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About JimRice

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    LSP Junkie
  • Birthday 10/10/1962

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    Collierville, TN
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    Flying. History. Shooting. Model Building

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  1. I like the engineering on lower wings and larger recesses for cabane and N struts compared to Roden kit. I think the wing alignment and assembly will be much easier. That was the single hardest hurdle on Roden. I also like the ICM has both wood Sensenish and metal McCauley props. looking forward to this kit and it will be an immediate build on receipt. I still have a second Roden to build and anticipate a couple ICM. The ICM will likely be built up as Navy N2S since the Roden was built at PT-17. Next after than will a duster...
  2. Mike, they are small, but once down in it it isn’t too bad but you sure don’t move around any. I’m a big guy and getting in and out is a chore.
  3. Contemplating my next build project I pulled out the old Staggerwings Unlimited (ITC mold) which is a generic G/D-17 and Scratchbuilders kits based on SU kit but in resin and with different (corrected) cowling For an F-17 with Jacobs engine. SU kit fit is better but has no wheel wells and thick clunky landing gear, doors, toy like wheels, a horrible tapered cowling and no interior. None of this is surprising considering the original ITC kit was motorized and more of a toy. Surprising the fit is decent. Scratchbuilders kit has interior, wheel wells, improved landing gear, nice engine, prop, full interior. The fit is poor and some of the resin is warped. Trying to decide whether to kitbash the two to make one decent looking Staggerwing or to pick one and go. Of course, I could pick any of the three hundred kits...maybe a shake and bake. ...or I could pull out my 1/32 Ghost Models Globe GC-1B vacuform and have to deal a general shape and no details. It could be an easier path than either of the above. Problem is, my last vac took three plus decades... Decisions, decisions...
  4. I was really excited about this release seeing as how I've long been a Stearman fan. I put two other projects on hold to jump in and run though this build, using the other two projects for filler when I had to wait on this one for paint to dry or glue to cure. I grew up around Stearmans. My dad had Stearman dusters before he sold and moved into airplane built for agricultural aerial application. In the mid-70s, we began restoring old crop duster back into stock two seat military trainers from WWII...the same as my dad trained in. We rebuilt three complete Stearmans and did many partial restorations or components for them. As a teenager in the later seventies, I can remember Scale Modeler talking about Hasegawa possibly releasing a 1/32 Stearman and AT-6...I was so excited. Little did I know I'd wait almost 40 years for it to happen. So when the Roden Stearman was available, I ordered two...to go with the two Silver Wings Stearman I have but haven't yet built. I'm already like a kid waiting for Christmas for the ICM release about to come out. I started this kit mid-May and have had it mostly completed when I began the push to finish my Aeroclub Pitts which I just posted in another thread. It was one of three completions that all pretty much happened about the same time. Quarantine has given me a bunch more time to build than I normally have. When I began this build, the idea was to build it to appear as my dad's primary Stearman duster would have appeared when it rolled out of the factory in 1940. I was well along in my build and doing some research when I found out dad's old duster had been an Navy N2S-1, not a PT-17. Oops. So, I chose marking to represent the first Stearman I actually flew...I wasn't old enough to have my license to fly the ones I helped restore and was gone away to school when the last one was built and sold. This is the one I was checked out in, by my dad in 1985 while home on leave from the Army. Rigging is 0.015 steel piano wire. Kit decals for the most part except the red circle in middle of star. Kit supplied "meatball" was too large and touched the blue field. I used center from some Yellow Wings extras I had from my Boeing F4B-4 build going on at the same time. The white 498 on fuselage sides and accessory cowling were masks cut using a Cameo cutter and Studio software...my first foray into painted markings, which was a trail run for my Aeroclub Pitts.
  5. Sure, don't know how it will stack up with the great models I see there though.
  6. The 35+ year journey ended tonight. The Pitts is done. I've posted a completed photo series in "Ready for Inspection" along with brief history of N66Y and my own quest to build this kit.
