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  1. Inside the front cover of May 17 Flypast there's an ad from BAIV (of Holland) selling Meteors (RR tank engines, not the plane). Apparently refurbished for MOD for the Gulf War but over all too quick to be used. The ad suggests these could be used for Merlins. I know that the Meteor was derived from the Merlin by RR, and at one time there was a ground running one in a Spitfire (replica?), but surely not much could be used on a flying aircraft? I can't imagine there's much actual commonality in parts, as I assume a tank engine can be made from any old steel or whatever, rather than certified materials for each and every component, nor would a tank engine run the same compression ratios and so forth, leaving aside the supercharging , dual ignition systems that I can't imagine were necessary to slug through the North German plains in the Cold War! In their blog it says "Note: this Engine can also be an ideal and relatively cheap basis for rebuilding your Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine!" http://www.baiv.nl/blog/2017/02/09/limited-quantity-meteor-mk-ivb-engines-available-factory-overhauled-power-pack-with-accessories/ Yours Doubtfully Cheers Will
  2. Mosquito FB.VI Engines (632090 for Tamiya) 1:32 Eduard Big Sin Tamiya's big Mossie is an awesome kit, and these new resin engines should take that awesomeness up a notch, as Eduard's use of 3D printing technology is by now legendary, as is their casting skill which IMHO is second to none. This set arrives in a large flat box due to scale and contents, and has a weighty feel that gives a clue to what's inside. Underneath the large instruction booklet and a layer of bubble wrap are nine bags of resin parts, and one containing two frets of Photo-Etch (PE), with a grand total of 180 resin parts!!!! Some of them are tiny, but there are a substantial number of large parts, and the work that has gone into the design and casting must have been phenomenal. Before you start you will need some lengths of wire of 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm and 1mm diameters to be able to do this set justice, so pick up either some lead fly-tying wire from an angling shop, or florist's wire and follow the instructions carefully. There are 21 steps in all, beginning with the cylinder heads and blocks with their electrical connections to the spark plugs, followed by the supercharger and ancillary equipment that sits on one end of the engines. The engine's crankcase is then built up with its own ancillary equipment, and the piston banks are added into keyed recesses, as are the supercharger to the rear and the reduction gear housing at the front. Between the two banks of 6 pistons form a V-shape at the top of the engine, and the supercharger feed-tubes run along the space between them feeding the engine with lots of compressed air, along with another bank of spark-plugs (2 per cylinder in total), which are fed by PE wires. With main engine construction completed, attention turns toward mountings and connections to the rest of the airframe. This begins with the engine bearings being constructed along with some additional equipment that is attached now for ease. The cowlings need a little preparation to remove the casting flash across the exhaust ports on the engine sides, which are simple to cut free and are marked in red on the instructions. These are added to the sides of the engine, a bulkhead is built up from a number of parts, additional wiring, hoses and equipment are added all around, including a curved reservoir around the reduction housing, and the propeller shaft is installed at the business end of the engine with a couple of PE parts and another resin part finishing off that area. The lower cowling is then constructed with the chin intake and a PE mesh preventing FOD ingress. The corresponding intake is attached to the underside of the engine, and various additional coolant hoses, actuator rods, wires and the automatic fire extinguisher are glued in place while the engine is inverted. The exhausts are supplied as two types, with the two rear stubs conjoined on the inboard bank of pistons, and an optional surround that slips over the stubs before they are attached to the block. More wire is added, as is the disc in front of the reduction gear, additional struts forming part of the engine bearers, more hoses etc. Then you get to do it all again with the other engine, with some of the parts mirrored, but many identical to the opposite side, as the basic engines were the same. Conclusion Wow! It's not often that I'm blown away by an aftermarket set, but the attention to detail, the sheer clarity and amount of said detail as well as the quantity of parts is breathtaking. Sure it's an expensive set, and it will keep you busy with the glue and paint for a LOOONG time, but the results have the potential for perfection, if only there was a perfect modeller! Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  3. Is this too many blades?
  4. It was a very sad day at AugustaWiffliand when the prototype AW191 destroyed itself in a blur of blades but the engineers decided to use some of the wreckage for the prototype AW161 Peregrine AEW. The only problem was that very little survived the accident, but with the Navy chasing them for an update on the conversion programme any changes needed to use as many standard parts as possible.
