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I Got It (PW Wasp)!

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
I Got It (PW Wasp)!
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, April 13, 2018 9:21 AM

I knew that new owners of Williams Bros had repopped their great 1:8 scale Wasp Jr R-985 kit awhile ago. I had built one about twenty years ago, and finally decided to do it again, now with Alclad and other things that weren't around then.  But the run seemed to be sold out.  Everyone I tried to order it from said no longer available, or back ordered and order would not take.  Found Sporty's Pilot Shop had it advertised- it registered order (early March) and gave a suspected shipping day of 25 March.    Early April came and I figured it was a lost cause, and that it was just not available.  Then, Tuesday I got an email that it was shipped!  It came today!  That is a great kit for us airplane engine lovers.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 13, 2018 9:40 AM

That should be a very interesting a new forum ? Post some pics please.

 

 Nick.

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, April 13, 2018 10:23 AM

That's good news, knew you had been wanting one.  I know in your hands it will be a beaut.

 

Did you ever find a cylinder for the other one you were looking for?  Been a couple of years since you mentioned it.

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 13, 2018 1:40 PM

Always wanted to build one too Don.  Just ordered one.

FYI: From the Williams Brothers web site:

Production News
4/3/2018-
Next run of 1/8 P&W Wasp detailed kit is in process!!
We had some minor delays getting plastic, so that put us a bit behind. But, we are making parts and packaging them now, so after we clear out the big distributor back log, we should see the kit generally available again- most likely the week of April 9th they will be on our web store again.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:12 AM

I will be starting the build pretty quickly now.  In fact, in a way I have already begun.  On my old build, I bought an RC propeller, wood, sawed the blades off at the hub and reshaped them to fit inside the kit hub.  But I had merely painted the blades silver, and not the best job of finishing at that.  I have become proficient in the use of polished aluminum Alclad, and want the blades to be highly polished.  So I am refinishing the blades from the old model to use with the new one.

I would like to post pics, but with the possible demise of Postimage, I may have to look for a new hosting site!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:03 PM

Don,

Have you tried Flickr? I've tried both Postimage and Flickr and have settled on the latter. That, of course, doesn't mean it'll be around forever ... They both work in a similar (not exactly the same) manner.

BTW, the kit is in stock at Scalehobbyist .. see here:

https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Objects/pratt-and-whitney-wasp-engine/WIL00030710/product.php?kw=1/8,wasp

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:39 AM

goldhammer

That's good news, knew you had been wanting one.  I know in your hands it will be a beaut.

 

Did you ever find a cylinder for the other one you were looking for?  Been a couple of years since you mentioned it.

 

I am one cylinder short for the Wright Cyclone (WB sold individual cylinders for RC folk).  I was going to cast one making a mold from one of the ones I have, but a guy in our club is a better resin caster than I am, so I'm letting him cast one.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, April 15, 2018 8:40 AM

1943Mike

Don,

Have you tried Flickr? I've tried both Postimage and Flickr and have settled on the latter. That, of course, doesn't mean it'll be around forever ... They both work in a similar (not exactly the same) manner.

 

I tried Flicker and a couple of others, with mixed results.  Some folks  could see pix, others not.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    March, 2003
Posted by rangerj on Monday, April 16, 2018 6:52 PM

Congrats Don that is a great kit. I have one done and one in process. The one will be enclosed in the cowl and the other will be exposed. The Aircraft is a 1/8th scale Lockheed Electra Model 10E. The exposed engine will have in scale real nuts and bolt threads and heads thanks to rail road scale nuts and bolts. The brass fasteners are expensive but worth the "look". The aircraft plans are from Cleveland Model Plans and like Williams Brothers it has had a new owner for several years. 

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 9:23 AM

rangerj

Congrats Don that is a great kit. I have one done and one in process. The one will be enclosed in the cowl and the other will be exposed. The Aircraft is a 1/8th scale Lockheed Electra Model 10E. The exposed engine will have in scale real nuts and bolt threads and heads thanks to rail road scale nuts and bolts. The brass fasteners are expensive but worth the "look". The aircraft plans are from Cleveland Model Plans and like Williams Brothers it has had a new owner for several years. 

 

Wow, a 1:8 Electra!  Will that be a hang from ceiling model, or a flying model?  The new repop has a stand you can build as either a hang-on-wall or sit on table.  I built my first Wasp as a hang on wall only, and it is hard to display it at shows, so I will make a combo stand that can either be hung on wall or set on table.  I will not use the kit stand, though, since I like stands made from wood, stained and varnished.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    March, 2003
Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:57 PM

The Electra will go where my wife allows me to put it!!!! Seriously, it will go to a museum. The engine mounts that come with the kit will be used. I have a factory service manual and it is the guide to scale details including the worm gear retraction mechanism for the main landing gear. This Electra has been, and continues to be, a long drawn out process and I have accumulated a small library of information on this airplane, NR16020. The supply of various thicknesses of sheet plastic and various shaped plastic stock is massive and so is the supply of basswood used for carving shapes for vacuum forming. In anser to your question it is a static display model. I have done several stick and tissue balsa models and I have a scale J-3 Cub with a 6 foot wingspan that I fly when the urge hits me. The old RC addage is "if you fly it you will crash it". I cant stand to do that to a model I put so much time into so I prefer to build display models. I have been toying with the idea of a big Jenny and yours is an inspiration. There is a guy who did a 1:1 scale Jenny, but with some new and modern materials and it is amazing. Maybe Piper will do the Cub kit they talked about several years ago. Enjoy your P&W Build. It is a great old kit.

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    March, 2016
Posted by ardvark002 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 9:01 PM
Don, Built it, really nice kit. Aardvark
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Posted by rangerj on Thursday, April 19, 2018 2:10 PM

Don,

Sent me an email address. I tried to respond to your request and it will not go through. Your question got through to me but my response keeps getting rejected. 

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    December, 2016
Posted by Blackpowder1956 on Monday, April 23, 2018 7:25 PM

Don, thanks for posting this information. Last week I ordered two of these models from Sportys Pilot Shop and they arrived today. It really is a cool kit. I would love to see a model of the P&W R-2800 come out. It was the engine in a number of aircraft that my Air Force Dad flew during his career, and it also powered my Father-in-law's US Navy Corsair during WW2. - Mike Johnson

  • Member since
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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:39 AM

Blackpowder1956

Don, thanks for posting this information. Last week I ordered two of these models from Sportys Pilot Shop and they arrived today. It really is a cool kit. I would love to see a model of the P&W R-2800 come out. It was the engine in a number of aircraft that my Air Force Dad flew during his career, and it also powered my Father-in-law's US Navy Corsair during WW2. - Mike Johnson

 

I would love to see them or someone else do a kit, in the same scale, of the -2800.  I have read several claims that it was the best engine to come out of that era of engine development.

I have started my kit and will be doing a WIP thread on it here.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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