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November 2nd, 2015, 13:18
Just completed - almost...I still need to add some panel lines around the cowling.
From Guillow - built over the last week or so.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v250/heywooood/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4vkkaaqh.jpeg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heywooood/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4vkkaaqh.jpeg.html)

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November 2nd, 2015, 13:20
There is a build thread here

November 6th, 2015, 11:49
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November 8th, 2015, 08:04
final - with all the bits n pieces

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February 6th, 2016, 08:57
new Cessna project completed - build thread http://balsamodels.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3458

(http://balsamodels.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3458)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v250/heywooood/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsibbz2ude.jpeg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/heywooood/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsibbz2ude.jpeg.html)


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March 28th, 2016, 18:35
currently under construction...

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Build thread : http://balsamodels.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3484

April 19th, 2016, 21:22
working on a new build...something without a prop this time.

May 3rd, 2016, 07:41
F/A 18c - WIP

May 3rd, 2016, 08:51
Hallo Heywooood,

I remember from good old model flying times the Guillow's models to be "paper" or "fabric covered.
Looking to your models it seems to me that you "skinned" them with fine balsa. Did you have weight problems for flying them?

May 3rd, 2016, 09:10
hi michaelvader -
I have attached links to the build threads where I have depicted how the models were built using the balsa 'in fill' method I first saw another modeler describe.
Search the name : Dave Duckett at virtual aerodrome or at the Guillows site I have linked above to see his work also.

These models are for display only as I have built them. The objective was to see how well the Guillows kits were executed wrt to scale appearance in overall form, and then to augment them with scale details and
modest enhancements.

This last model is NOT a Guillows product - the F/A 18c is from Today's Hobbies
I hope this helps. Please check the links or browse the Guillow modelers forum for more information and photo's

May 5th, 2016, 19:42
the Hornet
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May 18th, 2016, 13:02
Viper is next....


November 26th, 2016, 18:48
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From Today's Hobbies - the Phantom

November 26th, 2016, 18:51
It took a couple of months to get 'er done..
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January 10th, 2017, 07:59
a few more build pictures..




January 10th, 2017, 08:00




January 10th, 2017, 11:34
GREAT WORK,I've always wanted to scratch build,but with my issues,I end up struggling,then get frustrated and toss it all.ive drawn very detailed plans for building tanks,trucks,and HO and 120.3 scale railroads,but gave up once construction began.:dizzy:

January 10th, 2017, 18:19
Hi Dave - and thank you for your encouragement!
Don't worry - I have purchased and started a lot more projects than I have finished for the same reasons as you.

Sometimes my eyes have been bigger than my plate..or whatever that expression is, so I had to learn the hard way (several times) to start small with a project I know I can stick with - and
take it as far as possible, rather than take on something big and hope to hang with it.

The balsa model outlet is great for me because I can find virtually any subject matter (it's kind of a golden age for these kit mfgs just as it is for flight simulation) and these planes are of a scale
you just cannot find in the plastic kits. Using the infill method and a ton of sandpaper, a modeller can create a fairly nice representation of the full scale aircraft.

I am not as talented as many out there who really go all out but I think what I create from these kits is a decent model that satisfies my own interest and abilities..such as they are.

The newest one on the table now is a real challenge - the F-14A Tomcat. This is a big and complex air frame and will push me to my limits I think.

January 13th, 2017, 19:01
Nice stuff,I've been working on some RC trucks one in 1/10 th which is a keep,and a 1/14 th big rig with a flat bed trailer.the truck and trailer are kits,and the jeep is a "build up " of after market parts to to build up the hard plastic keep body.im having fun with them but it's taking forever lol.

January 13th, 2017, 22:00
I built up a couple of Tamiya R/C offroad trucks - Blackfoot and the Beetle - for friends who bought them and needed help...they have a lot of bits n pieces to them.

In your thread on this page I can see these kits are much more involved than those were.

In my case I found one or two helpful youtube vids that allowed me to see what the instruction sheets failed to properly illustrate.

February 1st, 2017, 21:08
Who's Next??

Ol' Tom Turkey

February 5th, 2017, 09:12
WIP - for an idea of the scale. the monitor is 25" wide exactly...




February 22nd, 2017, 18:30
the work continues...


February 23rd, 2017, 12:04


wing fences are in place - tail cones for the PW engines (A) model - Phoenix missile racks - cockpit interior sidewalls and bulkheads are skinned

..so much to do, so little time

March 5th, 2017, 15:36
still a ways to go, panel lines, missiles, other bits n pieces..




March 6th, 2017, 15:27




March 7th, 2017, 15:57
Now they are a work of art :applause:

March 7th, 2017, 18:30
thank you for saying so - I appreciate the encouragement :)

March 24th, 2017, 18:22
new project...

the brothers who built for speed in the 1930's made a splash with this Golden Age ripper




March 24th, 2017, 18:26



March 30th, 2017, 21:52
more GeeBee Z



You might have noticed the belly cover is tacked directly to the plan...I was very careful to make this small part without my usual glue fiesta
We are getting closer to assembly

March 31st, 2017, 19:52


April 1st, 2017, 20:13
the model requires a 9" prop of a type that is uncommon for this scale and the only thing provided in the kit is a rubber band type plastic one..so I had to make a scale one.
I have never had much luck making propellers - none actually...but this one looks ok.

The primer is on the prop and the engine cowling but I still need to apply more sealer and sanding effort to the wing and landing gear before I can prime them.
This Dumas kit is very nice but there is one key element missing. There are no patterns or parts for the wing root fairings...and nothing on the plan sheet either.
I have made a few paper patterns of my own but nothing is working out - too many compound curves to deal with. I could make them from balsa - cut formers from 1/16" thick sheet stock, space them an inch or so apart along the wing root - then infill with balsa and wood filler - then contour sand the hollow with sandpaper wrapped around a dowel. Or - skip it because that would be bananas



April 1st, 2017, 20:19

April 4th, 2017, 12:46


the cowling with the engine and prop mounted temporarily...looks like a bit of orange peel effect on the cowl so some light sanding and another coat of gloss black - it all gets an overcoat of clear after final assembly so that will smooth it out

April 8th, 2017, 13:08
coming along - the LG is not glued on yet..still have to apply the black paint trim..

April 10th, 2017, 11:41

Spats !

April 12th, 2017, 16:13




still need to add the flying wires...

April 13th, 2017, 10:12
these should be the final images I post of the finished GeeBee Z





April 13th, 2017, 10:14




April 14th, 2017, 11:07
for my next trick...

Dumas makes a kit in the same scale as the GeeBee Z...

