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About ChocksAway

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  1. Harrier Send-Off - Show us your models

    Sadly the photobucket changes have removed a lot of the photos, but pressing on regardless, here are the rest of my 2017 Harrier builds for those that are interested and didn't see my 2017 Yearbook entry ... Following on from the Art Nalls FA2, I decided to have a go at one of the AV-8B II FSD (Full Scale Development) aircraft and chose 161397 ("Ship 2") for its striking colour scheme. It's the 1/48th Monogram kit ... Next up, and long over-due, was a build of the Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1. Typically, I chose an aircraft not in the kit, XZ452 when at the IFTU (700A NAS) and in the much loved EDSG / White scheme ... Following on, another rarity, this time a GR.5 in the Rolls-Royce 11-61 engine trials scheme designed by test pilot Heinz Frick. The aircraft was used to set four time-to-height records for VTOL aircraft. One of my favourite schemes, but difficult to know if I got the scheme colour correct ... The last build completed is the new Kinetic "T-Harrier" which allows gives you the basis for building any first generation two-seater. Long-awaited, it was a privilege to get an early example to build to show at SMW. You may ask why I did get one ... well a few of us in the Harrier SIG helped Kinetic with its production. Again I chose a scheme I've wanted to do for ages, but is not in the box, the shark-mouthed TAV-8S of the Spanish Navy Air Arm. It also carries the 25,000 flight hours celebration markings of Escuadrilla 8 which operated the Matador. A lovely kit, expect to see more next year ... Note I've since added more details to the ejection seat and tidied up the cockpit and canopy, but have yet to do the photos! You get the idea I'm sure Thanks for taking the time to look.
  2. Here are my plastic shelf fillers for 2017 ... BUT, before we get there, I have to give you the following politically-correct, cover-my-back warnings before we proceed. If you take offence by looking at aircraft that are … · without pre- and post-shading of panel lines with 50 shades of black and grey · lacking 57 varieties of weathering powder · minus photo-etch and cockpit resin that costs three times the price of the kit · missing corrected and re-scribed panel lines and individual rivets then please leave immediately as this posting will be detrimental to your health and welfare, in much the same way as excessive consumption of pizza, fizzy drinks and reality TV. So here are my 2017 dust gatherers in their order of construction and built to my usual inimitable standard #1 - Prepare for a shock to start the year … I built a target! Yes, New Year and new beginnings, I ventured into 1/72nd scale tanks with this effort, a Tiger I Ausf.E from Revell. I went with a representation of a Tiger in winter camouflage on the Eastern Front in January-February 1944. The markings are actually for “221” with Schwere Panzer Abteilung 501 during this time, though I very much doubt I have the configuration of the tank correct. (Let’s call it Hollywood “Braveheart” historical accuracy, shall we?). Oops, it’s got some weathering on it, where did that come from? … #2 - In another moment of madness I then built a Revell 1/100th scale Apache and built it as a Boeing AH-64A Peten. I chose “967” with the “Magic Touch” squadron of the Israeli Air Force after reading a web article suggesting this was the first Apache to shoot down a civilian light aircraft. That taught them not to squawk their ID I guess … #3 - Back to normality with this next one - the first of a pair – with a build of the 1/48th scale Airfix Hawker Fury Mk.I. Just to be different, I chose a trainer scheme, in this instance that of K5670/3 of 5 Flying Training School. Fans of the Fury will just have to tut and hold their head in their hands as it’s not in the much-admired all-metal finish … #4 - Having built a Tiger I, I felt obliged to build a Tiger II, especially after being nagged by my model club chairman (Panzer Vor!, so say no more). For this one I chose “11” from Pz.Kp.(FKL) 316 (attached to Pz.Lehr Div.) which had 5 Porsche turreted King Tigers numbered 02, 11, 13, 10 and 12 so the 100% accurate web tells me. I chose "11" for its seemingly unusual paint scheme, added to the fact there were some reference photos available. Experts will probably think I didn’t look at them. I’ve now done my duty and built some targets, sorry tanks – never again is what I say … #5 and #6 - Before returning to normal model making, I stayed on the ground with the next two models - Royal Navy Tow Tractors. They are from Skunkmodels Workshop in 1/48th scale. The first represents a tow tractor from the early 1980s when deployed aboard HMS Hermes and HMS Illustrious in Operation Corporate and the second in the dark green scheme that was used in the late 1980s I believe. Something to sit alongside the Harrier collection, which is where they originated from … #7 - Next up is the Eggplane mimic from Meng Models – the Avro Lancaster “Bomber” as they describe it. To avoid an OOB build, I went with markings for "Dagwood", ND619 / CF.D of 525 Squadron, RAF. This aircraft was one of the survivors of the Nuremberg raid of 30/31 March, 1944, where the RAF lost just over 100 aircraft out of 700 on the raid. A lovely, simple little snap-together kit, I might have to do another one someday … #8 - The second Hawker Fury Mk.I, this time using the LifeLike 1/48th scale kit, represents K8262/3 from the 8 Flying Training School at Montrose in the late 1930s. It makes for an interesting comparison with the Airfix kit. Again I chose to model a training scheme which as you can see was modified in the run-up to WW2 to make the aircraft a tad less conspicuous … #9 - Those of you who know me know I still had an eggplane to do, and here it is, the final one of the set - the NASA Space Shuttle and its 747 launcher. I thought I'd end with another dream … that one day British Airways / OFFworld will offer a flight in space, courtesy of some reconditioned NASA Space Shuttles converted to take some Executive Class passengers in the former cargo bay