My better half being away, I took the opportunity to work on the profile Shooting Star (ignoring an extensive 'to do' list that included some gardening. The Cats and fish got fed (though not the latter to the former ).
Below is the template ready for printing on tissue and 'beta' testing:
Having wrestled my fractious A3 printer into submission (which I managed without the usual daisy chain of expletives) I cut out the parts and transferred to balsa using old-fashioned dope as adhesive.
Above: not too bad for a first try. Inevitably, I did spot some errors, and the tissue really needs to be printed darker than this - the 'Modelspan' didn't take up the ink as well as I would have liked. But this can be adjusted for - next time.
Comparing the new model with the original KK 'Shadow' P.80 was interesting:
The fuselage in particular, of Albert Hatfull's design is much chubbier than scale. I took mine from a published 3-view, which, comparing it with photos, was pretty accurate:
Above: the KK model is more rounded than the 'real thing'. But prettier, which is probably why he changed it.
At this stage I start to wonder if all my fiddling about with an iconic kit - hours of computer time when I could have been doing something sensible like sleeping - has been worth it, and will mine fly as well as the original? We shall see ...
If anyone would like a 'set of part' to make one as part of beta testing this potential profile part kit, please let me know. I fancy it will make up into an attractive model.
I have sent off a kit to the estimable John Holman, who has agreed to put it together as part of its 'beta testing. John's first comment was that he thinks it looks great ... but we will see when he puts it together
Meanwhile, I have been putting my own version together. Here is progress so far:
Against my better judgement I decided to round off the fuselage and add some depth to the air intakes (a lovely trompe-l'oeil effect that Howard introduced me to). Note the dark olive-green anti-glare panel and the coloured in original KK pilot.
Building has progressed slowly this week, but here are all the parts - fuselage, wings, tail and fin tissue covered and cleaned up ready for assembly. The weight of all these is a little under 17 grams - not too bad.