on January 09, 2020, 10:21:13 PM
Looks awesome. I love the scheme!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on January 12, 2020, 12:27:35 AM
love the scheme !




Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on February 03, 2020, 11:33:20 AM
Time for an overdue update.  Decals are pretty much done.  I just sprayed the final clear gloss coat (Alclad Aqua Gloss) over the wing roundels.  I'd heard the roundel decals are brittle and easily cracked so took appropriate precautions.  I suspect it has something to do with the dense inks and almost non-existent carrier film.  There is absolutely no film visible around the edges.  After carefully sliding them into place in a pool of Micro Set, a hair dyer set to medium heat was used to soften them after which Micro Sol was applied.  Repeated applications of heat and Micro Sol resulted in a painted-on look.  Control surfaces are attached with bronze wire pins.  Still need to do some light weathering to subtly highlight the ribs then a matt clear will be sprayed to complete the aluminum doped finish.   Oh, the rudder stripes were masked and painted rather than using decals.


(https://i.imgur.com/CEbTdKi.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dShGhyB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TvGKKd8.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/36Bo2Md.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric

Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on February 03, 2020, 10:39:13 PM
Very nice work on the paint and decals, Eric.  I see even the blue stripe on the part crossing over the rear storage compartment.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on February 04, 2020, 12:26:19 AM
Very nice work on the paint and decals, Eric.  I see even the blue stripe on the part crossing over the rear storage compartment.

Thank you!  Hehe...I have no idea if the actual aircraft had the exposed storage compartment or not but thought it added interest to the model so chose to include it. 

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: gedmundson on February 04, 2020, 01:49:45 AM
Very nice work, Eric. Good advice on how to handle tricky decals, too.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on February 04, 2020, 02:51:51 AM
Great work on those troublesome roundels. I will try your process when I get to that point on My Camel! Did you coat them with any type of decal film prior to removing and applying?
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on February 04, 2020, 03:28:44 AM
Great work on those troublesome roundels. I will try your process when I get to that point on My Camel! Did you coat them with any type of decal film prior to removing and applying?
RAGIII

Thanks! I did not coat them with anything.  What decal film is present is very thin and there is none visible at all around the roundel edges.  I think the brittleness is due primarily to the inks used, the white in particular, as I had the same issue with the large black crosses on white squares from the WNW Taube kit.  The black-only decals (for the Taube) and others not having white involved did not exhibit the tendency to crack.

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on February 04, 2020, 11:19:35 AM
Is this a problem with new WNW kits and their decals ? If so ....I'm going to need a new hair dryer  ;) . Don't have one in the hobby room and it is a tool , can always use more tools . I have only built two so far and didn't have this trouble with them .

Beautiful job on the decaling and painting , can't wait to see her with the wings attached .



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on February 04, 2020, 11:53:37 AM
Is this a problem with new WNW kits and their decals ? If so ....I'm going to need a new hair dryer  ;) . Don't have one in the hobby room and it is a tool , can always use more tools . I have only built two so far and didn't have this trouble with them .

Beautiful job on the decaling and painting , can't wait to see her with the wings attached .



Terri

Hi Terri,

Cartograf prints the decals so the problem would lie with them.  The first I heard of a brittleness issue was with the WNW Camel roundels but then I found the big crosses on the white background from my Taube cracked very easily too.  That's what makes me suspect the white ink.  On the other hand, I've heard from people who have had no problems.  May have been particular decal batches.  Anyway, the heat from the hair dryer combined with the solvent softens them nicely.  Just have to handle the decals very carefully when first moving them into position.  BTW, brittle or not, I use the hair dryer regularly when applying medium to large decals.  It works wonders getting them to settle over uneven or curved surfaces.  I first discovered this applying the lozenge decals to my WNW LVG years ago.

Oh, and thanks for those kind words!  Still have some work to do before attaching the wings but hopefully it won't be too much longer.

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on February 04, 2020, 10:41:15 PM
I have only one experience with WNW decals so far and I have the impression that in order to make the white opague, they put a lot of pigment in the white areas, making them very stiff and brittle.  Decal softener and heat did wonders in making them lay down properly.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 05, 2020, 01:49:26 PM
Time for a status update on my Ninak. Tail and undercarriage have been installed and rigged.  No control lines yet as they'd just get in the way at this point.
Seen in the last photo is a small detail not in the kit and often overlooked - the radiator shutter actuator - which was scratch-built from Evergreen styrene rod and strip.
Rigging lines are a mix of EZ Line Fine and Infini Model elastic rigging wire.  The lines are unpainted as I like their appearance as is, particularly from normal viewing distances.
Maxima Chameleon 3 lb monofilament fishing line will be used for rigging the wings as it will provide needed strength and rigidity to the structure. 

