Posted by deadbird |
Jan 24, 2011 @ 12:55 PM | 4,627 Views
This build has seen a couple of firsts on my part. It was the first time I had completely scratch built any aeroplane, wood, plastic or Depron. Saying that, I originally started to build a Hurricane MkI from moulded Depron and even got to the test flight stages with it, but I quickly learned that scale aerofoils really don’t work to well at small scale. Too many crashes and not enough plaster moulds survived to make it worthwhile pursuing further so I decided on a fresh start and some new design ideas.
My second first was using an airbrush. On recommendation I put a Harder & Steenbeck Evolution at the top of my Santa list, and the big guy came up trumps. I knew if I wanted to end up with a model that came anywhere near resembling its full scale counterpart I’d need to learn how to wield one. An airbrush would also allow a thin, controlled layer of paint to be applied so keeping weight down. In fact the acrylics I used have also created a toughened exterior layer on the Depron too.
Here are the details of the specification. I'll post up more details of the build when I get some more time:
Model: Messerschmitt Bf109E-4N Kdr. JG26 A.Galland France Sept. 1940
Prop: GWS 4 x 4 Microspeed
Motor: 6mm 4.5ohm motor + gearbox. 5.25:1 gear ratio
Rx & Servos: Parkzone PKZ 3351 for motor, elevator & aileron control
Battery: 3.7v 70mAh Single Cell
Control horns: 0.5mm plastic card
Control rods: fine guage wire