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Early Aircraft
« on: May 29, 2022, 11:59:02 AM »
I have looked at these kits from Inpact for some time and they were always above what I was prepared to pay for them.
I discovered some at a more reasonable price and decided to build them.
These kits originate from 1966 and are in 1:48 scale.
The first is the Deprerdussin 1911.
The kit was later produced by Pyro, Life Like Hobby Kits and then Lindberg.

Used by many flying schools this model depicts the version with a 50 HP rotary Gnome engine. It has a very shallow fuselage that was a mere 12 inches deep. It used wing warping for control. The sports variants won many races at the time.
Aircraft controls consisted of a wheel mounted on an inverted U-shaped yoke, the uprights of which were outside the fuselage structure. Fore and aft movement of the entire yoke operated the elevator and the wheel operated the wing warping. The rudder was controlled by pedals. The undercarriage consisted of a pair of trapezoidal frames, each braced by a diagonal member extended forwards to form a short upcurved skid to protect the propeller in the case of nose-overs, with a pair of wheels carried on a sprung cross axle between the two frames.
An example is held at the Shuttleworth Collection, but this has the Anzanti engine.
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2022, 12:03:02 PM »
The kit was originally purchased from a Fenwick store for 3s/6d.
The moulding is sharp and parts are well moulded, very nice for a kit produced in 1966.
I started it before I took any photos, hence those above from Scalemates.
The instructions and exploded view lead to an easy and clear assembly sequence.

It has been suggested that bleached linen would be the appropriate colour with wooden undercarriage, I have just found a recipe that I may try – Tamiya XF2 x 10 + XF55 x1. I did, but added 1 x XF59 as it looked a bit gray.
Metal parts are light or dark grey as are the tyres.
On the Shuttleworth one, the fuel tank is brass, but this has the Anzani engine.
The kit suggestion is silver.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2022, 12:04:37 PM by zak »
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2022, 01:16:48 PM »
This will be interesting - models and history all in one.
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2022, 01:20:23 PM »
This will be interesting - models and history all in one.
I like to educate you Martin - is it still possible?
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2022, 01:24:02 PM »
This will be interesting - models and history all in one.
I like to educate you Martin - is it still possible?
Nah!!

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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2022, 02:46:08 PM »
Still from the film "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines".
Information about the controls.
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2022, 07:27:04 AM »
Assembly and painting in progress.
Parts are not attached simply in place.
I went with a silver tank.
I did try to shade the ribs but it does not show up very well.

I am still unsure about the colour for bleached doped linen.
On the real preserved examples it always seems to have a yellowish tinge - to my eyes anyway!
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2022, 10:03:37 AM »
Looking GREAT - the yellowish tinge, is that how it was, or is that how it has aged on the preserved examples. 
You could do 2 , one cream on the runway in 1911 about to take off and the second yellowish in a museum setting  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2022, 10:59:35 AM »
Looking GREAT - the yellowish tinge, is that how it was, or is that how it has aged on the preserved examples. 
You could do 2 , one cream on the runway in 1911 about to take off and the second yellowish in a museum setting  ;D ;D ;D
Will you buy me a second one?
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2022, 12:13:41 PM »
I have 50 pence left in the bank after doing my room out at IKEA  - would that do  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2022, 01:01:03 PM »
I have 50 pence left in the bank after doing my room out at IKEA  - would that do  ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)
I will collect tomorrow!
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2022, 04:23:03 PM »
Just melting the chocolate to make the 50pence - hohohhoho
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2022, 01:32:11 PM »
I have added some turnbuckles, that need painting, they may not show up on these photos as I have only done the ones under the wings as a trial.
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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2022, 02:30:06 PM »
Another great build. If you're not happy with the bleached linen look then you could lighten one of the available linen colours? I thought I'd seen a photo of one of these in my references but it doesn't appear to be in 'Wings over Yorkshire' which covers from the first planes here to the 1930s. Lots of different makes but not this one.

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Re: Early Aircraft
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2022, 02:38:53 PM »
I have just reviewed a book and it gave the mixture as stated, but it looks a little grey.
In truth I am not sure about any colour.
Here we are, taking off, flying and landing.
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