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VTOL, STOL, STOVL GB 2020

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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: LA-ish, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:24 PM

WOOHOO! Round strut supports!

OK, so Hurdle 3 was to find a way to replace the kit's airfoil shaped skid support struts with round ones. Well, I got my hands on a set of skids from Monogram's Cobra, thanks to Floyd Werner. (Thanks Floyd!) Although Monogram was round struts, the struts and skids are part of an assembly that makes up the entire underside of the fuselage and nose.

It also has boarding steps molded onto it, which the real demonstrator did not have on its struts. So, now that i had the parts, I had to figure out how to use them. I really had two options. Cut off the struts and somehow attach them to the skids, or since the distance between the struts on the -1W is wider than the distance between the struts on the -1F, somehow figure out a way to "lengthen" the skids. I decided to go with the latter.

As a proof of concept, I took an old unused skid from my spared box and decided to try out a little experiment. Since the diameter of the Monogram skids was the same as some styrene tube I had floating around, I decided to use the tube as a sort of lengthening plug. I cut out the piece of skid between the two struts.

Next, I drilled out the sections that contained the struts and glued in some wire. The wire was supposed to slip into the tube to aid alignment and increase strength.

Once I figured out that my idea would work, I decided to go for it with the Monogram skids. Before I could, I had to remove all the excess plastic. After that, I bit the bullet and went for it. 

You know what? It worked!

It looks like the white styrene is a larger diameter than the rest of the skid, but that's an optical illusion. Instead of two small "pins" inserted into each strut piece, I decided to go with one long pin, run through the tube, connecting both struts.

It's not perfect but with some clean up I think it'll pass muster. Under some paint and behind the weapons hung from the pylons, not much will seen or left to notice.

Today's final mod was a simple one. I glued the unused chaff dispensers from my recent Skyhawk onto the demonstrator's outer pylons; just like the real thing.

Oh, and one last thing. I might be able to get my hands on the resin set from Cobra Company that contains the corrected nacelles and exhaust area. Eventhough my fuselage is all glued up, I may still chop it up to get the rear of this thing's doghouse right.

So, tell me what you think. Comments, questions and criticisms welcome.

Thanks in advance for the input!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:10 PM

Nicely done Omar!

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:38 PM

Buttoning up the bird.  Bit of warp on the underside of the chopper, so I'm working from tail to nose on the belly.  About 1/2 there in this pic.  Topside lined up pretty nice.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, May 22, 2020 12:01 AM

Well done, Omar and John.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, May 22, 2020 6:18 PM

Ran into the first issue with this kit 

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

  • Member since
    October 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Sunday, May 24, 2020 10:07 PM

I have been trying to wrap up another build and got it done so here is a bit of progress on the Osprey. Interior seating is dirtied up a bit and done and I have started on the pit. This one is moving into the primary spot on my bench now. I should have more progress in a few days.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:20 AM

O, John and Jacknewblll looking good.

John, that dosen't look too bad of a seam.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:53 PM

Not too bad - almost ready for primer/paint

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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