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    Airfix 1/72 Kamov Ka-25PS Hormone-C (as operated from Moskva-class helicopter carriers, and other Soviet vessels, in the 1970s) Decals: from the kit Paint: Halfords FIAT White, VW Mars Red #2, Satin Black and Grey primer for the exterior, various Humbrol shades for the interior (and crew) No aftermarket, but some use of brass wire, aluminium tube and plasticard to scratchbuild or enhance various details. build thread
  2. Finished, in the nick of time! The remaining work was building the rotor head, which entailed replacing the plastic control rods with brass wire, and adding extra rods connecting the bottom and top swash plates (?), as seen in reference photos: which doesn't look too bad painted up: Then I painted the rotorblades: overall halfords aluminum first (for the leading-edge protection), masked that, white at the tips where the tip markings were, masked that, then grey primer all over, and then satin black on the lower surfaces of the upper blade, and vice versa - that seems to match reference photos anyway. Then applied the decals - the stars on the tail and flags on the fuselage look fine, the numbers are less convincing (but still not bad for a kit of this age) but I didn't have anything else suitable in the right font. also fitted the winch, fitted the port cockpit door in 'open' position, painted the navigation lights, added the fore-to-aft aerials, painted the engine intakes and exhausts, and I'm calling it done! (for now anyway, may replace the ID numbers later): Now over to the Gallery to post the completed photos!
  3. Another quick update - although it looks like I've made plenty of progress, thanks to finishing the main undercarriage (I added the black 'rubber' bits to the top of the undercarriage leg)- I notice from this photo that I need to tidy-up the top mount of the leg and also touch-up the paint around the windows: If I had spare wheels of the right size I'd probably have cut the kit ones away and replaced them, but I don't so I have tried to get away with painting the integrally-moulded Airfix parts. Also I have painted the fuselage (although now I look at the photos I can see a couple of areas where I didn't mask properly): (also the port 'cheek' window fell into the cockpit while I was removing the masking, so I had to remove the port cockpit door to give me enough access to retrieve it and fit it back in place - fortunately I'd only lightly attached it with clearfix, anticipating something like that would happen. When I glue it back it may be in the 'open' position. The fuselage colours are Halfords FIAT White 210, which I often use as a less-stark alternative to Appliance Gloss White, and VW Mars Red #2, which is pretty close to Signal Red and looks about right to me for this job. Next steps - tidying up the paintwork (and tops of undercarriage legs) and thinking about the rotors and rotor head! Complete Build Photos so far Tim
  4. How time flies! Have spent an age casting and re-casting clear resin replacement 'cheek' windows until I finally got a pair I was happy with. I'm sure the current heatwave would have helped things set quickly but I wasn't having much luck - plus being distracted by another couple of projects. Anyway, I fitted the new windows - the other cockpit windows were mercifully free of flaws, and I replaced the flattish cabin windows with various ones from the spares box - and scratchbuilt some canvas seats (which probably won't be visible in the finished aircraft): then I turned my attention to the undercarriage. The front legs don't look too bad but the rear legs, especially at the top, don't look much like reference photos so I am half-way through scratch-building replacements for the top of the legs: With a .45mm rod in the middle for strength and for fitting into the holes in the bottom of the legs, and the fuselage, 1mm alu tube making up the upper leg itself, and the fitment at the top (a shock absorber?) made from two pieces of 2mmx0.8mm plastic strip with 0.5,1.0 and 0.5mm holes drilled in them, separated with a 0.8mm space, and then carved and sanded to shape. One leg is done and the other should follow tomorrow. The fuselage has been assembled and is in the 'paint shop' and should be ready tomorrow also... Tim
