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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #135 on: February 18, 2021, 04:49:32 AM »
That really is something different. Rigging a biplane in the braille scale has sent my head reeling. Brilliant work.

Like Rick I wish that my much larger models looked as good as yours close up.

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #136 on: February 18, 2021, 06:18:04 AM »
Can I have it !???   Pretty please .....


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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #137 on: February 18, 2021, 12:56:02 PM »
Just utterly beautiful.

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #138 on: February 21, 2021, 01:10:37 PM »
Thank you everyone for the kind words and encouragement.  It definitely helps keep me going!  ;D

Day 2 of rigging.  The Australian summer finally arrived and my model building room over the past week has been too hot for close up work.  The PVA was drying before I could get it into position, so I had to keep the little huns under wraps until a cool change came.

Today we're back into the low 20's so I was able to repeat the rigging on the other wing.  Making template lengths for each wire was one of my better ideas it seems. It let me do the other wing quite efficiently.  I'll have to remember that for future jobs.  Still more to do, but here's a few shots of the D.IIIa as it stands today.






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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #139 on: February 21, 2021, 10:37:53 PM »
That is absolutely stunning work! IN any scale! Could you perhaps explain more about the templates, or have I missed something?
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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #140 on: February 21, 2021, 11:06:14 PM »
Hi Rag, Iím glad you like it  :)
Perhaps template isnít the best word, but what I do is use a straight piece of thick/oversized wire to determine the length for each piece of rigging.  The thick wire is comparatively easy to hold so I trim pieces of this to the exact size of each rigging wire. On the previous page thereís a shot of these taped into a notebook with labels next to them.  When I do the actual rigging I can trim the fine wires to the same length, which avoids lots of trial and error compared to making every one a custom fit.  I hope that makes sense.   ???

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #141 on: February 21, 2021, 11:22:38 PM »
Hi Rag, Iím glad you like it  :)
Perhaps template isnít the best word, but what I do is use a straight piece of thick/oversized wire to determine the length for each piece of rigging.  The thick wire is comparatively easy to hold so I trim pieces of this to the exact size of each rigging wire. On the previous page thereís a shot of these taped into a notebook with labels next to them.  When I do the actual rigging I can trim the fine wires to the same length, which avoids lots of trial and error compared to making every one a custom fit.  I hope that makes sense.   ???

Thanks for the explanation ! I just went back and looked at the templates. A good idea and I may borrow it for My SPADs.
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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #142 on: February 22, 2021, 04:36:56 AM »
Where do you get those giant matches? Are they related in some way to those giant worms which are endemic to your continent?

I completely agree with Rick: that would be super in 1/32 scale....

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #143 on: February 22, 2021, 06:44:48 AM »
Wonderful job on the whole build, William.
When finished, I'd like to see both of these sitting in the palm of your hand for a sense of the scale.  :o

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #144 on: February 22, 2021, 08:59:27 PM »
Wonderful job on the whole build, William.
When finished, I'd like to see both of these sitting in the palm of your hand for a sense of the scale.  :o

Well they are still some ways from finished, but will this do? 



Maybe I should take a photo of me holding a beer too so you can see how big my hand is.   ;D

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #145 on: February 22, 2021, 10:49:10 PM »
Amazing!
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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #146 on: February 22, 2021, 11:23:52 PM »
Yes. 
Absolutely astounding that you can rig in this scale.
I surmise that photo etching parts would also be of value, but you haven't used that either.

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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #147 on: February 23, 2021, 02:00:41 AM »
   ......... and I moved up to 1:32 Scale because I was having difficulty dealing with the smaller bits and details of 1:48!! They are absolutely amazing in their detail AND RIGGED! Spectacularly impressive model building William, this work is truly in a league of it's own!
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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #148 on: February 23, 2021, 12:56:10 PM »
 :) New pair of ear-rings !


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Re: Scratchbuilding a Pfalz D.III & D.IIIa in 1/144 scale
« Reply #149 on: February 24, 2021, 04:52:01 AM »
Is your other name Gulliver?

Stephen.