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Another thread about model ships got me to wondering if there were other modelers around here. If so, show off your work.

Like a lot of guys, when I was a kid, I built model airplanes. Plastic mostly.
I built some WWII planes but my main focus was on WWI aircraft.
There’s just something about those primitive planes, and the men that flew them, that was special.
It was a heroic, bold, adventurous time for both man and machine.

This is one of my planes.
The Albatros D. II


I always considered this to be the best looking fighter of the war. Unfortunately it was not the best performer.
This was one of many fighters that Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, flew to become the leading ace of WWI.
This particular model is made of balsa wood and paper. I don’t use kits. I go online and find the blueprints for what I want to build. Then I have the prints size to the wing span I want to build too. Custom cut the balsa wood to the blueprint specifications and put it together.


I also make the wheels and engine from scratch. They are made from a high density foam that is very light. I carve and sand the individual pieces and then assemble.
This a reasonable facsimile of the Mercedes engine that was in this fighter. I was able to find the blueprints on line for this engine.

Behind the engine are the twin Spandau machine guns also made the same way.
This plane was built for rubber band flight. I never could get her trimmed out well enough to fly the way I wanted her to so I made her into a static display.






Thanks for looking. I’ll post more at a later date but I’d like to see if any else can show off some work.

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I was big into RC Airplanes for a couple decades. Took the last decade off but just started a new build. Modified Balsa USA Stick 40 Plus.
Never had the patience for little stuff like your Albatros Nice job.
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Bad azz! I built a Fletcher class destroyer several years back. My dad was transferred onto a Fletcher after the USS Oklahoma was capsized in Pearl Harbor. Want to get back into it and build a Neveda class battleship which is what the Oklahoma was. One of the brothers posted a site called hobbylinc on here. Turned out to be a great site as well.
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Bad azz! I built a Fletcher class destroyer several years back. My dad was transferred onto a Fletcher after the USS Oklahoma was capsized in Pearl Harbor. Want to get back into it and build a Neveda class battleship which is what the Oklahoma was. One of the brothers posted a site called hobbylinc on here. Turned out to be a great site as well.
Thatís cool. It was your thread that gave me the idea to post this tread.
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I was big into RC Airplanes for a couple decades. Took the last decade off but just started a new build. Modified Balsa USA Stick 40 Plus.
Never had the patience for little stuff like your Albatros Nice job.
Post up the build, Iíd like to see it.
That D.II is a 13 inch wing span. Iíve built several indoor rubber band fliers and generally keep them around 13 inches.
Iíve got a couple of RCís in the works. Iíll show them off later.
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Great work, Geezy!

I built a ton of plastic model cars in my youth but nothing since then.
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Did a lot of cars and hotrods as a kid. And 1/24 scale slot cars built from scratch.
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Post up the build, Iíd like to see it.
That D.II is a 13 inch wing span. Iíve built several indoor rubber band fliers and generally keep them around 13 inches.
Iíve got a couple of RCís in the works. Iíll show them off later.
Here is the current plane in the works. I built the wing without dihedral and made it a bolt on rather than rubber banded on. It'll have dual aileron servo's so I can do flap mixing. Other than that pretty much stock.

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Old 06-08-2021, 06:19 PM   #9
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I sold off all my old planes except this Fokker D.VII
I used to fly it on a Saito .91 four stroke but now it's just a static display.
Really a handful as it was built to scale and not for good flight characteristics.

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Old 06-08-2021, 06:34 PM   #10
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Cool thread. I didnít want to jump into the other thread since it was a shipbuilders thread. Back in 2018 I discovered a small box of models that I had in the closet for over 25 years and decided to build one tank for old times. I got sucked back into it and Iím glad I did because it was something to do during Covid. I build mostly 135 scale Armor from WW I and WW II. Here are a few. Iíve been entering contests although there wasnít a whole lot during Covid. It was just a big contest in Houston back in May.

