View Full Version : Three years in the making-ultimate home made model aeroplane.

12-25-2009, 04:08 AM

Nicely done Mr.Park:

Ultimate P51 Model (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237180/THE-WIDER-VIEW-Three-years-making-boys-dream--ultimate-home-model-aeroplane.html)

Dream machine: The P-51D Mustang took Young C Park, a retired Honolulu dentist, an incredible 6,000 hours to construct

The undercarriage retracts and the controls work, although the levers are so small they have to be operated with a pair of tweezers. Young C Park, from Honolulu, took three years and 6,000 hours to complete the model. Cut away on the left side to show the internal workings, all the sections were machined from common aluminium roof flashing. The metal is annealed to the proper softness, making it easier to form and carve.
Mr Park, 77, used more than 50ft of aluminium, reforming and shaping it on a lathe until he was happy with the result. The metal was usually moulded over a wooden support, but for the large area of the skin behind the cockpit he used the ball of his foot to get the correct shape.

Firepower: Ammunition belts inside the left wing. Each tiny round is made of three individual parts

According to Mr Park, working with aluminium is not so different from dental work using gold. Both can be annealed, work-hardened, burnished and made malleable. He also used his dental tools to drill parts of the fuselage and make indentations in the surface of the wing. The aircraft is 25in long, 10in high and has a wingspan of 27in. It is now on display at the Joe Martin Foundation Craftsmanship Museum in Vista, California.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...e.html#ixzz0ahJdDJRT (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237180/THE-WIDER-VIEW-Three-years-making-boys-dream--ultimate-home-model-aeroplane.html#ixzz0ahJdDJRT)

Idea takes off: Side view of the 1/16-scale Mustang's engine, a U.S.-built version of the famous Rolls-Royce Merlin

Mr Park's fascination with fighter planes began as a teenager after he discovered a Second World War aircraft scrapyard and grew when he served as a young man in the Korean War in 1952.
Of the Mustang, he says: 'It is the most beautiful of all the Second World War fighters.'
It served as a bomber escort and reconnaissance aircraft and by the end of the war had destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft, more than any other type of US fighter in Europe.

In the cockpit: Miniature levers, chains and pulleys show attention to detail. A dentist's drill was used to indent metal

Plane crazy: Young C Park in his workshop

12-25-2009, 04:54 AM
Amazing stuff by mister Park. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
I posted some images + link about a year ago I guess in the Aircraft Modelling Topic.
I remember he used to be a dentist and after his retirement he started making this highly detailed Mustang.

12-25-2009, 07:13 AM
He does some amazing work. If he does another I wonder what it will be?

12-25-2009, 08:25 AM
Here's one more for your viewing enjoyment http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Scratch built 1/5 scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I

by David Glen



If anyone asked me why I set to build a Spitfire in one-fifth scale, and detailed to the last rivet and fastener, I would probably be hard-pushed for a practical or even sensible answer. Perhaps the closest I can get is that since a small child I have been awe inspired by R. J. Mitchellís elliptical winged masterpiece, and that to build a small replica is the closest I will ever aspire to possession.

The job took me well over eleven years, during which there were times I very nearly came to giving the project up for lost. The sheer amount of work involved, countless hours, proved almost too much, were it not for a serendipitous encounter at my flying club in Cambridge with Dr Michael Fopp, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum in England.


Seeing the near complete fuselage, he urged me to go on and finish the model, promising that he would put it on display. I was flabbergasted, for when I started I had no inkling that my work would end up in a position of honour in one of the worldís premier aviation museums.

As I write, the case for the model is being prepared, having been specially commissioned by the museum with a case-maker in Sweden. I have not yet seen it, but from what I hear, it is enormous!

In one respect the story has gone full circle, since it was at Hendon where I started my research in earnest, sourcing Microfilm copies of many original Supermarine drawings, without which such a detailed build would not have been possible.

The model is skinned with litho plate over a balsa core and has been left in bare metal at the suggestion of Michael Fopp, so that the structure is seen to best advantage. The rivets are real and many are pushed into drilled holes in the skin and underlying balsa, but many more are actual mechanical fixings. I have no accurate count, but I suspect that there are at least 19,000!


All interior detail is build from a combination of Supermarine drawings and workshop manuals, plus countless photographs of my own, many of them taken opportunistically when I was a volunteer at the Duxford Aviation Society based at Duxford Airfield, home of the incomparable Imperial War Museum collection in Cambridgeshire, England. Spitfires, in various marks are, dare I say, a common feature there!




The degree of detail is probably obsessive: The needles of the dials in the cockpit actually stand proud of the instrument faces, but you have to look hard to see it!
Why the flat canopy? Well, the early Mk.Is had them, and I had no means to blow a bubble hood, so it was convenient. Similarly the covers over the wheels were another early feature and they saved me a challenging task of replicating the wheel castings.


The model has its mistakes, but Iíll leave the experts to spot them, as they most certainly will, plus others I donít even know about. I donít pretend the little Spitfire is perfect, but I do hope it has captured something of the spirit and incomparable beauty of this magnificent fighter Ė perhaps the closest to a union that art and technology have ever come Ė a killing machine with lines that are almost sublime.

So, with the model now in its magnificent new home, what comes next?

Well, Iím planning a book that will have a lot to say about its genesis and perhaps just a little about me and those dear to me, including a long suffering but understanding and supportive wife. And then thereís the MustangÖ Yes, a 1/5th scale P-51D is already taking shape in my workshop. How long will it take? Iíve no idea, but what I am sure of is that at my age (58) I canít expect to be building many of them!





David Glen
Whaddon, Cambridge


12-25-2009, 11:49 AM
er...Holy F^^^ing S.! WOW. um, ,...WOW..m,n.m unbelievable!

12-25-2009, 03:00 PM
Those are absolutely amazing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif


12-25-2009, 03:43 PM
Wow! The detail on the Spit is unreal.
I would really like to see the detail of the guns and ammunition.
Detailed down to the last rivet and bolt? I wonder is the machine guns cycle?

12-25-2009, 11:25 PM
This is great!

I also enjoy the image where Mr. Park is parked behind his desk! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

12-26-2009, 04:10 AM
These look fantastic! Such detail I have upto now only seen on tank or halftrack models but not on aircraft! That is what I call dedication!

Here something simular as a halftrack scale 1:16
Everything works on this vehicule.

12-26-2009, 09:31 AM
That work is simply astonishing! Especially the Mustang and Spitfire. Absolutely astonishing.