  5. Another small-ish update: I have painted the cabin sides (in Humbrol 145 which looked about right compared to photos online of Ka-25 interiors), also using this for the seat frames, instrument panel and centre console. I used various shades of red/brown for the cockpit floor and seat cushions. Oh, and I replaced the kit cockpit seats with those from a scrapped Kaman Seasprite, as they better matched the reference photos. (I would have replaced the cabin seat as well but (a) I'd already glued it in place and (b) it won't be noticeable once the fuselage is assembled.). I painted the crewmen - the cockpit crew are from the original kit, the rear crewman is a generic Airfix one from the spares box, for a bit of variety. I had to perform some 'plastic surgery' on his legs to get him to sit in the right place ("In Soviet Russia, you adjust to the seat...") but again, the shortened legs won't be obvious in the finished article. I couldn't find any colour photos of 1970s helicopter crewmen but more modern (Russian) ones seem to wear orange flight suits and white helmets, so this is how I painted them - Humbrol 82 in this case. If they don't make it as Soviet helicopter pilots, they can always apply to the Rebel Alliance as X-wing pilots... and (Close-up photography has revealed a few blemishes on the figures, which need touching-up). Next up, fitting the instrument panel, making some canvas seats for the cabin, moulding replacement windows, etc... Tim
  6. Small update: have added a few plausible-looking ribs to the cabin sides, a cabinet behind the cockpit bulkhead on the port side,and the outline of the emergency hatch on the starboard side: Then primed these, ready for suitable top coat: (After taking the photo I noticed how wonky the crew seat was in the cabin so that has now been 'adjusted'! After the interior has been painted, next additions will be a fuel line on the port side (matching what is therefore presumably a fuelling port just forward of the main cabin door), some cabling fore-to-aft on the starboard side - both indicated by the photos I've found online of the interior of a Hormone-A - and then some folding canvas troop seats, which I haven't found photos of but will be basing on those in a Ka-29, which should be similar. Tim
  7. The joy of taking an extra day off work before Easter! Scratchbuilt some of the interior today - the Airfix instrument panel, although well-detailed, didn't actual match the photos I've found of the real thing, so I made one that was a better match from plasticard and glued it over the Airfix part. Also added a central console, not in the kit. Then in the cabin I glued the seat in, roughly matching its position in a Hormone-A, and added a box immediately behind the cockpit on the starboard side, and a table with some instrumentation around it behind that. I am assuming that this represents a radar operator/navigator position that would also be found in the Hormone-C. Oh, also I reversed the cockpit bulkhead as the photos I have found show it open on the starboard side, and possibly closed on the port - or at least, there is a larger electronics(?) cabinet on the port side that blocks the view: That's it until Monday, off on a short holiday! Tim
  8. My entry into this group build, a recently-acquired Airfix Ka-25. An ebay bargain, complete and practically un-started - the rear seat had been glued in (in what I think is the wrong position but Airfix weren't to know that in 1983!) and the radome had been glued together: Have made a slow start so far, just filling and sanding the inside fuselage halves and cabin floor and removing the base of the rear seat - as far as I can see from interior photos of the Hormone-A, there is a seat facing starboard just behind the cabin, not as Airfix portray it facing forward. I haven't found any photos of the interior of a Hormone-C but I am assuming it will have a radar operator's position in the same place, and the rest of the cabin will just have folding canvas seats, in the style of a Seaking or Wessex SAR variant, or indeed a Kamov Ka-29, which are much better documented online.
  9. I'd like to join in this group build, with a newly-acquired (and practically un-started) Kamov Ka-25 Hormone, which should have been around 'West of the Urals' in the 1970s. However I'm not clear about the criteria - I have a preference for the Hormone-C Search and Rescue bird (more attractive colour scheme and less interior scratchbuilding!) but is it eligible? or does it need to be a combat variant, i.e. the Hormone-A? Other than that, ready and raring to go, and not at all getting bogged down in research... Tim
  10. Models in WH Smiths

    Cardiff Smiths didn't have much left - a few Revell kits marked as 'buy one, get one free' but on what looked like inflated prices - Chevy Police Car gift set marked at £30, Mk1 Golf Convertible marked at £24, also Spaceship2/Whiteknight and a larger scale plane (Jaguar?) but can't remember the prices for those. Still, not a bad price if you actually want two of the Golfs... Tim
