Scratch build 1/24 scale Aerotek Ace prototype – Part 1

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  • Adrian Starling said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    My first post on iModeler (first ever post of a project online!!) and I have chosen a unique prototype built in South Africa in the late 80’s as a tandem turbine trainer replacement for the agiing South African Airforce Harvard instruction fleet. I attach an overview of this beautiful aircraft which lost out in the race for the SAAF replacement programme to the Pilatus PC7 MK2. Limited details of the aircraft specification are attached. I started by doing basic 3 view drawings from pictures found online and started the wooden moulds as I have vacuum formed the parts for the fuselage. I started this project in late December 2020 and am making good progress and will share updates accordingly.
    I hope you enjoy!

    7 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 2 weeks ago:

    What a great project, Adrian @adrianstarling! So nice to see it as a thread here!
    Looking forward to your steps!

  • Adrian Starling said 2 weeks ago:

    Thanks Spiros, will keep the updates coming!

  • Erik Gjørup said 2 weeks ago:

    Adrian, I will be strapped in to follow this build. Great stuff!

  • Adrian Starling said 2 weeks ago:

    Great Erik, I hope I do not disappoint!!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 2 weeks ago:

    Will absolutely follow your thread, Adrian.
    Looks awesome.

  • Adrian Starling said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Many thanks John

  • Adrian Starling said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Update time – I have shown the fuselage/ canopy wooden mould bucks ( 1/24 scratch Mirage F1 AZ in the background) from which the parts were vacuum formed in 1.5mm ABS and the individual parts were cut from the sheet. I then started building the wing root connection, cockpit floor and front gear bay housing as a single part. The tail fin and rudder are hinged and form the structure of the two fuselage halves. In my opinion, this is the key element of the fuselage as it lines up everything correctly and ensures that the fuselage/wing and front undercarriage all align later at the assembly stage. Currently all parts are only tacked in place to check the fit. Onward we go and enjoy the pics!

    12 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Erik Gjørup said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Not only a 1/24 “one-off” but an F-1 too – quite an undertaking Adrian.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    I love what I see there, Adrian!
    Pure modeling art!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    That’s really great craftsmanship, Adrian.
    Very nice fitting.

  • Morne Meyer said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Adrian this is going to look awesome once finished!!! I am in awe. That Mirage is looking great!!!

  • Adrian Starling said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Thanks Everybody, the Mirage has taken nearly 3 years so far but I needed a break from it and the Ace is the rejuvenator! I will be retrospectively posting the F1 build story shortly!

  • Adrian Starling said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    An enjoyable and progressive weekend was had! The wings were built and test fitted to the central section and then a few images show the the proportions of the Ace and all items are tacked in place. I must say that this is an exciting and motivational stage for me as all the time spent on the individual parts, she starts looking like an aircraft!!

    8 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Walt B said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    That is some remarkable work, real model building the old school way.

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