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1917 Sopwith Camel by Model Airways

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43 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

 

 

A pencil or plumbing torch (butane powered or other) for sweating plumbing pipe VS say a soldering gun/iron with a hot tip using conductive heat.

 

Thanks, Brian. So it's still soldering, but using a torch instead of an iron as the heat source, right?

 

Kev

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Sorry Kevin.  Didn't mean to confuse.  I just found that seeing the flame gives me a lot more control and accuracy.  When I used to use a soldering iron, I could never get the metal hot enough or I ended up heating a far bigger area than I wanted to.  I have much more success with a gas torch when I'm soldering.  When I use a torch, I can make things much hotter a lot faster.

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Wow!  Stupid Mistake!  Just realized that I went off the model plans and not the actual Sopwith Camel plans when I fabricated the rear stabilizer.  The design and specs in the kit are completely wrong (big surprise).  To be fair, Model Airways had to make some concessions to scale when they did the kit, but there is a lot of detail missing.  

 

Off to the Metal Supermarket to get more brass stock and then...  Starting Over.

 

Stay tuned.

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2 hours ago, Garage21 said:

Wow!  Stupid Mistake!  Just realized that I went off the model plans and not the actual Sopwith Camel plans when I fabricated the rear stabilizer.  The design and specs in the kit are completely wrong (big surprise).  To be fair, Model Airways had to make some concessions to scale when they did the kit, but there is a lot of detail missing.  

 

Off to the Metal Supermarket to get more brass stock and then...  Starting Over.

 

Stay tuned.

 

Lesson learned, eh?  ;) 

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Second attempt at rear end using actual blue prints proved to be much more successful.  The outer line across the rear wing and rear stabilizer is a perfect continuation from one component to the next.  Only way I could figure out how to do that was to build both pieces as a single assembly and then split them when done.  This way everything should align perfectly.

 

Pictures are post fabrication but pre-cleanup.

 

G21.

 

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The new piece is a few cm larger however as I went off the measurements of the Sopwith Company blueprints and not the plans that came with the Model Airways kit..

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You realize that by the time you correct everything that's wrong with this kit, you will have almost completely scratch built the plane, right? And I'm loving watching you do it!!!

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Seems like that's what happens every time I try and build a kit.  I suppose that's why i've never competed a large-scale model in less than 9 months.

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Work continues on the back end.  Progress comes slowly...  Lots of work left to be done...

 

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Last picture is the pot metal pieces that came with the kit next to the brass pieces I started fabricating this evening.

 

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I was not pleased with the overall look of the rear assembly so I started a new one today.  I wanted to capture the two-piece outer struts and the retaining straps on the outside edge and the piece I was working on just wasn't doing it for me.  The last picture shows the one I did last week (bottom) and the new one I did today (top).  I like the overall shape, proportions and "sleekness" of the new one much better.

 

Once all the sanding and polishing is done, i'll use 1mm stainless steel rivets on the retaining straps which have been drilled out with a #70 bit.

 

I'll finish up these two pieces and start the rudder tomorrow.

 

Stay tuned.

 

G21.

 

 

 

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