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  1. With nearly two months to go, I thought that I would make a start on a final model for this GB. My choice of subject is this little 1/144 Welsh Models Heron 1 and here are the obligatory box and contents shots before I get started. After giving the parts a wash in some warm soapy water, the next job will be to separate them from the pouring lugs.
  2. I completed this Welsh Models Heron for the de Havilland Mega GB a few weeks ago, but because i) I hadn't lightened the fuselage enough and then ii) I didn't add enough weight it ended up being a tail sitter. My intention had been to add the model to a base but I didn't complete that in time for the end of the group build. I finished the base last night and thought that I would share my efforts of how it should have looked here. First up a photo from last night And here are some that I took outside this morning.
  3. Fokker F.27, Air Anglia Welsh Models 1:144 Vacform The F.27 was Fokkers very successful entry to the twin turboprop regional airliner market, first flying in 1955. Very few remain in service,, but it had a long and varied career with a wide range of operators The Welsh Models vacform is one of my favourite kits, this one being my third to be completed. The Air Angliadecals come with the kit and are designed & produced by Twosix decals and performed beautifully. There is no white printing on them so the 'Air Anglia' titles are clear printed in the black area. The bottom of the fuselage then needs painting in black. I scratch built my own props from sprue runners for the spinners and 10 thou sheet for the props. And finally 'with something else', more F.27's! Thanks for looking, John
  4. My first Vac-Form kit I have build.And only for the reason that it is the only Boeing 747SP kit available,except the resin kit from Authentic Airliners. The build was challenging as I had no experience with Vac-Form kits,but I managed to get it eventually together. While working on this kit for almost 1 year,I came up with the idea to make an In-Flight diaorma,which I thought would be a nice way of displaying it. For my first ever Boeing 747SP I wanted a special and nice scheme,I had Air Mauritius,South African Airways and Air Namibia in my mind. Air Mauritius decals I couldn't find and the only South African Airways markings I found where the new ones.But I wanted my -SP to have a cheatline and the Air Namibia scheme is very attractive. The decal set comes from f-dcal and is of the usual good quality,application though showed some size discrepancies,it was a tad too long.Nevertheless I managed to get it on the Jumbo. For the display stand I took another wooden board from my tv-table as I had no use for it anyway.The size was right too. I airbrushed it with different shades of brown and green to simulate sand and trees,and painted on a river with some side arms to give more depth. After that was done and dry,I used cotton balls to create "clouds". As I also wanted to create contrails,I drilled small holes in the cones of the engines hot sections and superglued thin wires in.On those I applied white glue and pasted thin pieces of cotton balls on it.I know,the contrails are appearing behind the wings,but as to hide somehow the wire I already put some thin pieces at the end of the hot sections. The model itself sits on a transparent plastic tube. For being my very first vac-form kit and also the first in-flight display like that,I am quite happy with the outcome,although the model has some flaws. I don't know if I ever will build another Vac-Form kit again,as I am more the plastic-modeller,but it was a nice and interesting experience. The only problem I have now is...where to put this diorama ? Here now the Air Namibia Boeing 747SP on its way to Windhoek.Have a nice flight I hope you like it Note:No cats included, as they are not able to "fly"...
  5. Vickers Valiant B.1

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I have sadly been rather busy and lost a little enthusiasm for modelling the past month. Partly that's also because I have lost my big lever arch binder full of decals which contains the sheet of swastikas I need to finish my Stuka WIP. It's here somewhere, but I am suffering from man-vision where things sat right in front of me are invisible. Anyway, I went to the Aberdeen Modellers' Society meet on Tuesday as I try to do every month since I restarted going, and spotted this little white box sat in a pile of unloved kits. When I were a lad, there was a man named Steve (who also goes to the AMS meets now) who used to run a stall at a Sunday market nearby. The market was rubbish, frankly. My parents used to drag me along. It was full of tcheuchter tat and music vendors specialising in Danny O'Donnell cassettes and sometimes CDs. Steve's little stall however sold, as far as I can remember, pretty much only Welsh Models kits. In exchange for my good behaviour, my dad would usually buy me a one of the simpler vacform kits. Hence in my teenage years I built a surprising number of vacuum formed kits. Mostly these were Welsh Models things such as the SA Twinpin, Valetta, Hs748, Beverley, Boeing 757 and so on. I also conquered (although in retrospec, it wasn't the masterpiece I thought it was at the time) the 1:72 BAe Nimrod from Formaplane?? (the fuselage was split behind the wing - Aircraft In Miniature I think re-did it with a one-piece fuselage - I have one in the stash) and some 1:72 prototypes including the Republic Thunderscreech supersonic turboprop and de Havilland DH.110. I saw the Valiant and decided I really, really wanted it. I haven't built anything in this scale in a long time. It's cute, and it really appeals. I am hoping to get this finished quickly. I'm absolutely not about to claim to be any sort of authority on making vacuum formed models, but since some fellow modellers have not yet had the satisfaction and seem reluctant to try, I've taken a few snaps along the way to show how I do it, if only to show that it really isn't a dark art and they are surprisingly satisfying to build in an age where kits generally fall together and somehow I personally am still never content with what I produce. So, what's inside? It says it has resin wings and tail on the box, but I didn't read that. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the sanding would be limited to the fuselage. The resin castings are of good quality. To work with vacuum formed parts, I like most start by drawing around the parts with a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie pen. Next, I use a fresh scalpel blade and score around the part around 1~2mm away from the part. The surrounding styrene can be cleanly snapped away. To prepare the mating surfaces, I use a fresh piece of fairly coarse (180grit) wet and dry paper on a hard flat surface, used wet. I rub the part against the paper. This is why you want the paper wet - imagine the dust and clogged paper otherwise! When the pen can be seen through the reverse side of the plastic, you're almost there, and the 1~2mm surround left just peels away. That's pretty much all there is to it. I tacked the wings on with a small blob of medium CA. This revealed that the wing roots moulded on to the fuselage are not symmetrical. Not a big issue really, but best prepared for now rather than later. The under camber of the resin wings also doesn't match the aerofoil on the fuselage: I made a tool (a cleverer person would just buy one) to sand the cockpit and bomb aimer's fairings: The tail castings are nice but the tailplane sat slightly too far forward on the fin. This was easily rectified by filing the backs of the slots slightly to let them engage deeper. The acid test where you get to see if your fuselage sanding was correct - this is good enough for me ! Also, the panel lines on the resin wings are assymetric, so the offending line was filled, the jet pipe fairings adjusted to suit and a new line scribed. To address the wing root issue, I backed the roots with Milliput, inserted the kit supplied fuselage formers (I changed their positions to suit my preferences) and taped it up to harden whilst I went out to lunch. It's not often I get a day off my day job so thought lunch with my wife was in order. I'm now about to attack those wing roots ...
  6. Just a placeholder for the moment because I am waiting for the kit to arrive for this build. It was due to be despatched on Monday so I am expecting it any day now, I will post photos just as soon as I can I have wanted to make a model of this very sleek looking aircraft for a while now after spotting it on a display of models representing aircraft used by British Airways/BOAC/Imperial Airways at Scale Modelworld a few years ago. I thought that it would be a nice addition to this group build and set about finding a suitable kit. A brief, but fascinating, history can be found here on the Old Machine Press site.
  7. Airspeed AS57 Ambassador 1:144 Welsh Models I've always wanted an Ambassador in my airliner collection, it is such a gracefull looking aitcraft. It is harldly likely to ever be issued as an injection moulded kit, so thank goodness Welsh Models have provided a vac-form kit. It is a fair bit of work to cut out and prepare all parts, but it goes together quite well. This one has been on the bench for over 2 years now, mainly because I dithered about what scheme to finish it in. I really wanted to do it in the early BEA scheme but could not track down a decal sheet, and Densil at Welsh Models had sold out. Earlier this year I revived it and got on with painting it in the Dan Air scheme the kit provided decals for, although these are mainly just the titles, logos amd registrations. All the cheat lines you have to paint yourself. The paint job required before you can start decalling; 'With something else' - a double this time!. It goes well with the Welsh Models HS.748 Budgie; And I couldn't resist parking these 2 together, for 1 obvious reason; Thanks for looking, John
  8. Greetings all, This is the Welsh Models 1/144 MD-11 vacform with Delta Airlines late 1990's livery laser decals by 26decals. Build thread here. Relatively straightforward, though the build up of the wing mounted engines from bits of vacform and resin was tedious and slow work. Because the decals are laser printed on clear film, the Delta writing on the centre engine is clear and results in a very large blue decal to wrap around the centre engine. My first attempt didn't go well, so a huge thanks to Ray at 26decals for supplying a replacement set. Paints were my usual Zero Paints white primer, Zero brilliant white top coat and various Alclad shades. Clear coating with Alclad Aqua Gloss with a wide flat brush. Despite not turning out quite as good as I hoped, it certainly looks the part alongside my Delta TriStar. I just need a decent DC-10 kit - Authentic Airliners have been out of stock for months now... On with the photos. Regards, Darren
