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Sikorsky S-39 Vacform Spirit of Africa Martin & Osa Johnson Scratchbuild Combat Models

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#31 MikeC

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 06:41 AM

Come to think of it, it may have been a twin-engined S-38 in the film.  Edit: yes it was an S-38.  Disregard all after "good morning" :oops:

 

Long time since I've seen the film, must watch it again.  But still going to watch this build.


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Posted 01 November 2016 - 04:18 PM

Thank you all for your interest.

@ Lee : I have designed the frames with a tolerance for a tight fit, but I'd rather avoid sanding flat sheets. I keep lokking through my stock to find the best piece of card.

In the meantime, I want to stick to my plan of cutting frames on masking tape, but for the time being it is rather my plan that is sticking on the Silhouette. All my attempts to cut new frames have failed: the paper is sticking to the blade, the blade tears it off, then the paper lifts and clogs the Silhouette :(. Changing the blades does not yield any better result.

I think the issue comes from the machine's cutting mat that is too worn out. I need to order one new cutting mat ... and new Tamiya masking sheets :).

So the project is on hold for the time being whilst resupply comes in. I'll focus on my Jurassic Gee Bees in the Jurassic GB ;) in the meantime.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 01:52 PM

Bonjour Hubert,

once again, we are on the same subjects !!!! :hi:

I made a build of a 1/72 scale resin kit from CMK  a few years ago, you may find it here (in french):

http://www.master194...hp?f=36&t=37866

https://www.legang.f...ky S39 VBD.html

I wish good luck to make this scratch !! The  geometry of the plane may be a challenge to reproduce !

Denis


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:03 AM

Hello Denis,

Yes I saw your build as well. Pity you do 1/72 ;) ... (Just joking, my eyesight does not authorise me this scale )

Well this one will be recycled in the "Keep it Civil" GB. Mods, when it will be the time, can you move the thread over there ? Thank you in advance.

Hubert

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:55 PM

Your S-39 project is great! I have wanted to do this, since my father introduced me to the Filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson many years ago.

I hope you will be able to finish this build, within the 'Keep it Civil' Group Build  :popcorn:

 

(tsk tsk - now I will have to build the S-38...)

 

Regards: Kent


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:27 PM

What an interesting aircraft, right up your street Hubert since you tend to favour the slightly oddball planes!  It will be fascinating to see how this develops.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

Goodness! :blink:

This is a mammoth project Hubert. You are a brave man.

 

I salute your courage and look forward with anticipation to see more progress. Good luck.

 

:popcorn:

 

Cheers.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 08:00 PM

That's not a kit! Blob of plastic doesn't make it a "kit". Definitely a glutton for punishment. Good luck and I'll be watching!

Not every modeler needs an injection molded polystyrene plastic kit where every part is perfectly cast so all one has to do is separate the parts from the sprues, prepaint some of the parts, glue the parts together and Lo and Behold, a really good model of an airplane. That is assuming you can avoiding gouging the parts as you separate them from the sprues and avoid leaving your fingerprints in the plastic because you were sloppy applying the liquid glue.

To me the real modeler is the tool and die maker who made the dies from which the parts were cast. Not the guy who glues the parts together.

A vacuform kit is the closest thing I know to a scratch built model which requires real talent and skill.

Yes, assembling a box of pre-made parts is a satisfying and enjoyable hobby. We all enjoy it. I certainly do.

But if you cannot build from scratch or transform a vacuform kit into a great model, like guys such as the late Larry Hawkins used to do, please do not knock the vac kits simply because you cannot handle them. 

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 08:00 AM

A vacuform kit is the closest thing I know to a scratch built model which requires real talent and skill.
Yes, assembling a box of pre-made parts is a satisfying and enjoyable hobby. We all enjoy it. I certainly do.
But if you cannot build from scratch or transform a vacuform kit into a great model, like guys such as the late Larry Hawkins used to do, please do not knock the vac kits simply because you cannot handle them. 
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I think you've completely mis-interpreted Shaka's post and meaning here Stephen, he most certainly isn't knocking building vacuform kits.....rather it's a bit of light banter which has a "history" ranging over several builds on GBs.
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Posted 02 January 2017 - 08:33 AM

Hubert,

WHOA! A Scratch build ... this is going to be one exceptional build to watch and follow {and learn from the expert}.

Super start.
Good luck. will be watching you.

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 12:03 PM

I think you've completely mis-interpreted Shaka's post and meaning here Stephen, he most certainly isn't knocking building vacuform kits.....rather it's a but of light banter which has a "history" ranging over several builds on GBs.
Max

Yes Max, I seem to have slightly over reacted just a bit, perhaps, maybe. 

It is just that I have read too many posts knocking vacuform kits written by people who cannot build one themselves. They evince the sour grapes attitude that if they cannot build it it is no damn good to begin with.

Stephen


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 12:50 PM

Yep, you're right on occasions about vacuform building and the skills required sometimes being not fully appreciated.....perhaps this GB is appropriated named for all!! :)

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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:10 PM

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I am first to admit I have never built a vacuform kit, as I don't have the skills and abilities to do so. I guess I fall into the slap 'em together category and since I don't possess the skills of a tool and die maker, I fall well below your abilities. For someone who does a lot of talking, I've yet to see any work or quality builds from you over the many years I've been a member.
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 05:12 PM

Wow, just stumbled into this one. You've really set yourself a challenge, but you're going about it in a very methodical way. I think I'm going to learn a lot by following your build.

 

A beautiful choice of aircraft by the way!

 

Richard


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

:popcorn:


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