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    Large scale aircraft modeling. 3D printing. Post WW2 military aircraft.

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  1. I've got the main gear and external tank installed. The main gear struts are 3D printed, only because I couldn't figure out how to build the kit or aftermarket struts. They're holding up well. What I like best about the one piece printed struts is that their geometry is built in, with no chance of error, assuming the initial drawing is correct of course. The fuel tank is also 3D printed and is made of solid resin. The weight of the fuel tank is enough to keep the nose of the airplane down, otherwise it would be a tail-sitter. I can print the FRG flag decals, but the rest of the markings, namely the Bundeswehr cross and the aircraft numbers, are on special order from a European printer (Peddinghaus Decals). In this photo I'm setting the airplane's pitch angle so I'll know how much compression I need in the nose gear strut.
  2. I stand corrected. So, I believe the Bf-109 setup is called (by some at least) a variable incidence tailplane (VIP).
  3. Yes, like the F-86. I believe "all-moving" refers to the setup you described. At least that's been my interpretation of the term "all-moving".
  4. All these years I thought the F-86 was the first airplane to have an "all-moving" tail plane. Willy was way ahead of his time!
  5. Most of the paint is on now. I used MRP-104 Light Grey for the underside, and MRP-208 Gelboliv for the top. Orange is Tamiya TS-12 Orange from a rattle can. Still have some orange areas to do. I'm going with Plan D for the main gear legs. I 3D printed a new set. This is first time I've 3D printed a part because I couldn't figure out how to assemble the kit part.
  6. Thanks, ziggyfoos. What I like about LSP is that no matter how obscure the question, somebody has the answer.
  7. I'm still not 100% sure that the blue oval logo is Hamilton Standard, but I'm 91% sure. Here it is in 1/48 scale, where nearly any blue oval will do. Also, the white/red/white bands at the tip are supposed to be 2 inches / 4 inches / 2 inches wide per U.S. tech order. It looks like the German tech order was a bit different (10 cm each?). If anyone wants the graphics for these, just PM me.
  8. Here are a couple photos from the web. The left one is of an OV-10BZ, and the right is an OV-10A based at Sembach. The early OV-10s had the traditional red/gold HS logo. Often no logo is seen at all, and I think this is because they wore off rapidly. I just printed a test batch for the 1/48 scale ICM OV-10BZ I'm building. I'll know soon if the home-brew decals work.
  9. Engine pod is done except for blending the "feet" into the wing. I wanted to paint the underside before attaching it to the wing, then I decided why not paint the whole thing now and I can touch up the feet later. The 230 gallon drop tank is painted and only needs a filler cap decal, which I'll have to scrounge for. The clear vacuformed cargo bay door (is it still a door?) is ready for painting. Later I'll scratch or print the foot rests and mirrors that go inside the door. This is my first time using MRP lacquer paint with Leveling Thinner, and I'm liking it a LOT. I still need to source the orange paint.
  10. Does anyone make the Hamilton Standard propeller logo in blue? From photos it appears the OV-10 had this blue logo (as opposed to the common red/gold color) for much of its service career.
  11. Version 2 of the jet pod is done, and this will be used in my build. In this version I printed it in four pieces, The main body, the compressor, the turbine, and the hatch. Because I use a low-level type of CAD software I get faceting on the cylindrical shapes, and although this faceting can be removed with some primer and light sanding, I wouldn't call it "production ready". I need to try designing this in parametric CAD, such as FreeCAD, in order to get an arbitrarily high number of facets so that they won't be visible in the final form. I'd hate to sell something that is below expectations. Here's a photo of current progress. The cockpit has the rear seat, bulkhead and controls removed. The sponsons will not be installed, and this kit was not built for that, so the depressions have to be filled in and scribed. That's a tedious process that is slowing down the build. I'm going to build this with the cargo bay open, so the sponson shape on the inside of the fuselage had to be sanded down as well. It's going to be tricky getting the fuselage assembled because the parts that assisted in keeping everything aligned, namely the bulkhead and cargo door, are removed. The insides will be lined with ribs, and I'll scratch build a floor. I put a brass spar in the wing, so the fuselage sides needed to be notched at the top to clear the spar. After cutting off the cargo door, I assembled the halves and am preparing it for use as a mold to vacuform a clear door out of PETG. This will make the clear door slightly oversize, but with it open 90 degrees I'm hoping nobody will notice. Also in the photo is the 230 gallon drop tank I printed in resin. As far as I know nobody makes this in 1/48 scale. Another thing nobody makes in 1/48 scale is OV-10B(Z) decals. I'll have to climb that mountain when I get to it. The markings contain some white color, so it won't be easy. The landing gear in this ICM kit are trouble. They look super fragile, very complicated, and the instructions aren't clear enough. I ordered a brass set from the same company that made the brass gear for my 1/32 OV-10s, but I decided not to use them here for various reasons. So, plan C is to use a white metal set that appears to contain all the parts I need and should be strong enough to hold up all that resin. -- Dave
  12. Mr. Amazon brought me a new toy toy today, an endoscope. For my first photo I stuck it up the rear of the OV-10. This might come in handy.
  13. I've thought about doing an OV-10BZ for some time, but have been busy with other projects. Today I thought I'd dive in and 3D print a prototype jet engine pod for the ICM 1/48 OV-10A kit, with an eye towards making all the conversion parts needed for the OV-10BZ. First print looks promising. I'll make some adjustments when I get some free time.
  14. Seems like an odd place to install the battery. Maybe he needed to move the CG forward?
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