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  1. Airfix Gloster Gladiator 1:72

    Gnome OTG wire - inspired! I don't hang under Gomes any more, but General Electric's finest might require something similar. I'll go in search later! Nice Gladiator. Jon
  2. Nicely done. A couple of 'finesse' observations: 1. You've put some white water on the small bow wave, indicating that the Severn is moving, but it would have (does have!) much more white water in the wake from the stern of the vessel. 2. The helicopter would be pointing into wind and formating on the lifeboat, which is moving forwards, so the rotor downwash would be blown downwind (into about the helicopter's 7 o'clock in this dio) and not be directly underneath. 3. For winching to a Severn, a Sea King would start more or less astern of the LB and run in up the line of the wake so that the pilot could keep the best visual references all the way to the overhead. Yours is obviously moving away after winching! All points of detail/pedantry which shouldn't detract from the fact that you've produced a very eye-catching dio. Jon (2100 hrs Sea King HAR.3!)
  3. I had a bit of fun today

    Nice one, UN, bet that was fun. The visuals look pretty decent too. My colleagues and I get to experience the joys of spending several hours in a Sikorsky S-92 'box' every 6 months, although having the mortgage (and possibly our lives...) depend on it definitely makes it more work than play! Jon
  4. Fair comment about the colour shade, Selwyn, but I remember that the Sea Kings seemed to vary in hue between aircraft, and even between different sections of the same aircraft. I can't imagine that the Sycamores were any different, and this looks right to me. BTW, if you get the opportunity to visit Aeroventure at Doncaster then you could do worse than to have a good look at the 275 Sqn Sycamore that Nige & co have nearly finished restoring - it's stunning. Jon
  5. Very nice, Paul. I particularly like the Sycamores. Interesting, though, that the decals (which I presume come with the kit) show '380 in the spurious 202 Sqn markings. Is there a 275 Sqn option in the kit? I gather the 202 Sqn mallard badges were applied during the aircraft's time as a 'gate guard' for the SAR Wing HQ at Finningley, which was an odd decision as 202 never operated the Sycamore. However, I know from experience that many military people aren't especially historically aware. Yet another example (like the 'RAF SAR' Wessex 3) of a kit manufacturer using a preserved example as a reference, I suppose. Jon
  6. 1/72 Westland Wessex 60

    That's what this is all about: learning...as I've just done from your description of how you did the weathering and how you would do it next time. Very helpful! Jon
  7. 1/72 Westland Wessex 60

    Very nice result, though I also have to agree with you about the weathering; I think it's more a function of the type of weathering (ie excessive shading) that you've chosen to use rather than the fact that it's heavily weathered...and you're right about the employees! (And doubtless the management...). Really refreshing to see a Wessex in civil garb. Thanks also for including the link to the accident report. There are some glaring 'links in the chain' that are so common in accidents today: time pressure (a weather 'window' with no IFR option due to the low freezing level); distraction ( interrupted checks, passenger manifest amendment); single pilot so no peer oversight. Also it's quite astonishing that he took off from one deck and landed on two more, yet no deck crew reported the presence of a loose engine cover. It's also quite shocking to be reminded of the old-school approach to North Sea flying: lifejackets not permanently worn by passengers, only one passenger wearing an immersion suit and very poor passenger liferaft drills. It certainly puts today's standards into perspective. It is also interesting to note that the engines would probably have functioned as intended with the cover still in place; it was only because one of the straps became undone, allowing the cover to be sucked into the intakes, that the engines stopped. Jon
  8. SSW R1 1/72 Scratch Build

    Very interesting - watching and learning. Like the tyres tip; seems so obvious, now that it's been pointed out! Jon
  9. Brilliant - now that's how to scratchbuild. I've contemplated trying to build exactly this subject in this scale myself, but for now I'm sticking to simpler models! Some questions: 1. Did you use some kind of jig when assembling the main parts? 2. What did you use to make the frames - plastic rod? 3. What did you use for the rigging (other than enormous amounts of patience and persistence)? Love it. Jon
  10. Scratchbuilt 1:144 Avro 510

