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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:15 pm

    Very good, Brian! Good progress as well.

    May I suggest a last photo of all the cockpit so we see how it looks as a whole  Rolling Eyes

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Ray on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:20 pm

    Looking GREAT as usual Brian & the enlarged pics are really UNJUST on the actual size of things  Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Gordon on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:30 pm

    great job

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:32 pm

    Yes the stuff looks much better in real life, i will try to bring it along next Wed. Thanks for the comments. Noel, the cockpit is like that. There will not be a seat in place and i still need to put a piece of rag in its place. I will take more photos when it is eventually in place.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Noel Petroni on Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:34 am

    No seat! ... komets were like that?

    Another question: I'm curious ... what are those three blue balls?

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:16 am

    Noel, you misunderstood, i have a seat but will not have it displayed in the cockpit. This plane is part of a two plane diorama located in a workshop. The seat will be left out of the plane. Those blue balls as you call them are oxygen bottles. Everything the germans did was colour coded. Everything having to do with the oxygen supply in the plane would be blue, electrics were yellow warning instruments and controls were red and oil reservoirs, controls and instruments were brown. The pit and instrument panel have now been given a coat of matt varnish and will soon be glued in place. I will hopefully post some more pics soon.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  iCocker on Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:54 pm

    I think the weathering and scratches is a bit too much for a new and not so used model, or are you enhancing to show more from inside the cockpit? Keep up the good work mate ...

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:51 am

    These aircraft were experimental and flew more than the production models. They flew daily evaluation flights, sometimes more than once a day and these regular frequent flights were necessary for assessing the aircraft. They were far from new. Besides, it was very easy to hit the sides when entering/leaving the cockpit. these guys had bulky protective flying suits which made it more difficult to get in and out. They also entered the aircraft using a normal wooden ladder. Very primitive considering the high tech stuff they were dealing with.

    Ivan since the German cockpits are so dark in colour, i always overdo the dry brushing, enhancement so as to at least have the details showing when the fuselage is closed.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  in nannu pec on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:16 am

    awesome work Brian...prosit
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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Ray on Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:59 am

    bcauchi wrote:Noel, you misunderstood, i have a seat but will not have it displayed in the cockpit.  This plane is part of a two plane diorama located in a workshop.  The seat will be left out of the plane.  Those blue balls as you call them are oxygen bottles.  Everything the germans did was colour coded. Everything having to do with the oxygen supply in the plane would be blue, electrics were yellow warning instruments and controls were red and oil reservoirs, controls and instruments were brown.  The pit and instrument panel have now been given a coat of matt varnish and will soon be glued in place. I will hopefully post some more pics soon.

    Thanks for Noel's question & your answer coz for a fleeting second I thought them Pilots had THREE of them & being Blue Blooded as well re Arian Race n All  lol! 

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  iCocker on Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:19 pm

    bcauchi wrote:These aircraft were experimental and flew more than the production models. They flew daily evaluation flights, sometimes more than once a day and these regular frequent flights were necessary for assessing the aircraft.  They were far from new.  Besides, it was very easy to hit the sides when entering/leaving the cockpit.  these guys had bulky protective flying suits which made it more difficult to get in and out.  They also entered the aircraft using a normal wooden ladder.  Very primitive considering the high tech stuff they were dealing with.

    Ivan since the German cockpits are so dark in colour, i always overdo the dry brushing, enhancement so as to at least have the details showing when the fuselage is closed.

    Thanks for clear that out mate ... I knew you were not doing weather because it is fashionable ... hence I asked!

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:21 pm

    No problem, i love the questions from all of you, it means you are interested in the project. The more the merrier.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Carius on Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:37 pm

    FANTASTIC SCRATCH!

    2 MASTERPIECES  cheers 

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  skyhigh on Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:35 am

    The deadly mix.......

    T- Stoff and C- Stoff

    Good work and good progress Brian ........


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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Sun Apr 27, 2014 2:32 pm


    Thanks guys i am working on the skid structure now. there were at least two types of skids, the early type and the later type. The kit supplies the earlier type and one of the comets i am building, V45 or the 35th prototype which was coded PK + QP which eventually became white 05 when in squadron service, had the later type. I had to totally rebuild the skid and its associated equipment since this will be in the extended position and without the fairing covers so that all the structure will show. I finally managed to find out how the retraction mechanism worked and now i can get on with the detailing of the area. Not such an easy task. I hope to post some pics soon.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:56 am

    Here are some progress pics finally.

    This is the attachment of the skid retraction/extension piston to the fuselage.





    Next up is the skid itself, a combination of the kit skid, built up with plastic card and detail with more plastic rod, wire etc.











    And finally the skid attached to the point on the fuselage.





    It took me a long time to figure out how this thing works, you will realise why later on when i build up the sides and all this will be a bit diffiuclt to see.

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  in nannu pec on Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:47 am

    A Nice piece of engineering Brian....prosit
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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  skyhigh on Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:19 pm

    Modeling at it's best........very good work.. Brian.. cheers 

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Ray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:49 am

    Brian, extreme engineering skills as always Smile

    Make sure you print a BOOKLET of PICS to display with your Masterpiece at Euro p Cool


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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:14 pm

    Will do Ray, at the moment my biggest preoccupation is finishing in time. It is still a way off but so is my work!!

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Ray on Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:20 pm

    bcauchi wrote:Will do Ray, at the moment my biggest preoccupation is finishing in time.  It is still a way off but so is my work!!

    You'll get there don't worry  Twisted Evil
     

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Thu May 01, 2014 7:37 pm

    Some more progress on the skid supports. Both sides are complete. the skid was actually supported by these sides. The piston you see in the front served to retract or deploy the landing skid. Lots more detail to go but the basic framework is done. Aluminium and plastic.











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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Gordon on Thu May 01, 2014 7:44 pm

    Fantastic job Brain

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  bcauchi on Thu May 01, 2014 8:20 pm

    Thanks Gordon

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    Re: Two Me 163 komets

    Post  Ray on Fri May 02, 2014 2:19 pm

    Awesome progress Bri  cheers Shocked Twisted Evil 

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