(Login TeddieP) HyperScale Forums from IP address 188.8.131.52
Hey y'all - time (finally) for a wee update on ye old Ford Trimotor! Last episode, a cockpit had been cobbled together. The starboard side fuselage door has been added, and you'll note there is a slight gap at the bottom edge that can be filled up quite nicely with repeated applications of liquid glue on the inner side:
The control horns molded on the outside of the Airfix fuselage were sanded away, to be replaced with new items from sheet plastic and rod. Using files and the leading edge of some folded sandpaper, the "troughs" between the corrugated skin were restored:
Before finishing up the rest of the fuselage, though, I wanted to move on to the rest of the kit, starting with the wing assembly. This is a massive wing that went together well with no fit issues. Only a bit of putty along the leading edges was required to smooth out some overlap between the upper and lower wing halves:
Aha, you say - what's this here mysterious item? Looks like the beginnings of a rack of some kind?:
In the last post, Whiffer noted that the ejector pin marks on the inside fuselage were in fact locations in some Canadian aircraft of this era for beer racks! Subsequent research in RCAF archives revealed a manual that made reference to a "Beer Rack, Aviation Type, Mark One." Well then! A beer rack we must have!:
Thanks for the tip, Whiffer!
'Till next time, fellow Hyperscalers!
I only wish I had more time for this - the standard modeller's lament! Maybe I bit off more than I can chew with these multiple builds. Hey - you know what I'm talking about!
PS - there's only three cans because the factory crew scarfed one down on their lunch break!
...appropriate brews would be Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Thwaites Lancaster Bomber, or the less easy to find Swordfish. Got to love the Spitfire adverts - "Downed all over Kent, just like the Luftwaffe", "Goering, Goering, gone", and the classic "No Fokker comes close"
Apparently the altitude doesn't mix well with the fizzy yellow stuff, and can lead to altitude sickness.
But hey that's looking good Ted. Can't wait to see it zipped up.
Yeah, I've seen some examples of those terrific aviatian-inspired beers. I'd love to try 'em all! You're spot on about the altitude trick. I'm pretty sure the old flight manual warns against opening a can above 14,000 feet. Whoosh!
Hi Dan, yeah, I'm with ya on the strutted, hanging engines on this bird - tres cool. I might have to hit you up for strut installing advice on this build - you've become a bit of an expert in the field!
I really thought long and hard about a civilian version of this bird Allan, but in the end decided on a ski-equipped 1930's-ish Canadian Air Force version. This is the aircraft I'm aiming for:
At first blush, it's kind of plain looking, but with the ladder attached to the fuselage, the dark blue fuselage trim and some good, alternating natural metal panels, I think I can dress up this bird rat purty:
I scored a CanMilAir Decal sheet for this specific aircraft. I've never used their sheets before, and they're pricey: this sheet was $17 Canadian (about par with the US dollar), and that doesn't include shipping! Yeesh. This sheet appears to be well printed, although some others I've ordered and haven't used yet display some colour drop-outs that leave me less than impressed. I'll let you know how the sheet works out:
Steve N (Login bcnewsdude) HyperScale Forums 184.108.40.206
Ooo..a Tin Goose! My Favorite Airplane!
June 23 2012, 6:06 AM
I built the old Airfix kit years ago. It's not bad, although the trailing edges of the wing are ridiculously thick. Airfix also took a shortcut by having smooth leading edges. On the real aircraft, the corrugations wrap completely around the wing (except for the outer portions near the tips.) I didn't add separate control horns or as much interior detail as you, but I did add stretched-sprue control cables, and replaced most of the struts holding the engine nacelles to the wing with styrene rod stock.
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