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TOPIC: Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72)

Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 16:24 #1

Starting this one for a build at my local club, the build is for the " Gary Porter Challenge", a build in the middle of winter to get members building. It runs from mid Nov. to mid Feb. It is held in honour of a deceased member of our club. Unfortunately, Gary passed away before I joined so I never got to meet him, but I'm told he was a prolific builder and encouraged others regularly. I tried this last year with a Canadian Defiant but I never finished on time so this year I'm taking a stab at it again. Our theme this year is anything associated with "Water" (snow is included!)

This will be my kit

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I got started on it Thursday evening with the interior. This takes several steps and has a tonne of little pieces to put in place with many sub assemblies, most of which will never see the light of day again. There are 6 compartments and only 3 of them will really be seen once the glass is on and she's buttoned up. There are a few injection spots that will need to be filled, the others won't be noticed.

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Here's the finished interior (minus the paint and the control columns). The kit only supplies one control column (more on that later) and after looking at limited historical photos, the Be-6 clearly had two so I'll have to scratch build one.

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I moved the seats a little forward than what was stated in the instructions as they looked too far back. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information on the interior of the Be-6. They only made 126 and I believe there are only 3 surviving airframes, 2 in China and 1 in Ukraine (I could be wrong about that) but from my search for historical pics and the Be-6 in Ukraine that was recently restored, I believe there was a floor access (openings) just ahead of the seats for the pilot and co-pilot to get into the cockpit. I decided not to show this here due to my time constraints and the fact that it will hardly be noticed through the tiny windows. Most of what I could find was on the Seawings website.

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This is my first Trumpeter kit to build and I have to say that the fit is INCREDIBLE! The detail in the parts and the fit is one of the best I've ever seen in a kit. That's my apple!

My onion, although I would say it is a great kit so far, there are some very obvious errors. I mentioned a couple so far:
1. only 1 control column
2. no access for cockpit
3. there seems to be no access for the other compartments either, except the tiny rear gun position, they molded a door in there.
4. they must have modelled it after one preserved in China with turbo props because they have the original piston engines design, but it still calls for the turbo prop exhausts to be installed under the nacelles in the instructions.
5. there are no engines, just a flat piece of plastic, I'll try and correct this
6. the cowls on the engine nacelles are molded incorrectly

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As for that control column, I took a couple parts from the spares bin and will try to fashion something similar

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Just glued some small diameter sprue here inside the IDF look for the wheel. the other part will serve as the column

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More to come!
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 16:59 #2

:popcorn Is this an MP imitation ? I don't see any pictures :coolio

Waiting patiently :blush: Cheers, Christian

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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 17:03 #3

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:popcorn Is this an MP imitation ? I don't see any pictures :coolio

Waiting patiently :blush: Cheers, Christian

Sorry, ran into a SNAFU and had to correct!!!

Hopefully, there are some now!

:)
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 17:10 #4

A review can be found here, if interested...


www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tru/kit_tru_1646.shtml
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 17:17 #5

Looks great here. :popcorn
I told you photobucket sucks...



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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 17:27 #6

sharkman wrote:
A review can be found here, if interested...


www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/tru/kit_tru_1646.shtml



Probably just me :rotf but I would love to hear that Chinese Wopen engine run...

Cheers, C. B)

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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 18 Nov 2017 19:01 #7

Nice! :popcorn

The anything to do with water theme sounds right up your alley. ;)
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 19 Nov 2017 09:35 #8

I know Trumpeter gets beat up a lot over accuracy errors but the ones I have built have gone together well and were enjoyable builds. I love seaplanes and will be watching with interest :popcorn
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 19 Nov 2017 11:15 #9

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I know Trumpeter gets beat up a lot over accuracy errors but the ones I have built have gone together well and were enjoyable builds. I love seaplanes and will be watching with interest :popcorn

This is the first one I've built Gary. I have one other in the stash, the HU-16 Albatross. It just surprises me that after scanning through the parts on this kit they seem to have spent a lot of time detailing certain parts but then neglecting others.

The wings for example, fit together seamlessly and have positionable ailerons, fantastic workmanship. Then looking at the outrigger floats, the floats themselves are perfect, but the two supports holding each to the wing are just rectangular bars, no effort to streamline them like the real thing.

There are not many faults and I don't think it will take away from the enjoyment of the build, I'm just curious why some of the (obvious) errors were made.
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 19 Nov 2017 11:16 #10

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Nice! :popcorn

The anything to do with water theme sounds right up your alley. ;)

Yeah, can't say I wasn't a little giddy when the topic came up!!


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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 19 Nov 2017 11:23 #11

Cool. Watching with interest :popcorn
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Beriev Be-6 (Trumpeter 1/72) 19 Nov 2017 22:30 #12

razordws wrote:
Nice! :popcorn

The anything to do with water theme sounds right up your alley. ;)


Change alley to ditch and it will be more logical :rotf

Cheers, C. B)

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