  7. I have waited for this moment for some time. No longer posting in "In the Works" on this one. IT IS DONE. The 35 year journey has come to an end. This kit was purchased in 1984 or 85. It was tinkered with off and on for years starting back then. This kit is a world traveler having resided in New York, Oklahoma, Germany, back to Oklahoma, Texas and completed in Tennessee. It is far from perfect, but it is finished...well, other than putting back on one flying wire on the tail...I didn't notice had fallen off until I was looking at pictures preparing this post. N66Y is a Pitts S-1C built by my dad in the early sixities and one of the earliest of plans built Pitts Specials. It was bought by well known acro legend Bob Herendeen in 1965. He won the US National Aerobatic Championship flying it in 1966, the first US Team member to compete in a Pitts. He also flew it in the world competition in Moscow that same year. It definitely put the Pitts Special on the map and soon all the pilots were flying Pitts for many years after. The kit is of a four aileron S-1D. I've back dated to the S-1C which only had ailerons on the lower wing, but with longer span. Both had a flat bottom airfoil. Soon, the Pitts S-1S with symetrical airfoil eclipsed the S-1Cs and Bob sold N66Y and moved into his new Pitts S-1S N266Y. Unfortunately, I was too young to fly when dad built his Pitts (3 total) and sold the last one. I have been lucky enough to fly three different S-1S Pitts...and they are an absolute delight and fly inverted as well us right side up. Today, N66Y is owned by the Experimental Airplane Association, but is on loan to the Aircraft Spruce and Supply Company and on display at their Peach Tree City airport location where it hangs in the lobby. The real N66Y then and now... This picture was made shortly before completion and first flight. Notice the missing windshield. As it hangs in ACS Lobby today. My dad sitting in cosmetically restored N66Y at OSHKOSH 2000 when it was displayed in memory of Bob Herendeen.
  8. Rigged everything but bottom two tail wires after shooting with Pledge Floor Shine (AKA Future). Top tail wires were added before pictures snapped.
  9. Wings, windshield and landing gear, including tailwheel installed. Had a booboo while attaching top wing, which sent it back to paint shop. Thin super glue got away from me...and attached a rubber band to the wing. I am now waiting for white to dry prior to restoring the now missing red stripe. Once paint repair is done, all that remains is rigging flying wires and removing crossbar on landing gear. It could have been worse...
  10. Painting is finished. Finally. Glued horizontal tail feathers on tonight. Also pulled a new canopy from mold I made several years ago due to badly yellowed kit canopy. Cut our windshield, fitted and painted lower edge where fairing attaches to fuselage. Discarded canopy as N66Y never had one, just a windshield per original plans. Set top wing in place, held by rubber bands at the moment. Have attach windshield which was drying prior to epoxying top wing in place. Still need to paint tailwheel assembly and exhaust stacks (both white metal as are prop and I-struts). Last item will be epoxying wheels/pants to gear legs and removing the crossbar between axles, but will likely wait until after adding flying wires to wings and tail. Note both real plane and kit are missing windshield in first photo...neither were quite complete at that stage. I’m getting close to ending this 35 year project...
  11. I removed the horizontal surfaces from carrier leaving a slight ridge around the outer edge of bottom side. I then skim coated the underside with putty. Once dried, I sanded down flat and rounded edges. Finally I glued on 1/2 round O.020 plastic stock using liquid cement t to simulate ribs. I then sanded the 1/2 round stock down until is was simply a slight raised spot to feel it. Quite subtle but noticeable ribs on underside. Sanded down top side as well as they were a bit oversized IMO.
