Friday, April 27, 2012

Building the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Tarheel Hal

This is a premium model designed by [Dave Winfield] available here.

This was a fairly simple model to assemble. The instructions left allot to be desired but I didn't need step by step instructions. It's edge to edge construction. I would recommend printing the formers on 100lb card stock, I didn't and it made forming the wings a bit difficult. For the wire used on the landing gear I used a paper clip.
The string is crochet thread.

I bought this kit for 1 purpose ... I'm going to make it fly. I wish there was a way to turn the flattened kit into a 3d model, but there appears to be no software to do that. Oh well, I should be able to modify the kit in photo shop or illustrator adding a motor mount, mounts for the tiny servos, make a hatch to get to the electronics and battery. The air frame is only 2 grams heaver than the flimsy foam plane I'm getting the parts from so weight shouldn't be a problem. getting a good air foil and wing dihedral will most likely going to be the hang up. I will not be using a paper propeller. There currently 2 propellers I can use with this micro brush less motor.

In the mean time check out the build photos for this display model.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Building the Ford Shelby GT350R 1964

This model was designed by K.Shinozaki. The kit is available here and I created cutting patterns for Craft Robo available here.

As you can see a very gorgeous model all the way around. This is an intermediate skill build, may not be good for the beginner. There are no mechanical components, the wheels are glued in place. It's edge over tab but the way it was designed it looks like it was edge to edge.

Build Pictures  Enjoy!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Building the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 KR paper model

The kit is available here or here. The author is unknown. If any of you are the author of this model please email me so I can give you proper credit.

This is a beautiful model. Unfortunately there were no build instructions and only a single picture of it, so it was a bit of a puzzle to assemble. The kit comes with 2 textures, this one and a solid red with with striping.

This is an edge to edge model, which means any glue tabs are behind the pieces instead of attached to the pieces. This gives a nice smooth finish to the model instead of a layered look. Its a little more difficult as the parts have to be cut with exact precision and a thin layer of glue applied to the edge of the part without globing the glue.

The wheels turn and the steer wheels are possible. The Steering mechanism did not include all the parts to assemble it so I had to do some creative engineering to get it to work correctly and stiffen it up.

I like to document my builds , So here are the build pictures. Enjoy!!!

Some folks are having difficulties with the authors posting so I re-packaged the kit and put in my google docs, go to "File\Download" the kit here.