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Offline Frank3k

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1/35 Coleopter
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:16:57 AM »
I recently bought a second copy of the Mikromir 1/35 Triton from Atlantis Models:


This copy had a partially crushed left fuselage hull, so I got it for almost nothing. I may eventually build the over copy as intended (Here's a great build review of the model), but this one has been whiffed.

This is the inspiration:



Mine will have to be a smaller, 2 manned version. I 3D printed the shroud/circular wings as well as the interior structures. I cut off the tail section from the Triton, and cut the cabin area open to make placing the instrument panel and crew seats easier.
Here's an early mock-up of the main parts:



The cockpit interior is from the 1/35 CH-47A Crew In Vietnam, which includes the cockpit. The figures are non-human crap, but the rest of the kit is great. I measured the original cockpit floor for the Triton and 3D printed a smaller section in ABS. I also printed a rear wall. The Triton kit will donate a few other parts before I'm done.

I took the front part off. The rudder levels are just pushed into place:



Here's a top view of the control vanes and props:



I believe that the props are from an old 1/48 Lindberg 1/48 XFY-1 "Pogo" - I found them in a box of spare parts that I bought, years ago. I only have one of the internal gears that made the props contra-rotate, so I glued them together.

Here's a breakdown of the props and vanes:



I have the landing gear, side fins and an intake duct for the turboprop engine printed, but I want to paint and finish the cockpit and fuselage area first - I can then set it aside and process the other 3D printed parts with acetone and sanding, which is always time-consuming. The shroud is printed as a shell (it's hollow) if I break it, I may have to reprint it.

I don't have an idea of the nationality yet. It may be French.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 08:27:07 AM »
Neato project  :icon_surprised:

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2018, 01:32:43 AM »
Outstanding!  Can't wait to see it finished.

Re the 3D printed, shroud/circular wings/interior structures, are these available for others to use as well?  What dimensions are they?
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2018, 08:34:27 AM »
Greg,
 I designed all the 3D parts, so the .stl files are free to anyone who wants to print them. There are no locator marks, although the cross members fit best sort of where they are now. The jury is still out on the duct. It's not the strongest.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2018, 03:40:00 PM »
This is looking really cool, have you decided on a colour scheme yet ?

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2018, 10:10:58 PM »
Very cool!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 02:00:51 AM »
Greg,
 I designed all the 3D parts, so the .stl files are free to anyone who wants to print them. There are no locator marks, although the cross members fit best sort of where they are now. The jury is still out on the duct. It's not the strongest.

Thanks mate - what dimensions are they currently?
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2018, 02:28:23 AM »
 Nifty work so far - when you talk about nationality, I take it you're doing a Military version? I think it would look mighty sharp in an inversion of the Yellow/red of the Magazine cover. The 'fifties flying equivalent of a Red Corvette, so to speak.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2018, 03:46:17 AM »
You're off to a wizard start, Frank and I really like how that huge ducted fan is coming along.

Simply outstanding how you built the fuselage and interior!

This one's gonna be a lot of fun to watch.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2018, 04:54:10 AM »
Thanks guys. What to paint it is probably going to be the hardest part. Craig - red overall with yellow fins may work. The cockpit (unlike the illustration) is very cramped.
Greg - I'll check on the dimensions tonight, but it can be scaled up or down as needed. I think this print is around 130mm in OD, since I had a brim at the bottom to keep it stuck to the build plate, and that combo was almost as wide as the build plate Y dimension (150mm).

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2018, 12:21:34 PM »
The duct's maximum OD diameter is 95mm, the end diameters are 87mm. The airfoil is a copy of the Hanneton II (May Beetle II). I just found the article on Flight which would have been helpful...rather than using a drawing I found online.

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2018, 03:38:00 PM »
Terrific!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2018, 09:28:15 PM »
Beautiful and cool design!

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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2018, 11:50:28 PM »
Oh, that is cool. Amazing work on the wing etc!

You could go US Army like the Convair singleseater whose designation I forget...
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Re: 1/35 Coleopter
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2018, 02:03:37 AM »
Greg - I'll check on the dimensions tonight, but it can be scaled up or down as needed.

Thanks.  Am aware it could be scaled during printing but I just wanted to get an idea of the proportions etc now for planning purposes.
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