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LostCosmonauts

Virtual collection of British prototypes and proposed fighters

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Huzzah! I’ve managed to get hold of a more up to date computer and have returned to this project. Reminding myself how the software works by having a crack at @Space Ranger‘s XP-92 suggestion

 

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Basic outlines look ok so a few details to do and then figure out a sensible way of laying out parts to 3D print

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Some detail added to the innards (not that you'll ever be able to see but I know it is there)

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add some virtual decals and we might be getting somewhere

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Broken into a couple of parts and a first go at printing off at 1/72 scale 

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Removed from print bed - the cockpit needs a bit of work but it lools like with a bit of sanding, glueing and the usual shenanigans this might actually look like a plane (or at least as much as the original ever did)

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Very nice. As I said I've forsworn 3D printing for my modelling,, I think I find all the carving/sanding/fabrication bits therapeutic,   but there is still quite a bit of model engineering and finishing to get the end result, It does look like its going to take a lot of sanding to get rid of the "corduroy effect"

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v2.0

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Some refinement to shape and trying a bit of a better breakdown to make the innards more accessible. Leaving the cockpit as a filled solid as don’t want to deal with vac forming yet

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3 hours ago, LostCosmonauts said:

v2.0

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Some refinement to shape and trying a bit of a better breakdown to make the innards more accessible. Leaving the cockpit as a filled solid as don’t want to deal with vac forming yet

That looks fantastic! Might I suggest making an additional cockpit area as separate parts and slightly undersized? Those parts could then be used as a die for vacform molding for those of us with vacforming devices.

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4 minutes ago, Space Ranger said:

That looks fantastic! Might I suggest making an additional cockpit area as separate parts and slightly undersized? Those parts could then be used as a die for vacform molding for those of us with vacforming devices.

Good thinking! The PLA is deposited at 185oC so should be ok for using with styrene at 105oC for forming. How much undersized do you think would be best?

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29 minutes ago, LostCosmonauts said:

Good thinking! The PLA is deposited at 185oC so should be ok for using with styrene at 105oC for forming. How much undersized do you think would be best?

Not a lot. Probably by no more than 0.020 inch/0.5 mm all around.

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Very interesting thread but way ahead of my abilities once you started talking CAD programmes and 3D printing. Great subject matter thought, I have the book too and it is thumbed often, for me the Saro P187 looks awesome and would be a big kit in 1/72.

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3 hours ago, Head in the clouds. said:

Very interesting thread but way ahead of my abilities once you started talking CAD programmes and 3D printing. Great subject matter thought, I have the book too and it is thumbed often, for me the Saro P187 looks awesome and would be a big kit in 1/72.

Still a steep learning curve for me as well but that’s half the fun of model making - always a new trick to learn

 

Am toying with what to turn to next. Have a revised 1/72 version of the RAE engines in the fuselage sketch in progress... 

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After that my eye was on the Armstrong Whitworth

 

Meanwhile on the XP-92 I’ve made a start to cleaning out the support and outline of the outer fuselage

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and done a bit of trimming and sandwiching together of the top and bottom sections of the inner fuselage (which looks pleasingly Buck Rogersesque) 

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That is going to make an awesome model!

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Still cleaning up the XP-92 but sat down this afternoon to try and make some progress on the RAE draft with engines in fuselage 

 

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The drawing is so draft there isn’t much more to add. Even the cockpit had to be guesswork so I think I’ll print this off as is and just embellish/detail in the build

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The XP-92 has had the internal rough edges removed

 

After a first layer of primer and a test fit we have...

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And after a bit of painting the inner fuselage and innards it is time for some glue

 

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Progress - still needs flying surfaces scribed in (but this will probably be as far as I take it for now as the decal spares folder has failed to come up with stars and bars or suitable numbers)

 

You can make out the layers in pictures but not so visible in real life so hopefully after clearcoats and decals that would further improve

 

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A very nice bit of work and very interesting to see the technology in action. Very impressed.

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More parts - a first go at making the RAE design with engines in the fuselage

 

 

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It seems a pretty big beast - I'll be interested to see how it looks when assembled and sat next to a Lightning and Hunter for comparison

 

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Fascinating thread.  Very interesting watching this’ll come together.

 

AW

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Been tied up with some other stuff but...

 

Managed to get the wheel bays and cockpit void sorted for @Space Ranger‘s XP-92 so that is printing now

 

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V2.0 of the Miles M.52 looks better so I’ve printed off parts for one of those.

 

As it was on the print bed

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And with parts freed from the adhesion layer

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Have some commissions to model and try out before I can do much more on the planes

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The revised XP-92 

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It won’t be me making this one but looks like the cockpit and wheel wells have worked nicely. Hopefully it survives shipping off to Texas and looking forward to seeing what comes of it. 

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3 hours ago, LostCosmonauts said:

The revised XP-92 

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It won’t be me making this one but looks like the cockpit and wheel wells have worked nicely. Hopefully it survives shipping off to Texas and looking forward to seeing what comes of it. 

That really looks impressive! Can't wait to fondle it.

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Another couple of bits done on the RAE engines in nacelles proposal. Might have another go at printing these now that I have a bit more experience with the 3D printer and suitable settings for models

 

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