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Vulcanicity

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  1. Dan-Air Comet conundrum

    Well you learn something every day! Don't think I knew about the 3B, thanks!
  2. You say that, but assuming the plastic is as hammed-up as the decal sheet (I fully realise it might not be, but then there's past form!) then I'd rather they stick to 48th, and not put some more accuracy-minded company off doing a decent, accurate model in 1:72.
  3. Airfix Wimpy for 2018

    The Wellington is featured in this week's Workbench - with test shots and a pre-release build. https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/exclusive-workbench-wimpy-update Looks excellent to me - look at all that interior detail, plus wheels the correct width and fabric doesn't look like a starved cow. Does anyone want a Trumpeter Wimpy...?
  4. Revell (Matchbox) Hawker Fury Mk.I 1/72

    This is amazing stuff, and very inspiring as I've got an old Amodel Fury I'm considering stripping and rebuilding with Bare metal Foil. So it can be done by an inspired modeller, maybe a chump like me has a chance!
  5. HP Victor K2 1:72nd scale

    Just come across this build - what a magnificent job on this old kit - there's no way you would know it's the Matchbox kit! Well done!
  6. Dora Wings catalog 2018

    Excellent stuff! Put me down for a Wapiti, and definitely at least one of Vega/Proctor. Also very excited about the FD2!
  7. Weeeeeeell it's been AGES but I'm back on this project, having built a mojo-restorative Chipmunk , eaten and drank my way through Christmas and New Year, and hacked away a bit further at the PhD. If you'll recall, I was slowly trudging my way aftwards through the Stranraer, compartment by component, scratchbuilding anything that could plausibly be seen through the windows, open access door, and open gun positions. Having mucked around with all the stoves and beds in the mid-upper gunner's compartment, it was time to add some spare magazines for the Lewis gun carried here. The AP which I examined at the National Archives reveals that five magazines were carried at each station. Unfortunately, it says nothing about where or how they were stowed, and none of my references was much help, so I sort of made it up. I hate making stuff up - I've only once done a completely fabricated interior (the Matchbox Seafox, years ago) but sometimes you just have to cut your losses and stick three magazines to starboard and two to port. Aft of the stove to port, you'll also notice I've added two large suitcases with wire handles which feature prominently in the "Big Plan", although the latter says nothing about what might be in them. I suspect it's tedious stuff like mechanic's tools, but I'd rather imagine it's bottles of vermouth and several changes of dinner/morning suit for all six crew That was just about it for that compartment, so on to the tail gun position. Mercifully not too much to do here, apart from the five magazines, again artfully and fancifully arranged. The vague blob to starboard is a fold-down chair for the gunner, while the lower, smaller blob to port is a parachute. I have precisely zero references for this compartment, and these two features are going to be almost invisible anyway, so I didn't faff around with support struts, seatbelts, and parachute pack tie straps. I present this to you as solid evidence that I am, in fact, quite sane. Nearly there! Just a few more odds and ends to attend to further forward. This is the kit instrument panel - surprisingly accurate as to the placement of basic instruments but rather of its time. I knocked up the replacement below from yet more plasticard stock. The very last thing was the bulkhead separating the pilot's cockpit with the bow - the one bit I chickened out of scratcbuilding! Apart from some tabs to hold the instrument panel on a good scale foot too far forward, there was no detail here and a clear view into the undetailed void ahead. My references suggest a corrugated sliding door, so it was out with the quadruple CD cases to cut the latter to fit: I then added a tiny pull handle for the door, plus some surrounding framework. The distribution of frames seems irrational until you see the bulkhead dry-fitted into the cockpit: And there we have it! One detailed Supermarine Stranraer interior! Easily the biggest scratchbuilding job I've ever attempted, but I'm pretty chuffed with the result. Somewhat astonishingly, it all still fits together! (more or less.) The only things missing here are the pilot's and wireless operator's seats and control column, which are staying out until after painting. The eagle-eyed will note one final, and vital, addition to the crew's comfort - the Elsan! That's it for now, once I've primed up I'm putting the Stranraer on the back burner and bringing the Heyford up to the same position. See you next time!
  8. Can't wait! ho590hm and cmatthewbacon, if either of you have any refs for the interior setup of the Air Ministry/RAF mailplanes that would be very welcome! The Flight article shows large part-cylindrical fuel tanks which fit in the fuselage and plumb to outside, plus a picture of the aux generator setup, but that's about it!
  9. Airfix 2019

    I'll do my little annual hint, once now and once on the little "suggest a subject" cards at Telford. 1/72nd please. Yes, I know it won't sell. But still: please. Both I and the makers of Bare Metal Foil will love you forever.
  10. Dan-Air Comet conundrum

