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most recent fail.

April 19 2010 at 11:15 PM
Rick Evans  (Login Arkonbey)
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This has got a lot of story and a few pictures as this is a failure from start to finish. It began at Christmastime 2009 and ended last Sunday...

Our model group had a holiday swap meet last year. Lots of fun. I found what I thought was a gem: A 1994 Eduard Siemens-Schuckert D.III. I asked the guy how much he wanted for it and he said it was free; all he wanted was that when I built it, he could take some photos of it.

I found out that night that it was going for $60 or more, so the next meeting I went and asked if he was sure. He was, so I promised to put it to the top of my stash.

I went home that night ripped it open, giddy with anticipation. Sure it was a short run kit, but it's Eduard, right?. The giddiness quickly turned to disappointment; what an awful model. Flash everywhere! I think the prop blades were 75% flash.

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The only saving grace appeared to be the incredibly fine photo-etch. Then the fear set it. Could I hack this thing? I had to, so I cleared my bench, screwed up my courage and began.

Three hours just removing and cleaning the parts. Did I mention flash? Then came the cockpit. The cockpit tub was entirely photoetch and was a bear to work with as Eduard sacrificed structural integrity for scale accuracy. Translation: the cockpit tub pieces were so fine that the completed tub was too fragile to withstand any handling. No problem, I thought, I'll just scratchbuild one out of sheet. It went well as I did have a master to trace from. I also separated all of the control surfaces surfaces while was at it.
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/\photoetch (shortly before breaking due to handling)

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The fuselage went together pretty well. Lots of filling and sanding, but not bad. Had to carve a bit to get the lower wing to sit, but it seemed to be holding up. Then came the decals. The tops and bottoms of the wings were all losenge camo. Losenge camo decals. Fourteen year old losenge camo decals. They were thin to begin with and now they shattered like glass. As though putting big sheets of decals on a wing (with scalloped trailing edges) wasn't hard enough. For frustrating hours, but it looked... not bad.

Then came the moment of truth: installing the upper wing. I had already completed an Eduard Camel and built a cool (imho) wing jig made of Lego and it worked pretty darn well. I made sure all of the holes for the struts were clear and put the plane in the jig.
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/\the jig

Fail. Nothing would sit right and any slight movement would send the cabine struts flying. Grr. Model group buddies recommended epoxy for its stickiness and working time. Tried it.

Same fail, only this time with tiny bits of epoxy marring the paint job.
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/\shiny epoxy bits

Also, the incredibly fragile landing gear struts broke and I had to scratchbuild a not-to-scale but strong set. Grr. Screw it, I thought. I'll just build this thing like I was twelve! Who cares! I just wanted it done, so back in the jig it went last Sunday.

An hour I fought with that thing. Epoxy everywhere. Then, inexplicably, the plane decided to start moving in the jig. Grr! So I took a piece of low-tac tape and carefully secured the wing to the jig. The plane moved again, the tape did not and a huge chunk of losenge camo decal from the lower wing came away on the tape. I was so angry, I didn't even thing. I ripped the plane from the jig and threw it hard against the wall.

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/\the aftermath

My only regret is that I lost two tiny pieces to one of the photoetch Spandaus. The worst thing, the real modeling disaster, is that this beat me so hard that it has me totally doubting my skills. So, I grabbed a Revell Texan off of the shelf on Wednesday and started working. I'll do some small scratchbuilding on it and try to get my confidence back.

Wish me luck.

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I'm gutted for you!

April 20 2010, 7:26 AM 

Especially given the pressures you've put upon yourself.

However, the kit CAN be built, but it's an old school Eduard, so needs huge effort and dedication to complete.

I don't think you've lost the battle yet - stay with it - they're a beautiful plane when complete



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Alex Jeffrey
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April 20 2010, 9:48 AM 

That one looks painful alright! Don't doubt your skills, though...you can do it! Good luck with the Texan, and show us how it turns out. Also, I REALLY like your jig. Any chance of a tutorial, or at least more pictures? Thanks!


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Patience, Grasshopper!

April 20 2010, 11:39 AM 

That kit is a real challenge, and requires a lot of patience to finish; I think it took me over five years to get mine together. Here's the finished product:

[IMG][linked image][/IMG]

Also, the new, 1/32nd scale SS D.III has the diagonal bias cut of the lozenge fabric going the wrong way; the diagonal should go (when viewing from above, with engine at top) from lower left to upper right.

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Rick Evans
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April 20 2010, 1:05 PM 

@alex + andy: Thanks for the encouragement. Also, I'll try to post some pics of my lego jig tonight.

@marvin: Zowie! That looks awesome! Five years? Well, I've only just begun, it seems...

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Ross McArthur
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Ouchies is right! Things are sent to try us.

April 20 2010, 9:40 PM 

At moments like these I turn to the wee small voice that says, 'This has been a test of the Disaster Emergency Signal. Thank you for your patience.'
Like golf this hobby is all in the mind, and we're only playing against ourselves. Ultimately it's an ongoing character appraisal:
What have I learned from this?
Where am I lacking?
What will I do different next time?
Will the beer/wine/bourbon run out before I finish the masking?

Hope your Texan restores the balance!

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bob mack
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that kit is a piece of junk...by 1958 standards

April 25 2010, 9:59 AM 

awful molding

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