  12. Success! Top of top wing painted in one go tonight. I cut a mask on my Cameo and used it tonight to paint all the top sunburst in one shot. I’ve tried this one stripe at a time a couple of times without success. Finally, something I’ve been wondering how the heck I was going to do is done...well, half way done. I still have to do the bottom of the top wing yet. I think I will give the top a few days to dry before it hit the bottom. Though, the full mask will make this another hours work to apply mask and shoot paint. once bottom is done, I have a few little touch ups needed and paint will be done. I still lack the sunburst on bottom side of horizontal tail surfaces. Again, thanks to Cameo cut masks, I did tops in on shot. Hard to believe I might actually assemble this little bugger soon. I loved the construction of this kit, my first vacuform; the paint job, not so much. I actually took another copy of this kit down recently and contemplated cutting the parts from the carrier... Sanity overcame me and I put it away. I’m finishing this one before I fall to temptation for another...35 year project!!! I have two other vacs I may approach first. A 1/32 Globe GC-1B Swift by Ghost Models or a 1/72 Stinson SM-6000 Trimotor I don’t recall who made it. I owned and flew a Swift for many years and as a kid my dad owned a Stinson Trimotor we flew around to airshows and fly-ins. Then, of course, I still have three 1/32 Stearman kits in the que...Roden (1) and Silverwings (2) and then the soon to be release ICM Stearman. I’ll need to live to be 120 to finish all my stash unless I never go back to work in the office. Ironically, I had only planned tonight to be a dry run as I didn’t know if I could get the mask done my first try. When it went on almost flawlessly, I went ahead and shot the paint in multiple light coats before a final wet coat.
  13. I’m calling this one done. Finally decided on markings and applied them. Settled on this Stearman, the first one I ever piloted. Haven’t been able to come up with any real info as the serial number 41294 doesn’t match with a Stearman serials number, as all N2S and PT-13/17 had a 75-xxxx aerial indicating model number 75. Even looking through Joe Baugher’s website didn’t shed any light on a USAAC-USAAF Stearman contract block or Navy Bureau number of 41294. in 1989, this Stearman N4988G was deregistered and exported out of the country. What I did learn was my dad’s 1940 Stearman wasn’t a PT-17 as registered and believed to be, but a Navy N2S-1 BU 3197. Guess I should have done that bit of extra research before beginning to paint it! I suppose I’ll have to build a Navy N2S-1 BU 3196 next...maybe waiting on ICM’s release and then tackle converting my other Roden kit to a crop duster.
  14. I am back on this long-term project today. Purchased in 1983-84 while in college. A year or two later, I cut out and rough fit most the parts. Then the Army, marriage, kids, flying, Army retirement and a second career got in the way with only occasionally fiddling with it and thinking about it. Most the actual construction was done in early 2000s and has been on and off since too. I’ve rebuilt the top wing a couple of times after failed painting attempts resulting in having to sand it down, build up the ribs again with 1/2 round, prime, sand down and start over. Just shot a fresh coat of white on top today. Also used Camero cutter to cut N number stencil and painted today as well as getting top of lower wings and fin/rudder sunburst rays painted. I have created a frisket stencil to paint red on top wing. Aeroclub 1/32 Pitt S-1S (four ailerons) back dates to S-1C (two ailerons). I picked back up today on this long-term start and stop project. It has literally been in the making since early 80s when kit was purchased and first parts were removed from carrier sheet. Most the actual construction was done in early 2000s and has been on and off since. I’ve rebuilt the top wing a couple of times after failed painting attempts resulting in having to sand it down, build up the ribs again with 1/2 round, sand down and start over. Just shot a fresh coat of white on top today. Also used Camero cutter to cut N number stencil and painted today as well as getting top of lower right wing sunburst rays painted. I have created a frisket stencil to paint red on top wing. N66Y was built in 1962-63 by my dad. He flew it for a bit and sold it to Bob Herendeen who won US National Aerobatic Competition with it and competed in International Aerobatic Competition in Moscow in it in 1966. This plane is now owned by EAA and on loan to Aircraft Spruce in Peachtree City, GA where it hangs in their lobby. All 1/32 scale...
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