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Model 777 Nose Landing Gear… Made From Paper!

Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:03 pm

Yes, I know… the title of this post is quite specific… buuut I wanted to share this with fellow aviation/model enthusiasts! I'm in the midst of building a 1:60 model 777-300ER from manila file folders and wanted to share my progress on the nose landing gear, as it's one piece of the project that's turned out surprisingly well (if I may be so bold!). I tried to make it as close to the original as possible, both in terms of detail and articulation… still a few details to add. I'll be sharing more pictures/videos down the road once I finish the model as a whole (aiming for this summer).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0KwrDEasaI

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Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:10 pm

Here it is with all the details added:
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/62759_4984781291383_616587231_n.jpg
 
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Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:01 am

Thats Amazing, especially since its a working model.
The picture is awesome as it is, but the video is even better, keep up the good work and keep us updated.
Cant wait to see the finished model.

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Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:48 pm

That is absolutely phenomenal! Just out of curiosity, how long did all of that take?

And I agree...definitely keep us posted-it's looking awesome already!

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Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:36 pm

Thanks guys!

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 3):
how long did all of that take?

It took me about a week and a half between designing and building it. Making the plans/patterns took the bulk of the time, actually.

Here it is with electrical/hydraulic lines added:
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555042_4986187206530_597024213_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/733984_4986187166529_883867626_n.jpg
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:36 am

Quoting sqa380fan (Reply 4):

Very impressive! Is the small detail (hydraulic lines, wheel rim tie bolts) also made from manilla folders?

Regards, JetMech
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:35 pm

Yep, 100% made from manila folders! The hydraulic lines are just very thin pieces of paper, essentially.
 
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:46 pm

I've tackled some crazy projects in my time but yours not only pushes the envelope, but cut it up and used to build incredible paper reality!...I want your free Time!
 
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Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:25 am

Quoting sqa380fan (Reply 6):

I looked at the YouTube videos the other day. I'm still trying to work out how you built a fully retracting / extending nose gear with steering and shock strut extension from paper. You even got the correct geometry for the steering cylinders!

I was particularly impressed with the GE90’s and their working reversers      !

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Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:04 pm

To be honest, I'm not sure how it worked out either! I didn't expect it to be as functional as it is. I'm attaching my plans so you can see how I went about designing it… not that it really explains all that much hah.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8370/8581054098_eb04649649_o.jpg
 
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Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:41 am

Wow, it even retracts! Very impressive, can't wait to see more photos of it. 
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Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:22 pm

That looks absolutely amazing! You're incredibly talented! I can't wait to see your finished product.
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:52 pm

Just ran across your amazing post (there seems to be few and far between threads on airliner modeling on A.net "hobby"), and am still trying to believe what I am seeing. Not to self-gloss but I have luckily won more than my share of first places, judges best model, people's choice, etc at several past Airliners International modeling competitions and am somewhat experienced in recognizing craftsmanship. Like I said, it is difficult to imagine your expertise!

I beg to ask; why did you choose 1:60 scale -and- why card stock? I have minutely detailed gear, cockpits, etc, on my models but used more traditional materials such as styrene, aluminum, polyester, etc. I must admit, however, I never attempted to make a gear operate! Please keep us posted on your progress. I will now access the Aviation Hobby often hoping for more pictures. All best and thanks for sharing you talent. Regards...jack
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:30 pm

Why thank you!

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 12):
why did you choose 1:60 scale

This might be hard to believe, but I started the model by tracing a can of cocoa, which had a diameter of 4.125"… this was back when I was doing things by hand. The scope and detail of the project have grown immensely since then, and I've consequently transitioned to using Adobe Illustrator to draw up my plans and print them onto the manila folder paper, but of course the can determined the diameter of the fuselage and thus the scale of the project (1:60). Had I put a little more thought into it back when I started, I probably would have chosen a more 'normal' scale, and I'd probably be using the metric system as well.

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 12):
why card stock?

I took an architecture class in high school, which I loved, and we learned to make simple 'Massing models' of our ideas out of manila folder paper. Essentially, they were rough 3D sketches. Eventually I decided that it would be interesting to make something a little less conventional in a similar style, and here I am, putting together this model plane, some years later! I have to say that I find it to be a great material with which to work… it has the perfect blend of strength and malleability… and yet I can see where it doesn't seem like the obvious choice for a project like this!

Quoting cptkrell (Reply 12):
I have minutely detailed gear, cockpits, etc, on my models but used more traditional materials such as styrene, aluminum, polyester, etc.

