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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:00 pm 
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It all begins here folks! I have thrown my hat into the ring for the Papermodelers FG building competition. I have chosen the Sikorsky S-55 (H-19 version) as my subject. I chose this for two reasons. One, because I always anted to do a custom interior for a cargo aircraft (this one is small and maybe easier). Two, The H-19 is my repaint that I did to match the helo at the Strategic Air and Space Museum where I work.

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I'm planning on using Red River silver paper for the main fuselage and tail

This is my plan for the interior
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Should be a fun project. I already have most of it figured out in regards of how I want to assemble it, but there's always time to change my mind.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:12 pm 
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You gonna do the engine as well? :twisted:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:24 pm 
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He should. It comes with one.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:25 pm 
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Darn tootin' I will! Half tempted to have the engine cover open as well :twisted:


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Do it in 1/72 and make a doors-open maintenece diorama and I'll mail you a couple figures. Do it in 1/160 and I'll mail you a buncha figures. :twisted:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:37 pm 
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Oooorrrr... I'll do it in normal scale and nat have to be sent to PT for carpal tunnel, or the mental ward for a psychotic break :lol:

If I was doing this thing in a smaller scale, believe me, I wouldn't be doing all of these mods.


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Cmmmoooonnn, it's fun. An' most printers will print down that small. Just think of all the oooooh's and aaaah's... :twisted:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:32 pm 
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i'm thinking more of the pain and cramps. I have a big ganglion cyst on the wrist, and if I do too much small fiddly stuff, it hurts like a crazy obese campground raccoon does after it meets the front bumper of an RV.


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Should be a great build Willy :D Fun aint it :wink:

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Yep...thats a great choice.

I had thought of doing the same thing myself, but never got past the stage of gathering up pictures. I'll see if I can find them and send them along here- they may be useful.

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Here you go: you may have seen these, and maybe not. But you might as well have em as they are just sitting on my hard drive gathering rasterized dust.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:12 am 
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you rock Tim! Thank you :D :D :D Those should help a ton. I've been digging for a picture of the cockpit and panel for ever. The cargo hold shot will help for sure too.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:35 am 
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I got my super shiny Red River paper last night. Man, that stuff is bright. I'm going to borrow a technique from Billy Leliveld on papermodelers. I'll spray the printed sheet with a matte acrylic spray varnish/sealer. It gives the sheen a nice dull aluminum look. Should be interesting for sure.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:15 pm 
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I started work today on this crazy little journey. I began by building a junk print of the fuselage so I can mock-up the interior bits without damaging the fancy paper.
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I decided to start by making a floor and rear bulkhead out of 1mm cardboard
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From there, I started making the first set of jump seats for the cargo area. I measured the area and then made a line template for bending a wire (paper clip) to make the seat frame.
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Next came the actual seating surface. Using what I know from having sat in a few jump seats, I wanted a little sag in the seat area, while having the front and back wrap around the frame. First, I made the simple form, then glued it to the frame and colored it.
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Then, I set about making the mesh seat backs for the jump seats. I used a few pictures of the real seats, and made things as small as I could without tearing the paper. Lots of tiny 1-2 mm lines
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Next, I bent up a frame for the back and bottom legs of the seat, using another line drawing as a template
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The jump seats were then assembled
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Test fit in the cargo bay
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The last work for the day came in making the rotor shaft housing/cockpit backing and interior. I used the cockpit section from the model to create a template for the housing, and then built up the base and sides from 1 mm card
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Test fit under cockpit roof
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That's all for today. Tomorrow I hope to get the other jump seat bench done, and maybe some cockpit rough work.


BTW- I don't know why I colored the seats red. I KNOW they were olive drab. Maybe I'll find some paints later.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:12 am 
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Good work willy :D. Those seats look just the job to me. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this come together.

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