Bellanca K "Roma"

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:57 pm

Thanks, Gwyl, Monz...

Monz, I have some difficulty remembering exaclty. It was in Aeromodeller, in the early 80s (82-84?). It was a series of articles (around 10 ?) on building free flight scale models. Or it might have been in one of his Scale Matters column.

Unfortunatley I do not have access to my magazines at the moment, I did not have them all anyway. Perhaps Tim or Peter might be able to help here, or somebody else hopefully.

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby super64 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:31 pm

Outstanding George!

Love the detail.

-Joe 8-)

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:20 am

Thanks Joe...

Some progress shots, in the covering phase.

Tail surfaces are done, as are the bottom wings. A coat of dope has been applies, a second will follow.

Due to a planing error, I am out of the projected light blue tissue for the fuselage and grey for the root section of the top ribs.

I expect it to arrive within the week. Depending on the day, I might manage to complete the covering and take the model with me to IIFI.

Dummy engine is missing too, as are many other parts for proper completion. Too optimistic?

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby Tim H » Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:24 pm

Very nice George. Are you doing a tissue only finish or do you just want the coloured tissue as a background colour for painting?
Have a good weekend at the IIFI. I'm too busy to take any time off this year :( .
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:25 pm

Hi Tim,

tissue only for the moment. Airbrush will be used for the second version...

I wasn't expecting or planing to go to IIFI either. Recent events (a professional move to Germany) made it possible to consider, so why miss the fun...

I expect to see you at the next Interscale there though.

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:37 pm

significant progress has been made, but not yet photographed.

Model is completely covered, given 3 coats of dope and awaits assembly start. Might manage to post something tomorrow, I hope...
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:13 pm

here are some current photographs...

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Model is put together temporarily. Once the control surfaces are fixed to their place, real assembly can begin.


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I was very disappointed with my treatment of the silver esaki tissue. I was sorry to (re)discover that silver paint simply melts away by dope and thinner.
I had some paint melting at the nose, where dope was applied with a brush, so I thought of doing the wings with an airbrush hoping to avoid contact with the tissue, thus leaving the silver paint intact.

In theory this worked, but i was too eager with the airbrush, so instead of many thin spraying applications, I ended up with a big fat one, as a result. Naturally this melted the paint and changed the surface color. What cannot be seen in the photographs is that the tissue surface is actually very smooth, only discolored.

I have decided to finish the silver areas with paint applied with a paint brush. I am hoping that the doped tissue underneath does not get affected by the new dope application...
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby g_kandylakis » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:14 pm

Shots from various angles: Maybe using a flash was not the best option, the model comes too shiny.

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Registration lettering is made of black esaki tissue, cut and positioned with dope and thinner on the wing (doped twice). then given a third coat of dope.

Weight estimation so far, 30-40 grams, much lighter than my other models of similar size... Painted finish does make a difference...

George
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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby Robert Pajas » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:59 pm

Good evening, George and others!
Yesterday morning I have observed that SFA is running again!
Nice!

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Re: Bellanca K "Roma"

Postby rgroener » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:08 pm

George, great progress on your Bellanca. You are not the first one complaining about silver tissue... Never tried it myself....
I like tissue only models, so for me, there is no need to paint your models :D On the other side, opaque finish is also nice...

Robert, good to see that you found the way back to SFA :)


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