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I have had plans for a transport variant of the Airfix Ford Trimotor, a Ford 8-AT for a very long time. I bought this kit 2005 and I finally I got around to do something with it. But as usual I have to convert it a bit.

 

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I started by cutting along the recess for the windows on the inside of the fuselage  to cut out away the windows. I also cut thin slivers of a plastic tube 

 

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I filled the hole from the old windows with corrugate plastic card and drilled out new windows.

 

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The thin plastic rings was used for the port holes to get a nicer look. I also needed to make a new door without a window.

 

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I learned that three of the small windows later was closed on this plane so I had to do the same.

 

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The cargo bays under the wings has to go to. More plastic card to the rescue, but the biggest problem probably is that the canopy is to wide.

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Nice start Orso, interesting project.  Got one of these kits myself, planning on trying to make the float plane version.

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I cut a part from the nose and added some Northrop Gamma parts instead. It gives me a basic shape to work from.

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You are a very brave (skilled) modeller attempting to match corrugated parts in 1/72! I have no experience of this trimotor variant. Can you tell us more about it?

 

Will

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The 8-AT is actually a single engine version of the trimotor.

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It flew with six different engines. I would love to have a Hisso engine version but I settle for this.

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I'm always facinated by models that are far off the beaten track and yours surely is! :D

I couldn't do that as I simply don't have the knowledge to do such an undertaking, so I'm glad that somebody is! :winkgrin:

 

Looking forward to seeing the finished model! :)

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

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Its a very long time since I saw anyone doing anything with this kit. Very interested to see how you get on with this build.

 

Martian

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Excellent start on a challenging project, Sir.

 

Looking forward to more.

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48 minutes ago, Orso said:

The 8-AT is actually a single engine version of the trimotor.

Pacific%20Alaska%20Airways%20Ford%208-AT

 

It flew with six different engines. I would love to have a Hisso engine version but I settle for this.

 

Ah yes, I've found it now

 

http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Shumaker/9140.htm

 

"pan pan, we've lost two engines...."

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I started to dress up the nose.

 

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I have to improvise as I don't have to many pictures. But I build for fun and besides not many persons will know how it really looked like.

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On ‎18‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 14:56, Orso said:

 I build for fun

The very best reason for doing it!

 

Martian

 

 

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I replaced all dead Photobucket pics above. Work goes on slowly. The wing is in place and the nose almost done. A lovely salmon coloured resin engine is also added.

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Not much to report. I got the tail in place.

 

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Time to start on the landing gear. My first plan was floats but I found some skis in the scrap box so I'll use them. I think it is right for an Alaska plane.

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Great to see you're still at it with this, Sir!

 

Looking forward to more.

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How slow this build is. At least I have started on the new landing gear.

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It took me twelve years to start this build but now it starting to look like a plane.

 

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I will let the glue set before I start adding struts.  

 

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Struts and wires, I wonder were the lower wing are

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Testing the skis from the Monogram tri-motor and I like it.

 

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But should I paint them wood or metal.

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I like this bigtime! Given the size of the aircraft, I would tend towards metal skis.

 

Martian

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This is really great Orso, I like it a lot :thumbsup: .

 

Very nice work on the conversion. Keep up the good work ;)

 

Best regards 

TonyT

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I removed the engine and moved it forward as the engine cowl was to short

 

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Now I could add the details I wanted. Plus the engine didn't sit straight either.

 

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But I had do convert the exhaust system as the original didn't fit any more.
The only things left to do is a new landing gear for the tail and some small details.
But I forgot to drill holes for the rudder wires so it will be a little tricky do do as the landing gear is in the way.

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I started to paint it but realized that I hade missed to build some small details. I will worry about that later. Now I need to cut some masks for the registration letters.

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