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Ray S

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About Ray S

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  • Birthday 01/04/16

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    Forest of Dean, UK
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    Ships mainly,

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  1. Hello everyone, I will finally be able to start this one very soon. I would like to say thanks to all who have checked in, and helped with info and encouragement, especially TonyTiger66 for the links: Amazing to think a repro was built! I will post progress as soon as I can, and thanks again! Ray
  2. This looks to be a great project Pat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did with the Contrail Shorts Singapore III that I did for a GB a couple of years ago. Look forward to seeing this. Ray
  3. Thanks Pat for the suggestion, I will check it out! Ray
  4. Airfix Tribute Forum . . . back on air today

    It is producing the same for me too! Ray
  5. Thanks all for the comments and encouragement! I think I will need it! I have to admit it daunts me a bit, but I find that a good old Group Build gets me to build things I would not do normally. I will try to show how things go, and I always show things that go wrong too! I will not be starting this due to other commitments until the 20th September, but I will crack on and report from then. Thanks for the interest, Ray
  6. Hello, for anyone interested in the Burgess Dunne floatplane, @steelpillow posted these links three or four years ago "The Dunne Biplane", Flight 15 November 1913, pages 1241-1245: http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1913/1913 - 1215.html The "Dunne Biplane" at this time was the D.8, the one that Burgess licensed. "The Dunne Aeroplane", Flight 18 June 1910, pages 459-481: http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1910/1910 - 0479.html They are ideal for anyone interested in the Scaleplanes vacform, or like Martian Hale threatened back in the day, scratch-building! Me, I am going the vacform route! Enjoy, and be tempted, won't you? Ray
  7. Hello all, I have decided to chip in with something that is, shall I say, not quite mainstream! The Burgess-Dunne floatplane was a tail-less biplane with V-shaped wings, and was apparently a success, but not so much so as to go into full production! It was tested for experimental work by the Coast Artillery in Canada, but according to Scaleplanes the work carried out was unknown. Anyway, here is what I am up against: The kit is fairly basic, as can probably be imagined with a vacform, the plans are even more so. I need to try and source an engine for this, and according to some references from Flight November 15th 1913 it had an 80hp Gnome engine at the rear with a pusher prop. I will try Vector for that. Apart from getting everything sanded out, I will have my work cut out in at least three other places: I need to heat the upper wing in the centre to create a 'drape' in the trailing edge in the middle of the 'V' I need to cut out the rear and lower section of the fuselage, because according to the plan in Flight it was an open structure and not fabric covered And also I need to get a strange aerofoil surface near the leading edges, as the aerofoil seemed to be like it had been laid on cone and got more pronounced towards the wingtips. Quite some time ago, I posted how happy I was getting this, and one of our fellow BM'ers, @steelpillow gave these links: "The Dunne Biplane", Flight 15 November 1913, pages 1241-1245: http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1913/1913 - 1215.html The "Dunne Biplane" at this time was the D.8, the one that Burgess licensed. "The Dunne Aeroplane", Flight 18 June 1910, pages 459-481: http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1910/1910 - 0479.html So that is the extra bit of info I have. I will be making a start on this in later September, but if anyone else has any info, I would be grateful, especially on sourcing the engine and prop! Thanks for looking, Ray
  8. Twin Otters in Male'

    Very nice photo's there! My wife and I had the pleasure of flying in a couple of these back in 2001 on our honeymoon! Ray
  9. Handley Page Hastings C Mk1, Mk2. 1/144

    That is great news, on both counts! Ray
  10. Airfix 1\350 HMS illustrious

    Nice work, I know I enjoyed building mine. The paintwork (amongst other things) is very need indeed. Ray
  11. 1/350 HMS Dreadnought

    Hi Nick, she is really coming to life now, isn't she? A cracking good job on this one. All the best, Ray
  12. What have you purchased 9

    I finally managed to get this yesterday: I have wanted this for years, and it almost slipped through my grasp. I was in the Jet Age Museum back in May and saw this there then. As I have recently(ish) retired, I was being a good boy and decided to look after my pennies and left it there. I got home and all was well. The next day (Sunday) I said to my good lady wife that I had been a miser good boy and left this kit in the Museum. 'You twit' she said, 'I have always said to get it if you see it' and she told me to go back. Well, I went back and IT WAS NOT THERE!!! Full of despond, I slowly made my way home, and kept thinking about what I had missed. I looked on E-But and Kingkit and could not find one (although on E-Basil I did see what silly money they were going for). Yesterday I went back to the Museum with my daughter, and there it was, back on the shelf! Well, my heart skipped twenty beats and in no time I was back in the lobby and paying for the Boulton Paul Overstrand/Sidestrand. Cheers, Ray von Happybunny
  13. BBMF Grounded

    Hello, one 'paper' (The Sun) has this story with the heading " WW2 jets flight ban" and goes on to mention that Spitfires, Hurricanes and the Lancaster are grounded. Nothing quite like getting the facts right, is there? Ray
  14. I think I would like to see the 'Lensman' series of books by EE Doc Smith made into film, with the possible exception of the last book, Masters of the Vortex. They are fast paced and totally unbelievable, but would be great escapism! Ray
  15. Handley Page Hastings C Mk1, Mk2. 1/144

    Hello, is there any progress on this one yet? I hope you have been able to sort out the drawings, I know I for one would love to see this aircraft in an affordable kit! Yours hopefully, Ray
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