"How to Build Large Scale Dioramas"

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    Lower wings cont......
    This is the lower R/H wing assembly.It is made up of about 150 separate wood parts that must be cut and shaped individually.It can be a long and repetitive process so that is why I recommend doing the fuselage first.Once done ,it will give you a lot more incentive to complete the wings. The lower wings have small compression struts but no internal drag and anti-drag wires.
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    Flashover burn charring on the lower wing.After I get the wings completed and on the aircraft I will pick out a few spots where some wood will receive even greater damage and maybe even a grass stain or two on the surviving fabric near the wingtip.
    On a personal note I want to congratulate America as a beacon of hope in this troubled world.Cheers! John.
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    Strut and wire damage.
    I am now getting close to the fun part of doing some weathering and fire damage to the fuselage and putting it on its sled base.
    After reviewing some pics of nose over damage to biplanes, a few things seem evident.The wire and strut cage of the wings seems to be very strong.Often the center section N struts will bend or break more readily.With this in mind I left the overall wings pretty much intact, but bent a few things at the wing root and the center section.It is hard to tell how the landing and fling wires would be affected,which ones would be slack and which overstressed, so I have not yet clipped of the excess wire.
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    This is really a lot of fun,the best part of modeling as far as I am concerned.It is great to see your ideas come together after such a long time.
    It is always hard to know when to stop the weathering process,when enough is enough.I used pastels except for two places,the white ash at the plywood edges and the oil spots on the sled where I used some flat raw umber acrylic.I may still tone down the white ash with a little gray.
    The U/C spreader bar shows a little smoke and heat damage and one panel has been left off to gain access to the controls.
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    Like everything else, the fitting of the plywood sheets takes a long time and a little planning ,to have maximum access to the interior for gluing purposes.I first made up paper templates and cut the plywood oversize and sanded it down to fit,piece by piece.
    Before heat bending with the curling iron,I soaked the plywood in plain water for about 5 mins and then dunked it in ammonia to soften up the wood fibers.
    I will leave the cockpit area open for now until all interior work in this area is finished.I am a little tempted to leave a few panels off to show the fuselage interior but I haven"t yet come up with a good excuse to do so.
    The pilot would have been removed before the fire really took hold and the rear part of the fuselage placed where it is by the rescue crew, in an attempt to get at the pilot.Therefore ,the tail section would have suffered some fire damage laying on top of the wing like that.The fabric tail surfaces would have had the same fate as the wings.The only thing joining the two pieces together will be the control cables joining the controls to the elevator and rudder.The horizontal stab sort of hooks on the the lower wing at an odd angle which makes for an interesting storyline for those who want to stop to figure it out.
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