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Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2022, 06:58:37 AM »
I'm excited to see Fuselage v.2, Edo. I forget if I mentioned but our cats haven't done much damage on The Bench - frustratingly in the past they waited until models were on display shelves to do things like chew the tail (Airfix 1/72 Gnat) or prop (Corgi Spitfire XIV)! They have a designated sleeping spot on the bench and are generally careful if they walk on the workspace itself.

That said, I may close the room when I get to rigging the SPAD and Pup...!

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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2022, 07:28:10 AM »
The engine really looks superb!
RAGIII
Exactly, and it triggers me to think about how to do that engine in 1/48 ::)
But I think other projects have priority ;)

Cheers,
Frank
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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2022, 05:13:53 PM »
hi all!
thank you for the kind words!

Frank, in theory, you could just scale it down (or up) and get any scale you want.... in practice, I fear that some details will become too small compared to the printer resolution.
but you triggered my curiosity, so Iíll give it a try, just to see if it works. Iíll let ypu know how it goes....

ciao
edo

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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2022, 09:55:52 PM »
Edo, that is very kind of you, but don't spend too much effort!
There is a white metal engine in the kit, with not very crispy details. I want also to try a method with packed washers, created on lathe, to create the cooling fins.

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Frank
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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2022, 02:51:52 AM »
Having to reprint the engine mounts for a design problem, I took also up Frank's challenge and see how it goes scaling the engine down to 1:48.
I printed only one cylinder, but to me it is ok... have a look and tell me what you think!
ciao
Edo






Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2022, 04:45:05 AM »
I'd build that as-is, Edo, it looks excellent! And I have been thinking a 1/48 version would be good to tackle first...

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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2022, 07:50:41 AM »
Thank you Edo for the effort you spent!
I think it is a bit better then the white metal engine in my kit.

Hmm, if I'm compare the result with the original ones from Richies pictures:
(see https://forum.ww1aircraftmodels.com/index.php?topic=12324.0)

_V5A7312 by Richard Williams, auf Flickr

then I see the diameter of the cylinder continues between the cooling fins, and only very thin cooling fins. My plan was to try a tip from the Windsock International about scratch engines using brass and plastic plates. And this type if early is a ideal candidate to try that method. I'm not sure if a 3D printer can show a hard edge like metal?
It sound a bit crazy, but may be you some of my crazy models?
I know, the cooling fans are only 3mm high, so this is hard to replicate in that scale.

Thanks again,
Frank
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Re: Bleriot XI
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2022, 09:50:17 AM »
I have only just found this Edo - what a super project. Shame about the fuselage as it was looking very good, but if you have managed to make another one it will not matter too much. The engine is very convincing and is better than my current attempts to score the cooling fins in plastic. Fins on air cooled engines are a scratch builders nightmare... give me a water cooed engine every time!

Stephen.