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About Scratchbuilder

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  1. Modelling in Wood - discuss!

    I agree with everything John says. I have had to stop making my Moths for a while, because an old friend is asking me to help him with a 1/6th scale model in brass, of a Vincent Black Shadow/Rapide. Now that, even if I say so myself, DOES require some special skills that do need a lot of practice, but carving wood (I use steamed pear, but lime is nice) or chemical wood (Renshape or Ureol) is relatively easy and achieved just as John describes and needs just a little practice. The most important tool is a "good eye". If you haven't got that, go play golf, because you'll never have the self criticism to throw it out and start again. But, most people have a better eye than they think. If you've ever said to a chum or yourself, "that looks like sh*t", you probably have a good enough eye. Give it a go and be fulfilled and never complain that the manufacturers don't do what you want any more. Cheers, Martin
  2. Info on 1/8th scale bike kits.

    Hi all, I was recently lent three 1/8th scale model Vincents built from kits, to help me with my making a 1/6th scale master. I assumed the models were all from the one basic kit/one set of masters, but today I looked again and found that one of them is an altogether more refined job, except for it having photo-etched wheels. Now I am aware of this model being done in this scale and in white metal by initially, Big 6 Classic Replicas at the behest of the Vincent club. It was also subsequently done by Bellini, RAE and Classic Motorcycles at least! But was it one of these companies that had a new master made? Certainly old man Bellm (of Bellini) could afford to, without a moment's thought, but as RAE cast his little model cars range (for which I did about 20 masters) AND marketed the Vincent, I assume that Bellini's version would have been the original. Classic Motorcycles is not know to me. Can anyone cast any definite light on this subject for me? The "better" model has more detailed seat dampers, bracketry, twist grips, seat, name plates, etc. Plus those 'Orrible p/e wheels. Tyres are also very different. TIA, Martin
  3. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    I don't blame you at all for doing that, but my Dad would not forgive me for paying money to the government he served to learn about his short service history! He hated authority and never paid full price for anything if he could possibly help it, avoid it or do a deal. He was, after all, born whilst Bow Bells were actually ringing! I feel it incumbent upon me to honour his life long attitudes and the legacy of mind he left me. Maverick could have been our middle name. Martin
  4. Houchin kit supplier in UK?