  5. Collecting various SAR helicopters in 1/72 and have gone from building 1 CH-149 to 2 NAWSARH's! In getting the right parts I've bought 3 kits plus some spare parts to build 2 helo's and I was thinking "what do I do with the leftovers???" Then I had a happy accident. I found a spare radome in my Sea King! Then I thought of this...
  6. Finished long ago, but only now posting images. Go to:
  7. Over the holidays, I was tidying my stash, and discovered a Merlin 1/72 Fulmar purchased in 1991, for £6.95. A product of the early garage-industry limited run injection process, it is molded in a waxy white plastic, with semi-opaque parts that represent the canopies. All surrounded by so much flash that carving the parts to shape is the first thing required, after sawing the parts from the huge sprues. There are decals, but the less said, the better. A good three-view is provided, and it is absolutely necessary if one is to believe this could represent a Fulmar. Easy to understand why it was never started, once the Pegasus version, and then the Vista/Airfix/Smer/Revell appeared. Obviously, this should be one for the bin, but I am possessed occasionally by excited delerium, and in this state of mind I decided to see if anything resembling a model aircraft could be produced. The two fuselage halves do not exactly line up, and the solid wings have a slight bend. The canopies would be useless, except that they are so thick, that inside their form can be discerned something of the original shape. The wings, after hot water treatment and much sanding, were straightened. The fuselage halves were roughly aligned, mating surfaces sanded flat, then glued together. The canopies were sanded extensively to fit their apertures, and lightly glued in place. They were then sanded to match the airframe contours, removed from the model and polished to give a semblance of clarity. Turning to the wings, having decided to try to represent a folded wing Fulmar, each wing was cut into three pieces. The stub wings were pinned with brass rod, and glued in place, as were the horizontal tail and vertical pieces. And that is where we are today. Next up, some scratch built cockpit invention/detail and paint, then re-attachment of the canopies. More to come.........
  8. This pair is finally finished. I'm not sure I'd want to do them again so a D.III & D.IV will probably not be added to my collection! Although they started as Merlin kits, only the fuselages (very heavily modified!) and some of the white metal parts, were used, the rest is all scratchbuilt. A spare Roden engine went into the D.I, the Spandaus are Miniworld, the wheels are my own design, 3d printed by Shapeways, and the nose decals on the D.II were custom ordered from Melius Manu in Poland. As far as the history of these aircraft goes, they were both in service at the same time, the D.II having been developed due to a shortage of the inline Mercedes engines. Both were subject to structural failures, as was the contemporary E.III, (weak welds, wing attachment bolt failure, and metal tubing that had too thin a section were the usual culprits, basically a lack of quality control in the Fokker factory) and all Fokkers were banned from front line service in December 1916. The D.I and D.II both saw service on the home front and as training aircraft, as did the D.III and D.IV (basically a D.II and D.I respectively, with more powerful engines, ailerons instead of wing-warping, and twin Spandaus). The D.I represents 151/16, of Jagdstaffel 1, Bertincourt, France in early September 1916 The D.II represents an aircraft of Kampfeinsitzer Kommando (KEK) Ensheim, (later Jagdstaffel 16), based in Ensheim, Germany, in September 1916, flown by Ltn Fritz Grünzweig. (although some have speculated that he was not a pilot and merely painted the nose art...) I hope you like them.. Ian
  9. I know, I have more than enough to be getting on with, but the E.III is waiting for bits to dry, the RE8 is awaiting the postie....and I have too much spare time. I also just bought the Windsock Special on the Fokker D.I to D.IV with the aim of starting this so here we go...can we say "sucker for punishment"? Here's what I have to start with: The wing detail is actually very nice, but they are way too thick so it would have to be sanded off anyway...add to that they are the wrong length and I think the best option is scratchbuild new ones.... The fuselages are vaguely fuselage-shaped lumps of plastic, almost solid on the inside, different lengths, and way too narrow.... Then there's a bag of metal bits and a sprue with some more lumps of plastic on it. I'm not sure what most of it is...possibly wheels, tail surfaces etc. There is a