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How to build a paper airplane model - tips based on a 1/33 Il-2 Stormovik

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  • Member since
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  • From: Poland
How to build a paper airplane model - tips based on a 1/33 Il-2 Stormovik
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:43 AM

Hello!

I recently had to switch from my "regular" to a "field" workshop for some time. To minimize the number of tools and other stuff to take with me in order to continue tinkering I decided to dig out a paper model that I have started years ago while on a long business trip. It's a GPM 1/33 Il-2m3 Stormovik. I thought while watching Philo build his Focke Wulf that I'd make some photos and share some tips on building a paper aircraft model - maybe it will help somebody.

I started building my model with the fuselage. Most paper models of aircraft that I have seen, with an exception of models for little kids and modern jets have fuselages constructed out of segments. You can either have one bulkhead per segment or two bulheads per segment (the main ones). Two bulkheads per segment is more popular - in a model constructed this way every segment with the exception of the noce and tail cone resembles a funny can. When all the segments are done you just glue them together, bulkhead to bulkhead. My Ilyushin was also constructed way. Most segments are already joined together, but the motor segment is still separate:

GPM 1:33 Il-2m3 Stormovik by Pawel

The trick here is to always make sure the bulkheads that will be glued together have identical shape. This is achieved by holding the two bulkheads aligned face to face and sanding them together on their edges. The bulkheads have two marks on them, one marking the top and the other marking the bottom of the bulkhead. You have to make sure these markings are aligned when sanding and when glueing the skin on the segment. The bottom seam usually aligns with the bottom mark on the segment. Plus you have to make sure the bulkhead is not too big for both of the corresponding segments (it usually is before sanding). You have to sand the pair of the bulkheads until it fits both of the corresponding segment skins.

The GPM model has a nice cockpit interior that I have enhanced a little with wire and knobs made out of white glue. A little painting also helps to make everything look better. On the paper model you generally should paint the white paper edges and all the wire parts that are used. My cockpit at the moment looks like this:

GPM 1:33 Il-2m3 Stormovik by Pawel

GPM 1:33 Il-2m3 Stormovik by Pawel

I have also constructed the motor segment with the exhaust, the air intake and rotating prop spinner. The prop blades will be installed later. The empennage is also there and it has positionable steering surfaces - a nice design feature of the GPM model.

Thanks for lookin' and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, July 09, 2018 6:25 AM

Hey , Pawel .

That's a nice looking " Stormy " there . Doc 

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Posted by m1garand on Saturday, February 23, 2019 9:13 PM

This is truly amazing.  Would love to see the completed version.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:35 PM

Hello!

Thing with this thread here is after TB kindly replied to my post I said OK, let's wait for one or two more responses before replying (very sorry about that, TB!) - and those never came. Shortly thereafter I was forced to shelve the project once again, and didn't think much about this, as there was almost no interest for this subject here in the forums. I have managed to do the inner wing portions before that happened. I hope to get back to this one some day, and then I'll post more photos. Thanks a lot for your interest and have a nice day!

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

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Posted by Ted4321 on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 6:28 PM

I just subscribed anyway.  

I asked santa claus for a paper corsair model but he didn't deliver... this year. 

If you decide to pick it back up, I'll be watching. 

You have a nice day as well. 

T e d

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, February 28, 2019 5:16 PM

Thank You , Ted :

 I was beginning to wonder if anyone besides Pawel read this .I think more folks should try them .Shoot , you can get a whole forty years stash in one large desk drawer ( till you build them , that is )  T.B.

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 01, 2019 5:01 PM

Ted, TB - thanks a lot for your comments here. TB is right, paper models are cool! Ted - if you need any help maybe I could help you find a nice paper Corsair model here in Poland?

Thanks again and have a nice day

Paweł

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Posted by Ted4321 on Friday, March 01, 2019 5:13 PM

Pawel

The one I had picked out was a Huntly's paper warplane.  

Once I decide to order (I need to build more of my stash first) I'll do more research.  I'll keep your offer in mind without a doubt. 

Thank you! 

T e d

 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, March 03, 2019 5:22 PM

Hello!

I have looked up the Huntly model - while it's OK, you might want to take a look at some Polish paper models of the Corsair, they are a little more detailed, maybe you'll like them?

This one is pretty nice:

https://www.mojehobby.pl/products/F4U-1D-CORSAIR-713944.html

This one is simpler and a better deal:

https://www.mojehobby.pl/products/Kawasaki-Ki-61-versus-Corsair.html

Good luck with you modelling projects, and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by Ted4321 on Sunday, March 03, 2019 7:43 PM

Pawel

Thanks for the links.  I think i like these kits more.  The website has other good stuff too.

I'd imagine I'd have to order several things to make the shopping worth it. 

I've bookmarked the site.  Thanks again for the tips.

T e d

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, March 11, 2019 12:01 PM

Never have done a paper/card model.  Have a Mustang and P-40 in the drawer to try one day.  

Will keeep an eye on this when you get back to it.

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, March 28, 2019 9:27 AM

That cockpit is truly amazing.  I would also like to see the finished product.  I am also interested in the tools you use.  Thanks for posting.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Friday, March 29, 2019 5:34 PM

Hello!

Thanks a lot for your comments!

goldhammer - let's see when I can get back to work on this one.

ManCityFan - thanks a lot for your kind words! As for the tools, you don't need as many as for the plastic models, that's why I take my paper model with me, when I'm on a business trip lasting more than two or three weeks. The base is of course a pair of good scissors, then you need a sharp knife, the one with segmented and narrow blade works really well. A tube of white glue and a small stick for applying it, and a bottle of CA take care of glueing. A pair of tweezers for handling small parts, and that's almost it. A sanding block comes handy, too. Then you often can use some wire, with good needle-nosed pliers for bending it and maybe some fine drill bits for making holes to put the wire parts into - but in a pinch those drill bits can be replaced by a needle or hot wire to burn the holes through. A fine brush and some acrylic colours can also be used. Again, in a pinch you can only use black paint. And that would do it - fits into a small pouch that can be comfortably carried in a suitcase, and the finished subassemblies are carried in a shoe box.

Hope it helps and have a nice day

Paweł

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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