Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

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Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:26 pm

This half complete Novo kit has been kicking around for some time and thanks to kind gifts of a broken Frog model and later a sheet of decals (thanks guys) this can now move forward. I will leave it to you how you view this- a Novo kit completed with Frog parts, a Frog model restored using Novo parts or a composite build. These are the parts laid out before work begins.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:48 pm

The parts have been sorted out and although the wing is complete it is damaged in a number of places and to effect a repair would lose the very fine fabric texture on the wing mouldings therefore the unbuilt Novo wing will be used as a complete assembly. The fuselage was poorly glued together and parted quite easily and cleanly to a tentative attempt to split the two halves. The only information and useable images for this aircraft I could find was of the aircraft after restoration and of an airworthy replica and as both seem to match the period photographs I am not going to worry too much about period details, instead I will concentrate on the restored original. The picture below shows the final assortment of Frog parts that will be used for this model, the rest will come from the Novo kit. The decals will be left to bleach in the sun (through the clouds) for the time being.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby TimJ » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:41 pm

I look forward to seeing your progress. I can't remember seeing one of these built before.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:59 am

The old yellowed windows have been removed and replaced with new clear ones from the Novo parts and the cockpit painted & fitted and the interior has been painted. The new novo wing has been assembled and set aside to dry.
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Here the fuselage has been reassembled and is now drying overnight.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:15 pm

The fuselage has now been restored with new windows, it has also been cleaned and primed and the tail surfaces have been fitted with the elevators down as they would be when the full-size aircraft was at rest. The wing is complete and has been primed ready for its final silver coat and my attention will now turn to the engine pods.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby TimJ » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:39 pm

That's coming along well.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:35 pm

The fuselage, wings and engine pods are now painted in their base colours, this model will not be weathered at all it will instead be finished as the new (or restored) original machine in pristine condition. The decals have been sun bleached and will next be thinly coated in gloss varnish to try to ensure that they do not break up when applied to the model.
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The standard kit cockpit painted as per full-size- non of which will be visible when the airframe is assembled.
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The next step will be to varnish the basic parts and apply the decals to them before the airframe is assembled.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:39 pm

The decals disolved when wetted despite being varnished to hold them together- this is the one of the pitfalls of working with very old models. Novo decals had a very poor reputation at one point and these decals presumably came from that time. Military markings are easily replaced from generic aftermarket sheets but specific civil markings such as these are not and now the model must be built without markings until a useable sheet of decals can be found.
The wing is now attached to the fuselage and has been set aside to dry.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:44 pm

The wing, undercarriage and engine pods are now in place, nearly there-bar the decals.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby Bob(K) » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:38 pm

I have not seen one of these before, so an interesting project. Shame about the decals, I expect they don't come up for sale very often either.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:45 pm

Bob, they don't appear very often, not without buying a kit. The Red box novo had two different decal options so I am hoping that someone will have a spare option in their decal box. My best bet would be either an original frog sheet or a very new sheet from an Eastern Express boxing as Novo decal QC varied so much that their decals went through a period where they were more or less unuseable.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:59 pm

The complete airframe waiting for new and usable decals.
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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby TimJ » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:38 pm

Shame about the decals, hope you can manage to get some to finish it off.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby lancfan » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:23 am

A member of another forum has very kindly found a set for me- in Australia!
When they arrive and they have been positively reinforced (just in case) the build can be finished.

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby justplanecrazy » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:14 am

I donated a wreaked Fokker to someone quite a while ago, would this be the same model as it looks familiar?

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Re: Frog/Novo Southern Cross Restoration

Unread postby Soulcharger » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:36 pm

Looking good. :D


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