  9. Happy New Year all! I'm going to start the New Year with a brave and possibly vane work in progress of the Welsh Models vacform 1/144 McDonnell Douglas MD-11. My last attempt at a WIP ended in disaster and the kit being binned. And work often interferes in my modelling time so if you're really interested in what is likely to be long-haul I would advise subscribing! Excuses done, I thought it might be good to start with what a Welsh Models kit looks like. Because these are vacforms, the boxes are surprisingly large, yet quite thin: Inside there are two large vac-formed plastic sheets, one containing the fuselage, fuselage bulkheads (4), a wing spar, tail fin halves, centre engine intake liner, engine nacelles: The instructions state that these nacelles are for GE-powered MD11s and not for the PW-powered Delta variants and so are surplus. A separate smaller sheet provides dedicated nacelle and pylons for the PW engines (see later). I wasn't sure what the two small boxes were at the bottom middle, but I've just realised these are the nose and centre gear bays - the L1011 TriStar kit didn't include these so I was expecting to have to scratch build them. A second large sheet contains the wings, tailplanes and redundant GE engine pylons: Finally a smaller vacform sheet includes the Delta Airlines specific PW-powered engine nacelle and pylon halves: Nacelle leading edges, engine fans and exhaust core plugs are provided in resin: The undercarriage, winglets and flap track fairings are provided in white metal: There's a bit of mould seam to clean up, but past experience is that after priming any casting texture disappears. Instructions are sparse, yet provide all the relevant details: Decals are by Two Six Decals. They are laser printed and a little soft, but based on my MD-90 build respond well to Microscale Set and Sol, settling down well. Now for tedious part of vacforms, cutting out the parts and sanding down. Hopefully incremental progress tomorrow.... Regards, Darren
  10. Hello Everyone! When I found out that a new Airliner Group build had been organised and was about to start, I started thinking about what to build. The last GB project involved a major cut and shut to bash a Beluga and A340 into an A300-600 which was moderately successful, despite a very stubborn seam at the wing fairing joint Although it didn't make it to the finish line, it's still inching toward completion. Every now and then I work on it, the decals are on but no engines or landing gear are installed. Anyway that's history; shifting through the stash looking for inspiration and something different I came across this: On opening the box revealed the fuselage and bulkheads had been cut from the backing sheet but no other work. I should think this counts as less than 25% started : Sorting everything out confirmed it was all present and correct: The kit was actually bought (along with the Welsh Models A321) about 1996! At that time British Midland was looking to expand the fleet and the competition was between the Boeing 757 and the Airbus A321. My plan at the time was to do both types in the Diamond Service BMA livery as tasters. As it happens not only did we buy the Airbus we changed the livery to the dark blue and grey version around that time, so they would have been a double 'What If'! About 10 years later a 757 did operate for bmi when we wet-leased one from Icelandair to supplant the A330 across the Atlantic. http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/airliners/6/6/1/0838166.jpg?v=v20 The kit is, as you would expect, very basic but looks to be a better starting point for a decent 757 than the Minicraft effort. One day I may get the superb Authentic Airliners version, for now this will give my rusty vacform building skills a workout. One thing will definitely have to be changed - the engines. These are pretty awful, the white metal fans are somewhat indistinct and the exhaust is just a blank wall at the back of the nacelle. Most likely I'll replace them with a set of Bra.Z RB211-535Es. I don't know what the livery will be, I might go with the USAir one if the decals have survived after 20 years and feel up to doing a natural metal finish. Maybe if I can find the marked up Icelandair jet it'll be that. Since WhIfs are allowed it could even be the original plan of a full British Midland jet! Now, where's the wet and dry paper... Jonathan
  11. RAF Herald C Mk.1 in 1/144

    Does anyone know the fuselage diameters for the Herald and the Andover/HS748? I just had one of those ideas for taking the rear fuselage off the Welsh Models Andover and putting it on the Welsh Models Herald, with no doubt some other modifications to the tail feathers. I know the Herald had a wider fuselage than the Friendship, and I suspect that the HS748's was also narrower, but would that be sufficient to be seen (or to make x-kitting unworkable) in 1/144? After all, the Herald was the favoured choice for the job on technical/operational grounds, but (as always) other features came into play. I suspect that my model shelf, like the RAF, is not going to get its military Herald, but I thought it worth at least posing the question.
  12. I've had this one sitting around half finished for much too long. Finally I took the bit in my teeth, knuckled down and finished it. It's the Welsh Models kit straight out of the bag. The fuselage is the basic standard Welsh Convair 440/540 fuselage so the door outlines don't match the decals. I found that out too late. It's something I'll have to keep in mind when I do the 1/72 kit later on.
