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GROUP BUILDS => The Racing and Competition G.B. => Topic started by: Dizzyfugu on January 04, 2019, 01:20:41 am

Title: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 04, 2019, 01:20:41 am
Well, things in the pre-Xmas season kept me away from this GB, but I will try to add a 3rd build until the deadline. The idea is to scratch something along the lines of Darryl Greenamyer's "Shockwave" project, a purpose-built Reno Unlimited Class Racer and serious speed record contender. But AFAIK the aircraft has never been finished.

(https://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/4/8/5/1583584.jpg?v=v40)

What I find interesting about the aircraft is that many parts from a T-2 "Buckeye" were used - and parts from the 1:72 Matchbox kit will certainly find its way into this kitbashing mess. The thing was also supposed to have a tricycle landing gear - the tailsitter layout in the picture was just the result of the CoG shifted backwards because of the lack of the massive engine.

My build is not intended to be a true model of the Shockwave, rather something along its lines, a kind of tribute build for somethang that apparently has not fully materialized yet?
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: zenrat on January 04, 2019, 01:58:25 am
 :ph34r:
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2019, 05:39:18 am
Typical Greenamayer, so far out into left field it's almost in the next county!

My mind is pre-boggled at what you'll make of it Thomas.  :o :o
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 04, 2019, 06:41:34 am
I believe it will end up like this

(http://village.photos/images/user/8f3973c9-3f0e-4b54-80e2-017121c0bf9f/d7b560b7-8412-4774-b48e-ebb55359322c.jpg)
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 04, 2019, 11:53:10 am
Those look like Sea Fury wings............
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 04, 2019, 12:06:15 pm
Yes, it's based on a highly modified Sea Fury Kit
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 05, 2019, 01:46:21 am
AFAIK, the real Shockwave utilized the (shortened) tail and the wings (incl. the landing gear, but sanss wingtip tanks) from a T-2, including the air brakes on the fuselage. The cockpit was moved backwards, with several equipment and tank compartments ahead, and it was to be driven by a pimped R-3350, driving a three-blade propeller with a fat spinner and really deep but short blades (from a P-3, literally sawed off). The nose wheel came from an F-100, and I assume that it was mounted behind the engine and retracted backwards (found no evidence for this so far). I just found mention that the wheelbase must have been very short and the track utterly wide - certainly no fun to handle the aircraft on the ground...
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 05, 2019, 05:03:05 am
The wings in the very first pic you posted look to have curved trailing edges, like a Sea Fury. So what happened to the T-2 wings?
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 05, 2019, 05:24:48 am
No idea... I am also not certain which evolutionary stages the thing made since its conception. As a weird side note, the T-2 landing gear seems still to be there in the real world WiP picture above?!
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 05, 2019, 05:28:34 am
You're right there dizzy, but the wheel bays look Sea Fury. Plus there's the space in the leading edge between the fuselage and the rest of the leading edge, for the oil radiators and air intake on the Centaurus engine.

EDIT later: Just looked at some photos of the T-2 u/c, what's installed in Dizzy's first pic are not T-2 legs, different hinge set up in the wing altogether.
Title: Re: 1:72 "Shockwave" thing Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 05, 2019, 06:45:18 am

EDIT later: Just looked at some photos of the T-2 u/c, what's installed in Dizzy's first pic are not T-2 legs, different hinge set up in the wing altogether.


I don't think they're Sea Fury legs either, as they have that weird sideways translating movement linkage and you can't see that in the pic.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 05, 2019, 10:47:03 am
Ah, I can clarify the confusion: I mixed up two projects of the same designer (Dave Cornell), who created the "Shockwave" for Darryl Greenamyer, but ALSO built a very similar aircraft in the mid Nineties on his own agenda, the "American Spirit". The picture above is actually the "Shockwave" in the making, and it correctly had Sea Fury wings, an R-4360 engine and is/was a tailsitter!

