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Reply #42 - Jul 21st, 2017 at 4:48am

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I really like the way you're doing the transition from the rear fuselage to the vertical tail. There are so many aircraft where this area is an integral part of the "look" that is commonly let down by the plans or the kit. Getting it right, in my mind, is one of the best things you can do to achieve a scale appearance. You're getting it right!
 
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Reply #41 - Jul 21st, 2017 at 1:00am

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here's the tail fin area filler as I applied it to establish the ramping effect at the rear fuselage..very heavy
obviously for a flying model this is not happening...but for scale appearance it was a must. Also to strengthen the vertical tail to fuselage joint - this is quite strong now
 

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Reply #40 - Jul 21st, 2017 at 12:56am

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these Dumas kits really fall together..very well engineered. I had to use filler to get the tail fin area 'ramped' as per the prototype...Also the float strut material is vinyl strip stock which is great for a flying model because it flexes a bit but it isn't a great look for a scale model. I wont change it here because this model will be handled a bit enthusiastically shall we say...but on a detailed desktop model I would change to aluminum bar stock probably.

I'm also really happy with the wing and nacelles as they were designed for this kit. Very clean fitting vacuformed parts and the wing is quite strong. I would love to see someone build this model as a flyer...see what it can do as it was designed.

If you want a nice flying boat, especially a rare twin! this is the right kit to buy.
 

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Reply #39 - Jul 21st, 2017 at 12:46am

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I hope so. She helped sand the fuselage a bit today. So full of questions.
I have completed the floats - they will be painted before attachment. Looks like the wing will also be attached after the paint is applied.

Still laying on the sealer coats and light sanding for overall effect.

This is my favorite part of the build. All of the major components are essentially done, I just have to figure out the assembly and paint process...
 

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Reply #38 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 9:29am

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Looking fantastic!  Keep up the great work.  Looks like it will be strong enough for your muchkin! Wink Cool
 

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Reply #37 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 12:52am

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wing and nacelles are infilled and now mated..
And just a quick look at the airplane assembly - still have to do a rudimentary interior and apply more filler before the final assembly is undertaken.
 

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Reply #36 - Jul 16th, 2017 at 11:39pm

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the wing is laid up as are both nacelles - again this is a very well engineered kit.
There are only a couple of typo's in the instructions but they could cause a bit of grief so if you are thinking of building this kit just take the time to go over the plan sheet with the assembly directions very carefully.

I made one unforced error but I'm not telling you what it is. When I post the final shots of the build I'm sure many of you will see it pretty quick. It's not a small deal but the little one for whom I am building this airplane wont notice or care. lol - it's pretty funny actually..
 

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Reply #35 - Jul 16th, 2017 at 11:33pm

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back on the Widgeon after a day or two of interruptions..
the fuselage is filled in and sanded - one coat of sealer has been applied..
I am going to add a pilot figure and put a seat and panel in the cockpit but that is the extent of the interior work on this one.
I have ordered another one from Dumas that I plan on doing much more extensive work on.

This kit has terrific bones and should produce a nice display model without too much extra curricular activity.
 

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Reply #34 - Jul 11th, 2017 at 10:15pm

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Grumman Goose photos I found with the "goose" logo
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Reply #33 - Jul 11th, 2017 at 9:22pm

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OH! You guys are killing me with these great photos. Cheesy

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Reply #32 - Jul 10th, 2017 at 12:10am

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yes - there are a handful of differences - but that said this kit could be adjusted without too much difficulty to produce a Goose.

Food for thought

Sky9 the markings included with this Dumas kit are for the Coast Guard V203 in your most recent pictures posted below.
Very nice peel and stick decals too..
 

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Reply #31 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 5:32pm

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Another tell tail is the windscreens the Widgeon is wrap around where the G-21a Goose has the split windscreens with the rounded tops.
An exception is the turboprop Goose with a modified wrap around windscreen. 

Another difference is the shape of the vertical tail surfaces...Widgeon is squared off and the Goose is rounded.
Tom
 

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Reply #30 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 9:50am

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It is a Widgeon that has had its Ranger engines replaced with radials - a common modification as the Rangers were weaker and much less reliable. It is also harder to find replacement parts for those Rangers...
The Goose is almost identical but is about 15-20% larger than the smaller Widgeon.
 

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Reply #29 - Jul 9th, 2017 at 1:41am

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I believe that pink "Widgeon" is actually a Goose.  Only saying this because of the radial engines as opposed to the inlines.  Am I right?
 
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Reply #28 - Jul 8th, 2017 at 11:48pm

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some of the infill is done - just checking the fit of the cockpit roof and windscreen part after I trimmed it up. Looks like a good fit. It is of course wrapped inside and out with the Dumas peel coat. The kit includes a template to cut out the tape masks for the windscreen and the two side windows. The Widgeon has four additional cabin windows with two on each side aft of the cockpit side windows. Dumas includes decals to simulate those windows which I will use on this kit. On the next build I will cut them out instead and detail the cabin.
 

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