For better or worse, I'm calling this done.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Biplane
Whoa, this was a tricky and difficult build. The first thing I will do is say that it is NOT 100% accurate…in fact, it’s probably not 50% accurate to those who know the plane or are masters of aviation modeling. But…as a first attempt at something approximating a real plane, I am quite happy with what I managed to achieve with this build. But lord do I have room for improvement.
The most difficult aspects of this project were the construction of the fuselage, meditating on how to make the landing gear functional and support the weight of the model, and the final paint job. A clean white, even when you’re using a spray bomb, is not easy, and I didn’t completely succeed. Add to that a bright red and some big bold lettering, and you’ve got a big pain in the arse.
The lighting in my basement is terrible, so my plan to shoot outdoors seemed like a sound one…except that there was this atmospheric mist in the air. I may take another crack at rigging up my “studio” lighting to photograph this thing again.
The finer detailed parts of this model are certainly the gun turret and the landing gear. The landing gear ended up being a mini-project on its own, really…after not snagging pre-made wheels, I ended up fashioning some of my own, and the wheel wells adopted the same approach that I used to make the rounded contours of the fuselage.
Some of the issues with this plane are as follows: inaccurate shape of the nose (taper should be elongated from tip to edge of bottom wing); lack of flaps/ailerons; stout length of fuselage from wing edge to tail (should be a bit longer) ; higher seat of gunner station (should be almost shoulder to shoulder placement between pilot and gunner). Despite these issues, I am genuinely surprised that this thing came out like it did…I have attempted a few times in the past to make a plane model (Ford Trimotor from Temple of Doom, the Rocketeer ‘Locust’, and a vintage Batplane to name a few failed projects), but this one managed to come together in the end somehow. For that reason, I’m proud of it, and think I learned a lot from this build.
Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking.