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MacTaggarts Catapult

Scratch building a Mactaggart Scott catapult for my Walrus.

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Marcello Tontodonati19/10/2017 05:41:52
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arriving late with this one, but already astonished by your bravery and ability
Bookmarked to follow along

Paul Middleton 419/10/2017 06:59:29
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Hi Richard,

You are exhibiting excellent skills on a fascinating project. More power to your elbow as you progress with this. Have you thought about how to display the whole unit? I was going to suggest making it into a boxed diorama with the ship's superstructure each side and deck below, but this might lead you into building the rest of the cruiser! (It's a thought....)

Out of interest, Gary Wenko of Cambridge MAFVA built a catapult for for the diorama we built for the Muckleburgh collection. This diorama is a telescoped presentation of the Artillery training camp @ 1944, when Queen Bee (R/C Tiger Moths) target aircraft were launched from the camp. See: Home page centre.

Also on the Cambridge MAFVA Facebook page (somewhere!)

I look forward to seeing your catapult progress. Well done! Last time I did anything that intricate was a Bailey Bridge in 1/76th from Modelworld magazine plans by A.J. North with candle grease rubbed over the page, but that was back in the 1970's!

Paul M.

Richard Foenander19/10/2017 07:03:16
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Thanks for looking in Simon and Marcello,

Simon, MacTaggart catapults did get a lot of planes into the sky and was the eye of the fleet before radar came into play...does sound like a book of a mischievious boy.teeth 2

Yes lots of photos in the ship galleries in Seawings. Plans and photos show no ‘I’ bracings but a lot of '[' and 'L' angle bracings and shown very clearly on the PDF plans. The angular bracings can be made out as they are clipped at a slant at the ends. Anyway I'm not going for full accuracy and wished the plans were more simplified...tend to do what is shown.

Good thing is I don't have to measure and calculate as I've scaled the plans, 4 pages and just match the part. Thank goodness the Evergreen material sizes almost matches the frames minus or plus 2-3mm actual scale.

Marcello, hope that gluing straight angle iron won't bore you. The structure reminds me of the construction cranes on skyscrapers.

Ok some progress...


Glued on the dome end, fitted the hatch.


The parts will look more solid with a coat of primer. Not attaching the connecting bracings until the main frame is done.



Robin Buckland19/10/2017 07:25:21
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Hi Richard,

I'm a bit late in on this one but a super project and it looks like you are off to a good neat start. Great way of displaying the Walrus, and I look forward to following along with this one. thumbs up

Robin smile

jimbo19/10/2017 08:10:51
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Hi Richard

A big undertaking.Having the plans scaled to size must be a great help. Most interesting to see this progress.


Richard Foenander19/10/2017 18:52:40
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Hi Paul, crossed posts earlier. Thanks for the link. I got to see it and Gary's done quite a good job of this it? What scale is it?


I'm guessing that it's a simulator therefore he has left off both the extentions which are pulled out for launch.

Your idea on the box dio is good but I'm only doing a cut away section of the deck. I'm hoping to add as much figures preparing for the launch.

Robin, nice to have you along on this build. No worries I've just started.

Jim, yes my most adventurous and hope to do a good job of it.

I've done a master for the cable wheel...not perfect but it'll do...


Imagine I was going to do 20 of these individually...crazy.



John Race19/10/2017 21:54:00
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Nice Richard when the guys join in with some photos.... Paul thumbs up

Your attention to detail is brilliant, I have to remind myself that this is 1/72.


Richard Foenander20/10/2017 15:23:23
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Hi John, thanks...I remind myself, don't do another 1/72 like this.face 20

With the master I knocked out 20 of the castings with my low tech one side mold. Sang the Hawaiian song tiny bubbles everytime I pop one out from the mold.face 16 Cyno'd the bigger pin bubbles...


Thank goodness I got this out of the way...a full 4 hours of work but better than measuring and drilling 9 holes per wheel. The bottom centre wheel didn't set so it flexes.

Now to assemble and prime them.



Steve Jones 1221/10/2017 16:27:06
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Scratch building at its very bestyes.A joy to watch. Well done sir


Paul Eberle21/10/2017 17:01:57
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Very, very cool project. Will look great when complete. PaulE

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