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#1 Bil

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:46 PM

New to the forum and I've been away from modeling for about 25 years, so please be gentle.

 

My background is in 3D computer modeling, and I build highly detailed engineering models for the US military (primarily the US Navy), including diesel and turbine engines, ship's boilers, etc.  This example is of an LHD Boiler, every detail is represented in these models:

 

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I knew that for my first subject i wanted to scratch-build, as the research required is right up my alley... unfortunately with such a long distance between now and the last time I modeled my skills are very rusty.. and I was attempting something that I had never tried before: building with metal, using a vacuum form machine, 3D printing of parts, etc.  I hope this thread will not bore you.  This will be a slow build, and I will be learning as I go, so it might take a while to complete.

 

As for the PT-17, I have access to all of the engineer drawings through the Air Corps Library, which I encourage you to check out if you are unfamiliar with it, also I live in Virginia Beach and am within 30 minutes of the Military Aviation Museum which has many flying examples of WW1 (all reproductions) and WW2 aircraft (many originals in flying condition), and of course they have a Stearman (an Navy N2S which is nearly identical to the Army's Pt-17).. which will simplify my research.

 

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As I said I am learning as I go, and so far have only completed one assembly, and it still requires some additional details... the rudder and vertical stab, shown below.. I will go into more detail on it and the other assemblies that are under construction in future posts.

 

Thank you for your attention, and I am so glad I found this forum.

 

Bil

 

Rudder and Vertical Stab - aluminum, brass, and yes, plastic:

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:58 PM

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Hi Bill,

   I took a 35 year break...   Your tail framing looks excellent!

 

Gaz


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 10:58 PM

Welcome aboard, Bil! This looks like it will be a terrific project to follow.

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 11:39 PM

welcome aboard Bil, looking very very interesting and promising, great entry!!!

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 11:59 PM

Welcome aboard, Bil! This looks like it will be a terrific project to follow.

 

Kev

 

I'll second both comments!


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 12:26 AM

Hi Bil again, now in your thread.

Very interesting start, I will wait for updates with curiosity.

This link to the library will be very useful for me, thanks.

Regards

Tomasz 


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 01:47 AM

Have a feeling >you< will be showing us a thing or two Bill :popcorn:  :popcorn:  :popcorn: Can't wait.

 

P.S.  A great choice, the P-17,for your project.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 05:40 AM

Great start and subject Bill!

 

I think you'll fit right in here...... :)

 

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 06:09 AM

Great choice of subject, and great start !

 

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Taking a seat and :popcorn:

 

Hubert


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 07:17 AM

Wow! Nice subject and great progress so far!
I'll be following this for sure.

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 07:35 AM

Sounds like fun! Looks great so far, ill come along for the ride
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Posted 29 October 2017 - 07:53 AM

We need more Stearman builds. Excellent!

 

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:11 AM

Welcome and looking forward to seeing this on come together  :popcorn:

 

Torben


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:14 AM

Welcome to the forums. I look forward to following along as the build progresses.


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Posted 29 October 2017 - 09:08 AM

hi and welcome, this is the perfect place for you. May I recommend you check out some of the scratchbuilt aircraft that others have made, such as Peter Castle's 1/18 Spitfire. Many of the techniques would be relevant for your build.

 

Here's his Spit build - a long read but well worth it:

 

http://forum.largesc...spitfire&page=1


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