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Dr Fester

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PostSubject: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Sun Jul 05, 2009 8:28 am

Hi,

My first build dedicated to the Splash SIG will be a 1/72 Roden Curtiss H-16 flying boat.



Never built a Roden kit before and heard differing reviews regarding the quality. A quick peek in the box reveals 11 sprues with a sizable amount of flash on each, I must be spoilt by the usual Tamigawa stuff I make!



Not knowing the background of this crate I had no idea the H-16 was the same Felixtowe F.2 airframe built under licence in the US to meet production requirements. The main difference being the Curtiss used Liberty V-12 engines instead of Roll-Royce Eagle engines used on the Felixstowe.

Upshot being much of the build info found on the net for the Felixstowe can be put to good use on this Curtiss. For a start off an assembly jig plan HERE can be used and this will be a good start for me before I start the build proper.

Stay tooned

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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:12 pm

OK the idea of starting this build with the jig went out the window.

Instead I decided to attack the cockpit area and although Roden had molded some token detail I thought some work was needed here, as you can see!



I began by removing the molded stringers and filling the sink marks. To replicate the canvas I did try tissue but instead went for the far easier option of masking tape, then sprayed a buff colour over and oil washed with dark sienna. The surface came out pretty well with a texture which could certainly pass in 1/72.

Next came the cockpit floor which has no detail. this in fact was planked as the hull of boat you would expect. I first painted the floor black and preceded to add sprue for stringers followed by very thin card for the planking:-



This was painted desert yellow and oil washed to simulate the wood. I then added the ribbing to the cockpit sides using some brown vinyl strips and this is very thin and shouldn't impede into the cockpit too much.



Eventually I will give everything a light brown spray to blend it and get away from the 5-bar gate appearance, but thats where the build has reached in one nights work.

More soon......

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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Wed Jul 15, 2009 12:44 pm

That is looking superb Doc, really smashing work! flower

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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:46 pm

Doc, I have some pictures of the F5 nose section at Flixton, if you are interested.

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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:37 pm

Sure Steve sounds good,

You should have my email addy, look forward to seeing them.

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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:11 pm

I've posted them at

http://gallery.atpic.com/29278

with some bonus ones of the towing lighter at Yeovilton under restoration, from two years ago.
http://gallery.atpic.com/29282
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PostSubject: Re: Roden 1/72 Curtiss H-16   Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:05 pm

Superb Steve, Many thanks Cool
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