Winter is approaching, and I am working flat out trying to get the CAD plans for this winter’s builds ready. My approach is to complete all the parts that need plywood first, as they require a band-saw. All other parts can be cut manually with a scalpel or a hacksaw. So, with that in mind, I sat down and worked all weekend. I am happy to say that I got quite a bit further. Here are the aircraft that I want to complete as soon as possible:
- deHavilland dH-104 Dove
- DHC-1 Chipmunk
- Fieseler Fi-167
- Messerschmitt Me-108 Taifun
- Mitsubishi F1M2 Pete
- Monospar S.T.25
- Potez 62
- SAAB 340B
- SAAB T-17
Taking these aircraft in turn:
deHavilland dH-104 Dove. This aircraft is just so lovely. It needs a lot of work on it, to get it to the stage where it is ready for cutting wood. Most noticeably, it needs the wings, engine nacelles, landing gear, rudder and a general clean-up of all the parts.
The DHC-1 Chipmunk has been almost done for quite some time, and this weekend I decided to bring it closer to completion. It was a very busy day yesterday, and I got the ailerons done. Unfortunately, they still need some tweaking, but I am getting there. This airplane needs flaps, rudder, elevators, landing gear, canopy and a general clean-up of all the parts.
The Messerschmitt Me-108 has been on hold for quite some time. It is still not certain whether I will get it completed, or whether I will go for the Curtiss Hawk II instead. However, last week, I managed to get the fuselage formers to a state where they are usable, so if time permits, I will continue to work on it from time to time.
The Mitsubishi 1F2M Pete is one of my all-time favourite airplanes. It is remarkably complete, and with a bit of clean-up of the fuselage formers and after drawing the wing ribs, I could probably start cutting some plywood pretty soon.
The Monospar S.T.25 is on hold until I get a better photo of the elevator and rudder hinges. I’ll have to visit the Technical Museum again some time soon.
O-Maskinen is almost done. I will have to do the engine box, the landing gear, the struts and the rudder. It should not take long to complete.
I saw the Potez 62 by chance, and I love it. I have been working on it quite exclusively, and I have now completed the wing. The rest of the aircraft is a simple frame with plywood sheeting, and should be very easy to complete. I am working flat-out on this one.
The SAAB 340B is one of my favourite airliners. It has been on hold for a while, but I have recently started working on the wings, the centre-section and the engine nacelles. With a bit of dedication, I should be able to complete this design pretty soon too.
The SAAB T-17 is my “test plane”. All new build-techniques will be tested out on this airplane first. The CAD drawings are done, with the exception of some fuselage stringers and the landing gear. I will improvise and do those when building the actual aircraft, and then update the drawings afterwards, to reflect the actual build.
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