April 21st, 2017, 13:01
so the engine kit just arrived for the Laird..Williams Brothers in Texas makes extremely high quality aircraft accessories in molded plastic.
This is their Wasp 'dummy' engine kit - meaning it is open at the back and through the crankcase, so I it can be fitted easily over an electric motor or gear housing for RC flying models to have the appearance of a scale radial engine providing the power.

These are perfect for 1/12" scale balsa display models too - and they come in all popular RC scales. They offer Le Rhone engines the same way for the WWI and similar models also.


there is a crankcase assembly and 9 individually bagged cylinder assemblies. (you can buy just the cylinders if you want)

May 8th, 2017, 15:59
It will have a detailed cockpit, including working cockpit doors and sliding canopy.
work is progressing slowly..





May 8th, 2017, 16:00


May 8th, 2017, 16:01
so much work yet to do.

May 14th, 2017, 22:04
Your a master craftsman you sure are making a great job out of those models :applause:

May 16th, 2017, 18:22
I appreciate your words of encouragement, musterpilot - thank you

There are quite a few builders around - try virtual aerodrome and just look up any mfg. or aircraft type to see the works of many talented artists

also Stick and tissue website under either 'Current Builds' or 'Hangar Space'

most of these folks have been at this longer than I have and their work is miles ahead of mine

some of the models are just incredible - especially the scratch built masterworks

May 19th, 2017, 18:11
alrighty then...





May 20th, 2017, 10:38
All but the last step are complete..I have to add the flying wires.

May 21st, 2017, 21:01
ok the Laird Super Solution is done.




June 20th, 2017, 07:19
Work has begun on the Hun

June 20th, 2017, 11:39




work work work..

June 20th, 2017, 11:41




and, work work work

June 20th, 2017, 11:43

I had wanted to make the canopy operable...but it didn't work out this time.

cest la vie

June 24th, 2017, 21:11
Paint and markings applied - more to do yet

June 25th, 2017, 08:53
very very nicely done

June 25th, 2017, 09:26
A Wooden F-100..... Beautiful Job! Fantastic Airplane!

June 25th, 2017, 09:28
thanks, Dave - I appreciate the encouragement.

the work progresses

June 26th, 2017, 20:18



Just about finished..shown here with the Today's Hobbies F16 Viper in the Aggressor scheme..

June 27th, 2017, 16:56
refueling probe created and installed..


June 27th, 2017, 17:34
A Wooden F-100..... Beautiful Job! Fantastic Airplane!

thank you for the positive remarks, MustangL2W - much appreciated

I have ended my relationship with the plastic kits and have built now 11 of these balsa ones using the infil method and scratch building the details and it is far more rewarding and challenging.

July 1st, 2017, 19:43
next project : Dumas Grumman Widgeon

July 4th, 2017, 17:31
as indicated in the header of this post - many of these images are hosted by photocrooked.errrrr bucket and will probably be blocked soon.

The handful of them that are not hosted by that criminal enterprise are hosted by imgur and will remain...at least for a while.

that is all

July 8th, 2017, 07:00
so some work has been done on the Widgeon. This is a terrific kit from Dumas, as all of them I have built thus far have been.

fuselage rear - sides complete

they need to match precisely -

..so you end up with this initial assembly of the rear fuselage

then you build the front half of the fuse..

July 8th, 2017, 07:08
then the two halves are mated. The Dumas solution to the assembly of this major part of the aircraft is very well thought out. At this point the interior can be detailed and the structure is very strong as well as square and straight.

This will be a display model (more of a toy for my granddaughter who will be 5 shortly) so I plan to forgo the detailing for the most part and focus on making it as strong as I can. We'll probably just hang it in her room but I want her to be able to handle it if she wants to.

I will be building another one at some point for the hangar - that one will be detailed and painted in my preferred style.

work on the fuselage progresses..

July 23rd, 2017, 21:06
I have completed the Widgeon as requested by my little granddaughter. She has been watching with interest as I have been building these last few projects and finally asked me if I would build her a 'girl airplane'..

I asked her what would make an airplane a girl and she said it would be a girl if it was PINK.

So naturally - I have complied. Here is a Grumman G44 Widgeon resplendent in a beautiful 'Panther Pink' coat courtesy of the Testors corp.
first a couple of build progress shots..then the final product. The pilot was also selected by my number one customer



July 23rd, 2017, 21:51
and the final Widgeon - in Pink





July 25th, 2017, 08:51
What a great thread!
And how refreshing to see the "Old School" techniques for scratch building being used in this day of "Shake 'n Bake" model kits.

July 25th, 2017, 11:58
What a great thread!
And how refreshing to see the "Old School" techniques for scratch building being used in this day of "Shake 'n Bake" model kits.

well Thank You, I appreciate your kind encouragement Very Much!

I am currently working on restoring the images that were lost to photocrooked in order to keep this thread more or less intact.
There are so many great balsa kit mfgs today and all are making very fine examples of a wide array of iconic aircraft - it has never been easier to find great subjects on which to expand and explore one's artistic license.

To see other examples of some outstanding scale balsa models please visit the http://www.virtualaerodrome.com/
some very talented artists post regularly there - of both flying and of display models - that are incredible.

July 27th, 2017, 21:05




the final photo's - the plane has been hung in her room on permanent patrol..

July 27th, 2017, 21:11
next up : Dumas kit # 301 Stinson Reliant SR-10
it will be mounted on floats...I'm still looking at paint schemes for it. I want something PNW-ish and I'm leaning toward a green accent over white, with black piping
but if anyone has a suggestion - we have lots of time before we get to the painting stage..

July 30th, 2017, 22:01
might have to do this Stinson as an ode to Golden Age Simulations...they have been very good to me and the rest of us too, creating as they do these vintage aeroplane replicas for us to enjoy in FSX.


I'll probably use one of their release paint schemes for it rather than this one - but it will be on floats

July 30th, 2017, 22:02
the fuselage is framed up..


July 31st, 2017, 22:31
I have to ask
Do you get any time to sleep
The quality of you workmanship is outstanding
Having built many r/c models myself over the years I find your work is amazing

August 1st, 2017, 10:01
I have to ask
Do you get any time to sleep
The quality of you workmanship is outstanding
Having built many r/c models myself over the years I find your work is amazing
lol - yes I sleep
I appreciate your encouragement too - thank you.
I left my job of 26 years not too long ago to focus on a family health crisis - thankfully, that situation has passed for the most part, but I have had some difficulty reentering the workforce.
Suffice to say I seem to be past my prime in the eyes of the many interviewers I have encountered over the past year or so.
I started back into building these models as a way to keep focused on tasks and problem solving of a nature that I COULD resolve. One has to maintain ones confidence in the face of so much discouragement.
Also because I was inspired by some of the artists and their works that I had seen on the internet.
Working on these models is a passion for me - I have always loved aviation and the machines that have been built to fly. I try to put that love into every one of them, that inspiration I have always gotten from them.
Posting them and seeing that they are appreciated for what they are and for the effort I have made gives me a much needed sense of gratitude. I am grateful to you who have taken the time to express words of encouragement - and I am grateful for the hobby that is saving my sanity if not my life at the moment. By taking pictures of the work and the results, I find a way of thanking you all.
Thank You All

August 2nd, 2017, 20:56
I have decided that rather than try to replace the images that were lost to the photobucket fiasco - I will instead just place a link here to the Virtual Aerodrome site where my collection of images and builds are stored.

