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#1 airscale

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:15 PM

hello again folks :)
 
Having finished my 1/18 Spitfire XIV, I am hooked on the scale as it allows me to go nuts on detailing and get a scale effect through skinning with metal, so after a bit of deliberation I have settled on my next victim...
 
...you don't see many of these, in fact none in large scale (yet) and I like UK prop aircraft so I settled on the Fairey Firefly - they don't come in natural metal finishes which I like as it shows off the metalwork, so the nearest I could find is this bird a TT5 VX376 seen on 29th Feb 1956 - Pilot: S/Lt Mike Thorne, Observer: Lt Jones, Duty: Townsville to Cairns & target towing for the 1st Frigate Squadron...
 
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..it is near enough NMF for me, this one, sister ship VX388 is in Steve Long's care in Oz and shows the sort of anodised looking finish - it is probably paint, but either way I still think I can work with it, and if worst come to worst I will just paint it :) . I may well do VX388 as you can't have better references than a real, and more importantly unrestored example..
 
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..the first step in any project like this is good plans. I intend to scratchbuild it using traditional methods so a good outline & section plan is a must. I found some fantastic 3 views with sections by Jumpei Temma whom I trust as I used his work on my 1/24 F7F Tigercat...
 
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..I had these scaled to 1/18 - here seen with my laptop - as you can see she is a big girl - 64cm span and about a third bigger than my Spit... I have two more sheets not shown that detail the undersurfaces & the fuselage & sections...
 
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..the next step is getting repetitive strain injury by right click & saving every image on the internet I can find - some are real quality shots like this of VX388 - I can reproduce everything you see here, but cut some corners as will be seen..
 
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..once references have been started I can start to work up a Photo-Etch sheet for the model - I did thsi for my Spit and F7F and it means many, many parts that would be difficult or time consuming to make can be 'drawn' in at about 5 - 10 minutes an item - some are obviously more complicated, but simple things like hatches, brackets, instruments, radiators all sorts of stuff can be made.
 
It just takes a bit of basic PC skills with a drawing program like CorelDraw (subscription @£22 a month, drop in & drop out whenever you need it) - I learned all I know with this and Rhino 3D modelling from Youtube videos - it really is straightforward.. making a PE fret has a couple of rules I may well do a quick tutorial on, but basically you just draw things in layers - things you want full thickness & things you want part etched - anywhere you can see through is just dissolved away. You also need to tag things to a frame so they don't just float away on theor own..
 
..so here is a bulkhead where I have started to trace it's outline and add detail to.. anything in blue is half etched - that is to say it disolves away half the thickness of the sheet, anything in yellow is full thickness - the metal is left untouched.. you can see I set the shapes to be transparent so I can see what is going on in the original pic - it is just like tracing...
 
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..while this kick-off post doesn't have any actual building yet, I have spent about a week so far drawing up structures & components that will be used later on..
 
..for example the instrument panel - there are two as one is a backplate the detailed one fits onto, as they are copies of each other they always fit perfectly :)
 
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..lots of assorted parts including throttle & prop controls, compass mount and loads of internal / external hatches & brackets..
 
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..the Observers station - bulkheads & surrounding structure..
 
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..the pilot's bulkhead is actually three layers of structure to get the best level of base detail before all the framework is added...
 
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..another cheat for complicated or uniform parts when scratchbuilding or converting is 3D modelling - this is a wheel from my Spitfire done on Rhino -again a 3 month trial is available with the software which is enough to learn the basics, and get a few parts done - I will likely repurpose this for the Firefly as it has four cut-outs in the middle not 3 and has block tread not diamonds, but wheels & the prop spinner are pretty straightforward parts to design using a 'revolve' surface tool..
 
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so that's it for day one - I think it's about a 2 year build and it is an aircraft I think will really have presence when completed. I am always looking for close up internal reference pics, or drawings so please, if you find anything drop it in here or PM me :)
 
I look forward to your company on the way, and while it is not as beautiful as a low back Griffon Spitfire, I hope it is engaging enough to keep us entertained :)
 
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Peter

Edited by airscale, 01 October 2017 - 07:35 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:26 PM

Yes!!!!
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:31 PM

OH BOY !!!.....Harv
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:42 PM

Excellent subject for your skills Peter!!

 

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

Onward and upward! 


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:10 PM

Hi Peter,

 

Its a real privilege to watch over your sholder as you produce these masterpieces.

I for one am very grateful for the huge amount of time you put into producing these detailed build threads.

 

Chris


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:17 PM

I'm searching this kind of plan for a Cessna 150 and 172. Do you have some website for me?


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:18 PM

I’ll follow along, as this is going to be another epic build :popcorn: ....

Even though I’d have preferred to kwak along ;) !

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:23 PM

Not in any way a fan of the Firefly but.....with Peter at the helm we're all in for another lesson from the MASTER!

 

Rock On!!

 

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:29 PM

OMG!
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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:50 PM

Now this is going to be an incredible project. Time to grab a seat and a cold beer, and watch this one come together

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:50 PM

Peter..
OMG !!!
I am attentive and ready to follow yet another amazing epic build from you.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 09:03 PM

Delighted you made the right choice, have the Panther Models 1/32 kit so will be following closely, hope Paul Fisher does too!!!


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Posted 01 October 2017 - 09:51 PM

Wow...ambitious to say the least.

 

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 10:02 PM

Great choice and even better (for me least), I'm in from the start!

Sure to be a winner at SMW 2018 :lol:
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