hold. To pay tribute to what many regard as Britain's greatest explorer, the shuttle is named "Capt. James Cook" and the 747 is "Bounty" (serial G-COOK). The old speedbird logo has been resurrected from the logo archives to celebrate this new service … #10 - For the first WW1 build of the year I chose a Roland D.VIb, 7502/18 "P132". This aircraft was flown from McCook Field, Dayton Ohio USA in the spring of 1920 where it was used for evaluation trials of the aircraft’s performance and a new experimental camouflage scheme. It’s the Fly Models 1/48th scale kit. #11 - It’s been a long while since I’ve built a Harrier, so build number 27 was long overdue. Just to keep to the theme of being different this year, I decided to model Art Nall’s Sea Harrier FA.2 in its 2017 display season scheme. Currently the world’s only civilian-operated Harrier and still going strong after 10 years of display flying. This uses up the last of my old Airfix 1/48th scale kits before I embark on building Sea Harriers using Kinetic kits made in the 21st Century! … #12 - Continuing the all-sorts mixture, I wanted to do the old Heller 1/48th scale Dassault Rafale A, or Technology Demonstrator, in the Dassault in-house colour scheme. The model represents the aircraft at the Paris Airshow in June 1989 when the fin was updated on a daily basis to represent the number of completed flights. The white finish was rattle-can sprayed … #13 - Loosely keeping with the French theme, the next build is that of a SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1A, XZ398/A, in the 41 Squadron 75th Anniversary (1916-1991) scheme. This is the Revell 1/48th scale boxing with Xtradecal decals and was built to go in the Special Schemes SIG’s SMW 2017 display… #14 - A return now to the Hawker theme with a couple of 1/72nd scale builds. The first is the latest moulding of the Airfix Typhoon Mk.IB done in the all-metal finish of MN666 “The Silver Bullet” which flew at the Flight Leader School, RAF Milfield in late 1944. A lovely little kit and a very enjoyable build … #15 - This is the Hasegawa kit made up as a Hurricane Mk.IIC Night Fighter, QO.A / BN185 from 3 Squadron, RAF Hunsdon, circa September 1942 … #16 - A few more hours browsing the web for interesting subjects led me to this build of an Ansaldo SVA.5 seen in the colours of the Polish Air Force, flown sometime in the 1920s it is believed. Whilst a photo exists, not much else is known about it and is thus somewhat problematic in accuracy – yet more Braveheart, Hollywood style! … #17 – Back on firmer ground, here’s my take on PZ865 / G-AMAU using the 1/48th scale Revell kit. Probably more recognisable as “The Last of the Many”, this was the last new build Hurricane made by Hawker Aircraft Limited. This scheme and configuration is hopefully close to how PZ865 looked when it was used as a chase plane in the early transition flight trials of the Hawker P.1127 in 1961 … #18 – And talking of Harrier connections, this is a model of the second full scale development Harrier AV-8B II, 161397, seen here in the in-house company colour scheme of McDonnell Douglas. I used a Monogram 1/48th scale kit for this. The aircraft had several configurations during its development and for expediency mine might be a bit of a hybrid. Harrier fans will appreciate what I mean and I’ll not bore the rest of you explaining. Unfortunately additional photos turned up on BM after I’d done the painting and decals. It’s certainly an interesting scheme – a model maker who documented the scheme described it as “ugly”. Judge for yourself … #19 – A much more traditional scheme can be seen on this Kinetic 1/48th scale Sea Harrier FRS.1 in the colours of 700A Naval Air Squadron, otherwise known as the Sea Harrier Intensive Flying Trials Unit (IFTU) which was destined to become 899 NAS. My first experience of what I’m sure will be many builds of Kinetic’s Sea Harriers and Harriers. And no, it’s not a bad build as some folks make out … #20 – The Harrier rolling take-off continues with this Revell GR7/9 1/48th scale kit converted to the Pegasus 11-61 engine trials record-breaker GR.5, ZD402. Another striking scheme which I hope I’ve got close to replicating. Interestingly, both pilots who flew it on the day it broke the records have a different recollection of the configuration it flew in. I tossed a coin and chose this one. I used the markings from the Vingtor decals set (highly recommended) … #21 – I was fortunate to get an early copy of the new Kinetic “T-Harrier” kit shortly before SMW 2017, well 11 days to be precise, and decided to build a TAV-8S and in particular 01-808 / 8 in its “Shark” and “25.000 Horas” scheme of 1995. So with a pioneering spirit and reference books to hand, I rushed through the build. Not a bad effort I think considering. I plan to build another 7 or 8 over the next few years for my Harrier – One of a Kind project… Harrier #32 is underway, but is not likely to be finished, so that’s the end of my modelling yearbook. Thanks for staying the distance if you’ve come this far and I wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful panel-line-wash-free New Year.
  3. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    The fan blade C3 should have been included in Section 7. I added it to the back of K8 - which I did not split - before fitting. White is the default - but there was some variation due to the scheme in the single seaters so worth checking reference photos for your chosen scheme or wait for someone with the knowledge to pop up on here with the answer! There are a few other instruction errors: Seats supplied are not relevant to TAV-8A/TAV-8S. L24 should be labelled L21 in section 2 K31 is applicable to all fins in Section 12 and PE6 is only applicable to a T52 (not in kit - G-VTOL/ZA250) Be sure to validate the use of the various aerials for your chosen scheme. Likewise use of 190 gallon tanks - at best only T4Ns and T8s, and then not the standard I believe. E49 - refuelling probe as provided is for the single seater. There are some stencils missing from the decal instructions but easier enough to figure out. See NG899's post for some other observations and corrections.
  4. Model of a model club display 1/12

