CAF Models La Salamandre...1:48 My Attempt

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Well I have put this off long enough, welcome to my build log of La Salamandre. The kit is amazing, the materials are top quality.
This build will be quite a challenge for me but fortunately I have Uwek, ADC and Koreets logs to follow.

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The building jig was straight forward and went together easily. I used some wood blocks for extra support and also left the ends removable.E9851530-7A87-4B6C-9236-E964BAED298D.jpegD2353BF8-5F11-4E06-88E3-C338C200A098.jpeg4085CDFD-B610-4C99-8B5C-B355D3D53366.jpeg
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Next up was building the frames...
 
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All the frame parts are laser cut and need to be sanded Square to get a good fit. I use double stick tape to hold the parts to the pattern for glue up. This was the first step in a long slow going process.
Next was sanding and grinding the bevels in all the frames. The laser etched lines were a great help in getting the proper angles. I used my Dremel for grinding the bevels, I tried using the spindle sander but I felt I had a better control with the Dremel.

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I worked on the keel while grinding frames for a break
The keel was fitting together very well. The rabbet is laser etched and cut with chisel. The dead wood needs to be tapered down to the keel. I used an archival ink pen to blacken the joint lines in the pieces of the keel, one side of the joint gave good results.

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More to come...
 
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Well I have put this off long enough, welcome to my build log of La Salamandre. The kit is amazing, the materials are top quality.
This build will be quite a challenge for me but fortunately I have Uwek, ADC and Koreets logs to follow.

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The building jig was straight forward and went together easily. I used some wood blocks for extra support and also left the ends removable.View attachment 164893View attachment 164894View attachment 164895


Next up was building the frames...
I will follow the build log
 
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Well I have put this off long enough, welcome to my build log of La Salamandre. The kit is amazing, the materials are top quality.
This build will be quite a challenge for me but fortunately I have Uwek, ADC and Koreets logs to follow.

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The building jig was straight forward and went together easily. I used some wood blocks for extra support and also left the ends removable.View attachment 164893View attachment 164894View attachment 164895


Next up was building the frames...
I see a Swedish name there on the bench "SJÖBERGS":)
 
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All the frame parts are laser cut and need to be sanded Square to get a good fit. I use double stick tape to hold the parts to the pattern for glue up. This was the first step in a long slow going process.
Next was sanding and grinding the bevels in all the frames. The laser etched lines were a great help in getting the proper angles. I used my Dremel for grinding the bevels, I tried using the spindle sander but I felt I had a better control with the Dremel.

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I worked on the keel while grinding frames for a break
The keel was fitting together very well. The rabbet is laser etched and cut with chisel. The dead wood needs to be tapered down to the keel. I used an archival ink pen to blacken the joint lines in the pieces of the keel, one side of the joint gave good results.

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More to come...
I want to build that one:p
 

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I am very happy to another building log of the La Salamandre kit from CAF - also good to see, that you have the planset from Jean Boudriot which will be of very big help
Maybe it is allowed here to make short links several topics for everybody interested
 
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I am very happy to another building log of the La Salamandre kit from CAF - also good to see, that you have the planset from Jean Boudriot which will be of very big help
Maybe it is allowed here to make short links several topics for everybody interested

Please Uwe jump in any time with comments and links. For what is lacking in instructions your build log and others here on SOS make up for it.
 
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Mike, wish you every success and patience in this project. Remember that you must build this model better than your predecessors!

Meanwhile I may say that visually the mfg improved the kit.

Thanks Koreets, if I can make mine half as good as yours I would be happy.
Improving the kits is what’s so impressive with CAF. It seems he hears what modelers have to say and will act on it.
 
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