On Jan. 24th of this year I bought the Hasagawa 1:16 Wright Flyer. I have
been working on it on the average of 1 hour a day since then. I estimate I
will have it done in about another 7-10 days. So far, so good. It is a
fairly difficult kit with some problems that must be overcome to get it
I am looking forward to building NOTHING for a month or two.
I will be posting to alt.binaries.models.scale once I get it completed. I
did take nearly 1000 construction picts if anyone is interested, post here
and I'll post some over on alt.binaries.
I must admit that I haven't really considered doing an article about my
How can I get info on what Aircraft Resource Center, Hyperscale, Internet
modeler need with regard to submitting an article?
Would love some pictures & maybe a few hints of biggest problems solved.
I have just started mine & am still fiddling with how to make the plywood
(edges) not look like plywood and correct a couple irergularities.
I have some disappointments in the kit for the $$.
-- plastic wing ribs
-- plastic props (should have been wood)
-- plywood (wax coating, skids not proportioned right, etc, getting
-- covering (does not replicate the sewn together diagonal pieces on real
thing, tail covering should wrap around formers)
But I'm over all that, it really is a nice kit.
Living in Nags Head, NC.
I've made a couple of comments to yours below.
To some extent I agree, would have been nice to been made of wood. My
solution. I painted them to match the color of the wood supplied in the
No big deal, the Wright's painted the wood props with a silver aluminum
paint to make it more difficult for probing eyes to figure out what they
were made of, and I've also heard to make them easier to photograph!!?? I
seen the real thing recently and they are painted silver/aluminum.
I used Bestine solvent/thinner to get rid of the wax coating. I stained the
wood and it worked out just fine. I reshaped the wood pieces by sanding
within reason. Not perfect but close enough.
True, I tried covering a couple of practice built-up wing sections using
the diagonal approach and ended up with warped wings both times. I just
accepted it and built it using the method suggested in the kit and the rice
paper provided in the kit. VERY delicate after this stage. I should have
used Japan Silk, the kind used for covering balsa models. It would have
been much sturdier.
The biggest bitch I have about this kit is that several parts are miss cut
or cast too short/long. For example, on my kit, the W3 Main wing spars for
top an bottom wings............... the notches for the connecting struts
are not the same for both pieces. I had to renotch them in 4 places to make
them match!?? Good thing to catch before you cover the wings. I found this
problem to exist on 5 other unbuilt kits at my local hobby
The other big problem I had was the longer drive chain cast piece was about
.25" too short. I had to cut mine, use a metal pin extension and refinish
the piece to make it fit correctly!! I was so discouraged at this point I
almost drop kicked the whole fricking kit out the 2nd floor window of my
studio. BUT.......... I stepped away for about a week and returned with a
fresh perspective and continued on.
Also, the Flyer didn't exactly have much of a cockpit but Hasagawa managed
to leave out about 30% of the pieces for a finished cockpit area. I
gathered reference picts and scratchbuilt the remaining pieces.
Overall I've learned a tremendous amount about the Wright Brothers and their
Flyer 1. It has taken me longer to build the model that it took the Wrights
to build the actual aeroplane;-)
Hope this helps you and anyone else that is considering building this great
That was the one thing that I had a difficult time accepting too. I tried
to come up with some way of creating it, looked at other models that do have
the droop (Arizona Model Crafters) for example. After figuring out that I
would have to completely redesign the wings that idea was out. Like you, I
built the wings straight.
Anyway, I'm getting really close to being finished with the model and am
quite pleased with the way it's looking.
I'll post to this group when I put my picts up on alt. binaries.m.s
Good luck on your build-up. If you need picts of any specific building step
let me know. If I took a picture I'd be happy to send you a copy.
I too looked at the Jenny, very closely. In the kit that I looked there
were many miss-cast or poorly cast parts. Make sure that you get these
replaced by Model Airways. They replaced about 20 miss-cast pieces on their
Albatross D-Va for me a couple of years ago.
Good company, poor quality control.
Post pictures when your finished.
Thanks for the heads up - hope they've got it under control by now. I
did notice that the cast parts in the ad photos even look a bit "rough".
How about the wood parts? Hoping for big thinngs, being laser cut and
all...I also like the large DiVinci flyer. Seen one built - nice
I don't recall any major problems with the wooden parts, my Albatross was
fine. To be honest with you the wood parts are not as critical to me as I
have access to a friends incredible wood shop and anytime I need to make a
piece I use his shop.
I know that doesn't do you any good. However, nothing stood out as being a
major problem as far as the wood in the Jenny.
I have seen a couple of the DiVinci flyers and yes they are very nicely
Just take your time making your decision about that Jenny. It does look
like it would make a beautiful model......... good luck.
I spent my high school days side tracked into building scale radio
control models, and I'm suspecting the Jenny would be a similar building
experience to that - still have all those tools, too. I agree - the
Jenny is a neat looking model. I've also thought about covering it in
clear Monocote - an iron-on, heat shrinkable mylar covering - and
putting markings on the clear "fabric". That would make it a bit more
"maintainable" once it's built...but I'm also thinking it would probably
look better bare. Decisions, decisions...
You did the Albatross, eh?..that's another one that I'd be tempted to
do, except I'd also be tempted to "finish" it - i.e.; skin and cover it.
There's just too many great looking paint schemes out there for the
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