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?
Post by planecrazy on Nov 17, 2019 12:36:14 GMT 12
Converting a Mitchell to Manchester, this one a bit special for me, my wife's great uncle died over Germany as an air gunner in a Manchester. Not too popular with their crew, while reading up on them found an interesting quote, "there are two types of Manchester pilots, those who have had and engine failure and those who are about to!"
Bit more progress, fins fitted and hooked up also has steerable tail wheel. Bit of recycling with this one, used the tail cone turret for the upper turret, stage shaped thing! Upper turret from Mitchel as the bomb aimers dome. The canopy is the original for the front half and the top section of the nose from the Mitchel as the rear half, not 100% scale but close enough. Will fly her soon to get her trimmed, a few more scale details then slap on some paint. No flying today pissing down with a few claps of thunder out in the Tasman at present!
Often have two on the go, also converting a Wildcat to a CAC Boomerang, have flown her as she appears, was a little nervous as I have moved the wing and added diahedral. Flew better than expected just a little aileron trim and she was fine.
Last Edit: Nov 30, 2019 11:13:23 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Thanks Dave, can't help myself, admit to an obsession come disease!
Been plodding along with my Mitchell to Manchester conversion, black undersides paint going on means we are getting closer, still have to do some detail, the three turret guns, exhausts, topsides camo and decals.
Bit of paint on the Mitchell to Manchester, canopy and gun turrets painted also having to paint the fuselage roundels as don’t have one with yellow surrounds in my spares box.
Post by planecrazy on Dec 14, 2019 10:57:33 GMT 12
Michell to Manchester very close now, needs squadron codes, she’s ready to fly may happen this afternoon.
Sanded down the cowls to create the taped look, plastic tubes for exhausts then weathered using artists pastels. The canopy was made from the Mitchells original front canopy and the top of the bomb aimers canopy, 1mm strips for the framing, perspex painted gloss black then dry brushed silver. The unusual shaped middle upper was made from the Mitchells rear gun position, very close in shape after a bit of work.
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2019 11:04:02 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Dec 14, 2019 11:26:08 GMT 12
Wildcat to CAC Boomerang conversion close just pilot to be painted and fitted.
Decals are 1/24th scale which are a little small but wasn’t going to paint them!
Here she is with my Wildcat, fair bit of work to get her from a Wildcat to a Boomerang, the fuselage is a little long, the wing span too big and the cowl not fat enough but in the air close enough, stand off scale!