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Merlin
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 04:02 PM UTC
Steffen Arndt has sent us photos of his fine build of ICM's new quarterscale "Chaika".

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
alpha_tango
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 04:27 PM UTC
Thank you Rowan!

A few words for others: this is an OOB build. It was not intended for display! I just asked Rowan to post it to show the kink that my model has in the tail section. I noticed it early during the build and checked everything twice (could not find a way to build it different). In the end I was not sure if it is intentional. Rowans test fits show his straight so it must be a mistake of mine.

Lukily I did not know about the shortcomings Sergey mentioned in Rowans Review thread.

So all in all: it was intended as a motivation build, this worked out well. I had fun and I am o.k. with the result (bare the kink, but you do not see it from every angle )

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 04:43 PM UTC
Cheers Steffen

It was only after you said to feel free to post the pics that it occurred to me that you'd maybe e-mailed them to me to run as an On Display in the first place! Sorry if that's not what you intended - but it's a really nice build that's worth sharing.

All the best

Rowan
alpha_tango
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 05:01 PM UTC
No worries!

Originally I sent them just to show you, but it is o.k. to share them

cheers

Steffen
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 07:18 PM UTC
Steffen, regardless of what your intentions were that is a beautiful build and I am glad a feature got posted. I will definitely pick up one of these kits soon. Thanks for sharing.

Best wishes,


Ian
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 10:28 PM UTC
Thanks Ian!

despite the shortcomings of the kit (see Sergeys new remarks in that thread), it builds easily.

If you close the pit like I did you can forget any detailwork except for some seatbelts .. you wont see anything. You can do a bit more on the rigging as the double wires have aerodynamic covers at their mounting points, which I omitted (knowingly).

all the best

Steffen
P.S. I also felt that the exhausts were much undersize
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 11:04 PM UTC
Steffen, some notes about painting scheme of your Chaika.
Some I-153 had sealing tape on the tail fairing, like this one

It looks like your I-153 had it as well:

Unfortunately I don't know what color it should be . And I'm pretty sure that tail should be silver, not white. I guess that this Chaika was repainted from standard prewar silver, and tail was left in its original color. Also it has antenna mast on the upper wing.

Sergey.
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Posted: Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 11:44 PM UTC
Thanks for your comment Sergey!

I used the picture in Sqn in action 157 pg.42 as a guide. The tape does not look that much different in colour but just in "structure", but I might be wrong. On your pic the tail has a certain sheen which it lacks in the sqn picture .. not sure this is silver, but who knows for sure.

BTW I just forgot the antenna ... doh.

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Monday, January 11, 2016 - 02:42 AM UTC
Rowan,

thanks for posting the few wip pictures! i only took a few during the build. I misplaced some of the instrument decals but these are never to be seen again...

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 10:08 PM UTC
Nice build, Steffen. It looks good - tape or no tape
alpha_tango
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Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 11:01 PM UTC
Cheers Jesper!

many thanks for your kind comment!

all the best

Steffen
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Posted: Saturday, April 02, 2016 - 10:41 PM UTC
Nice clean build. Why no weathering? I prefer not to weather most of my models.
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Posted: Saturday, April 02, 2016 - 11:40 PM UTC
Hello David

Well it actually is weathered. But (1) I do weathering to look good on the model and (2) I do not like over done effects. So it is not that visible on the photos.

all the best

Steffen