You can see each of the projects there (except for the F-18) by clicking on the appropriate 'Hangar' image.

You can also select other artists and their works by name or aircraft type - or by the model manufacturer. That makes it easy to see lots of images during construction of a particular model if, for instance, you happen to be a builder yourself and want to get a sense of the kits and some technique.


August 8th, 2017, 11:12


working on the panel and cabin..

August 10th, 2017, 13:08




so much to do - so little time...

August 14th, 2017, 13:43

started on the wing center section..

August 16th, 2017, 18:21
working on the panel and cabin interior a bit


August 26th, 2017, 08:43
small update..
the wing is partially infilled and some interior cabin trim has been added - also the main landing gear supports are being fabricated from balsa block material.
the forward main float struts are anchored to these as are the wing struts.
the floats have been laid up and as soon as the wing is completed the floats will be infilled and have their nose blocks attached and surfaced - then I can begin to work on the tail sections.




August 28th, 2017, 19:34




now both of the main strut supports have been carved, sanded, installed, filled, sealed and sanded again.. I'm still not finished with the process but this is the gist of it.

August 28th, 2017, 19:39
as you know, the main forward float struts and the wing struts are all attached to these 'stubs' so they needed to be strong and solid. I used balsa block material carved to shape and sanded. Once I am satisfied with the shape and finish I can seal the entire fuselage with a couple more coats of clear sealer. Then I will complete the wings and begin fabrication of the tail surfaces.
After that I need to finish the floats and then make the struts.
Still a ton of work to do on the SR10 but it's coming along

September 15th, 2017, 18:37
all of the major components are complete except for the floats. They still need to be infilled and assembled along with their struts etc..




still so much to do, but it is coming together...

September 15th, 2017, 18:44
Paint work is also spec on, lovely.

September 16th, 2017, 10:40
Thank You, Cazzie - having seen your own artistry displayed on these boards I really appreciate your encouragement!

September 21st, 2017, 17:34
windscreen supports are installed..

September 21st, 2017, 17:38
I'm going to have to extend the floats and also lay a 1/32" thick birch ply skin over the top and sides to make them proper scale for this model.

They were the right size for the Guillows DHc-2 but are a tad too small for this larger Dumas Reliant..

To extend them I will cut them in half at the step and add a 1" thick balsa block and sand it to shape

September 29th, 2017, 12:04
a quick look at the pending float assembly and installation..




October 4th, 2017, 17:24
a little paint...




October 4th, 2017, 17:29
After I get the side stripes on it'll be time for the panel lines and control surface demarcations - then I can get a nice couple of coats of semi-gloss clearcoat applied..

After that the floats will be mounted and rigged. Then the reg. numbers and a final coat of semi-gloss. Then the glazing. Almost home

October 5th, 2017, 12:22


rolling along..

October 5th, 2017, 17:49
finally able to stand her up...


October 5th, 2017, 19:53
Another work of art :applause:

Man you have talent

October 6th, 2017, 15:25
Thank you, MusterPilot - I should have more progress to
show later.

October 6th, 2017, 17:32


registration etc..

October 6th, 2017, 17:32
working on a suitable (hopefully) propeller

October 7th, 2017, 18:27



the prop is done

October 8th, 2017, 09:04
At this time I would like to ask any moderators present to edit or delete the posts on the first page of this thread in order to remove the dead photobucket images or posts that contain them if possible.

Thank you

October 9th, 2017, 13:38




she's a brick house, baby - she's mighty mighty

October 9th, 2017, 13:42


still a little bit more to do, but I thought I would take break here and post a couple of progress shots - near completion

October 9th, 2017, 13:50
with Special Thanks to the guys at GAS for their beautiful Reliant -8 for FSX.

(This is a -10 but was the closest big balsa kit available)

I am honored to be a small part of your beta test team and I really appreciate ALL the work you all do to bring these Golden Age marvels to us who would otherwise not be able to experience them in flight.

Thank You All

October 10th, 2017, 13:59




not the best lighting...time of day I guess
Here I have added the oar and attachment brackets for it, the rudder control rigging and pulleys, the side doors and handles, and the cleats.

October 10th, 2017, 14:13
I hope everyone has enjoyed these builds - I know I have had a good time working on these projects and posting their progress here. Not everyone appreciates the hobby or its enthusiasts (it isn't something I bring up at parties or job interviews) but I do - and since no one has stopped me from doing so - here they are. lol

I don't know if I will be doing any more for a while - life intervenes..

For those of you who have encouraged me and my humble efforts - I thank you. If anyone is inspired to build balsa models in this style, I can answer questions about techniques I used or direct you to other websites that are helpful.

I hope everyone gets a good shot at the life they would like to live, but if not - I hope you can at least make this one work and be happy in your time.
Carry on then

October 11th, 2017, 07:44

interior shot and a look at the panel



overview of the paint scheme


ready for the lake..

October 11th, 2017, 19:32




more of the Stinson beast

October 13th, 2017, 09:59
grip tape applied to the float decks


and here you can see the rudder control line standoff distance from the fuselage - equal on both sides..cant have any scraping or chafe

October 13th, 2017, 17:34
the GAS Stinson and the inspiration for this model is on the monitor..


October 15th, 2017, 06:30
We are honored, Heywood, that our work inspired you to build such a beautiful model.

October 15th, 2017, 08:21
Paul, I'm just happy to be part of something fun. Thank you for that. It means a lot - this is just a very small token of appreciation for what you and the GAS association are doing.

