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Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:37 pm
by Mark
Sorry, you didn't get a build diary of this one. To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to finish it. It's lots of very tiny parts.
The engine is a Gnome Monosoupape 100hp British rotary engine to give it its full name. It was fitted to the Sopwith Pup, and quite a few other planes of the period.
The kit is made by Taurus models of Poland, and I heartily recommend the company. The owner is a really nice guy to deal with, and happily sent me some spare parts when the carpet monster got greedy!! His web site is here. http://www.taurusmodels.pl

The kit consist of 90 odd resin parts, the largest of which is the crank case, the smallest make a splinter look big! The casting is absolutely superb.

I did find one photo of the rocker on my phone, with a No 11 scalpel blade point for scale.

Imagefullsizeoutput_8ca by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Here's the finished model

ImageIMG_4808 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

A rear view. The stand is clear resin. I painted the base black, and the engine is glued with Krystal Klear, so the rear detail isn't hidden.

ImageIMG_4809 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

Hiding behind the traditional scale cube!

ImageIMG_4810 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

and finally, a close up.

ImageIMG_4811 by Mark Wakelin, on Flickr

I have another kit by the same company. A Clerget 9B, as fitted to a Sopwith Camel amongst others. This monster of a kit is still 1/32, not massively bigger in size, but consists of nearly 300 mostly tiny resin parts. Again, superbly cast. The cooling fins are the finest casing I've ever seen. Ɓukasz, the owner of the business must have studied at Hogwarts. There's no other explanation. I'll do a diary for that one when I eventually start it.

Re: Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:59 pm
by number1
Excellent modelling in miniature, must have been a few heart stopping moments removing those rocker arms from their casting blocks!

Re: Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:09 am
by royjess
Well done Mark, You must have a steady hand :o :clap:

Re: Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:49 am
by Mark
Thanks guys. Yes, cutting the rockers free was tricky.
The whole kit is a challenge.

Re: Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:11 am
by Morris
Great work Mark - had my eye on one of these occasionally - if I can see the parts :(

Re: Taurus Gnome Rotary engine 1/32

PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:04 pm
by Mark
Thanks folks. They are certainly challenging, but the level of detail is phenomenal!