(https://i.imgur.com/XFw5Gbl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dtiVSaN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6jJUi2e.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/w92l4HB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/QalGgKB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PrPbeox.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on March 05, 2020, 10:47:33 PM
The tail surfaces and bracing wires look excellent. Nice catch on the radiator shutter control, looks great!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 06, 2020, 12:22:13 AM
The tail surfaces and bracing wires look excellent. Nice catch on the radiator shutter control, looks great!
RAGIII

Thanks!  Interestingly, WNW molded the exit hole in the fusealge for the radiator control lines and a small indent on the radiator side from which the arm protrudes but stopped short of including the parts.  There are some excellent color and archival photos showing this detail on the WNW site and though they are of the war-time variant, I figured the same control would be needed on the post-war version. :)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: kensar on March 06, 2020, 03:52:27 AM
Progressing well, Eric.
Maybe you mentioned this before, but what is the open hatch on the bottom of the fuse for?
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 06, 2020, 04:03:45 AM
Progressing well, Eric.
Maybe you mentioned this before, but what is the open hatch on the bottom of the fuse for?

Thanks Ken.  That's a camera port which is covered by a sliding hatch (not installed yet).  The camera is mounted in the fuselage behind the observer.

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: AndRoby67 on March 06, 2020, 04:14:42 AM
Great looking model!
I love the "dress" that you choose and the high level of modelling skill!
Many compliments!
Roberto
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 17, 2020, 05:51:49 AM
Cabane struts and fuel system gubbins are in place.  Attaching wings and rigging are about to commence! 

(https://i.imgur.com/dsDfA63.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IhPzVPu.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on March 17, 2020, 06:44:43 AM
The details are really outstanding. The pipes connected to the pumps in particular Lovely smooth paint finish. All is Fantastic!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on March 18, 2020, 07:15:04 AM
Lovely attention to the details  :) Man , I really like that shade of blue  :)



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 19, 2020, 01:23:25 PM
Like my fancy rigging helper?   ;D

(https://i.imgur.com/mwrAT2f.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/r8JuFNe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/sDnhM6Q.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on March 20, 2020, 02:01:04 AM
Excellent rigging on the cabanes and your IP really stands out in the photo!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: lcarroll on March 20, 2020, 09:04:37 AM
Really slick technique getting that centre section on with all the pre-strung rigging Eric, and it's looking spectacular even at this stage. I'll join Rick in his comment on the instrument panel, it's beautifully done and jumps right out of the photo!
Cheers,
Lance
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on March 20, 2020, 10:20:33 AM
That is slick  :)


Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RichieW on March 22, 2020, 04:48:41 PM
Lovely work, thanks for detailing how you applied the decals so perfectly. I think a lot of hair dryers are going to be purchased as a result. Wish I'd read this a week ago!😀
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 23, 2020, 01:57:40 PM
Jan is starting to look like a plane!  Since the actual one was stationed in the Iraqi desert, I wanted to add some weathering to somewhat resemble the dust and sand it would have accumulated so I've experimented with lighter shades of washes and pigments.   I brewed up my own mix for a light sandy brownish oil wash which I applied to either side of each wing rib then used a flat brush and mineral spirits to pull most of it off.  I made the tail a little grubbier as I figured with it being closer to the ground it would pick up more dirt.  Sure wish color film had been invented back then.  It would be nice to see how those planes actually looked after some time in the desert.   I'm just making semi-educated guesses as to weathering.  :-)

I'm departing from the instructions for the upper wings.  They would have you build the entire upper wing first but I decided to mount and rig the center section and cabane struts first.  This would also make it easier to attached some lines to the lower wings as seen in these photos.  I won't tighten them until the upper wing is fully installed though. 

(https://i.imgur.com/3emJ2js.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ftnThLK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xScJAg2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Bp3xxTp.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on March 23, 2020, 10:09:24 PM
Your use of the washes and pigments look Terrific! Really like the results.
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: lone modeller on March 24, 2020, 05:29:52 AM
This is a truly impressive build - super finish on the paintwork and weathering.

One question: how do you intend to eliminate the gap/joint on the top wing? In my experience using your method there would still be a visible join. Do you intend to fill and restore the paintwork?

Stephen.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 24, 2020, 12:30:07 PM
This is a truly impressive build - super finish on the paintwork and weathering.

One question: how do you intend to eliminate the gap/joint on the top wing? In my experience using your method there would still be a visible join. Do you intend to fill and restore the paintwork?

Stephen.

Thank you! 

No need to fill anything.  The real aircraft had significant joints where the wings attach to the center section.  They even molded the small metal reinforcing bracket that cross the joints.  Now on those I'll fill the tiny gaps since half the brackets are on the wings and the other halves on the center section.