October 16th, 2017, 02:40
You have done it again mate a superb model
I started model building 50 plus years ago but I think I was never up to your standard
looking forward to your next project

October 16th, 2017, 07:45
You have done it again mate a superb model
I started model building 50 plus years ago but I think I was never up to your standard
looking forward to your next project

Believe it or not - The very first model I ever tried to build was an SE5 Balsa kit - I couldn't say which company made it, all I remember was that beautiful green biplane on the box top, with brightly colored roundels on the wing and fuselage. Diving through the clouds guns blazing...
We had driven across country from Atlanta to Pt Colbourne, Ontario. Somewhere along the way we went through a hardware store and they had a very small stack of boxes next to the counter. I remember my grandpa saying, "you wont be able to build THAT" but he finally broke down. It sat on my lap unopened for about 400 miles and I just kept imagining it flying alongside the car. This would have been 1967 - I was six years old.
Needless to say when I opened the box once we got 'home' I was dismayed to see that it was just a box full of sticks, paper and a block of wood the size of a pack of cigarettes...
I went about gluing things together as you would expect any little kid to do - high quality craftsmanship my ass - just give me something that looks airplane-ish.
In the end and after some help and swearing about a waste of money from gramps (prolly $2.50) , we had something to throw across the yard. Once.
Never forgot that experience. Not something you would expect to 'build' on, eh ?

Thank you for your encouragement, musterpilot - I have another couple of kits here in the shop that are unopened, nother Widgeon that I want to put radial engines on (it comes with parts and provisions for the Ranger engines but I want to model it with P&W radials) and a German Pfeil Do335 and a Navy Grumman Tiger. I don't know when I'll be able to get to any of them though..

October 17th, 2017, 18:04
the nice folks at Dumas have posted some finished kits built by their customers and fans...https://www.facebook.com/Dumas-Products-1477951865602448/

There are some incredible boats on their page !! And they were kind enough to post my Stinson, Widgeon, and GeeBee Z models too.

Check out the link to their FaceBook page..

October 22nd, 2017, 19:41
So I may or may not be able to begin the next project shortly.

It's another Dumas Widgeon only this one will be painted in more conventional colors. I am also thinking of replacing those Ranger inline engines with a pair of more reliable radials...

I bought some aftermarket cowlings for the job and I think they'll do the trick

October 31st, 2017, 08:15
work has commenced on the new Widgeon. This one will have an enhanced interior, radial engines, and a more conventional paint scheme.

October 31st, 2017, 15:27
If you Keep this up mate you are going to need a bigger shed to store all these models

October 31st, 2017, 18:30
fortunately I have a few friends, extended family, and a customer or two to take them off my hands - sometimes I plant one in the middle of a yard sale to get folks to stop. I've had some good conversations with people that way. Old pilots, their surviving family members, mechanics and A&P guys - sold a couple of 'em that way.
It's about time to clear a few out again. This time of year it's pretty easy.

December 4th, 2017, 10:11
a little progress on the Widgeon part deux..



December 4th, 2017, 10:15
the cabin and cockpit interior are under construction. I am working on the panel - then I will make an oar to mount on the cabin interior sidewall along with a fire extinguisher for the bulkhead.
then the seats and a pilot will be installed. The cockpit rear bulkhead also needs a control panel - this aircraft had its fuel tank, mixture, and related levers and switches mounted on this bulkhead just above and behind the pilot..

December 8th, 2017, 07:54
an interior shot..

I still need to do some refinements

December 11th, 2017, 09:23
rear bulkhead fuel control panel, mixture, tank selectors, and carb heat controls


December 19th, 2017, 10:48
our pilot is seated..

January 1st, 2018, 10:12
This pilot is the wrong scale for the model at approx 1/12 scale...the plane is closer to 1/28 so I removed the big feller for use on another project more suitable for use.
The new man is wearing an A-2 with Mae West so I think this plane will be finished in the Coastie paint as depicted on the box top. Now I can use the kit supplied markings as well.
I have also gotten the nacelles rounded up as part of the conversion to radial engines. I can post pictures of those shortly..

January 5th, 2018, 03:17
Here is the new aviator..

January 5th, 2018, 03:20
Turning Rangers into radials...

January 5th, 2018, 03:23
More progress..

January 5th, 2018, 05:16
I like to look in from time to time and I'm always impressed!
My own time is a bit overwhelmed at this point to even consider model building, the urge is there, but RL is keeping me on a short leash.

January 5th, 2018, 08:48
Im just trying to keep up morale as it has been a tough go for a bit too long.
I appreciate your kind encouragement and thank you.
Working on these projects clears my head and keeps me moving forward.

January 6th, 2018, 03:37
I have the floats assembled with their struts. I have substituted aluminum tubing for the strip platic supplied bu the kit mfg. because it looks better, will be stronger over time, and because I dont need the floats to flex on hard landings. Hopefully as a display model there wont be any of those.
So I still need to make the horizontal tail, and the propellers. Then begins final assembly and sanding / sealing, primer and paint.
But this is the home stretch I guess.

January 6th, 2018, 03:50
The modified nacelles turned out pretty well I think. The modification was not difficult at all as it turns out. I was sweating it early on though. I used cowlings from the guillow Catalina kit which I used as patterns to cut 1/16 thick balsa circles of the same diameter. One of each of these circles were attached to the faces of the existing kit supplied oval bulkheads used to make the Ranger nacelles forward of the wing leading edge. Additional circles were each used as the new radial engine firewalls and inserts flush inserted at the back of each cowling as a mating surface to the nacelles. The diameter matched to the overall outer dimensions of the original oval bulkheads perfectly.

January 8th, 2018, 14:35
Tail area is complete...I have sealed and sanded the fuselage / tail and the wing and will paint these two components seperately prior to assembly.

January 9th, 2018, 07:55
Spruce Gosling...

January 9th, 2018, 14:12
Props are fabricated. Now just need to be sanded and sealed before painting.
When I purchased the cowling sheets from Guillows (Catalina) for use on this model the sheets included other components including these very nice propeller hubs..
all I had to do was carve the blades.

January 9th, 2018, 14:21
The paint scheme for this model will be the Coast Guard natural alum fuselage, tail and nacelles with the yellow wing top. It will have a black anti-glare panel in front of the windscreen and possibly on the cowlings too ( inner half nearest the pilot on both cowls) and even though the r/l aircraft still has its Ranger inline engines on it I think this model will look good in those clothes with its radials and round cowlings. Hope so anyway

January 9th, 2018, 14:25
The prop blades have only been shaped and sealed with the initial coat of sealer. As I sand and seal probably three to five more times these propellers will be reduced to the proper scale..as long as Im carefull

January 18th, 2018, 01:18
A first coat of primer and a first of natural aluminum

January 18th, 2018, 01:19
More filler and more sanding yet..

January 20th, 2018, 10:53
Yellow wings and round engines...

January 22nd, 2018, 08:55
The model is complete

January 22nd, 2018, 13:06
Couple more photos

January 22nd, 2018, 15:00
Another master piece
fantastic workmanship :applause:

January 22nd, 2018, 15:50
Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement.
The Grumman design on these flying boats is simple but beautiful and Dumas has made a kit that is very true to that design. I liked the Ranger version but prefer the look of radials. I have to say this model turned out better than I expected even though I did commit a couple of unforced errors.
I wont point them out but they are there.