  13. Greetings folks, Another one saved from the shelf of doom, however, I still wonder if it was worth saving - does it look like an MD-90 to you? This is the Welsh Models conversion for the Minicraft MD-80 kit. The conversion includes a replacement vacform fuselage and a pair of resin engines. The fuselage nose is a poor representation of an MD-80/90 and so as recommended by N5016R, I chopped the nose off and used the Minicraft kit nose. For all that effort, I might as well have just extended the kit fuselage, sigh. Then the resin engines, err, look nothing like IAE V2500 engines, sigh. I used milliput and plastic strip to add some girth to the engines, to correct the engines as best as possible, but the fan diameter is still too small. I wasn't prepared to commit to the BraZ engines at this late stage, but in hindsight I could have used the spare V2500 engines from the Zvezda A320 kit. The Delta decals came with the Welsh Model conversion and are laser decals so a bit soft, however they responded excellently to Microscale Set and Sol, and with the use of a hairdryer (first time attempted) conformed perfectly around all the raised and recessed detail on the tail fin. I will definitely be using the hairdryer for complex decals in future. Paints are Zero Paints white, Xtracolour Boeing Grey and Alclad aluminium, all sealed with Alclad Aqua Gloss. On with photos. Darren
  14. Handley Page Hermes IV BOAC, early 1950s This was from the Welsh Models 1/144 kit – vac form fuselage / resin wings & tailplane / white metal undercarriage. I started off my Hermes project using the FRsin kit because I wanted BOAC markings which Welsh Models don’t do, but I gave up on that. The FRsin fuselage is a large, solid resin moulding and in my kit the resin had not cured properly, this resulting in the resin bubbling up through 4 or 5 layers of Halfords white primer & appliance white. So thank you Denzil at Welsh Models for producing a very usable kit on which I used the FRsin decals. Finish is Halfords Appliance White on top. The natural metal parts are Halfords Nissan Silver with a coat of Daler Rowney ‘Goldfinger’ silver (which seems to be the current marketing name for what was ‘Rub N Buff’). This was then polished and sealed with Klear before decaling. The Hermes was not the most successful airliner ever, but it fills a gap in the BOAC collection. It has a marked similarity to the DC-4, and hence the picture with my Minicraft SAS DC-4.
  15. Here is my representation of Court Line’s second Tristar, G-BAAB. I used the Welsh Models kit with 26 Decals supplemented with bits and pieces from the Nazca detail sheet. The light pink is Tamiya TS-25 and the salmon pink for the lower surfaces was custom mixed to RAL 3017. White is Halfords Appliance White apart from the belly stripe which is a double layer of white decal. Natural metal is various Revell and Tamiya acrylics. Building the kit was easy and straightforward although for some reason I got a bit bored half way through and the partly-built Tristar spent about a year looking sad and forlorn while I got on with other things. Eventually I took pity on it and finished it in parallel with an overall orange Easyjet A320 which made for an interesting clash of colours. The decals were also “interesting” although in a different sense. Applying the pink stripes, particularly around the tail, is an experience I’m in no hurry to repeat. 26 provide a generous amount of spare decal which perhaps should have been a warning. It was one of these jobs which looked simple on paper but in reality was anything but. I had a few “why don’t I take up a sensible hobby like stamp collecting?” moments. Weirdly, the left side which I did first went much better than the right which is the opposite of what I’d normally expect - must have been some kind of beginner’s luck! In addition the decals were rather brittle with a horrible tendency to break into flakes when I tried to trim them despite using a fresh scalpel blade. In a few areas, particularly around the stabilisers, I found myself sticking bits back in place with varnish. Eventually a hair dryer, copious quantities of Daco strong setting solution and a hefty dose of sheer bloody-mindedness got everything more or less in place although at the cost of extensive patching and touching up (Humbrol 200 with a tiny speck of red). Quite honestly it’s a bit of a mess and although the model looks OK from a distance close inspection isn’t encouraged. It’s definitely better viewed from a distance of six feet or more! The 26 windscreen decal was replaced by an old ATP item which I still had in my decal stash. It’s a bit black and monochromatic but it fits the kit far better than the 26 one. I’m sorry that Kurt Lehmann only does window decals for the kits which he produces since the Tristar’s big cockpit windows are crying out for the photo-real treatment. Anyhow, Halcyon Breeze is finally done. For all its flaws the result is definitely eye-catching. Who says airliners are all white and boring? Thanks for looking and constructive criticism is welcome. Dave
