|Project by ccanderson102||posted 07-20-2012 01:01 PM||3005 views||2 times favorited||13 comments|
The model building continues!!! This time it is a 1:24 scale model of a Piper Cherokee 235 for my father. This happens to be the plane in which he is training to get his pilots license. This is also the guy that bought me a bad saw last year when I set out on the Peterbilt for my brother. I owe him so much.
The materials are laminated maple for the fuselage and mahogany for the wings and landing gear.
It is not the easiest endeavor to gather the needed dimensions. I purchased a plastic scale model which was abysmal quality and a pilots hand book that had some of the specifications but was not that much help either. Luckily the plane was engineered in the late 50’s early 60’s when everything was fairly straight forward, no weird dimensions. once you get a few dimension right everything else seems to fall into place.
This one was not as easy as the Peterbilt semi I made for my brother, there was a lot of planing and carving. on the plus side I learned about sharpening a plane and chisels. on the bad side, I learned that I need a decent plane and chisels. I also learn that in a pinch you can use the drill press and a wood rasp to shape parts somewhat like a lathe.
the wing don’t fit as well as I would like so more time will be spent fairing them to the fuselage. Can you use a boat building term when talking about planes or will the gods of light drop me back in the water?
Thanks for looking. Next up is a Farmall Standard tractor for my grandfather then maybe a Mastercraft Prostar 209 for myself.