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« on: January 11, 2017, 01:05:16 PM »

Right, I've babbled on about building a trimotor in roughly 1/60 of some kind for a while now. Might not work out to build it during the contest's time frame, but we'll give it a go and it'll hopefully get me started anyway.

So the first question to solve is which of three choices? Any of which will do really.

First option is the slightly older Fokker F.VII:





Next is the very similar competing Ford Trimotor:





Third is the DGAD option, which stands for "Don't Give A Damn", and will indiscriminately make something that rather looks like both planes without being either.

I suspect that no matter what I build there will be some DGAD aspects to it, perhaps taking one of the real planes and modifying it as necessary. The Fokker has nicer lines, but the Ford's stubbier nature makes for a more tabletop-friendly model and the corrugation seems a must. Both have a comically thick wing which I will probably thin down a bit (the wing will also be kept separate rather than being glued on permanently, possibly affixed by magnets, so as to make storage easier). It's possible the question will be answered by whichever plans I can get copies of.

The engines will be one of the few premade parts, being Double Wasp engines from a 1:48 B-24 Liberator upgrade packet, which I am hoping I can cut in half to make fake older Wasps with (if I can't I'll just have to use them as-is). 

It also belatedly occurs to me that I know what callsign will be painted on the plane: D-GAD
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 01:32:33 PM »

Nice project, love the call sign. I've always liked the tri-enginr Fokker. I didn't realize Ford produced one as well.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2017, 01:36:02 PM »

go the ford brah
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2017, 02:08:31 PM »

Good choices!  Looking forward to your treatment of corrugated metal skin - I've never quite figured out how to simulate it accurately
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2017, 02:09:24 PM »

Good choices!  Looking forward to your treatment of corrugated metal skin - I've never quite figured out to simulate it accurately

I have a packet of it I got at the model store. it is like a sticker you just stick on
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 02:34:06 PM »

I'd go for the Fokker,  it has a slight advantage in elegance.
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 03:34:36 PM »

I'd go for the Fokker as well  Smiley

Looking forward to it which ever one you do.

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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2017, 07:47:11 PM »

Very atmospheric. Personally I'd go with the Fokker, but either will look great, once you are done....can just imagine peppered with headhunter blow darts/arrows

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2017, 09:21:03 PM »

Fokkers all the way.
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2017, 10:06:04 PM »

It's about time you did.

I'd love to see the Ford simply for the wind shield.But the top wing joint will be a pig.And eat clay if you back fill.
So with the time frame I'd go Fokker.
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2017, 08:22:27 AM »

Do one for the BSC and the other later, of course.
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2017, 03:53:02 PM »

Well either way it's going to have corrugated skin in large areas like the Ford. I have some some corrugate plasticard (kindly donated by Jim), and I'm not going to pass up the chance to use it!

I don't think the bit of roof over the Ford windshield will be that hard if I can find a suitable bit of plastic to build it with.
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2017, 09:00:00 PM »

Well either way it's going to have corrugated skin in large areas like the Ford. I have some some corrugate plasticard (kindly donated by Jim), and I'm not going to pass up the chance to use it!

I don't think the bit of roof over the Ford windshield will be that hard if I can find a suitable bit of plastic to build it with.

I can print you a bit
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 12:36:04 AM »

I wouldn't be getting to that part for at least a couple weeks, so it probably wouldn't arrive in time for the contest. I'm sure I can cut up a jug or something, or else try a different approach.

I'm thinking more and more this is going to be more-or-less based on the Ford, but be DGAD in practical terms.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2017, 12:07:53 PM »

nah i will air-mail it so it will be there in 72 hrs.
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