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Offline Des

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CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:12:12 PM »
I have decided to have a crack at the new Copper State Models 1:48 scale injection moulded FK.8 mid version. A full build log of this kit can be found on my website but i will post as much as possible here on the forum as well.
The kit gives a choice of a resin engine or a plastic engine. I opted for the plastic engine even though the resin engine is quite nice. The engine went together very well, the first thing I did was to open up the gap between the cylinders, I did this with a razor saw, it was quite an easy exercise and gives a much beter appearance. The first two images show three of the cylinders having been cut away, I ran a piece of wet and dry paper between the cut cylinders to give a smooth finish.





The rocker arms are supplied as a solid lump of plastic so to make them look a little more like the real thing I hollowed them out ginving them a nice 3D appearance. I firstly drilled several holes through the bottom of the rocker arms then removed the excess plastic using a fine jewellers file. I also added the two magnets to the front of the engine, I drilled six 0.3mm holes into the front of each magneto to take the ignition leads. I also fitted the kit supplied plumbing which fits on top of the cylinders.

 



I spayed the cylinders using the copper MRP paint, this paint sprays beautifully but does require at least three coats to obtain a good coverage. The rocker arms were brush painted with Mr Metal Color Stainless and lightly buffed once dry. The crank caes were brush painted with Mr Metal Color Chrome Silver, this was also lightly buffed once dry.

 



These next photos show one side of the engine nearly completed, I added a lot of extra plumbing using 0.24 brass wire, the throttle cables were made from 0.12 copper wire painted with Mr Metal Color Dark Iron. The ignition leads were made from 0.09mm copper wire and once fitted were painted with Humbrol No.94.

 





This next picture shows the engine sitting on the instruction booklet, the comparison between the instructions and the built engine show the amount of extra detail I have added, a bit time consuming but well worth the effort. Please bear in mind that my preferred scale is 1:32 so building this 1:48 scale engine is way out of my comfort zone, also, due to my wife being ill I have not built a model for 9 months so I am a little rusty.



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« Last Edit: June 16, 2017, 07:36:51 PM by Des »
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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 09:05:40 PM »
Des,
It may not be your scale but I see no sign of rustiness or lack of detail! Gorgeous engine!
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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 09:19:01 PM »
Very nice start see ole buddy. I like that you are dabbling in 1,48

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 09:21:23 PM »
Outstanding work Des! This is shaping up as another of your world class models

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 10:14:42 PM »
Beautiful work, Des.

I hope that your wife is well on the road to recovery following her illness.

Best wishes
Nigel

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 10:17:40 PM »
Outstanding detail on your engine (as usual), are you leaving the cowling open (would be a shame to hide such detail)?

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 10:49:25 PM »
Good to see you back on a model! really very nice start on that engine.
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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 12:33:54 AM »
Lovely Des!

Can't wait to see your progress. Such a lovely looking and interesting aircraft too.

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 07:40:33 AM »
What a great start! And in my beloved scale too :)
The engine looks fantastic! But the MRP copper looks a bit bright on some pictures, thie is may be only due to light?

Good luck,
Frank

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 03:22:31 PM »
Fabulous! At 1/48 incredible.

May I ask where you buy copper and brass wire to such precise diameters?

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2017, 11:58:41 PM »
Great start Des, the engine improvements are very impressive. (and I can't detect any evidence of "rust" in the photos!)
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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2017, 04:46:29 PM »
Excellent details, Des!

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 02:01:52 PM »
I finished detailing the engine by adding the ignition leads and more plumbing, there is probably more that could be added but due to the small size I have decided to leave well enough alone. Here are a series of photos showing the completed engine, remember that this engine is the plastic one supplied with the kit, I did not use the metal exhaust either, I feel the plastic engine is every bit as good as the resin engine.

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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 05:23:42 PM »
Incedible work on this engine,Des. Wonderful work on the piping and cabeling.
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Re: CSM 1:48 FK.8 Mid Version
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 10:41:00 PM »
Simply outstanding!
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