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Mach Turtle

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  1. A Literary GB

    Some more thoughts on this GB: There are pilots who capitalised on their fame as aviators by writing books. The Lindberghs, Chesley Sullenberger, and Chuck Yeager are among these. There are people who served as pilots in wartime, then went on to work as writers, recounting their wartime experiences in some cases. Roald Dahl, Joseph Heller, and Robert Mason are examples. Some people, such as Geoffrey Wellum and Bert Stiles, wrote just a single memoir, with no eye toward personal gain or a writing career. People like Nevil Shute, J.G Ballard, and Ernest Gann were truly double-gifted, having had full careers in both aviation and writing. Of course, I am considering only aviation here.
  2. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Thanks, guys. My modelling skills are still developing and resin presents its own special challenges, but I am glad to have modelled this unusual subject. Thanks to the hosts for leading this group build.
  3. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Okay, all done. I ended up rebuilding the canopy because of some glue fogging that occurred. Aerotech was nice enough to include two canopies. Thanks for watching my build. Gallery entry here.
  4. Gallery

    This is the former G-ACSP "Black Magic," later purchased by the Portuguese government and renamed "Salazar." The build thread is here.
  5. A Literary GB

    Sign me up. I'd do either an Ernest Gann DC-2 or a Robert Mason Huey.
  6. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Almost done here.
  7. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Here's a further update.
  8. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Just a few days to go. Here's a progress pic. I believe I will finish in time.
  9. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    I'm obviously still cleaning up here, but the engine nacelles can be improved with the addition of a couple of pieces of tubing:
  10. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Sydney came through with damp and cool weather today, so I wasn't tempted to do anything outdoors. I made some progress on Salazar! Please forgive the purple. I'm at the point of spraying, filling, and sanding, and I thought I'd use up some of my obscure paints in the process, as it's going to be black anyway. The props are just Blu-Tacked in place, and the gear isn't glued yet: The landing gear were scaring me, but they went together pretty well once I got going. I used blobs of clay to position everything for gluing, and just took my time. I hope to have the first black coat on tomorrow, and also to give some attention to the vac-form canopy, which looks like a weak point in this kit.
  11. DH-88 Salazar, 1/32 Aerotech resin

    Sorry guys! We have had some unusually good weather here in Sydney, and I took the opportunity to put some miles on my bicycle. The weather may be getting back to the chilly damp that is typical of this time of year, so I plan to get some bench time in this weekend!
  12. Here's a quick update. I've started to form the four quarters of the envelope: These quarters aren't done. I'm still closing those gaps and getting the curves right. To close the interior parts of the seams (where I can't reach with a clamp), I am using neodymium magnets and large hex nuts, sandwiching the paper between them. It's an effective clamp that can be positioned anywhere. As for the scale, I don't really know. That's a 15 cm ruler there, so the whole thing will be maybe 45 cm tall when finished. Looking at the illustration in the first post of this thread, the balloon appears to be roughly 10 times the height of the guys. So, figure 20 meters or so. That would make this roughly 1/45 scale.
  13. Thanks for all the advice. I've made a little progress: That's the bottom of the balloon and the gallery, where the aviation pioneers stood.
  14. Colin, thanks. What kind of glue is the proper card glue?
  15. On 21 November, 1783, two men flew above the earth, untethered in sustained flight, for the first time. They were Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes, aboard a balloon designed and built by the brothers Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier. Here's a contemporary image: I'm going to build a model of that. After checking the Tamiya and Airfix catalogs and coming up short, I cast about for other sources of a kit. And I found one! A company called Fiddler's Green makes lots of interesting card model kits, including one of the Montgolfier balloon. So, I bought the kit (being eight or so A4 PDF pages), printed them on my ordinary inkjet printer, and used contact cement to attach them to manila folder stock: Note the Tricolor flags, which wouldn't have been in use until after the Revolution. Aside from that, the kit looks perfectly suited for my purposes here. Let the cutting begin!