aircraft lituanica

Scale model ideas: aircraft “Lituanica”

This is an aircraft scale model I’ve had created for my cousin’s birthday present when I was about 11-12 years old. Made from paper and glued with simple craft glue my first aircraft “Lituanica” model was crooked and very poor quality. Because I am perfectionist to the core, not much later when I was 14-15 years old I decided to make a new version of my “Lituanica” scale model. I just couldn’t leave this vision in my head since I have had never seen such technology anywhere else.

This aircraft scale model glued with wooden sticks, 2-4 times thinner than matches, but all the parts are under a scale. And I didn’t cover it all, because in this way all the naked beauty of frame would not be visible.

The aircraft is designed by Lituanica – reworked Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker for transatlantic flight and improve the flight distance record. American-lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas improved the record, without landing flew 6411 km (4043 miles) in 1933. It was not only the farthest flight, but also incredibly accurate one, pilots were only using a simple paper map, a compass and the other navigation devices of that time.

Here you can see a scale of my model of an airplane up close. This aircraft sticks for front engine cylinders were cut from the dried and peeled willow twigs made for plaiting. These wickers are perfectly round, smooth and with time becomes brown color. It looks beautiful when you’re looking at the plane with the rest of the frames made from lighter wood sticks.

Of course, one of the hardest work was to carve the perfect aircraft propeller according to all the rules of aerodynamics, which although wasn’t perfectly smooth, but was able to rotates while wind blows. To bend thin up to 1 mm (0,04 in) thick wooden strips was easy, but I needed to cave in thicker strips with a knife like a metal plate. You can see knife scratches on the keel and stabilizer rear edges, for example.

Chassis legs had to be glued together from several individual curved strips. They were made from even thicker strips, more than 2 mm (0,08 in). Unfortunately I failed to make perfectly rounded wheel covers. They are made from two parallel plates, because this design was more convenient to paste the wheel axleWheels are made like simple cylinders, because in the original aircraft photo wheel rims aren’t visible.

The aircraft frame is not exactly an original replica of “Lituanica”, the entire frame, sticks direction of thickness options I made to appear more beautifully like the Eiffel Tower. So as I said earlier, aircraft scale model is by no means completely covered since all the naked beauty of the frame can be seen.



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