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I/32nd I.D Vacform RAAF Canberra B.20

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Great effort on the surgery Pip! That's pretty hardcore when it comes down to plastic welding. This thing has gotta be strong as an ox with all that reinforcing :)

 

Craig

 

Hi Craig,

Yeah thanx Matie..  and Yes, it is as strong as an Ox... just ask  LSP 'Guyman1' (he's handled it)

Pip

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Sorry Folks... got distracted with a car project in recent times... 

OK back to (Gulp) work!

 

Cockpit:

 

Since the internal fuselage framework structure is in some parts of the cockpit, evident to the eye  (showing between internal fabric and panelling)  here and there, I've decided to produce the whole cockpit fuselage - framework in it's entirety, because i am an idiot and like doing things the 'Hard way!!' (Generally speaking). 

Though the real reason, is that i am reproducing these parts for others interested in obtaining after-market accessory parts of this Canberra through yours-truly.

I have to make these parts and make them in a way, that can be detached and molded for further copies later. So it is a more time-consuming process rather then making the individual part and sticking it in permanently!

So!... working off plans,  we start the first phase of many ...

 

The Cockpit Internal Framework :

 

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Finding and marking each station and working along the fuselage  (being rounded, it is more easier to work outside in - then inside out!!) keeping lines/stations uniform... rather than with working free-hand in internal fuselage areas where some restrictions in accuracy are experienced to work..

 

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Next - is my tried and proven method of backlit lines or see-through effect to get even and exact points of reference for each station-frame,  before they go in. 

 

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Without this method, making lines inside the fuselage to mark these station - lines 'Free-hand' is not easy without anything to go by...

 

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Thanks Torben ,Gaz, Mark and Marus,

Yes, i've seen the 'Virtual cockpit before.. also crawled around a real one.. but thanks none - the - same!

 

OK, Back to the Cesspit... Oh!... I mean Cockpit!

 

As mentioned, I have to use the inner-forward fuselage as a 'template' to making the master cockpit 'Clamshell' ... So with no further Adjure...

 

CLAM-SHELL Cockpit Walls (inner liner)

 

I had to choose a glue or something that would fix the walls/structure against the fuselage, whilst i work on the inner-details of the cockpit and also be able to detach the Clam-shell cockpit  wall/frames away from the inner-fuselage for later copying in resin.. without damaging my work.... or the fuselage!

This is my answer!

The photos tell the story...

 

 

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Hot air to soften plastic piece...

 

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... i made up this Jig because of the 'T' frame strength and it's resistance to bending....(yes I replicated the framework 'shape'  - the same as the real thing) and had to be bent/molded  in a 2-stages process for making the frame - stations of the inner-fusealege or if I did the 'full-bend'.... in one go (as my preliminary first tries showed me)  bad distortions would result...

Again - back in the day.. the factory would have had to form or round off the T - frame,  much the same as i am doing here -  in steps or stages... (not in one go) 

 

This is the 1/2 bend phase...

 

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Good hard work! Love it. Had to read more about the Canberra tonight. I did not know it was the Mosquito's replacement,  the first jet to cross the Atlantic, the first US jet plane to drop a bomb in combat (as the B-57). And quite interestingly NASA still uses their WB-57 "Canberras" today. Good to pay tribute to a "Great One" 

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Good hard work! Love it. Had to read more about the Canberra tonight. I did not know it was the Mosquito's replacement,  the first jet to cross the Atlantic, the first US jet plane to drop a bomb in combat (as the B-57). And quite interestingly NASA still uses their WB-57 "Canberras" today. Good to pay tribute to a "Great One" 

 

 

I can see how this Canberra design has lasted so long in military and other service (60+ years?) because it's built like a battleship!

Pip

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wow - this is my kind of modelling - every single bit needs fully thinking through and great skill to deliver..

 

love what you are doing here :)

 

Peter

 

 

Thanks Peter,

...your words mean a lot to me! ....and also glad you are enjoying my endeavours.

Pip

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