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  1. BA A380 question

    I'm sure Lufthansa A380 engines are Engine Alliance vs R-R for BA??
  2. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Landing gear strut attachments on the Sword kit consist of shallow dimples for the mains and a small hole for the nose: neither looked liked they'd survive long, so I've drilled each leg for a 1mm brass tube, and glued short lengths into drilled holes at each location. Then I thought I'd slot the big bits together and I can confirm it is definitely a nose-sitter, without even a hint of tail dragging. So nose weights stated previously look good. I've also finally settled on a colour scheme too - which means I have to make a couple of changes. More later...
  3. 1/48 Proctor would suit me just fine. Then a Dominie/Rapide maybe?
  4. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Slats closed or partially open, gear doors closed, speed brakes open. Bound to be permutations but that seems to be the common config.
  5. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Time to fill some gaps. Speed brakes. I started with some thin plastic card and traced the outline of the brake wells, then cut them out. By 'thin' I mean the thinnest plastic card you can get. Must measure it but I think it's 15 thou - sound about right? So after a quick fit check I wound them lengthwise around a steel rod, taped them tightly around the curvature and then poured boiling water on them (parental guidance required ). This will give them a curvature which will be permanent, rather than trying to bend them into a shape that won't hold. So post-water boarding they look a bit tatty but that's fine for now. You can also manipulate them a bit so it's not the end of the world if the curvature is too much. I've made a number of speed brake panels over the years and I like to construct them much like the real thing, with two beams leading from the hinge points aft: this gives a sturdy base to attach the interior detail and also means you can easily pare down the thickness of the hinges. Starting to look a bit more like it, with the FJ-2-specific interior panel added: And then finally a look on the aircraft - seems about right. Another enjoyable evening spent on this kit, which I really do recommend. OK it's had a few shortcomings so far but it's a good base for whatever you want to do with it.
  6. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Drop tanks. Generally they are OK apart from two things: the fins are a bit indistinct in shape and the drop tank itself is symmetrical in profile whereas it should sweep upwards at the rear, with the top profile almost a straight line. The latter is easy to correct with a gentle bending of both halves and then a fair bit of tape applied while the glue sets. So these are the old an new fins: Then glued in place: And finally after a coat of Mr Surfacer. Not so obvious is the upswept rear of the modified kit droptank parts. And finally on with the windscreen: the copper wire is the canopy seal, which goes around the periphery of the cockpit and adds a bit of interest once it's stuck in place: And finally a smidge of filler to blend it all in. I hadn't realised how I'd managed to get Milliput pretty much everywhere! It's no longer plastered on the gun troughs and elsewhere, thankfully.
  7. 1/18 Spitfire Mk. XIVe - Race #80

    Very well deserved: Firefly next year?
  8. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Wing fold. Been wondering how to do the hinges for a while, and I knew I'd probably be unable get them exactly scale, but wanted to do the best I could. So the concept was to make a tool out of an old razor saw blade, cut it into three and then put them back-to-back so that I had a razor saw, followed by a spacer of the same thickness as the saw blade; and finally a similarly-thick piece to act as a depth guide. So by sandwiching four pieces of 40-thou plastic card together I could potentially make a few 'hinges' so that I'd have a lot spare if required. So you do the first cut anywhere across the end of the card stack and that one is the only one you need to worry about the depth of. Once that's done, you use that newly-cut slot as the guide slot, and every other saw cut will be the same spacing and the same depth as the first. Here's a schematic and a shot of the tool (which I cut and trimmed using an angle grinder because the razor saw material is *** hard!). The only other things to remember is that the guide and spacer have no teeth, or you will just keep sawing! And this is how the plastic looked after cutting and then trimmed for attaching: Then glued in position, flush with the upper wing surface: I will probably reduce the 'teeth' in length a bit, but that's the hard bit done. Time to offer up outer wings: And finally I said I'd post a 'before' and 'after' of the wing sections and here it is. Quite a lot of work to do, and whereas I mainly thinned the mating surfaces of the centre wings, I intend to sand the outer surfaces of the outer wings. Same effect of course:
  9. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Both! Mainly inside in the same way as you'd do a vacform. Still need to do the outer wings and will do a 'before' and 'after'.
  10. Sword FJ-2 Fury

    Not much to report - I've been refining the trailing edges and made a start on the wing folds: Rudder's on too. Think I'm settled on a scheme now - I wanted to do a late aircraft but also wanted to model 'early' features like the windshield wiper, barrier guard etc. So it's got to be a dark gloss blue pre-production aircraft. Til I change my mind again!
  11. My profile attempts

    Have you tried Paintshop Pro? Works for me and does layers, masks etc. Older versions are pretty good (I use PSP version 7.04 which I think is 15-odd years old).
  12. Westland Lynx - Qatar Police markings (and colours)

    I took these at Lyneham in March 1990: three Qatar Police machines at Air Cargo imports on their way back to the UK. Aircraft were QP30, 32 and 31 (from L-R). As I recall they had simple markings with QP-30 (etc) on the tail and the numbers repeated on the nose (areas sprayed black in photos). Boom carried "Qatar Police" (not sure if that was the exact text) wording and little else. Wings Palette scheme seems to be conjectural and probably based on conjecture. Wish I'd taken more photos! This is QP-31:
  13. MASERATI 250F Scratch Build

    Those wire wheels are the bees knees: inspiration!
  14. Oh now that is lovely - brings back happy memories of my dad too.
  15. 1/6th Vincent Black Shadow

    Looks lovely - I'm not a bike fanatic but the Black Shadow is still one that stands out among early examples. Great skills!