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Combat Warplanes / Re: Arado Ar 196 A-3
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:32:15 PM »
That is another of those "forgotten" warplanes that have always interested me greatly. It is great to see the Bulgarian example in such detail--I wish I were wealthy and could help to restore her to original condition.....but I'm glad they saved her!

I built the Airfix kit many, many years ago so this thread brings back good memories. I still have the propeller and engine in the spares box. ;)


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Sukhoi Su-25 Eduard kit 1150
« on: January 16, 2011, 05:46:11 PM »
 :-ok :-salut :-love

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:50:26 AM »
This evening I glued the practice blister onto the extra rear fuselage that I removed at the beginning of this project. I also cut out the moving portion of the blister (I cut it too large by accident, :-roll but that is one of the reasons I built a practice part). All I was doing at this point was to study how to use filler to properly fair the new blisters into the surrounding skin. With just a bit more work the blister mold will be ready to make clear parts. You can see a little bit of BareMetal foil on the lower part of the fairing and fuselage where I practiced applying it to the compound curves of the fairing, and the hand-drawn forward windows that I drew for reference:

The nose fairing also moved forward tonight. I poured resin into the clear piece I constructed the other day, then chucked it into the lathe for shaping:

After the first shaping session I vacuformed the first attempt. It fits the airplane pretty well but the contour is still not right. Next will be more lathe work and another practice part.

More later,

Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:51:18 PM »
We drive a '98 Jetta GLX with 294,000 miles on it (our "new" car :-ok) and a '91 GTI with 270,000 miles. Both run great and we have spent next-to-nothing on repairs other than regular maintenance. We've had a number of Kafers, Transporters, and Karmann Ghias also and every one has been a good vehicle. The air-cooled ones are fun to work on as well!


Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:28:21 PM »
This is a wonderful thread! We've driven VW products for over twenty years and my goal has always been to own a Kubelwagen someday. I once missed a chance to buy a fairly complete 1942 Kubel by four hours........ :-wall It ended up being nicely restored by a collector in Oregon or Idaho.

Would anyone like to see my wartime Kafer project? It is a combination of a 1/16th scale Revell sedan and the excellent Tamiya Kubel. It hasn't seen the light of day for several all my projects! :-blah


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 11, 2011, 05:16:02 PM »
Oohh... sorry for my bad Englis :( When I said faster, I mean on faster way to get precise surface shape copy

Your English was just fine, No.1--I like to poke fun at my own speed any time I get a chance. ;) I usually use a contour gage to do this kind of work but I either loaned it to someone or left it at the hangar.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:20:59 AM »
You said the word "faster" regarding my model building, No.1! :) :) :) I enjoyed that as I am one of the slowest modelers I know...... :-roll

Here's the first vacuformed test-shot roughly fitted to the fuselage. I did the test piece in yellow so I could mark on it for fine tuning. It is pretty close to the correct shape as-is but needs a little shaping. Once I'm fully satisfied with the master it'll be short work to produce the four blisters.


Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A2D Skyshark
« on: January 10, 2011, 06:34:20 PM »
Now I must ask y'all a question--has anyone on the forum any leads to a Dynavector Skyshark kit? I might be able to acquire another Microscale A2D but I'd at least like to entertain the idea of the better kit.

Thanks in advance,

Combat Warplanes / Re: Douglas A2D Skyshark
« on: January 10, 2011, 05:12:03 PM »
I've always found this to be one of those airplanes I just can't get enough of looking at. It is like a Wyvern, Gannet, or the Barracuda--it grows on you the more you study it! :-jump :-love

I was going to refurbish my old Microscale model but now I think I will try to find a Dynavector kit or perhaps another Microscale to do a new-build project. As I look at my old effort I've decided I'll keep it intact so I can remember building it the first time thirty years ago.

The only survivor, BuNo 125485, (never flown) is being restored to static display standard by Pacific Fighters in Idaho.

Great photos, No.1!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 10, 2011, 04:32:24 AM »
I fine-tuned the gun blister master and I think it's just about ready for me to vacuform a test transparency. It looks like I'll be molding two transparencies per blister so that I can properly model the moving portion. The radio room blister is actually quite different as the shape of the fuselage it fastens to is different, but I can still use the same master to vacuform this part also. It'll just require more trimming to fit the turtledeck.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Convair XF-92A
« on: January 10, 2011, 04:25:42 AM »
Now that I've unpacked my Microscale Skyshark and looked at it again I might leave it as I originally built it. Perhaps I will be able to find a Dynavector kit so that I can build another one.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Convair XF-92A
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:24:30 PM »
I was going through the older threads and just saw this! I have the Microscale Douglas Skyshark that I built many years ago. I just recently dusted it off from its storage resting place and shook my head at what a poor job I did of building it. It, too has about five or six pieces total but the outline is very accurate. No panel lines just like your XF-92 find.

I believe I'm going to rejuvenate my model by using a Skyraider kit for landing gear and other parts. I've already attempted it once so it isn't a true collectible anymore!

Great find, Nico!

Warplane Art / Re: Boeing YB17
« on: January 08, 2011, 09:24:54 PM »
Looking good!

One little addition--don't forget to add the tailwheel. Here are three in-flight photos from 1937 when the 2nd Bombardment Group had just gotten their new ships:


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 06, 2011, 08:07:23 AM »
Here are the elevators in the progress of being built up. I wasn't satisfied with the trim tabs after I cut them from the elevators so I made new ones from .010 sheet and styrene tubing.

This photo is a rough idea of the final product. Every YB-17 photo I have shows the tabs drooped at different angles so the model will have them this way also:

And a photo from the Amarillo AAF B-17 mechanic school that shows the empennage of the real machine with the drooped elevators and tabs:


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 04, 2011, 07:07:40 PM »
It was time for a change of pace so a bit of thought was given to the landing gear. The YBs had a small door that covered the lock link/drag brace assembly. It was eliminated with the B-17B and onward, as was the fairing on the lower part of the gear leg. I'd originally thought the opening in the nacelles was the same as the later Fortresses, but when I studied photos I found that the YB opening is quite different. Here is a good shot of the real thing:

Here are the two wings side-by-side, with the modification already done to the nacelle on your right and the marking made on the other one:

And here is the strut door installed with a tire temporarily placed in the gear well for the demonstration:


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