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Old 06-08-2021, 06:45 PM   #11
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Wow great paint work
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Old 06-08-2021, 07:01 PM   #12
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Awesome work fellas. My dad was on an escort class carrier at the tail end of WWII and when I was a kid we built a model of his ship - the Badoeng Strait - and several of the planes they carried. I still remember the smell of the “dope” we put on the paper wings. I may have to get back into it - I am now inspired
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:16 AM   #13
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Here is the current plane in the works. I built the wing without dihedral and made it a bolt on rather than rubber banded on. It'll have dual aileron servo's so I can do flap mixing. Other than that pretty much stock.

Thatís nice. Look forward to seeing it finished.
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:19 AM   #14
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I sold off all my old planes except this Fokker D.VII
I used to fly it on a Saito .91 four stroke but now it's just a static display.
Really a handful as it was built to scale and not for good flight characteristics.

That is beautiful. That was a great fighter in its day.
Iím working on a D. VIII right now but Iíve got so many projects in the works Iím finding it hard to squeeze it in.
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Old 06-09-2021, 09:27 AM   #15
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Cool thread. I didnít want to jump into the other thread since it was a shipbuilders thread. Back in 2018 I discovered a small box of models that I had in the closet for over 25 years and decided to build one tank for old times. I got sucked back into it and Iím glad I did because it was something to do during Covid. I build mostly 135 scale Armor from WW I and WW II. Here are a few. Iíve been entering contests although there wasnít a whole lot during Covid. It was just a big contest in Houston back in May.
Works of art my friend.

My father was a tanker with the 9th Armored Division during WWII. He commanded a Sherman M4 105.
Iíve never built a tank before but I hope to build one to duplicate his some day. It wonít look near as good as yours though.
Mad skills sir.
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Works of art my friend.

My father was a tanker with the 9th Armored Division during WWII. He commanded a Sherman M4 105.
Iíve never built a tank before but I hope to build one to duplicate his some day. It wonít look near as good as yours though.
Mad skills sir.
Thank you! Itís amazing what an airbrush and good acrylic model paints can do to oneís painting game! When I got back in the Hobby I was blown away with some of the new paints available .

Thanks to your father for his service! Since we are on the subject of ShermansÖ I can honestly say Iíve never actually built a Sherman tank model!!! And believe me, there are a lot of Sherman tank variants available including the M4!
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Thank you! Itís amazing what an airbrush and good acrylic model paints can do to oneís painting game! When I got back in the Hobby I was blown away with some of the new paints available .

Thanks to your father for his service! Since we are on the subject of ShermansÖ I can honestly say Iíve never actually built a Sherman tank model!!! And believe me, there are a lot of Sherman tank variants available including the M4!

This was my fathers tank. That big 105 mm hug took out a panzer in a one on one during the battle of the bulge.
Thatís my olíman on the far right.

Lucille will get built some day.
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Awesome picture
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Old 06-09-2021, 05:23 PM   #19
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Wow great paint work
Exactly what I was thinking! Knocked it out of the park!
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This isn't a highly detailed accurate scale model but I did carve it from scratch.
I used to work for the Texas Airplane Factory where we built 6 ME262's
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This was my fathers tank. That big 105 mm hug took out a panzer in a one on one during the battle of the bulge.
Thatís my olíman on the far right.

Lucille will get built some day.
When you doÖ go with this kit. It looks pretty close to your dadís tank, is a newer kit and is made by Tamiya (which are very good quality kits). AlsoÖ cool pic, was that taken before they were fighting? Tank and men look clean!

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Another thread about model ships got me to wondering if there were other modelers around here. If so, show off your work.

Like a lot of guys, when I was a kid, I built model airplanes. Plastic mostly.
I built some WWII planes but my main focus was on WWI aircraft.
Thereís just something about those primitive planes, and the men that flew them, that was special.
It was a heroic, bold, adventurous time for both man and machine.

