Post by planecrazy on Apr 22, 2019 15:59:27 GMT 12
Finally finished the Waco to Gladiator conversion I've been working on, haven’t flown this yet waiting for the right place and day, wasn’t going to finish her until I’d flown but got the urge and here she is in all her glory. Does anyone else get those pre maiden gitters, spent all this time making the thing now too scared to commit her to the air in case I destroy the little beauty!
Weathered with artists pastels, didn’t go too crazy mainly white so she looks like she has been bleached in the Egyptian desert sun
Went a bit over the top with additions and details, added flaps both top and bottom and a link off the rudder so the pilot turns.
No not a mistake with the two shades of brown the early RAF aeroplanes has a three colour camouflage.
Modded the cowl making it longer so getting to the battery is easier.
My chubbie hand just to give an idea of size, now just got to get some guts to commit the little beast to aviation!
Mods include shortening the top wing, moving the undercart, re shaping the cowl, adding pilot, flaps, guns, exhaust and scale details, paint, decals and weathering.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2019 11:00:02 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Latest couple of winter projects from the palm island plane factory, first up a couple of ANZACs. Scored a bit of a mini mother load of ultra micros, Kittyhawk, Spitfire and Mustang. These planes run on very small 3.7volt batteries with a small geared motor, not very powerful but very light so they fly okay.
In stock form these the little P40 is a short tailed version add 1cm of foam to the rear of the fusy, moved the fin back and lengthened the rudder control link.
Have done this mod to a few, removable top deck allows access to the electronics and servos for maintenance and better access to get the centre of gravity correct.
Post by planecrazy on Aug 11, 2019 15:34:33 GMT 12
Paint, decals and weathering done, just need that howling Sou'wester to back off so she can fly.
This one was so much fun and turned out way better than I first imagined, the mods worked out so well, the paint job and decals really made her I think.
Have painted as a bit of a tribute to the late Guido Zucolli who had a Fiat G59 in Australia for many years, Guido was one of the founding fathers in the early days of Warbird aviation in the country, thanks Guido.
The side on profile really shows off her looks, that long nose and pointy tail really gives her the sleek look of an Italian stallion! Those mustang legs will go as she will be a hand launch/belly lander, warbirds with gear hanging out, no no?
When I first started thinking about this model I discovered there where three Italian WWII fighters which all looked very similar. The Fiat G55 Centauro, Macchi 202 Folgore and the Reggiane Re 2005 Sagittario.
They are very similar in looks and had the same power plant I wonder if the manufactures got together. The Macchi is almost the same as the Fiat and the only major difference with the Reggiane is her tail? Be interested to hear if anyone out there knows a bit more about this?