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Reply #206 - Sep 30th, 2019 at 8:57am

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Thanks, Mike...I usually let a new model "gestate" (to conceive and gradually develop in the mind) for a while before doing the "swim or sink" routine.  Grin  They seem to get stronger as time goes by...as does my fortitude.  Smiley Wink Cheesy

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Reply #205 - Sep 30th, 2019 at 7:27am

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Beautiful as always. Looks as if you have a pretty good flying area there, any aspirations for flying that beauty?
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Reply #204 - Sep 29th, 2019 at 4:23pm

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A peanut...scale model, that is...DeHavilland DH60 Gipsy Moth constructed from a plan by Pecks-Polymers...with a few material modifications.

Weight is 16.3g...single loop of 1/8" rubber and a 4.75"dia. prop.  Chrome yellow tissue and black latex paint...clear butyrate dope and Krylon Matte Finish.  Theme borrowed from "Out of Africa," in this case "Out of Utah."  Smiley

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Reply #203 - Sep 24th, 2019 at 7:48pm

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Oh come now, Scigs...you KNOW we're all watching your marvelous work!  Grin  Anyone who cut their teeth on those wonderful old kits, knows exactly the talent you're exhibiting!  I couldn't do that then...and probably couldn't do it now!  Smiley

The only gripe I have with Guillows...is their substitution of 1/20" sheet wood in place of 1/16"...while not making plan corrections.  That was a real disservice to the modeler.

That said...if one has an old kit with the proper sized wood...or is building from a plan...wonderful models!  I still go nuts over their 18"ws WWI series!  Very fond memories.  Smiley

Personally...I'd go for the laser-cut Hurricane...since I've done the die-cut.

Best of luck, Scigs.  I'll be watching for certain.

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Reply #202 - Sep 24th, 2019 at 4:33pm

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Neal,
Didn't think people actually followed my builds since they are out of the box and pretty boring when complete.  I like how your builds are true to the design without heavy modifications and of course the detailing makes them really stand out.  Sorry to hear about your health, I bet that makes it tough to chase down model airplanes.  One good thing about building out of the box, most planes will not fly very far.  Right now on Guillows group Facebook they are doing a cook up for the Guillows 500 series Hawker Hurricane using what is in the box.  I have not decided if I am going with a new laser cut kit with quality wood and lightly painting it or going with one of my old Hawker kits with die cut wood and comes with blue tissue.  I may just have to flip a coin.  You are so right we built these models as kids right out of the box and for the most part once I learned to build they would fly for a few seconds.  Of course that is using the supplied kit rubber bands.  The landing gear has always been an issue with Guillows and Comet, but Sterling got a it right, except the heavy toy truck wheels.  When I was a kid most of the landing gear on my kit models would break off on the first flight. There is no way a pin as an axle attached to balsa wood with added heavy wheel would last one flight.
 
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Reply #201 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 3:47pm

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Thank you very much, Scigs!  I've admired your pristine out-of-the-box builds now for a long time.  Smiley

Well, let's see...straight-forward answers...I don't really have any "formula" when I build, except to use what's on hand...either from the box or whatever.  As for flying my models...haven't really done that for a long time, except maybe an occasional toss in the backyard...I've got a pretty spacious area and some really tall evergreens to keep things from flying away.  Had three vertebrae fused about ten years ago and that's curtailed a lot of gymnastics...not to mention other age-related issues.  Paint...again, depends upon whether is detail or a large area...can be enamels for the first...and generally latex-water base for the other.  I LOVE cleanup with water (used to deplore cleanup when I had to fuel-proof with dope!).  I always overcoat with clear gloss or matte finish to seal things.  Try to keep the latex as thin as possible...enough to see bones through it.  Sometimes I'm a bit over-zealous...too heavy.  As for landing gear...I'd want if off in order to fly...have done plug-in on large models...medium to small, dispensed with it altogether.  Personally, I do like photos with my "girls" standing tall.  Cheesy Grin  Some of those Guillows and Comet LG's wouldn't survive anyway...so wire does the job.  It's heavy.  Also...plastic wheels are a no-no.  So...out of the box LG's are VERY heavy.