But it's not the aircraft I will use as a benchmark - it's Cornell's "American Spirit", and then things make more sense. Both aircraft have a similar profile, though, with a swept tail, but there are some considerable differences. The T-2 wings were mid-mounted, the engine was an R-3350, cobbled together from four DC 7 powerplants, and the aircraft had a cruciform tail (with de-swept F-86 stabilizers), plus the F-100 frontwheel. Here are some impressions from it:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7862/46618091911_abbfba1dd8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e2tUzn)
Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer (https://flic.kr/p/2e2tUzn) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4867/46617985991_9584561e48_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e2tn6a)
Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer (https://flic.kr/p/2e2tn6a) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4840/46566082292_bf395d2c68_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2dWTkVN)
Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer (https://flic.kr/p/2dWTkVN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

Sorry for the confusion - I just threw both together in my mind!
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 05, 2019, 01:47:02 pm
That one's even WEIRDER than the Shockwave!  :o :o
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: zenrat on January 05, 2019, 05:24:18 pm
That's one mother of a prop.
IMO (based purely on aesthetics) this American Spirit has too much fuselage.  I would lose the section between the rear of the canopy and the front of the fin thus making it more Gee Bee like.

Are there, like in the automotive world, historic aircraft purists who object to genuine parts being used to build Hot Rods?
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: KiwiZac on January 05, 2019, 07:24:27 pm
I'm sure there are, Fred, but then there are weirdo race fans like me who love warbirds AND really enjoy seeing bastardisations like Shockwave, Tsunami, Miss Ashley II etc.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 06, 2019, 02:20:50 am
AFAIK, the American Spirit was a true garage build, based on as many existing components as possible. As a tactical joker for Reno, the design team insisted on retaining the T-2's air brakes, hence the slightly odd rear fuselage: the plan was to use the brakes during the start procedure, when the engine could be revved up to full power but the air speed still controlled manually. This was supposed to yield a 4-5 sec. leap against typical racing Mustangs and still 1-2 sec. against the intended main foe, "Rare Bear"!
The prop is intimidating - and apparently this design, with few but deep blades, seems to be the latest trend. I have seen this on a Bearcat, too.

No plastic has been cut yet, but I delved through the donor bank. Found the base T-2, as well as an F-100 earmarked for slashing. Found a pair of F-86 stabilizers, too, as well as resin DC 7 cowlings, P-3 blades and C-130 spinners! The canopy is still a challenge, but I am amazed how much suitable material I actually had at hand?!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4820/45999613654_496706cdfa_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q3x9)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q3x9) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


No idea concerning the livery yet. I somewhat favor a very simple scheme, all white or silver, or something blatantly "patriotic", matching the aircraft' name. AFAIK, Cornell had been searching for a sponsor, but I am not certain if I actually want to follow that design route, after the Gulf Mustang.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 06, 2019, 04:49:18 am

The prop is intimidating - and apparently this design, with few but deep blades, seems to be the latest trend. I have seen this on a Bearcat, too.


The XF-84H Thunderprop had a similar design, and it was meant to spin supersonically. Were these piston engined designs mean to spin that fast too?
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 06, 2019, 06:54:48 am
Were these piston engined designs mean to spin that fast too?

Not if it's to be a Reno Racer, the public are very close to the race line (been there, done that) and the racket from a supersonic prop couldn't be tolerated. If by what I saw at the races back in 96 or 97, they turn slowly and for myself I could hear the throb of the props long before they appeared at the finish line (they go down into a valley as they turn around at the last pylon to head to the finish line and disappear from view).

Rare Bear was the first I think to fly with one of these very wide chord bladed props.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 06, 2019, 06:59:46 am
Ah, I can clarify the confusion: I mixed up two projects of the same designer (Dave Cornell), who created the "Shockwave" for Darryl Greenamyer, but ALSO built a very similar aircraft in the mid Nineties on his own agenda, the "American Spirit".

It looks like he used as much of the T-2 fuselage too, it's built like the proverbial brick sh$t-house
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2019, 06:40:14 am

The XF-84H Thunderprop had a similar design, and it was meant to spin supersonically.

Apparently the sound waves made people physically sick.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: JayBee on January 08, 2019, 07:32:16 am

The XF-84H Thunderprop had a similar design, and it was meant to spin supersonically.