cowling, which could be usable.... So, what it all boils down to, is basically a scratchbuild, combined with some plastic sculpting!! What a terrible waste of good plastic, there really ought to be a law against this sort of thing... I'll be using a spare Roden engine, modified, for the D.I. Add to that the fact that the drawings in the Windsock Special aren't consistent...the fuselages measure differently on the profiles and plan views, and the wingspans are different on the head-on views and plan views. Some of the drawings have the correct wingspan and wrong fuselage length, or vice-versa, and some have the wrong wingspan on all views (I'm taking my measurements from those supplied in the back of this same publication, so one of them has to be wrong)........I really thought Windsock put a little more care into their drawings but this is not the first time I've had this issue. I copied the various views at different magnifications and made a complete set of correctly sized drawings....now I could begin! I have made a start on the D.I fuselage. First job was to find a reference point. The underside of the fuselage matched the plans pretty well so that was my starting point. I took one half and got the underside matching nicely, then removed the plastic lump that represents the engine and corrected the nose profile. When that was done I moved back to the cockpit and upper decking until the profile matched all around. Next step was to tape the 2 halves together and match them, and when that was done I took the Dremel to them and started to hollow out the insides. I didn't go too far as I know there is some reshaping still to do and I want to leave enough so that I don't sand through..... Finally for today, I added 1mm plastic strip to the joining edges of both halves to widen the fuselage to the correct width. Correct, that is, for the front...the rear is actually ok, but it's easier to widen all of it, then sand the back end - there's plenty of plastic! That is where it stands as of this evening. This will be put aside to finish my other 2 when I get the bits I need, but it should keep me out of trouble in the meantime. Thanks for looking, Ian
  10. Prop&Jet is to release a 1/72nd Gribovsky G-28 "Krechet" (Merlin) resin kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.905032449585083.1073741870.475396205882045&type=3 V.P.
  11. I decied to build this kit as a what if because the kit is for a prototype and to bring it up to latest standard would involve a lot of work. I did however cut out the window by the front door and even though you cannot see it the seats and consoles are in there. Painted using modelair paints and Kleer with decals cobbled togeather from kit decals, modeldecal and spares box decals. The actual painting was done with a cheap £6 chineese badger 150 copy it hasen't come out too bad. I am pleased with result and reckon that it could actually be done on the full size aircraft. There is presidence as there was a MK5 done in a simaliar scheme a few years ago. Normal 5ft viewing distance please. And with a proper HAS2 Thank you for looking Rodders
  12. Morning all, Thought I'd share a selection of images from last week's Royal Navy support of the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor. AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr. AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ136/U Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr AgustaWestland Merlin HC3i ZJ118/B Royal Navy Okehampton Camp 07/05/16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Thanks for looking, comments welcomed Shaun
  13. Hi folks,I,ve got free time now the last of my other GB entries is almost complete and thought it time I joined in with this superb collection of projects.Being pay week which means buying time I was in the LMS yesterday and looked for a kit and chose this re-box of Italeri's naval Merlin over the RAF version also on the shelf by the original maker,feeling sorry for the loosing contenders offering I also bought their Sea Horse for a second entry if all goes well with this one.Here's the box top for now hope to get a start tomorrow.
  14. The following images have been taken at various locations around Cornwall since Jan 2016. Unfortunately the few remaining 771 Squadron Sea Kings have been rather elusive. Locations here include Bodmin Moor, Davidstow airfield, Godrevy etc:
  15. Hi After what seems like ages, here's my attempt at an RAF Merlin, as used in Afghanistan....Plus a bonus pic of the Merlin with some of it's flying cousins. The Merlin is slightly untidy around the edges of the windows - always a part I struggle to get looking right. Hope you like! Cheers Rob.
