RAF Se5a (ribbed plane)

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by niebla de fuego, May 21, 2012.

  1. This is the RAF Se5a as designed by our fellow member Salvador Ortega.
    Is a free download from http://www.salvadorortega.webcindario.com/

    The kit was originally designed at 1/72 scale, but I enlarged it to my preferred 1/33 scale.

    Here we can see the source file together with my references.


    (please note that I also added some digital textures and colors)

    The first step is to start with part of the fuselage:

    After a few careful cuts it looks like this:


    Then comes the edge coloring. I made it using a fine tip felt marker:


    As you can see I laminated the printed page several times in order to get a more proportional thickness of the wood elements.

    Now you can see the work of the basic fuselage frame was completed:


    A front image shows that the result is fairly good.


    So far, so good. :mrgreen:
    Hope the rest of the plane is as easy as this frame.

    See you soon!
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Fairly good! That frame looks "dead on" perfect! :)
  3. I’m advancing slowly. But still advancing.

    These are the parts that will become control stick and pedals.


    They were sanded, painted, and glued to look like this:


    Other views. Here you can also see the metallic plate under the engine. That was made with a single piece of cardstock that was cut and shaped, and then painted afterwards with silver ink to give a metallic finish.



    See you soon!!
  4. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I live relatively close to Rhinebeck Aerodrome, which has the oldest flying aircraft in America. They have a Se5a there. They also have a lot of planes in various states of repair and disrepair, and the frames are the color you painted them. The frames look just like that!! Great job! :)

  5. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL work.
    The frame work looks totally flawless.
  6. arkon

    arkon Member

    jawdropsimply WOW!!!!!!
  7. Ridgeback

    Ridgeback New Member

    The link for the download brings up a blank page - looks like a broken link? Is it available anywhere else? I have tried some searches but no luck. Anyone else? :confused:
  8. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    First, the model is a line only template that you choose the appropriate materials for. This is discerned by reading the construction procedure.

    Second, click the picture, (the link to the .PDF) under the following phrase:

    Para descargar el avión

    Para Láser (laser)

    Everything is still there. if you can't read Spanish, use Google Translate. I just checked out the website, and it's all there.

  9. Ridgeback

    Ridgeback New Member

    Zathros, thanks for the advice, but it was proving impossible to get a page to appear at all! I have worked out that my firewall software believes the site to be a 'dodgy' one and it was refusing to let me even choose to go there. Have worked around that problem now.
  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Great, sometimes Firewalls can be a pain! :)
  11. Ridgeback

    Ridgeback New Member

    niebla de fuego, could I ask what ever happened to this model? Did you ever get it finished?

    Another question, if I may, where did you source those 2 cutaway views (both the colour and black-and-white versions)?
  12. It is on standby while some family problems are solved. But I will resume work on this sometime in the future.

    The b/w cutaway is from an old magazine which I scanned and enlarged.

    The color cutaway is an enlarged drawing by Hubert Cance, who draws some very nice cutaways and technical illustrations. http://www.hubertcance.com/gallery/6420/Aircraft Cutaways/#.USuOOKzY_Ls
    But beware: Mr Cance is not always accurate in some details.

    Kind regards.
  13. Ridgeback

    Ridgeback New Member

    Ruben, gracias. I look forward to when you are able to continue your build!
  14. Greenman

    Greenman Member

    Tedious. Tenacious. Incredible! I'm very impressed and on the edge of my seat awaiting more to come.
  15. I had to abandon this model last year because of my father's cancer, which left him in wheel chair. After surgery the recovery was hard, but he's almost walking again. Just as I expected to continue this kit it was my mother's stroke...

    But finally there were a couple of hours free to modeling, and this is what I did:

    Added the fuel tank, the rear stringers, and all the rigging of the frames:


    The tank was made with the template provided with the kit. It was painted with silver ink, and then weathered a bit using India ink with a dry brush. I added the rivets and the small braces that hold it in place according to the cutaway reference.


    Another view of the fuel tank:


    The wires were simulated using silver embroidery thread. I found it great to simulate the scale. First I braided two threads together, and glued them using superglue (CA). I used a weight on one end to keep it straight. after that I carefully cut each piece to size and glued in place using CA. Is not a perfect finish, but after all this months I really don't care about it being perfect.

    A view of the rear stringers:


    Another view of the stringers:


    And some advance on the radiator, which I really didn't like at all. Fortunately I printed two of it, and will surely make another one.


    Notice how some of the stringers are really skewed, and look ugly. I could have predicted this effect, since enlarging the kit from 1/72 to 1/33 resulted in some width differences. But I just noticed there were some discrepancies when I was glueing. I had too much in my head to think on small discrepancies.

    Anyway, since I can not correct the stringers at this stage, and don't want to begin all the whole plane again, I will let them like that.

    Actually, now that I see those poorly shaped stringers, I think the model would look great if some other parts of it are also skewed, weathered, battered as if for the pass of time. What about making it look like an abandoned skeleton airframe? Is a tempting idea!!!!

    Kind regards,

    Rubén Andrés Martínez
  16. freddyman

    freddyman newbie

    so far absolutely gorgeous. can't wait to see more.
  17. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    Ruben, that is beautiful, and remarkable craftsmanship! :)
  18. THE DC

    THE DC Member

    This is truly an indescribably exciting project.

    As a fan of cutaway posters from childhood, seeing this 3D paper cutaway leaves me with words insufficient to describe my thrill.

    What a work of art! What an educational opportunity.

    Much thanks!
  19. Greenman

    Greenman Member

    It's beautiful! Glad to see that it's not forgotten. I have a hard time getting the momentum to return to a stalled project.
  20. Shipmaker

    Shipmaker New Member

    One of my favorite planes. Your skill is a sight to behold.

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