Pilatus PC 21, 1/32 Scale Scratch Build, Part 12
Well its great to be in the saddle again, and getting some building done. The last post I had was in May and I think you guys probably thought that I had disappeared of the face of the Earth, well I did for a while, I have been working out of the country, and I managed to take my Family to Thailand for a holiday as well, so enough of that for now...
When I had a look at Paul’s scratch build, I was inspired to get the PC 21 up and running again.
I managed to get the undercarriage completed, I re built everything again, as my last attempt just did not look good at all,
here is what I did,
I took some aluminum tubing (3,18mm) and squeezed it oval in the vice, I then cut the required lengths and glued them together, ( the PC 21 Undercarriage looks almost oval, with supporting ribs cut in to it to give it strength) so ,I then cut plastic card to simulate the gusseting and glued it on and sanded it down.
I then made the knuckle that joins the upper part of the undercarriage with the lower part of the bogey with the wheel and the shock ( this was also made with aluminum tubing) . This was quite a challenge, as the alignment was so important, as well as the stance of the aircraft when on its wheels. ” lots of sweat and a few choice words later” I managed to get it to look OK. (you be the judge).
I then started the nose wheel, this was not too difficult, and I managed to get this done quite quickly.
Then it was the turn of the flaps and linkages, I used the same technique as I have used in my previous postings and this went off without any issues.
I then painted the underside of the aircraft and did a coat of clear to see how it will look, I will do some light water paper work to clean up any imperfections and then start to fab the rest of the control surfaces and the canopy...
I need to get this project completed as I have managed to order some kits from Fischer Model and Pattern, namely the RB 51 and the two seat Sea Fury... I am gonna build some air racers.
I will be back shortly and keep you guys updated, sorry about keeping you guys waiting.
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