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PostSubject: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Fri 21 Feb 2014, 4:34 pm

Here's a little abbreviated WIP from a GB for another forum.  It's for Braille Scale, but it kinda fits the WWI theme being done here.

It's a 1/72 Morane Saulnier MS230.  It's actually a 1930's era plane, but it was used as an experimental breakthrough weapon of the German Air Force in the movie, The Blue Max.  The film culminated in sending Blue Max recipient Lt. Bruno Stachel (George Peppard) to his death after another pilot determined it a death trap.

The Heller molding is very clean without any flash.  I also purchaed a SMER version, which is from the same molds.  The Heller had damaged decals and the SMER had yellowed decals.  That's how I came up with using the movie themed plane.




The movie plane was a single seat version, so the cockpit area had to be filled in.  If I did it again, I try to prebend the cockpit to offset the warping from putty shrinkage.




The engine completed.  Cylinders painted black and highlighted, pushrod tubes Alclad chrome and exhaust pipes gunmetal.  The cowl is magnesium metallizer cleared over.



The fuselage went together without the need for putty.  Putty was used to attach the tail pieces.  A little ribbing was added to the interior as well as foot controls and seat belts.  The holes provided for rigging proved to be monstrous compared to what's actually needed.



This is after it was painted in Alclad Aluminum.  The front sheetmetal was cleared over.




I got a set of decals from ebay that looked good, but they were a PITA to apply.  They wouldn't release from the paper, the glue seemed nonexistant, and were stiff and wouldn't conform to the ripples in the surface.  About 2 hrs of bathing in Solvaset and Microsol made them a little more compliant and they finally settled.




I've never done rigging before - heck its been about 50 years since I built my last plane!  I used some fine gauge beading wire.  It may look a little large in scale.  The hard part was straightening out the kinks in the wire after it was threaded through.  I filled the massive holes with gap filling CA.




When I got to the front struts, I was totally confused.  The first pic is Heller's instruction for it and the second pic is SMER's version.  Lucky I bought both versions!




So far it's going well.  I'll be posting more as it comes along.

Thanks for looking.

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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Fri 21 Feb 2014, 5:56 pm

It looks good here too Mike!!

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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Fri 21 Feb 2014, 5:59 pm

Nice looking plane. I hate it when decals don't work first time. I fight them all the time. Got it going on with Two Blue Max funny cars I am building now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Sat 22 Feb 2014, 8:43 pm

OK, I'm calling this one finished.  It was a little tricky mounting the wing to the cockpit cowl piece before the cowl was attached to the fuselage.  Tried a dry run the other way, stepping it through and it probably would have been an alignment disaster - so I went according to instructions.  All the little strut pieces were a real task lining up, and I had to pressure a few to be in the right place.

When the plane is viewed at certain angles, the silvering of the decals is quite evident where it lacked adhesive.  Oh well - that's life.



Hopefully, I'll improve with practice.  For now it's back to an ambulance, Chitty Bang Bang, and a table top navy.

Thanks for looking and your comments.


More pics will be posted later today in the completed section.

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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Sun 02 Mar 2014, 10:18 pm

nice job
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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Sun 09 Mar 2014, 12:56 am

Pretty special. I haven't ever seen that one in my books or at model conventions. My only tip on rigging is the thinnest clear nylon sewing thread on spools. It's relatively easy to work with and unlike regular thread it isn't fuzzy and unlike all but the thinnest wire, it conforms to bends with ease. It can be painted afterward or colored with small felt tip markers. Thanx, I really enjoyed this '30s connection between the wars in aviation.
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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Sun 09 Mar 2014, 2:04 am

That looks great !
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PostSubject: Re: The Blue Max - Morane Saulnier MS230   Sun 09 Mar 2014, 10:16 am

Nice job Mike.
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