My thanks to Andrew for passing these on, and credit of course to High Wycombe Public Library.
Photo and Build Features from our Military Modelling Magazine website members and contributors including lots of pages of articles from previous Military Modelling magazines. Plane Talking - HyperScale's Aircraft Scale Model Discussion Forum: 2 quick notes for guys building RAF and FAA prop aircraft.
This is not is regards to any specific model posted here recently, but I've noticed quite a few models in the last few months that reminded me to post this. 2) The wooden Rotol propeller blades as fitted to wartime and postwar service aircraft had simple markings at the root of the blade consisting of a red or yellow and possibly white (even a few light blue discs on metal blades) dot with a small black part number inside. The very colorful prop marking that has the blue rotol logo, a yellow dot and multiple lines of text as seen below is strictly a warbird thing. If I am working from a drawing which is not to any particular scale or even a photograph, I just have a calculator sitting on the bench. People get too wound up by standard scales and get in a twist instead of using proportional methods. There is no such thing as an unbuildable kit, just some kits one may consider not worth building. You win a life time's supply of air, although there is a stewards enquiry so if you'd just stop using it for a little while while we confirm that would be helpful. Your user name and password will give you full posting privileges to all of HyperScale Forums. All contributions are welcome but please refrain from political or abusive comments, racially or religiously offensive remarks, swearing (including the thin disguising of swear words with asterisks and other characters), insulting language and crude metaphors. In addition, Plane Talking is not a forum for the public criticism of the models that appear as Galleries or Articles. Thirty years later, my logbook shows close to thirteen hundred hours of adventure on the Mustang’s wings. It all goes back to the small-print ad that read, “Build your own 300-MPH Midget Mustang Airplane.” Really? The timing wasn’t the best as I could not fly the airplane because it was in the shop for maintenance.
After a long conversation with the designer, money was exchanged for a huge roll of one hundred-plus 24” X 30” sheets of blueprints. The drawings looked complicated that night when I lay them out on our hotel room bed in Madison Wisconsin. I had decided that with a young family and limited time, I would treat the project as a hobby, working only when I had the time and inclination to work. My past experience with tools was in woodwork and I was finding metal work much more exacting, working in thousandths of an inch as opposed to sixteenths of an inch.


There were many skills to learn along the way, but that was part of the fun, and the rewards of mastering those skills were wonderful.
I believe it is only seen on newly manufactured prop blades made by Hoffman in Germany, but others may know more.
Work out the multiplier or divider for a measurement between any 2 points that appear in both the drawing and the model. Please do not use Plane Talking as a public platform to complain about retailers or manufacturers (about issues such as broken or missing parts) before you have followed all normal channels to resolve any greivance. Please make any suggestions for improvements or criticism direct to the author via the email link at the bottom of the Article.Finally, please note that this Discussion Group is privately operated and that I reserve the right to delete any post or cancel any registration for any reason whatsoever. There have been trips to Oshkosh Wisconsin for the world’s largest convention of homebuilt and classic aircraft, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. We moved from Yellowknife to Regina Saskatchewan in 1967 and about that time, Bob Bushby, who had recently purchased rights to the Mustang design, came up with a two-seat version of the aircraft that he called the Mustang ll. There were literally hundreds and hundreds of parts to bring from drawing stage to completed components.
In consequence, there were some years where I worked four or five hundred hours on the project and other years in which I only worked forty to fifty hours. It was not impossible, it just took a little longer and as I began to develop the skills I tackled the more complex components. Learning to bend aluminium and steel, learning to rivet, (one of the most enjoyable of the skills) working with fiberglas and acrylic sheet and piece by piece the correct number of components was created and assembled.
If you’ve a little talent for working with tools, a good deal of patience and above all the desire to build, then you too can climb high on your own personal set of wings. I wasn't trying to hurt anybody's feelings, and it certainly would be nice if the conversion between inches and millimeters were so simple. It was fresh out of my workshop and gleaming in the early morning Saskatchewan sunshine on May 25th 1981. I was a newly licensed pilot in January of 1960, and that advertisement, running in Popular Mechanics Magazine, really got my attention. The package also included a brochure introducing me to the Experimental Aircraft Association, an International group of people that enjoy building their own airplanes. It fit my needs (wants) perfectly and arrangements were made to drive to Illinois to see the prototype, the only model flying at that time. I tried the airplane on for size and found that I did indeed have ample room for my 6’- 4” frame.
Orders went off to Aircraft Spruce & Specialty and various suppliers for sheets of aircraft aluminium, special aircraft-quality nuts and bolts, and aluminium solid-shank rivets in many sizes and lengths and a host of other things. Eleven years later, having put in four thousand hours of work, I had what I thought was the most beautiful aircraft ever built, sitting on the airport ramp, ready for flight.


I cheerfully acknowledge that the difference between 2 mm and 2.116666666 mm is virtually impossible to discern. Please do not post in capital letters only, as this is considered to be shouting and therefore impolite. Who can ever forget their first flight, considering the thousands of hours of work with sheets of aluminium, boxes of rivets, nuts and bolts, acrylic sheet, fiberglas, sheet steel, cut fingers and the hundreds of hours of pouring over blueprints that goes into creating an airplane from a dream and set of drawings. States, a good portion of Alberta, and since retirement in 1995, many destinations here in south central British Columbia as well as most of Vancouver Island. Considering our home was in Yellowknife NWT (Northwest Territories) with long winters of extreme cold, building an airplane sounded like a boredom fighting project with incredible potential for fun.
I joined immediately, and there began an association with this most helpful organisation and a wonderfully fulfilling hobby. I came out of the cockpit with a very wide grin and my wife Pat knew, without question, what was to follow. He was satisfied with that answer, saying that many people think it will only take a year or two, and from past experience he found most would not finish the job because they underestimated the commitment to what would indeed be a huge project. Well, I wasn’t going to give up too easily, but I was a little uncomfortable when I put the plans back in their tube for later study. Soon I had enough raw materials in stock and the project got underway in my basement workshop.
I learned quickly, that if my goal had been a complete airplane, it would have been daunting and I likely would have given up early in the game.
I’ve been privileged to sit in the best seat in the house be it at 1000 feet or 10,000 feet.
So, with encouraging remarks from Bob as to how much we’d enjoy the project, we pointed our MG in the direction of home, a thousand or so miles to the northwest. Any posts breaching these guidelines will promptly be removed from the server and the offender may be excluded from further posting to the HyperScale Forums. Tin snips for cutting aluminium, a home-made drill press, built by my good friend Cliff Lincoln, a variety of small drill bits, small air compressor, pneumatic rivet gun and other typical small hand-tools contained in most home workshops. When one part was completed it was put on the shelf for later attachment to another assembly. Over the years of my project, they mailed many a building component from their old Fullerton headquarters in the early days, from California to my Canadian home workshop! So rather than one goal, there were hundreds of goals which in the end became an airplane, and what a rewarding project it became.




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