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Reply #40 - Jan 19th, 2019 at 4:09pm

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Annie is looking great!  Those look like "Ample Nacelles", quoting Scotty from Star Trek! Wink Grin Smiley
 

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Reply #39 - Jan 19th, 2019 at 2:35pm

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Pretty lightweight, as can be seen...don't know if it's worth the effort to hollow it out.  Note the wing-mounted engines are canted outward...interesting approach to simplifying nacelle construction and mounting.  Wonder how losing an outboard engine would affect handling?  Big rudder and lots of feet on the pedals...depending upon the payload, aircraft could remain airborne on the fuselage motor only.

Marschieren wir immer!!

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Reply #38 - Jan 19th, 2019 at 10:17am

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Been down with a dreaded cold...got it from a Walmart shopping cart...or maybe a hand-railing at my grandson's high school basketball game...who knows? Got to keep movin' lest I rust up n' get stove in....

'bout to try my hand at carving a couple of nacelles...done a lot of nacelles in my time...always built-up however.  Oh...I take it back...first time was as a kid when I created a Vickers Wellington (CL)...turned out pretty crude then, but didn't know any better...so thought it was "spiffy."  Grin

Annie's nacelles are pretty small...decorative details really.  Should be no real issues.  Says to hollow them out...oh boy, good luck.  I'm anticipating a big ("big" being relative) gap between the nacelle and wing surface...cover it with tissue.  Wish me luck.  Smiley

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Reply #37 - Jan 16th, 2019 at 2:09pm

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Thanks, Friends for the kind words.

I hear you, Dan...but there's no hurry to get into the air...which is currently filled with ice crystals...ground covered in same...got 6 new inches of the stuff this morning.

Like Alf commented at the beginning of this tale...can't possibly leave the bones uncovered...there are just too many different schemes out there to chose from! Shocked  So much history behind this airplane!

I'm enjoying this build too...although I feel as though I'm moving in slow motion as compared to my past efforts.  That's why I say I'm "puttering," feels like that to me.  This model is really quite simple...basic in structure.  Wing ribs as well as horizontal stabilizer ribs are all 1/32"...except those of the wing center section...1/16".  Fuselage box is 1/16" strip-wood.  Nothing fancy about this model...except its history and appearance.  She's ugly and beautiful all at the same time.  Grin

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Reply #36 - Jan 16th, 2019 at 11:32am

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That's a thing of beauty.  Single engine would be different and get it in the air quicker!!!  Wink

Nice job and it's fun following along.

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Reply #35 - Jan 16th, 2019 at 10:59am

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Hate to cover a nice set of bones like that. It should be nice and light as well as strong with your construction details.
ian
 
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Reply #34 - Jan 16th, 2019 at 10:55am

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Well...empennage completed and installed (for photo shoot purposes). 

I now have a Junkers Ju-52...sorta.  Wink  It's not quite a Ju-52/3m yet.  Obviously, the 3m was the type designation assigned to the three-motor version which is so legendary...however, the first seven examples produced were all single engine aircraft utilizing an inline engine...and very much under powered.

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Reply #33 - Jan 12th, 2019 at 6:25pm

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Thanks, Alf...the details...models within the model...are always the time-consuming elements...but also the most important.  Smiley  Those engines will come together...eventually.

Was reading about Hugo Junkers...one of the truly great personalities in early aviation (a member of the International Aviation Hall of Fame).  Was surprised to discover that he was actually a pacifist!  He was "forced" into a brief partnership with Anthony Fokker during WWI...but afterward, his sole desire was to fill the world's skies with Junkers passenger-carrying aircraft.  To that end he was instrumental in helping to establish a number of airlines...most specifically, Lufthansa!

Needless to say, his pacifist politics brought him into serious conflict with the National Socialists when they came to power in 1933.  The old gentleman was conveniently removed from the directorship of his own company..."retired," and died in 1935.  Junkers Aviation was thereafter managed by the Luftwaffe.  Development of aircraft such as the Ju-86, Ju-87, and the Ju-88 series was not the endeavor of Hugo Junkers...although they proceeded to utilize the prestige of his name.

