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Mike Dowling

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    Sutherland, Scotland
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    Models, Natural history, photography

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  1. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    John, I know I am getting boring but, I looked back at you log and the second picture of your prop build held over the plan looks exactly the same as mine. Your third photo looks almost finished. What I simply can't figure out is what you did after the second picture but before the third.
  2. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Carl, it is indeed supposed to spin counter clockwise which I think is weird for a start. John, have you changed your mind and think I have done it wrong so far or are you suggesting an insurance policy in case ?
  3. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Thanks Ken. Checked your pictures again and it still looks to me as though I have started sanding the wrong side
  4. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Thanks LR. I know I am just being really thick ! I love the paper analogy and can visualize that quite easily in my thick head. That however is two dimensional and what I can't quite see is how to make that with the wood in three dimensions ! I will sleep on it and maybe, just maybe it will come to me in one of those flashes !!! Anyway, great to have you along for the ride. I was beginning to think no one was interested after John's brilliant build. So, where in the Highlands one wonders being another Highland dweller ?
  5. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Now I think I get it ! Like a plane wing so it will be slightly convex on the outside and slightly convex on the inside ? If that sounds OK I will get on with some more sanding (!!!) on Tuesday. I guess, worst case scenario, if I muck it up I can buy one ready done albeit not for a Sopwith !
  6. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Great to see you Cog, thanks so much for watching. Don't all models need sanding, maybe not quite so much !
  7. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    John, am I right about the concave bit ? Should it be concave not convex ?
  8. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    so have I done anything wrong yet ? apart from ( I think ) sanding convex instead of concave ?
  9. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    It just looks to me as though I have started the shaping from the wrong side ?
  10. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Oh I am sorry to be a pain. The photos are great but, at the moment , with my prop lying on its back, I have shaped sloping ends each end on one side only as per the diagram in the instructions. If I thin from the front I will lose that sloping end shape. Do you see what I mean ?
  11. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Yes.I wish that as well. I also wish I had an old propeller around to give me the right 3d look and feel. You say the trailing edge should be as thin as poss but is that the straight edge ? If I take a lot more wood off, won't I lose the profile as I have it at the moment ? Or is it just me and I can't see the 2d drawing in 3d ?
  12. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Thanks John, you are quite right, it is very difficult to explain in words and the pictures only help a small amount, but I do understand the physics if you see what I mean. Ken, your pictures are wonderful but the Sopwith propeller is not quite the same as the ends are not 'tapered' on both sides, only one. Do you both think that I need to take away more wood from the angles I have already started and then turn the prop over and remove wood from the straight side ? That would sort of be the same as I have done on the front but in reverse ? Am I getting this right yet ?
  13. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Help !! I have looked at propeller pictures until blue in the face and I still can't figure it out. This is what I have sanded off so far - it is so difficult to show in pics. I have taken one from the front, one side, the back and then the other side and lastly one sort of sideways. Can someone please tell me what I should do next ? Ignore my pencil marks as they are probably wrong.
  14. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    I know what you mean John, and I thought ships were difficult !!
  15. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    After a while (!!!!) all the spars have been capped. What a job !! And I didn't break any.
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