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Old 07-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #11
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OK, I need a bigger table. A few shots, the fuse plan, and some of the laser cut parts. This is only the wood short kit, as I strictly need that for enlarging to full scale. I'll eventually order the accessories needed to make the kit a flying one though. From a quick look, the laser cutting is excellent. Once I've traced each part, it will then be lofted to full scale. Stage one for me, is figuring out rough dimensions. So a 1" X 1" square would be 4.5 X 4.5"for full scale. A rib that might be 12 inches in chord, and 2 inches thick, for example, means I multiply by 4.5, get the full sized dimensions, so 54 inches by 9 inches. Next step is to draw that box onto the baltic birch ply sheets, lay out a 1" X 1"grid pattern onto that, and then transpose the shape of the rib. Íts identical to lofting up boat hull shapes, and once I get to that stage, I'll take photos showing the entire lofting process.

Now, for simply scaling up a plan, say from a 24 inch span model, to 48 inches, it's possible to do that at copy centres, but in this case, many of the parts are simply far too big, and would waste a ton of paper. Hence, each part is lofted up on the wood that it will be cut from. Saves doing the same thing twice!

Anyone want a short kit for a full sized Hurricane? Feel free to ask, lol but for now, the answer won't be a positive one! I will be making templates of all the 1/4.5 parts, just in case I ever break something, and need to manufacture a new one.

I do like the idea of making a full sized cockpit, then installing LCDs to replace the canopy, and have one really cool simulator! lol
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:10 PM   #12
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OK, a bit of details on how I'm doing this. The Mick Reeves kit is very accurate, so that will make my life quite simple. With a few exceptions, I'm simply enlarging all the parts by 4.5 times, and voila, a full-scale Hurricane short kit. I'm starting with the tail feathers. There will be a few guys from our RC club dropping by to have a go at the build, and the Rudder is the simplest piece, and a great starter. The Reeves kit is mostly 1/8th ply, and 1/8th balsa for the rudder and elevator ribs. Simply increasing thickness by 4.5 times wouldn't cut it, the thing would weigh a ton, and eat up huge amounts of ply. Most of the parts for the full size will use 1/8th ply, but will either be gusseted on both sides with spruce, or a lamination of spruce stringers and web sandwiched between the ply. The thicknesses will have to look scale, especially on the fabric surfaces, essentially from the cockpit back. We'll also have the gun bays, fuse side panels, and inspection ports that can be left open for viewers, so the entire structure must look as real as we can make it. All wood surfaces will be sanded, then given several coats of matt water based varnish, then sprayed with water based Aura FS matched paints, readily available at Benjamin Moore. I've started cutting out the tail feather parts from the kit, so will get some photos of those up soon, then start showing the lofting process to blow things up to scale.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:17 PM   #13
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Picked up large sheets of 1/4 in sq graph paper, so just have to start tracing out all the parts to that, then begin the lofting to full scale process. That shouldn't take too long! lol The Aviation Museum is receiving a Grumman Avenger tomorrow, flying in to Shearwater, really looking forward to that!
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:56 AM   #14
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Finally have the garage all set up, for the cutting of all the parts, and assemby of the sub-sections. Still waiting on all the materials, but have enough on hand to start the tail feathers. Soon as I've got enough on the go, I'll add some photos of the build.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #15
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Re: Really Giant Scale Hurricane

Very cool! looking forward to pics of your progress.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:30 AM   #16
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A few more pics of the work. It's pretty simple, I've copied all of the parts from the Mick Reeves kit, onto graph paper. Once I have the rough dimensions, i.e. a wing rib might have a chord of 48", and a thickness of 8", I then draw those dimensions onto the baltic birch ply, lay out 1 inch grid squares, and begin transferring measurements from the small part, onto the large grid. 1 inch finish nails are then placed at each point along the grid, and a flexible batten used to create the airfoil. I'll take pics of that part of the work later this week. While waiting for all the materials to arrive for the work tables, support stands, etc, I've finished all the tracing of parts, and then framed up the fuse, vertical stab, rudder, and one wing, which will assist in assembly of the real deal.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:10 PM   #17
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Re: Really Giant Scale Hurricane

Nice...my favorite warbird.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:37 PM   #18
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Re: Really Giant Scale Hurricane

Fantastic project! Wonder if the museum might be able to source a real Merlin to install at some point down the road.

You know, once you're done this... you'd be a perfect candidate to build a full-scale Mosquito. Large, all-ply airframe...
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #19
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I'd kill to do a full scale Mossie, static or flying. The museum has tons of documentation on it, and man, what a dream. Who knows, if I totally ace the Hurricane, maybe I'll get some interest from other museums. Retire from the CF, and build replica warbirds!
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:52 PM   #20
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Been quite a wait, but materials started arriving late last week, so the build is on! I've started with the rudder, why not, it's small, right? 202.5 Cm from base to tip! I must say though, while it's a bit overwhelming, I'm having a blast with it!
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