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Reply #32 - Jan 12th, 2019 at 4:03pm

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Super!! Like the wing bracing! Don't envy the job of the engine details.
 
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Reply #31 - Jan 12th, 2019 at 1:35pm

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Tante Ju hat Flügel!

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Reply #30 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 8:53pm

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Thanks, Alf.  That's a good observation...re: tissue attachment points.  I've always approached the task as though I was hanging wallboard...framer's got to supply good attachment points.

The truth is...ever since we've been churning out these Ott/Whitman designs...my confidence has grown to the point of daring...like, who needs balsa attachment points?  Creative tissue work, I call it....  All those Ott/Whitman designs that have the wings attach within the fuselage...and then expect the modeler to "fill those gaps" with his/her own initiative.  I LIKE IT!  Grin Grin Grin  At first I thought those designs seemed kind of rushed to completion...but not now....  They actually push a modeler to another level!  Fantastic!

Those wing root areas...if I cover that short section of wing first...shrink and dope it...then I have something solid to which I can attach the fuselage side tissue...if you see what I mean.  Used that technique on my Clark GA43...also on my Ott Airabonita/Airacobra and Whitman Mitsubishi Ki-30...works well...eliminates fuselage butt plates and wing saddles...which I always seem to misalign. Huh Smiley  May not be for everyone...covering may take a bit more patience...but allows me to assemble and move to something else.

Hey, thanks for the observation, Alf!  Smiley

While I'm at it...just want to say something about those men that flew the "bus" or "truck."  If it wasn't for them, things would have ground to a very big halt.  They were immeasurably brave and heroic.  Every flight...any mission could end in disaster...weather, navigation...mechanical difficulties.  Friend or foe...they did their best...with very little reward or glory.

When I was a smart-assed kid I had a biology teacher...thought he was just a strange old man with curly white hair.  Many years later I learned that he and my father were good friends...that my father was actually the same age!  This strange old man...had entered WW2 as a flying cadet...when the war finally concluded...he was a Lt.Col...with premature white hair!  One gets promotions like that through attrition during war.  That strange old man flew C-47's on D-Day...and over Holland.

Special place in my heart for airlift heroes.  Smiley

Thank you.

Neal
 

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Reply #29 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 5:58pm

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'Annie' is looking might fine!! How are you going to merge the tissue covering along the fuselage/wing joint? Add a little more foundation?
 
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Reply #28 - Jan 10th, 2019 at 5:08pm

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Found and watched an interesting video on Youtube today...recovery of four Ju52's from a lake near Narvik Norway.  Unfortunately...it's in German...but anyone can get the "gist" of what's going on.

Seems that a flight of Ju52's (13?  Shocked) in 1940 became lost...2 disappeared into the "twilight zone"...and the remaining 11 made an emergency landing on a frozen lake (Hartvikvann).  Apparently most were damaged in some way and unable to fly out again when the weather cleared...so there they sat until the spring thaw of 1941...ultimately breaking through the melting ice and sinking to the lake bottom.

One was raised in 1983...and four more in 1986...all by the German and Norwegian Air Forces (they decided to share the "prizes.").  All were virtually intact...and have since been completely restored. Smiley

Of note to me is a gun turret directly over the pilot/co-pilot area.  Would have proven interesting to operate while in flight. Maybe the gunner was standing on the shoulders of the crewmen below him. Wink

Meanwhile, I've added a wing center section to my own Iron Annie.

Neal
 
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Reply #27 - Jan 9th, 2019 at 8:34pm

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Neal, thanks for the information re: glue.

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Reply #26 - Jan 9th, 2019 at 8:22pm

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In lieu of that hollowed out balsa block I've assembled a "composite" nose section...oh boy.  Truth was (is) I'm just too lazy to go into my shop to do the job.  Cool 

More puttering....

Oh...Bob...I use ca...'cause I'm an impatient soul.  Wink

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