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Kev's Aerotech 1:32 Supermarine S.6b (1931) 'Schneider Trophy' Racer Options
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#21 Posted : 08 June 2019 11:34:15

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BigGrin Nice start and looking good. I do like resin kits and have several in the stash to bring out in the futureCool


Thanks for looking in and your comments Andy, very much appreciated as always. Since buying this kit I have purchased another Aerotech 1:32 'Schneider Trophy' plane, the Supermarine S4, which is widely viewed as one of the most beautiful aircraft to be built and very radical for it's time, being built as far back as 1924 and a mid wing monoplane with NO bracing wires - way ahead of it's time!

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Hi Kev

Those warps should come out quite nicely with the hot water method,all part of the fun and challenges of resin kits.

I agree the S4 is a very nice aircraft but there are earlyer aircraft that were single wing without bracing wires like the newly released Junkers D.1 from WNW and the Brandenburg W29 although the Brandenburg had some minimal bracing wires to the floats but non to the wings.

Link to junkers D.1

http://www.wingnutwings..../product?productid=3180

Links to Brandenburg W29-

http://www.wingnutwings..../product?productid=3000



I have both the W12 and the W29 kits its one of my all time favorite floatplane aircraft, ugly but strangly atractive with a lethal look not captured until WW2 and the introduction of FW'S butcher bird.

AndyCool


Hi Andy, I agree, you are right, there were indeed earlier aircraft without bracing wires. What I had meant to say but neglected to write in my post was that the S.4 was a radical design amongst 'high speed' racing seaplanes and in particular in the history of Scheider Trophy seaplanes up until that point? To have an unbraced wing and floats in such a high speed aircraft, with all of the additional forces and loads that come from operating on water, was completely unheard of back in 1924? The aircraft that you highlight also operated from water as you correctly note but they weren't travelling at such high speeds as the Schneider Trophy racers when airborne? My mistake as I say, I should have been clearer in what I meant when I had posted?

As an interesting side note - The pilot of the S.4, Henry Biard, commented upon first seeing it that it was a beautiful aircraft but that he was somewhat concerned that it didn't appear to have any bracing wires and that he had reservations about the inherent rigidity of RJ Mitchell's new design. He later commented after test flying it, that it just didn't feel right and that there appeared to be significant wing 'flutter'? It later crashed in practice for the 1925 Schneider Trophy race and there is a lot of consensus that wing flutter was a major contributor to that crash. Henry Biard survived fortunately but the S.4 never actually got to race in the Schneider Trophy.

All cool, great to discuss things and I take your point. I too like the look of those Brandenburgs and I also agree with your views on the 'Butcher Bird', what an awesome aircraft that was!


Nice to chat Andy.Cool ThumpUp

P.S. - I have included a shot of the box top for my Aerotech kit of the Supermarine S.4 just to illustrate how beautiful that plane really was for those that don't know of it.

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#22 Posted : 08 June 2019 11:39:25

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yeah that warp isnt bad at all.Really nice looking castings.Will be following this build


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Thanks for looking in and your comments Carl, greatly appreciated and glad to know that you'll be following. Hopefully will have time to post another update in the next few days. Cool ThumpUp

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#23 Posted : 08 June 2019 11:41:14

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Great start Kev.Love nice kit, will be following with interest.

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Thanks Mark, I always appreciate any comments from you and great to have you along for the ride too. Cool ThumpUp

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#24 Posted : 08 June 2019 11:45:32

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All looking good Kev, am sure you'll be able to resolve any problems the kit will present.... Look forward to seeing your next update.....Cool Cool

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Thanks Alan, any comments from you are always greatly appreciated.

I always say that in modelling there are never any 'problems', just challenges for which we have to find solutions? It's that which makes modelling such fun and very satisfying when solutions are found. I love it!

Another update coming soon, thanks for looking in. Cool ThumpUp

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#25 Posted : 10 June 2019 18:23:20

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Hello all,

A little more work done, with all of the cockpit parts now painted and assembled. Next update will see the two fuselage halves permanently joined together after which work will move on to fuselage exterior details and then the fitting of the main wings and tail structure will take place.

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Hi just reading through this ,like your attention to detail, makes a real difference to the finished model.well worth the time and effort, will be following to completion, cheers mick.BigGrin
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I do love the detailing you apply to your builds Kev and this one is no exception.... stunning.....Love Love

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#29 Posted : 11 June 2019 13:01:24

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Excellent work Kev, great job on the cockpit.

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Hi Kev!
Absolutely brilliant work on that cockpit, looks so realistic I wouldn't be surprised if the dials went around!BigGrin
I can remember the Schneider trophy sequences from the film "First of the Few" seeing how fast and how low they were flying I'd have to be pretty desperate to risk even glancing down at those dials on the floor!Blink
Fantastic work Kev!

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#31 Posted : 15 June 2019 20:27:46

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Thanks Mick, Andy, Alan, Chris and Robin for looking in and your lovely comments, very kind of you and always greatly appreciated. ThumpUp

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#32 Posted : 16 June 2019 10:03:38

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Stunning work Kev, the detailing is breathtaking.Love

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Stunning work Kev, the detailing is breathtaking.Love

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#34 Posted : 16 June 2019 13:44:27

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Stunning work Kev, the detailing is breathtaking.Love

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Thanks for your kind comments Mark, I really appreciate them. Cool ThumpUp

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Awesome kit BigGrin lovely work KevDrool Drool regards PhilCool
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#36 Posted : 19 June 2019 20:26:34

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Awesome kit BigGrin lovely work KevDrool Drool regards PhilCool


Thanks for looking in and your kind comments Phil, very much appreciated as always and glad to know that you are watching. ThumpUp

I have another update almost ready, just haven't had enough time away from work to be able to edit the photos!

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#37 Posted : 20 June 2019 18:00:49

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Hi Kev,

This build gets better by the day, and I do love this kit and your hand painting can't get better outstanding work Kev.

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