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#1 Darius at Home

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

Inspired by Goose's recent post on BM regarding the availability of 1:72 scale aircraft hangar kits I found this 1:48 scale kit during an eBay search. The kit was also available in 1:144 scale but alas not in 1:72 scale (sorry Goose). A further Google search did, however, indicate that it was at one time (and so might be again) available in 1:72 scale.

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The kit comprises several A3-sized cardboard sheets of various thicknesses and textures, into which the kit parts are laser cut. Small tabs - like those on a photoetched fret - need to be cut to free the parts, only the knife remains sharp this time :)

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The hangar floor sheets were glued to a hardboard base using Resin W white woodworking glue. This is easy to apply and the excess can be cleaned away with a damp cloth. Once glued the floor was spayed using Halfords grey primer to provide a base concrete colour. Further lighter weathering colours will be applied later.

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The internal framing to the hangar walls is provided in thick cardboard with a thinner corrugated cardboard outer cladding. The framing and the outside corrugated face of the cladding were spray painted using Halfords Nissan Silver. Before being glued together with Resin W.

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The window frames are laser cut in thin white card but the heat from the laser cutting process has produced a slight burn discolouration at the inside corner of each window opening. This actually produces a slightly weathered look to the frames and adds depth to what is essentially a two dimensional part. Clear acetate sheet (almost like polythene) is provided for the window glazing and this was glued to the non-burnt side of the window framing using small dabs of super glue. The glazed windows were then fixed to the hangar walls using super glue.

The roof trusses are provided in left and right halves with a delicate (i.e. potentially weak) butt joint between them. I used Resin W glue for the initial but join and then reinforced it with plasticard splices, fixed using super glue, on both sides of the truss.

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So far so good. I am going to add personnel doors at each end of the hangar side walls as at present the only way in or out is through the main doors. The Fire Officer would not approve!!!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:01 PM

Bloody Hell !!!!!

How handy is this,what a damn good find that man.


I've never understood why some firm like "SuperQuick"(they do card buildings for model railways-very good too)
have never come up with hangars and other airfield buildings.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:07 PM

Marvellous, simply marvellous, what a find. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 08:14 PM

impressive stuff, please post the "finished" building when you can.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:53 PM

Search on Ebay .......

Aviation Hangar 1/72 (laser) 1:72 Carton model aircraft hangar

Looks very good

#6 Dr.Jellyfingers

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:48 AM

That is damm cool and could have saved me a heap of time and Statschmunck's stirrey sticks !


Look forward to the finished hangar.

BTW what are the dimensions of the finished building?

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:31 AM

You don't have to search on Ebay!
The GPM's "Modele Kartonowe" products (Hangar, shelter, control tower etc.) are readily available - see website:
1/72 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...e...m=4&kat=243
1/48 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...e...m=4&kat=227
1/144 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...e...m=4&kat=337

See here for the Hangar:
1/48 - ref. GPM-H48-1 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...amp;edycja=3214
1/72 - ref. GPM-H72-1 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...amp;edycja=3217
1/144 - ref. GPM-1/144-H144-1 - http://www.gpm.pl/en...amp;edycja=5936

HANGAR 1/48 - cut with laser model
Ref: GPM-H48-1
Producer: GPM
Size: L-60cm , B 42 cm , H 24 cm
Scale: 1:48
Degree of difficulty: moderately difficult
Unit price: € 16.25 , 19.12 $

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See also Britmodeller:
http://www.britmodel...amp;hl=shelters

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 07:48 AM

That looks fab - a perfect accompaniment to the forthcoming Interwar GB <cue brain whirring into action>

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:08 AM

They look great...perfect for a diorama idea I've been thinking of.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Made a start on the roof truss this evening. As described before the central butt joint between the truss halves needs to be reinforced. As assembled from the kit parts the truss is quite floppy. In real life there would be additional longitudinal and transverse diagonal bracing, especially along the truss bottom chord adjacent to the hangar door opening. This is required to provide lateral support to the tops of the sliding door panels (to resist wind loading when the doors are shut) and to keep the lateral deflection at the tops of the door panels within tolerance so that the door panels can slide easily. This project is really satisfying for a civil/structural engineer!!!

I have started adding this additional bracing using the plentiful card off-cuts that come with the kit. One end of the truss system has the lower chord bracing installed and the other end is partially completed. Longitudinal bracing will also be required along the edges of the structure next to the supports. I am building the roof to be removable so that I can change the aircraft around inside and add "hangar clutter" at will. The additional bracing is already starting to stiffen the truss structure - as it is designed to do :)

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:28 PM

I could do with some of those....

alternatively - if you can cut and glue one of these, you should be able to scratch build your own...
anybody tried?

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:51 PM

Why would you want to, when you can buy one laser cut ready for assembly ;)

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

Why would you want to, when you can by one laser cut ready for assembly ;)


I heartily agree - I would have hated to cut these parts out individually!!!!!

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

Some more progress. I added a cardboard "kerb" to the hangar floor around the inside perimeter of the walls. This gives an edge to glue against and prevents light "bleed" between the walls and the floor.

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The walls were then glued in place. The external corners will need to be tidied up but for now I will let the glue cure.

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The completed but as yet unpainted roof truss drops into place.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:08 PM

Really starting to look the part now.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:09 PM

I bet your looking forward to fitting this space out. I can see this kit being a popular build here on Britmodeler.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:19 PM

Impressive ! Hard to believe it's cardboard !!!! I must give a look at the manufacturer's website...

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:47 AM

Thats REALLY cool, I guess you could use it for any aircraft too, as they are still around today on some bases, airfields etc! My minds going overdrive thinking of the detail you could add....!

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:13 PM

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Hey, who let you into my hangar?!

This is a very nifty project, and judging by the Spit is a fairly large one. One problem, though- one of my cats would not be able to resist climbing in, and that wouldn't end well...

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:30 PM

That is just superb, someone has done their home work there. As someone who has spent the past 25 years in the Structural Steel trade as a plater/welder I can say that that is pretty much spot on. Like you say it lacks the horizontal braces, wind braces as we call them and normally made from tubular section.