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  1. guitarlute101

    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks spacewolf! All of the pictures come from the excellent Windsock Datafile #83 by Ray Rimell. Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    I adjusted the scale drawing to the best of my ability to reflect the upper top fuselage more accurately in regards to period photographs. Mark
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    Aeromarine 75/Curtiss F-5-L (Highball Express)

    Excellent workmanship!! Looking forward to more updates! Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Well, you know, somedays it's just one step forward and two steps back. While working out the arrangement of the center section I noticed that it was too far forward and the cockpit was too far back on the drawings when compared to the pictures of the real thing. So I had to do some internal rearranging of the supports. I feel confident that everything is in it's correct spot now (although I should have caught that much sooner). BTW, the sectioned off area on the starboard side of the center section was where the fuel tank was located. So if anything else, today was just a side step instead of a step ahead with my project although I did have time to make the top area for the front gun ring. Little by little, Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thank you for the extra set of eyes on this one Alain! Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks for the input guys! I appreciate it. I've been working on how to finish off the fuselage top and there are some issues I will have to deal with. Here is the drawing that I am working from. The problem is that large center gun ring. None of the pictures of the real aircraft show this arrangement. The drawing seems to be fictional (or based on a factory drawing that was modified at a later time?). All of the pictures I've seen have an offset to port center gun ring/station. Not sure, but again, I'll be going with the pictures as best as I can. Here is an early G>I version with a seat but no gun ring. I've decided to do G.I 42/15 "Feodora". Here is its gun ring arrangement. It looks to be offset with a modified section that hangs a little over the fuselage side to accommodate the gun ring like this picture. And a side view, maybe not the same aircraft.. A little more thinking and experimenting and I'll be back with an update. Thanks, Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Just a quick update, The fuselage is primed and everything is smoothed out nicely and I've drilled preliminary holes for the wing attachment points...………….. I'll have to add the reinforcing strips later after I've completed the rest of the upper fuselage. Thanks for looking in, Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks for the kind words guys! I appreciate the encouragement. Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Ok, so here are the formers for the front upper fuselage. Extreme care has to be taken to make sure the formers are EXACTLY the same size and are EXACTLY level on the top and sides so everything lines up perfectly so there are no surprises and nothing to fix later on. And with the sides..... I think the best option I have for the rear section of the upper front fuselage is to vacuform it. I will work on making the wood part to vacuform over this week. I also noticed that I should not have opened up the entire cockpit section, DOH!. I will have to put the top back on the back left and right corner areas but that's no big deal. At this point, I need to do some filling and cleanup with what I have done so far. I also need to order more plastic card! Thanks for looking in! Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks guys, my plan exactly. I've run into some other inconsistencies with the drawings but nothing too extreme, just a little modification of the measurements here and there. Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks Max! I've been pouring over the scale drawings, profile drawings and actual pictures for the rear of the upper front fuselage. Here is the scale drawing and I've circled the area in question...…….. It doesn't match up with pictures of the real thing, the real pictures show a gentle, tapered drop off instead of an angled one in the scale drawing to my eye. I'll have to modify the drawings to correct it. Any thoughts? Thanks, Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks Shawn I appreciate the feedback. I'll be starting on the upper front fuselage today so I will hopefully have an update tonight if everything goes well. Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Thanks Alain and Ray! Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Hello everyone, I was able to finish the bottom half of the front fuselage. I shaped the plastic around the wooden buck and added formers to the inside. Sorry for the dark picture, learning as I go. I need to do a little more work around the nose to smooth is out but it's nothing a little elbow grease won't fix. And here it is mated to the rear fuselage, starting to look like a G.I now. I am really enjoying this build. Thanks for looking in, Mark
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    1/32 Gotha G.I Scratch Build

    Hello Mike, Thanks for looking in. I checked the data for both the G.I and G.IV in Jack Herris' "Gotha Aircraft of WW1" book.... Gotha G.I Upper span = 20.3m Length = 12m Height = 3.9m Gotha G.IV Upper span = 23.7 Length = 12.4 Height = 4.3 I know it's hard to judge from pictures sometimes but the G.IV looks taller to me in relation to the men standing next to the engine/fuselage areas in these pictures. The engines definitely add bulk on the G.IV. What do you think? Mark
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