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1/32 Thomas Morse S4C scratchbuild

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I decided on a Thomas Morse for my next scratchbuild as there aren't any kits of one in this scale.  I think its a significant plane since most American WW1 pilots had time in one.  The idea was planted in my head when I came across some papers left behind by my Dad after he passed.  Among them was a line drawing of the Tommy from a 1957 issue of Model Airplane News.

 

I have put together the engine using a Vector kit, with the front of the crankcase machined from aluminum and some RB Motion bolts.

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Next, I machined out a cowl on my lathe.

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Then it was time to start the fuselage framing.  The top longeron has quite a curve in it, which was created with three 0.020" strips laminated together to hold the curve.

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Then the cockpit bits.  The Tommy has a simple cockpit.  The ailerons are operated via torsion bars, like a Nieuport.

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Nearly completed cockpit bring me up to date here.

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The next challenge is rendering the bottom of the fuse and the turtledeck.  They were longerons covered with the linen covering.

Comments welcome.

 

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Thanks for the kind comments, everyone.

I am going forward with a vacuum formed fuse bottom.  After that experience (assuming success) I'll be doing the turtledeck.

 

Guess I should post a picture of what the real one looks like.

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Continuing with this build...

Skinning the turtledeck with 0.010" styrene.  Longerons are embossed into the skin.

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Tail surfaces made.  Hinges are metal eyelets.  A hinge rod will pass through the eyelets to assemble them together, as on the real thing.

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Attached the fuse bottom, which is vacuum formed.

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Fuse sides.

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That's one way to skin a Thomas.

 

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