Apparently the sound waves made people physically sick.

Which got it the nickname of the Thunderscreach.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 08, 2019, 09:50:54 am

The XF-84H Thunderprop had a similar design, and it was meant to spin supersonically.

Apparently the sound waves made people physically sick.

Which got it the nickname of the Thunderscreach


I've got the X-Planes vacform kit in The Loft.

I have NO idea why I haven't built it yet, it's just crying to be Whiffed into an in-service version. Maybe Canadian, eh?
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 09, 2019, 02:03:06 am
No news here so far yet, due to health issues since last weekend.  :-\
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: zenrat on January 09, 2019, 02:38:29 am
Nothing serious I hope.
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: NARSES2 on January 09, 2019, 06:21:07 am
Nothing serious I hope.

Indeed, hope everything's ok Dizzy ?
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 09, 2019, 11:46:09 pm
Allergy shock last weekend (again...). But I am O.K., and actually I started work on this one yesterday evening. The T-2 lost its nose, engine bay and the original cockpit hump, and I made a new opening for the new cockpit  right in front of the fin. I also found a nice canopy - hard to identify, looks almost as if it came from a Ho 229. The wings also lost their tip tanks and the flaps (since the American Spirit would not feature this luxury, as well as any trim tabs). This will become messy, I think, and I will work my way from the rear/cockpit forward to the engine and finally see how I can rebuild the lower fuselage. The thing is looking cool and fast, though, and it is large. A Mustang looks rather diminuitive next to it, and it's still missing the engine!

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4911/32849261178_7a79c08c08_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S3M3U3)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/S3M3U3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7846/45999612804_8c9240fe0e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q3hu)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q3hu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4890/32849258358_1c2bded0dd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/S3M34q)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/S3M34q) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4843/45999611874_a99d42f4d6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q31s)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q31s) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: NARSES2 on January 10, 2019, 06:09:00 am
Glad your o.k.  :thumbsup: Look after yourself
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 10, 2019, 07:47:48 am
I try to avoid these "food mines" as good as possible, but sometimes...  :-\
Title: Re: 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 12, 2019, 02:23:56 am
Due to the circumstances, slow but somewhat steady progress. For the engine I eventually switched to a Centaurus cowling from the Pioneer2/Airfix kit, which is IMHO a little narrow, but the diameter is an almost prefect match for the T-2 fuselage. Work on the propeller has also begun; I used an authentic C-130 spinner, which had to be cut off of a massive resin nacelle that came with an integral spinner... The donor part received a metal axis and a sytrene tube adapter in/behind the Centauris engine, and three of the six propeller attachment points on the spinner were faired over. They go together really well, but firther work (the monster blades from a P-3, which come close to the original Aurora parts) will resume when most of the fuselage has been finished.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4857/45999611114_e8cd18dd89_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q2Mm)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2d5Q2Mm) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7878/31782720067_4fde2986dd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqwKoc)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QqwKoc) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The canopy and the respective fairing with the (now clipped) fin turns out to be a 3D sculpting nightmare, but it's slowling coming together. I also installed a cockpit tub now - a leftover floor/back firewall from a Revell Fiat G.91, trimmed down to fit between the wing attachment fairings which bulge inside.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7818/31782718937_a3f85418ac_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqwK3H) by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/]dizzyfugu (https://flic.kr/p/QqwK3H
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP[/url), on Flickr


After the engine (filled with tons of lead) has been fitted I now turned attention to the lower fuselage, which has to be completely improvised. I found a leftover rear end of a ship hull in the donor bank, and with some trimming in any dimension it is, together with a simple styrene sheet wegde at the rear, a good basis for further body work with putty.
The wings have also been further modified - the T-2's small LERXs are gone, instead I gave the aircraft some air scoops in the wing roots - no picture of the American Spirit shows any air intake, what I find dubious?

