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alancmlaird

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  1. I might be making this up - but one time (might have been Christmas or New Year) I think the poster read "Scott Campbell and his Continental Organ (collar and tie). Including support" I'm pretty sure we went into hysterics! It might have been the drink though. Sorry Massimo - we've wandered off the Gannet thread here just a little.
  2. Ha! The poster read "Scott Campbell and his Continental Organ (collar and tie)" I got lifted by the polis there once and Scott Campbell accompanied me to the station Yup - stlll got at least one each of Britannia, Comet and (I think) 707. Hey! What about me, I'm in Scotland now
  3. Four the umpteen time

    and many other offences
  4. Chequered BE2c: a few questions

    Regarding the angle of the exhaust stacks.....these should have a fixed position, i.e leaning in towards the centreline at the top. They cannot be any other way as the position is fixed on the real thing by the width of the V8 cylinderheads and exhaust manifold at the bottom, and the support 'V' stays at the top which pick up either side of the centre section/wing edge structure. However, the Imperial War Museum BE2c when it was hanging from the roof of the attrium did not have the 'v'supports fitted, and the stacks splayed outwards for many years (probably too much trouble to go up on a wobbly ladder to fix them. It also had incorrect wings skids fitted (Bristfit?), which I think Airfix copied on their kit. Haven't been there since it was moved downstairs - is it still the same?
  5. English Electric Deltic Prototype (DP1)

    Looking soooo good, Nimrod54! And thanks CliffB for that 3D Deltic animation! What were these designer guys smoking - neat starter fluid? My brain now hurts - I can just about manage a Chrysler V8!
  6. Worst model quality?

    Oh dear! If anyone has noticed my own personal group build 'Painting by Numbers' a (very) occassional serial build of 1/72 DH-1 to 10, I rashly promised a DH10 with the thought of acquiring a vac or Merlin kit! Plan B now seems like a better idea - scratch-buid/kit bash from some donor mainstream kits. Better than paying fleabay prices for the the drek mentioned above. Britmodellers know everything!
  7. Worst model quality?

    I'm on the final stages of detailing a Merlin DH5 and I must defend this wee model. Yes, its shy on detail and I had to discard the strut material and some of the supplied white metal parts, but it was a very easy kit to get right and flattered my skill level. Everything fitted and was undistorted with not much flash. I had to replace the aged transfers though. There are some pics on last years DH group build, and I'll be placing some more on the WiP sometime. Maybe I'm just easily pleased , I honestly can't think of a really hateful kit.....oh wait - a vacform Westland/Sikorsky Dragonfly with an impossible to glue canopy in two halves and no interior detail or info to scratch-build any in the kit instructions. Went in the bin when I moved house. I do now have a Mach Dragonfly still in the box - I'll let you know if I still have a smile on my face when I get round to building it
  8. New Member

