Check the Internet for literature on the airplane you
will build. Use Google images to look for color schemes;
some foreign publications have dozens of color plates
as well as great detail and 5-view drawings.
When gathering information on the airplane you wish to build, see if you can find an Avery ruler. It is marked o;
in tenths and hundredths, which makes it easier to scale up (factor) a drawing.
A huge help in learning more about the complex
curves, indentations, protrusions, and any other parts
of the airplane that you might be in doubt about is
to look at a large plastic model. One of the largest
plastic-model and book suppliers for hobbyists in the
United States is Squadron in Carrollton, Texas.
then measure the length (or wingspan)
on the drawing. For argument’s sake, let’s
say that the wingspan of the Meister Scale
P- 47 you are building is 102 inches long and
the wingspan of your enlarged drawing
is 9. 75 inches long. Just divide 102 inches
by 9. 75 inches for a result of 10. 46. From
that point on, take any measurement on
the drawing, multiply it by a factor of 10. 46,
and that “spot” is transferred to the model.
If, for example, you measure 1.75 inches
from the very nose of the fuselage on the
drawing to the front of the canopy, then
you would multiply 1.75 inches by 10. 46 for
a result of 18. 31 inches, and that is where
the front of the canopy should sit on your
model to match your 3-view.
Finding a color scheme is easy, but
documenting it might take a little e;ort. I
simply search online for the name of the
airplane, click on “images,” and select a
scheme that I like. Or I find reference books
that show lots of color schemes and pick
one. Once I have the scheme, I look for
proof of what colors the airplane was truly
painted in. By the way, epoxy paints from
Klass Kote ( klasskote.com) come in all the
military colors you could hope for, and they
match Federal Standard chips.
Once you are certain that you have
a drawing that accurately represents
your specific model, I suggest that you
start getting together all the necessary
components that will be part of the model.
;ere is nothing worse than building a
wing only to find out that you must stop
construction because you need the
landing gear for fitting additional ribs,
spars, or mounting plates. ;e same goes
for the installation location of the engine,
fuel tank, retract valves, and servos. Do
you want to install a cockpit interior?
Purchase one ahead of time. Finally,
decide on whether you want working
(i.e., opening) hatches and where you
want to install them. Be aware of cutting
through structural stringers, cross-members, and ribs. Once you have
everything imaginable that goes into
your ;underbolt, start gluing.