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    Building the DH2.

    This is another easy one, for the beginner.

    1. Clean up the casting.
    2. Open up all holes until the struts will slip in easily.
    3. Fit the struts in pairs, and glue to lower wing. Use the upper wing placed on top to align them

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    4. Glue the cabine struts to the top wing.
    5. Marry up the top and bottom wings and glue struts and cabines to the opposing parts.

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    6. Fit and glue tail support struts. Take care to match up rear struts.

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    7. Align and glue on tail.

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    8. Assemble and glue on the undercart.
    9. Fit the tail skid.(The most difficult part of the assembly)
    10. Undercoat.
    11. Paint.
    12. Glue on the prop.
    13. Coat the decals area with micro set.
    14. Apply decals
    15. Paint over with micro sol.
    16. Varnish to taste.
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    Rob.
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    Did you fill and sand the top wing?

    Finest yet, well done that man, EIIIs in the pipeline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormkahn View Post
    Did you fill and sand the top wing?

    Finest yet, well done that man, EIIIs in the pipeline?
    Filled, filed, and wet and dry.
    I can feel an early was sortie coming on soon Dave.
    Rob.
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    Superb Wingco (as usual) The forthcoming wow minatures will be hard pushed to achieve this standard...Thanks for sharing

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    Nicely done Rob - I've done my EIII's but been baulking at the DH2's - so this is timely indeed.

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    Thanks chaps. It all seems worth the write up when the effort is useful.
    Rob.
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    Hmmm.....
    Is this the same model some people were having kittens about over the mysterious `tailskid` bit on another thread.
    If it is it looks like Skytrex must have upgraded it.
    Incidently, I`ve been looking closely at some DH-2 photos just recently and it looks to me that there is a horizontal strut located on the bottom between the second set of vertical struts, forming the bottom base of a square with the leading edge of the tail making the top.
    If thats true then there are a lot of inacurate plastic models out there!
    Its only just visible in photos taken from the 7 and 5 o`clock positions and very easy to miss.
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    Exquisite model Wingco, let me buy you a glass of your favourite libation

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    Yep, make you right on the `extra` horizontal strut Rabbit !
    Will be interesting to see if it`s omitted from the forthcoming wow version !

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    If you can get hold of Windsock DF 48, in addition to the GAs (where, to be fair it doesn't stand out), there is a photo on the inside cover which clearly shows the horizontal strut, which makes a structural box, just like on an FE2b/d.

    According to the DF, all metal components (like the horizontal tail struts) 'were finished in light grey'.

    Overall though, it looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick62 View Post
    If you can get hold of Windsock DF 48, in addition to the GAs (where, to be fair it doesn't stand out), there is a photo on the inside cover which clearly shows the horizontal strut, which makes a structural box, just like on an FE2b/d.

    According to the DF, all metal components (like the horizontal tail struts) 'were finished in light grey'.

    Overall though, it looks great!
    Yes Baldrick, I have seen this too. I just built it as it was sent, to illustrate the kit.

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    Rob, no criticism meant; love your work, and the encouragement it gives to others. I need to start posting too.

    Meanwhile, it must be bar o'clock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick62 View Post
    Rob, no criticism meant; love your work, and the encouragement it gives to others. I need to start posting too.

    Meanwhile, it must be bar o'clock.
    Non taken old bean. I was just trying to explain my raison d'etre rather late at night, so probably too terse to get my meaning over clearly. Did I hear you mention the bar Balders old chum?
    Rob.
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    08:01 - well, the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick62 View Post
    08:01 - well, the sun is over the yardarm somewhere in the world!
    Of course old bean. The Sun never sets over the British Empire.
    Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Of course old bean. The Sun never sets over the British Empire.
    Rob.
    Only because God doesn't trust Englishmen in the dark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick62 View Post
    Only because God doesn't trust Englishmen in the dark!
    It's those Zeps in the dark that you should worry about Balders.
    Kyte.
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    It's 7.25 pm here guys and just finished a lovely glass of wine so if you are ever thinking you are drinking alone don't forget your Kiwi mates we are more than happy to raise a glass with you.
    Linz

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    Very nice job again Rob, although not mad about the silver scaffold poles! Treat 'em to a coat of grey please

    Regarding the horizontal strut, did DH2s really have this? I've perused a bunch of 3-views, and none have shown this.
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    Yes to the horizontal strut; it seems to be missed more often than not, or mistaken for a rigging wire sometimes, but try this photo:

    http://williamwhitson.com/planes/AIRCO.html

    There are several photos in the DH2 Windsock Datafile as well which confirm it was there; only really shows up in rear quarter shots though due to the position; it's usually obscured.

