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Vulcanicity last won the day on October 11 2016

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  1. Airfix Hurricane

    I did once shorten the fuselage of a Revell IIb and delete the outer wing guns to create another Hurricane I, but I've never done the Revell-Airfix kitbash. A quick play with the calipers on my two Hurricane Is suggests that the Revell trailing edge would overhang the Airfix by about 1.7mm at the outboard side of the centre-section/outer wing joint strip. Doable, but faffy!
  2. What a waste those Protukas were! Many thanks for all your hard work on this John, it looks like it's going to be excellent!
  3. Airfix Hurricane

    If you have a fabric-winged Airfix Hurricane plus the old 1970s metal-wing kit, you can also kitbash them together by splicing the outer wings, although you need to use an aftermarket canopy to get the subtly different shape of the windscreen fitted to Battle of Britain-era and later Hurricanes, and modify the fuselage just under the windscreen too. I did this for Tom Neil's machine during the BoB group build a couple of years ago here, although no doubt there are still a few errors Troy could spot, and I didn't attempt to modify the flared panels at the wing root!
  4. Back to the grindstone! I did quite a bit of complaining about the Stranraer to those of you I saw at Telford - in particular CedB, Perdu, and exFAAWAFU got an earful of Vulcanicity moaning, so I apologise. This build has yet to reach the stage where it feels fun - we're getting there slowly, but for now it's a trudge. In my scratchbuilding journey aftwards though the Stranraer hull, we're at the mid-upper gunner's compartment. As I mentioned last post, this has beds in it for the weary aeromariners to grab some shuteye in flight, or perhaps when the aircraft has made a water landing somewhere off-base. I'd started putting the plasticard sides of the bunks in at the end of the last post, after which I added the tops, and did quite a bit of sanding back so the halves still fit together. The way I see it, this thing is going to have tons of fit problems anyway with all this scratch stuff, but if I beat away at them as I go, the final job before the hull join might be doable - rather than making me throw the whole lot at the wall and curl up sobbing. I've been struggling to work out how to represent a neatly folded (this is the 1930s RAF!) but still demonstrably fabric set of bedclothes in 1:72. The only other bit of fabric I'd done was the surface of the second pilot's seat way back when, which was a bit of plasticard soaked liberally in poly cement, then creased and dimpled while still tacky/melty. But this didn't seem so practical for a full-scale bed. I wanted to represent somewhat blocky, uncomfortable pillows (this is the 1930s RAF!) and tucked-in blankets with some, but not a huge amount of thickness. I ended up making a plasticard block for the pillow, and a thinner plasticard template for the blanket (i.e. roughly the shape of the top of the bed, but a bit smaller), and wrapping them up in several layers of slightly crinkled kitchen foil. This was laborious and irritating, but it sort of worked. Here's the results on the top bunks: And here's the bottom bunks in situ. The top pair go on the sidewall just above the windows- you can see the slots I cut in the framwork to accommodate them. As you can see, they're excessively narrow, and rather long. I'm pretty sure the length is right, at least both the Big Plan and the cutaway I have show them stretching from almost under the rear gunner's position to the bulkhead behind the radio compartment. However, I suspect the real things would be wider - both the thickness of