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Santos-Dumont Demoiselle
Staff MemberSenior Editor
United Kingdom
Joined: June 11, 2003
KitMaker: 17,164 posts
AeroScale: 12,620 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 04:18 PM UTC
Filip (xmald11) shares his amazing scratchbuilt 1:48 Demoiselle.

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Bayern, Germany
Joined: December 11, 2009
KitMaker: 573 posts
AeroScale: 36 posts
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 05:04 PM UTC
Filip, I bow myself to your modelling skills; you are a true artist! It is a pleasure to look at your model. May I ask you how you made your turnbuckles?

Best Regards

Staff MemberManaging Editor
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
KitMaker: 7,342 posts
AeroScale: 3,044 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 02:42 AM UTC
Superb and incredible model. Tell me about the turnbuckles?
Nelson, New Zealand
Joined: February 14, 2013
KitMaker: 467 posts
AeroScale: 465 posts
Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 06:37 AM UTC
Absolutely delightful.
Staff MemberAssociate Editor
California, United States
Joined: May 03, 2006
KitMaker: 1,906 posts
AeroScale: 186 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 04:33 AM UTC
That's an absolutely gorgeous model! I've been working on an old Inpact (now Lindberg) Martin-Handasyde monoplane off and on... your build inspires me to get back at it. Well done!
Connecticut, United States
Joined: October 26, 2009
KitMaker: 415 posts
AeroScale: 381 posts
Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:53 PM UTC
How did you get the bamboo to look like Bamboo?


You actually used bamboo!

In "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines" a Demoiselle had not been built or flown in 40 years. They couldn't get theirs to fly until they found a lady pilot who weighed 110 pounds (50 Kilos). They then upon some more research found out the original could only lift about 50 kilos.

Captn Tommy
Parana, Brazil
Joined: April 19, 2012
KitMaker: 171 posts
AeroScale: 1 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 01:07 AM UTC
Excellent build and finish. Cheers from Brazil
Wojewodztwo Wielkopolskie, Poland
Joined: March 18, 2012
KitMaker: 119 posts
AeroScale: 119 posts
Posted: Friday, March 03, 2017 - 01:56 AM UTC
Many thanks for your kind words!!!
When it comes to the turnbuckles I make them using the cotton buds plastic tube stretched over the flame. The "loop" is a piece of a wire. If you need more information - let me know I`ll post some more detailed description.
The bamboo is actually a metal rod with some "blobs" of CA glue to imitate the texture. It was painted with artistic oil paints.
United Kingdom
Joined: March 10, 2010
KitMaker: 2,164 posts
AeroScale: 1,358 posts
Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2017 - 12:58 AM UTC
That is incredible work! And your first scratch build? Just amazing!
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Joined: June 16, 2010
KitMaker: 67 posts
AeroScale: 11 posts
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 06:58 AM UTC
Great job Filip, really remarkable work!

I feel proud to see the invention of my fellow countryman inspiring your build.
I saw a replica in real scale in a museum, and I can say your work don't lose anything to the real one.