Paper Trade Fokker/Fairchild F-27 "Friendship" - 03-3
04 - THE BODY, part 3.
This story continues with parts-sets 5 - 8, completing the nose.
Unfortunatly I forgot to make a few pictures during the build.... Where needed I will use words instead.
Basically the nose is build-up with again a number of cones: 4 to be precise. When one chooses to use the simple or none landinggear-options there's nothing to say extra: just close the parts to make the coneshape, add the frontal gluetabs and the bulkheads. Now glue one on top of the next and after 4 you're done.
But it is my job to show the most difficult version: the detailed landinggear and opened wheelbays....
Now there's another challenge ahead. This is how I did this job.
First by making the cones with part-sets 5 and 6 but not yet setting the bulkeads in. After these 2 cones were glued together and the glue had mostly hardenend I cut-out the wheelbay-doors. Very useful for these jobs is a true medical scalpel. Very sharp! Try not to do this in one cut: you wil deform and distort the part. When the door is removed, don't forget the slits, the edges of the 'hole' are sanded smoothly and given some edgecoloring.
Finally the wheelbay, part NWK, is glued in place, alined with the slits. Last is the bulkhead.
I used this order because in my experience the shape is the least distorted. Providing one takes the time for it and good equipment!
Sofar with words, time for some pictures.
This is my result:
In the manual designer Cor van Haasteren uses another method/order: first add the closing gluetab, let dry. Cut out the doors and slits at both ends and close to a cone with the remains of the gluetab. Set bulkheads in place and wheelbay NWK in cone 6. Aligned with the slits! Now glue these 2 together.
My fear for this order of making is the due to the thin closingtab the wheelbay will not stay in straight square shape. But on the other hand: this way can easier be done without a scalpel. So take your pick!
Partsets 7 - 8 close the nose. The tiny part 8 I did using the tissue-trick again.
All together now:
How does it look when on it's final place at the body?
Isn't she loveley?
But there's an old saying (in Holland): Who damages his/her nose is damaging his/her overall looks!
Therefore the nose-set is not glued in place. First of all there has to be weight added to keep the nose down, later. But more important: when the body during the build drops from the table, it happens to me all the time, it certainly will fall nose-down and destroy her... Think of the weight inside and one can figure how much damage will be done.
For the rest of this you will not see the nose until at the end, as the final stage.
To be continued...
Fokker/Fairchild F-27 "Friendship" - review part 3-4
04 - THE BODY, part4.
Now the nose is done it's time "to grab the beast by the tail". In
fact this an easy job for the average papermodeler: a bunch of cones
glued upon eachother. Let us see:
Parts-sets 9 and 10 can be done the easy way: just cones. But not for
me! It happened to be so there will be a visible seam in the doors at
both sides of the body. Unavoidable at papermodels, but the designer
gives a way-around by replacing the 'original' doors by a new part in
one piece, without a seam.
To use this option one has to make the 2 parts-sets into cones with
the original doors cutted off. When glued together there is a door-
opening which has to be closed from the inside:
For closing a blank tab-part and the colored door are supplied. When
done right there door will be smoothly closed. To avoid a possible
shining through of the white tab I gave it a blue color like the
doors-edge. No mentioning needed that edgecoloring of the door-part
also is necessairy.
Finally the bulkheads in place and these 2 are done.
The following parts-sets 11 - 15 are for completing the tail. All
cones. Here they are:
A striking part on the body is the airscoop at the leftside.
Here I did not follow the designers' idea: the visible inside would
become all white.
Instead I seperated the bottom from the the 2 forwardparts. With the
triangular part I doubled it on greyboard, creating a complete bottom.
Covered it with the 2 forwards and the rear. Done!
Finally they all are glued together and onto the forwardpart of the
body. Like this:
As you can see there is a little coloring-mistake on top, part 9. Not
important, but this is a review, right?
Also there appeared a little misfit between parts 11 and 12. This
could easily be corrected at the top, which area later will be covered
and be invisible inside the tailfin. I have no clue were the mistake
came from in my cutting and glueing. So it has to be something in the
To be continued...
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