    Chris Fantastic. It was an inspired idea and reminds us all that we are supposed to enjoy ourselves in this hobby and have some fun. If I have one criticism, it is that you forgot to put thick black panel lines on all the aircraft. I put this down to your inexperience with aircraft modelling. I shall let you borrow my black Sharpie pen so you can make suitable alterations. 😙
  5. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    Regarding thieves ... 3, maybe 4, years ago I sold a number of kits on behalf of a friend in Kit Swap. This collection included some of the original Airfix kits that were in the plastic bags with paper instruction tops - you know the type. At the reconciliation, 7 had gone missing and were not registered as sold, so some thoughtful person had obviously placed them in another kit and smuggled them out, either as a purchase or when collecting their unsold kits. My friend got neither his kits nor his money, as Kit Swap would not accept the liability for the loss. Not a good end to a good show and I was left with the proverbial sour taste in my mouth. Result - I will never use kit swap again to sell or even buy for myself or friends because it is all too easy to cheat people in this situation.
  6. Folks Here's my example, not-quite-finished, build that was on display at SMW ...
  7. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    APOLOGIES. I had hoped to have my "information sheets" as Nick (NG899) described them ready for SM, but work on the building of the kit has meant I have not had enough time to finish them. Sorry. I will get them done as soon as I can. Meantime you can read Rick G's review in the magazine and his photo shows what a great addition this model will be to your Harrier collection. Very nice build Rick - I'd like to compare notes! Show visitors will be able to see my build on the Harrier SIG table and I'll be happy to talk about my experience with it if you ask nicely. 😁 I built it as the Spanish Navy TAV-8S 01-808 wearing a shark mouth scheme and 25.000 horas markings of early 1995 (these decals are not in kit). I've still a few bits to finish (ejection seats, canopy, weathering). We also plan to have the kit contents available for browsing. Refer to Nick's previous post on this and other items. You can also speak to Kinetic! See you there.
  8. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Thanks all for your responses .... I shall pursue some lines of enquiry as it is said. Meantime, I've found a fix with a syringe and a piece of rubber tubing (don't ask!) that seems to do the same job. Fortunately it means my Harrier build can return to production and hopefully meet the SMW deadline.
  9. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Thanks for replies. In response ... Glues are horses for courses. I've used Tamiya Extra Thin and sometimes find it not strong enough in the bond. Yes PlasticWeld can be aggressive if not used carefully, so I like the option to use both as required. Here's a link Here to the product and description of use.
  10. Touch 'n' Flow - Filler Bottles

