Scratchbuilt 1/48 Scale
by Ryan Hamilton
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One of the first
scratch built project I started was the 1/48
CT-4A Airtrainer. Its construction was similar to that used to build my
1/48 PC-9, with plastic card laminated wings, tailplane, scratch built
fuselage halves, and vac formed canopy.
Construction started with the
wings, again with laminating 30thou plastic card into an aerofoil
roughly the same shape as the wing. Although I did not have the dihedral
and wheel well to build this time, the control surfaces have recessed
and raised ribbing, which proved a challenge to build.
The fuselage was built in two
halves, left and right, the cockpit completed and the airframe glued
together. I realised from an early stage that due to the fragile nature
of the undercarriage and the weight in the tail, this model was going to
be a tail sitter. The undercarriage was made from brass to enhance
strength; I tried to reduce the amount of weight in the model, and then
glued it to the base once completed. Small exterior parts such as the
flag actuators, wing fence, and undercarriage were added and the
airframe was then primed for painting.
Other extra items included:
Propellers – Spares box (Cessna)
Exhausts – Hollow plastic rod
Canopy – Vac formed using resin master.
Cockpit – Spare box again (Cessna) along with control columns and roll
cage, and radios.
The CT-4 served in two colour
schemes with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Orange/White and the
I chose to build the orange and
white, in particular A19-040 which was one of two CT-4s used to
re-enacted the flight by Captain Henry Wrigley across Australia in 1989.
The original flight was completed in 1919 in a BE.2e. The markings and
decals were printed from a computer, and from the 1/48 Roodecal standard
This aircraft turned out to be
an attractive little model, and I have already started building a second
CT-4A in the earlier Yellow/Bronze colour scheme.
Model by Ryan
Images Copyright 2004 by Allen Yee and Pieter
Page Created 20 March, 2004
Last Updated 20 March, 2004
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