1913 Depredussin Racer

Joined: June 6th, 2017, 11:19 am

October 17th, 2017, 11:36 am #1

I happened to be in my attic on Sunday and found this (it's a big attic and I am a compulsive hoarder)


Later on flicking through the book I came across this, which I think is just the best looking early airplane I've ever seen and started thinking (dangerous I know)


I'll mold the fuselage in 5 pieces, Headrest, Cowl/Spinner, Fuselage halves (carve a former grill some plastic card and push it through, done before, not too difficult) wings and tail are plastic card shouldn't be beyond me. Just need to decide the scale, now it's a small plane (approx 4 metres) so by my rough calculations 1:32 would only have a 125mm long fuselage, so I may go for that. Need to print off and scale the plans to see which I end up doing.
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October 17th, 2017, 5:49 pm #2

Looking forward to following this .




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October 17th, 2017, 9:53 pm #3

Hi Marklo,
As John said I too am looking forward to this.
By the way do you ever take the easy option!!!
Cheers
Joe M
On the bench in order of nearest to completion;
A Z Models 1/72 Morane "WR". (Schneider race entry from 1914).
SRAM Models 1/144 SIA 7-B (Resin)
Valom Models 1144 A pair of Sopwith Pups
MSD Models 1/72 Vickers Vimy 66 Commercial
Revell 1/72 Fokker D.VII conversion to a two seater
Curtiss Condor (added 24/4/18) 1/81




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October 18th, 2017, 11:32 am #4

wrote:By the way do you ever take the easy option!!!
No. I get bored easily. That's why I've nearly finished the A7V and my Me109 has barely moved in the last few weeks :)
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October 18th, 2017, 2:28 pm #5

Doing some (rough) scale drawings !:32 just fits onto an A4 page ,so even at this scale it's pretty petite. So 1:32 it is. Must remember to buy some balsa wood at the weekend :)
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October 31st, 2017, 8:33 am #7

As usual it all starts with a selection of odd plastic card cutouts :)

Managed to make a start on cutting out the sections for the fuselage. The plan is to make a former with plastic ribs and a center spar, then in fill with balsa wood and sand it down to the plastic pieces. Then use the finished former to male/female mold the actual fuselage. I only need to make one side as the fuselage is symmetric (and hopefully so is my carving :) ) (BTW the wheels in this drawing are too far forward but are the correct size, I've since moved the axle back in my drawing)
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November 1st, 2017, 8:22 am #8


A bit more work done on the form. Next step is to smooth down all the profiles and infill with balsawood.
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November 6th, 2017, 8:25 am #9


A little bit of progress at the weekend, balsa wood infill. Next step is to fill andsand it till it's smooth, then cut the other part of the mold from sheet and (hopefully) mold a nice uniform fuselage.
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November 9th, 2017, 8:18 am #10


Filled (polyfilla of all things) sanded and given a coat of the first paint I grabbed from the paintbox (Tamiya XF63, I think) to check for imperfections. Still needs a tiny bit more filling and sanding.

I should be ready to attempt molding at the weekend (assuming I have the time of course, we seem to be embarked on a DIY campaign atm, so I may not). But I might wait and do the spinner first instead, as the card stock I have is 1mm and might be a little thick; I have .5mm on order so that might work better. It's also a much smaller part so it'll let me perfect my molding techniques before attempting the fuselage.
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