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About WV908

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  1. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Hi Neil, I'm halfway through a house build at the minute, and the motor I ordered for this in June has only just turned up. There will be progress in the WIP as soon as I have a new workbench built up Cheers, WV908
  2. Hi Neil, yes I will be. To make the visor work correctly it actually works opposite to the Heller method - all the attachment points are on the blank and the clear visor is just tacked on top - I can make it work with the production visor, as it is in one piece, but when I get around to doing the prototype nose it will be static as I can't figure out how the two piece visor works and there are no drawings online at all Cheers, WV908
  3. Hi Neil, I love the progress, will be nice to see an Air France machine built for a change. It's definitely worth creating the blank that sits underneath the visor and it can be made flush to the bottom of the visor and not be intrusive. If you want to wait, i'm doing a full 3D printed nose to the correct profile (see my WIP) as the Heller one is so bad. At least, it may be worth modifying your nose to shorten the visor if you don't want to go down that route Cheers, WV908
  4. Afternoon all, The nose cone is now complete - work will focus on the cockpit section, then visor and then i'll figure out the required lengths of the internal equipment. The motor mount is not going to be drawn up until the motor arrives and can be measured properly. Cheers, WV908
  5. Plodding through, still new to 3D modelling so I hope no-one is overly disappointed haha - very complex shape which changes cross section no less than four times over it's length, all egg shaped sections but curiously it twists from a vertical egg section, to a horizontal one, then vertical and lastly horizontal where it meets the cockpit - why??? Comparing the Heller visor to whatever it was they used for reference, I can't help but imagine that they looked at the nose of the prototype at Le Bourget as the visor length isn't too far off what Heller have done. For those less clued up on Concorde, the solid metal visors on the prototypes were longer and significantly more streamlined than the glass production version. I really do not understand Heller's thinking behind this kit Anyway, the actual shape of the nose is finished - on to the fun part Cheers, WV908
  6. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Hi Matt, I've done a fair bit of research over the past few weeks and have discovered just how wrong the Heller nose is - I always knew the visor was too long, but I'm sat here with the shell of the new nose almost done in CAD and it looks so wrong - because it's right and I'm used to handling the Heller nose. I'll post screenshots on the WIP when it is ready, but once it's printed the difference between my 3D design and the Heller will be massive. I've used my own photos of DG, DN and AC for a lot of the visual reference. Unfortunately the Heller visor mechanism is completely wrong too. Incidentally that is the cause of the incorrect visor position when the nose is up. Cheers for the input Cheers, WV908
  7. Looking at my earlier progress, that is all now going to be undone as the visor will be safely split from the nose, shortened and then the old cockpit assembly will be measured up for the 3D model, which will then be altered to the correct shape using available drawings and photos. New bulkheads etc will be designed in to the model and I will figure out how to design in the various hatches and plugs I need to be able to construct the mechanism and maintain it. In brief, this Concorde ( G-BOAF / G-BOAC ) will consist of - 3D printed droop nose, shortened Airfix visor, 3D printed cockpit and scratch built interior windows, Airfix fuselage, scratchbuilt nose gear, Airfix wings, scratchbuilt main gear, Airfix engines, Airfix ailerons, Airfix tail, scratchbuilt tail bumper assembly G-BSST will consit of - 3D printed droop nose and visor, 3D printed cockpit and scratch built interior windows, Revell fuselage, Revell Nose gear, Revell Wings, Revell main gear, Revell engine intakes, 3D printed engine nozzles, Revell ailerons, Revell vertical tail, 3D printed tail The 3D printed engine nozzles and tail will also be suitable for conversion to G-AXDN, a possible future build Cheers, WV908
  8. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    I think i'll have some of those migrane tablets too bzn20 - The curved track is the way that the production visor was originally designed, so if i get that in the right place it should just be a case of getting the bars the right length - the key to all of it though is mounting the pivoting motor correctly to create the least stress. Stop blocks will be no issue as i'll have the track with some 'green' as we call it - simply level sections at each end for overrun. My eyes look a bit like Paul Bradley's just staring at the drawings haha The work in progress part of this has been tagged onto my old Concorde WIP thread, as promised technical info and mechanism discussion will still be deposited here in the discussion, but physical progress will go there. Link to WIP; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234961375-airfix-172-concorde-was-g-bbdg-now-g-boacf/ Cheers, WV908
  9. Three years *cough* Well they do say these things take a long time. If it's worth doing it's worth doing right, right? This Concorde is no longer being rebuilt, but re-engineered with working visor and droop nose, with the possibility of working rudder, freewheeling scratch-built landing gear (I hope) and will be built in tandem with G-BSST. Both will have the belly corrected (shortened in both width and height), gear bays moved to the correct position and will have fully 3D printed noses with the airfix / revell items being binned off. I may use the original canopy for this concorde and shorten it but i am still not sure yet. G-BSST (decals from F-DCAL) will also have a brand new tail to the correct prototype pattern. I can't figure out how the prototype visor works, but the bonkers nose design for the production Concorde in 2D planform can be seen below; Cheers, WV908
  10. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Bonkers seems to fit the bill haha, thanks for the encouragement lasermonkey - The correct threaded shaft motor that I need for the visor has already been sourced - weirdly I found the same motor from two different countries with an almost £80 difference between! If there are any more nose design updates i'll put them into the discussion here, but the physical modelling will have it's own WIP once things start Cheers, WV908
  11. Powered and authentic Concorde visor - in 1/72!

