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  1. Thanks chaps, appreciate the replies, Geoff that's a great shot, the hole pattern on the rudders seems a lot closer to Merits version. Thanks for the heads up on the Heizswolf site, I'll see what I can find there, would be really nice to come across some original drawings. Chris, that image seems to confirm that the later craft hole pattern was quite different from the earlier craft which is basically what I wanted to know, seems Merit's rudder flood hole pattern is correct but the dive plane ones fictitious, easily dealt with. I just ordered a second hand copy of Underwater Warriors from Amazon for the princely sum of £2.80 so look forward to looking through that when it arrives. I noticed the strange arrangement on Stickleback some while ago, odd that they would make such a mistake but I suppose it depends on what sources they used at the time. It's interesting to see just how many mods were made to these fascinating craft throughout their development...think I'll need to delve a bit deeper. Thanks for the link to your build thread, good stuff..... Cheers folks Melchie RN
  2. Hi guys, stand easy, I'm currently gathering as much info as I can on X-Craft but am in a bit of a quandry when it comes to the flood hole pattern on the dive-planes and rudders, (for some reason Merit show these as stubs rather than holes but that's not really a problem). The image below that Chris (Whitestar12) posted of an X-5 class in production along with a few screen grab close ups I've taken of XE-8 when she was used in 'Above Us the Waves', (I know she was a longer XE class boat but was the rear end any different ?), certainly shows a hole pattern quite different from that on the Merit kit so I was just wondering if anyone had anything more substantive so an accurate interpretation can be made. This is a great image as it shows that the edges of these surfaces were rounded not squared off as depicted on the kit, the enlarged central hole and mechanism in the dive plane, the row of flood holes along the base of the upper vertical fin and the the steel plates which were fitted to the leading edges of each rudder, outboard of the actuator arms and in line with the prop blades presumably to avoid damage. There's a fair few things that need doing to the Merit kit to make it accurate but overall it's a pretty decent effort. Cheers Melchie.
  3. Well that's honest, we've all done it...in fact a very good Swedish friend of mine entered his amazing Revfrogfix Shackleton MR1 in a couple of big competitions recently including the Scottish Nationals over here and walked away with several prestigious gongs and citations....he was a little crestfallen though as he hadn't realised he'd left the fuselage windows masked until he arrived back at Melchett Towers where he was pumped thoroughly in the debriefing room !...talk about not seeing the wood for the trees....
  4. Appreciated James, hopefully we'll catch up for a proper chat at a show again this year, Will, thanks, glad you managed to get hold of it and like the article...more to come that I hope will also be of interest to you. Melchie
  5. Thanks guys, appreciated.
  6. Great news, very much looking forward to this and in my favourite scale too.....
  7. Thanks TCS glad to have been of some help, there really are some wonderful creations out there...the Vanship designs alone provide plenty of variety for modelling particularly when it comes to dioramas, I can see a few more making their way onto the work bench in the future and maybe some scratch-builds too.
  8. Thanks for the kind comments chaps, really appreciated. Got to agree there, I think the idea was that the contraption would be airborne before the ''Nikola Tesco-Shopping Trolley' phenomenon could take effect..... Cheers Munch, glad you liked the article, Will it appeared in April's issue, (one with the red Jet Provost on the cover) so maybe you haven't got it quite yet....
  9. Thanks guys appreciated. Kuro it's certainly worth another go and Gimmie I wish a few more companies would have a go at these subjects..there's a lot of weird stuff out there.
  10. Thanks chaps glad you like it, certainly a lot of fun, might well go for a full servicing diorama at some point. Pete, must agree, a 1/32nd or 1/24th Vanship would be a LOT of fun.......now if they could see their way to producing a 1/72nd Turan Transport Vanship or Claimh Solais class Battleship then I'd be first in line !
  11. Hi all, quite recently Airfix Model World asked me to build something a bit 'left of field' to add more of a sci-fi/fantasy theme to the magazine and then sent me this little gem. It's the 2016 issue of the Hasegawa Vanship (with steam torpedo) from the Japanese anime series Last Exile. I'll be doing more along the same vein in the near future and must say it made a refreshing change from all the aircraft and ships.... Here's a review of the kit from this very site. Vanship with steam torpedo review A great little kit with bags of character, sort of Steam Punk trike meets 1930's Auburn Speedster. The mouldings and fit were superb as is to be expected of Hasegawa though it was still fun to spice it up a bit. The original 2012 packaging came with the Vespa as a separate vehicle as well as a nice diagram depicting a servicing scene with bonnet open and all the engine paraphernalia on show however with this re-issue you get a resin steam torpedo as well as pilot and navi crew and an updated decal sheet instead. As I had the original diagram I thought I'd do something a little different and open up the bonnet on one side and scratch-build the inner workings. Various kits and lead wire, brass rod, plastic tubing, etc were harmed in the making of this area of the kit though the 'engine block' itself was a large piece of scrap resin shaped to fit onto which everything else was attached. I also added a few little extras like reflective lenses, acetate windscreens, detailed airbrake interior parts, wooden flooring, PE bodywork panelling and portholes, scratch-built instrument panels, replacement resin seats and cloth seat harnesses.... Airbrushed using various Alclad metallics along with a few of their Hotmetal lacquers and AK Xtreme Metals enamel paints, Gunze acrylics for the interior and Abteilung 502 oil washes to weather. The diagram that came with the original issue.... Hopefully Hasegawa will release more Vanships from the series....All in all good fun, hope you like it. Cheers Melchie . And finally a bit of fantasy bloom and sheen....
  12. Really looking forward to getting a couple of these, 100 Group has a fascinating history and of very much interest to us BC types......time to dust off the Martin Streetly book once again....
  13. Great result Dean, really looks the part mate, it was good to see it at Cosford recently...the low level shots look lovely though you may want to let a bit of air out of the tyres
  14. Great result Bill, just shows what can be done with these kits....I'd be interested to see how ex PR9 navs walk these days, my guess is bent over double ! what's next ?
  15. Great result Bill, certainly looks the part. Looking at your opened nose reminds me that the navs lot couldn't have always been a happy one particularly on the long haul flights.... not much fun if you were anything over 5ft.