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diseasedspawn
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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 03:57 PM UTC
Need a little advice. I'm scratch building this entire interior of a folded wing of an A-6 TRAM Intruder, but I can't figure out how to scratch build the folding mechanism:-? . It's the W-shaped thing in the pic. Any ideas?



Remember, there are no bad ideas so gimme whatever you got.

Thanks!
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 04:07 PM UTC
what scale?
The first thing that comes to mind is vehicle suspension parts




diseasedspawn
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 02:30 AM UTC
1/48

tell me more about these suspension parts
retiredyank
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 06:24 AM UTC
I would recommend looking at some of the Plastruct and Evergreen offerings. They have some beam material that makes "w" shaped parts, in various scales. Two of these sandwiched together, with plastic rod between should be acceptable for 1:48.
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 06:41 AM UTC
For the hydrolic part a 1/48th shock absorber from a jeep or truck might work. Imagination is your best friend when it comes to scratch building, next best friend is plastruct.
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:39 PM UTC
In my gallery is a close up of a helo rotor with similar parts, but at that scale, the hydraulic actuators can just be varying thicknesses of styrene rod with a disc cemented on the end at 90 degrees. I would build from that central pivot point outward to the hydraulic bushings. It looks as if .020 x .020 styrene would work well for most of the project.
KoSprueOne
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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:46 PM UTC
Some good advice up here.
The automobile suspension I was thinking about was from Formula 1 kits like from Tamiya. But your project at 1/48, it would be too big.




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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 03:34 PM UTC
Mark;
Because of the location, and the delicate nature of the part,
I would use brass parts sodered together. But it's gonna be a tuff one. Todd
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 03:52 PM UTC
Thanks everyone. Going to combine a few ideas. I bought some styrene tressels from Plastruct. They have V shaped parts that I will cut off and shave, then use some other styrene to construct the part as apart of the plane. Will let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!
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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 12:43 AM UTC
I would make each V shaped piece in thin brass, then solder together with the hydraulic legs trapped between. To cut out the V-shaped pieces you just need a pin chuck and a piercing saw. Both available very cheaply.
In plastic, the same approach by cutting the triangular shape out of two small sheets of styrene, then solvent gluing to the hydraulic components made from plastic rod. Fiddly but perfectly doable.

Martin
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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 08:28 AM UTC

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Need a little advice. I'm scratch building this entire interior of a folded wing of an A-6 TRAM Intruder, but I can't figure out how to scratch build the folding mechanism:-? . It's the W-shaped thing in the pic. Any ideas?


It looks to be 3-4 mm tall so I'd make the two triangles form .010 x .020 strip and add the fittings at apexes of the triangles for the hinge rod. Once you have two mirror image triangles add the 4 pieces that bridge the two triangles and then add the fittings for the two hydraulic jacks.

Then do it again for the other wing...
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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 08:50 AM UTC
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