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4820/31782718117_5b2f50bd97_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJNz)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJNz) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7867/31782717097_b84e9bff52_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJuZ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJuZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4864/31782715587_f5e68809a3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJ3X)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/QqwJ3X) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


This thing looks SO odd, with its high and swept tail and the deep but thin T-2 wings! And I think it will get even stranger when the wide and tall tricycle landing gear is eventually added!?
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 13, 2019, 02:46:57 am
Pics added to former WiP posts.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 13, 2019, 03:20:41 am
That's AMAZING Thomas! Can't wait to see the finished article.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 13, 2019, 05:18:48 am
Thank you, but it will take some more time. But I am amazed how close I come the the real thing - or at least to what I know about it.

Currently integrating the F-100 front landing gear well, taken from a Tamiya/Italeri F-100D. The good thing: the kit comes with a separate well, so the implantation is rather easy since I have complete side walls, covers and the whole strut with the twin wheels. I also started work on what I think are exhaust stubs on the upper fuselage, at the wings leading edge.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4832/46742282721_e937eca913_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2edsqbe)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2edsqbe) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4826/45826674535_52d66c0fc2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxFLc)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxFLc) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


For both details I first finished the fuselage and then started cutting away material again. Not the most elegang method, but with so much putty and plastic involved in multipe layers, I think it's the most efficient strategy. And it seems to work - the front wheel well slipped into position like a charm, and it even appears plausible! The exhaust ports are more tricky, but thing unfold better than expected.  :lol:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7819/46742283921_1a4be064b0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2edsqwV)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2edsqwV) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4918/46742281881_42bfdbd1bd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2edspVK)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2edspVK) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 14, 2019, 12:02:56 am
Yesterday the basic work has been completed: wings were mounted, as well as the stabilizers to the tail. The latter are supposed to come from an F-86H, "de-swepts". Since I could not find any good indication what this would have meant in real life, I went for my own solution. I found a pair of F-86A stabilizers, but found these to be too small, lacking depth. Then I tried a single F-86D stabilizer as an alternative (which has a bigger span), but it still looked goofy and much too fragile Then I tried a pair of MiG-15 stabilizers, and their shape and sweep looked much more conclusive on the T-2 tail, even though a little too small. Eventually I used the wings from an 1:144 Tornado (Dragon), used the MiG-15 parts as sweep benchmark and the F-86D for the span, tailored the tips, and had a pair of suitable stabilizers for the American Spirit!


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7804/46689356352_cd660ac02e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e8Ma1C)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2e8Ma1C) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


I also mounted the landing gear - and it looks as weid as expected. The T-2 track is really wide (18.5' in real life), and the struts are very long, too. The F-100 front leg was cut down, but I kept a slight nose-up stance in order to protect the propeller. And the wheelbase is just a mere 6'!!! But this matches the description of the real design, so I must have come close to Cornell's original idea, placing the front wheel well behind the engine, under the wing roots.

This morning I also completed the propeller, added three P-3 blades to the C-130 spinner. This looks menacing!  :wacko:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4900/46689354102_55e8ea8789_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2e8M9kQ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2e8M9kQ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr



BTW: the whole thing strongly reminds me of the ill-fated (but much bigger) Curtiss F15C (which also carried a jet engine under its tail boom):

(http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/fww2/f15c/f15c-6.jpg)


I am still not 100% certain concerning the paint scheme, and it becomes time to settle on that. I will probably add an overall coat of white primer first, creating a good basis for further work and also in order to check the surface of this putty build. I somewhat favor something like this, Bicentennial-ish:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSSvL_YA7oj6ozD9HJZiLz4z92g1hchMkrR-KYRzxp5ZQrb08Mq)
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: nighthunter on January 14, 2019, 08:51:22 am
If I may, Thomas, how about a mix of the Bicentennial and USAF Thunderbirds schemes?
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 14, 2019, 10:10:20 am
The Thunderbirds were also an idea - I have a decal det for an F-16 somewhere. But I favor a blue nose with stars all over, I am just not certain about the rest... I even consider an asymmetrical design. Not an easy decision.
Still some detail work to do, though, and I am afraid that the white primer will have to wait until next weekend due to poor weather and light conditions outside at the moment here.

