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  1. OK, Proof of concept is complete. I have the patience and skill to build large scale planes from scratch. So without pause, I'm back at it with the Bearcat. It's not exactly starting today but it has now moved into #1 in the queue , so let's "Get it on". There is some history in other threads, some of which crashed due to the Photobucket hosting issues, but I'm just going to start fresh here with this thread and take it from here. To recap: I have done a considerable amount of work on the engine and landing gear using 3D designs I made so much of that is already behind me. I'm actually going to build the fuselage conventionally and not using 3D printing. So here's progress today getting that work underway. I really love doing this part quite a bit and have no regrets tossing the 3D work I did do in the bin. That's hobby birchwood (mostly used for R/C planes). The paper bulkheads in the pic will soon be made from birch too and then glued to the fuselage per the plan. I have some hi density foam I got online using the method that Ben "Starfighter" used for his C2A Greyhound and I have hopes that will work out better than my old method (tons of Magic Sculpt that takes a lifetime to sand) . Wish me luck. Done by Xmas???
  2. Dear fellow modellers, yes, me too. After Derek decided to do three (now four) swedish fighters... The Viggen is one of my all time favourite fighters (coming to think about it, there are quite a few "all time favourites"...) and back in the late seventies I built one in 1/96 scale (odd, isn't it?) and with the splinter camo. Hmm. This GB got me thinking and I'll dive into very deep waters here (I will probably drown, but hey, life is short and then you die...). My (hopeful) contribution to this GB will be a 1/24 JA-37 D(I) Jaktviggen. I started reserching the subject and here is what I've got so far: There is Robert F. Dorr's book which, while quite interseting in itself, has not much to offer for the modeller. Then there is Björn Karlström's "Flygplans-Ritningar 2" which has line drawings and a few photographs of all swedish Fighters from 1926 to 1984. The drawings look very good, dimensionally and shapewise, to me and I decided to use the JA-37 drawings as a basis for my build (knowing quite well that you should not trust any drawing, in particular not even your own ones). The upscaled drawing of the book is in the background. Last, there is the AirDoc book on the Viggen. I had hoped for more detail pics (like in Jake Melampy's books), but it is a very good source nevertheless. It has some artwork of nice unit markings that I didn't see before. So, well worth the money (less than 20,00 Euros over here in Germany). And of course I have downloaded tons of pictures from the internet. Still, for a model in that scale you never have enough references, so any links or other hints are more than welcome. I ordered a couple of square meters of sheet styrene (not the Evergreen stuff which is way too expensive), so it can begin . But don't expect anything soon. Or, as some chinese philosopher has been quoted: "Even the longest journey starts with the first step". Nevertheless, I will finish my Viper tail first... Thanks for looking. Rainer
  3. I know, I know - far too easily sidetracked but... One of my flying buddies asked me to build him a model of an aeroplane he owned a few years ago - lovely little pre-war single-seater - the Dart Kitten. Have been pulling together photos and drawings and have finally started cutting plastic - great fun - and very therapeutic after hacking up far too many plastic kits, This is where we're at: Hopefully to end up looking like this. Have fun! Iain
  4. Cheers everyone! Since the Prowler is finished, I've been working on several projects in parallel. The carrier deck diorama is still in progress, I am working on my carrier deck vehicles, I am trying to finish Trumpeter's Super Hornet before the new Revell kit hits the market and the Hawkeye is back on the bench. The Viking has to wait until after Easter to get its milled wing center section. As I was planning to build the Hawkeye's closest relative since quite some time, I thought this could be the moment to start the Greyhound while finishing the E-2C. Thanks to my friend Thomas, I could get my hands on a Kinetic Greyhound to grab some dimensions and cross sections. I also have the old Warpaint drawings but I found these to be not as accurate as required. As usual, I made a skeleton in 3D and had the parts lasercut. Here is how the parts looked when I got them: And here is the assembled skeleton together with its brother. I have already prepared quite a few parts for the Hawkeye which can be used on the C-2 as well such as seats, flaps and engine nacelles. I will buy another Tigger Models Hawkeye to get wings, fins and elevators. As usual, progress will be slow but hopefully steady.
  5. Cheers everybody, it's bee a while since I finished my big Prowler - buying a new background for my photo booth was a good opportunity to finally take some photos of the finished model. For those who haven't followed the build, here's the link to the WIP thread: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/57040-how-to-destroy-an-expensive-kit-with-just-a-few-cuts-or-prowler33/ Photo quality is not ideal, I've been playing around with the photo settings but I am obviously not a good photographer... Anyway, comments, questions and critique are welcome as usual. "Beaker" waiting for the rest of the crew to board the aircraft.
  6. Hi gang, figured I'd toss up a WIP on my latest LSP project. I picked up the kit at Hobby Lobby ages ago with a 40% off coupon with a QF4 in mind. Somewhere also picked up a GT Resin Nose Correction and intake kit. Later on I added a RF4 Cockpit kit to address the boring, bland and under detailed Revell Cockpit. This was to be an in flight build, starting out I wanted to address the conversions and resin additions. The nose job. Lacking any instructions I sized up the new nose and comparing panel lines figured out my initial cuts. After completing them and receiving my cockpit set, I glued the front halves together. This highlights a diameter differene between the Resin nose and kit. To facilitate the pinch' I needed I cut off the "gun trough". This allowed me to get an allllllmost gap free fit from the new nose to the fuse. Once that was done I added the "gun trough" back on and added the 'G radar bulb. I still need to go back and rescribe panel lines etc. But getting this far was a lot of work. more to come!