  16. Hi All, New member so please bear with me until I get the hang of things. I've garnered a load of hints and tips from this forum and have been inspired by many of the builds so I thought it appropriate to share progress of my current project. I finally took the plunge and got the HC3 and Eduard Big Ed pack, seeing as the interior is fully detailed and mostly hidden when built I've decided to create a cutaway version with a removeable side to show a pair of Airfix quads on board. Apologies for it not being absolutely accurate as I do get a bit carried away so I'll be building it with folded rotors and hinged tail. Photos to follow on progress so far. Kind Regards John
  17. With the decision to phase out the Sea King HAR.3 during 2017, a replacement was needed. Rather than following a privatised model, the MoD opted instead to look at other potential helicopter resources. There were two obvious candidates to replace the HAR.3 - the Super Puma and the Merlin. Following trials with both aircraft, the Merlin was selected. Following the release of the RAF's Merlin HC3s to the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force, and the upgrade of most Merlin HM1s to HM2 standard, the Navy was left with 10 surplus HM1 airframes. These ten aircraft were made available for refit to Search and Rescue specifications. The newly-designated HAR.5 would retain the HM1's Searchwater radar, as well as being fitted with a slimmed down version of the HM2's advanced avionics suite. Several changes were made to the internal layout. Seating was rearranged to accommodate the extensive SAR equipment. Additional bulbous observation ports similar to those found on the Sea King were added close to the centre of the fuselage to aid in visual searches. Obligatory box shot: ​ The sprues, showing the painting work completed last night: A test fit to check how observable the interior is and decide on a construction order. Posts elsewhere on the forum have suggested completing one side at a time and then joining the two. However, the fit seems clean enough so I'll probably just follow the order in the instructions:
  18. Finally I managed to finish a model - also finished it in under a month!!! Revell kit, out of the box. No added bits, just a straight forward build. I stumbled across a framed photo/painting - call it what you prefer, and though that would go well in my room. One day, I stumbled over this kit, and lobbed it in my room, along with the picture. And it was here, that I noticed that the painting I had bought, was in fact the boxart of the kit I had just bought! So it was a pretty easy decision, to choose what plane it should be built as. So, here goes: Revell 1/48 Spitfire Mk IXc, No. 43 Squadron RAF, Klagenfurt, Austria June 1945 Robin
  19. Hello All! Does anyone know if the green used on RAF Merlin helicopters is the same as the green used on Spitfires, or is a different green altogether? thanks, -Ramon
  20. I haven't built a kit for ages,and had always intended to do "something" with a pack of Airfix 1/350 aircraft,as sold for the 1/350 Illustrious. I managed to miss the release of these,at a SMW Telford several years ago,and only discovered they were available,afterwards-probably thanks the BM. As I was leaving the UK imminently, I phoned Airfix,hoping to order them directly.They took my order but very kindly sent my order FOC and they were at my home when I got back-how good is that? I think they made a pretty decent job of the planes and helos,but I could see some room for improvement,and set about chopping around a couple of them. As some of you know,I work in a smaller scale,so it would be a diversion to see what could be done,and a sort of "homage" to the likes of the people that got me started on plastic modelling-those of a certain age will remember Chris Ellis,Gerald Scarborough,Terry Gander,Alan Hall,and especially Peter Hodges,and his detailed conversions of Airfix 1/600 ships. Tiny,grainy black and white photos and all.... I thought I'd have a go at the Merlin,it is about right shape wise,and I have a liking for these impressive birds. Merlin 1 by plastichacker, on Flickr First job was to remove the cabin area and back fill,so that some cabin windows could be built in-unfortunately,I didn't start taking pictures until some time after (because once the enthusiasm for the project wore off it just sat in a box for about 3 years),here the cabin area has been modded,and some of the many lumps and bumps have been started. Merlin 2 by plastichacker, on Flickr Merlin 3 by plastichacker, on Flickr The nose has been tidied and some work on the underside-I haven't got a clue what half these things are,just bits to be made and fitted,sorry to any current/ex FAA that know far more about these things than me! Merlin 4 by plastichacker, on Flickr mtd
  21. Hi, Completed model ready for inspection ... first time doing a work in progress, certainly spurs you on to complete !! Built out of box but with a few extras donated by Merlin101 and loads of advice given by other members. Big thanks to all. Work in progress thread as below http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234966198-italeri-172-eh-101-merlin-has1/ Finished in a heavily weathered/well used look.