    Slightly revised design; Each curved rail now has a three point dolly to hold it, then for stability and to reduce both the weight and stress on the nose hinge, the visor motor has been moved to the back of the nose and will seat nicely under the instrument panel (I hope). A basic gearbox has also been added, although in practice it will be a reduction gearbox. A very low voltage will be applied to each motor to make the mechanisms move as slowly as possible; Cheers, WV908
  12. I wonder if this discussion has popped up anywhere else before... well here goes; I have a plan to create a fully working Concorde droop nose in 1/72 - simple enough with the Heller/Airfix/Revell mechanism bulked up and a high torque motor with cog fitted? Well, no, not really. The (lets just call it Heller) mechanism is wrong in that it actuates both the visor and nose at the same time as one linked unit - this is both incorrect, fragile, sloppy in movement and the visor ends up sitting in the wrong place. Oh and the whole nose / cockpit is wrong too So, utilizing 3D printing and good old brass tube, I aim to make my own. I've come across various drawings on the interweb showing the mechanism in all it's complicated Anglo - French glory. Any input here from Concorde buffs will be greatly appreciated as this is my primary design using the available references as faithfully as possible to make it work. The point of power for the visor is different though, in that I have chosen a small low torque motor in the nose cone with a threaded shaft. A large weight attached to the CofG of the solid visor bottom should keep it all balanced, which leads to..... For the actual nose cone movement, a large high torque motor sandwiched under the flightdeck works on a half cog moulded into the new 3D printed nose cone. The frame for the new visor will also be 3D printed with all hinges incorporated; It is planned to actually make the aircraft capable of moving along a short taxiway incorporated into a section of my model railway using a home built version of the faller car system. I don't know wether i'll bother trying to motorize the flying surfaces but I do plan to fit a digital sound emulator and lights. If it looks viable then i'll start a WIP and the aircraft will either be AC or AF, the only two I saw fly Cheers, WV908
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  14. 1/72 Jaguar GR1 decals - XZ119 Katrina Jane

    Thanks for the replies everyone - The sheet is indeed for sale at Hannants, but due to the incorrect online review I found, I had the information completely wrong! Thanks for the corrections and I have corrected the original topic post Cheers, WV908
  15. Morning all, I'm searching for the decals in 1/72 for SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XZ119 'Katrina Jane' The markings for this a/c were available on model alliance sheet ML72117 I am not after the whole sheet, just the serial, ID marks and nose art for XZ119. If anyone can help, please get in touch. EDIT: Typo Cheers, WV908