Now for the really exotic stuff. After the Bleriot did well in Orlando, I
selected the weirdest plane from Munson Book on pioneering aircraft....one I
could build. The Borel was it.
Everything except the photoetched wheel disc is scratch built! Great fun but
the first effort at building the tail boom almost got to me! This is the
second effort using sprue and 3 thou wire plus larger rod and wire for the
The nose cone is vacuformed with clear inserts. The nacelle is built up of
card. The wings are a vacuformed plastic core covered in 5 thou and the tail
is three lamination of 5 thou clear, with the framework marked on the center
lamination. Very effective in being slightly translucent! The wings have two
20 thou brass rod spars that attach to the nacelle. It was very flimsy until
the rigging was applied.
Wing rigging is 8/0and 6/0 fly tying thread done in one piece. Starting at the
bottom brace up, across, down and attaching back to the brace. I pulled this
tight and the wings warped down. Uniformly thank goodness.
Needed some decals to give some oomph to the model. Everyone who looks at it
say first "how?" and then "why"?