Caproni Ca.111 (oz11915)


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Caproni Ca.111. Radio control scale model for electric power. Wingspan 162 cm. Scale is 1/12.

From Modellismo n. 130.

Update 8/12/2023: Added article, thanks to Cesare.

Quote (google-translated from the Italian): "Fabio Pontanari presents a semi-scale model for electric power, of a legendary Italian reconnaissance plane from 1932.

The semi-reproduction of the Caproni CA 111 from 1932 has long been finished, which I had already talked about in issue 88 of MODELING and which was to be powered by a reduced Speed 600, an engine which I then installed and which allowed it to fly, but not able to take off from our grass runway. The model remained unborn until I decided it was time to make it fly decently with a brushless motor purchased some time ago, but not yet used.

The model reproduces an aircraft of the 66th squadron of the 310 gr. autonomous stationed in Irgalem (Eritrea) in 1936. And now, for those who want to try to make it happen, here are some construction notes.

Fuselage: The structure is similar to the original but entirely made of wood, lime or samba rods with crossings of silver-painted Dacron threads to simulate the bracing of the steel cables that can be glimpsed from the portholes. The truss rods are drilled on the head and I inserted bamboo pins into the 2 mm holes to improve the bonding with the four fuselage corner stringers.

The fuselage nodes are further reinforced with 0.8 mm birch plywood gussets which also act as a support for the Dacron cables. The front area is covered with 2 mm balsa and the glazing lattice is made with 2 mm birch plywood and bamboo rods (despite the design it is best to make cardboard templates before cutting the plywood). The frames are made of thin cardboard folded and glued onto the transparent panels; before gluing them I marked the heads of the screws and rivets with a sharp tube.

For the ring that encloses the annular radiator I used the cap from a pack of coffee from a well-known brand which was perfect both for the size and for the quality of the coffee!

The radiator is made of perforated and painted cardboard. The area between the undercarriage and the rear uprights includes two frames made with a structure of samba or balsa strips covered with 2 mm balsa strips. In practice, it is a T-shaped frame which, when joined, forms the two frames that support the struts, the landing gear and the shoulder rib of the wing. By comparing various photographs I reconstructed the machine gun..."

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Well engineered plan, beautifully drafted. But... She's ugly!
She's so ugly she's beautiful! Uglier than a Stinson Model A! Uglier than a Vultee V-1! In short: just beautiful! :-)
Miguel - 27/01/2020
She's as beautiful as Bianca Castafiore... But a very nice plan,
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