Bellanca K "Roma"

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Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:22 pm

Hoping and wishing for a good restart for SFA, here is my first contribution, in a thread that is going to last a long time, which is very usual for me...

My current project is a rubber powered Bellanca "K" from 1928, nicknamed "Roma" as it was intented to fly from New York to Rome. The flight never materialised. The model has been a long time favourite of mine, but lack of adequate documentation meant a very long wait.

Eventually I managed to make the necessary drawings, based on many photographs and an original GA drawing, which appeared last year in Skyways magazine.

So, a model was started as well. Having had a rather bad experience with my Avro F, I decided to build a quick undetailed model first, as a test model for flying. In the future a better one will follow, hopefully.

The model in the pictures is 1/32 scale, with a wingspan of 620mm.

More pictures will follow when there is some progress.

George

PS. The picture quality could have been better...
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:24 pm

I do not know the file size limit for pictures, so here is a second message with three more...

BTW, the image attaching interface seems to be much more user friendly.
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby mescall1 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:12 am

George,
That's beautiful! I suspect that your "undetailed" model will still amaze us. The models you've posted in the past were works of art, I'm sure this one will be the same.
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby rgroener » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:55 am

Great George
Do I understand it right, that you will build a second model with more details. Or you will add more details to the model once it flies nicely?
Whats the reason for the sheeting on the stab and rudder? Is it this way to prefent warping?

Looking forward to see more...

Roman

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:16 am

The intention is to build a second model once the flying setup has been defined.

What you see is a rather quick result without much attention to detail or weight.

As for the tail, it is my preferred method (copied after Bill Dennis Aeromodeller articles) for models with painted finish. It allows a rather warp free surface and very thin edges, which are more realistic in my view.

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby staubkorb » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:30 pm

WOW! Another masterpiece! Are you building this at home, or in Germany?

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:04 pm

Well, I wouldn't call it like that :oops:

It started life in Greece before the summer, stayed idle for some months, now I hope to resume work on it.

It is with me in Germany, as are plenty of my models. One of the positive things about coming to Germany is that I am closer to many events (within driving distance), so I am planing to attend when there is something of interest.

I seriously doubt that it will be ready (flyable) for Nijmegen, but I will give it a try...

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby Tim H » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:36 pm

Looks pretty good for a "quick and simple" build George. It's an interesting looking aircraft isn't it. I presume it's classed as a sesquiplane? I seem to remember Gordon Hannah flying one a few years ago, a lot smaller than yours but it flew well. I've not seen any other versions.
I'm looking forward to some tutorials when you get started on the proper one! :D
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby GRB » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:59 pm

Looks nice George. I don't think I have ever seen the treatment you have given for the tail feathers. Thin surfaces and warp free when painting. Nice work.

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby Monz » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:14 am

Lovely set of bones George and an unusual looking aeroplane.

g_kandylakis wrote:
As for the tail, it is my preferred method (copied after Bill Dennis Aeromodeller articles) for models with painted finish. It allows a rather warp free surface and very thin edges, which are more realistic in my view.

George


Do you have any details of those articles please?


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