A case with a plane

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Project by GaryK posted 09-03-2012 08:14 AM 3367 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t been working out in the shop for a while. I had been working inside where it’s cool.

I spent about the last 6 months building an 1/8” scale Sopwith Camel plane. A very large kit with about 1200 pieces.

The last time I made a case it was for my model wooden ship which I used glass for the case. But with this one being about 44” x 30” x 14” tall, I decided to use plastic instead.

This is hanging in my living room above a large window. I plan on making a Fokker DR1 plane later to balance out the display on either side of my daughters picture.

The case is made from mahogany finished using my standard reddish-brown dye and poly.

The plane is actually hanging by the tail in the case and the case is mounted to the wall using a french cleat.

I took a lot of pictures of the plane while I was building it, so if anyone is interested I could probably do a decent blog on it’s construction. It is mostly wood after all.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 08:25 AM

Man… that thing has fun written all over it…
As always Gary, Extraordinary Work!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 08:53 AM

Great model. Must have taken a lot of time and patience. Is it a scratch build or did you use a kit?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 09:58 AM

it’s been a very long time since I did a model plain. this one turned out very nice!

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 10:27 AM

That’s a neat project Gary… Looks like It can be addictive! :)

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 10:45 AM

Nice job on both

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 11:01 AM

Neat, very well done, and more importantly, Snoopy’s ride of choice!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 11:08 AM

Gary that is a wonderful project

I admire your patience

Nice to see all the bits.

Is this the same detail of all thiss

class of plane that normally gets covered



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 11:21 AM

Oh, this brings back childhood memories fo all the balsa planes we built in the basement with dad.
Balsa, tissue. mylar, engines, plane dope (Not the pilot or the drugs), ...and a lot of crashed planes!
What a neat way to display the plane! Looks great!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 12:07 PM

Gary you must have far more patience than I do. The plane and case look great. Thanks

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 12:49 PM

You don’t post much anymore, but when you do it’s worth the wait. Like Bruce said, you obviously have great patience, and it shows in all your projects.

Great to hear from you, Gary!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 01:11 PM

Very impressive… both the plane, the case and then the actual display. Definitely required some patience. †he overall proportions really sets it off.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 01:47 PM

Great looking model, takes me back a few years, when you could buy the smaller 12” wingspan models for
.25 and spend a week building them, coating them with paper and dope and flying them with the rubber
band motor until they died. Does yours have a real motor? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 02:14 PM

Super, Gary!!
I, for one would love to see the pictures of the build.

Wish I had made some display cases for my models. So much work to eventually succumb to dust.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 09-03-2012 02:33 PM

Good to have your post it’s been a while the plane and case are very cool ,you always do unique and top notch work Gary.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 09-03-2012 03:25 PM


Good to see you’re still kicking!

COOL Sharp Plane…

COOL Plane Case too…

You did a GREAT job on Both of them!

YES! It has been HOT… it really affected me this year… Shop has been like a sauna!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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