NOBI's North American A-36

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  1. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

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    For the Free Model Competition #2, I chose NOBI's A-36 Apache.

    From Wikipedia: "The North American A-36A Apache/Invader was the ground-attack/dive bomber version of the North American P-51 Mustang, from which it could be distinguished by the presence of rectangular, slatted dive brakes above and below the wings. A total of 500 A-36A dive bombers served in North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy and the China-Burma-India theater during World War II before being withdrawn from operational use in 1944."

    NOBI's model is from the A-36A (USAAF Serial #42-83665/N39502) which is on display as "Margie H" at the National Museum of the USAF in Dayton, Ohio.

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  2. milenio3

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    These are the sheets with the design. As you can see, very clean. Let's see how it turns out.

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    Paper: 125 gr cardstock.
  3. milenio3

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    First things first, so the formers and supports are laminated to 1mm.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    This is my first step.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    As you can see in this piece, it seems that the union was not correct. Or NOBI made a mistake or I made it.

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    Well, neither. The design of this model is for you to bend a part of the piece so it can be completed.
  6. milenio3

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    I'm thinking (based on my experience with the Hawker Sea Fury), that NOBI was designing this model in a different way than most of the models out there.

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    As you can see here, the "gap" that I thought was a mistake, turned to be a very handy way for this model.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Another piece with the same characteristic.

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    But, just a little bend, and voila! you have yourself a beauty part of the fuselage.

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    The fuselage almost complete.

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    Great start, Gerardo! Looking forward to the next installment!

    Chris
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    Nice Gerardo!

    Looks like Nobi is breaking the " rules"...Way to go Nobi.

    Love your little clamp!
  11. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

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    Thanks guys.

    Continue on today.
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    This piece goes to the undercarriage. The strips go only on the large section, the short section is part of the air intake.

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    Then the wing supports. Since I used heavy card of 1mm, I had to cut out a little more on the openings on the fuselage.

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    A side note here. As you may (or may not) see in the port wing support, I wrote a little note. The thing is every time I build a model, I always write my web page (my blog), the date, the city I'm in, and - if they helped - the names of my kids. This notes I write them inside the model, like a plane or boat's former. Kind of... mmm... archaeological plus for the future.
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    Gerardo, this looks incredible great work. Also a nice touch with the info on the interior. My kids "help me" build a model by NOT HELPING ME!!!
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    Gerardo.................sorry about the Sea Fury:oops:, but as a side note I almost did the Apache but I had the Fury printed...........:grin:

    I love the idea of the notes in the plane...............very cool!

    Thanks for taking up the Apache........... this was one of Nobi's first designs I found and got me hooked ever since..........I've been a big fan of his work because he does still offer very good FREE models and his other designs are very inexpensive.......... and as always.............Easy but Beautiful!

    Keep up the good work.............it really is looking very good.........Don't worry you have achieved the level way above hack! Keep raising the bar.............maybe one day I catch up!

    john
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    Hacking #1

    Haha, I KNOW what you mean by that, Ted.

    Well, now it's time to hack around.

    As most of the free airplane models out there the flaps, rudder, elevators & ailerons are part of one piece of the model. Not for me.

    So here's the rudder hack. I just trimmed out the rudder from the rudder frame.

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    Then put a piece of paper painted in black; here's where the rudder pieces will be placed.

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    Glue both pieces of the rudder to the frame, and you have yourself a good looking rudder now.

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    Here's another view, with the rudder moved a little.

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    And the rudder in its place on the fuselage.

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    cmdrted Active Member

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    Very nice job on the rudder, will that work with the other surfaces?
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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Thanks for the comments, John. Yes, I can see the difference in design of this model, nevertheless it's a great model.

    But I'm glad you did the Sea Fury, because my model is not hacked, and I wanted to hack something :)twisted:

    Ted... you'll see in pictures if this works ok with other surfaces, and you can judge it.
  20. dwgannon

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    Outstanding work on this. Looks great.