January 31st, 2018, 08:45
just the beginning..





January 31st, 2018, 08:49
This kit has a lot of plastic accessories. Figuring out how to adapt them for use on my model is an interesting challenge as is having this much additional effort required on just the fuselage assembly.

I guess we'll see how it turns out together - lol

February 12th, 2018, 14:01




both wings are framed and I have begun the infill process on the port wing. The fuselage has most of its plastic appendages attached with the exception of the rear
gunner's canopy. That part cannot be installed until the rear stabilizer is attached.
The green color applied is the interior green that will show as the interior trim color on the clear parts IE: the canopy and bombardier stations window framing. The aircraft will be painted as a Marine
PBJ-1 in the tricolor dark blue over medium blue over white.

March 5th, 2018, 09:54
not much to report - other work has slowed this project a bit but I have completed the infill process on the left and right wings. Still have to add the plastic parts, cowl, nacelles, air scoops, ailerons, landing gear, etc..
pictures soon..

March 9th, 2018, 09:42
current status..





March 9th, 2018, 09:50
lots of filling and sanding yet to be done on the wings but the major components are attached.

I have to say I prefer the Dumas approach to engine nacelles...I think building them up out of balsa makes for a much easier assembly and a much cleaner look with less than half the work.
Fitting together large preformed plastic shells and then fitting them to the wing's airfoil is problematic. They are preformed and therefore unforgiving. So much trimming and filling and flexing and so on..
Whereas with balsa the process is simple and the fitting is unnecessary and the attachments rendered seamless with relative ease.

That said here we are and much remains to be done to get these plastic parts fared in and smooth in transition to each other and to the respective wings

March 9th, 2018, 14:21
Awesome work heywood...i enviey your skills

March 9th, 2018, 16:46
Awesome work heywood...i enviey your skills

Thanks Dave - I appreciate that. Still a great deal of work to be done here but progress is being made

March 9th, 2018, 16:49
Working on the landing gear next..then the tail assemblies. Once the tail is built up I can begin the final assembly. Then the Marine PBJ-1 paint scheme can be applied. Almost to the stretch.

March 13th, 2018, 00:57
Stood her up at last..briefly
please pardon the clutter lol

March 25th, 2018, 13:12
a little filler.. a little paint...


March 25th, 2018, 13:14
so the next step is to add the panel lines, then the small details like landing gear doors, propellers, antenna, machine gun barrels, yada yada...
then the decals - then the clear coats of semi gloss..then I can peel the tape off the windows and see what's what

March 26th, 2018, 19:25
decals and first clear semi-gloss coat applied


March 30th, 2018, 14:18

still working on the props

April 1st, 2018, 14:13
props are done..


April 1st, 2018, 17:07
I have corrected the shape of the nose landing gear door and added the top turret gun barrels..


April 2nd, 2018, 08:59



final images of the B25 PBJ-1

April 4th, 2018, 15:24
like the wings of a fly..


similar to the shot I took of the Super Solution during construction..

April 4th, 2018, 15:28
the paint scheme has a degree of difficulty that creates inmates for the local insane asylum...



what could possibly go wrong..lol

April 27th, 2018, 11:00
a little progress.. the infill of the fuselage and cowling are complete. Some filling and sanding (round one) are done.

I need to complete the engine and paint it so I can button up the cowling (mate the balsa section to the plastic forward section) before I continue the filling and sanding process on that assembly.

I also need to make a seat, deck, and panel for the cockpit and get the pilot painted and finished.





April 28th, 2018, 17:02
Another great model for your stable
Top work mate :ernaehrung004:

April 30th, 2018, 18:47
thanks musterpilot - so far the project is going along..
I have added the the main gear strut fairings and just need to clean them up. Once they are fully shaped, filled and sanded, I will prep them for paint then move onto the wing center section - get that mounted to the fuselage and faired in.

This model looks like it will be mostly assembled prior to paint. I will leave off the wheel pants, tail wheel, and wing struts probably and paint those items separately. This aeroplane will be an extreme challenge to paint properly, no doubt about it.
Still not sure if I will attach the canopy prior to painting or paint it separately...decisions decisions - - - on the plus side no one dies if I'm wrong when I make these calls, so there's that

April 30th, 2018, 18:54



the basic Wasp JR is painted. I'll add the plug wires, ring housing, push rods etc before buttoning it up - this is just a test fit to make sure the engine sits back far enough without being too deep in the cowling.

also you can see the fuselage is about halfway through the prepping process. I use spackle paste, followed by Gesso which goes on in multiple coats, then the sealer...then primer - then topcoat and finally semi-gloss clear overall.

The Gesso is a new step introduced to us by a well established model master craftsman on another website. So far it looks like it goes a long way toward smoothing the balsa textures...I like it.

May 3rd, 2018, 18:12
small update:
I have begun to detail the engine

May 3rd, 2018, 18:16
does this qualify as an X-Plane ?



The wing center section has been added and fared into the fuselage (I think)...
I'm still infilling the wing outer panels but should finish that up this weekend

Josh Patterson
May 3rd, 2018, 19:14
Heywooood you should really post some of these at www.iModeler.com (http://www.iModeler.com). Everyone there would love to see them! Kudos for taking on the Bulldog. (I have the Williams Bros kit to build but after my GeeBee Z and Hughes 500 in the Reese's scheme I have some time off from fancy paint work.) You showed the fuselage stripes, but for got to show the way the N-number and stripes play together on the wing. Truly maddening! Actually I'm surprised you don't just go a little bigger and put some R/C guts in them!

May 4th, 2018, 07:46
hey thanks for the link - I was heretofore unfamiliar with that website..
As to building flyable models - I might get back to that at some point but for now I'm just about the display builds

May 5th, 2018, 11:30
moving along a bit now.. test fitting - always test fitting stuff

should look alright with these pants and shoes I guess...We'll know more when it comes time to slap the paint on 'em

May 7th, 2018, 19:36
cut the canopy out - test fitting it here

I also completed the tail area...just need to lay on some Gesso to smooth it all out.
The outer wing panels are both done as well so final assembly is getting closer.

I have made the wing struts but need to work out the mounting situation. The prototype has fairings and flanges on both ends so I have a bit of figuring to do.
The tail wheel is completed and attached here.

Of course there is still the matter of painting this little monster -

May 9th, 2018, 12:53
more test fitting and some progress. I have the panel in and the cowling assembled with the Wasp Jr tucked in. Not glued to the fuse yet - I still need to paint before I attach it permanently.

