RCAF Fleet 16 "Finch"

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  08 August 2016
RCAF Fleet 16 "Finch"



Started this little obscure trainer aircraft this week, it's another client commission. It was a trainer for the Canadian Airforce in WW2.
It turns out that good reference for this thing is *very* hard to come by an at the moment I'm puzzling together various factory drawings of parts / frames to try and make sense of it with the help of photos.

Fun project but tricky modelling this way if you want it all to be correct

Just some shapes at the moment trying to get the basic lines/dimensions correct. (Click for large images)




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  08 August 2016
Imho only the engine is the hard part.
If I were you i'd just use something that is similar for engine. For example use this kinner b5. it seems it was actually installed in finches, not sure if your model has it thou.

http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/a...pg?d=1342886198

This page also seem to have some nice photos. Look at 1934 KINNER B-1 "SPORTSTER" part.
http://www.maam.org/rest_proj.htm

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  08 August 2016
Yeah that is the actual engine that this version had, I've actually got factory drawings on it as the client provided me with the manual for the plane. However the manual doesn't have a decent profile drawing of the plane so I work with total measurements and the parts that I do have drawings off to puzzle it together

Thanks for the page, I'll check it out!

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  09 September 2016
I was able to put in some more work this weekend. Nearly finished blocking out parts so then I can start detailing.




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  09 September 2016
After a couple more hours this weekend I've got the fabric that covers the main wings and the elevator body in. Needs some minor tweaking still but it's something I never did before so that makes it interesting even though the modelling itself is repetitive

Also, some of the connectors for the wing-struts are in.




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  09 September 2016
A couple more hours this weekend in, managed to get down the fabric effect on the fuselage and cut the panels on the front as well.
Also, found a few errors in my initial mesh, turns out the lower wing was too far forward so move it back into the correct position, also the elevator body was too deep, so made that more shallow. And it turns out the rudder body is actually not on the middle of the fuselage but offset to the left.


Additionally, more correct yellow colour!




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  05 May 2017
Last update almost a year ago, has it really been that long? Been very busy modelling at work, especially since November and doing quite a lot of overtime as well which somewhat dampened my enthusiasm to continue on this one for a while but it's coming back now.

Put some more time in this weekend starting to define the panels of the cowling, front of the fuselage and adding some details left and right.





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  05 May 2017
Working on the windscreens, still some details left.





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  05 May 2017
More time into the windscreens, they are pretty much done now. Did some minor shape corrections as well on them.





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  06 June 2017
Was away for two weeks but now I'm back again and was able to get some hours in Today.





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  06 June 2017
Couple of more hours on the engine, it's starting to get there!





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  07 July 2017
A load more hours on the engine cylinders as well as the puzzle that is the exhaust system. Engine pretty much done, now to finish the exhaust and electrics.





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  07 July 2017
Looking good Cobra !!
 
  07 July 2017
Hey Mike! Long time no see buddy, how are you?
 
  07 July 2017
A part from some small details like bots, the engine is pretty much done now as is the exhaust system itself.
Next update will be those smaller details and the panels behind the engine as well as a prop





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