I just returned from a trip to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - the city of my childhood. There, in my parents' apartments, I had a chance to review and photograph the collection of airliners that my dad and I scratch-built in mid-80s, when I was in the middle school.
All planes are at the same scale of 1:200 and made from wood. Fuselages were carved from broom handles, wings - sanded from plywood. Wheels - laminated from carton, landing gears made from match sticks.
Did not have a computer or printer or a way to create decals, so the decorations were hand-drawn on paper and glued to the enamel-covered fuselages.
I had a very tiny and crude 3-veiws from some magazines and limited set of photos in a couple of books. But I did spend hours at the local airport staring at the planes there. As a result, the planes ended up fairly accurate.
I'm especially proud of the way the noses turned out. I went the great length making sure the nose is perfect and had to redo them many times before I was satisfied. So the nose was the first thing to be carved as you don't know how much material would be removed.
The models are still in good shape after a quarter century of abuse by children. Paper yellowed, some ink smeared, pretty much all landing gears are gone, some parts are broken, and a couple of planes (Il-86 and Yak-40) were missing. But it was great to recall that whole affair.
Posted by SergeyK |
May 19, 2011 @ 01:50 PM | 20,302 Views
I'd like to start a 1/20 scale Tu-134A project. And keep this blog to organize my thoughts and references for myself.
- rough prototype first to test flight characteristics, CG, power requirements, weight lifting capabilities, building technologies. The prototype can use simple props.
- then start modifying the prototype to finalize the technology for various components and the power system, test things like retracts, flaps.
- once all decisions are finalized, make the final clean version.