This is one of my planes.
The Albatros D. II


I always considered this to be the best looking fighter of the war. Unfortunately it was not the best performer.
This was one of many fighters that Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, flew to become the leading ace of WWI.
This particular model is made of balsa wood and paper. I donít use kits. I go online and find the blueprints for what I want to build. Then I have the prints size to the wing span I want to build too. Custom cut the balsa wood to the blueprint specifications and put it together.


I also make the wheels and engine from scratch. They are made from a high density foam that is very light. I carve and sand the individual pieces and then assemble.
This a reasonable facsimile of the Mercedes engine that was in this fighter. I was able to find the blueprints on line for this engine.

Behind the engine are the twin Spandau machine guns also made the same way.
This plane was built for rubber band flight. I never could get her trimmed out well enough to fly the way I wanted her to so I made her into a static display.






Thanks for looking. Iíll post more at a later date but Iíd like to see if any else can show off some work.
Very cool, really nice work.

As a kid in the 70ís I did a lot of modes, like you mostly WW2 era planes, some from Vietnam era and I think the most memorable one was a WW1 bi-plane. Skinning the wings in the paper was a tough task, getting it tight and not loose and sloppy. I could never do a good job, I tried some PVC glue or primer my dad had in the garage and coated the paper in that, it really drew up the paper and made it finally look good.

Thanks for posting. Iím sure this is good therapy also, taking the time to pay attention to all the little details.
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When you doÖ go with this kit. It looks pretty close to your dadís tank, is a newer kit and is made by Tamiya (which are very good quality kits). AlsoÖ cool pic, was that taken before they were fighting? Tank and men look clean!
Yes sir, that was taken just before they shipped out.
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Very cool, really nice work.

As a kid in the 70ís I did a lot of modes, like you mostly WW2 era planes, some from Vietnam era and I think the most memorable one was a WW1 bi-plane. Skinning the wings in the paper was a tough task, getting it tight and not loose and sloppy. I could never do a good job, I tried some PVC glue or primer my dad had in the garage and coated the paper in that, it really drew up the paper and made it finally look good.

Thanks for posting. Iím sure this is good therapy also, taking the time to pay attention to all the little details.
Applying the paper can be a little tedious but I have a method that works well for me.
I use permanent glue stick in small sections of the ribs and spars and gently put the paper down in sections, smoothing as I go. The wing tips are done individually as the paper will not be able to make the transition without wrinkles. I always do the bottom of the wing first. When I trim the paper, I like to leave about an eighth inch of paper all the way around the structure. I then make tiny slices in the paper so that when I glue those flanges down they will lay flat around the curves.
I then lightly, very lightly, spritz the material with water and let it dry. This really tightens the paper.
If itís a wing, Iíll pin it down to keep it from warping. After its dried, spray it lightly with a acrylic enamel.
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This was my first wood ship model i built from a kit
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Wow, nice ship, talk about tedious.
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and here is one i made from scratch after seeing this one in port
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Very nice work.
My dad loved the old sailing ships and built a few. I remember the details required to put them together.
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What’s the secret to getting the riggings tight?
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very nice, wish i had the patience
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Nice work, guys!
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Belay and pull them. With little tools and lots of patience
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Next up, Rumpler 4C Taube.
This monoplane was surprisingly used early in WWI. Most people are not aware that monoplanes were even around in WWI.
Before men started aerial combat with fighter aircraft , the Rumpler Taube was used offensively against enemy troops. It was actually used as an observation plane but the observer got the idea to drop grenades and later bombs on entrenched troops. If the opportunity should arrive, a potshot or two at an enemy plane wasnít out of the question. Itís nickname was The Dove.

This is another rubber band power airplane. I carved the propeller from tongue depressors. The laminations were made by dying every other tongue depressor, gluing them together and then carving away everything that didnít look like a prop.




The engine was hand carved from foam. There were several different engines or variations of this engine that was used in this plane.

There is an original Taube in the Museum of Flight in Seattle. A good friend of mine, that I worked with, went there on vacation and was able to get permission to go on an upper deck above the Taube and get photos for me so I could duplicate the engine.
This bird flew surprisingly well.
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