the sides and my structural detail are inevitable rather overscale. However, all you can really see is the pillow ends glimpsed though the Scarff ring, so I'm not bothered. You might also notice that I've had to sand the starboard lower bunk to fit once the bedding is in place. This caused absolute havoc, as about six layers of foil lifted up, and I had to constantly add more superglue. In general, that's quite enough 1/72 beds for me, for life. If you ask me to build you a 1/72nd Douglas Sleeper Transport with complete interior, I fear I shall be very rude to you. Since the lower beds also doubled up as storage lockers, I added doors with catches all the way along on both sides, which you can almost see in the above photo, if you squint, and imagine a bit. Aft of the beds are two small stoves, one on each side, where presumably no-longer-sleepy, refreshed aeromariners cooked bacon and eggs and a cup of char before setting off again. From squinting at the Big Plan, these clearly fold away behind doors to make a neat box shape - a pair of side-hinging doors beneath and a bottom-hinging fold-down door-cum-shelf whatsit above. At least the one on the port side does - the Big Plan is very vague about the starboard side but implies there's something similar going on. So I made two plasticard front faces... And attached them to the sides/top I'd installed earlier: The suitcasey thing aft of the starboard stove here is the dinghy pack, which is vaguely hinted at by the Big Plan. I copied a WW2 Lancaster-type dinghy, so if you're a 1930s flying boat dinghy expert, please forgive me. I'm assuming that the stoves were strong enough to stand on - at least there's nothing else suitable for the gunner to use, as far as I can see. So I might add a black plasticard anti-slip strip later on. Lastly for today, there are two things called "drogue containers" hanging down from the roof immediately behind the rear gunner, and accessed by an external hatch on each side, which is moulded into the insert that roofs over this space. Now, I associate "drogues" with canvas bags on strings, used for aerial gunnery and all that whatnot - but it would seem counterproductive to deploy one gunnery drogue, let alone two, right behind a snaggy, strut-brased, comparatively fragile, and generally quite crucial tail assembly , and then expect your mid-upper gunner to blaze away at it while not denting said tail, or the rear gunner sat within it! And if there was a Stranraer TT.1, which deployed said Bags For Life for others in other aeroplanes to shoot at, it's news to me. In fact, a bit of research suggests that these are in fact akin to sea anchors - also canvas baggy things, but used to keep the tail straight in a seaway. Much more sensible/nautically pleasing. Anyway, here they are in place. They neatly hang down behind the gunner's position, and a) obscure all the sidewall detail aft of this, which I expected and so I didn't put it all in the first place, and b.) don't foul on the dinghy directly below. I'm feeling quite smug about these two small victories, so I'll say bye for now, as the finishing line (the rear gunner's cockpit, anyway) awaits!
  5. Thanks both. I'd found the Flight article almost as soon as I posted above, - It'll have to do. I would imagine the interior to be completely different if it had to carry umpteen bags of mail!
  6. I think I mind end up building a civilian one even though I only really model RAF/FAA aircraft - I can't find any references for what the two mailplane-variant Albatrosses that were impressed might have looked like inside...
  7. YES! Like others I have wanted to build an Albatross for years and have been vacillating about the resin options. I feel like this:
  8. Airfix 2018

