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contourcreative
05-24-2014, 03:40 PM
The Pratt and Whitney Wasp (and Hornet) engines in 1928 were installed in 45 different types of planes, both military and commercial, and were used by more than 25 operators in the US alone.

Being part of so many aircraft of that era means that getting a reasonable, to scale, representation of this engine is important given our design range.

The engine was designed with a card 2-ply wheel with nine 'spokes' on which the individual cylinder heads were mounted. Each head was rolled from an individual piece of paper.

The detail of the push rods and rocker boxes, while not essential, give a far more realistic look to the model. The rockers boxes are folded from minute pieces of paper and the rod created out of 0.25 Evergreen styrene painted gray and fitted individually. A minute blob of white glue is then dropped in the front of the folded rocker box to give them better shape and touched up with gray paint. Doing all this will take between 2 to 3 hours per engine.

The engine, shown here without exhaust manifold on the Fairchild FC-2 prototype, is slightly over scale, but being such a visible part of the plane, contributes much to the appearance of the model.

Terry

umtutsut
05-24-2014, 04:15 PM
Most excellent craftsmanship, Terry! Is the engine your own design or is it from a kit?

:cool: Les (The Voice of Authority -- VoiceofAuthority.net - The Voice Stylings of Les Dorr, Jr. (http://www.voiceofauthority.net))

wag
05-24-2014, 04:20 PM
That looks fantastic. There are several models out there that would be greatly improved with one of those in the nose.
Wayne

contourcreative
05-24-2014, 04:36 PM
Most excellent craftsmanship, Terry! Is the engine your own design or is it from a kit?

:cool: Les (The Voice of Authority -- VoiceofAuthority.net - The Voice Stylings of Les Dorr, Jr. (http://www.voiceofauthority.net))

Thanks. This is our own (Contour Creative Studio) design. It will be released in conjunction with the Fairchild FC-2 next month.

contourcreative
05-24-2014, 04:55 PM
That looks fantastic. There are several models out there that would be greatly improved with one of those in the nose.
Wayne

Well hoping to get a few more modelers interested in the first civilian aircraft designs and deco airports. Always seems to me that one of the virtues of paper was it could represent the unrepresented; with the World War I and II aviation military scene over-catered for in every modeling medium and every conceivable scale.

Don Boose
05-24-2014, 06:55 PM
It's an excellent engine, although I am not sure I have the skill to fold the cylinder heads and rocker boxes.

Don

contourcreative
05-24-2014, 07:03 PM
It's an excellent engine, although I am not sure I have the skill to fold the cylinder heads and rocker boxes.

Don

Tweezers and a wee bit of time..
:)

airdave
05-24-2014, 09:43 PM
I know from building the GeeBee that this little engine is a formidable challenge.
Its great to see another version!

contourcreative
05-24-2014, 10:33 PM
I know from building the GeeBee that this little engine is a formidable challenge.
Its great to see another version!

Dave,the compelling reasons for this design was the proliferation of exposed radials of that era and our list of upcoming designs that use the engine. We'd has a go at them in the past, with the abandoned 1/72, but these are completely redesigned and also 1/48 permits a bit more detail, like the spark plug leads.

Cheers