BTW, updated the previous post with WiP pics, and here's what the beast looks like now:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7801/45826669915_cdf91bcf00_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxEox)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxEox) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4828/45826668375_78a638e970_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxDVZ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2cPxDVZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: joncarrfarrelly on January 14, 2019, 12:20:16 pm
De-swept is pretty easy, you'd either take out a wedge from
the leading to trailing edge, wider at the front, or add a wedge
from the leading to trailing edge, wider at the rear. Either way
would make center of chord of the surface perpendicular to
aircraft centreline instead of at an angle.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: kitnut617 on January 14, 2019, 01:07:40 pm
If you have or can find, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S NATO 50th Anniversary boxing, it has a mass of stars and such for the decals.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: nighthunter on January 14, 2019, 01:25:03 pm
If you have or can find, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S NATO 50th Anniversary boxing, it has a mass of stars and such for the decals.

Sadly, I just googled it, and it isn't available anywhere. Yet.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 14, 2019, 11:42:37 pm
I have a sheet with a zillion of WWII US Army stars from TL Modellbau. A good opportunity to use them!  ;)

(https://tl-modellbau.de/media/image/product/937/lg/usa-sterne-1-72.jpg)
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 15, 2019, 11:53:15 pm
Progress slows down. Did some detail work around the exhaust ports and the cockpit, and found some (more) minor dents on the hull.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: kitnut617 on January 16, 2019, 06:18:32 am
If you have or can find, the Hasegawa 1/72 F-104S NATO 50th Anniversary boxing, it has a mass of stars and such for the decals.

Sadly, I just googled it, and it isn't available anywhere. Yet.

I think it was released a long time ago NH, the boxing of it in my stash has been there a long time. I was just looking at it on Sunday while I was "counting' the stash.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 16, 2019, 10:14:33 am
Some more aspects of the model:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7878/46767049711_12039903ca_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2efDmxi)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2efDmxi) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4903/46767046971_8a4fda8ee4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2efDkJ4)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2efDkJ4) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7835/39801643033_1b70644f72_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23D8PNH)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/23D8PNH) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: jalles on January 16, 2019, 10:39:12 am
Wow, that's looking excellent! That side view really shows off the short wheelbase, the prop ground clearance sure looks tight.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: kitnut617 on January 16, 2019, 11:14:27 am
Wow, that's looking excellent! That side view really shows off the short wheelbase, the prop ground clearance sure looks tight.

Agreed   :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The short wheelbase reminds me of a Ryan Fireball
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: loupgarou on January 16, 2019, 12:10:32 pm
What a beast!  :thumbsup: The first photo makes me think of something russian.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 16, 2019, 02:15:17 pm
That's looking VERY mean Thomas!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 17, 2019, 12:06:21 am
Glad you all like it. The canopy turned out to be a fight because it is actually a little too wide, and matching it to the opening in the fuselage was tricky, too. But with some tricks and patience it looks good now, esp. in the profile. Looks very natural.  :lol:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: zenrat on January 17, 2019, 12:58:46 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 19, 2019, 03:50:02 am
Things started moving again; the kit received a thin white primer coat, and I am suprised that only a few notches have to be filled or evened out. Looks as if a full white overall coat can follow soon.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/46746785482_f77af27564_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2edRuG3)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2edRuG3) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 19, 2019, 11:34:08 am
This afternoon, after filling final blems, I gave the "American Spirit" an overall white coat of paint...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4858/46804064191_51d58157af_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eiV4DZ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2eiV4DZ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and then started with the "decoration"; I eventually decided to follow my initial inspiration and apply something "holistic", beyond cheat lines and frayed ornaments. Instead: blunt (and asymmetrical) patriotism:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4856/32928196828_a6d98d1355_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SaKBHw)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SaKBHw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: nighthunter on January 19, 2019, 10:22:25 pm
Hey, that's along the same lines as what I was going to suggest, but yours looks better!
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 20, 2019, 10:25:35 am
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4832/32940714528_4b296ea7a8_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SbRLMW)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SbRLMW) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4909/32940711978_362d8b45e0_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SbRL2Y)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/SbRL2Y) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Doug K on January 20, 2019, 01:06:34 pm
Yes, that’s it!
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 22, 2019, 12:43:17 am
Again, slow progress. Did detail work around the cockpit (painting interior and canopy, seat added), created silver leading edges on the wings with decal strips and assembled the landing gear. The propeller was also touched up with paint and decals. I am still searching for some proper racing numbers for the aircraft, since it was supposed to start in Reno, and these will define the position of the stars on the blue background.

