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Bede BD-5 & BD-J
Posted by Scale-Master on Friday, November 13, 2020 5:27 PM
Something a little different for me.  A pair of 1/72 scale BD-5s.  These things are tiny.
The BD-J is on the left, the BD-5B is on the right.  I used Warbird Decals seat belts in them.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by s.t.u.a.r.t on Friday, November 13, 2020 6:51 PM
Those are awesome!

Stuart Templeton

I may not be good but I'm slow - Old School Hairy Stick User

 

 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, November 13, 2020 8:59 PM

Nice!

The Bd-5 has always been a minor obsession of mine! I would love to fly one someday.

How did they go together? Any issues?

I have 2 sets of these little birds in my stash, I suspect they are the same kit.

 

Any idea how you will paint them?

 

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:54 AM

I'll be following this thread.  Just got a BD-5 kit recently from a friend.

I was a member of EAA at the time the 1:1 size kit became available.  Delayed a bit and the Vari-Eze kits came out and I went to that instead, but still think the -5 was a beautiful aircraft.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, November 14, 2020 2:36 PM

Ditto on what Don said,

    Except I don't have one to call my own. Have flown the actual bird. All I can say is Awesome LITTLE Bird!

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 14, 2020 5:09 PM

They are pretty simple kits.  Fit is about average, a little seam sanding is needed.  The elevators don't fit exactly square so a little filler is needed if you align them properly.  Ironically one is skewed one direction and the other is opposite.  They look like the same part but have different numbers.  (Maybe I should have swapped them...?)

The instructions call out for 1 gram of weight in the nose, but even using lead there is only room for about 1/2 gram, but that seems to be enough to make them nose heavy.

I cut the pitot tubes off the noses and will replace them with wire.

I'll do them as shown on the box art using the kit decals.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:10 AM

Kool !

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:38 AM

Tanker-Builder

Ditto on what Don said,

    Except I don't have one to call my own. Have flown the actual bird. All I can say is Awesome LITTLE Bird!

 

Never did fly the Bede.  And never finished my Vari-eze- costs got to high and wife canceled project.  Did get a chance to fly a friend's Vari-eze (from back seat) on flight from Jeff City to St. Louis.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Monday, November 16, 2020 8:00 AM

Here's one I 3D printed.  everyting was scratch built, decals came from Draw decals.  I printed it at 1/32 scale.

I still have the 1973 Popular science magazine where I first saw it

John

 

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 Harrier

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Posted by s.t.u.a.r.t on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:15 PM

falconmod

That's awesome! 

Stuart Templeton

I may not be good but I'm slow - Old School Hairy Stick User

 

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:29 PM

Beautiful!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:22 AM

Great job on the Silver Bullet John!  That came out great.  How did you make the canopy?

 

falconmod

Here's one I 3D printed.  everyting was scratch built, decals came from Draw decals.  I printed it at 1/32 scale.

I still have the 1973 Popular science magazine where I first saw it

John

 

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 11:22 AM
I thought I might have been able to mask off the cockpit like I usually do with other 1/72 planes when I started, but it turns out the easier way was to ditch that work and I'll hand paint and re-decal the harnesses after shooting the white.  (Good thing the Warbird sheet provides a lot of belts.)  I was able to hold them by the interior with tweezers for painting too.
I used Tamiya Fine White primer to check my bodywork and provide an even base, and then shot some decanted TS-26 Pure White for the color. 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:23 PM
I painted some wood grain onto the prop.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 5:44 PM
I repainted the interiors and replaced the seatbelts.  The prop version gets red stabilizers.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, November 21, 2020 6:31 PM

Scale-Master
I repainted the interiors and replaced the seatbelts.  The prop version gets red stabilizers.
 

 
Will the jet version get folding wings and a trailer with a fake horse rump?  Stick out tongue

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 7:33 PM

Real G
Will the jet version get folding wings and a trailer with a fake horse rump?  Stick out tongue
 

From John Byner's Bizarre with Super Dave? 

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:49 PM

[quote user="Scale-Master" 

From John Byner's Bizarre with Super Dave? 

[/quote]

No, from Bond.  James Bond.

”Fill her up, please.”

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Real G on Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:50 PM

Scale-Master
 

From John Byner's Bizarre with Super Dave? 

No, from Bond.  James Bond.

”Fill her up, please.”

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    October 2020
Posted by Scale-Master on Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Gonna have to watch that again.  I do recall the fill 'er up part and the hanger fly through.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, November 21, 2020 10:57 PM

Those are such cool looking planes Yes

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:50 AM

 

Turns out the red color called out in the instructions is way too dark to match the red on the decals.  So I added some yellow to the red and repainted the stabilizers.
The decals for the BD-J fit pretty well, but solvent is a big help especially for the fuselage ones as they are a little on the thick side.  The excess clear should be trimmed away, (counter what I would suggest for modern decals).

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Thursday, November 26, 2020 10:51 AM
All the decals are on them…

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:06 PM

Those look great!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 29, 2020 11:30 AM

Thanks!  Fun little kits too...

 

I used Warbird (Scale-Master) Decals white stripes for the meeting edges of the canopies, the rest of the frames were hand painted with Tamiya white.  The canopies don't fit too bad, (or all that great), and there is a slight difference between the jet and prop versions so it's advisable to keep track of which plane they go on during assembly.

The pitot tube is a steel straight pit cut and filed down to size.  While the ½ gram in the nose was enough to keep the nose wheel on the ground, the pin doesn't hurt especially with the prop on the rear.

 

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 29, 2020 2:06 PM
The BD-5B is done.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by Scale-Master on Sunday, November 29, 2020 5:24 PM
The BD-J is done.

Build what you want and build it for yourself, the rest will follow... Mark D. Jones

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Posted by mach71 on Sunday, November 29, 2020 6:34 PM

Both look great!

 

Nicely built.

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, November 30, 2020 11:43 AM

Gee! That almost looks like the one I flew. Only difference? The stripes and stuff were Green. For a Pusher prop plane it flew well.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, November 30, 2020 4:05 PM

Very nice!

John

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

 

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