If you have pictures posted online of your work, I'd love to see them! It sounds like you do some amazing stuff!

[Edited 2013-04-21 15:31:48]

[Edited 2013-04-21 15:32:13]
 
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Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:46 am

Sqa380fan; Your explanation of 1:60 scale choice because of availabilty of true radii at hand now to me seems plausible. I wouldn't have guessed that choice, but it is tuely unique. I once did a hypothetical "futuristic" airliner that melded 1:72, 1:50 and 1:144 parts together plus hand fabricated stuff. It was so wierd that I classified it as a 1:120. Evidently it was liked.

Availability of circle guide radii and elipse templates may keep you from "losing your mind" on future projects (I am not negatively critiquing you, please note) and perhaps your next project will be accomplished within my lifetime   But then, you already know that.

I too had archetecture, industrial design, etc in college, and we (as starving art students) used any media available to save beer money. The results usually were usually quite impressive, but nothing compared with your modeling expertise. Even after some almost twenty years at GM advanced Design I haven't been so impressed with fine-scale modeling, let alone the media you used.

Someplace, somewhere in my upstairs "toy room" I have some photos of my past efforts (I haven't been actively envolved in fine-scale modeling in some half dozen years) and would be glad to share and post. That is, if I can get wifey to help me figure out how to post photos because I am an old-timer "do by hand guy" and not very computer literate. Thanks for your response, and again, this looks like a "world-beater" project! Kind regards...jack
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Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:56 pm

Quoting sqa380fan (Reply 1):
Here it is with all the details added:

I enjoy making paper models using similar technique. Although the hobby has for various reasons taken a back seat these days. But with this, you sir, are an inspiration! The detailing, accuracy and workmanship looks top notch. I can't wait to see how this project of your progresses. Keep posting updates if you can.

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:25 pm

This is amazing! I really am amazed at the details and the amount if time put in to this!

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Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:58 am

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I'm glad you liked the update. I'm hoping to post more soon (and obviously have the project done ASAP as well)!
 
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Wed May 01, 2013 9:57 pm

Indeed, that's very impressive work. I'm looking forward to updates.
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Sun May 05, 2013 7:31 pm

Amazing work! I hope I can buy your models in the future. I look forward to following your progress!
 
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Fri May 17, 2013 2:12 am

Wow, impressive! I like your other works too  
 
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Sat May 18, 2013 3:55 am

Just stumbled across this and WOW. I've never seen anything like it. PLEASE keep up the good work, I will be following your progress for sure!
 
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Sun May 26, 2013 12:32 am

Like everybody else here...I too am simply amazed with your work. Not only the landing gear structure, but the working engine parts as well. I can only imagine what you have in store for the wing and flap assemblies. Can't wait to see the finished aircraft.
 
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Wed May 29, 2013 4:48 am

Thanks again guys! Your comments mean a lot!
 
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:13 pm

I've just seen your latest YouTube video of the 777 door opening and closing. I won't steal your limelight, I'll let you post it here  

As usual, I'm simply in awe of your skill and craftsmanship. How close are you to finishing the entire plane?
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Sat Jul 06, 2013 4:39 am

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 24):
How close are you to finishing the entire plane?

Progress has been slow, as I've been busy doing other things lately. However, the body is almost done, and the engines, tail, and horizontal stabilizers are too, albeit not attached to the fuselage just yet. So basically, I "just" have the wings/MLG left to do, plus a lot of touch-ups and fine details.

I'm going to be painting the body soon, probably within the next month, and I'll be posting a video of that   It'll reveal a lot more and give you a better idea of how the whole thing is shaping up.
 
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Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:36 am

Very very nice! I'm just wondering, why paint it? To me it would look a lot more impressive just in paper!
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Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:31 am

Quoting JRadier (Reply 26):

Very very nice! I'm just wondering, why paint it? To me it would look a lot more impressive just in paper!

Thanks! Actually, "paint" is the wrong choice of words on my part. I'm applying the livery (Air India) in clear gloss, so it will still look like manila folder. Here's an early rendition of the tail: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8070/8260358570_cf2e50988c_b.jpg
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8260358774_796526bac3_b.jpg
 
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Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:30 am

Quoting sqa380fan (Reply 27):
I'm applying the livery (Air India) in clear gloss, so it will still look like manila folder. Here's an early rendition of the tail:

Oh damn, that is beautiful!
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Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:51 pm

Your work is astounding, Luca. I have never seen such attention to detail and phenomenal workmanship. Congratulations. (I have subscribed to your YouTube channel so I can keep up with your progress.)
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