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  1. Supermarine's best? Mojo-restoration!

    Oh yes he has......
  2. As others have said, we all have those phases at one time or another - modelling's always a 'mood' thing for me, as in I have to be in the mood...... ......even back in the day when I wrote magazine articles, and later actually earned my living from it, if I wasn't in the mood, it could be a chore..... Since then I've been known to go weeks or even months without cutting, glueing or painting anything - though invariably I'm still doing 'research'..... .....hence why six of the eight Sea Kings started for the STGB two-and-three-quarter years ago aren't yet finished (though I've finished three others!). Enjoy the mojo-restorer, and return to this magnificent model once suitably refreshed and re-invigorated, to complete her in the style to which we have become accustomed - I'm also taking a break from my latest (the Mk.41), not through loss of mojo, but because we're finishing packing this weekend and moving to Cornwall on Monday/Tuesday!
  3. Slow but steady wins, and all that - as with everything you've done so far, the end result will doubtless be worth the time and effort...... .....hoping the same will be true with my latest SK - been working on a Mk.41, supposedly to unwind after daily dealings with the upcoming house move..... ....except I'm now on my third re-paint of the DayGlo areas - I'm doing the original scheme - the first two caused distinct frustration rather than relaxation!
  4. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

  5. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

    I got a Revell HAS.6/AEW.2 on eBay a few weeks ago for £8.43 post free!
  6. Airfix Sea King HAR.3 into an HAS.1 or 2

    The question's been asked before - the basics would be the same as for the Revell kit, as outlined here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234975759-rn-har5-172-revell-cat1/&do=findComment&comment=1880792 In addition, yes, you'd need to open up the sonar well, which I think comes as a pre-moulded blanking plate in the Airfix kit, and also remove the rear fuselage strake, and nose spotlght. There are currently a couple of Revell kits on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Revell-Westland-SEA-KING-HAS-6-AEW-Scale-1-72-/222620177417?hash=item33d5325409:g:swoAAOSwcUFZmyIL http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Revell-Westland-SEA-KING-HAS-6-AEW-Scale-1-72-sealed-box-damage-/253114690076?hash=item3aeecfaa1c:g:iecAAOSweQBZoCmQ For a HAS.1 any of the Revell issues could be used, as described here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234961423-early-seaking/&do=findComment&comment=1641571 I used the original version for mine: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235017400-revell-172-sea-king-has1-824-nas-hms-ark-royal-1976/ Andy
  7. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    I've been debating whether to go with gold or brass (or both, from that photo!) for mine, when I get around to them - will need to experiment first, but will be interesting to see how your method turns out.....
  8. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    Ummmm, I'm going to do the "I do hope you've....." thing again, I'm afraid, Dan! .As in I do hope you've got the appropriate thinners/methylated spirit or whatever medium you need to strip the paint off that hover light..... .....though the natural tendency is to paint the reflective area of a light housing silver, these particular units are gold, as seen here (from the walkaround section):
  9. I hope not, considering how many I've built/am building/have planned to build...... .....then, on the other hand, maybe I do......
  10. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    Nice save on the winch struts - and a recommendation, if I may..... .....my experience (albeit with the Revell kit) is that the entire winch assembly is best painted separately and left off until absolutely everything else is assembled, painted and decalled..... .....I've found it's actually extremely satisfying to fit it as the very last item - especially as until it's in place, the model doesn't look quite right! Nice job with the hover lights too - I've a set kindly supplied by someone who also sent me un-needed folded blades (but could use another pair or two if anyone reading this has any spare!).
  11. Westland Sea King HAS/R 5

    Dan I do hope you've not fitted that winch assembly yet, because unfortunately the strut positions are wrong..... .....you should have two vertical 'Z' shapes fore and aft, with a horizontal diagonal from the bottom front fuselage joint across to bottom rear winch joint. The former show up well in white metal form in Crisp's thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235007456-ze419-a-sea-king-has5-that-temporarily-forgot-how-to-fly/&do=findComment&comment=2647331 His photo of the real thing also shows the arrangement fairly well - aft 'Z' in foreground, front 'Z' with cables attached to top and middle struts and strop taped to lower, and horizontal diagonal between the joints mentioned. It looks like though Airfix attempted to depict the style fitted to Westland aircraft, they haven't got it quite right. Nice hi-res close-up of an HU.5 winch here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bangorfuji9500/5849323468/sizes/o/
  12. Not only has this thread achieved the century mark, it's also just reached another milestone...... ......Happy Anniversary!
  13. As there's still stuff to come - no more rivetting, but no less rivetting - one wonders what the final score may be...... .....147, perhaps, or even 180?
  14. Which 72nd Sea King?

    I had exactly the same thing in mind, and got a few of the die-casts later via eBay - but the only really useable parts are the inflation bottles, flotation cans and undercarriage fairings. The stub wings are too small, and the struts too thick - the cockpit glazing and sawn-off lower nose, however, can be used to replace the equivalent areas of the old Airfix kit and/or the Aurora HH-3 Jolly Green Giant.....
  15. 1/72 Italeri B52- Its huge

    I built the AMT G as a review kit 20-odd years ago, and still have it hanging on a wall, which is by far the easiest and most convenient way to 'display' it. For some years it was positioned directly below a KC-135R over the stairs, looking for all the world like a vertical inflight refuelling manoeuvre!