  7. Hello, I have decided that, with all the great builds emerging here, it's time to get on the wave... But I warn you - this is a long-term project and the progress here will be sloooow... My obsession with this Bristol's beast has started some 6 years ago (Thanks to HlavaXXII, a friend of mine...). It was few years after I had returned to modelling after many years of doing other things. First goal was to make a 1/33 paper model of this plane. But as I have started to look for the references, this happened to be a challenge in itself. And a lot fun too. So after years of researching, with many ups and downs over the time, I've got a lot of references, a couple of new friends, some computer 3D models and the persistent feeling that I need to do something with it, or it will end up in vain... Time flies, you know... Me inside TFC's Beau, July 2012: So, what to do? A detailed, full 1/32 or 1/24 scale model was an option... But then I saw a 1/12 F-104 cockpit on some modelling show. And that one has made me think... And when I bumped into Jack Constant's amazing cutaways, which are made also in 1/12 scale, the decision was made. Jack Constant's models are now in collection of Canada Aviation and Space Museum: https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0075.001, https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0076.001 https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0077.001, https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0226.001 https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0227.001, https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1998.0228.001 I haven't found any quality pictures online. There's a great summary of his work in FineScale Modeler/May 1999, written by his son Alan Constant: https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/back-issue/fsm990501 My heap of "Beau" references: There's a lot more of it on my harddrive. So to finish my first WIP post, here are some real world and full scale examples of the subject: Beaufighter Nose Section by David North, on Flickr Bristol Beaufighter (A19-144) Photo 2 by Chris Young, on Flickr There's hope I'll be back soon. Juraj
  8. Ok, I know what you are saying..they do not make a 1/24th scale Hawker Fury.. and that's true. So, let's see if I can make one. This is a dare of sorts because I've not done a scratch project of this size ever, though I have done a series of five 1/144th scale planes this past year all from scratch and with reasonable success across a wide range of planes from a tiny Bf-109 the size of a butterfly to a sizable 8" long P-3C Orion. I think I meet the basic prerequisites, though honestly anyone can do this (kindergartners with clay and wood are remarkably fearless artists). That said, there are also the great masters (Alcorn, Woodhouse, Lee etc) that do this stuff too and we'll have to consider that like another world thing. Anyway, If I fail, it might be the dreadful distraction, project boredom and other barriers to seeing things through. It's pretty ambitious time wise (like a year??). I'm armed with enthusiasm and a love for modeling that has spanned 4 decades (with many breaks of course as many of us all know). I'm not a perfectionist type person and not trained things technical short of computer programming. I do have a very creative side and consider myself an artist without a real speciality. I dabble and I LOVE PLANES!!!!! Currently, I'm still researching the Fury with books on order, and a folder of growing images on my computer. I can't say it's like a dream plane but there seems to some content in the scratch world, typically pre WW2 where scratch works at this scale. I am getting to know it pretty well know over the few weeks, so it's very likely to grow on me. I've started to test some methods for technique so in some sense I've started. The picture of the tail below is the third round if seeing how I like to work with "spars" and "canvas" really before I get into it. I've got a little start on the cockpit shell going. Playing around. As I said, the project is not fully laid out, but I'm pretty sure it'll be an exercise in solid forms for the fuselage mostly of styrene and filler and then a vacuformed shell to house the cockpit and engine. I'll perhaps panel the shell with thin metal tape and creative use of strips and Magic Sculpt and whatever comes to mind. If you are going to follow along, I'd love the company. I'll say sorry up front for how damn long this is going to take but I think this forum has a taste for it. The process is the fun, right?
  9. After Photobucket tried to ransom $300 out of me to save my build thread history, I was pretty pissed off to say the least! I do not think I have it as bad as others, and you all have my sympathy for those who lost more in "the fire". I'm cooled off now and decided to let a new day dawn, this time with Imageshack whose reasonable $20 annual fee is so much in synch with my needs. (IMGUR testing failed: I did not like the social media side of it, yuch). I want to preserve the history of the build here but will only reach as far as a "best of" pictorial review of the work. No stories of me stumbling and succeeding followed by confusion and laziness, learning and eureka moments. All that was perhaps best shown in real time. Suffice to say, I grew a lot as a scratch builder and learned much but it's perhaps unimportant to rehash those details. On the positive note one can now quickly see progress without pages of fluff and the time I distracted the Fury thread with me learning 3D for another project. Again thanks for all the support to date. There was much of that in that thread I want to recognize. Here are some pictures in rough chronological order. Work began Feb 22 2017 for the record. It was/is my first large scale scratch build and it's been a blast to date (July 4th). I estimate this is about 300 hours of some less than efficient work.
  10. I waited for the Roden 1/32 O-1 Bird Dog with much anticipation. When it finally arrived, I wasn't disappointed: a simple, no-nonsense, accurate, well-moulded kit albeit a little scarce in interior details. This latter point didn't bother me a bit because I like to detail cockpits and interiors. IMO the one thing the kit lacks is an M-16/ AR-15 assault rifle which is closely associated with the Bird Dog and the FAC missions it was renowned for in the Vietnam conflict. The O-1 is a little bare without it. The problem is that M-16's can be easily found in armor modelling in 1/35 but none in 1/32. So what to do? Build one from scratch. This is how I did it. The reference is a profile view taken from the internet et reduced to 1/32 scale. The material: plasticard and brass wire. The pictures say it all. In situ Hope you like it. Cheers, Quang
  11. OK, As I mentioned in another forum I have been inspired by some of the scratch builds I see. So, here we go! This is my first attempt. It combines many of the skills I've collected over the years. However, never to this level. I toyed with Rhino. I didn't see any benefit over SolidWorks. I'm going to be learning enough anyway. I don't need to add a new software package to the mix. I found some plans, photos and one card model on the internet. I've combined them in the CAD file. It's a little messy at the moment. I'll post pix once I get the fuse roughed in. Here we go! ß!
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