Wednesday 23 March 2022

Tumbling Dice Skis

 







Paul sent me a pre-production sample of the ski undercarriage parts that he's adding to the 1/600th scale range for the Gloster Gladiator and Fokker DXXI. These consist of undercarriage legs and two skis that glue onto lugs on the bottom of the legs, with a hole in the ski to help locate them. I assembled the Fokker DXXI example today and, with a bit of a fiddle and by cutting of the lugs to get a neat fit, 

I managed to put it together. It looks a little bit out of scale but not so much that it's not recognisable as a set of skis, although you might be excused for thinking they were floats. In fact I was wondering if you could make better use of them for 1/285th scale aircraft, although they'd probably be a bit under scale by comparison. It does mean I can now go ahead with a Winter War scenario project for Bag the Hun and possibly Wings at War, unless the Franco Thai War grabs my attention first?

5 comments:

  1. I always thought ski u/c were much thinner than the model. These almost look like floats. I'd be tempted to replace the skis with a scratch built part.

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  2. Yes I agree, they are too big. I am probably going to compromise by just filing off the wheels on the existing undercarriage parts, so that they look more like skis.

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  3. The backs of the ski look OK but the fronts could do with a tiny bit of trimming down and they'll be fine.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. I wonder if that is meant to be snow piled up on the fronts?

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  4. No, its the shoes on the front of he skis designed to stop them digging in when landing.

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