Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

04 January 2019

Westland Whirlwind (fighter plane) part 2

And here's number two. In a fictitious winter camouflage, the second Whirly faces its sister. The biggest difference between them apart from the colours is the wheel wells. There were made by using a template from the cut-out nacelle parts that indicate where the original parts for the gear bay doors would go. I added some side walls and voilà.
More of the build after the break.

03 January 2019

Westland Whirlwind (fighter plane) part 1

Hi friends. There I am again. Firstly, a very prosperous 2019 for you all. All the best wishes and let's hope this year will be better than last year.

One day after my birthday, which was the 27th of October, I started working on Gerard Methorst’s Westland Whirlwind. The first thing I did was rescaling it to 1/48 to get a more common scale size, better fitting with my other big planes.

The end result it finally here, but it has been a long story. Click on 'the rest' if you're up for it. Lots of pictures too! I can tell you it was interesting, frustrating and yet also a lot of fun. This is the most intense build in the sense of working and changing and reshaping things I have ever done but it was certainly worth it.

A pretty little Whirly.

16 December 2018

Here I am again, Still alive!

I am really sorry I haven't made an update in the past months. I was awfully busy making ends meet. I did make some nice stuff in the time inbetween and I have been working to improve a very nice model made by Gerard Methorst which had some errors in the parts. Luckily Gerard himself came to the rescue and provided me with the otherwise very difficult parts. I just had to fit them in. And that too took a lot of time.

Well, what have I done in the time after the Corsair? After the jump there are some pictures. Spoiler: it's all propeller driven stuff. And was a lot of fun.
Okay, here's my last one, finished today: the Westland P.12 Delanne, a strange tandem derivative of the famous Lysander.

This plane had two pairs of wings. The original tail was replaced by a turret. Oddly enough, the plane was easy to fly. However, technology in wartime develops fast and the British government at the time thought the plane was a bit old-fashioned and abandoned the project. More on the Delanne here. The other builds are in the rest of this post.

02 September 2018

An inbetweenie - Zio's Vought F4U Corsair

In need for some quick results I decided to put ANS aside for a moment and build one of Fabrizio Prudenziati's fantastic little planes. This time my eye fell on his Vought F4U Corsair. It took a little more time than I expected because of either my impatience or something else, I don't know. Here's how it looks in the end, the build report follows below.

23 August 2018

Yamaha Papercraft is closing

Sad news! Yamaha Papercraft is closing. I already said that in the title, yes. But this might let it sink in a little more.
The papercraft site of the motorcycle building company has a couple of immensely detailed models of several beautifully crafted motorbikes. Their first, the YA-1 is my favourite. But they also have streamlined race bikes, their iconic V-Max and many more. Besides these motorbikes they also have a couple of big diorama settings with bikes and a lot of small animal papercraft models. I recommend you to go there and download them all before they're gone. It's all for free, so grab them all!

Not my build, but as an example of their catalogue: The Yamaha YA-1. Image: © Yamaha Motor Corporation

08 August 2018

ANS - the first Dutch adventure in space [2]

Tonight it rained for the first time in weeks. While it was too hot to glue, I was working on the filmed interviews I did with the engineers that built the ANS. It was very interesting and also gave me more insights on how the satellite worked and how special this thing actually was in 1973. 
Now it has cooled down a little but still it is warm outside. But in the meantime, I did manage to do some micro-sessions to get a little further with the build of ANS, the little satellite that could. As we go further into the build, I will try to keep telling you some more details on this little nearly forgotten marvel from the dawn of the nineteen-seventies. The photo below shows where I am now, the rest of the story follows below.

The receptor of the Soft X-ray Telescope has been installed, the backside of the solar panels have been detailed. (Note: the solar panels will be reversed when finished, this side facing the other way.)

30 July 2018

sticky weather

Yes, I am still here. It just has been too hot to build anything. Whenever I use a drop of glue it is already dry before I have applied it to the parts. I have made some progress but too little to mention in a post here. So, now the 35º+ heatwave apparently has almost passed and the temperatures are back to a 'normal' 28º indoors, I will see if I can start building again. If only I could stop sweating. What do you mean, no climate change? Scorching heat and an occasional rain bomb with no cooling power whatsoever.

See you soon.

17 July 2018

ANS - The first Dutch adventure in space [1]

Hi. Storytime!

When in the early 1960s Europe too wanted to get a foothold in outer space, ELDO and ESRO were founded. A lot of European countries were involved, including the Netherlands. But although they financed the endeavour along with the rest, the Dutch were practically ignored when it came to active participation. The assignments for rockets and satellites always went to Germany, Italy and France.
The Dutch lacked experience, they said. Something they of course would never get when they couldn’t participate. So the Dutch delegation took a deep sigh and said to themselves: “Well, we’ll do it our bloody selves, then” (but of course they said it in Dutch, probably somewhere in the line of “Dan doen we het verdikke zelf wel!”).
They wanted their satellite to serve a scientific purpose, so it was decided it would be an astronomical satellite.

Skip forward a half a dozen years or so. With a big grant from the government the Dutch finally could start building in 1969. They named her ANS, which is an old-fashioned Dutch girl’s name but in fact stood for Astronomische Nederlandse Satelliet.
Two very special telescope systems would scan the Infrared and X-ray spectrum. The universities of Groningen and Utrecht would provide the telescopes and other astronomical instruments, the Philips company would create and build the brain and electronics, and Fokker would build it all together in a small frame, all under the supervision of the NLR, the Dutch Aeronautical institute.

ANS being tested, around 1973. On the forward facing part you can see the holes for the soft X-ray telescope (the round one and the little square one) and in the middle the opening for the bulky Cassegrain UV-telescope. On the side, just below the top is the US hard X-ray experiment. At the bottom, pointing away from the camera, is the on-board computer. Everything was connected with strings of long white cables. 
Photo: ICANS/Fokker/Philips/NLR

01 July 2018

29 June 2018

Just bear with me.. something's coming.

The result is just a couple of days away, I think. I have been working on and off on this thing and it nears completion. I didn't know how long it was going to take me so I first thought I just build it and post it when I would be ready. But it took longer than I expected. Lots of parts needed to be redesigned and testfitted before satisfactory results.
I think the result won't be perfect but it will be good.

In the meantime, I have been busy with work, mainly work preparation. Trying to get things going again in our filming business. The economy apparently is getting healthier but we don't really see lots of improvement in our branch. We have stuff on the backburner we are going to revamp and giving it a second chance in the funding caroussel.
Concerning the build: what can I reveal already? Well, it's a plane, it has been made before, but in plastic and it is Dutch.

The result will be shown in a few days. I hope.

See you soon,
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