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Contrail 1/72 Vac-form Handley Page HP-42

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Contrail 1/72 Vac-form Handley Page HP-42
Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 4, 2010 5:35 PM

I recently started this hP-42 that I received from Dave in the UK last year'.Here is an inteior pic 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 4, 2010 5:36 PM

I joined the fuselage halves with lots of clamps and my trusty Zap-a -Gap CA. 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 4, 2010 5:38 PM

I had some fairly large gaps on the underside of the fuselage,so I glued in some strip styrene.

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 4, 2010 5:39 PM

Filled the gaps with putty sanded  and checked them with gray.

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, June 6, 2010 9:46 PM

OK! THe seams have been delt with and now I have to decide how to attach the lower wings to the fuselage.i opted to use chrome plated brass tubing from an old radio aerial I had in my parts box.I carefully determined the position of the lower wings and drilled holes for the tubes.Since I am using the cammo paint scheme I will not permanently attach the lower wings until after painting is concluded.The wings fit tightly enough without cement to allow me to determine the position of the wing-support struts for the upper wing,a post crucial step. Here are some pics;   

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:33 AM

Ok!I drilled the holes for the wing struts and have begun to install them.I made a wing-angle jig so that the struts were at the proper angle and parallel to each other.  

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:34 AM

I still have a long way to go!  

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Posted by 9x19mm on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:47 PM

Very cool project.  Vac kits are fun!

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Posted by Watchmann on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 10:11 PM

I've always admired this aircraft; very interesting.  Looking forward to more, philo.  Keep those pictures coming!

m@

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 10:54 PM

Will do! The strutting operation continues!Good thing I made those jigs! 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 11, 2010 12:21 AM

Decided to test-fit the top wing today.oh No!Looks like the two struts that go from the engine pods on the lower wing are a little short!Oh well,I guess I relied too much on the kit instructions to take measurements.I will find a way to fix it!it is really going to be fun installing the top wing when the time comes!    

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, June 11, 2010 12:22 AM

What a monster!

John

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

 

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 11, 2010 6:59 AM

No doubt1 pLus remember it is 1/72 scale!

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Posted by Watchmann on Friday, June 11, 2010 8:36 AM

philo426

Decided to test-fit the top wing today.oh No!Looks like the two struts that go from the engine pods on the lower wing are a little short!

Oh no, I was worried about that. :(  It's hard to tell from the angle of your photos, but when I look at reference shots the inner struts should almost meet each other at the top wing.  This one will be hard to put together without a gig to hold the wings.  I'd love to have a copy of this kit, but I'd be sweating the whole time!  Doc said to reduce stress, this one 'd kill me!

Is Contrail out of business?

m@

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 11, 2010 10:19 AM

I took the measurements directly from the kit plans The struts are not actually in the holes in the photo ,just resting atop the struts so once they are all aligned it may bring it down a bit.I still may have to make extensions for the inner-motor struts.I may have to put the wing down on the workbench and align the struts that way,however, the fuselage is heavy and may present problems of its own. Well I knew going in that this would not be an easy project so i should not be surprised!Yes i believe Contrail is out of business so the kits may be hard to find.There are some Contrail kits on the Bay but not this one!

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, June 14, 2010 11:46 PM

OKAY! I finally got the wing strut situation sorted out and now turn my attention to the tail unit.I epoxied in a brass tube to accept a brass wire to ensure a strong tail joint.I left off the 3-part rudder and elevators to allow me to rig,paint and decal the tail unit. here is a pic.   

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:35 PM

I decided to use a .11 Electric guitar string to add wire to the tail. I also added the short vertical stabilizers to the tail surfaces.       

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 7:45 AM

Except for the rudders,the tail unit is complete.Sure looks like a box kite doesn't it?  

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Posted by bondoman on Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:09 AM

Philo, only because I've made that mistake, the 0.011 wire is too thick. I rig with 20 denier monofilament. It's available from Uni-Caena.

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Posted by mfsob on Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:11 AM

"vac kits are fun" ...

After looking at these photos, I would rank that statement in the same category with, "Clearing a minefield with s stick is fun." Yeowwwwwwwwwwww ... but this is going to be one heck of a good looking bird when all is said and done!

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Posted by Aaron Skinner on Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:41 AM

Good looking build of a great looking airplane – even if it does have a built in headwind. I have the Airfix 1/144 scale kit in my stash that the rigging has kept me from building.

Cheers, Aaron

Aaron Skinner

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:35 PM

I don't think the string is too heavy at all! Looks right to me!As for the rigging don't forget that the warren style trusses on the wings were so strong that rigging was judged to be unnecessary on the wing struts.

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  • From: Carmel, CA
Posted by bondoman on Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:15 PM

philo426

I don't think the string is too heavy at all! Looks right to me!As for the rigging don't forget that the warren style trusses on the wings were so strong that rigging was judged to be unnecessary on the wing struts.

Well that's what matters, not what other people blather. Super nice and Im bookmarking this for when I start the Iris.

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, June 18, 2010 7:18 AM

Check out the last line of text on the instruction sheet1 Truer words were never written!     

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Posted by philo426 on Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:22 AM

Okay! I mocked up the landing gear on the port side.i had to use brass tubing due to the great weight of the model.The starboard landing gear will have to be made tomorrow. 

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Posted by simpilot34 on Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:40 AM

Looking good Philo!!!!Toast I have never been game enough to try a vac form!!! A mate has given me a few kits from his stash and one of them is a Sanger 1/72 An-10 Cat with white metal gear and props. So I will be taking some notes lol.

Cheers, Lt. Cmdr. Richie "To be prepared for war, is one of the most effectual means of preserving the peace."-George Washington
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Posted by philo426 on Saturday, June 19, 2010 12:44 AM

Thanks! If you want to test your problem-solving skills try a large-scale vac form!

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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:51 PM

Shot the first coat of primer on the underside today.I had to prop it up to avoid damaging the struts.Next up;I will paint the underside of the fuselage and wings yellow .   

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, June 21, 2010 7:56 PM

Painted the yellow underside today!Pretty hideous but that is the way some of the Brits painted their a/c back in the day!At least it is on the underside!  

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, June 21, 2010 7:56 PM

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