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That L-4 is very nicely done.

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Thanks fellas. I try to come up with a simple display idea that shows off the model in its "natural habitat", so to speak. SometimesI get as much of a charge out of designing and building the display as I do assembling the model.

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After finishing my FG buzz bomb I was still in the mood to to tackle another "wonder weapon", so I decided to build FG's He-162 A2 "Salamander". As always I used 110 lb cardstock, and reduced the printer setting to yield a 1/72 scale model. In this small scale I was able to cut off the glue tabs and butt joined each fuselage section, a cleaner method than overlapping, I think. Since this airplane has a tricycle landing gear, I epoxied a small weight inside ahead of the cockpit so it wouldn't be tail heavy.

The build was straight forward with a few exceptions: Before cutting out the fillet that joins the engine to the fuselage, I added a couple of thin strips of clear packing tape on the backside to reinforce where it gets real narrow. I didn't see a need to make all the recommended slits on this part either. It was easy to form a hollow well all along its length (before joining the ends) without them. I didn't cut holes from the fuelage for the wings either. Instead I cut out and formed each wing seperately and then trimmed them a little at a time until they fit snuggly against the fuselage. Nearly all the trimming was made on the underside. Topside I only had to round the front off a tiny bit. When I was satisfied with the fit, I glued a shaped piece of 1mm card into the opening in each wing, and then glued them to the fuselage.

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I was happy with the way the nose cone turned out. . I cut off the glue tab and butt joined the edges. I had my doubts about the petals, but they closed up very neatly. Then I coated it with a few coats of crazy glue, and sanded it lightly to remove the gloss. I repainted the tip with red acrylic paint. Looking at it head on, it should be egg shaped with the wide end down, not circular like a propeller spinner. Mine should still be a little taller and narrower I think.

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I made more detailed landing gear out of fine brass wire wrapped with paper, and epoxied them into the fuselage. Comparing them to pictures and drawings of the Salamander, they could have been a little taller.

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I turned the nose gear slightly to add a bit more interest.

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The pitot tube is thin plastic rod painted gray and black. The hoop antenna is made of fine lead wire. I wanted to display my Salamander sitting on the tarmac rather than in flight, so a display base was called for. I lengthened the base that I had previously designed in MSPaint for my Piper Cub, and textured it with a walnut woodgrain this time. Then I added a dark rectangular texture to the top, and designed and centered a brass look name plaque on the front to finish it off. After printing, I reinforced the top and angled front section with 1mm cardboard, and glued it all together.

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I would have liked to have done something a little more interesting in the way of groundwork, but I really couldn't think of anything. Besides, I'm anxious to get on with the next model, so I'm declaring this one done.

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NICE!!
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good job Don! those early german jets are awsome......

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Very nice. Another one for my "to Build" list. :)


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Beautiful Heinkel! very creative way to do the wings. They turned out very nice :D


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Nice Salamander, Don! I like the manner оn which you represent your models :)

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Very nice model, very neat and precise build. :D

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sweet...very sweet!!!!!!!!..great detail :D :D

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Hey Don,

Great looking model. I really like the display also. How about trying putting a clear canopy on it?

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I did consider making a clear canopy for the Salamander, Bob, since the model came with a seat and instrument panel. It certainly added a lot of appeal to your model. I even have a detailed line drawing of the aircraft's cockpit, and I put some thought into scratching the larger details to make a full interior, despite the small scale. It would have been a good candidate to superdetail. In the end I was just getting tired of it and decided to move on. My attention span (or lack thereof) is holding me back I'm afraid.

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I completely understand :)

Now that I've started with the clear canopies, haven't got around to interior design, which will now really enhance the models. For now just happy to settle for the clear canopies :) I bet ya they will be there when I am ready.... :lol:

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What a fun build this was! I hadn't built a kampfflieger model before this one, but if they are all this well designed - I'm really impressed. This was a free download, but I haven't been able to find it again to provide you a link. I'm not sure about the color, though. I think the blue is too light, and the yellow too dark for pre war USAAC aircraft.

I used my generic small base to display the finished model on. I jazzed it up with a nameplate and a bit of groundwork, both designed in MS paint. The grassy area was a little boring with just ink, so I applied a bit of static grass and finely ground green foam for texture. I'm thinking of adding a smaller plate to the back of my bases from now on with a "signature" and completion date. It'll be kind of neat to document when the models were built.

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Differing quite a bit from Fiddler's Green models, the fuselage is built up using skin and bulkhead construction, with 6 BHs and 7 skins. Each BH was undersized, but with a strip of card wrapped around they fit perfectly. On this model, the engine area is just a blacked out circle so I used a minimally detailed radial engine disc from another model for a better look. There are about twice as many cylinders as there should be, but at least it looks like something is going on behind the propeller!. The tail section was built in the usual manner. The fillets for the horizontal stabilizers were a nice touch, and really finished them off neatly.

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The main wing assembly was also very straightforward, and they mated up seamlessly on the underside. Their fillets needed a bit more effort to shape than most, but were also a perfect fit, smoothly mating the wing to the fuselage on top and bottom. The landing gear spats add a lot of character to this airplane. I fattened the main wheels with 1 mm card.

Seversky only built 30 of these aircraft, and the few surviving photos show slight variations from plane to plane. Despite the conflicting references, I added a few details that were consistent in nearly all the photos: A right side exhaust pipe made of rolled paper, a ventral ring antenna behind the cowl made of rolled wire, a pitot tube on the right wing made of monofilament painted black, a towering antenna mast made of doubled card, with "wire" from a 4" nylon paint brush.

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I'm really happy with this one :D

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great job Don! :D like your stand

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