However, now that the American Spirit stand son its own feet and with the propeller in place, the thing looks quite attractive!
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 22, 2019, 11:48:43 pm
More cosmetic progress - now we have a star-spangled aircraft, and I also added details like fake panel lines,  made from thin decal strips or drawn with a soft pencil. Almost done, just a final coat of varnish to come.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 23, 2019, 06:04:41 am

 I am still searching for some proper racing numbers for the aircraft,


1/32 scale slot racing car number decals? They usually come with blank white circles which you can add any shape and style of numbers to.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 23, 2019, 10:33:31 am
I have found, in the meantime, a convenient solution - Twelves taken from a generic decal sheet for German fire engines, actually a part of the official emergency telephone number (112). And this is the latest status - first the model on its own feet:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7843/46852504991_7e7e6e064d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eockqc)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/2eockqc) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


And then a handful of fairy dust spilled over the cowling and the spinner...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7888/39887538663_874a62b107_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23LJ4zR)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/23LJ4zR) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4830/39887540983_5792f7df12_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/23LJ5gR)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special "American Spirit" Reno Racer - WiP (https://flic.kr/p/23LJ5gR) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


The final varnish coat is just drying, and there are some finishing touches (position lights) left. But I think that I will finish it with beauty pics this weekend, right in time for the GB deadline.





Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Tophe on January 23, 2019, 11:57:23 am
wow :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: loupgarou on January 23, 2019, 02:21:49 pm
Wow indeed. How did you do those bloody thin lines all around the cowling?
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: kerick on January 23, 2019, 08:40:12 pm
That is a really great job! Looks fantastic!
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 24, 2019, 12:13:32 am
Thanks a lot, everyone. Looks a little cheesy, but the aircraft's name justifies the measures, IMHO.  :mellow:


Wow indeed. How did you do those bloody thin lines all around the cowling?

Generic silver decal strips (TL Modellbau), probably just 0.5mm wide. The same stuff was also used, just in black, to re-create the air brakes. The effect is great, and less messy than using a pen or even trying to engrave these lines on a hazardous of various styrene and putty types.  ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: loupgarou on January 24, 2019, 04:55:08 am
Thanks, Dizzy.
I know TL decals, didn't know they did also stripes so narrow.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: NARSES2 on January 24, 2019, 06:17:44 am
Stars on the spinner are just gorgeous  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: nighthunter on January 24, 2019, 06:19:58 am
Might I suggest Pepsi Cola as a sponsor? :P
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: NARSES2 on January 24, 2019, 06:21:21 am
"American Spirit" - Southern Comfort as the sponsor ?  ;)
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: kitnut617 on January 24, 2019, 06:26:37 am
Looks a little cheesy,

I don't know, I think it looks spot-on   :thumbsup:  Now did you put on 50 stars  --- you just know some JMN will start counting them ---
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: major on January 24, 2019, 08:57:30 am

WoW! :thumbsup:
Can't wait for the beauty pics!
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 27, 2019, 08:12:04 am
Finished photo shooting, but editing takes time. ETA for the final post: tomorrow.
Title: Re: WiP +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer (w. pics)
Post by: zenrat on January 27, 2019, 07:57:51 pm
<rolls on floor kicking feet and banging fists>
Want

them

now!

Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 27, 2019, 11:47:52 pm
Some background:

Instead of a normal story compiled/edited by myself, a very good “real” source: an article about the “American Spirit” project from 1996, scanned from a magazine and posted elsewhere:

(http://hanksnet.com/images/as_p1.jpg)

(http://hanksnet.com/images/as_p2.jpg)

(http://hanksnet.com/images/as_p3.jpg)

(http://hanksnet.com/images/as_p4.jpg)



And here are some impressions from the finished model:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7803/46850723192_f4daeb73dd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cKw)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cKw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7912/46850722252_c13a2b6715_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3ctj)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3ctj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7873/33027361248_7cb3485877_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRQU)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRQU) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/33027360198_d2eb84e7a4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRwN)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRwN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7806/46850723482_6c4f7fc2d4_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cQw)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cQw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4847/46850723342_74cbb7cb65_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cN7)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cN7) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7830/33027361508_58cd5ca480_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRVo)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRVo) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


..and also in flight:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4858/33027360818_6df429e4b2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRHu)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRHu) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7872/46850722792_f780886305_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cCC)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cCC) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7821/33027361068_4781e86859_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRMN)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRMN) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7913/46850723122_c6c77c2d5c_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cJj)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cJj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4855/46850722862_026227219a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cDQ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cDQ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4857/33027360708_56be2dc8fa_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRFA)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRFA) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7915/46850722972_b333ea82a6_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cFJ)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cFJ) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7902/46850722712_868c7054df_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cBf)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cBf) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


...and, finally, in standard static display:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7864/33027360518_13d2877459_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRCj)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRCj) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4850/46850722432_1f610feb49_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cwq)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3cwq) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7802/33027360338_86ec5e70eb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRzd)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/SjvRzd) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7814/46850722612_c3697a8990_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3czw)
1:72 Cornell/Jackson Special &quot;American Spirit&quot; (Bu. No. N5032Q/#12) Air Speed Record/Reno Unlimited Class Racer, 1998 (Whif/kitbashing) (https://flic.kr/p/2eo3czw) by dizzyfugu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dizzyfugu/), on Flickr


A massive scratch-build. While challenging the work on this model was fun because it followed in its creation a similar process as the real “American Spirit”, which was, AFAIK, sold and never completed. In the end, I am positively surprised how close the overall outlines seem to come to the real (and odd-looking) aircraft, even though the garish livery is purely speculative, so that this model is, despite its roots in the real world and the attempt to stay true to the original, a fictional/whif piece. The finish is a bit rough, though, but that’s probably the price to pay when you create things from scratch.  :mellow:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: zenrat on January 28, 2019, 12:25:24 am
Your cockpit is further forward than the 1:1 in the photos.  However, you have done a fantastic job.
Excellent.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 28, 2019, 12:28:49 am
Your cockpit is further forward than the 1:1 in the photos.  However, you have done a fantastic job.
Excellent.

 :thumbsup:

The canopy is shorter in real life, too.
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: zenrat on January 28, 2019, 12:34:54 am
They obviously made some design changes during the build process...
 :mellow:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 28, 2019, 01:11:33 am
That's pretty darned awesome Thomas. And the finish is superb!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Are there any star decals left in your part of Germany?  ;D ;)
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 28, 2019, 01:36:43 am
Well, I had to order a second sheet of the H0 gauge WWII Allied markings, but I think that was worth it?
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: rickshaw on January 28, 2019, 03:49:16 am
Well worth it.  Fantastic build.  My daughter upon seeing the pictures you've just posted asked if that was a model or not.  I suggested it was a model.  She didn't believe me.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 28, 2019, 04:15:50 am
Oops!  ;D But I take that as a compliment!
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: kitnut617 on January 28, 2019, 06:34:55 am
Superb!  (can't think of anything else to say, I'm gobsmacked)
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: NARSES2 on January 28, 2019, 07:20:21 am
Tremendous build Thomas  :bow:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: major on January 28, 2019, 05:08:25 pm

Fantastic!  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Dizzyfugu on January 28, 2019, 10:12:36 pm
Thank youn all, glad you like it!  :lol:
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: TallEng on January 29, 2019, 01:15:16 pm
Well golly gosh!!
Doesn't even begin to do it justice :thumbsup:
Cracking job Thomas.
Regards
Keith
Title: Re: DONE @p.5 +++ 1:72 Cornell/Jackson "American Spirit" Reno Racer
Post by: Tophe on January 30, 2019, 10:06:32 pm
And here are some impressions from the finished model:
Belated congratulations! :wub: :thumbsup: