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Dirigible Nut

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Mar 10 14 1:16 PM

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Here are the latest progress photos. I just got done dry fitting the completed control car assembly to the hull. I need to apply sanding sealer to it, then ever so lightly sand it before I can paint and detail it. I just installed all the hull mounting struts and the two ladder tubes to the car, yesterday. But next, I have to make the other three cars. The aft car, and the two wing cars. I will do them next before I seal and sand them all before I paint them and permanently glue them to the hull. the way this model looks, now, except for the color, I could make this thing into the L-49, if I wanted to, instead of the R-34, the ships look so similar.

Jim.




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Mar 15 14 6:15 PM

R-34; Aft engine car completed

Just got done finishing the aft engine car for this model today, by adding and dry fitting the six hull mounting struts, "ladder" and radiator mount. That, and as well as the big engine fresh air intake tubes on the sides of the cars. The rear car has one of these on each side as it ran two engines. The control car engine, and wing cars only have one of these on them as they each only have one engine. The two round landing bumpers were added to the bottom of the aft car as well. Here is a picture, just taken today of both the control and aft cars dry fitted to the hull in their proper places to check for fit and proportion purposes to make sure they fit and look correct. This is a very small model, and as such, getting the struts down to actual scale thickness is not possible at this small a scale. The model is 20-1/2" long overall and that makes it 1/388th scale. The two wing cars are next.

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Mar 22 14 3:48 PM

All cars completed.

As the title says, I finished fabricating the wing cars, today, completing the set needed for this ship. It took a while to dry fit them so that they hung half decently below the hull. I also pemanently  placed the gondola locator pins in the hull in their appropriate places for positively locating the completed painted  and detailed cars later.That is what is next. details such as making the window, hatch, and  door decals after the grain is sealed and sanded, then painted. here are the pictures showing the control car and all three engine cars in place. Model is really taking shape, now.

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Mar 23 14 4:57 PM

Refabricated the aft car!

I had to start from scratch, today all over again , as far as the aft engine car goes. It seems that after I was done mocking up the model with all the cars in place, that something did not look right. Here, compared to the wing cars, the aft car was too small, so I had to totally make a new one for the model. The aft car on the R-34 is the same height and width as the wing cars, but since it has TWO engines front to back in it, driving one 17 foot diameter propeller, the car is about 25 percent longer than the single engine wing cars. So I made a new one in the appropriate bigger size. NOW the model looks balanced, and asthetically correct. All the cars were then refitted, and the model was checked for overall alignment and proportion correctness of the cars, keeping on tweeking until I felt happy with how the model airship looks to me. The cars are now ready to have the woodgrain in them sealed, to get them ready to spray paint silver, and then top dull clear coat them before the window and door details are applied. Then and only then can they be attached to the hull permanently. I guess I should actually fabricate the four propellers, paint them and attach them to the cars before I glue the cars to the hull beforehand. That is where I'm at right now. Here are pictures of the model with the corrected aft car in place and all dryfitting of all the cars to the hull completed.

Jim.









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Apr 19 14 12:49 PM

Completed, but a few more minor things need to be done yet.

Completed!! After two years of dealing with it, here is a first sneak peak picture of my R-34 model still sitting in it's work cradle right after I finished the color graphic paint work and decaling work. What looks like is black on the nose and tail, as well as the rudders, is actually a medium dark blue. I could not match the decals up to that detail. A minor glitch in my eyes. This first picture was taken in not very good light, and it makes this color differentiation look worse than it is.After I have the model top dull clear coated, I will get better pictures of it after it is hanging up. For now, you guys are seeing it first, right here in this pic, the results of my two year study and work on the model of this historic airship, which in my eyes is one of the most beautiful airships that was ever built. That is why I wanted a model of it.
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Jul 19 14 3:02 AM

First "cut and paste" composite pic of the model done.

Just for fun, I usually do cut and paste composites of my major airship scale model projects after they are completed. Here is the first one I just did for my R-34 model, making it look like its flying on a beautiful clear day. I do not useany computer program to do this. I actually print out a picture of the model, cut it out, then print out a picture of the sky, and tape the cut out picture of the ship on the sky pic. I'll probably do several more of this ship before I call it done. Enjoy this first one, though.image

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Aug 31 14 6:43 AM

Isolated picture of the model.

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Isolated image picture summarizes the project nicely, as all you see here is the model.

Jim.

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