After the M-55 was ditched, I first did a little Gloster Gladiator. One of Britains last biplanes and still a fierce fighter in WW2. I chose the 'silver' version and just started and built it in about two sessions. Curving the hull was I think the most important point in the build, the rest just more or less built and shaped itself into the final product.
I used tiny beads to make the propeller rotate but for the rest I just followed the instructions and left is as-is. And there it was. Wahey!
Immediately after finishing the Gladiator I printed another Zio model, this time the Caproni C-133. A little bigger, a two-pager, and with a brilliantly tacky, Italian nouveau riche panther print design all over it, making me nickname it "the Gucci bomber".
So, this being a two pager made it a little more elaborate. Three engines, one large complicated hull and a lot of struts to go underneath the wings.
|Especially the connection between the cockpit windows to the sides of the hull were flimsy and needed careful handling. The wing-shaped cutouts don't need to be that sharply followed at the trailing edge, either.|
|I added some very subtle carves over the hull where the ribs run. This adds just a little more depth.|
|Whithout a proper instruction sheet, I almost forgot this gunner's manhole. The kit provides you with a shallow black box to go underneath it. Add this before you close up the hull, it saves you a lot of trouble. (-;|
|I thought the hull got a little too flexible so I added a little upside-down U shape as a reinforcement. It really added to the sturdiness.|
|And although I didn't expect it, the complete wing easily shoved into position between the cockpit windows and the manhole. Just a little fiddling with the position and there it was.|
|A little square piece of panther print over the white surfaces and lo, a closed-up fuselage.|
|But... Where does this piece go?|
The struttery was the main issue in this build. Firstly, although the model almost builds itself, meaning there almost is no doubt where all the parts need to go, the struts were a bit of a problem. Numbering would have been a bit helpful. But looking at drawings and photos I also discovered some struts were missing. Next I realised I couldn't get the props to rotate when I used the provided struts. So I made my own. I used a little paint to fit them in colourwise.
|The small strut between the nacelle and the wing was not in the kit. The original struts leading to the fuselage were just too short for the prop to rotate. These ones I made myself were better.|
|Here another view on how the struts evetually ended up.|
|Andiamo! Dai dai dai! All aboard the Guccibomber!|
Now it is time to tackle the issue I had with the M-55, that one being the first plane I ever started with an internal frame structure and a wrap-around skin. I have to get some skill in that before I do the Myasishchev again at a later date. Because yes, I still really want that plane on my shelves. So I soon will start a small project to make a more thorough study if you will of how such a model works. And hopefully turns out right.
Well, I guess I went on long enough in this post. Hopefully there won't be a gap this long again before I post again.
Thanks for stopping by and all that.
Until next time,