    If you're stuck the drop tanks from the Airfix 1:72nd Vampire T11 are nigh on perfect in size if you can cut a suitable hole in the Airfix Comet wings to receive them. The tanks have moulded-in pylons, but this works in your favour as there's a curved fairing where the wing leading edge meets the inboard edge of the tank, and the pylon helps form this. Here's my BOAC Comet 4 I did a few years ago (also 26 decals). I cut 1.99 scale metres (1.38cm) out of the fuselage to give the correct length - this equates to two windows which should be the third and fourth ones thus reducing the forward cluster to six each side. In addition to adding the tanks I also extended the wingtips using bits of scrap plastic. To further clarify the lengths/wingspans: Comet 1: Original variant, long span wings (115ft) and short fuselage (93ft) Comet 2: Avon engines, same wingspan and slightly lengthened fuselage (96ft 1in) Comet 3: Demonstrator version only (1 aircraft). Same wingspan and substantially lengthened fuselage (111ft 6 in). Wing Tanks Comet 4: Dimensions as Comet 3. Wing Tanks Comet 4B: Short range, high capacity version originally for BEA. Longer fuselage (+ 6ft 6 in), shorter wings (Sorry, can't remember how much). No wing tanks. This is the variant provided by Airfix and IIRC the wingspan is correct for the 4B. Comet 4C: Export/RAF version which combined the long wings from the Comet 4 (with wing tanks) and the long fuselage from the Comet 4B. I believe Dan Air operated all three Comet 4 subtypes - they basically bought all the airworthy Comets available. Hope this helps!
  11. Vulcanicity's 2017

    My 2017 has seen an increase of one model on my measly total of three each for 2015 and 2016! Much of the year has been spent on the Matchbox Stranraer and Heyford, but those are mammoth builds that will stretch well into next year. As usual all of these are 1/72 and largely brush-painted. From January to March I built the Revell Hunter (while at work in Borneo!) in the colours of the little-seen 63 Squadron RAF. From April to June (and at least partly in Borneo) I built the Airfix Swift, with lots of extra Eduard PE. On return from the Orient, and after finishing the Swift I attended to some unfinished business from 2016: the restoration of an old MPM Defiant I'd built back in 2008 - using lots of Airfix kit parts and a fair amount of scratcbuilding and modifications to make it look a bit more like an actual Defiant. Then it was on with the big Matchbox projects, but I paused in November-December to tackle the AZ Chipmunk, one of those "two weeks-maximum" builds that turned out to be less simple than I thought! That's it, and thanks for looking! As usual, I intend to built more next year. As usual, I shall probably fail!
  12. Hi all! As a break from cramming detail into Matchbox biplanes, I embarked on one of my Telford buys, the AZ Chipmunk - on the suggestion that I needed a bit of a rest and a mojo restorer! It's quite a nice kit, with very delicate surface detail and a well-detailed interior. It's rather lacking in some of the finer details however- I added tie-down rings, actuator jacks for the flaps, pitot probe, catches for the sliding portion of the canopy, two blade aerials, a scoop on the cowling, the little strakes on the wing leading edges, brake lines, etc, plus drilling out the exhaust and all the scoops. Fit is questionable - it's been a while since I built a "proper" short-run kit and it was a bit of a shock! There's thick flash, the wing-fuselage joint needs a shim, and the cockpit won't close up unless you shave off some of the sidewall detail to admit the sides of the seats. You need to shave a goodly amount off the fuselage decking sections under the canopy Also, the tailplanes fit much better the wrong way up - I thought this was the correct way of fitting them until I noticed that the elevator trim tab was on the wrong side! Nothing a bit of filler and a rescribe couldn't fix... Decals are a right mix, on account of the kit schemes being a bit uninspiring and quite a few of the stencils being inaccurate. I raided the spares bank for an old Airfix kit sheet, which provided most of the stencils and the wing walkways (AZ provide these but they're the wrong shape and don't follow the panel lines). The markings for WP901/B of 6 Air Experience Flight (based at Abingdon in the 1970s-1980s) came from the excellent S&M "Post War Piston Trainers" sheet - although they're super thin and settle down like a dream I had to double up all the roundels in order to get them remotely opaque! The most outlandish decal source is the red First Aid cross - which is part of a 41sq insignia from the Italeri Jaguar! So a bit of a mixed bag - Not as easy to build as the Airfix, and like that kit is a bit of a blank canvas for added external details - but if you've got the skills to make it fit, it's a considerably more refined starting point, and you don't have to attack it with sandpaper to get rid of hundreds of scale fist-sized rivets!
  13. I agree! I'm keen to do my Vega as one of the 17 or so operated by the RAF/Air Ministry, but I'm drawing a blank finding out much about them beyond serial blocks (L7272, P1749-54, P5988-5993). I've got a rubbish quality, very small shot of L7272 in silver with large A-type roundels - but do any other photos exist? I'm especially interested to know how many of them were delivered with, and flew in service with, the angled windscreen - as this is the look I'd like to capture, and I'm aware that the RAF rapidly changed this arrangement to the more Proctor-like rounded screen.
  14. Airfix 2018

    I'm increasingly thinking that the Wellington and Blenheim will be it for 2018, with Humbrol struggling to stay afloat. I'm not complaining too much, as with an S&M Canberra in the post, the Dora Wings Vega Gull and Valom Albatross to make, the year is already half sorted without even having to break into the stash!
  15. Great stuff, good to see John's comments taken on board so quickly and the CADs altered. I wish more manufacturers would do this! Very much looking forward to this one, and just imagining the Vega and the Valom Albatross on the shelf - my two favourite 1930s civil aircraft!
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