Chris Parent's Peanut scale Martynside S.11
This peanut scale Martynside S.1 has proved a good performer, not surprising with a weight of just
11.25 grams, and plenty of wing area. The model uses pre-shrunk tissue, giving a slightly rumpled appearance,
but Chris reckons he has saved a good 3.5 to 4 grams compared to a conventional build using tight tissue
and the wood needed to support it.
Great detailing and finish as usual from Chris - here are some details:
Finish is green tissue with beige chalk and
bleach for the light yellow areas - chalk and tissue
roundels, inkjet union jacks, pen serial number to
look like the haphazard original. Chalk and tissue on
the various struts. You can see the paper pads between
the struts and the wings. This allows significant
crashes to be repaired at the field when the paper
separates without pulling the plane apart. This, plus
the lycra thread makes for a very practical pile of
sticks in terms for crash recovery.
Wheels are balsa with EVA tires, nylon axles and nylon landing
gear strut attachment to the cabanes. This adds up to
a surprising amount of give in the landing gear
despite the fixed mounting.
Lycra is used for all the rigging and control cables.
The prop is 1/64" ply on tonkin cane shafts and a plywood and
brass hub. There is some tungsten inside the hub for a
bit of nose weight. A K&P bearing is used without the flange.
Blue foam (Floormate 200 from the UK) cylinders and
pilot. Acrylic paint on the foam.
The pilot took Chris a whole day to carve. He started by cutting
up a 1/24 scale plastic car driver figure to get a 3-D
model on which to base the foam guy.
The pilot story: Louis Strange flew this S1 with the
very odd color scheme. The plane is said to have
eventually had a lewis gun mounted above the upper
wing, which lead to Strange's most famous adventure. But the only photo Chris had
seen has no Lewis on it. Strange is also
reported to have dropped "petrol bombs" in one of the
very first bombing attempts by the RFC. This was convenient because Chris
wanted to have this ship "armed" for
WW1 events. Thus the flaming bottle.
Chris reckons the pilot figure may be a case of modeling EW
(excess whimsy), but I like it a lot!. The flame (such
as it is) is from white esaki colored with blue,
yellow, orange, and gray markers. The bottle is from
Blue foam with a paper handle.
Nieuport 24 bis
Republic P-47M Thunderbolt
1/24 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1
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