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Old 10-09-2019, 05:06 AM
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Johan Scherft's Robin

Hello everyone,

Now the F7A is finished, it's time for something less complex, but equally satisfying. For years Iíve been very much impressed by Johan Scherftís bird models and one of his recent creations is the robin.

This little rascal is quite common in the Netherlands and sometimes also visits my own backyard. It can be aggressive towards other birds but is always curious about human behavior and keen to snatch a worm dug up by a busy gardener. In Dutch the bird is called "Roodborstje" (Little Red chest), which is a bit odd since the chest color is more orange than red.

The model consists of 11 parts plus 2 required for the mount. It comes with elaborate building instructions and can be purchased for 5 euros from Johanís website. The second picture show all the parts, with exception of the mount.

The body consists of one part only and is of an amazing design. It's in fact the most complicated part of the model and can best be assembled by working as symmetrical as possible, and bit by bit. By doing so, the flat part slowly transforms into a real body. I'm still working on it and the pictures show the result up so far. To be continued!

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Erik
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:40 AM
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I am always glad to see a Johan Scherft bird under construction in skilled hands!

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Old 10-09-2019, 07:01 AM
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Beautiful! I always loved the Robin, I had a picture of one in a snowy landscape, it was a picture I'd stop to see everyday.


I admire Johan's models, but I came to know that he is an incredible painter as well. I saw his drawings on Facebook, and they're absolutely breathtaking.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:33 AM
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Glad to see this one built. I really am starting to get an itch to build one of these little guys again
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:23 AM
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A bit of progress

Thank you Don, N96HBK and Vermin King. Indeed, Johan is a gifted artist and his creations are great.

A bit of progress on the robin. The body is completed now, as well as the tail. I glued a lot of small pieces of scrap paper at the inside of the body to seal any small gaps and to ease the process of smoothing out any joints, resulting in a minimum of visible angles.

The tail consists of two parts, one more or less part of the body and the actual tail. Installing the conical part from the inside of the body is somewhat tricky, as it's difficult to properly press the gluing tabs from the inside, unless you have long and slim fingers. The paper is thin (120 grams A4) and can easily be damaged when applying too much pressure.

After installing the flattened tail, small gaps remain on either side where the two parts meet. With a bit of white glue and massaging the gaps they more or less closed eventually. When dry-fitting the wings however, it appeared that these gaps are covered by the wing tips and hence are not visible. Anyway, that'll be next .

Erik
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:09 AM
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Beautiful work! Pretty bird!

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Old 10-15-2019, 10:03 AM
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Hello Erik ,

oohh , very nice !!

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Old 10-15-2019, 11:45 AM
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Hello Erik. Just caught up on this!

Nice to see your build of the Robin.

I made this in 2017 when I was in the UK and finished it completely - all that had to be done was glue on the head. I left it with a friend so he could finish it and get a feeling of accomplishment, but when I last saw him he still had to stick the head on!
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