    Welcome back to the fold, Chris. I, too, am a late returner (after a gap of something like 40 years - just ask Scimitar!) and thoroughly enjoying it.
  9. This is the promised continuation of my own group build within the De Havilland Group Build 2017 which I (predictably) failed to complete in time - I might have made it but for two things. Life got in the way, and I admit I'd never have got all eight models (DH1 and 1A, DH2, DH4, DH5, DH6, DH9 and 9a) rigged in time even if I'd been able to construct them. The more sharp-eyed among you will have noticed I have added a '10' to this post. I may have backed myself into a corner here as I do not actually have a kit of one yet, but I can always hope! So, to reprise....... No.1 DH1A built in the traditional way the ghosts of the IMPS founder members would have found acceptable - ie, almost entirely styrene. Wings cut about from some salvaged Eastern Express Sopwith One and a Half Strutters. Fuselage a spare left over from a Phoenix vacform DH1 kit. Scratch-built Beardmore engine. Struts all cut from plastic card and shaped to taper. Tailbooms from brass rod (the only non-hydrocarbon in the model). Wheels and prop from spares box. Lewis gun from Frog Walrus with thicker 'mk1' barrel mod. Plus 80 (at least) sections of stretched silver sprue from an old Airfix Bulldog kit! About halfway through the build, I realised I didn't really have enough references to complete the model adequately - I'd say the Windsock Series is a must if you are building any WW1 model, Datfile No.148 in the DH1's case, though the Crowood Airco book has some excellent pics and is an interesting read anyway. I now own both. Which bit of 'a cheap build of some old kits from the stash' have I failed to grasp? For the opportunity for an RFC finish in other than clear dope or PC10, I wanted to paint my model as one of the six DH1As sent to the Middle East/Egypt, eg the drawing shown in K. Munson's 'Fighter Aircraft 1914-18'. However, I opened a can of worms with this! The Munsen drawing has badly misinterpretted existing photos. The upper fuselage is shown in PC12 dope (a kind of 'red lead' colour) when this would be grey as these component are made of aluminium. The sides are shown clear doped which suggests that this scheme would have been clear doped all over - not PC12. Since these were, in effect, second-hand aircraft and were most likely delivered in their original clear-doped scheme, and it is probable that the protective PC12 coating was applied once it became apparent the damage strong sunlight could do to the linen covering. The Datafile acknowledges the paucity of original DH1/1A photographs and I suspect that they have printed most of them! Therefore I felt free to extrapolate the scheme on my model from no evidence whatsoever, and opted for serial no 4609, the only DH1a to have claimed an enemy aircraft shot down. By the rules of this forum, the following model is not yet 'completed' but is as near as dammit. The wing walkways will be painted when I can figure out what finish they would have had - grey painted aluminium panel or a dusty black rubberised covering? Just the strut-mounted pitot-tube to re-attach (it fell off), some of the rigging has come adrift, and add the serial to the rudder. At this stage there is almost nowhere left to safely pick up the model! The roundels came from the Airfix BE2c - the lighter blue ones I thought fitted the 'faded' look of a well-used desert aircraft best. Right! now to finish the DH1.....
  10. damn. That would probably rule out a CL44 too, then.
  11. Belfast is out of the question, eh? I've got a little known fact for you here.....the Belfast used Britannnia wing and tail surfaces virtually unchanged! I think the engine positions were moved outboard a little, but, hey, we can hope someone at Mach2 is researching this right maintenant! Just to fly another kite here.....the Argosy used Shackleton wings modified. How about an Avro Tudor from Mach2!?
  12. Rigging multi bay aircraft

    Curious. After three attempts with elastic some years ago, I gave up and went back to sprue - the elastic stuck to everything I didn't want it to, and came off whenever I pulled the other end! I tried fuse wire (too shiney and got kinks in it) and fishing line too (couldn't ever get it straight enough). I'm trying to pluck up courage to try to do double flying wires on a later project, and another shot at raf-wires. I did it once on an Airfix Camel - it was a complete pain to do and used most of the world's reserves of sprue. I could tell the difference, but in 1/72 scale it felt a bit like worrying about the correct needle colour on the altimeter. Horses for courses, each to his own, and other cliches.
  13. Eleventh hour GB

    Quite right. Just voted. I'm in. As I am still working my way through my failed Group Build:Group Build of de Havillands 1-10 by spectacularly running out of time, I reckon my unstarted Dh9a or DH10 projects might just about make it if I can finish the earlier ones first.
  14. Rigging multi bay aircraft

    I posted this 1/72 sort-of scratch-built DH1a a couple of days ago on the end of my failed DH Group Build..... .....the rigging is stretched silver sprue - the traditional methods are the best, and it is recycling old plastic - Save The Planet!. Measure with dividers, a touch of pva glue on each end, and there you go. I quickly realised that the 'modern' method of 'sewing' thead through pre-drilled holes would be impossible to achieve on the tali-booms, and the model would fall to bits if I tried it on the wings. So satisflying to build a model in exactly the way I'd have done back in '68. My sprue came from a 'baggie' Airfix Bristol Bulldog kit - practice on some modern grey sprue first though - the silver stuff is getting rare! Incidently - this is the ONLY method I know where it is possible to replicate aerofoil RAF wires by stretching sprue shaped into an oval before heating. It does work, but I haven't done it here. (note that this is only a 'work in progress' pic, still control wires and some other bits'n'pieces to finish.)
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