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Moa

ARME-2 Montevideo, Scratchbuilt 1/72

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Well, I have built so many models that I had actually forgotten about this other Uruguayan machine, scratchbuilt at the same time than the three others previously posted.

Also part of my sinister past, another practical example of scratchbuilding that is all I want to convey, again hoping not abusing your esteemed patience:

 

The Uruguayan ARME (nothing to do with arms, just the acronym of “Avión de Reconocimiento Modelo Escuela”, -Reconnaissance School Model Plane-) "Montevideo" -in honor of the country's capital city- was a vernacular creation loosely based on the Breguet XIX. It was an observation trainer powered by a 450 hp. Lorraine. One was equipped with floats –of archaic design- aiming to a Montevideo-New York raid (Via the Pacific Ocean climbing the Andes, not an easy feat) that fell short in Colombia.

Three machines were built and operated from the late 20’s into the mid 30’s.

This model was a commission that pressed a little bit more on the skills department, as the stringer-ridden fuselage needed a viable way to be reproduced.

So again a wood fuselage was created, and again the lack of vacuforming equipment of the right size prevented a copy to be made; therefore the wood shape -done slightly smaller- once carved was covered with previously-engraved skin panels.

Some small parts as per photos were vacuformed with the Mattel Psychedelic Machine, and the rest was created from styrene sheet of varied thicknesses again as per images.

A wood prop was made and much fun was had with the 28 struts and rigging that populate the wings and attach the floats. The two cockpits were provided with generic interiors and the decals were home-made. The fuselage and tail added up to 75 parts, the wings to 12. Floats to 18. And better  stop here.

A number of images is included to depict the techniques used during construction, saving me (and you) from large explanatory paragraphs.

Not in the same aesthetic category as the Uruguayan seaplanes posted here before, but this one had two merits: it was a local creation and after all its clumsy lines look in a –strange- way appealing.

 

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And yet again, Moa, another superb build, and this time of a machine I've known about for a fair while but never thought of it in model form. Excellente!

 

Martin

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6 minutes ago, RidgeRunner said:

And yet again, Moa, another superb build, and this time of a machine I've known about for a fair while but never thought of it in model form. Excellente!

 

Martin

You know of this machine?

The only other people that to my knowledge knows of it are the person that commissioned it and myself.

You deserve to be bestowed with that Gold Member Ingot thing I see in some profiles, whatever that may be about.

Congratulations!!!

 

 

 

Edited by Moa

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Oh yes, Moa. I posted it in our long running online aircraft ID quiz many many months ago. I took the image at the time from a postage stamp image that I found on line. It took a while for my fellow quizers to guess but they are a whiley and knowledgable bunch so got there in the end.

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!searchin/silhouette-challenge/Arme-2/silhouette-challenge/C71sZA4JmL4

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!searchin/silhouette-challenge/Arme-2/silhouette-challenge/6dWf8j5rZXY

 

Martin

 

PS: I have been referencing some of your model postings to them. They are very, very impressed ;)

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!category-topic/silhouette-challenge/ppP-ySldTwY

 

Edited by RidgeRunner

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10 minutes ago, RidgeRunner said:

Oh yes, Moa. I posted it in our long running online aircraft ID quiz many many months ago. I took the image at the time from a postage stamp image that I found on line. It took a while for my fellow quizers to guess but they are a whiley and knowledgable bunch so got there in the end.

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!searchin/silhouette-challenge/Arme-2/silhouette-challenge/C71sZA4JmL4

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!searchin/silhouette-challenge/Arme-2/silhouette-challenge/6dWf8j5rZXY

 

Martin

 

PS: I have been referencing some of your model postings to them. They are very, very impressed ;)

 

https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!category-topic/silhouette-challenge/ppP-ySldTwY

 

:worthy:

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Superb model and a highly appreciated lesson in model scratch building from il maestro!

 

Kind regards,

 

Joachim

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Hi Moa, @Moa

 

i realise that the links to our ID group dont work. So here are two screenshots....

 

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Martin

Edited by RidgeRunner

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Very tasty machine - and so exothic! In some ideas follow Breguet XIX, maybe a bit only (wingtips for instance)

Cheers

J-W

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One runs out of superlatives. Perhaps I should hunt around for suitable expletives. 😜

 

John

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Hi Moa, another fantastic build.

 

And don't get hung up on the gold bar, all it means is we've helped pay for the thing (see donate button at top of page for your very own gold bar opportunity...)

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Beautiful model as usual from you! Nice to see a plane of the land of Gardel and dulce de leche... :P

 

You have amazing skills and it´s always nice to see your work here.

 

Best regards from Uruguay! 

 

Ignacio

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2 hours ago, Ignacio said:

Beautiful model as usual from you! Nice to see a plane of the land of Gardel and dulce de leche... :P

 

You have amazing skills and it´s always nice to see your work here.

 

Best regards from Uruguay! 

 

Ignacio

Thanks Ignacio, although I find your claims about Gardel and dulce de leche to be contestable 😉

 

Un abrazo para los hermanos de la Banda Oriental.

 

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4 hours ago, Moa said:

Thanks Ignacio, although I find your claims about Gardel and dulce de leche to be contestable 😉

 

Un abrazo para los hermanos de la Banda Oriental.

 

Un abrazo grande! 

 

Ignacio

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I do have a soft spot for floatplanes and flying boats, especially those with a spare wing. This is another fine example of scratch building at its very best. Wonderful.

 

P

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9 hours ago, 06/24 said:

And don't get hung up on the gold bar, all it means is we've helped pay for the thing (see donate button at top of page for your very own gold bar opportunity...)

😉 Done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow, what wonderful scratch work Moa - I've really enjoyed seeing your "Golden Age Retrospective" here in RFI.

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4 minutes ago, Cookenbacher said:

Wow, what wonderful scratch work Moa - I've really enjoyed seeing your "Golden Age Retrospective" here in RFI.

Glad you are enjoying it.

I always feel is such a rich, significant and wholesome field (ideologically speaking) that is nevertheless underrepresented.

Cheers

 

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What to say, what a build.  Perhaps you missed your call as an eye surgeon as your hands must be very steady.

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14 minutes ago, jeaton01 said:

What to say, what a build.  Perhaps you missed your call as an eye surgeon as your hands must be very steady.

Hi John

My hands are not the problem, my eyesight, on the other hand...🙄

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Superb build Moa and a lovely aeroplane. You are right about the archaic floats which look like WW1 Vintage. Lovely classic scratch building work too. Beautiful!

 

Cheers

 

Malcolm

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Very nice! And a highly instructive set of photos.

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