Author Topic: Avia BH-3A (Aerodynamický)  (Read 175 times)

Offline Frank3k

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Avia BH-3A (Aerodynamický)
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:06:54 AM »
The Avia BH-3 was a post WWI Czech fighter/trainer that saw service until 1927. The BH-3 looks pretty advanced for a 1921 vintage aircraft, even though it's service record was pretty undistinguished.

The Kopro kit of the BH-3 is nice (I have the Mastercraft boxing). The kit is marred by flash on some parts and (in my copy) some mold mismatch on some parts. Overall, it's been a quick and easy build. The landing gear wasn't fun to build; fiddly and with poor location markers. It also had that WWI look that wasn't appealing on such a streamlined kit. So I wondered, what if Avia decided to test some new aerodynamics before moving onto their B-34 and B-534 biplane fighters?

I had parts left over from my aborted build of the Mikromir Fanera-2, so I put them to use. I replaced the tail fin with half of the horizontal stabilizer from the Fanera-2 and replaced the landing gear with 3D printed spats I had made for the Fanera-2.

Here it is with the first coat of paint (it's going to be overall light green) and some of the engine parts in aluminum:



I moved the spats outward. I wanted to place them directly under the wing struts, but the prop would have been just a bit too close to the ground:



Front view:



Some spat porn for Brian:



Next is finishing up the detail painting, add some fiddly bits, wheels and decals.

Offline finsrin

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Re: Avia BH-3A (Aerodynamický)
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 04:11:07 PM »
Does look advanced for 1921.  Spats modern it some more. Nifty.  :smiley:

Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Avia BH-3A (Aerodynamický)
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 05:19:03 AM »
Ohh I think I'm in love.
 :-* :-* :-*
My what lovely spats you have there!

Concur with my esteemed colleague. Looks perfectly futuristic for the era.

I'll be in my bunk.
 :-* :-* :-*
Brian da Basher

Offline Frank3k

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Re: Avia BH-3A (Aerodynamický)
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 08:06:36 AM »
I knew you'd like them, Brian!

They were pretty easy to print, and I gave them an Acetone vapor soak for 30 minutes to completely remove the printing artifacts. After I removed them from the soak, I let the plastic re-harden, then gave them a light sanding.

I noticed I hadn't seen the decal sheet. Went through the box, my messy work desk, under the desk, my pockets... no decal sheet. So I'm printing a set of Czech flags tomorrow.