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Some of my scratchbuilt models

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  • Member since
    December 2005
Some of my scratchbuilt models
Posted by solid on Monday, April 16, 2007 4:18 PM

Hi Guys

 I have been scratchbuilding aircraft for 45 odd years and it´s great to see this forum.

I mainly work with Mahogany and Cedar wood but do some balsa models. Will be here a lot from now on.

 Here is one of my models:

The 1939 SM-85...Step one, cut the blocks.


 Finshed Model.........



The 1934 SM-81 "Pipistrello".. Bat 




 After around 200 plus or minus..I presently have on the table the B-8 Bolo, SM-71, S2 Tracker, and plans, if I don´t kick the bucket, is to do around 25 more but going for a larger scale...1:32.

Have fun guys... 


  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, April 16, 2007 10:00 PM

Solid, only one word will do. Amazing.Bow [bow]Bow [bow]

JimCaptain [4:-)]

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Sugar Land, TX
Posted by rlawson on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 4:53 PM

Hey Solid,

Your models really take me back. I started as a kid in the 1940's, carving balsa blocks into shape, using 3-view drawings often enlarged by hand from miniature 3-views in magazines. I chose 1/96 scale, probably from some 3-view I found in that scale.  Later I found a few AM parts at the LHS, and used those when I could, whatever scale they were. Testor's silver dope was the usual finish, after many coats of sanding sealer.  Then I slapped on insignia decals and thought they looked great. Now I see what can be done with skill and patience. Great work!


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  • From: Newport News VA
Posted by Buddho on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 7:38 PM
Beautiful work!

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    March 2004
  • From: Belgium
Posted by DanCooper on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 2:20 AM
Simply amazing how you can turn a couple of wooden blocks into an accurate model Thumbs Up [tup]
Skypename : Baldwynn If only my soul weighted more than 3 gramms, I would be happy to sell it...
  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Ohio
Posted by mikepowers on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 5:49 PM

A true craftsman.

I wish I could create something from nothing.

Great work.


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    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Thursday, April 19, 2007 12:14 PM
As always, a pleasure to see your work on this forum. Great looking builds.

My website:


  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Monday, April 23, 2007 10:28 AM

Thank you are other finished models and some that are on the "brink" ready to come out of the shop...

The Breda 25......A trainer from 1934 to late 39..

The venerable Curtiss C-46....around 1946 with Alitalia

 1935 French Dewoitine D-510-----

The US Navy "S-2 Tracker".....just starting.

A 1956 Egyptian IL-28.....all destroyed in the ground!!!!

A Reggiane 2003........Trainer, only one built.

The Old great "Douglas B-18 Bolo" 






  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Burton, Texas
Posted by eddie miller on Sunday, May 27, 2007 8:31 AM

Very impressive! A lot of artistry involved and on display. Bravo Zulu!


  • Member since
    May 2007
Posted by Frank Haspels on Sunday, May 27, 2007 5:32 PM

Absolutely respectfull work you show here. Amazing !!!


greetz Frank


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