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  1. 100 Years #3 - Vought F4U-1D Corsair

    Hi All That helps a lot, thanks. The vertical stabilizer looks straight on, but it's not a deal breaker like the wings/ landing gear of the Swordfish. I'll see to the wing tips and engine detail, I'll have a go at the wing vents and tail wheel, and cobble together a cockpit impression, but I feel the cowl flaps are going to be the most obvious additions. Fingers crossed when the time comes! Thanks for your kind offer, I think I'll stick to these disposable kits until I feel I've enough experience to tackle a grown-up one . This way, when I fall off (not if, but when) I won't hurt myself on it. Ah, excellent, thanks for the link! The instructions on where to cut the wings are as vague as the detail moulded on them... Thanks Martin. Keeping in the spirit of this series of builds I'll be using as much of the kit parts as possible, and scratching other basic parts from whatever I have lying around. I'm confident I can wrangle a better approximation of the undercarriage, hook and wing vents, but the prop and canopy will have to serve as best they can. Unless I break them. Time now to delve into the bottomless well of t'Interweb in search of the Truth. I've already found several machines purporting to be KD658, and they're each slightly different. At least they're all the same colour scheme Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  2. Hi All Welcome to the "Hump Build"! So far in this battle of 'Me vs Naval Aviation', I consider my score as: Won - 1 (Sopwith Pup), Drawn - 1 (Fairey Swordfish), Lost - 0 (I've only done two), so it's still all to play for. Going on my experiences with the previous two builds, I must admit to a certain degree of trepidation on opening the third bag of this collection. It's a Vaught F4U-1D Corsair, one (and last) of the various aircraft piloted by Robert Hampton "Hammy" Grey, a Canadian who was listed as MIA in August 1945, and was posthumously awarded the VC. The kit itself looks to be an option of the A02044 boxing, with the moulds themselves dating back to 1964! Don't know about you, but if I bought (or was given) A02044 in modern packaging with exciting artwork, only to find the parts were over fifty years old, I wouldn't be too chuffed. But anyhoo, as I now see these multi pack collections as where old moulds come to die, I'm prepared... The two sprues are sparse But I can't seem to find a badly represented Lewis or Vickers anywhere? Mocking it up, it sort of looks like what it's supposed to With the highlight being the surprisingly thin and transparent (albeit ill fitting) canopy Which is a shame, as the cockpit detail is Not even an IP. Never mind, plenty more to engage the fettler. Wing intakes and engine could do with some TLC Majestically cantilevered tail wheel and arrestor hook framework has been... simplified Engine cowling vents are ...er ...streamlined Etc, etc. OK, so, Question Time again:- I don't mind about the panel lines or flaps demarcation, landing gear or other detail irregularities (I can work on those), my main concern is about the shape being approximately correct? Is there anything that requires major structoral surgery before I commit? The instructions indicate that the extremities of the wings be removed beyond the wing tip lights But they seem to go to the edge of the light already? (yes those two buttresses are for the bombs...) I'm sure there will be more questions along the way, and I'm sure you all will have answers to all of them! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  3. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All RFI here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235030304-100-years-2-fairey-swordfish-mki/ Thanks to all, see you on the next one! Cheers Steve
  4. Hi All Here's the second kit from the Airfix 1/72 "100 Years Of Naval Aviation Collection" A50105. It's a probable guess at Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde aircraft as he led a detachment of six Fairey Swordfish in an attack on the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen On 12 February 1942 off the South coast of England. Built mostly (unfortunately..!) out of the box, with interior and some exterior detailing from various bits of wire, rigged with fishing line, sprayed again with the included Humbrol paint pots. Thanks to all who advised, guided, and generally lifted my mood WIP here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235026285-100-years-2-fairey-swordfish/& Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  5. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Home straight! Tail end ironwork all stowed Bristol fashion Now to have a go at that "engine" Bent some things lying around And they become a bit of inlet detail Most of it won't be seen behind the forward cowling, but meh. For the front a similar story, more wire On with the top of the upper wing And things are starting to come together An aerial, a step, and that Vickers Those wing joins are less than exemplary, but I'm not going to fret over them. Bingo bongo And here with the Pup for scale I'll get some RFI photos when there's some daylight, but I'm calling this one done. Thanks for all your advice and encouragement, I'm going for a lie down now. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  6. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Thanks CedB, I'll let you know how it works later... In the mean time, got the tail assembly fitted (I know, the bottom lower wing part is slightly smaller than the lower top part. I should have painted the mating surfaces black before glueing them. I'll try to paint the edges later if I can gird my loins.) And also, the supporting struts going from the fuselage to the tail plane are all the same length, but as the fuselage tapers towards the rear, this means that the rear ones are too short to reach the locating holes and the forward ones are too long. Coincidently by the same amount. Hey ho. See what I've done there? An aeroplane! The tail fin is nearly a good fit Just a little bit of reshaping. It's just the light that makes those ROYAL NAVY W5984 codes look silvered more than they are. I'm assuming they should be red too, but I had nothing that was even close. Never mind, on to some stringing That's better Feel like I'm on the home straight now, so had a bash at some metalwork. Made two rings by wrapping a couple of you know whats round the torpedo body A bit of artistic licence with the geometry A lick of paint, and here they are with some folded wing securing bracket thingies, and that arrestor hook from way back when The lower part of the ring will be cut off to allow the torpedo to be fitted. And as for that Vickers On A Stick... I'm going to call that a WIN At least now the light at the end of the tunnel isn't an oncoming train. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  7. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Got myself back in the Lab for an hour or so. Had to convince myself that I could do something useful to the Stringbag, other than just glue the tail on and call it done. Let's have a look at that Vickers K then *sigh* Well, at least whatever I do, it will make me feel I've done something. Off with it's extremities! Some rod and scrap, eye of newt, and I might be onto something And before you know it, there it was That handle is a bit gnarley this close up, but I couldn't bring myself to attack it further lest I demolish it entirely. I'll see how it is painted when it's and tucked inside. Hmm, that's a thought, how am i going to paint the bugger when I can hardly even pick it up Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  8. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Most of the remaining struts fitted without incident, but the last one (obvs) made a bid for freedom and vanished for about half an hour, only to be found when I was looking for a suitable replacement. I understand that's par for the course round these parts, as plastic has it's own interpretation of Newtonian physics. Anyhoo, bizarre as it seems, the rigging has been the most relaxing and straight forward part of this build so far! I'm using 4Lbs fishing line coloured with a permanent marker, 0.3mm holes, secured with CA. Two long loops fed across from one side, crossing when needed. A couple of short pieces for the mid-way and forward cowling braces Then it's on with the lower wing lower surface to hide the workings So far, a complete catastrophe has been avoided, but probably only through luck. The landing gear fitted quite well, considering, but is a shadow of it's 1:1 counterpart. It is now I understand Martian I'm afraid I have neither the ability nor inclination to invest lots more work in this kit, but it has been a useful learning process so far. Anyone tempted to build this Swordfish would be better advised to whittle one out of a block of cheese. But onward! Next up is learning about torpedo release gadgets, what to do with that piece that's meant to be the engine, and then there's some sort of machine gun too... Comments, suggestions and more cheese Gromit welcome Cheers Steve
  9. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All So this is the plan... Lower surface of top wing on and setting now. I'll spring in the remaining struts and whatnots in too, hopefully without springing everything apart. I'll leave out the centre four struts that sit on the forward cowling as they look like this And will replace them with individual pieces fed in through the locating hole in the top once everything's square. I'm hoping to straighten it out with the rigging, and if I leave off the outer skins from the wings I can get good anchorage internally. Then I can close the wings with all the mess hidden. What could possibly go wrong ? Comments and suggestions welcome before it's too late Cheers Steve
  10. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All I couldn't find any red H, so thought these might do. A couple of cut up Es and Is and I ended up with this Close enough considering the rest of the build! Added the front machine gun from a cut down panel pin And had a look at the interior. Looks a bit bare. A rear gun support was fashioned from a collection of scrap bits (and the compulsory resistor leg) A couple of other bits Not bad for hidden away Next a big step, the lower wing upper surface on. Starting to look like an aeroplane at last! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  11. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Had a go at the windows and windscreen. Unfortunately, had to buy a large chocolate cake that was wrapped in the right kind of acetate to make them That's the third screen. The Carpet Monster was feeling left out and ate the first one, and I stepped on the second one while looking for it. Anyhoo, turning to the tail, there is no indication of any control horns on them. To get an approximation, I cut the corners off the tabs that have the part numbers on them They don't look too bad from a distance, and are only there to hold the end of the rigging I'm going to get the decals on next and give it some sealing Pledge before the main assembly. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  12. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Now for the rest of the paint job! All masked up and ready to roll A first pass with Black 33 Hi Martian, in keeping with the basic level of this build I'm going to stick mainly with what's in the little paint snots, and mix my own I've looked at what makes a Black a NATO Black, and it seems to be slightly lighter, with a green / blue tint. I mixed in some Slate Grey 31 with the Black and gave it a coat. These colours are playing with my eyes, as it looked decidedly blue-ish as it went on. Saying that, both the Dark Sea Grey and the Slate Grey looked just grey when applied, but when the mask came off and they could be seen together, there is a definite Dark Sea Purple and Slate Green hue about them Anyhoo, it looks black enough now And the all important one, as if this isn't right, I doubt I'll be able to re-mask and re-spray Whew! Oddly nervous when taking the wrapping off, not like me at all! Hate to think what it would be like to do all this seriously. Gave everything a couple of coats of Pledge to stop me rubbing it all off again, then out with the foam plugs, and this is where I'm at. Time to move it away from the paint shop and back onto the slab. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  13. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Let's try that again! I'm just going for the lighter tones and no shadow shading, as I couldn't quite reconcile myself with the darkness. So. A quick covering of primer A quick covering of 27 Dark Sea Grey A quick covering in Blu Tack and tape A quick covering of 31 Slate Grey And I'm just about back where I was It looks darker in the photos than than in real life, and the grey is less purple too. Must admit to being pleased at how little surface detail is lost under a dozen coats of paint in some places. Onward! Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  14. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Excellent info, thanks, just what I was looking for! Should I repaint the upper surfaces and fuselage in the lighter sea grey / slate grey, as W5856 doesn't look as dark as EDSG / DSG, or is that part of the Atlantic scheme? (I might be able to pass off the finish as salt weathering ?) Or just paint the lower wing as the rest of the aircraft and go for the W5970 look? Would a scale black be more like a very dark grey? Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve
  15. 100 Years #2 - Fairey Swordfish

    Hi All Thanks iang, I don't know if I'm any closer to a probable scheme or not! Could you point me in the right direction with some photos? Is this the standard Blackburn pattern on W5856? There doesn't appear to be lower wing shadow colouring, but does have a high 'waistline'. Here's Edmonde with a Swordfish after the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941 and it shows a much lower demarcation. Is it a constant pattern or would there be variations between aircraft? Would this also be acceptable as an upper surface scheme? The demarcation between upper and lower surface colours on the fuselage sides looks too low and straight, should it be more like this? Fairey Swordfish Mk.II W5970 No.815 Sqn FAA April 1942 I'm hoping this is the closest yet, but with a red H on the tail fin? Thanks for all your knowledge iang, it's a fascinating subject. Comments and suggestions welcome Cheers Steve