I-16 Rata Cockpit WIP

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by bclemens, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. bclemens

    bclemens Member

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    I-16 Rata WIP

    I started with the I.P. Using a leather punch for instrument lenses from a plastic disposable drink cup and my old watchmaker's staking tool to punch out tiny round pieces of black paper for the instrument mounting screws...

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    Hopefully this will convince the observer to suspend disbelief.

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    Cheers!
    Bruce
  2. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

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    Very nice panel, the staking tool does a great job, a very interesting and no doubt expensive accessory
  3. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Bruce: How about a pic of the staking tool itself?

    Jim
  4. Elliott

    Elliott Senior Member

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    The first picture is the staking tool if memory serves. Been a while.
  5. dansls1

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    Very nice looking IP!
  6. bclemens

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    Staking tool

    Yes, Elliott is correct, the staking tool is shown in the first pic. Sort of an ignoble task for a fine old tool- relegated to punching out paper. I used the tool in a previous vocational incarnation as a watch repairman.
    One can occasionally find them in antique stores, but I bet they come across eBay from time to time.
  7. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Tools are meant to be used. and there is no ignoble purpose for the use of a tool, unless of course you use screwdrivers to pry lids off paint cans or drill holes with diamond or ruby bits. ( I have sent many carving students to purgatory for this latter offence!)

    A watchmaker's tool for model building? Why not? And if it works then RIGHT ON!

    Your grandpa's staking tool is being put to good use and I am sure that he is smiling down on you now.

    Carry on with your build, Bruce. I'll watch with interest!

    Jim
  8. bclemens

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    Rata Cockpit WIP

    Just wrapped up a pleasant evening's work...

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  9. bclemens

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    Rata Cockpit Skinned

    Another pleasant evening's work has the cockpit enclosed. Next comes the door and windscreen...

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    Cheers!
    Bruce
  10. dansls1

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    Looking good. Maybe I should know this, but what kit is it?
  11. bclemens

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    It was a file I downloaded from a link that I think I ran across on this forum. But now I can't find it...
    I'll keep looking and post it if i run across it.
  12. Art Decko

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    Very fine work, in both senses of the word! :) Bravo!
  13. dansls1

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    Ok - that's what I was thinking. I have it - it's from Modele kartonowe . Thanks ;)
  14. lriera

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    It is going very well. Thanks for sharing.
  15. bclemens

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    Windscreen, Gunsight, Door

    Added these elements today:

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    Will start working toward the tail next. Hours of fun ;)
    Cheers!
    Bruce
  16. romfolmar

    romfolmar New Member

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    One of the first planes I built was the I-16 from Modele kartonowe, but it didn't have a door that opened. Did you modify it? Great looking build so far. Much better than mine.
  17. bclemens

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    Yes, the door is my own hackjob ;)
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    Ice Storm- Rata Progress

    Greetings, all,
    We're stuck inside with lots of ice all around- this was one of those annual SW Missouri Ice Storms that immobilizes the community.

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    This isn't snow- it's a glaze of hard ice over everything. Very dangerous to be out, but what a wonderful excuse to stay in and work on models!

    Here's some progress made on the Rata yesterday and today:

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    Stay warm everyone!
    Cheers
    Bruce
  19. RG WILLIAMS

    RG WILLIAMS New Member

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    I-16 Rata

    Thanks for showing your very skilled construction of this model. I have this aircraft in my download collection and will be taking close note of your building techniques. As a new card model builder(only three simple Fiddlers Green models completed) my construction skills are light years behind yours but should improve with practice and instruction from very accomplished builders such as yourself. Thanks again for the information.

    North Central Texas is sunny and 55 degrees.

    RG
  20. newcomer

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    please explain how you did the door.
    david