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(Barré) #1
mule was very appealing to me. It
would also be a good chance to try to
achieve a faded look to the canvas.

Construction begins with the
cockpit. It isn’t as busy as WWII
and later aircraft, but there’s

quite a bit of detail there that
will be visible after completion.
All of the internal parts have
fantastic detail, everything looks
great, and the fit is perfect.
I began by painting the side
frame Tamiya XF-78 Wooden
Deck Tan. I toyed with the idea
of spraying the parts with a clear

yellow to simulate a varnish, and
as I think it would have added more
to the appearance, in hindsight I
wish I had at least tried this out.
The next big step is building
the Liberty V12 Engine. A lot of
care and engineering is put into
Wingnut engines and the fit
with this one is fantastic. Simple
things, like all the wires for the
plumbing fitting perfectly, make
their engines a delight to build.
I began my engine by painting
the bottom tub Tamiya XF-16 Flat
Aluminum and the top Tamiya XF-
Flat Black, followed by oil washes.
For the silver areas I used black to

simulate grease, oil, and grime,
and a nice brown on the cylinders.
The sad part about all this is
that despite all that beautiful detail,
the sides of the fuselage cover the
entire engine. However, there is
a removable top section that will
show some of the engine, even
if the majority of it is hidden.
Next came a little modification.
Parts A5 and A6 make up the divider
between the front and rear cockpit,
but a test fit showed that it was a
little too big. These pieces need to
be sanded down once the fuselage
halves come together. This was the

Side wall with throttle

Dual foot pedals and
control columns

Cockpit assembly

Engine mounting bracket



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