I am saddened to hear he has died, it's a sort of memorial that people will be making 'Gary Sunderland Designs' for years to come.
I've decided to start my build (even though I have other projects on the go) There is a write up in 'Flying Scale Models' magazine article of Gary's original build (with pictures) and descriptions.
Reading the article again and looking at the build pictures was the final push to 'tip me over the edge' and start building.
(Appeared in Flying Scale Models January 2010)
I have been collecting 'bits' for the build for some time. I have 8" spoked wheels, a new Super Tigre 45cc (as used by Gary) and the wood pack which consists of lots of laser cut ribs, assorted ply formers and ply tail/rudder/elevators pre-cut.
At 114" this is the largest wingspan model i've attempted (built a GTM 1/3 Dr1 previously and various 1/4 scale WWI stuff and got a 108" 1/8 scale vickers vimy still in progress)
Main lesson i've learnt on building big models, is to try and 'pace' the build. You can charge in full of enthusiasm and get lots of visible results, fuselage built, wings built etc.
But then you realise its all the other 'stuff' takes most of the time. I've found you can run out of enthusiasm with lots of work but little visible result to show for it.
.e,g. on the 1/3 Dr1 i put it to one side for a 'month' (that turned into 4 years) came back to it and finished it and wondered why I had stopped.
So this is going to be a long paced slog. I'm aiming for just basic 'stand off' scale detail. (The further you stand off - the more scale it looks )
p.s. I uploaded the picture. found it was upside down. deleted it, corrected and re-uploaded. however i still have an upside down thumbnail i can't seem to get rid of ???