A WW1 Albatros aircraft has been added to the Turkish forces and a S.E.4a is being made for the Commonwealth forces. I am continuing with a scratch building approach for the various vehicles I plan for this project. This time I am using balsa wood and wire.
|Latest addition to the Turkish forces|
|A side shot. The fuselage took a while to shape.|
|A view from the top.|
To help get the right shape, particularly the wings, I printed off a couple of copies of blueprints grabbed off the internet. These are sized to 1/72 scale (or as near as possible) before printing. The wings and tail pieces are cutout and stuck to 1 mm sheet balsa wood. Once dry these are cutout.
|Blueprints from the internet proved very useful.|
|The printed blueprints were cutout at stuck to a sheet of balsa wood.|
The most time consuming part of making these models is the shaping of the fuselage from balsa wood. The blueprints help as the shape is gradually carved out. When attaching the wings I cheat somewhat and use some balsa wood to pack the gap between the top wing and fuselage. This adds to the model's strength and wire is used for the struts between the top and bottom wings.
|Shaping the fuselage takes time.|
|Wings and tail pieces are added.|
The propeller is a disk cut from 1 mm balsa wood sheet. This is much easier than making a propeller, but take I bit more to paint later on.
The whole model gets a think coat of PVA glue followed by artists gesso primer. The model is then ready for painting.
Next up will be some scratch built palm trees.