On the bench.

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The next project is never far away! Keep up with developments in the Nuviation workshop as they unfold.

I am very late starting this project – six months behind schedule before I even opened a glue bottle, but the next model is now underway. This is a BFW M23c – a golden age racer from Germany, designed by Willy Messerschmitt and in many ways the forerunner of the Me109. My model will be to approximately 1/5th scale, giving a wingspan of 78″ and a total length around 46″. The wing will be built in two halves so the disassembled model should fit easily into even a small car.

A quick search on Google revealed this excellent 3-view by Vincent Crockett.

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Having drawn the plan, a set of laser cut parts was ordered and these arrived a couple of weeks ago.

The tailplane consists of a central core made of two laminations of 3mm poplar ply, around which a framework is constructed from 1/4 x 1/8″ balsa before applying a 1/16″ skin of balsa to one side. The central slot in the ply is then used to cut a matching slot in the balsa skin, additional blocks were then added ahead of the rear spar to accept the elevator hinges later.

Meanwhile, the rudder was made from 3/8 x 1/8″ balsa strip and 3/8″ sheet parts.

The tailplane is complete, sheeting added both sides and cut through to match the fin slot.

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Talking of the fin slot, the fin has been sheeted on both sides, leaving the plywood tab exposed to fit into that slot…

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Elevator construction follows the same pattern as the rudder.

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And of course, I just had to put all the bits together just to see how they looked…

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The fuselage sides were assembled – being very careful to make a left and a right side.

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Forward formers were glued in place and the fuselage sides were joined, keeping everything square in a building jig.

 

Rear formers and planking complete. If I was doing this again, I would use thinner strips but it worked out fine.

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Tail supports blocks added with a spacer piece to keep everything square. The tail skid was made from a strip of steel, bent to shape and drilled to accept a pair of screws. Piano wire would work just as well.

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The tail blocks have been planed and sanded to shape.

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Meanwhile, I have made up the battery hatch skeleton and the skins for the hatch have been soaked in water for an hour before being fixed to a former and left to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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