Scratchbuilt Grahame-White Type VII, 1/48th Scale

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  1. EricGoedkoop

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    Hello all,

    Just a few pictures of my latest (and slowly progressing) project, a Grahame-White Type VII scratchbuilt in 1/48th scale. This is the nacelle, which I completed last night. The metal portions are aluminum duct repair tape over card. Rigging is straightened wire stripped from speaker cord and the structure is triple-thick brown cardstock. Comments and questions are welcome:

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  2. Firstscout

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    Looks good..
  3. Bengt F

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    Grahame-White Type VII Scratchbuilt Aeroplane in 1:48th Scale

    Eric,

    What can one say, other than; beautiful finish, expert craftsmanship, supreme precision, superb detailing...
    Only superlatives come to mind. An inspiration for me to improve my modelling work.
    The nacelle has a beautiful, smooth, curved shape - and it really came out very well with the polished duct tape surface. It looks exactly like polished, weathered steel or aluminium plates. I would like to try the duct tape for the cowling and engine plates for the Fokker E. III model,
    if I can find it in stores here in Sweden. Is it 3M brand?

    I especially like the wooden stands that support the fuselage - even those are of the finest quality.

    I am in awe.
    Bengt:roll:
  4. Bowdenja

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    It's looking very good Eric. You are really a master at this scale!

    Is the petrol tank colored paper?

    john
  5. cygielski

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    Looking forward to another quality build!
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    Oh, yeah!:grin:

    That is an outstanding start! I love the crispness (is the the right word?) of your craft where you take a rather difficult project and produce a neat and very detailed/accurate model of it.

    Can't wait to see more!

    Cheers!
    Jim
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    Eric,

    I follow your threads and builds with envy and admiration. Could you shed a bit more light on the process and materials for the metallic cowl/nacelle? This is one area in which card modeling has an edge over other model media and we'd benefit from your experimentation and methods.

    As Bengt said, the Fok. E III (and others) with unfinished metal surfaces come to mind.

    chris
  8. EricGoedkoop

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    Thanks, everyone.

    The fuel tank is made from brown card that I coated with copper acrylic craft paint before cutting. Worked better than I thought it would.

    I'm indebted to Gil, Maurice and Ryan for helping with the shape of that upper front decking - although everyone agreed it should be linen and not aluminum so I'm sure they're disappointed in me!

    The roll of aluminum tape I have is Frost King brand, but I know that 3M makes it as well. It's used for repairing metal ductwork and things like that. I simply scuff it up a bit with fine sandpaper or steel wool, stick to the card or paper on which I've drawn my part and proceed as usual. One "bonus" is that the metal area gives you a place to hold your model that won't get dingy and discolored from your fingers - even wayward glue will come right off. The downside is that you can't really glue anything to it, either, so it takes some planning ahead if a wing or a strut needs to be attached to a metal-panelled area.

    More pictures as I get father along. Engine is next, then most likely wings and tail surfaces before I tackle all those struts and booms . . . .
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    Beautiful Workmanship!

    Wow, I love your idea about the aluminum tape! I have a couple of rolls that have been laying around that I have not used in years! (Ductwork has been done for a long time.)
    Now I have plenty of good use for it!
    Also, I must go clean out my shed and try to find it!:cry:
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    I love the balsa sawhorses! Very neat and precise workmanship, great photos. Airplanes from this era are very challenging in card. Triple-thick cardstock, hmmmmmm? Maybe that Caudron isn't as far off as I thought.
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    Where´s Jules Védrines?

    Eric,

    Looking at your posts, I kinda miss your old avatar... It was the best.
    I deeply regret having made that remark.

    best,
    Bengt
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    Where´s Jules Védrines?

    Eric,

    Looking at your posts, I kinda miss your old avatar... It was the best.
    I deeply regret having made that remark.

    best,
    Bengt
    :grin:
  13. Amazyah

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    Bengt,
    Is your avatar a picture of yourself or someone else?
    The picture looks familiar for some reason.
  14. Amazyah

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    Bengt,
    Is your avatar a picture of yourself or someone else?
    The picture looks familiar for some reason.
  15. EricGoedkoop

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    I thought the new one would be a big hit . . . . .

    :roll:
  16. EricGoedkoop

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    I thought the new one would be a big hit . . . . .

    :roll:
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    I like the new avatar...its the only US Airmail stamp I don't have in my collection...well, of the non invert center variety at least 8v)
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    I like the new avatar...its the only US Airmail stamp I don't have in my collection...well, of the non invert center variety at least 8v)
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    Avatars

    Eric,

    Your new avatar with the Curtiss JN 'Jenny' is also a very nice one. It´s funny how a little picture almost becomes a 'trade mark'.

    However, I still think the Jules Védrines avatar is in a class of its own - that picture of him frozen, tired and with a cigarette in his mouth is priceless!

    best regards,
    Bengt:grin:
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    Avatars

    Eric,

    Your new avatar with the Curtiss JN 'Jenny' is also a very nice one. It´s funny how a little picture almost becomes a 'trade mark'.

    However, I still think the Jules Védrines avatar is in a class of its own - that picture of him frozen, tired and with a cigarette in his mouth is priceless!

    best regards,
    Bengt:grin: