Nimrods, Flycatchers, a Dart, & a T4M-1practice vacs
Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:52 PM
What I do when sanding down the parts is to lay a length of Scotch brand 2 sided tape on the model part. The fuselage only needed 1 piece. On the wing I put one piece as close as I can to the leading edge, & another as close to the trailing edge & overlapping the other one. Due to having to pick up the part to check my progress, I generally have to do this twice.
I would advise anyone contemplating building a large number of these models to wear a respirator while sanding the parts. The dust & powder that comes from the sanding is very fine. I am betting that like resin dust that is not good for you. I am not trying to dissuade anyone from building this type of model, I am just trying to offer good advice.
This next picture is my workbench covered with a piece of lightweight black cotton. Carl T
Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:13 PM
Matt the sandpaper that I am using cannot be used wet, I am sorry to say. I like this kind because I can set in my comfortable padded chair while I am working on my models. At nearly 81 years old I am as lazy as I can get too. Carl T
Or, sand your model in a sink, using water. Then the slurry of "stuff" will be washed away.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:03 AM
My aim in doing this thread is to show that any average modeler can build a vac-form model easily with a little patience & practice. I am building them in this way, & with these tools simply because they work easily for me. I have right now over a dozen models cut out waiting to be sanded out. This includes the Douglas PD-1 flying boat. I also have another 3 dozen or more in boxes awaiting their turn under the knife.
In the July 2012 issue of Model Aircraft on page 76 is a full page write-up about the DVD reprint Of Richard Staszak's book Building & improving vacuum formed model aircraft.
Now to get back to my models. I have only a few more parts to sand & the first Flycatcher will be ready to assemble. I am going to sand down all 6 models before I start the assembly stage. I am also trying to make up my mind which models that I want to add interior detail in. Carl T
Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:41 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:04 AM
To our UK fellow modellers I hold Bill in the same reguard as I do John Adams. Both are the best that there is. We are very lucky that they both have been a part of this great hobby we enjoy. Carl T
Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:35 AM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:33 AM
About the sanding process. On each of the fuselages I put on 1 long strip of clear 2 sided Scotch tape, which allowed me to use as many of my fingers as was necessary to put even pressure all along the fuselage part. On the wings, & tailplanes I used 1 piece on both the leading & trailing edges. I did this so that I could apply pressure on either side as I felt it was needed. For some reason I cannot explain the leading edge always came out thinner first. The only model that took a long time to sand out was the Blackburn Dart. On each part I changed the tape 2 to 4 times. Carl T
Posted 17 August 2012 - 12:07 PM
The detail for the T4M-1 I am getting from a thead on ARC discussion forums where ollieholmes scratchbuilt built a 1/48th scale model of it & included interior detail. The thread has a picture of a stripped down fuselage & his work in progress.
The cockpit detail for the Flycatcher I am getting from reading the build/review of the Silver Wings model on thier site.
The cockpit detail for the Nimrod I am getting from the Mushroom publications book.
Out of all of this we will see what I can come up with. None of these fuselages are very big to begin with. We will see whar happens. Carl
Posted 18 August 2012 - 07:08 PM
This next picture is for a Boeing MB3A model by Sierra Models in 1/72nd scale. The plan is by Joseph Nieto & is reduced down from 1/48th scale. It was printed in the January 1952 issue of Model Airplane News. You can see plainly the extensive detail that may be added. This is a model that I will be making a bit later. A model fuselage half is next to each plan. Carl T
Posted 18 August 2012 - 08:09 PM
The video is listed under; Live Leak.com-Unknown Torpedo Plane ( comments )
For me it is a very interesting video because the plane was huge for the single seat version, & to watch the floatplane version taking off & dropping torpedos, particularly the first one.
I also found in the same searc some pictures & a plan that shows both the early & developed version that is very tempting to make as a conversion of my Dart model. Carl T