OK - Getting started!
With Vacuform construction we need 3 things :
1/. Accurate blue-print drawings / plans
2/. Good reference photos and visual notations/measurements (if and where possible)
3/. A ruler for the drawings and parts to measure - measure and measure again!.. and if not sure - measure it again! This is vac-building!
As you can see by my additional notations on the plans (which is sadly lacking!) - the plans are very basic in detail/information - especially in very complex areas such as landing gear areas and components and the geometric connections between all the parts and mounting points.
•Note: My initial research found general photos of Canberra's from internet /books showing them flying-sitting on tarmac/hangars and it is difficult to see the undercarriage in any detail. (impossible for the front landing gear!).... it is well hidden!
I had to use photo references and personal inspection of museum aircraft to arrive at these Main Wing Landing gear sketches to get my head around what they are and look like - how they connect/relate to each other and various measurements between the parts and mounting points .. which is critical in the build process - later. Everything had to be 'right' at the start to avoid any head-aches later as far as parts fitment.
It took the first few months at the start of the project to become familiar with each of the parts and how they connect/ relate to each other.
- By my past experiences ....The hardest part of the any vacuform construction in the beginning of the build is converting a 2 dimensional drawing into a 3 dimensional model and making ALL the components FIT!
This is my initial challenge and approach to this model and certainly I want the extra parts I am mastering, to fit and connect with and to each other without any problems and then make these parts fit into the Vacuform fuselage - like a glove!..
They must look right and fit right!
This is my commitment from the start.
Edited by Piprm, 25 November 2015 - 04:21 AM.