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Old 06-28-2020, 11:31 AM
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Very nice, and thank you for sharing.
Looking forward for your build.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:21 PM
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This is going to be a neat project to follow.

Matchbox's Stranraer kit was for me one of those kits you intend to get but never get around to doing so because other interests get in the way.
Do have an Airfix, I think, Walrus half done in a box in the closet.

A couple decades back there was a Yahoo group for operating cardboard boats - any chance of waterproofing the Stranraer and floating for photos?

(hmm, "Floating for photos" sounds like names of charity drive events)
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:46 AM
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Thanks, John, Mike, wireandpaper, southwestforests!

Isaac: I COULD make float the plane, I have made paper sailboats. The problem is that the real plane was heavy, just like Isaac said. If you see the picture of my sailboat, you can see the size of the keel. It's made of lead, and even so, the waterline just came to the silver line. To sink the plane where it must sink, I'll need to include the equivalent of two or three Matchbox cars. And if I make a mistake and apply wrong the two layers of varnish and paint needed, or let a small crevice open... well, it would be a very short life for this model.

Talking about Matchbox kits, it was them who let me discover this wonderfull plane.

I started the first test, here compared with a Cessna and a Swordfish at the same 1:72 scale. The Stranraer and Swordfish will have a very similar color scheme, at least upside, and the same with the engine cowls
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:44 AM
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And the alfa test is in process. I hope that some of my readers will like to do a beta test, but that is still in the future.
I had to redesign three ribs and some of the struts have some milimetric problems caused by the phisical deep of the parts in the real world. But that's why you do test, of course.
In the plus side, when I said that the Stranraer and the Swordfish will have similar cowls, I didn't know that both planes had Bristol Pegasus engines, so they will be REALLY similar and my design time will be decreased.
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:51 AM
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Good beginning.

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Old 07-04-2020, 09:53 AM
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A very interesting subject and a very promising scratcbuild. Will follow with great interest.

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Old 07-04-2020, 10:57 AM
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Bristol Pegasus and earlier Mercury engines were very popular both before and during war.They were used on great many UK designed planes and civil aviation in Europe seemed to favor them as well.Fokker used them in many of their designs.
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Old 07-04-2020, 12:40 PM
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Thanks, Don, thanks, Mor.
Well, I've been working in the hull squeleton, but I need to fall back again. I've been designing the hull like a balsa model, but it's not, and the spars are too weak to prevent combing.
So I'll need to go full "flying boat" and build the hull like a ship. You can see the diferences in philosophy comparing a Willow's PBY Catalina against two RMS Mauretania that I assembled two years ago.
Luckily, I'll just need to join the ribs, change the placement of some grooves and fatten the spars.
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Old 07-05-2020, 04:39 PM
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Redesigning the hull isn't difficult but boring.
So meanwhile I went ahead with a bit of the fuselage skin.
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