I have installed the wing strut footings onto the fuselage and sanded the wheel spatz smooth though it may not look like it..the seams are flat and ready for paint.



May 10th, 2018, 08:52



the cowling is cleaned up and almost ready for paint.
the wings are attached and I will be applying some filler to the top and bottom of the joints - it's gonna take some time to get those smoothed out.

I have fabricated and installed the under wing strut pylons and I think they came out ok. They were not on the plans - the kit is a rubber band flier so it has been heavily modified at this point.

May 10th, 2018, 08:55
I am not dreading the upcoming painting exercise any less than before...maybe I'll just paint it olive drab over lt grey and put Russian stars on it lol

May 11th, 2018, 12:04
making the propeller...shaping is done, now the filler goes on and we sand some more - then the prop cuffs go on followed by the sealer and some fine sanding then the primer.
this is just a test fit to make sure the proportions are correct.


May 12th, 2018, 13:56
all sanded, filled, sealed, and otherwise prepped for paint...now I just need to hire a painter





May 14th, 2018, 07:30
Just completed - almost...I still need to add some panel lines around the cowling.
From Guillow - built over the last week or so.





recovered some of the lost photobucket images and I am just re-posting those. This is the Cherokee I built referenced in the title of this thread so I thought I would replace them

May 14th, 2018, 20:57
here are the lost images of the Guillow Cessna 170




May 14th, 2018, 21:02
and the DeHavilland..




May 14th, 2018, 21:05
so if you open this thread to page one and see the dead links (thanks FUbucket..err photobucket) these are the images that were lost...along with my favorite image of the Beaver


May 20th, 2018, 14:20



the wing struts are fitted but wont be glued in until after the painting is done..the canopyhas been masked and attached with CYA and white glue.

The paint goes on tomorrow depending on the weather

May 21st, 2018, 10:24
initial pass with 'Italian Red'...

the game is afoot, Watson

May 21st, 2018, 12:46
a nice red base color... we'll let this dry for a day then mask and paint the black accents. After that the fun begins with the pinstripe activity

May 22nd, 2018, 09:51
this just might work out..


May 25th, 2018, 08:20
this is pretty much the final outcome. I still need to paint the accents onto the spats but I need a break and may or may not return to it. They can be painted anytime.


it was a challenge to build and even more so to get this paint job done..

May 25th, 2018, 19:54



May 27th, 2018, 11:08


intrepid aviator

May 27th, 2018, 11:12
Ocean Beach today at 11:30 PST


Happy Memorial Day weekend to all

May 27th, 2018, 12:09
what do you think of this...?


my next project and I can't decide on the paint scheme..Navy, AF - yellow overall, yellow wings white fuselage...or AF blue fuselage and yellow wings or all silver post '44
or this Navy hodgepodge. Apparently as these trainers went through service life it was not unusual for the fabric and the metal, when it was replaced, to go on in whatever color. Eventually the AF just left them in the silver paint the factory produced them in.
In this case it looks like this aircraft got all new metal surfaces in the light grey undercoat and the owner has not yet applied his Navy yellow to it

June 7th, 2018, 21:13
apparently photobucket has new management and they have decided to temporarily unblock users photos for a limited time while they decide what to charge for their service..I guess NO ONE went for the $399.00 annual fee they imposed last year lol

..now they are thinking $19.99 ought to do it - but I'm not paying for anything the other sites give me for free.

Anyway - the images on page one of this topic have been restored for now - such as they are.

June 8th, 2018, 10:04
PT-17 Fuselage under construction - the Guillow kit has a flawed front end situation. I will make some small modifications to mitigate the problem but next time (should there be one) I am not going to use their plastic formed crankcase / fuselage front end but will use balsa and shape a proper part myself. To save time and because here we are however...errr..here we are


June 8th, 2018, 10:06
the kit supplied wheels were too skinny - so I made Oreo's using 3/32" thick balsa as the filling...tasty

June 8th, 2018, 13:52
Man i love your work,thanks for posting the shots.makes me want to work on working on the brass cars..ive been reading ,learning and wanting to learn more on it.i cant make myself buy the lathe and drill press,too much money for me..but i know and have drawn plans for the california super modified i want to build first already.
like this


June 8th, 2018, 14:37
hey Daveroo - just do what you love to do...works for me

June 10th, 2018, 19:01
I have modified the kit supplied cylinders and pilot. First - the pilot seemed to be in a state of rapture, staring up almost vertically to the sky. I cut out the material under his chin and repositioned his head to look more longitudinally if a bit left-ish.
The cylinders were made thicker and taller - more to scale - and to accommodate the exhaust pipes, give them room to bend into the collection ring. I will add the spark plugs and wiring as well once they are installed to the crankcase


June 12th, 2018, 08:35
a little paint on our pilot, and a new crankcase...



June 12th, 2018, 08:37
yes I sliced off the flawed portion of the Guillow part


June 12th, 2018, 19:08

the panels are in, as well as some other small details. Much more to do in both 'pits

June 16th, 2018, 19:25
the main gear legs are installed..here shown with a pair of oversized wheels for the bush.

still some cleaning up to do on these legs - then the tail assembly will have to be laid up and infilled for installation. The wings will be built up last, lower wing first so it can be installed and the main aircraft assembly painted.



June 18th, 2018, 18:28

cockpit coamings are in place and the tail is being applied

June 19th, 2018, 10:38
once again,very nice work..:applause::applause:

June 20th, 2018, 18:08
Thank you, Daveroo

I have just finished laying up the wings. I will infill the lower wing and then shape, sand and fill it until it is as ready for paint as the fuselage/main assembly is.
Once that is done I can attach the lower wing and fair it into the bottom of the fuselage using the plan instruction of adding stringers and then infilling until a smooth and continuous shape is achieved.

At that point I plan to paint the main assembly, then complete the elevator and rudder, paint and apply them to the model.

The upper wing will be done as a separate and complete model unto itself..there is a ton of detail to add to the upper wing after all. Then I can paint it and attach it after the windscreens are installed to the fuselage.
I still need to have decals made (or make them myself) but there is plenty of time for that.

June 21st, 2018, 08:18
cant wait to see the continued work in progress.

June 29th, 2018, 07:38
small update..not much to report as this process is labor intensive. The lower wing has been framed, infilled, and now shaped. The process continues with more filling and sanding to remove the stringer and former lines.
After that comes the sealing stage with multiple coats of Gesso and medium to fine grade sanding to prep for paint. Once that is done the lower wing will be attached to the fuselage and faired in with a balsa belly pan.

the plan is to paint the fuselage and lower wing assembly (after fitting the cabane struts to make certain of a good, loose fit, so that when the time comes they will just drop into the bottom wing with a bit of wiggle room to set the proper incidence and depth. This way the upper wing can be attached squarely with minimal alterations. So the entire aircraft assembly (sans upper wing) will be completely assembled and painted - then the upper wing will be completely assembled and painted - and then the upper wing will be attached to the model.

