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John R

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  1. Well done. Some kits just have to be wrestled to the ground. It just depends on how badly you want one...
  2. Sea Hawk prototype N7/46

    It seems a bit odd about the increase in span being in the centre section as the N7/46, which came between the P1040 and the Sea Hawk F1, had the short span wings which folded. I am not quite sure what you are getting at regarding the differences between the 1052 and P1040 as the intake was deeper at the root and shorter spanwise on the 1052. The fold does start just outboard of the intake on the 1052 whereas it starts further outboard on the N7/46 as can be seen on the photo above. Regarding the track the drawing I worked from, in Barrie Hygate's book, gives a track of 8.6" between the u/c legs and 7.5' feet between the tyre centres. All the Sea Hawk kits I have seen show a close match between the shape of the centre section and that of the P1040. The 1052 u/c was very different to that of the P1040/Sea Hawk. The P1040 was scrapped and I have seen nothing about the fate of the N7/46 so we may never get a definitive answer. Do you know where Peter got his data? John
  3. I have just revised and refinished this beastie as I wasn't happy with it in its original form
  4. No that was how it started out. There was a directional instability problem which caused snaking. As part of the investigation they fitted a vertical surface ahead of the cockpit and from that they worked out that the fins were too big and so they simply cut the tops off and that is why the first Vampires had the flat topped fins. De havilland then redesigned them to give them the DH shape. There is a lovely story from one of the ground engineers that when it was realised that the fins were too big they first flew it without one of the rudders and found that solved the problem. However it couldn't be left like that so Geoffrey De Havilland insisted that they just hacked the tops off there and then. The design office had a fit but it worked. The Kit was OK. Not perfect but much better than previous Amodel efforts
  5. This started life several years ago as a modification of the MPM kit. The original intention was to build an F1 to go with my P1040 but something, probably due to something between lack of nous and gross stupidity, led to it ending up as the N7/46, the navalised P1040. I thought that the first F1 had the short wings and tail and carried out the appropriate modifications but while searching for data on the original tailhook I found a picture of the N7/46 and realised that was what I was building. I also found that it appeared to have the the P1040's later canopy rather than the one fitted to the production Sea Hawk. Since I was in no mood to produce a new canopy at that point it was consigned to the shelf of doom until I could face up to making one. There it languished for several years until I realised that I actually had a suitable mould, created when I was refurbishing my P1081 so it was restarted. All went along well until I came to fit the main u/c legs when I discovered that the Sea Hawk u/c was different to that of the N7/46. (you would think that he should have noticed at the beginning - it's his age you know). It appears to me the the Sea Hawk main legs were shorter, perhaps to give increased angle of attack when being catapulted, so the kit legs had to be lengthened and new u/c doors made. The VP413 decals were made at home. The prototype 'P' decals were a problem as the ones I had were either a fraction too small or a fraction too large. I went with the smaller ones. There seems to be a lack of pictures of this a/c. I only found two. Fortunately one of them showed it with the wings folded so I could see the registration. For anyone building the 'proper' version from this kit the are some frustrating items. There are some 'holes' in the actual a/c for guns, boundary layer bleeds and something ahead of the windshield. None of these appear in the kit. There is a resin cockpit that requires much fettling before it will fit and a resin seat which is too wide for the resin cockpit. It has a 'battle damaged fuel tank' made from resin but lacks something that would be really useful, namely inlet guide vanes and the boundary layer offtakes in the intakes. Seen here with its predecessor the P1040 Any comments and extra information welcome John
  6. This was built from the Amodel DH100 Vampire Mk 1 kit modified by fitting the large tail fins, removal of the guns and different decals. There was much anguish about the colour scheme. It has been nearly done to death in a couple of BM threads but the upshot is that nobody actually seems to know what the colour scheme was. Most people agree that the topside was Medium Sea Gray but opinions for the underside colour range from yellow, silver to duck egg. I decided to go for silver. Decals were a problem as there was again a lack of hard information. I settled for 50" Type B on the upper surfaces and 'small' Type C on the underside. The others came from the spares box and and I made the registration. Incidentally the the blue in the kit decals, which I did not use, seems to be somewhat on the light side. Lastly seen here with its younger brother the prototype Venom. Any comments or extra information welcome John
  7. Does building a model infringe copyright?

