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2017 Biplane Group Build (BiplaneGB17)

From 1st July to 30th September

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Fernando Nijhuis16/07/2017 19:14:57
811 forum posts
685 photos

Good evening all,

Great builds coming together here.

Dave, Marcello, Mick and Ron beautiful results very single one of them.thumbs upteeth 2

As for me Gladiator no.1 is finished apart from some weathering to complete with the dio:




Will make some more pictures when the planned dio is complete, on to no.2laugh

Have a good week everyone.


Mick Charlesworth16/07/2017 19:23:50
1889 forum posts
477 photos

Fernando she's a beaut!!!


Scottie16/07/2017 20:27:12
6382 forum posts
874 photos
1 articles


​Lovely job my son very nicely done.


spanner57016/07/2017 21:25:51
1068 forum posts
1281 photos

That, Fernando, is a class build!

Another set of rigging gets tamed.....


Gorilla Monsoon17/07/2017 01:51:49
407 forum posts
221 photos

Shivers i have missed so much - i see Dave is 2 up already!!

I have been following with the odd bit of modelling and very little time to post. Dave, Mick, Marcello, Ron and Fernando lovely builds. all very exciting and odd subjects to a tracky person.

Work for the month is opening up so i have more time, this weekend i made some progress on my Gull. I started with a preshaded frame:

undercoat one.jpg

undercoat 2.jpg

And managed to get some yellow onto it. I decided the fade yellow i bought I was nice for the non-metal areas (for all I know this aircraft may be all metal construction anyways and decided to go with some straight yellow I already owned for the metal/solid bits. Hopefully the two yellows will look interesting with some preshade showing to break them up.

yellow 1.jpg

yellow 2.jpg

yellow 3.jpg

I had to fix a seam to on the cowl joining (post the above photos), and one I had re done the preshade and one coat of yellow by nozzle snapped off with the thread in the body of the airbrush L. New nozzle and removal tool on the way from blighty and a $25NZ iwata clone being shipped from trade me (kiwi ebay), so tools are down fro the time being. Looking forward to sealing and getting the deals on to this little beastie – this may not be my last wingy thing!!

Keep at it guys



Andy Claesens20/07/2017 22:31:25
10986 forum posts
9945 photos
16 articles


Good evening all and thanks to you all for forming up in the Mess in such an orderly manner.

I haven't been idle, just away doing another course so I have been peeking in but unable to comment. Some MAGNIFICENT work going on, (I'll comment more over the weekend).

I have made a start to the Swordfish. Taking it away with me actually saved me a few quid in the bar. The pictures however, are on my phone and are not of the best quality, so I will get them downloaded and cleaned up and then hopefully post up progress tomorrow.

Chin Chin,

Andy C
Flt Lt
OC No.1 (MilMod) Sqn


Dave S 422/07/2017 14:16:56
632 forum posts
107 photos

Some great work on here.


Steve Jones 1223/07/2017 12:27:28
4283 forum posts
9384 photos

Fernando - A stunning build

Darren - A great update. Looks like it is all going in the right direction

Tim Marlow23/07/2017 20:42:52
1462 forum posts
1082 photos

Hi all

Time for an update....but first...

Fernando...superb result there bud, great looking Gladiator....

Daz mate, great looking progress on the Gull. Nearly on the home straight now...

OK all, here's mine so far....

Basically assembled the fuselage....not too bad a fit, but a little filler needed here and there.


...and waved goodbye to all the internal detail....



Tail built up and ready for paint....but as you can see, the carpet monster got a strut so I replaced it with 0.6 nickle silver wire. I have also drilled everything during assembly for the rigging and control diagram supplied with the kit so lots of peering at photos was needed. A nice touch was the supply of several spare control wire horns. They are pretty small and easily lost or damaged during drilling so this was welcome.

I think I got all the wiring points sorted out. An inexplicable oversight in the kit was the lack of holes in the tail surfaces for the upper control wire to pass through, so I cut them out myself.



Lastly, I have now added the struts.....the inner ones are glued to the body and the wing outer V struts are glued to the upper wing. This should allow me to disassemble it for easier painting. The blue tac is supposed to hold them in the correct orientation while the glue dries.

I still have to detail the upper fuselage and add the undercarriage, but all parts are now cleaned up. This will happen in a day or two I hope...not many bits to go now....


Then the airframe will be moved to the paint shop. In other words, moved about two foot to the left and put in the spray booth

I need to find my ezyline now for the inevitable rigging stage, or else buy some Uschi Van Der Rosen stuff....

Any and all comments welcome....



Gary MacKenzie23/07/2017 23:06:07
214 forum posts
65 photos

Late to party, moving house in next 14 days , but will start this as soon as i get my room set up


Pilots in Dinghy

Rescue Plane ( due for release 1st August )

All 1/48 scale, never done any plane in 1/48 and not done an Airfix build for a very long time ( approx 40 years )

Will then return to finishing the AA build

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