I have ordered the decals from Bedlam Creations and hopefully they will be here before the final assembly. If not it's ok - I have a ton of work to do on this project yet


July 8th, 2018, 16:35
a little more progress..here the lower wing is attached and sealed. The belly pan is also complete and has been sealed.

the pilot and passenger..

I had the oil cooler scoop too far aft - had to fill that opening and cut a new hole in the fuselage a bit more forward, closer to the engine

nothing like making extra work for yourself on a project that is already task laden

July 8th, 2018, 16:46
like all of the Guillow models that use plastic augmentation, those parts and their configuration are less than ideal. The main gear upper fairings for instance, are way too thick and obviously misshapen.
Add to it that they are no fun to work with as far as how they are joined together or how durable they are(n't) and you have a significant drawback to just using sheet or block balsa and carving your own parts.

Next time (if there is one) I am going to set aside all of the kit plastic and just fabricate my own fairings for the Stearman..

That said - the tail cone and vertical fin components aren't bad as far as their shape and assembly are concerned - but balsa would be more durable.

July 8th, 2018, 20:16
The patience of a long distance runner.
Coming along nicely.
Your comment about the plastic parts struck a chord with me, way back (and I mean WAY BACK!) when I built several Monogram 'scale' models they included 'plastic' components.
Early injection moulding was rudimentary to put it kindly.
But at least one had to build the model, unlike today's 'shake and bake' kits.

July 8th, 2018, 22:10
One of the main reasons I have moved into this realm exactly. The plastic kits, especially the very incredibly evolved Tamiya and similar are so finely engineered and masterfully mass produced that there is no longer much personal effort required.

The reason I do this at all is that it affords unusual opportunities for imagination, artistry, ingenuity, and meditation. The big plastic kit mfgs have removed almost ALL of that from the realm of the builder and taken it for themselves.

In addition, the subject matter is no longer dynamic - simply put, they only create models of 'popular' subjects. I would much rather build a 1/24th scale balsa DH2C or 1/12th scale Super Solution than another plastic Mustang or ME109 and the balsa subject matter can go anywhere depending on one's level of competence or interest. There are scale model plans for literally ANY subject, and far more complete kits for more varieties of aircraft in balsa than in plastic if you include available 'out of production' material.

July 9th, 2018, 04:02
I've had the dubious pleasure over a few decades of being drafted into the judging team at what was originally the IPMS Australia championships which several of us finally turned into the Australia Model Expo.
The styrene still abounds but the categories now include paper models, balsa, resin, white metal or combinations of all, in short the 'modelling' now covers anything imaginable.
A couple of us old lags who have been to the Model Engineer Exhibition (at Wembley in my case) are feeling a little pleased with this, (perhaps 'smug'?) as the venue was moved to a far more professional location as well.
Living where we do now is very handy as most of the current generation of Expo Committee can't find me or think I'm dead!!!!:biggrin-new:
Haven't been to the Nationals for three or four years.

July 9th, 2018, 23:07
I have never attended an Expo, or any other kind of model meet..although I have visited the IPMS Websites and viewed tons of galleries and contest entries over the years.
I would never intentionally disparage any form of scale model building. I only meant to convey thatfor me, plastic model kits are too confining. Its good to see the shows are now open to the other disciplines of paper, balsa and so on. That can only serve to grow or at least maintain broader interest.

July 9th, 2018, 23:14
Speaking of paper models..have you seen this guy?

July 19th, 2018, 08:40
small update: I went ahead and painted the forward fuselage/exhaust collection ring fairing in the polished alum. just to see how it would look compared to bare metal foil...Since the entire nose of the airplane will be masked off it seemed like an ok step to take.


July 20th, 2018, 10:28
and finally with a little color...



July 23rd, 2018, 19:20
time to do a little plumbing..with solder..



so this is halfway done..the trickier bends are ahead for tomorrow

July 24th, 2018, 10:25
i hate to keep saying the same thing over and over,,but oh wow,thats nice!!

July 24th, 2018, 17:53
I appreciate it every time, Dave - no worries..thank you

July 25th, 2018, 09:08
you are welcome,and its meant.your work is amazing.i belong to alot of 1/25-1/24 scale model truck sites,and they show off "professional" builds,ones that have been paid for,with horrible masking for paint and other things that drives me crasy...im not saying im much better,but atleast i dont have sloppy masking lines and even worse hand painted lines..like window trim...you make everything nice and straight on your paint and your actual work is always straight and "right" to the eyes.

July 25th, 2018, 10:07
Well I very much appreciate your words of encouragement - thank you.
I have enjoyed working with scale models for a very long time...and aviation is a passion for me.
I see the earlier airplanes more as musical instruments than as machines, because they were made of wood and fabric, balanced, their flying wires 'tuned' and so on - and because the pilots who flew them
had to essentially perform as an equal part of the equation. The aircraft had to be 'played' constantly to get the flyer where he wanted to go safely.
In fact, most of the earliest aircraft were built in factories and by hands that built and worked on pianos and other instruments.

The Stearman was on the cusp of the transition to heavier, metal construction elements and the bigger more reliable power plants but is still a holdover to the earlier days.
I always try to get my models to reflect as well as possible, all of the key aspects of the full sized aircraft.
This model differs from that in one key aspect - it has no visible ribs or 'stringers' due to the infill method of construction and purists may not forgive that..
I could have attempted to simulate that look but in the end I decided that would look too...simulated.

I'm hoping that, once it is complete, this model will be accepted as it is. I want it to last a while and the tissue covering just doesn't hold up over time. The mylar covering tends to distort and pull the
balsa when it is tightened with heat, and quite frankly, I just wanted to see what a smooth Stearman would look like. Hopefully we'll see.

July 25th, 2018, 19:11




the plumbing is done - and the cockpit coamings have their padded surrounds installed

July 26th, 2018, 07:07
Coming along very nicely!
At least the rigging is fairly straight forward, I assume you can use straight wire (I like brass myself) in this scale?
One of the more useful materials I found for 1:48 and smaller scales came from my Mother's sewing basket, 'Shirring Elastic'!
It was also a source of 'Hat Elastic' for a variety of fluid lines in my scratch built cars and a type of elastic stripping that was flat and made of of (IIRC!) six sound sections that could be separated into individual strands.
Perfect for plug leads and similar small lines.
And then I discovered Kevlar 'tubes' available in multiple diameters.........:encouragement:
We modellers are regular scroungers if we notice something with 'possibilities'!