    Chaps Anyone found a replacement for the filler bottle that comes with the Touch 'n' Flow applicator? I don't mean the branded one, the cheapest of which I can find is about £8.50 with postage (strike a light, they're taking the mickey!), but an equivalent plastic bottle on FleaBay etc., with the right size top that doesn't require a mortgage to purchase? Thanks in advance.
  11. As Nick (NG899) has said, there are a few things to correct - plastic-wise as well as instructions-wise. Certainly nothing that will stop you in your tracks. As an example, it says T2N as a variant on the box cover, but you wouldn't stop buying it just because it says that, would you? Okay, I've seen a hand go up at the back. There's always one! Some of us have to make mistakes in order that the perfect folks stand out from the crowd, else we'd not notice you. With the kit, FRS.1 kit, Model Alliance decal sheet MA48153 and/or Vingtor decal sheets 48109 and/or 48118, you can pretty much do any Harrier I trainer that flew from a markings and schemes perspective. And with a little home effort and an inkjet printer, even the T8s at the SFDO. So if you're into one of a kind, you'll probably need 10 kits or so - like I will!
  12. AV-B Harrier Safety Chase Photos

    Sven Thanks for swift reply and additional information - I shall keep searching. Chers
  13. AV-B Harrier Safety Chase Photos

    Cracking set of shots and thanks for posting - these are very useful and very timely and interesting. Have you got any images you could share where it carries "Radar" on the nose and trialling AIM-120s? I've only seen one image and have no documented evidence that it did them, so maybe it's fake? Alpha Delta 210 - I believe the jet is at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in the grounds of Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. No longer in this scheme though.
  14. Harrier Send-Off - Show us your models

    Finally got around to building a Harrier after a long sabbatical ... this is #27 and it is the old Airfix 1/48th scale Sea Harrier FA.2 build as a homage to Art Nalls and XZ439 ... it's a close approximation I hope to his 2017 scheme ... Better get on an do a few more!
  15. 1/48 Eduard Harrier GR.7/9

    James In response to your question "Does anyone know if they'd ever sit with the Terma and SNIPER, plus fuel tanks and then empty rails for the rest?" I'm saying I've seen a photo of ZG501 in that configuration taxying whilst with 41(R) Squadron in the UK. It was not on Operation Herrick at the time. It's a possible scenario for Herrick if the jet had been carrying 4 Paveways IVs and dropped all four on a mission. Given two Paveway and two CRV-7 was the standard, four Paveway must have been for a specific mission rather than CAS. Folks who were out on Herrick are best placed to answer this, not me I'm afraid. CRV-7 pods are brought back rather than jettisoned I believe - but you need a Harrier armourer to give you chapter and verse on this subject. If you've not already done so, I suggest you download this document before completing the rest of the build.