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#683 Blériot XI

Making a Blériot XI “keeper of the spare keys” - an Aerobase kit from Japan encased in epoxy resin (no electronics).



The Blériot XI is a pioneering French aircraft from the dawn of aviation. The first example was used by Louis Blériot to make the first flight across the English Channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft, on 25 July 1909.

The Kit

I found the microWING Series Bleriot XI Cross-channel 1909 Aerobase No. B003 at Tamiya Shimbashi and couldn’t resist.


Build Log

It is a simple little kit with just one metal frame.


It goes together perfectly. Even the propeller rotates.



I decided to encase it in Crystal Clear epoxy resin using a 6.5cm cube silicone mold.


I found an old key chain to embed in the casting.


The finished casting after a quick trim and polish of the meniscus. No mold release was necessary.




The finished Blériot XI “keeper of the spare keys”


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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
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