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  1. This will be my subject for this group build: There are three sheets of vacformed pieces plus a set of props, wheels and struts in white metal: The letters on the decal sheet appear to be black; however, other references show these to be blue. I may have to make my own decals in the correct colour. I have a set of Aeroclub engine cowlings which I had set aside for this build and will hopefully enhance the model. This kit has been stored in the loft for quite a few years so the first thing to do is give the plastic a thorough wash with warm soapy water, to clear and grease and fingerprints etc. Then comes the tedious phase, to cut out and sand off all the unwanted residue around the parts before I can start any gluing. Mike
  2. This little kit has been bugging me for a long time so I decided it was time to give it a go. It's the Welsh Models Vacform DH 104 Devon in 1/144 scale. I'd like to start with the (generally) required box shot but it just comes in a wee, clear plastic bag and here's the mammoth set of instructions: And the "kit" itself? Marked up for the worrying part of separation: The worrying part of separation over, all snapped off in clean peices: Let the worrying part of sanding commence: Almost there for the fuselage, another ba' hair off should do it. The vacform comes with two internal bulkheads (The two oval discs between the wing and fuselage on the right of the second pic) but I don't know what scale they are, they certainly won't fit inside this thing so that's it for now until I get them sorted out to size.
  3. New project- Contrail Blackburn Botha 1/72. Guaranteed to be long winded and difficult. Not sure why but I have developed a liking for unusual ugly aircraft and keep acquiring vacforms, this is actually my third following a Bombay and sparrow. I've been tinkering with this for a while so most of the bits are cut out and sanded, the first issue is the nacelles supplied are far too big so I am using a couple of old Airfix Halifax ones with new gills and added detail to the engines. The down side is that my Hali now has two nacelles missing, so if anyone has any spare I would gladly purchase them! Does anyone have definitive proof of the number and distribution of porthole windows along the fuselage? Despite looking at numerous photos and drawings I am still not certain, my current thoughts are 5 on the port side and 4 on the door side? The Aeroplane magazine article is an invaluable source of photos and details, it cost a few quid on ebay. Some pics..
  4. I am building this kit for a 34SQN (RAAF) 75th Anniversary display in November at our annual competition, using the Proteus CV440 with some nice Hawkeye Models Australia decals. Hoping it will turn out something like this Started earlier this year with the bulkheads and cockpit, the supplied resin floor piece was a bit thin/weak so it was replaced with plastic card, which also helped to secure it into the fuselage side. I don't get along with super glue for structural joints. Installed into the fuselage half Cockpit roof removed to fit clear section, cuts were not so perfect, some filling required when the parts are finally glued. Reinforcing strips added for the canopy section, where I could fit them that is! Some white metal parts in the kit This much plus a little more already in the LHS nose cone. [ Fuselage together and seams puttied (round 1) The opening for the wing is a tad large ( resin shrinkage causing some of this?) Some packing applied Most of packing applied and tidied up, this also gives a larger glueing surface. Lots of putty work and sanding on the way
  5. This is my first Vacform, so with a promise to build a Contrail Blackburn Perth in the flying boat GB to come, I had better start learning. This Rareplanes kit was still sealed from New with little copper staples, so it's a real blast from the past. The moulding looks very good especially compared to an ID Models kit I was looking at in the stash today that is completely smooth and devoid of any detail ! The first obvious challenge apart from it being Vacform is the lack of decals, if anyone can give me a clue on these it would be greatly appreciated. My instructions below, nice and basic, so let's hope this kit wants to be built after all these year. Painting and decal guidance, so that's Silver and find some then.... Whats all the little "pip" marks ? Looks like they need need to be sanded off ? I did say it was my first Vacform cheers Pat
  6. 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
  7. While searching for something I came across a box with half buil Yak-25RV Prop&Jet vacform. I started it many years ago, surely before AModel kit was released, but the fire has gone and I totally forgot that I once had it started. Prop&Jet kits are Tamigawa of vacforms, unfortunately I don't have not made photos of my kit but I found a review on the net in Russian: http://www.rumodelism.com/sunduk/obz090.shtml I also found a dozen of pics I made previously: It took me a couple of days to build wingtip pogo nacelles, stabilizers, merge engines with wings and wings with the fuselage Group portrait of all three of my KUTA entries - all three are NMF and non-injected (resin kit and two vacforms) - need to refresh my supply of Alclad Aluminium
  8. Not my finest effort but put here regardless as it may be of interest as Whirlykits have a modernised version using the original Maintrack master which has addressed some of its shortcomings. Don't let any of the following put you off if the 508 is on your 'must have' list. The faults are correctable by anybody with some vacform experience. I'm sure I could have done a better job but I'm playing catch-up with my modelling after a rough year personally and ran out of patience. ] This was built from an original Maintrack kit. The 508 held a particular fascination for me as I first became aware of it not long after it first flew in 1951 as young lad of 11 and seeing it described as a 'powerful naval fighter powered by two RR Avons' I thought that it must be something special. Alas it was not so and it is interesting to compare it with the similarly powered CF 100 which had flown a year earlier and went on to have a successful career. The kit was designed by Gordon Stevens and at first appeared to have the makings of a nice model having lots of surface detail. However it was not to be. The wings and tails were produced first and went together nicely. The probelms started with the fuselage. The cockpit section consisted of two halves which had to be cemented together. This made a convenient receptacle for the nose weight so it was filled with 'liquid lead'. However when fitted in to nose it didn't quite and much trimming was required to get it to do so. Memo - check it fits before glueing the halves together. I believe the Whirlykits version has a resin cockpit. On glueing the fuselage halves together it was apparent that there was a major fault in the shape of one half in that one engine exhaust was higher than the other. This still exists in the current kit but It is correctable. See the link below for details. It should be easier now as there is a resin insert for the exhausts. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235009453-maintrack-supermarine-508-help-sorted/ The other problem with the fuselage is that it was somewhat floppy due that huge oval section and required internal stiffening. This should not be a problem as the current version has a resin u/c bay and engine intakes. I added the boundary layer bleeds and filler to make the intakes into tunnels. An ejector seat was supplied but when put in the cockpit it was evident that the floor is too high so it was replaced by a couple of pieces of sheet as nothing can be seen of the inside. The finish was Alclad airframe aluminium over gloss black enamel which looked too shiny so a dusting of aluminium was applied over the top. Decals were the original 'rub-down' type which still went down well although great care had to be taken when positioning them. I hope that this is of interest and has not put anybody off because if you want a 508 it's the only one around. Any comments, good or bad, and any queries welcome. John
  9. Just before Valom release their Sparrow I have finally completed my vacform Contrail version. For anyone interested or who missed the WIP it is here To say it was a little stressful from time to time would be an understatement due largely to the incorrect nose and tail, both of which were ceremoniously removed and replaced..and the canopy is wrong too... etc. I am indebted to John Aero for replacement engines, props and nacelles. The prototype is the one below, but a few months earlier when it had full D Day stripes, look carefully and you can see they have been painted out on the wings.
  10. All seemed to be going quite well after starting to build one but when I came to fit the wings to the fuselage it was obvious that something was very wrong. One wing seemed to be higher than the other. Further investigation revealed that when the fuselage was viewed from thr rear one engine exhaust outlet was significantly higher than the other. Has anyone else encountered this problem and what can be done about it? John PS. I wonder if the same problem is present in the Whirlykits version?
  11. Hi folks, I'm a recent new member of to Bit Modeller and am still discovering all the 'bits and pieces' this wonderful web site (is that the correct name?) has to offer. I especially like the build review articles. Regarding vacformed kits: Some say it's the ultimate in modelling! And of course it's very time consuming compared to your standard styrene kit issue. I've never built one, but have bought one, Rare Planes 1/72 scale Ventura for US$8, with the intention of doing so in the near future. I searched the BM site hoping to find a SIG (Special Interest Group) who specialize in vac-formed kits but no luck. I would find it surprising if no such group exists as there seems to be a SIG for just about anything else these days! Perhaps it's there somewhere but my computer wiz search skills (what skills, you may ask!!?) have let me down. So please, could one of you kindhearted guys/gals advise me IF such a group exists, and info on how to access the site.
  12. 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
  13. 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 ...
  14. Trying to keep one step ahead of Valom I've decided to tackle another vacform and build a Sparrow. This will be my second vac, the other being a Sanger Bristol Bombay. For those who don't know harrows as they became obsolete as bombers were converted to other things such as refuelling and transport aircraft, rechristened the Sparrow. A plea for info on the WWII forum provided a photo of the aircraft I will be modelling complete with invasion stripes, the thread is here; http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235000817-handley-page-sparrow/?hl=sparrow Some pics; The interior will be a challenge! First step is to get all the components cut out and see if Contrail are better than Sanger when it comes to fit! More soon
  15. I've finished battling with the 1/72nd scale BroPlan vacform kit of the S.E.161R Languedoc. The mouldings themselves were very nice, with crisp surface detail, but as with other kits from this manufacturer that I've built the plastic is just a smidge thicker than fag paper, and it's very easy to sand right through it. Therefore great care is needed with building these kits, and too much filling and sanding will only create a whole lot more! The decals were appalling and broke up and were lacking in colour density, so I used a mixture of ModelDecal and hand painted insignias such as the fin stripes. The undercarriage and propellers were quite crude injection-moulded parts, but they cleaned up ok. A very challenging subject, but I was pleased with the end result, and as far as I'm aware this is the only kit available of this interesting aircraft. I used Xtracolour aluminium for the main airframe and Humbrol paints for the detail parts. Clear-fix was used for the windows as none were provided in the kit. Rob
  16. 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
  17. Airframe D.H.34 help required

    Hi everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to Hogmanay! I am hoping to build the kit below, it is to be kind very basis, so wanted some advice on sourcing strutts and decals and also any reference photos. Any help guidance or commiserations gratefully received ! I'm going to do this as part of the BM airliner Group Build, so hope to see plenty more "old timers" getting built. Kind regards Pat
  18. Hello all.. As some people know I set up the IPMS Water Bomber SIG this year, which means I actually have to finish more models...I have a CL-215 in for paint, a Tracker in primer, a C-130 nearing primer, a Mach2 Savage that is causing me no-end of grief... so why not get started on a Combat Models vacform Martin Mars! Tom Probert raised his eyes when he saw it... so it's going to be quite fun to say the least. I do have a few vacs on the go but nothing finished due to losing interest in them (due to their subjects) so I've boxed them back up ready for another day.... this however I do have lots of interest in! Moulding is quite poor in a few areas on the mating edges, there are lumps from a damaged mould I guess, so they are going to need rebuilding.. if I was to sand them away the model won't fit together properly, so I'm trying to think of a way around it - along with very thin plastic, it's certainly going to test my lack of skills and patience. Just one photo for now - I've got a tonne of free plasticard off my dad so will start work on the bulkheads very soon! Combat Models Vacform 1/72nd Martin Mars by Radleigh Bushell, on Flickr Thanks for looking in....
