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So after my total loss of mojo on the Water Scorpion, I initially wasn't going to take part in this. Then I thought the imminent deadline might actually motivate me after all, and frankly, I could use a small win at the moment. I did seriously consider a barely-started project that would (probably) have been legal, but eventually decided that there was just too much work needed. None of the safe, easy projects excited me, and besides, I always seem to have done better with mad projects than safe one in the 1Wk GB, so I selected a sci-fi project that's close to my heart.

Then I found that I don't have the materials I need to do the sci-fi project the easy way or the time to do it the hard way.

Then I remembered this project and realised that it was the right blend of achievable, crazy and fully-resourced.

Then I couldn't find the base model. For two days.... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

I have now found the model. It was pretty much where it should have been all along, but as in so many other episodes like this, I was looking for the wrong mental image and skipped right past it.... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

So, here we are then, the Snow Scarab: a three-ski aerosan made by Scammel, using a cabin design that bears a remarkable resemblance to their Scarab delivery tractor. The base is the ex-Airfix Dapol kit, the prop is an anonymous white metal item I got in a job lot of such things, and the skis will be cut down from 1/24th scale personal skis from a car accessory set. Colour scheme will be BAS International Orange.

Obligatory 'I havn't started yet honest guv" pic:

This is going to be good, I just KNOW it!  :thumbsup:


--- Quote from: PR19_Kit on June 14, 2020, 08:55:45 am ---This is going to be good, I just KNOW it!  :thumbsup:

--- End quote ---

Oh! Ho Ho YES

Very interesting concept. I am looking forward to see its development.

Now presenting: Yesterday's News Tomorrow!!!!!!

or: How I Went To Take A Progress Pic At 1am And Found That I'd left My Camera Switched On And the Battery Was Flat.

Here we are:

The idea is that the original engine drives a shaft that goes to a gearbox at the back. That drives a vertical shaft to the prop, which sits on the back of a bullet fairing. Upside is lower CofG, downside is transmission losses. To be honest, I'm not convinces the original engine would be powerful enough, but for the sake of time saving I'm going for it.

On the same basis, I'll probably not try to glaze the windows (there's no transparencies with the kit), but what I might do is leave the cab detachable so that I can add them later if I feel like it.


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