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Burning Beard

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Minerva
« on: October 16, 2016, 06:48:08 PM »
Here is one I haven't seen built before, the B24D Minerva.  It is very well designed and everything fits nicely. 

I built it a little differently than the instructions specified.  Firstly I made the fuselage with joining strips, the kit has bulkheads the butt up against each other.  Secondly I gussetted the crap out of the wings to make sure they didn't twist, I also put a tab on the trailing edge to make the glueing easier.  Thirdly the propellers spin freely.  And, lastly, I took the new wheels from the C130 and altered them to fit the kit, to make them work I did not use the bottom flat tread,  and I didn't use wheel former, which wasn't needed.

When it says add weight to the front, add a lot of it.  I just used a couple of nickles, and it wasn't enough.  Then I poked a hole in the top of the nose gear (which I built hollow like the C130) and stuffed flattened out .177 lead pellets into it.... still not enough weight.  Finally I poked a whole it the bottom where the nose wheel goes and stuffed about a dozen flatted pellets in there and got the nose to stay down.

So (drum roll) here is what she looks like.











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Re: Minerva
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2016, 08:48:00 PM »
Wow, that is beautiful
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Re: Minerva
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 10:21:05 PM »
Thanks VK, from you that means a lot.

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Re: Minerva
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 10:30:19 PM »
Okay, I have an eye for beauty, and quality builds, but my personal efforts on aircraft leave a lot to be desired.

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Re: Minerva
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2016, 02:14:10 PM »
I've built a few Lib fuselages, but nothing like this.
Next one you build, you must do a step by step tutorial!!
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Re: Minerva
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2016, 04:02:58 PM »
I will, if I get around to building another, but I have a few more of you kits, so I will consider it on them.

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