When we constructed those old kits as kids...it was always with the tissue that came in the box...and construction was always as per the plan...or at least as closely as we could accomplish.  Your builds Scigs are just as the kit was supposed to be...and that's a very special talent you have. Compared to your builds...mine, I'm the kid that couldn't manage to color within the lines!  Wink Smiley

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Reply #200 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 1:03pm

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Kerak your builds look great, really like the old Guillows and Comet kits.  I have a few questions if you don't mind about Guillows,  Do you do anything to make them lighter or are they built out of the box?  Do you fly them?  What paint do you use?  Last question, the Guillows Hawker Hurricane has the landing gear, do you fly them with landing gear down or is it plug in gear?  Thank you.
 
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Reply #199 - Sep 11th, 2019 at 3:15pm

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Been eye-ballin' this little gem for years...finally did it...it's done!  Comet Model Airplane and Supply Company 1933 plan...Captain Page Navy Racer...from the 1930 Thompson Trophy Race, National Air Races at Chicago, Illinois.

She's miniscule...15"ws...but she's a honey.

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Reply #198 - Aug 27th, 2019 at 10:06am

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I discovered a long-gone blast from the past last night in a stack of old photographs...my Koolhoven FK-58A...constructed from plans found in an old reprint copy of Air Trails Magazine 1939.  I recall hanging it above my middle-son's crib in an effort to induce the idea of airplanes into his head (didn't work).  Date on the photo says "March '78."

Model design was intended for rubber-powered flight, but I can see an empty cowling with a topside opening for a glo-engine cylinder.  The real significance of the model was that it had a retractable landing gear...in this case...it was flown either up or down...but no action "in flight."  I recollect that bending all the various lg parts out of piano wire...and getting them to function smoothly was the real challenge.

31"ws as it seems...bigger than usual.

Seems the French authorities belatedly came to the realization just prior to WW2 that their aircraft industry did not have the necessary production capacity to meet the impending threat from Germany.  As a result they were looking for whatever they could get their hands on.  In this particular instance they contracted with a Dutch aviation manufacturer, Koolhoven...to design and produce a cost-effective fighter aircraft...the FK-58.  As it was, the Koolhoven fighters saw limited combat and were quickly overwhelmed...like everything else French...how NOT to conduct one's own defense.

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Reply #197 - Aug 24th, 2019 at 12:07pm

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From the past...a real flyer...a Comet classic designed by Ed Lidgard and Carl Goldberg...The SPARKY 1940...32"ws...four strands of 1/8" rubber and 9.5"dia prop (supplied in kit).

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Reply #196 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 5:39pm

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Hi again, folks...rather than a complete build this time...I've done a renovation of an old friend...'bout a decade or so old.  Decided to see what I could do to revive an old peanut model Buffalo...add a LG and new prop in the process...all with a new theme..."new lamps for old" (Aladdin's Lamp...er, Buffalo).

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Reply #195 - Jul 6th, 2019 at 10:45pm

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Just completed...thought this would take a bit longer than it did...smooth easy build.  I call it an Akery-OSCAR...that is, a Nakajima Ki-43 I Hayabusa OSCAR, constructed from plans drawn by our very own Tom Akery in 2015...for an Sn'T Cookup of...Tom's Plans!  Been eyeing this plan ever since I found it on the OuterZone site some years ago...Pseudo Dime Scale Tom calls it...we'll just call it dime scale...or standoff scale.  15.5" ws...weighs in at 20.8 grams...represents the Headquarters Chuti of the 20th Sentai Imperial Japanese Army Air Force.  Don't mess with OSCAR.  Wink

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Reply #194 - Jun 18th, 2019 at 7:55am

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Sweet She Is is for all the fantastic models in this collection. I look through them all and think of all the details, methods and ideas you have given us and here they are, all wrapped into one place. i think a book may well be in order, this is my pre-registration.
Mike
 

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. (Salvador Dali 1904 - 1989)
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Reply #193 - Jun 16th, 2019 at 9:46am

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A miniscule Sterling Models peanut Taylorcraft...from the old Sterling Peanut Double-Kit P5.
 
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Reply #192 - Jun 6th, 2019 at 9:35am

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Thanks, Tom..."I like hangin' out with you guys...."  Wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESv8e3Anjg8

Last photos of this model...in a more traditional setting.  As has been the case with all of us, many of my models have come and gone without any record at all concerning their existence.  With the advent of digital cameras...I vowed that would never happen again.  In fact...I've taken to photographing them in a "similar stance" with the idea of someday preparing a literal book...MY MODELS.   What you see here is the latest page.... Smiley

Neal
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