    The Houchin kit arrived today, well packed. Already built using superglue. A few bits of excess resin had to be cleaned off the bottom of the main casting and then the chassis was glued to it and the wheels and tyres cleaned up with a file following their removal from those huge blocks resin people use in the model aircraft world. I removed them from their components with a piercing saw and side clippers, followed by a Swiss file. Took an hour in all and I'll consider painting it tomorrow as today is a bit sunshine and showers. Very well recommended piece from VideoAviation in Italy. Martin
  5. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    I can assure you that having grown up round Austin 7s I know they certainly can be run on Paraffin if they have a low enough (wartime) compression ratio and a bronze carburettor, much as I had on my Morris sidevalved boat engine of similar age. Two tanks, one petrol, on which you start and warm up. One paraffin, which you switch over to, once the engine is warm. And I am old enough to recall him doing it shortly before he bought the bigger Ford (ex PO ) van that became our family transport. He built 3 A7 specials, my uncle built one, I had all the parts for my own. My grandad had 2 saloons when I was tiny. I helped start the Essex A7 Club and was its editor for a while, I had a Chummy, Nippy and Ruby at various times. The suggestion my father "spun me a line" is bloody offensive, btw. Especially as my mother and grandmother had at various times confirmed it. Maybe if your experience went back as far as mine and my family's you could speak with more authority. Martin
  6. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Ouch! they want a birth certificate and £30 per enquiry! I'm not that curious, I'm afraid! Thanks anyway. Martin
  7. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Rob, thanks for being on the same wavelength as Troy there. I will try them later. Cheers, Martin
  8. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Hi Troy, That's another huge lot of info.! Special thanks for the rocket rack details. The Sea Hurricane wing appears to be rivetted, so is metal, yet I understood Sea Hurricanes were early birds. I'm in no rush at all to do this as I have my scratchbuilt Hornet Moth, first ever flight Spitfire and foiled Lightning F1 to do. I'm only doing those because my normal stuff seems to have gone away in Summer and my model yacht needs a fin and bulb keel which my son is doing for me in his home furnace. So, I find myself at something of a loss for projects. I keep scenery and slot cars for the Winter days. But I find research only interesting up to a point. I can no longer afford to travel around the land looking at real stuff. I wish I could, then I wouldn't have to trouble you good folks for details. Having said that I am a rivet counter (for real, not an armchair type) and have various tools for making them too! As my Dad died in 1973 and his brothers not long after and my Mum died a few years ago, there is nobody left who can tell me when Dad actually left the RAF, but as a plumber, he was very quickly pushed into War restoration of damaged houses and involved in the new builds in the Essex area. The Police would overlook the fact he ran his Austin 7 Special on paraffin if they wanted their new houses plumbed so they could move in quickly! Thanks to his notebooks I could tell you exactly how that silver doped was applied, but I don't think he was around when they were done. He did however tell me how they used to watch the odd Beaufort (was it?) fly into the Yugoslav hills as they couldn't lift the load they were carrying, so he was definitely with the Squadron when they moved to the Baltic. Just not for long I guess. He also described how the squadron drove all up Italy and that was when he learned to drive, by just sitting up front and watching the driver. He never did take a driving test in civvy street. I'll put an ad in the Wanted section for a Hasegawa IId kit and we'll take it from there. I will try to get my head round all the little differences on the wings with panels deleted, changed, etc. The photos you sent help a lot. The upended one showing blast plates....is that a later metal wing on one of the early Sea Hurricanes? And what's the story behind the American markings on the Belgrade kite? That wing looks in a right old state! Especially around the wing joint cover strip. There's a Hurricane being restored at Little Gransden, which is fairly near us. I might see if I can gain access to it. I don't know what version it is. I think they said it was a Hurribomber. Once again, thanks for all the info and help. I'll let you know how I get on with obtaining the Hasegawa kit. Cheers, Martin
  9. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Well, thanks, Graham. It all sounds so easy when you experts say it. I will seek out a Hasegawa kit and go from there. Once again, many thanks. Martin
  10. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Troy, this all seems like a nightmare. I can find almost nothing on the 'net in the way of pictures showing differences between the wings. You say the new Airfix Mk 1 is no great shakes. Everyone else says it's the best, but I accept that the Hasegawa II is the one for making a IV. I want the model to be accurate, of course, but there seems to be just too many little things that nobody would notice or think about. This thing about the asymmetric loading worries me. My Dad never once mentioned the tank under one wing. He always talked of 8 rockets. Making those rockets is really easy for me if I can find the info on their appearance, including the blast plate under the wing. Dad seemed to get back home pretty quick after the War, so the silver Hurricane (which I naturally love the look of) wouldn't have been in his experience. He did mention the Balkan operations though, saying he'd been to Yugoslavia or fitted aircraft that went there, can't quite recall which. I suppose what I need is a drawing, if such exists, of a Mk IV in rocket carrying condition that I can trust. Then I can make anything from the kit world fit it. Would I be right in thinking that you're saying no such drawing exists? I wouldn't be surprised. As to fiddly stuff like props and spinners, I would accept what you say on which of each the kites at 6 Sqdn. had and simply model those. Making spinners and props isn't really a problem, although props are a long winded faff! I must thank you and Graham for your trouble in helping me with my ignorance. I wish I could say I was genuinely interested in these matters, but that would be fanciful. This is just for Dad's memory. But for that reason it should ring true. Cheers, Martin
  11. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Assume I know none of the common terms. Remember this is for my Dad's memory. I have no interest in militaria, but I can definitely say that 8 rockets were carried when Dad was fitting them. He used to discuss them with his brother and told a story of a fitter who ran around screaming when the OTHER 4 rockets went off together on the ground when the flaps were down and knocked the fitter that side over the latrine block, basically unharmed. The screamer had assumed the same had happened his side, but of course it hadn't. Leaving the flaps down saved the guy on the side where the rockets went off. I have notebooks hand drawn and written by Dad and his 2 brothers while training. They include details of markings and even the building where doping was done on repaired fabric. Cheers, Martin
  12. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Troy, that's going to take some reading, thanks. I certainly won't be doing a 24th scale model. I find them just too big and couldn't display one hence 48th. As to work involved, if the wing is very different, no, but if there isn't in fact much difference and both are, say, a similar shape with just different panel lines/details, I could make the changes. Different parts like tropical filter, armored radiator, even rockets are easily knocked up. I could get a chum to cast me 8 rockets from my master. My Dad always spoke of 8 rockets ,so the assymetric load won't be the one I do. If I can get a reasonably priced Hasegawa II I would consider it, unless I can get a discount on an Airfix and the work required isn't too bad. It might be better to start with the best kit of any Hurricane and redo the differences. I will try to find drawings of the different wings on the 'net. Graham, thanks for the colour references. I shall bear your comments on the blast plate in mind, thanks. Cheers, Martin
  13. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Graham, by exhausts, I meant the streak of it down the fuselage. I've just read a review of the Airfix kit and the wings appear to be flat panelled rather than fabric, so where are the big differences between the marks? I really don't know the niceties of these aircraft. Cheers, Martin
  14. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Very nice, Graham, thanks. that linked to others which showed a light khaki component in the cammo. scheme. What would the colours be and can they be had in enamels or decent sprayable acrylics? The exhaust seems to have been so hot it burnt off the soot except at the edges. Martin
  15. All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    I imagine it's cheap though and as long as has a metal wing I can do anything else, but changing a whole wing is a lot of work. I'll have a look see if there are any around. Cheers, Martin