Author Topic: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic' conversion  (Read 8803 times)

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #45 on: February 12, 2022, 08:01:18 PM »
Hi all,
A quick update.
I've primed the main assembly and other parts ready for painting and decals.
I'm now working on all of the pre-rigging before I carry on,

Mike



Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Online RAGIII

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18970
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #46 on: February 13, 2022, 01:00:38 AM »
Your Comic is looking great with the primer applied. I am looking forward to the next  phase!
RAGIII
"A man has to know his limitations": Harry Callahan

"Don't slop it on" Lynda Geisler

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #47 on: February 17, 2022, 06:04:09 AM »
Hi all,
The basic painted and wood finish for the the top surfaces is done.
I played around with the 'RB Productions' photo-etch flat streamlined rigging, but I chosen not to use it.
Although possibly easier to fit than mono-filament, it does not, as I thought, provide any structural strength to a finished model.
As this model is based on the Sopwith 'Camel', it has pretty flimsy and to scale struts and landing gear and so needs the support that rigging can give.

Anyway, on to the CDL underside surfaces,

Mike 



Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Offline KiwiZac

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2634
    • My Linktree
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #48 on: February 18, 2022, 04:49:36 AM »
Mike, at least you have the knowledge regarding the flat rigging for future builds. Your Comic is shaping up nicely and I'm always excited to see your latest update!
Zac in NZ

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #49 on: February 18, 2022, 06:07:16 AM »
Hi all,
The basic underside CDL has been applied with rib tapes.
The primed surfaces were airbrushed with 'Tamiya' Buff (XF57).
The rib tapes were then masked and the surfaces then airbrushed with 'Tamiya' Dark Yellow (XF60).
The masking strips were then removed and the surfaces given a light dusting coat of Dark Yellow, to blend them slightly.

Mike



Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #50 on: February 18, 2022, 06:12:56 AM »
Mike, at least you have the knowledge regarding the flat rigging for future builds. Your Comic is shaping up nicely and I'm always excited to see your latest update!

Yeah I guess.
Another problem is that as far as I'm aware they're are few retailers of flat rigging.
'RB Productions' (if they're still operating) 'AIMS' for 1:32nd scale and 'Steel Works' for 1/72nd scale.
So obtaining the stuff could prove problematic,

Mike


Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Offline gbrivio

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1682
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #51 on: February 19, 2022, 02:01:05 AM »
Very nice updates, the reshaped forward section looks excellent.
Ciao
Giuseppe

Online RAGIII

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18970
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #52 on: February 19, 2022, 08:00:44 AM »
Excellent paint work Mike!
RAGIII
"A man has to know his limitations": Harry Callahan

"Don't slop it on" Lynda Geisler

Offline PrzemoL

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4928
  • There was Eru... and he made first the Ainur...
    • Przemysław Litewka
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #53 on: February 19, 2022, 06:16:56 PM »
Nice colours. Fine shading on the undersurfaces.
As for the flat rigging I am still unsuccessfully looking for a way to make structural, easy to tighten and truly flat rigging...  :(
Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatuluk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #54 on: February 19, 2022, 08:37:03 PM »
Nice colours. Fine shading on the undersurfaces.
As for the flat rigging I am still unsuccessfully looking for a way to make structural, easy to tighten and truly flat rigging...  :(

Hi Przemol,
Yes the holy grail of WW1 aircraft modelling.
Hopefully us or someone will think of something one day,

Mike


Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #55 on: February 19, 2022, 11:05:54 PM »
Hi all,
I've added the fuselage navigation light and painted the two filler caps and pilots head rest.
Also added the padding around the cockpit opening.
This was ANYZ 0.5 mm diameter black braided line, secured in position with CA adhesive then painted.
Also the engine and cowl have been fitted.

So now it's onto applying the 'Aviattic' linen weave effect decals,

Mike



Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Offline PrzemoL

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4928
  • There was Eru... and he made first the Ainur...
    • Przemysław Litewka
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #56 on: February 20, 2022, 09:24:04 AM »
Nice colours. Fine shading on the undersurfaces.
As for the flat rigging I am still unsuccessfully looking for a way to make structural, easy to tighten and truly flat rigging...  :(

Hi Przemol,
Yes the holy grail of WW1 aircraft modelling.
Hopefully us or someone will think of something one day,

Mike

 ;D ;D ;D
Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul,
Ash nazg thrakatuluk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Offline Mike Norris (UK)

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2221
  • RAF Old and Bold
    • Mikes WW1 Aircraft Models
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #57 on: February 20, 2022, 08:24:59 PM »
Hi all,
It's always interesting to find facts when researching for a model.
For instance, the roundels and fuselage stripes on this particular 'Comic'.
The photograph of the actual aircraft was presumably used to create the following colour profile.





Prior to the introduction of the Type B night roundel in 1918, aircraft used on night operations had the white of the roundels over painted with the prevailing camouflage colour.
This was done to reduce the visibility during night flying.
The most common film used during the period was Orthochromatic film, which produced a very pale colour for blue and very dark colour for red.
It seems during the the 1950s and 1960s, it was thought that the the roundel of home defence aircraft was a white ring roundel with an enlarged red centre disc.
The photograph of this particular aircraft appears to show white roundel rings and fuselage stripes, which I assume was the basis for the previous colour profile.
However, given the colour variation from the film I think it was more likely that what appears to be white was in fact blue and the dark centre disc was actually painted red.
If that is correct, then it would seem sensible to paint the wing roundels similarly, rather than the standard red/white/blue roundels shown in colour profiles.
My guess is the following colour profile is more accurate, apart from the wing roundels.



Mike
« Last Edit: February 20, 2022, 08:34:59 PM by Mike 'Sandbagger' Norris »


Retired - 27 years RAF service then 20 years Military Aerospace Technical Author/editor.

Online RAGIII

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 18970
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #58 on: February 21, 2022, 04:33:06 AM »
I would certainly agree with profile #2 Mike. When the roundel and stripes are compared to the rudder stripe it is much more likely that the fuselage roundel and stipes were blue.
RAGIII
"A man has to know his limitations": Harry Callahan

"Don't slop it on" Lynda Geisler

Offline Alexis

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7947
  • Love the self
Re: 1:32nd scale Sopwith 'Comic'
« Reply #59 on: February 21, 2022, 04:57:54 AM »
 :)

My smile says it all !


Alexis
Hurra ! , Ich Leben Noch
Body and life is a vessel we use to travel the planet . Femininity is the gift , The miracle comes from what we do with it .