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About TimB

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    Rotary Wing, Real Space, Harriers, and aircraft photography!

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  1. Hypersonic Models closing (temporarily)

    Hi, Jeffrey, best of luck with the relocation. Hope to see you up and running again soon. I assume this means you won't be at SMW Telford any time soon? Regards Tim
  2. The Kinetic Harrier T2/4/8 is a lovely model, and builds to a very nice representation of the ugliest of the Harrier family. However, it is not perfect, and benefits from some tweaks. This was the second one I built, after I suffered a bad reaction between the oil paint thinners I used for weathering and the Alclad varnish on the first. As I had had several problems with the paint, I decided to start again. The second time I spent more time checking fit, and got a much better build much faster. Some of the following have been covered in other (better) builds, but I decided to list all the changes I made. Some were to improve fit, others to improve accuracy. I'll come the only real error of accuracy at the end. I normally don’t care too much, but I spent several years working on Harriers and wanted a good model of one I was lucky enough to fly in - even if I was very air-sick. Most of these fall into the "you must be mad" category. The main wheel bays roof should have 2 indentations to fit the Harrier's enlarged wheels over the earlier P1127. I just scraped some indentations out of the thick plastic. The main wheel bays benefitted from a lot of check fitting and adjusting, both as an assembly and then when fitting to the fuselage. The easier solution would be to position the wheel doors almost closed - they drooped an inch or so on the ground but could be unlatched to open fully for maintenance. The rear cockpit did not fit well, with a gap between the interseat area and the port fuselage side. First time round I thought it was my mistake, but the second time I reduced the width of the port rear shelf to fit the fuselage side better. Result, no gap. I added a plate with 3 holes to the port sidewall of the rear cockpit to simulate the fibreglass liner. The throttle and nozzle control levers are far too small. I added larger ones using wire and plastic rod. The wing tip reaction nozzles on top are too wide (spanwise) and shallow. I reduced the width by 1mm using plastic strip, and then cut out the middle to make it deeper and simulate the rotary valve. The LRMTS nose should have bulges for the laser door pivot points. I added a small disk of plastic card to each side. There has been a lot of discussion on the inner wing pylons, which need the nose profile straightening. However, the pylons are also too long. I cut each pylon in half horizontally, then moved the lower portion forward 2mm, cut the nose at 45 degrees and cut 2mm of the rear. This also ended up with the right profile still on the wing underside. The tailplane pivot is 4mm too far forward. Kinetic have assumed that the fuselage bump is due to the pivot , but it is really there to allow the tail plane actuator and front spar to fit at max incidence. I moved the pivot back on the fuselage and tailplanes, opened up the area in front of the pivot and added some basic structure and actuator. This allowed me to show the tailplane at typical resting incidence. The tail plane tips needed a quick reshape from a sanding stick. I opened out the APU inlet and exhaust, and added the ducts and inlet mesh. The exhaust had a separate inner liner added as well. I filled the wing leading edge sawtooth depressions on the underside. I added additional bulges to the gun pods, drilled out gas ports, then added small plugs to the fronts to simulate the wooden cones that were fitted when the pods were not fitted with gun - to save weight. I added 5 thou plasticard shims to the horizontal part of the joint where the wing attaches to the aft fuselage. This raised the rear of the wing, and with a clamp pushing the wing down I got a joint that needed no filler. The only problem I could not fix entirely to my satisfaction was the intake. The engine fan is too small, and this throws out the intake shape in subtle ways. From what I can find on line, the Pegasus 103 fan was 115 cm diameter, so should be 24mm. The Kinetic fan is 21mm across, so 3mm too small. The picture shows the Monogram fan for comparison (on the left). The result is that the intake slopes in too much - I modified the forward portion it to be closer to the original profile using plastic card inserts to replace the intake trunking. The result is that the intake slopes in too much - I modified the forward portion it to be closer to the original profile using plastic card inserts to replace the intake trunking. This makes the blow-in door intakes shallower, which is more accurate - they should be visible from the front. The rear of the intake and fan can't be fixed easily, but the undersize fan is not too noticeable and I did not feel like building a new one. At the end I added Flightpath's CBLS - very nice if fiddly. Decals came from several Xtradecal sheets as well as Kinetic's, and the codes and serials were home-printed. Finally, here are a couple of pictures with an earlier member of the family - Monogram's Harrier GR1 backdated to a Kestrel. Roll on the Kinetic GR3…
  3. Puma HC2

    I'll look forward to seeing it. I have one on the shelf of doom, awaiting my retirement to progress it. Regards Tim
  4. Puma HC2

    Richard, are you building the 32nd Puma HC1, or converting it to HC2? Sorry, Troffa, but the the official scheme for the HC2 as of 2012 was overall Polyurethane Matt Dark Green BS381C-241 over Primer Epoxy Black, per the official drawings. The HC1 two greens scheme also used BS381C-241 green as the darker colour. There are several reasons that the aircraft can look different colours, including translucency of the top coat, lighting and fading/dirt. In the case of the RAF Merlin, despite having the same top coat, the early aircraft had a yellow (zinc chromate-like) primer and looked much lighter. Puma and Chinook use black primer, making them look a darker green. Regards
  5. Harreir T4 Norway camo

    The white on ZB600 was probably ARTF. That on XZ146 was white emulsion - and it did not come off easily... Not one of the best JO ideas ever... Regards Tim
  6. C-141B Starlifter

    Very nice clean build that captures the look well. Regards Tim
  7. Low level Puma

    That's very nice. I would also be very interested in a print. Regards Tim
  8. That is a very nice rendering of Walter. Well done. Regards Tim
  9. A400M R.A.F. colours

    The plans for A400M support are based around a lot of common support between the nations using the aircraft. This is helped if there are common colours for external components. One dark (sea) gray is very like another, and I understand that are no concerns over use of an FS versus BS number - the days of moving lots of common components between different types and common bay support different are long gone - not least due to much greater reliability. So BZN ends up with 3 different shades of gray - so what? Regards Tim
  10. Very nice. That's a really clean build, a stunning scheme and a good way to honour Walker. Regards Tim
  11. Dick Ward

    After years of using and being inspired by his decals, I had the privilege of working with Dick at RAF Benson when he was developing the sheet for the Revell Merlin HC3. I subsequently met and talked to him at several SMWs, where he was invariably pleasant and helpful. A true gentleman, and he will be much missed. Tim
  12. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    Thanks, all. Memory duly refreshed! Regards Tim
  13. Kinetic 1/48 T-Harrier...any good?

    Selwyn, you are of course right. But my OCD will know it's there (or not)! Also, by chance, my 2 photos of stationary T-birds (4 Sqn S at Deci with ferry tanks and the VAAC at Yvl) have the main u/c doors open! I agree that is unusual - I think the reason I have some photos of inside the nose bay and none inside the main bay is that they were normally closed. Regards Tim
  14. HMS Belfast 1/350

    Wow! That is amazing. Regards Tim