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johnnytodd

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SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« on: May 31, 2017, 05:40:13 PM »
Made a bit of quick progress on my next project.  This time an SBC-4 Helldiver in my usual scale of 1/56.  I'm using the WW2 recognition model plans (which I've found to be adequate for Allied planes but miserably inaccurate for the Japanese planes).  The fuselage measured just a hair over my 1" wide board, so I had to laminate a bit of extra material to each side of the cowl...

 
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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 02:47:49 PM »
Nice start. I await your progress reports.

Lou

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 12:10:04 PM »
The main parts are cut, sanded and ready to assemble but my next step is to excavate the fuselage and create the landing gear.  Since this ww2 era plan doesn't show the landing gear, I'm going to improvise going by photos.  My goal is capture the essential scale, proportions of the gear without trying to duplicate every detail.

 

lastvautour

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 02:43:26 PM »
Many of my projects are approximations. I call it being a reasonable facsimile.

Lou

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2017, 06:20:15 PM »
Many of my projects are approximations. I call it being a reasonable facsimile.

Lou

I guess that is the whole point of this peculiar method:  very close approximations or 3D "sketches"  Anyway here is more progress




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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 05:30:35 PM »
Recent nice weather has really put my Helldiver project on the back burner.  Its given me a bit of time to figure out how to attach the top wing with only simplest of wood struts.  I've used the "x" mark mounting points indicated on the plan to make slightly recessed indentations on the inner wing surface -  and drilled holes to pin the struts in place.


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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 05:31:48 PM »
 A large pin through the top wing helps to keep the wing centered while I glue the struts in place (hopefully).

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 05:33:59 PM »
I used a jewelers saw to cut the tail wheel out of mild steel.  I'll add detail later with paint.  Next step is to get the main landing gear all sorted out - get all of the fiddly little parts measured, cut and shaped then ready to glue.  No doubt the landing gear will be as fragile as the wings,  so I want to handle as little as possible during final assembly....

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 07:15:54 AM »
Great progress.

Lou

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2017, 06:01:21 AM »
Wings and landing gear turned out pretty good! ... and more robust than I was expecting. The giant stickpin jig really helped.  Next step is the prop and then on to wiring the wings:

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2017, 11:09:23 AM »
Fantastic.

Lou

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2017, 06:03:12 AM »
Finished this morning.  Very pleased with the result (until my final spray dullcoat sagged - ughh! :'( )


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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2017, 06:04:49 AM »
Another view

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2017, 02:19:41 PM »
Awesome results. Congratulation on such a fine project.

Lou

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Re: SBC-4 Helldiver in 1/56
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2017, 02:30:10 PM »

 Well Done ! Looks great John.

 Cheers

 Gordon