    A snippet of trivia; The National Ordnance Survey Office who do our maps put false roads on the maps. This is to protect their copyright. If anyone else publishes a map as their own OS checks for those false roads, If they are on the other's map OS knows theirs has been copied. I have heard that producers of 3-view drawings do much the same thing by putting in false panel lines - so beware I believe Britmodeller has been taken to task by Airliners.net because someone put copy into a thread instead of a link. Most of the books I use as reference contain a warning not to reproduce anything, electronically or otherwise, without their express permission. I wanted to use a photo in a thread to illustrate a query but the publishers had no record of the whereabouts of the person to whom it was attributed so I could not use it.
  8. Great story...and the model looks pretty good too despite your reservations John
  9. The Seven Ages of Modelling

    Then how about this answer which I received in answer to one of my first posts which showed my collection of British prototypes I remember building the SR53 on the door step ( I wasnt allowed to bring it in because of the smell of the glue ) then I found a tin of White household paint under the stairs and painted it with that . ( took about a week to dry Oh happy days. ) But you do have a point - I put my first plastic kit together in a barn whilst on Scout Camp and put on the decals when I got home. I couldn't afford paint as well! John
  10. Does building a model infringe copyright?

    Somewhere in the depths of my memory is a story that an aircraft manufacturer (Douglas?) tried to slap a copyroght infringement on one of the model manufacturers for marketing a copy (!) of its aircraft. If it was upheld the associated licencing costs would mean the ruination of the model industry. I don't know if it was not upheld or common sense prevailed but I do know you have to be careful. John
  11. The Seven Ages of Modelling

    Whilst having a quiet lie-down and waiting for the men in white coats after finishing my latest project I started wondering why we do this to ourselves and this led me to think of this The Seven Ages of Modelling. (with apologies to the immortal bard) Innocence. You buy a model, glue the bits together, paint it and put on the decals happy that it looks roughly like the real thing More critical. You to make sure parts fit together properly start filling gaps. Increasing skill. You purchase an airbrush and special tools and find that you have started a stash Loss of innocence. You start thinking ‘surely that can’t be right’ and find yourself checking reference books and realising that manufacturers can get even obvious things wrong. You wonder why this happens and then you realise that most models are for people at Stage 1. Customisation. You start correcting errors, purchasing replacement parts and aftermarket decals Advanced Modeller Syndrome. You spend all your time trawling reference books and can never get enough information to properly finish anything. Your stash is too large to give you any chance of building everything before the grim reaper calls. Armchair modeller. You spend so much time trying to decide what to build next, checking reviews, doing research, looking at other people’s stuff on the Internet and posting your thoughts that you really can’t be bothered with that tedious business of putting all those fiddly little bits together especially when it is rendered more difficult by your deteriorating eyesight and increasingly fumble fingers. Does anyone else have thoughts on this matter? John
  12. Photobucket Have Seen The Error of Their Ways

    a rose by any other name...but you can't have sub-albums - or so I found. Was I wrong?
  13. Photobucket Have Seen The Error of Their Ways

    Interestingly none of my stuff was blocked by Photobucket. I kept expecting them to catch up with me but it never happened. Perhaps it was because I paid them to go 'ad-free' or maybe because instead of sending them a vituperative letter I wrote a polite note suggesting that if they charged a more reasonable amount they could keep their customers. Having said that I now expect to see my stuff blocked until I shell out the $99. I did try using FlickR but found it lacked the, for me, the important facility of allowing folders and sub-folders. John
  14. Nice! I want one. Whirlykits list one. I think that it is resin and retails at £50 (around $70). OOOH! John
  15. This is a bit different

    I worked on the 737 in Seattle in its early days and there were comparisons between it and a Killer Whale, Shamu, at the Seattle aquarium. Around the time of its entry into service orders seemed to have stalled at 350 so it looked like it would only be in production for a few years... John