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on March 29, 2020, 11:53:27 AM
Oh what a tangled web!  Nearing the big moment - attaching the upper wings.  Still have to secure the lines in their sleeves on the port wing.  The blue thing on the starboard wing is an auxiliary fuel tank which I'll connect to the fuselage with 0.5mm Albion rod.  Details of the connection to the tank and how and where it enters the fuselage are nowhere to be found so I had to make a best-guess from the few photos I could find where the tank was visible at all.  I also almost missed the tank's support rigging.  I was verifying some of the wing lines in the instructions' diagrams last night when I spotted green lines running between the tank and wing.  I hadn't noticed those before so started checking reference photos again.  Once I knew what to look for, I saw them but they were very faint.  I would never have known to add them from just the photos.  Checking customer builds on the WNW site I found some builders had them, some didn't.   :)

(https://i.imgur.com/u1yH9MX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Fhc8WLH.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on March 29, 2020, 10:39:39 PM
I am amazed at how you guys can get the struts in place and the wing mounted with all of those wires hanging around! I would surely make a mess of things  8) Nice catch on the tank rigging!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on March 30, 2020, 12:58:09 AM
Your spiders have been busy  ;)



Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RichieW on March 30, 2020, 08:08:13 AM
Loving this build, beautiful colour scheme and a whole lot of rigging going on. You must have spent a lot of time planning!
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Borsos on March 30, 2020, 08:43:42 AM
Awesome. Great eye for the detail. Itís going to be a jewel.
Andreas
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on April 02, 2020, 01:11:03 PM
The tangled web has been sorted out!

(https://i.imgur.com/LL2wo4f.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ysPHsnY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lEoibdN.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric

Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on April 02, 2020, 08:54:32 PM
Looks Great as a biplane and your rigging is outstanding!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on April 06, 2020, 01:59:04 PM
Now that the main rigging is done, it's time to start adding other external details starting with the auxiliary chin radiator and plumbing for the under-wing fuel tank.  The latter was an exercise in creative license as details in reference photos were difficult to see.  The pipe is a combination of brass rod & tubing with fine solder used for the bent section going into the fuselage.  The entry point into the fuselage was a wild guess.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/QUHODI4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oXGUcpD.jpg)

And then there are the wire wheels.  Photo etch spokes from Pheon using kit-provided tires. Pheon also provided a resin hub for the extra wheel to be hung under the fuselage as only two were included with the kit.  Interestingly, WNW included the tires and hubs but no spoke parts. The kit schemes use covered wheels so the parts I'm using are actually shown as not-used in the instructions.  Anyway, since I'm ready to attach the spare, I've assembled and dusted it with some Mig AMMO North African Dust pigment since I'm sure it got a little grubby hanging under there.

(https://i.imgur.com/Nfmwk5c.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ozllQzK.jpg)

Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on April 06, 2020, 09:39:57 PM
Awesome work on the spoked wheels! All is looking Fantastic!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: eclarson on April 18, 2020, 12:29:08 PM
Work continues on my Ninak.  With the sad news regarding WNW, I'm all the more thankful and appreciative of the beautiful kits they released over the years.
The underside details including bombs and wheels have been added.  The exhausts have been installed as well.  As this aircraft was based in the desert, I added some dust and dirt using Flory and Vallejo Sand washes. 

(https://i.imgur.com/cdB2lFX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ferBhmy.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/evTcx1v.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FdsCZMn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Onc3oxA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TQ6D92x.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/zBAPBe2.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RichieW on April 18, 2020, 10:23:29 PM
Beautiful, those sand washes have added such realism. Great tribute to WNW after a week of bad news.
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: fixman on April 18, 2020, 10:34:22 PM
verry nice indeed...i like the wheels
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on April 20, 2020, 12:02:31 AM
Outstanding use of he washes. The wheels look Fantastic as does the rigging of the gear legs!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: eclarson on April 22, 2020, 08:07:32 AM
That's a wrap!  My Wingnut Wings Post-War DH.9a Ninak is done.  I'll eventually set up my camera rig and take some better photos but for now, these will do.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/51EBhCJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DB25FbR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/t9729bB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mzykur7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tY9oghL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rzzSSea.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/r10hDcK.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: Terri on April 22, 2020, 10:00:17 AM
She turned out beautiful Eric !  8)


Terri
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: RAGIII on April 22, 2020, 10:53:00 AM
A superb build in all respects Eric! Well done!!
RAGIII
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK
Post by: gedmundson on April 22, 2020, 11:30:27 AM
Absolutely incredible model, Eric. Very impressive.
Cheers,
Gary
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: smperry on April 22, 2020, 01:01:40 PM
Just beautiful. I have enjoyed following your build, thsnks for showing us.
sp
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: RichieW on April 22, 2020, 09:35:04 PM
Superb, every single part of this looks completely perfect. It's been a pleasure to see this build. :)
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: eclarson on April 23, 2020, 02:46:26 PM
Thank you all for those very kind comments!  As promised, I took some better photos tonight, all of which can be seen in a new post in the Completed section:

https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=11046.0

(https://i.imgur.com/3gbqolG.jpg)

Cheers,
Eric
Title: Re: WNW Post-War DH.9a NINAK - Done!
Post by: Bughunter on April 25, 2020, 04:09:03 AM
Great build report! I like all those details - really pitty, that some are mostly hidden.
You can be really proud of this model!

Cheers,
Frank