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Complete after 3 years: 1/72 Aerovac Latecoere 302.


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On 30/05/2020 at 08:58, Pin said:

 Who produces 1/72 vacforms now? I can only think of Broplan, have you seen much of Broplan kits built?

One I did earlier:

 

 

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Unmasked for cleanup and remasking

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From the very beginning I felt something was wrong about the nose. After some studying I came to sad conclusion that the shape of the kit is incorrect and cannot be fixed without major surgery. The cockpit is too far aft. There is a risk that if I attempt to correct it this build will never be finished

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Pin, are you making the lovechild of an aircraft, a boat and a bus shelter?

 

Good work so far, really impressive! :thumbsup2:

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That's a very brave thing to do Alexey, I doubt many of us on here would have undone all that previous work, but then we would have had a lifetime of looking at the completed model regretting not having corrected it !

 

Look forward to seeing the next instalment 

 

Cheers Pat

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Some proper engineering. Revived my SketchUp skills to create a fold for the new greenhouse nose

 

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Printed the fold, cut paper version to verify the model

 

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Cut transparencies from clear styrene sheet 

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Also decided to correct the shape of the nose and cheekbones. MilliPut to the rescue

 

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Eventually the greenhouse is in place. Still a lot of filling, sanding and polishing ahead

 

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Wow that's some proper modern day modelling.
What awesome solution for the greenhouse, very fascinating.

What CAD software are you using ?
Edit: Oh I see it's SketchUp, the folding feature is very neat.


Cheers
Martin

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Clumsy me has hit the nose, something got loose inside

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Glued it back,

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remasked

 

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Tried to add some variation to the black bottom with various shades and heavy chipping fluid. Did not work very well, seems more like a bad paintwork than deliberate art effect

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Proud French tricolor, these boats never wore Vichy's "pajamas of shame"  

 

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I run out of Alclad Dull Aluminium. Ordered more but it is not clear when the resupply mission would arrive

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Time for KUTA.

 

Blown the dust from the plane, blown some "dull aluminum" on the wing. Because of its size I haven't found proper roundels that are 60mm in diameter. The plan is to print my own but I could not find transparent paper so I ordered more.

I find that printing roundels on a transparent paper and applying over the white background works better than printing on white mostly because some toner/ink will inevitably go off on the edges. 

 

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Attaching a large parasol wing is quite challenging and I could not help thinking that something is not quite right 

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After studying existing references and some measurements I realized that the central pillars are 4 mm too short. Original kit plans are way off


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Old pillar for comparison


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I need to fill in old strut mounting points and repaint the wing


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The wing has sucked a lot of my blood

 

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but 2/3 of supporting struts are now in place and the structure is secure enough to remove additional support

 

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Is it the biggest KUTA duo ever?


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