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Old 12-17-2010, 03:34 PM
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F 107 A Ultra Sabre

This is a new model of the F107 A Ultra Sabre that I decided to design and build. I was drawn into this build by the lines of the plane. I found them interesting. Only four of these planes were built and two survive. When I went looking for a model in paper I could not find one. So I started a design build. This is the result of four days of design and mockups. I am fairly happy with mock up and will move on to fine tuning the fits and alignement of the parts.

This is an overall look at the mockup on the unwraps.

This is the sketchup model of the formers.

and here are the cut and fitted formers

Plane from front

The front mast is a sanded down paper rod.
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Rear of fuselage and wing details

Rear details. The stencil are 1:72 scale now but I will finish
this in 1:32 so the vectored stencils will be ledgeable.
Canopy
These are the Illustrator file images of the various
canopies I am going to try. These are printed on
Transperiencies.

This page is printed on sticker label 8.5 x 11 and
applied on the inside and the outside of the canopy
Then I fold the Transpareny film over hard with tweezers
and it holds its shape. This is possible because this canopy is
hard lined and not spherical in shape.


I have been playing around with a new canopy look so I thought I would try it out on this model


Canopies on the plane ready to mount.

Mounted on mock up



This is the first generation mock up white with colored wing parts
the fuselage formers are in the foreground. I build the mockups with
just paper strips and stuff it with cotton balls to give it shape


I hope to finish this soon.
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:07 PM
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Wow, the model looks really good to my eyes.... I'll be watching your progress on this one.

Keep up the good work,

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Old 12-17-2010, 04:58 PM
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Thanks Swampfox. Plan to plow ahead with the wheels and undercarriage of the wing next. Seat and interior of cockpit just hand sketched at this point.
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This is similar to Stahlart's design method. Also, that is a rather weird looking plane!
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:26 PM
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This is similar to Stahlart's design method. Also, that is a rather weird looking plane!
Don't know who Stahlart is But my design method is Sketchup Pro ver 7 , Adobe CS5 Suite, and pencil and eraser.

The plane had a top induction cowl, it was moved there in anticipation of the design being used to deliver nuclear payloads. So they made room in the fuselage for the bomb bay. Air intakes thus moved to top. I liked the way it looked. Kinda ahead of its time when it was designed.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:30 PM
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a great subject! model looks great as well.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:37 PM
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a great subject! model looks great as well.
Thanks. It is really, really hard to find a plane that has not been designed and redsigned at least a 100 times, I think that is what really motivated me. I like the canopy and wings at this point but not much else is making me happy. The fuselage is bogging me down.
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Hooray! 1/32 scale - something troll hands can handle.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:45 PM
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I know what you mean Troll!!
I did the mockups in 1:72 to conserve ink and paper. I go through a ton of it when doing design work. The work is vectored so the lettering on the various parts of the plane really come up nice in 1:32 scale
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Very nice work Mike. Is this your first stab at designing? It looks like you've got the process down to a T.

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