Author Topic: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner  (Read 12897 times)

Offline Old Wombat

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #135 on: June 01, 2019, 11:32:57 PM »
Those sponsons are engineering marvels! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #136 on: June 01, 2019, 11:41:01 PM »
Thanks Guy ---

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #137 on: June 02, 2019, 05:19:10 AM »
Those sponsons are engineering marvels! :smiley:

I think Mr Kitnut has some of the best styrene engineering out there.

It's always a treat to see his latest amazing solution to a kit conundrum.

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Offline kitnut617

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #138 on: June 02, 2019, 06:02:50 AM »
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but many thanks Brian --

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #139 on: June 02, 2019, 06:20:35 AM »
Really folks, there's nothing very miraculous about it. It was just fortunate that this piece of pipe (2 1/2" nominal bore) is very close to the same diameter as the 1/72 A310 fuselage (top pic). Once I wrapped a sheet of wet & dry sandpaper around it, it was practically bang on for diameter. All I had to do was elevated it enough (using the Lego item you see in the next pic) and place it on a sheet of Teflon I have, then it was just a case of sand it away keeping the bottom of the sponson as flat as I could on the Teflon (bottom pic)
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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #140 on: June 05, 2019, 04:29:56 AM »
Port sponson is now at the same status as the starboard one. Now I have to do what I've been holding off on, get the landing lights painted and decaled, then glue the landing light windows in, then glue the top & bottom halves of the sponsons together.  I was holding off just to make sure I didn't get any sanding dust inside the landing light compartments.
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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #141 on: June 05, 2019, 06:22:16 AM »
Those sponsons and very cool props make it look ready for business!

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #142 on: June 05, 2019, 08:03:41 AM »
Interesting concept-subject to pursue.  Coming together as it should.  :smiley:

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #143 on: June 05, 2019, 09:31:52 PM »
Thanks Brian, Bill ----

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #144 on: June 10, 2019, 12:23:22 AM »
Sponsons are glued on ----  :icon_beer: :icon_beer: :icon_beer:  That's the last of the big items that needed doing.

The instruction sheet for the A400 says to paint the landing lights (chrome silver) before applying some decals. I did that then had to glue in some windows that are in front of the lights. Did that then glued the top and bottom halves of the sponsons together.

But before that I had to adjust all the u/c support frames so that all the wheels ended up level once they get installed. Needed to do this to make sure everything lines up once the nose gear is installed too.

Then it was just a case of making sure the fuselage sides where the sponsons got glued on was straight.

Now the fun starts, just got to make the fuselage/sponson root fairings for the bottom. By leaving these off, I was able to check that all the ribs were in contact with the fuselage side and that they were all attached good and proper once I had glued them on. Hopefully I can get all this done by next week, plus the 'tidying up' it needs before I start painting it.

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #145 on: June 10, 2019, 01:28:06 AM »
That's quite a milestone and some fantastic styrene engineering!

Brings to mind the C-130s that are based here that I see a lot of.

You definitely earned a cold one after all that work!
 :icon_beer:
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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #146 on: June 10, 2019, 07:10:05 AM »
Yeah, like a C-130 --- only bigger by 1 1/2 times

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #147 on: June 10, 2019, 07:31:39 AM »
Impressive! :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #148 on: June 10, 2019, 07:35:54 AM »
Cheers Guy ----

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Re: Airbus A310/A400 Un-prepared Airfield Airliner
« Reply #149 on: June 12, 2019, 04:57:03 AM »
Hmm! well! filling in the space between the bottom inside edge of the sponsons to the fuselage proved to be way easier than what I had imagined it would ---

But there's something odd with the position of the sponsons, they're a bit wider apart at the front. Measuring them it's a difference of 1mm. Checking what I had done I've found it's the fuselage, it's slightly smaller in diameter at the rear end of the sponson. Not sure what went wrong there, it was a while ago when I glued the fuselage parts together. And there's nothing I can do with it now so it will just stay like it is.
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