Author Topic: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup  (Read 3334 times)

Offline KiwiZac

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Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:16:38 AM »
I've been going through a really rough patch financially. My wife had to leave her job late last year due to health issues and, while she's had some part time stuff, we're really hard up. As in I'm selling my car to help pay hers off and so we have a cushion for bills/food.

Anyway.

I caught up with an old friend at a recent airshow and we got talking about models. He's moved onto bigger stuff - has an Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker Eindecker coming together in his garage and flies a DH.89a for passengers at weekends - but was interested to hear my views on Wingnut Wings kits. I sang their praises and he asked how many I've built - none, due to aforementioned issues. Jump forward to couple of weeks ago when a WNW Pup kit turns up at my door with a touching, encouraging letter from him enclosed.



There's a lot of small parts to paint before you put anything together and unfortunately I only had half the colours required, so I did what I could while I waited for some more paint to arrive (sold my wargaming figures to finance a couple of treat models, some paint and power bills). Now everything's here except the rigging material - here soon - so it's well underway.



I followed the paint callouts in the instructions - they give Tamiya and a few others, Tamiya being their and my primary - but I'm not 100% satisfied. I'll play around a bit.

More soon   :)
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

Offline kerick

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 09:49:30 AM »
The engine looks great, hang in there, things will get better

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2017, 09:49:13 AM »
Thanks kerick  :)

The rigging thread arrived this morning so I hope to get into cockpit assembly and rigging over the weekend.
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

Offline kerick

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 10:01:12 AM »
Never got interested in WW1 stuff but this looks like a winner!

Offline andonio64

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 01:43:15 PM »
Nice start KiwiZac, I like the engine!
 I wish you luck with your financial problems...

Cheers Antonio

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 05:16:15 AM »
Thanks gents!

Not much to report except that late yesterday I rigged the first bay of the starboard cockpit wall:


It's a big learning curve (for example: when hungry and cold your hand shakes!) and I now know that CA accelerator would be a big help. I'm sure that the more I do, the better my system will be.

Annoyingly when trimming the sprue gates I cut off one of the tabs on this piece (you can just see the remnant I left on there, at lower right) and both on the port. That made for a very frustrating moment, but I don't think it'll be a major problem.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2017, 05:17:59 AM by KiwiZac »
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

Offline Frank3k

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 10:20:45 AM »
I have two Wingnut Wings models, so I'm following this with interest. The cockpit sidewall looks fine. The engine looks good, too; the only suggestion is to vary the color of the copper a bit, from cylinder to cylinder. Tamiya makes a good weathering set that includes some "heat effects". If you don't have one, does your wife have any eye shadows that are copper-ish or blue-ish? Not only would you look fabulous while building the model, you could also use it on the exhausts (or whatever those tubes are)

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 12:24:08 PM »
Good thinking Frank, I may raid Sam's makeup and see what I can find.

The cockpit sides are all rigged - mostly from behind, as I had big problems with stuff sticking in the corners - and I'm excited to get back into it over the weekend. Expect photos!
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

Offline andonio64

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2017, 02:04:22 PM »
I look forward to seeing new pics!
8)


I have two Wingnut Wings models, so I'm following this with interest. The cockpit sidewall looks fine. The engine looks good, too; the only suggestion is to vary the color of the copper a bit, from cylinder to cylinder. Tamiya makes a good weathering set that includes some "heat effects". If you don't have one, does your wife have any eye shadows that are copper-ish or blue-ish? Not only would you look fabulous while building the model, you could also use it on the exhausts (or whatever those tubes are)


@Frank3k Tamiya Weathering Master kits look very interesting, I never used them but I wonder how to stop it coming off?

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2017, 12:19:16 PM »
Here's the state of play after a lovely day at the bench:


The next headscratcher will be finding a way to string up the rudder and elevator cables...
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2017, 10:46:12 PM »
Nice progress, Zac! :)
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Offline Frank3k

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 02:41:21 AM »

@Frank3k Tamiya Weathering Master kits look very interesting, I never used them but I wonder how to stop it coming off?


They are more durable than pastels, but they will come off with too much handling/playing with the model. A coat of clear satin or matte (or ready made pigment fixers from Mig or AK) should seal them in place.

Zac - the cockpit looks like it's coming along. Two options for the elevator cables - if they're not visible from the cockpit opening, skip them. Or use a thin but stiff wire (or a stiff bristle from a brush) to make it look like they're headed for the elevator cable opening in the fuselage.

Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2017, 03:06:21 AM »
Best wishes you you & your missus, Mango King.

Few things are better therapy than what you're working on there my friend!

Will enjoy the results immensely! Your work is always impressive!

Brian da Basher

Offline andonio64

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 09:23:19 PM »

@Frank3k Tamiya Weathering Master kits look very interesting, I never used them but I wonder how to stop it coming off?


They are more durable than pastels, but they will come off with too much handling/playing with the model. A coat of clear satin or matte (or ready made pigment fixers from Mig or AK) should seal them in place. ...


Thank you Frank3k, I read also that White spirit should fix those pigments well...

Offline andonio64

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Re: Wingnut Wings Sopwith Pup
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2017, 09:24:03 PM »
Kiwi, I follow all your progresses, I am really amazed by the quality of your work!