  22. Hi, Fist time trying to do a work in progress post. Finally managed to work out how to post photos ... don't use IE, for some reason it didn't work and after reading the help forums I tried Chrome ... worked straight away. Anyway .. this build may take some time as I want to spend time working on my weathering and detailing skills. I am happy with dry brushing using enamel and acrylic paints and currently use a weathering wash using some soft pastels dissolved in water. I would like to try clay based weathering washes and am thinking about buying some "Flory" weathering wash ... however anybody got any other suggestions. Also looking for some advice or indeed links to photos for the Merlin interior/exterior as I have never been up close to these aircraft. If anyone has built this model, any hints tips and advice would be appreciated. The rest of the kit is in the box ... it's just that I couldn't fit it all in the photo Thanks again
  23. I have just finished the ICM Merlin, for my Mk IX (don't tell me its a poor example - seen that in other posts) - I can live with it). Now I have looked at a tone of pics and I read somewhere that Edgar mentioned something about grey ext, However I have the 1/32 book by Brett Green and Co on the Tamiya Spitfire and there the Engine seem to be solid black except for exhausts and top covers. I have been told that in service, an engine is just a big black block. Its primed and ready for a dash of colour or not. Thoughts please.
  24. Hi, Here's our most recently finished model. This was made as a commission for a good friend who worked as a technician on Merlins. He wanted Hotel in particular as he remembers working on it. This model is also a team effort between my husband David and myself. David did most of the construction and all of the exterior. I did the interior. The model has a few additions to the kit. On the exterior several aerials were replaced with wire (using some very handy banjo strings that we always have spares of!). The bar HF aerial on the rear left hand side is deleted on operational aircraft. The gun set up an operational one, the left hand side door is always removed when the side door gun is fitted as it wouldn't close anyway. The kit instructions also show you fitting a right hand side gun, however this is not fitted as it is apparently inconvenient to use and affects seating capacity. In the cockpit I added the sun shades which I made out of folded paper, to the roof, these are noticeably absent on the kit and very evident in photographs. I also added some seat belts to the pilot seats made out of tamiya tape. Moving aft, I made a curtain out of toilet paper for the door between the cockpit and the cabin. This was just folded, tied with tamiya tape and painted black. Inside the cabin and cockpit there are a lot of curly headset wires that are usually left hanging out instead of being stowed. For these we got the banjo wire out again and used a G string and curled it around a D string. I had to do a considerable amount of work on the cabin seats. Our friend wanted the seats stowed up apart from the very back aircrew seats which he wanted down. This is because the back seats are stowed up using velcro, which rather inconveniently leads the seats opening up during flight anyway! Of course Airfix have you model the seats down with the back seats up, which means I had lots of work to do! I took all of the seat backs bar two and cut them down and flattened them so they'd fit, I then built two more to replace the ones I wasn't attacking. Then I had to make seat belts out of tamiya tape for all of them, on the real thing these seat belts are stowed very untidily so I tried my best to replicate that. Back to the exterior, I made up a mix of Tamiya XF58 and XF59 for the base colour. David then weathered the panels in several stages with varying amounts of thinned XF20 and XF51 depending on the panel shade on the real thing. The shades are made to match 'Hotel' specifically. David was not happy with the decals supplied for the walkways so he painted them in Nato Black. All the metals are sprayed using varying shades of alclad. David shaded the rotor blades to simulate wear. Overall this kit was a pretty touch build, it wasn't the easiest fitting model, the top assembly is awkward and the nose area requires considerable work to fit. All the little fiddly bits need trimming before fitting. The decals took a fair amount of persuasion to fit without silvering. We also managed to add an extra month to the build by dropping it, this destroyed the undercarriage and knocked both pilot seats out. This meant removal of the side windows (after the model had been painted!) and the purchase of metal undercarriage parts. After that David also contrived to knock off one of the wire cutters so we had to take another one off to make a resin cast to replace it. It was a 6 month long build for both of us and we're both relieved that it's finally done, well not quite! We have yet to build an airfield base and a tempered glass case for it. For anyone that would like to see even more photos at full size, here's the link to the album. I'll be adding some photos of the build in progress to this album soon as well. http://s240.photobucket.com/user/amandaphotomeow/library/Andys%20Merlin?sort=3&page=1