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Marc Barris
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Pilatus PC 21, 1/32 Scale, Scratch Build, Part 4

January 4, 2018 · in Aviation · · 23 · 1.9K

Here we go again, I did quite a lot of work since the last post, I want to get some build time in before I make another trip to the DRC, so this is what I have done since the last post.

  1. Shaped a spinner from Balsa wood and vac form.
  2. Laminate 2 x 1mm thick plastic card for the propeller blades.
  3. Shaped the blades, drill and install mounting pins.
  4. Make up propeller hub. ( with the propeller blades installed in the "feathered" position it looks like it's going at a 1000mph)
  5. finish and paint engine and nose gear wheel well.( lots of wiring and piping to get it to look ok)
  6. Glue in fire walls and engine into cowl.
  7. I will scribe in all the panel lines and install the exhausts when I mount the nose to the fuselage.
    Now for the cockpit...

It does not sound like a lot of work, but it was quite exhausting to get the look right.

I hope you all approve, please feel free to comment.

Let me know if you are still interested in regular posts and if I I am explaining things ok for you to follow. Please feel free to PM me if you would like more information.


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23 responses

  1. You continue to amaze, Marc...outstanding craftsmanship, sir.

  2. Blikemmer!. Looking great as always buddy.

  3. You are a master craftsman for sure. I always look forward to the next edition of progress with your builds. I especially like the in progress photos and explanation of how you accomplished building the parts. It's really cool when the parts come together !

  4. As I said before, at this rate you are definitely going to finish this one by Easter. I definitely enjoy reading your build log so keep them coming.

  5. Like others, I'm amazed at your skills. I enjoy your write-ups and hope you continue them.

    Yes, this would not be a candidate for the Frying Pan Challenge, but I can see where flustration (my own word - flustered + frustration = flustration) might get the better of a lesser craftsman!

    • Ha Ha, indeed Jeff, I am just concerned that all the posting might be a bit too much for others to handle. I glad you find it enjoyable at the very least. Thanks as always for you kind comments.

  6. Amazing stuff, kit makers can't match what you are doing here Marc, one-of-a-kind!

    • Cheers Michel, that is what I wanted to do, I got so tired of building Me109's, Fw 190's, Spitfires etc, it just got boring. All the stuff I wanted to build was never available in 1/32 scale or will never be available. That is basically what made me decide to build my own kits, I don't think you will ever find a 1/32 scale Porter or Pc 21. Thank you for your kind comments.

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    You have a rare talent Marc.

  8. Loving the progress Marc! Keep those updates coming...!

  9. Another NATS winner in my book! Just AWESOME Marc!

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