  16. This should be my third, and final, entry for the group build. Being a glutton for punishment I have decided to attempt a vacform kit and will attempt to build the Fairey Gannet AEW Mk.3 by Welsh Models. Mike
  17. Finished this one yesterday, the rarely modelled HP Herald. It is the Welsh Models Vacform kit with resin engines and white metal undercarriage. I used my usual method of a keel in the fuselage halves rather than transverse bulkheads, it is so much easier and stronger too. Ther are a few things to watch for if you are building this kit. 1) The resin engines attach to a 'plinth' moulded on the underside of each wing. I attached mine nice and precisely, but something didn't look right when I dry fitted it on the fuselage, the starboard engine was off the centreline with the front being further from the fuselage than it should. Finally I traced it to the 'plinth' on the underside of the starboard wing. On the vacform sheet measure the front of the plinth to the wing root. Then the rear of it. The rear is just over a mil closer the root, kicking the engine out of line. No problem now that you know about it, you can correct it when gluing it on. I tried removing my resin engine to correct it, but the vac wing started to split, so I have to live with it. 2) The Upper wing has constant dihedral, resulting in a 'V' shape in the above fuselage section. This is not right, it should be a flat airfoil section. Simple to fix with milliput and sanding. 3) The undercarraige was too long. Whan I fitted mine it looked awfully 'stilty' standing way too high. I trimmed the legs down until I was happy with the sit, taking probably 3 mil off each main leg. 4) The white metal props are broad blade, square tipped, I filed mine down to thinner round tipped ones used on Heralds. The decals come in the kit and are laser printed by Twosix decals, and go on very nicely. My only query is with the painting instructions which show pale grey tailplanes. The pictures I can find all show black or dark blue. I went for the dark blue to match the fin & rudder. The starboard (left hand in this picture) engine is a touch out of line, as explained above. You can correct yours if you build one! And finally my usual 'two ship' picture, this one with is more succesful rival, the Fokker F-27 which outsold it by more than 10 to 1. Thanks for looking, John
  18. You don't see too many of these, either as the 1:72 Airfix kit or this 1:144 Welsh Models Vac-form. I remember building the Aifix kit in this scheme as a kid, with opening front doors that you could load matchbox cars into. This one of the sligthly more difficult Welsh vac's to build, but the mouldings were very good indeed, hats off to the guy who made the masters. It was a slow but enjoyable build, and a pretty rare addition to my collection. It is not very big, the picture below is close to full size. With its recently completed freighter companion! A few notes on building. I cut out all the glazed areas and after completion filled them with Microscale 'Kristal Kleer'. The engine nacelles are just flat fronted. I opened them up and scratch built a couple of rudimentary engines with cylinders from plastic rod. The whole model was assembled before priming and painting. although the props are only push fitted here. Paint was Halfords Appliance white and various shades of Alclad. The real 'Achilles heel' with this kit is the decals. You only get the red 'British United' tiles and the registrations. Everything else you have to do yourself The dark blue/black area around the cockpit and down the nose I masked and sprayed. The cheatline was a real headache, dark blue edged with gold and sloping down at the front. Eventually I came up with a plan to use decal film. I had an A5 sized sheet of gold, so I made a 'cheatline' out of plasticard that fitted on the model. Then I used it as a template to cut out some gold decal. The same template was then used on some dark blue decal (Old Airfix Lufthansa 727!) a sliver cut off along the bottom edge, and the applied over the gold. Same thing was done for the wide band on the fin. Now I can build that Roden 'Carvair' to park alongside it! Thanks for looking, John
  19. Last completed build of 2012. Kit picked up at Telford and decals from TwoSix Decals. Cambrian DC-3s bring back fond memories of the early 60s at Lulsgate Airport (now Bristol International). The decals are aimed at the Minicraft kit and needed some adaptation and use of paint, particularly around the nose. First build of a resin and white metal kit. DC-3 C by jonbru0903, on Flickr DC-3 D by jonbru0903, on Flickr DC-3 B by jonbru0903, on Flickr DC-3 F by jonbru0903, on Flickr DC-3 G by jonbru0903, on Flickr Thoroughly enjoyed the build. Forgot to sand down the cargo door hinges, never mind.
  20. This is the Welsh Models 1/144 resin kit. It was a bit of a struggle to fill the gaps, as may be seen in my build thread in the Airliners II Group Build. I'm not terribly happy with the propellers; they're very roughly cast and full of pits. I built it straight out of the box except for the VOR antenna above the cockpit, which was made from plastic scraps, and I replaced the landing gear doors because the metal ones were too thick.
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