Kit: Aeroclub (1:48)
I completed the Fee in August 2002. The build article appeared in the
August 2002 issue of the Internet modeler.
This is the Aeroclub
1:48 injection moulded kit. I am currently in the process of detailing
the nacelle. The amount of time, effort, and money spent on research and
build of each successive project has been going up exponentially.
Photo shows work in progress on some of the assemblies including nacelle frame,
radiator air-scoop, pilot's cockpit back wall. The seat is styrene sheet and
milliput. The engine is rebuilt from the crankcase up.
Tail Booms : Booms are steel music wire. Struts are .015 in.
steel music wire. All joints are soldered. After soldering, I sandwiched the
struts in veneer and sanded to shape.
Cockpit : Cockpit just before joining the halves. All interior
furnishing is fresh-built except for the rudder-pedal bar, and the instrument
faces. Note the pulleys for the rudder cable runs. The seat is hung on a strip
of Aluminium for easy positioning. The engine and radiator will hide this and
the void under the seat. Gun mount, clasps, RL tube, and other detail in the
observers pit will be added in the final stages.
Gravity fuel tanks : Made these from styrene tubing and sheet.
Note the difference between the Datafile and the kit supplied tank.
Kit: Eduard (1:48)
This is the 1:48 Eduard Sopwith Baby. My article on its build is in the Jan
2002 issue of the Internet
Modeler. I replaced the rear fuselage with styrene skin over brass framework.