  11. Sea King HC.4 Identity?

    "Fleet Air Arm Helicopters Since 1943" has ZA297 to 845 Squadron, marked as (Y)C from 7-Sep-94, refinished and marked first IFOR and later SFOR, airfreighted to Split 14-Jun-96 and returned to Yeovilton 14-Feb-97 (as well as other movements), so that sounds likeliest? Tim
  12. AEC Matador tanker Bomber Command WWII

    You probably can't produce the photo here, but you don't need to. The Imperial War Museum's collection is searchable online, and if you have the reference number you can quickly find the item you're looking for. In this case, they do have the image in their database so a quick search for CH12868 will find the photo you're looking for. This comes in quite handy if you have a book with IWM photos in it and you want an electronic copy of them - as long as the photo is credited to the IWM with a reference number, you can probably find it! Tim
  13. F-15E nearly killed my children!

    Strangely, the original article appears to have been taken down now, but there is a story about the story that is just as good... Tim
  14. Thanks for your kind words, all! Although the engines do look huge, they are actually slightly lighter than the Peregrines they replace (485kg dry weight vs 517kg, if you believe Wikipedia) and although all the radial engine is entirely ahead of the wing, compared to the Peregrine where it starts about 0.6m behind the leading edge, the shorter radial engine (about 1.2m compared to 1.8m for the Peregrine) means the centre of mass, by my rough calculations, wouldn't be too far out. I did toy with the idea of a tricycle undercarriage, which if you reversed the main undercarriage legs might look better balanced - although you'd then need to work out where the front undercarriage would go. I did start doing a Whirlwind development several years ago, going down the more traditional route of fitting Merlins, but by the time you've done that, worked out how much heavier the engines are (744kg each?), added the weight of extra fuel, you'll then want to increase the wing area accordingly to maintain the same wing loading, and then the wings will look too big for the fuselage... so I scrapped that idea! (You'd probably end up with something like the Welkin F.1 anyway). For the same reason I rejected any bigger radial engines, like the Bristol Hercules, for this project. A jet-engined one would be interesting though! At one stage I was going to fit rocket rails to this one, but then I worked out how far out they'd need to be to give a reasonable clearance of the propeller discs, and thought again, and contented myself with the 1000-lb bombs. Tim
  15. In 1943, the Westland Whirlwind was being withdrawn from service, one factor being lack of support for its Peregrine engines - together with the need to maintain two engines per airframe compared with the single-engined Typhoon intended to replace it. However with development of the Typhoon taking longer than expected, an interim solution was needed to support the second front expected to be opened in France in 1944. The remaining Whirlwind airframes were therefore re-engined with Bristol Mercury XVs, which were in plentiful supply and could provide enhanced performance running on 100 octane fuel. As the radial engines were air-cooled, the radiators could be removed from the wing roots making more volume and weight available for fuel tanks. The wing hard-points were strengthened, to allow carriage of two 1000lb bombs. Finally, the new MkIII IFF was fitted, the rod aerial under the starboard wing replacing the previous tailplane-to-fuselage wiring. Enough aircraft were re-manufactured to equip 263 squadron, which flew as part of 2nd Tactical Airforce over France from February 1944, until finally replaced by the Typhoon at the end of that year. ... Well, it could have happened anyway! Based on the venerable (if that is the right word!) Airfix Whirlwind, with engines from the old-tool Blenheim IV, spare propellers and spinners from the new Spitfire I/II and bombs from the Bomber resupply set. Following my reading of the regulations for D-Day stripes, and 24" wide stripes on the wings of twin-engined aircraft, as well as the 18"-wide fuselage stripes. I kept the sky band forward of the tail, and assumed the squadron codes would be re-painted over the stripes. Decals from a variety of sources, including some of the original airfix ones which had stood up pretty well for a 1980s-era kit. and a few more photos here: Westland Whirlwind FB.2