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Antonov An-2 Full Scratch Build [WIP]

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  • From: Normandy, France
Antonov An-2 Full Scratch Build [WIP]
Posted by Optilium on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 11:57 AM

Hi everyone ! 

Wanted to share with you my new project: Full scratch Antonov An-2 !

It all start with a wish to simply build the AN-2 in kit. Unfortunately, the scale of the An-2 model kits on the market are too small and the model quite old. Only solution: make it on my own. 

The goal: build a full cutaway of the An-2, with every systems, structure, electrical circuit and so on. One half of the AN-2 will be covered, and the other half will allow the viewer to see every internal parts of the An-2. 

 

The scale of the model is 1/24. So this is quite a big one. It allows me to add as much details as I can. 

More coming soon...

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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    March 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:34 PM

What a brave one you must be, THAT is one serious project to commit to. The amount of scratch built details is huge, this job will have me checking daily to see it progress. 

Thanks for posting this, I enjoy seeing such skills at work.

Patrick

 

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 12:40 PM

Now this will be fun to watch!

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

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 1:10 PM

I'll be watching, too! That's a very special aircraft for me - I took off in such a machine three times, but never landed in one!

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 1:14 PM

An exciting project!  I look forward to seeing how you tackle this beast.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 4:20 PM

Great project.  Should be fun to  follow along.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:46 AM

keavdog

Great project.  Should be fun to  follow along.

 

DittoGeeked

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:37 PM

Hey Pawel!

 If you never landed in one, Didja Jump OUt??, That first step was a doozy right?

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:08 PM

That's right, TB - it was a funny feeling, but I'm glad I did it back then...

An-2 was THE airplane in the then soviet countries. The plane to learn to fly in for many pilots, and the plane to jump out of for many jumpers.

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Saturday, August 6, 2022 4:15 AM

Hi everyone !

Still working on the different systems. Fuel and Oil circuits are now finished. Air conditionning, electrical and pneumatic are on the way. 

The engine of the Antonov 2 is a chvestov M-62. Howewer, maintenance manual are untraceable on the internet. As this engine is a copy under licence of the Wright R-1820, I used the manuals and blueprints of the american engine instead, way more easier to find

Next step is the tail rudder. Here is a kind of blueprint I did this morning...

 

Most of the time is spend on finding and understanding flight manuals and maintenance manual, which are in russian  Confused

Photos of the engine part are quiet rare on the internet.

Indeed, as usual, finding good documentation is the hardest part of the project...

 

More coming soon...

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, August 6, 2022 8:59 AM

Hello!

You are doing a great job!

It's true, that getting references for soviet aircraft might be tricky... But luckily for you the An-2 is actually a Polish aircraft... In this sense that while it was designed in the USSR, the vast majority of the aircraft were manufactured in Mielec in Poland. Try looking up ASz-62 - that's the Polish designation for the engine, and if I'm right it is still being built by PZL Kalisz, Poland. I bet you can get some good refernces there.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day!

PaweĊ‚

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

www.vietnam.net.pl

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Saturday, August 6, 2022 3:17 PM

Hi Pawel, 

thanks for the reference. I'll have a look on that !

Currently, Avialog is my best friend. Allow to see manuals and stuffs like that. very useful!

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Sunday, September 11, 2022 6:45 AM

Hi guys, 

quick update of the project. Things are going well for now. Added Electrical circuits, Battery, radio, and more importantly the tail ! Still waiting before making the rudder. Being fragile areas, I prefer to finish all internal details before. 

Working now to finish structure of the fuselage before starting to cover the right side of the aircraft. 

For next time: 

-Fuselage structure and cover

-canopy

-Rudder

and perhaps landing gear...

 

Hope you enjoy ! 

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, September 11, 2022 7:28 AM

WOW?

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    May 2022
Posted by Eugene Rowe on Sunday, September 11, 2022 8:23 AM

Most impressive!the design and execution of this build is stunning!You might have to build a new cabinet for all of the awards it will earn!

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  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 3:58 AM

===========Covering===========

To cover half of the aircraft, I used thin sheets of plastic, cutting several little rectangle of plastic and placed like tiles on the aircraft.

Then I put Tamiya Putty to fill the gaps in between. 

Finally, covering the whole with Bare Metal sheets...

Still a lot of work to do on the skin. Smoothing the whole, filling some gaps and add extra details

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 12:04 PM

Great progress.  Coming along very nicely.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 8:43 PM

You have taken on the job of all jobs. This is a huge undertaking. You are doing a fantastic job. The research alone  must be a huge task also. Keep up the great work. I will be following this one also.

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Monday, December 19, 2022 6:15 AM

Hi everyone ! 

Sorry for the long waiting. I just start working so free time is now divided by 2 Geeked

Making the wings is a long and fastidious process, which I had to do again as the first version of the wing was bend. 

 

 

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, December 19, 2022 7:31 AM

Wow!that is fantastic!Did you use a3D printer to make the bulkheads and wing spars?

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Monday, December 19, 2022 9:10 AM

A printer ?! Never ! It's cheating. I Make the blueprint first and then cut each part one by one on stirene sheets of 0.5mm

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, December 19, 2022 9:21 AM

Wow that is true model dedication,really outstanding work.!

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    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Monday, March 13, 2023 5:15 AM

Hi everyone, 

quick update of the project. Stills lots of details to add, right wings, rear stabs and wheels. 

I had to remake all the external cover as I was definetely not satisfied by the previous one. To do so, I added sheets of thick drawing paper covered by Bare metal Foil. 

I'm still not satisfied by the engine external cover. Looking for a way to make it again... 

Fuel tanks and Fuel pipes have been added (brass colored pipes below the wings)

 I am quite happy to see that landing gear support the weight of the model. I felt a bit anxious about it

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, March 13, 2023 7:52 AM

Looking good!   So much detail.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 12:32 PM

I recall the old time scratchbuilders used thin aluminum offset litho printing plates for aircraft skin.  I wonder if the material is still available?

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    February 2020
  • From: Normandy, France
Posted by Optilium on Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:52 AM

Interesting. I'll have a look. Meanwhile, I tried to replace Bare metal foil with simple cooking alimunium sheet..The result was not too bad but definitely not the same quality Sad

 

Check my gallerie for more: HERE

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    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, March 19, 2023 10:36 AM

That model is sure looking fabulous!!

 

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