    The Avro 510 was initially built as a single machine for the 1914 Circuit of Britain race and fitted with a new tapered float design. Although the race was cancelled following the outbreak of war, the 510 was completed and was considered to have performed well. Following Avro's trials the 510 prototype was purchased by the Admiralty which ordered a further five machines, although the order stipulated that these were to be fitted with the inferior 'flat-faced' floats. Even the prototype's superior floats were replaced by those of the older design. All six machines were powered by 150hp Sunbeam engines but proved to be woefully underpowered in Service testing; for example, the aircraft were apparently unable to take off if a passenger was carried. All six machines had been removed from service by March 1916. I'm fascinated by British pre-WW2 aircraft that didn't make into service. Most of these would never be manufactured as commercially-produced kits, so scratch-building is the way ahead. Keeping the scale small and the detail minimal (and not worrying about it!) ensures that the enthusiasm is maintained until completion. My 'instructions' consisted of a three-view downloaded from an internet image. I cropped the side elevation, topside plan and front elevation to make three separate images and put these onto a Word document with each image scaled to the correct scale dimension. The side view can be reversed to give left and right side elevations. The 510 was a bit of a beast with a 63ft upper span, so even in 1:144 it's dimensionally larger than many 1:72 WW1 fighters - the model's wingspan is just over 13cm. It is brush-painted (quite roughly, in fairness) with Humbrol and Vallejo acrylics with a top coat of burnt sienna oil paint to represent the wood. Thanks are definitely due to Old Man on this forum for the inspiration to try scratchbuilding; a 1:144 de Havilland Oxford is part-built on my desk as I type. Jon
  11. A few firsts for me here, including 1) my first completed scratchbuilt model, 2) my first attempt at replicating water and, crucially, 3) my first attempt at using my smartphone to link photos from PB. What could possibly go wrong? The model is made from plastic card, stretched sprue and small pine pieces for the floats. The pilot figure is carved from plastic scrap and the prop started life as a toothpick. I deliberately didn't rig it, add much detail or create 3-D wing rib detail as life is too short; it was really refreshing to work in a small scale and not worry about such things. The muddy river water is simply clear silicone sealant applied over a painted skim of woodfiller, textured with a flat wooden strip and more sealant added for the wake, with white paint touched in where appropriate. I went to last year's Bridlington & Wolds show at Driffield and was completely taken by the display of 1:144 models, especially those that were scratchbuilt and, in particular, the collection of Blackburn models. The approach of suggesting rather than incorporating detail was a revelation; I don't know the builder's name but, if you read this, thanks for the inspiration! Right - now to see if those link thingys work. Here goes...! Jon
  12. Modelling soldiers' corpses is a demonstration of bad taste in my book. I consider modelling the imminent demise of an aircraft and its occupants - especially carefully incorporating their reactions - to be in equally bad taste, no matter how neatly the model is completed. Sorry if that bluntness winds people up but, unlike (I suspect) most other posters here, I've had close encounters with both the mechanical and human results of real aviation accidents. Without listing details, if you had seen it then you definitely wouldn't want to model it. Please believe me. Plus, as a professional pilot who has spent a career trying hard to avoid spreading my constituent parts across Mother Earth, and who has had too many friends and former colleagues fail to avoid it, I'm afraid that I just find models that carefully highlight imminent death to be, well, unnecessary. Different views are available, but mine is unlikely to change. Jon
  13. Old Kit Conundrum

    You seriously bought a Hasegawa 1/48 Phantom for the decals, and now are seriously considering throwing the kit away?? Get a grip...!
  14. 737 NOT in bother at EastMids :-)

    The 'Tango' suffix on the callsign made its purpose pretty clear, as did leaving the circuit for an in-flight crew change. Nothing sinister or dramatic.