    Yeah Workbench was suspiciously silent wasn't it? Still they've always kept the Telford announcement particularly close to the chest - the Victor was the only one I can ever remember being hinted at, albeit probably not on purpose! They'll have to do well to top the Valom DH Albatross though!
  9. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    Splendid, thanks Ced. Looking forward to a catch-up!
  10. SMW 2017 Telford 11th & 12th November

    I'm there on Saturday - is there some kind of meet up? My only major engagement* is getting to the S&M table before Mel sells out of Canberra B2s (so if you see me power-walking in first thing on Saturday, stand not in my way!) but otherwise I'd like to catch up with all you folks. I'll have my badge on, although not sure if I'm still allowed the old one with the old forum theme?! *Well I suppose there's the Airfix announcement, but I bet they won't have done my Comet C.2 AGAIN
  11. Airfix 2018

    God, I would LOVE a 1/72nd Hudson!
  12. Goodness, it's been a while! Thanks everyone for all your kind comments on the last update! CedB, yes I'm afraid I've seen pretty much every walkaround there is! You'd be amazed at how many areas of this relatively small aircraft aren't covered by any of them! Moaning Dolphin: I too had wondered if I could send in and get a free kit! I've built quite a few of the Matchbox kits of 1/72 UK WW2/interwar subjects over the years, and the Siskin and Lysander are in the stash - but there's a few I've not got round to! A very busy month trying to do science and support my girlfriend who has just done a Big Science (finished her PhD thesis) so modelling time has been limited. I'm still plodding along with the voluminous interior of the Stranraer, working aftwards compartment by compartment. Aft of the pilot sits the navigator, and on the bulkhead separating them is a fairing covering part of the rudimentary autopilot system, and a mounting for an anglepoise light (this will wait for much later on). There's also a swing-out seat for the nav to sit on when poring over his sea charts and swigging his grog. My detailed but fuzzy Big Plan is not very helpful for this area, and a bit of guesswork was neccessary. The chart table itself slides aftwards on rails, which as far as I can tell is to allow access to the aforementioned autopilot setup. It's attached to the wall along one edge but also to the floor somehow, via angled supports. I've chosen to assume that the there was a sliding rail for both attachments, and that the latter one was attached to the angled portion of the floor rather than the flat central bit. It was a bit of a job working out how to do the table as it attaches both to the sidewall and the floor - however in order to paint the interior properly the floor section is going to have to stay out of the fuselage until after painting, and there will need to be lots of dry fitting in between. I elected to attach the table top to the side wall and the supports to the floor, as you can see from the above. There's a variety of navigational equipment attached to the wall behind the table. The Big Plan isn't very helpful, but this includes a handheld compass, an "Oil Reservoir Mk. IIb", an "air dryer", and something called a "test c0ck". I made approximate guesses at these without knowing entirely what they all did (what's an air dryer and why is such a thing needed in a flying-boat?!). I also added some lockers for nav. equipment over the central window in this compartment. At the aft end of this compartment, there's a more comfy seat for the nav, and a fresh water tank - presumably to supply our intrepid sea/airmen with son-saline ice cubes for their grog. The latter seems to be a cylindrical construction with a ribbed surface, so I dug around in the morass of my spares box, and fished out this otherwise useless bomb from the Airfix Valiant: It looks nothing like a post-war RAF 1000-pounder, but with some plasticard ribbing, and attached to a plinth, it makes quite a convincing water tank. There's a story behind the entry step on the other side. After this photo was taken, I was trying to sand down a couple of rough edges and thought "This is odd - the plasticard isn't sanding properly and the edges are all soft and fibrous!" It turned out that I had erroneously picked up some white cardboard of the plasticard - and built an entire step without noticing I was using the wrong material! Never done this is nearly 19 years of modelling! : Aft of the navigator sits the wireless operator, whose compartment is even more densely fitted, but is hidden behind a bulkhead with a doorway, which MB thoughtfully provide. I wasn't going to bother with anything in here, but an irritatingly large amount can be seen through the doorway while looking through the crew door. So I added the port half of the floor, and some supports on which will sit a seat from the spares box. To excuse myself from adding anything which might be glimpsed from the mid-upper gun position, I've also added the rear gunner/wireless operator bulkhead behind. On the back side of the first bulkhead (The one between the nav and the wireless guy, which MB provide - keep up! ) I added some crude sides to the radio boxes, and a table with a support. This is about all that can be seen through the doorways, but it helps fill a gap, as it were. (Ooh err!) To give you some idea of what this will all look like, here's a dry fit with the nav compartment more or less complete, and the wireless operator just missing a set. Lastly for today, I've made a start on the lower rest bunks, the head ends of which should be visible though the mid-upper gunner's Scarff ring. I think my sidewall structure is quite overscale, as the beds seem uncomfortably narrow! I made them as wide as possible while leaving a small gap, and attached the inner faces first so that they're nicely symmetrical about the centreline when viewed from above. As you can see, the starboard side was originally supposed to be a top section but was cut too small! That's all for now folks - hopefully more modelling and less time before the next update!
  13. Airfix 2018

    What about the CR42, BR20, Ju86, or He59, just to name a few types which saw combat over SE England during the period?! I confidently expect the Telford announcement to be a DH106 Comet in 1/72, but then I say that every year...
  14. Airfix 2018

    Two announcements so far have indeed been "large" and both British - so I feel like tomorrow will be a small, popular, non-British WW2 subject. My guesses are T-6 Harvard, P-38, Corsair or maybe something Italian, such as MC.202.