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tried to make the internal structure as close to
scale as I possibly could. I obtained further details
from the excellent W W I Aero Magazine. All my
drawings were done on a good, old-fashioned
drafting board and are not done with CAD—with
the exception being the ribs, which were developed
using CAD so that my friend Rolly Siemonsen
could laser-cut them for me. I wanted them to be
a precise fit with the dowel leading edges and
MAN: It looks like you really outdid yourself. Tell us
about the construction.
BP: I started out wanting to do as good a job as I
could, and whenever I felt like taking a shortcut
or not doing something 100%, I would stop for
the night and leave it for another day. I used thin
basswood capstrips on the top and bottom of the
laser-cut ribs. I used CA to glue them first to the
front of the ribs so that they would not lift from
the curvature. Then I glued them to the rest of the
rib, working back to the trailing edge. A light sanding made the
capstrips blend perfectly into the leading edges.
MAN: Where did you get the leading and trailing edges?
BP: Actually, I found a large supply of long, clear-grain dowels at
the local home-improvement outlet, and I called my good friend
and fellow scale modeler Martin Irvine about my find. We got
All of the cockpit controls are scale and functional.
together and cleaned them out. Scale modelers never know when
we’ll need some strong straight dowels. The trailing edges are
made from a lamination of thin plywood strips for straightness
MAN: How about the fuselage structure?
BP: Well, the shape of the fuselage longerons is interesting. They
Brian shows off exactly
how big his 35%-scale
masterpiece really is.