THE MODELS YOU SEE HERE WERE MADE FROM PAPER (A FEW PLASTIC
TIME FROM PRINTER TO DISPLAY STAND WAS ONE DAY TO ABOUT THREE
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Sikorsky S-38/S-39 customized
(22 inch span) __ The Yellow Goose DH-JKN __ The Navy G-21 Goose
The Yellow Goose DH-JKN --Wing
Floats are same as the J2F Duck -- Everything is paper (card) except
the tyres. 1/32 scale.
The Navy Blue G-21 Goose Revista --
1/32 scale. Wheels/tires are from B-25 plastic model.
The scratch-build Travel Air
4000. The Wright Cyclone engine was made of laminated grey papier
Maché egg carton, shaped on a band saw and then affixed with
pushrods, oil cooler,
rockerarms, crankcase and sparkplug wires. (About 1.75 inches or 4.45
Cm). Not quite accurate but I like it. I'll try a D4d next. About 20
hours over 3 weeks. 1:28th scale.
All card except a few small engine parts (and the stand, of course).
With the pedigree this plane has, it should fly as long as the owners
can find parts for the engines.
Cost for materials, including paint: probably less than $2
Sopwith Triplane. The first
triplane to enter military service. This excellent, nimble fighter
paved the way for all triplanes to follow.
It was withdrawn in favor of the Camel in July 1917...100 years ago!
To say this 33rd scale card plane was a challenge is an
Sopwith Camel F.1, 1:33rd scale.
Rigging was the most difficult part.
Notta Vega; Notta Lysander;
Notta Norseman; Notta Stinson. Notta Howard. Modeled on the Lockheed
Vega but customized to suit me.
1:33 scale. 13 inch span. Time to complete: five days. I'm working on
another, slightly different, slightly larger. All paper.
The original Vega, designed by
Jack Northrup and Gerald Vultee for the Lockheed Company, was
constructed of laminated
plywood compressed in half sections into a concrete mold and nailed
and glued together. Because the wing spar could not cut through the
it was attached to the top. Visibility was poor in front, to the
sides and below. The only thing the pilot could see from the flight
deck was the sky.
I lengthened the cowling, widened the windscreen and added the large
windows. I'll call it the Nova Vega.
Above images: The painted larger and different Vega. I'm going to try
to replicate Amelia's 5B Vega using 3-views and photos from the
Completed model on stand. 16.5 inch span. Engine was made of
laminated egg carton, cut on a band saw, pushrods, crankcase,
sparkplug wires added.
Amelia's "Little Red Bus." 1:28th scale. All paper. About 10 hours
total. Cost: less than $2 US. Cover paper, pizza boxes, cracker
boxes, egg cartons. white glue, paint.
Beginning a scratch build
"Flying Saucer" based on claimed German designs of WWII. All paper
(card), 6.25 inch diameter.
I use food cartons, egg cartons, book cover card to fabricate my
models. More later.
Well, here is Die Glocke. It is rather featureless but I suppose that
is exactly the way one would design a machine that uses a blitzen
drive to jump from one dimension to another in the blink of the
No point in having a lot of junk sticking out here and there to
create drag. No scale. How does one assign a scale to something that
might not exist? I'll try another...larger and different.
Start to finish was about 5 hours after I worked out the diameters
and curves. Decals are from my goodie box.
The Plan: Build another "flying
saucer" larger and different based on a graphic from the net. 7.5
inch diameter. Here is the graphic and the pieces. Pizza box and
cover card. More later.
Okay. Here is the larger saucer ready for primer, final sanding and
paint. Landing gear extended. Finished. Kinda looks like a candy dish
or incense burner. About 20 hours.
A scratch-built 1929 OX-5
American Eagle 1/32nd scale. My father-in-law's first plane. Number
Stuart Duncan Tomson was a barnstormer back in the day. Worked for
Boeing as a production test pilot (B-17s and B-29s) during WWII.
Some people just have all the luck!