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Devcon101/01/2016 15:11:12
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I'll be doing a smaller version to give a cute little OS10 FSR a home.

But I need to finish this first, it's an Airfix 1/48 scale Merlin with a removable side to show the interior.

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Back on topic.

A thoughtful colleague at work gave me a box of balsa that his Dad was throwing out so I won't need to buy any.

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Powered with this little baby I'm aiming for a span of 36 to 40"

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I've searched around and a span of 40" seems OK for the OS but any advice on what people think is the optimum span would be appreciated,

Regards

John

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Devcon101/01/2016 15:36:11
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Thanks PV,

I'll aim for 42" then, the model will only ever potter around so as long as it's got sufficient pull to get off the ground I'll be happy.

Regards

John

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator01/01/2016 18:35:37
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So we'll have some bigger, and at least one smaller! Sweet!

BEB

john stones 101/01/2016 22:43:27
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Super engines the FSR's John never let you down yes

John

Devcon119/01/2016 12:58:32
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Well, I've now cleared the decks ready for having a go at the Ballerina. Although technically off topic here's my excuse for not starting earlier.

It's an Airfix 1/48th Merlin with some mods to show the interior with folded rotors and working folding tail.

Regards

John

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john stones 119/01/2016 15:58:30
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Much too small for my clumsy ability Airfix kits, lump hammer and chainsaw for me. smiley

John

Peter Miller19/01/2016 16:00:50
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That is impressive. This is the sort of thing that takes plasic models into the real realm of modelling

Whatgoesup....19/01/2016 16:18:20
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That is very nice John, reminiscent of the standard on display at the IPMS Telford last year !

gliggsy21/01/2016 04:20:21
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Got to admire the dedication and attention to detail of some fellow modellers, stunning work john.

Devcon125/01/2016 17:53:25
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Now, temporarily, cured of my plastic addiction I've started.

Somewhere down the process I've made an error whilst reducing the plans so I now have a 38" rendition instead of the planned 36" but no worries.

I'm also rethinking the power source as I want to add a dummy boxer engine for a bit of extra character so will probably go electric.

Here's where I am now.

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Cheers

John

Peter Miller25/01/2016 18:10:31
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You should have bought yourself a G-Mark 12 ftat twin. That would have been perfect.

I saw one on EBay and I was very tempted at £117

Devcon126/01/2016 10:44:22
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Thanks for your comments on the Airfix project guys yes

Peter, I'd love a working twin but my bank balance tells me otherwise.

The dummy engine idea was inspired by your article on the radial one you built so I'll be copying some of your ideas.

Regards

John

Peter Miller26/01/2016 11:50:03
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Ah, But only two cylinders! Well, you might preserve your sanity with that.

Peter Miller26/01/2016 11:51:14
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Or perhaps 4 cyinders. I think I would rather buy a G-Mark twincheeky

Devcon128/01/2016 20:30:43
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This ones evolving as I go along.

I'm trying to use stuff I've got in stock so have decided to make it with a full depth cockpit and two piece wing.

Formers all cut and a rough sketch of the fuselage mounted undercarriage.

Wing joiners are carbon tubes from an old long since dead shockie.

It will also have flaps that continue under the fuselage.

Regards John

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Devcon130/01/2016 16:53:22
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Making progress.

 

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Trying to keep the structure on the lighter side as I'm conscious Its only got little wings.

 

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As I'm building it only with materials in stock I've had to splice the fuselage sides. You can also see the cutout for the flaps that will recess into the fuselage bottom.

 

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I think Ive made a mistake with some of the formers by having the grain running verically but I'll leave as is. Method I use for cleaning up the lightning holes, some fairly stiff abrasive paper coiled up and rotated in the hole.

I'll leave the wing joiner holes till after fuselage completion in order to get good alignment.

Regards

John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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john stones 130/01/2016 17:07:23
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Looking like weight will be o.k John, mines not heavy and I'm not a light builder, stick thin vertical strips on the cross grain ones if they concern you maybe ?

John

Devcon130/01/2016 18:16:46
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Good idea, I'll put some strips on later. I think weight should be OK but I'm trying to keep some in reserve to have a go at a tissue/nylon finish.

John

Peter Miller30/01/2016 18:29:22
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Grain is meant to be vertical on the formers.

The draughtsman is obvioulsy not a builder

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