July 26th, 2018, 07:20
exactly - one of the side effects of being a model maker is that constant running assessment of everyday items and packaging that goes on - the 'what else can this be used for' mode that is always 'on' in my head

July 26th, 2018, 07:27
the black cockpit coaming padding is from an old electronic accessory cord from the collection that accumulates every time we buy something that plugs in anymore.
an old trick whereby you slice the cord to create a slot - pull the wires out of it - then slip that slot over the edges of the paper coamings and run a bead of adhesive either along the paper edge or along the underside
of the padding once it's applied. some might call it a shortcut but I think it looks right in this scale.

July 30th, 2018, 10:23
more progress..


July 30th, 2018, 10:40
Thats really looking good,do you have room in your home for all these large scale models?..

July 30th, 2018, 10:52
Nope - not at all - lol

July 31st, 2018, 13:32
panel lines added


August 3rd, 2018, 14:23
the work continues..


August 3rd, 2018, 14:40
the upper wing infill process involves working the underside first and from the center out. I want to support the stringers initially and maintain equal tension so I cut a section of the 4" x 36" x 3/32" sheet about 8" long (I basically want to fill about 6 openings per strip) then using the wings stringers as a guide I line the section up to the center stringer and mark the distance to the next stringer on both ends. Using a straightedge I then cut the strip. That strip is marked along one edge (the leading edge of the wing) so I can keep it oriented to the openings I want to fill. Then, working from the center out and in a line, I fill in that row of openings until I have the entire center row filled in. Then I do the next row on the underside..leaving the LE and TE rows until the center rows of the top of the wing are done. In this way I can get the stringers on both sides of the upper wing supported with infill.
After that I finish the underside the same way, from the center out and working the trailing edge first. Then the top of the upper wing is done. Then finally the wing tips can be done.

Once this is completed I can rough sand the wing surfaces, LE and TE as well as the wing tip until I have a uniform shape and profile. Then the filler goes on in multiple coats with medium sanding in between each application. Hopefully at the end of that I'll have a nice smooth wing to begin to detail and seal.

The decal proofs have been confirmed so I should have them by mid August - about the time I will be ready for them.

August 12th, 2018, 17:29


the decals have arrived and they look great - ordered from Bedlam Creations

August 15th, 2018, 18:31
working away on the top wing..the fuel tank is in, I still have to attach the trapeze brace and a few vent lines.

Then I can start on the underside with the fuel indicator tube, fuel valves and lines and the mirror etc...


August 15th, 2018, 18:34
meanwhile the next project has arrived - Guillow's P-40 in 1/16 scale...

I was thinking about Chennault's Aleutian scheme for it but might yet just do the later Tiger paint - love that shark mouth on a P-40



What do you think?

August 16th, 2018, 11:30
whatever you chose will be great im sure..a buddy of mines grandfathers brother (how ever that relation is..great uncle?) flew them in North Africa and the pacific later..i had all of his info,but cant find it now,will have to ask Travis again...but i may try my hand at it ,where did you get the P40 from?

August 16th, 2018, 11:59
whatever you chose will be great im sure..a buddy of mines grandfathers brother (how ever that relation is..great uncle?) flew them in North Africa and the pacific later..i had all of his info,but cant find it now,will have to ask Travis again...but i may try my hand at it ,where did you get the P40 from?


August 16th, 2018, 18:12
thanks for the link,lot less expensive then i expected..should be fun...

August 19th, 2018, 20:28
test fitting the wing struts to make sure they fit into the holes in the wings - alignment isn't bad either which is good. Anytime you can just set the upper wing onto the struts and be close to all of the variables of alignment you can call yourself a lucky bast..err modeler



I might be able to put the decals onto the main assembly tomorrow - then finish up on the upper wing and install it in a day or two as the paint is allowed to dry first.
We're getting closer to completion but the rigging will take some time to do.

August 20th, 2018, 14:56


getting the decals on along with a clear semi-gloss overcoat

August 20th, 2018, 14:57
I should be able to install a fully painted and completed upper wing tomorrow or the day after, then I can go onto the rigging and final assembly bits n parts

August 21st, 2018, 20:42


so the rigging placement holes are drilled out and now I want to pre-install the rigging lines into the top wing - this way I wont have to keep flipping the plane upside-down
endlessly..less handling means (hopefully) less chance of a ding or scrape etc..

the upper wing has its yellow coat on but I still need to paint the red 'find me if I crash' stripes on it.

August 22nd, 2018, 08:47

et voila

next the US star roundels will be applied and then a clear coat overall

August 22nd, 2018, 16:58

insignia and clear coat applied

August 23rd, 2018, 10:26
mounting the upper wing. I attached the outer wing struts to the upper wing first using white glue..
as soon as they are secure but not 100% cured, I set the wing making sure to check the alignment.
Since there is some play due to the holes being hogged out until just a tad oversized compared to the strut ends, I can usually get a good fit and still be able to coax the wing into position. Then I use a toothpick with a dot of CYA adhesive to secure the lower strut ends in place. After that has cured - pretty quickly - I then paint the attachment points with a white glue and water mixture with a fine brush.
As soon as all is set and cured I can trim and fit the cabane struts and install them, being careful not to affect the alignment in any adverse way.



August 23rd, 2018, 11:33
Now I just need to drill a few holes in the horizontal stabilizer and the lower fuselage, maybe apply a bit more adhesive to the struts throughout the day and then let that all dry 24 hrs - then tomorrow I can
start on the rigging.
Meantime I need to fabricate the mirror and housing and the fuel indicator tube..maybe paint the prop tips the prewar red/yellow/blue since I am just going to go with the kit supplied propeller. AS you can see I made the struts all Lt. Grey
per this photograph

August 24th, 2018, 09:13
please forgive my poor photography...




August 24th, 2018, 09:14




had enough yet..?

August 24th, 2018, 09:18


ok - sorry for the photospam

This airplane being among my top 5 favorites, meant I had to work a little extry hard to get the result I wanted. This came very close.

I love a Stearman - any Stearman

August 24th, 2018, 09:44
once again I have to thank them fellers at GAS - as soon as they announced their new Stearman project I purchased this kit.

I hope to be able to learn how to paint in FSX so I can recreate this scheme onto their PT-17...

It was fun also referring to their 3D model for assistance while working out some of the details added to this kit.

August 25th, 2018, 09:23
if anyone is interested, I posted a brief pictorial on how I install the rigging lines - someone on another forum asked so at the end of this thread I posted some information.


September 1st, 2018, 08:41




direct sunlight

September 1st, 2018, 08:42
coming soon...


September 1st, 2018, 09:41
that steerman looks great,cant wait to see and follow the P40!!