I decided to deviate from the construction as the kit would normally be made
as strictly my choice, no reflection on the kit whatsoever.
There is very very little info available for the details for this aircraft.
A lot of the interior comes from reviewing whatever info is available on it,
info on other aircraft of that period etc.
The interior framing, flooring, bulkheads are all made from styrene. The rigging
in the frame is functional and I used "invisible thread", which I
will not use again for this type of rigging. There are 162 holes drilled in
the frame for the rigging to pass thru.
The seats are made from .003 thou. aluminum with the cushions made from styrene
which has been sanded to show wear, covered with masking tape to simulate leather.
The seat belts are Eduard.
The control column is styrene with the kit PE wheel covered with thick paint
to simulate the wood rim.
Rudder bar is styrene with wire stirrups.
The control column pulleys and all other pulleys are all made from .003 thou
aluminum using a Waldron micro punch set. All of the pulley brackets are made
from .003 thou aluminum. The control cables are all .004 thou monofiliment that
will run from the controls to the rudder, ailerons, elevators, etc.
The turnbuckles are made from HO guage lift rings, styrene and CA gel.
The throttle is made from styrene, wire and thick paint for the wood. The "wobble
pump" is made from brass tubing, brass wire and styrene with aluminum brackets
The "skin" is the kit parts thinned considerably on the inside removing
all detail and re-cut to follow the "lace lines", simply for the ease
of painting and building the plane in sections.
Engine and Framework: The engine is scratchbuilt. I used a portion of the kit
block, the rest is scratched from styrene, brass, wire, copper, etc. The cylinders
are turned down rod and tubing, the rocker arms, crankcase, motor mounts, magneto,
etc. are all styrene. The pushrods are SS wire, the coolant tubes are brass
rod, the spark plugs and wiring are wire, the nuts, bolts, etc. are hex rod
and wire. The exhaust are brass tubing thinned out with variance in rust-wear-etc.
Each rocker arm is at a different angle to simulate cam action. Prop is a Digmeyer
with CSM prop bosses with scratched nuts/bolts. Intake is copper wire, etc.
The engine is weathered with water colors, oil paint, acrylics and baby powder
for rust simulation on the exhaust.
The framework is all styrene with SS wire rigging. At final assembly I'll do
the final plumbing, wiring, etc. to the guages, fuel tank, switches, etc.
Spoke Wheels: A variation of Harry Woodmans technique. I used 10 templates and
jigs to construct the wheels, hubs and spokes. Each wheel half has its own rim,
which is mostly covered up by the mud/dirt/etc. I'm doing a "tired"
aircraft that just landed.
Wheel construction overview: Nylon rings were cut down to desired O.D., the
inside was bored out to desired I.D., all four wheels were ground down to the
appropiate thickness producing 4 wheel halfs, each was countersunk to accept
the .020 styrene rings to simulate the rim edges, After CA'ing the rings into
each half, they were placed into a template to locate the spokes, of which the
locations were sawed out, .007 thou monofiliment was stretched between each
half in a jig and CA'd. The hubs are made from .060 thou styrene rod drilled
for the axles, the ring portions are made from shaped .020 thou styrene sanded
to angles for the spoke angles and glued to the axles. Each wheel half, using
jigs, has the spokes CA'd to the outside of the hubs and then they were joined