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  • vultee35
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2005
    • 1726

    Real Aeroplane Company Max Holste Broussard - scratch built kit in 1/72 scale

    I had a flight in this aircraft back in 2017 and not long after, was asked if I could build a pair of model "Bruces" by a friend. There used to be a kit available but I discovered it went out of production. Since a few other modellers had an interest in the Broussard and I needed to make two, I decided the best way forwards was master patterns, followed by moulds and then some resin parts.

    The project started with a research trip taking photos and measurements and from those I drew up a three view to work from. The only drawing I found on the net was wildly inaccurate. A year later, the first prototype is complete and can be seen below.

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    A Photoshopped flying shot.
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  • vultee35
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Mar 2005
    • 1726

    #2
    Here's a few pictures from along the journey.....

    Fuselage templates.
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    The first sections cut to shape.
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    Most of the basic shapes for the sub assemblies.
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    Starting to look like a Broussard now.
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    Panel line scribing.
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    Mould making.
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    The first castings.
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    Starting to come together now.
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    Painting.
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    The custom made decals.
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    Stephen Carr

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    • J Boyle
      With malice towards none
      • Oct 2004
      • 9702

      #3
      Very impressive!
      There are many aircraft I wish they made kits of, be careful or I'll send you a wish list!
      There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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      • vultee35
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2005
        • 1726

        #4
        So what's on the wish list??
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        • J Boyle
          With malice towards none
          • Oct 2004
          • 9702

          #5
          Since this thread started with your very nice Broussard, here's a list of light types...
          A nice early square-tail Cessna 310 for a start..., Then a 1/48 Beaver, a nice large scale Beech 18, an Aero Commander, various single engine Cessnas, a Rapide, a large Lockheed JetStar, Aeroncas, Taylorcrafts, Pipers in L-2, 3 and 4 versions, plus their civil counterparts (basically the same kits with different fuselages with civil style windows).
          A 1/48 Beech Mentor, a Duke, King Air...

          Several helicopters...A Bell 47J Ranger (that only needs a resin fuselage since there are just of the open tailed D/G variants, S-51, a NEW S-55 (Revell is still selling their kit which is older than I am...for $20..up from .98 cents with no improvements), a S-56/H-37, a 1/48 H-21 to replace the ancient Aurora kit.

          And many more..
          There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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          • vultee35
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2005
            • 1726

            #6
            There are dH Rapide kits around on Ebay in 1/72 and 1/48 scales. I've got a Piper L-4 in 1/48th, but civil types are generally poorly represented. There's lots of colourful more modern aerobatic types such as CAP, Extras etc., which would also make nice models too but I think for many types, the kit manufacturers won't touch them. Some of the smaller companies do limited runs of stuff and I built two AZ models Austers, modifying them into a J1N and MkV. For everything else, there's scratch building!!

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            Stephen Carr

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