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    That does it I will have to totally destroy my DH2 and start over again I can't have my plane missing a strut. Funny thing is I fitted the strut to the Fe2b. Two jobs now fix DH2 strut and redesign undercarriage on EIII. Oh the strain of not having them right maybe need more wine to straighten the nerves. Where did that Merlot go?
    Linz

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    Uh! Oh sorry Linz, was that your Merlot.
    Kyte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    Regarding the horizontal strut, did DH2s really have this? I've perused a bunch of 3-views, and none have shown this.
    Steve, or should that be Thomas, o ye of little faith! Any GAs or three-views, unless they're the original plans, are a draughtsman's interpretation of photographs or descriptions. You need to find images of photographs for yourself to confirm the truth (structural truth that is, as I think we all know how dodgy it can be trying to interpret colour values from orthochromatic film).

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    Arrgh don't tell be it doesn't have that strut! He cries looking down at the tangled ruin of his favorite scratchbuilt DH2.

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    Mate, time for more Merlot, though maybe not at that time of the morning!

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    I'll just pretend I'm back in Blighty. Oh! Hold on back when I was in Blighty I used to pretend I was in NZ to have all day drinkies so why change the habit of a lifetime. What's that saying " to the bar"
    Linz

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    Like your style! Cheers!

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    To the Bar then gents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldrick62 View Post
    Steve, or should that be Thomas, o ye of little faith! Any GAs or three-views, unless they're the original plans, are a draughtsman's interpretation of photographs or descriptions. You need to find images of photographs for yourself to confirm the truth (structural truth that is, as I think we all know how dodgy it can be trying to interpret colour values from orthochromatic film).
    Steve will do nicely Baldrick.

    I'm aware that checking photos would prove or disprove the theory, as I did last night when I got home from work. I posed the question while I was at work without access to any decent references, hence the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    Steve will do nicely Baldrick.

    I posed the question while I was at work without access to any decent references, hence the question.
    To strut or not to strut, that is the Question?
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    I'm running out of merlot over here does it have the b****y strut or not?
    Linz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linz View Post
    I'm running out of merlot over here does it have the b****y strut or not?
    Linz
    Probably
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    Well probably mines missing

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    Right, deffo got horizontal bracing struts top and bottom, in line with the rearmost vertical struts. Tucked just under the front of the horizontal stabiliser so doesn't really show on overhead plans. Better open a bottle of Merlot to celebrate Linz.
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    This will be the most expensive 1/144 scale strut in the world.
    Costings
    Strut, Glue, Paint and time fitting them $3.50 (I value my time Highly)
    Bottles of Merlot comsumed worring about Strut 6 @ $30.00 each
    Total price of Strut $183.50
    Great Value for money.
    Linz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linz View Post
    This will be the most expensive 1/144 scale strut in the world.
    Costings
    Strut, Glue, Paint and time fitting them $3.50 (I value my time Highly)
    Bottles of Merlot comsumed worring about Strut 6 @ $30.00 each
    Total price of Strut $183.50
    Great Value for money.
    Linz
    That's it then Linz, Go strut your stuff.
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    You could save yourself $3.50 on that by not bothering with the strut
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    Reminds me `Hey Dad i ran home after the bus and saved my fare !`
    `Son you should have ran home behind a Taxi Cab`

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    You could save yourself $3.50 on that by not bothering with the strut
    I like your thinking Gunners. Yuo could put the money saved towards another bottle of Merlot. Which reminds me............
    Kyte.
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    Will start on strut once bleariness of my eyes and thumping in my head subsides.
    Must have been on puter too long............
    Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
    Linz

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    WOW.. seeing this has changed my opinion.. previously I have not been overly impressed with this aircraft.. but your model looks fantastic.. really good job.. and I think I have come to like and respect this plane.. and the paint job is first class too.. spot on as you chaps put it.. thanks for sharing this one with us and thanks for .. 'opening my eyes' to the DH2

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    How do you mount this plane on the base? From the card it looks like the post would go where the aircraft ain't.

    Edit: Looked at the set 5 post photos. Here you can see the post just in front of the prop:







    Also in the first two pictures you can see the horizontal strut.
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    The mounting peg can be seen in the last photo, it's pretty much as aft as you can get so I suspect you're right about it sitting a little backwards on the stand.

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    First time I've seen the Nexus DH2. Doesn't look bad at all, apart from the midget pilot. Never mind, out with the Dremmel!

    Question on the Skytrex DH2 Rob - does it have the top wing gravity tank?
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    That's it then - WoW in 1/48th scale!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    First time I've seen the Nexus DH2. Doesn't look bad at all, apart from the midget pilot. Never mind, out with the Dremmel!

    Question on the Skytrex DH2 Rob - does it have the top wing gravity tank?
    The short answer to that Steve is no. But never being known for my taciturn nature, i will give you the benefit of my vast experience on the topic.
    No, but I think it would be an easy problem to rectify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormkahn View Post
    A very useful bit of info in those pics Dave. If only I had seen them before I started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guntruck View Post
    That's it then - WoW in 1/48th scale!
    A ridiculous notion; there's only one proper way to do it:

    http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/

    Dom, who probably would if the lottery win ever came in....

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