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  • Member since
    December 2005
Step by Step
Posted by solid on Monday, April 30, 2007 12:18 PM

Hi guys...........

I am very happy they opened up this forum since scratchbuilding occupies 99% of my
building time.

If there are any takers I will gladly show you how I make my solid wood aircraft models by
making one and going step by step throught the whole procedure, which is really very
easy if you take your time and don´t rush things. Remember this was the only way to
make a  solid "static" model in the 1930´s-40´s....and every kid in the block made them!!!
Magazines of the time published wonderful 1:48 plans that made your eyes juicy and got
your hands making them......great fun.

It is to the detrimend of ALL modelers that this side of the hobby has been "stashed" away
and almost forgotten for it can complement the overall knowledge of the modeler. Solid
wood scale models are a totally different "horse" than plastics, they do not compete with
each other.....they live very nice together.........

" Hey that´s a neat Conroy Tri Turbo 3  
what company makes the kit?".............Oh, that´s one of my scratchbuilt models Joe"

Happy scratchbuilding............ 



  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 8:17 PM

I would definitely like to see you do a step-by-step buildup of your solid wood aircraft. I have seen some of your airplanes already and they are amazingly detailed and realistic. I would have NEVER thought that anyone could get a peice of wood and shape it to look like and sometimes even exceed the look of the modern plastic kits.

You got my vote.Thumbs Up [tup]

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Ohio
Posted by mikepowers on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 9:03 PM

Of course.

I've seen your work, its amazing.

But, didn't you do a step by step already in FSM? Maybe it was somewhere else.

Bring it on, making something from nothing is always fascinating to me.



  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Friday, May 4, 2007 10:41 AM

Hi guys............

Will do on my next project. I am finishing painting an SM-71 for now...........

On the line up are: S-2 Tracker (.45 of the way), SM-134 a strange bird, only one made,
a "not solid" RO-1 with full cockpit, a RO-41 with its interesting gull wings and the B-18 Bolo.

Let me choose a relatevely easy one and I´ll start.....Burger [BG]


  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Ohio
Posted by mikepowers on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:24 PM

I would like to see the B-18 actually.

Its one ugly bird but I have always admired it. (not sure why)


  • Member since
    December 2005
Posted by solid on Thursday, May 17, 2007 9:56 AM

Hi Mike..........

Finished the metal structure (strips of paper) of the Glass front of the Bololast night, so a few more days for some details and I will post pics.....

It is unbelievable how this aircraft has been left in "the cold" by ki manufacturers!!!!!, this bird was in the AAF from 1937 to 1944!!!! and the Navy used it continuosly during the war to patrol
all US coasts!!!!!!!. Canada also used it a lot..

This model was really an adventure since you can´t find decent plans anywhere. I was very lucky, great people work at the Air Museum in Washington D.C., I wrote then for plans and they wrote back that they were going to make a search since they could not find any when I asked. 3 Months later I received an envelope from them with beautifull old plans of the Bolo!!!!!...totally free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I owe them one!!!Smile [:)]

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Ohio
Posted by mikepowers on Monday, May 21, 2007 9:47 AM

Your right, I dont know why a decent kit has'nt been made of the Bolo, at least in my scale which is 48th.

I'm looking forward to some pics and updates.



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