  19. Greetings all, Finally got this off the shelf of doom after languishing for a couple of years. I had lost interest in finishing it as it wasn’t turning out as good as I hoped, however it doesn’t look too bad in the photos so now more pleased than I expected I would be. This is the first in what I naively aspire to be a build series of almost the entire Delta Airlines fleet. This is the 1/144 Welsh Models vacform Lockheed TriStar 385-200, originally with Saudia Airlines decals, for which I substituted the excellent TwoSix Decals Delta Airlines decals. In fact the kit was originally eBayed by Ray of Twosix Decals. As a vacform, everything seemed to take forever. The nose gear bay needs to be cut out and built from scratch, pleased I got aircraft level! Painted with Zero Paints white and Alclad Aluminium/Steel/Jet Exhaust. Varnished with Alclad Aqua Gloss. Darren
  20. Telford bound - almost

    Getting down to the wire for SMW! I've been putting in some late nights trying to get new products ready for the show including new decals and paint masks. The EPA Carvair sheet has been delayed slightly due to a printing error beyond my control, however the correction sheet is due imminently along with a new 1/72nd scale set so both should be available at the show. A new set of paint masks for the Airfix Boeing 737-200 is also now available and I'm hoping to have another new mask set ready soon. The Khee-Kha order arrived just in the nick of time and is waiting for me at the post office as I write. They will be coming along on the trip to Telford. To the best of my knowledge Thunderbird Models will be the only UK stockist of this excellent range of vacforms and resin accessories, well worth checking out. We'll have show-only deals on kits and decals so please come and have a look. We'll be in hall 1 near the Pocketbond stand and the entrance to the kit swap. Hope to see you at Telford this weekend! Andy
  21. Morning all! It's only taken approximately three years to get to this stage, but my Dynavector Wyvern is finally finished. This was my first venture into the world of Vacform kits, and Dynavector did not disappoint. I chose this as by all accounts it is one of the best kits to use as an introduction to vac kits. The fit of the parts is absolutely superb, and once the necessary surface prep was done in order to get parts to match up, this went together with far less hassle than a lot of the injection moulded kits I've built. My build is by no means perfect, in terms of improvements I could've removed the aircraft lights and replaced them with appropriately coloured clear plastic. I deliberately chose not to overly detail the undercarriage bays as this build was more about testing my ability to build a vacform not my ability to superdetail. I've also missed off the windscreen wiper as my attempt to scratchbuild one looked a bit too 'agricultural' for my liking, so some room for improvement there certainly. Lastly the decals from Berna were a bit of a nightmare, many of them are grossly oversized and they refused to conform to the model without masses of Mr Hobby Setter and Softer. In terms of lessons learned from the build, first and foremost is that Vacform kits are not hard! Picking a good brand such as Dynavector or Aeroclub helps no end, but they are no more difficult than many injection kits (stand fast Tamiya shake and bake kits...) so really ought to hold no fear for anyone! After all if I can manage it, I'm certain anyone can! As always, constructive criticism is more than welcome, without it I'll never improve. So without too much further ado... Kit: Dynavector 1/48 Westland Wyvern Decals: Berna Decals - Wyverns Extras: Compass Rose Resin - Cockpit Tub + Airscale Instrument Decals, CMK Wyvern wheels & Pavla Martin Baker Mk.2 Seat Paints: Xtracolor EDSG & Sky, Humbrol Roundel Red and various shades of Alclad (undercarriage and undercarriage bays) To all those that looked in on the build (as glacial as it was in terms of progress) thank you for all the words of encouragement! Now it's just a case of deciding what to tackle next... Scimitar? Swift? Thanks for looking in folks, Regards, Nik
  22. The first one has only just been put to bed and they want more!! Well it was a great GB with lots and lots of interesting subjects, which is the nice thing about this type of GB. No matter whats your fancy or favourite subject matter youre more than welcome to bring it along. And from the builds in the last GB you can see we pretty well had everything covered. Non-Injection Moulded GB - Gallery There was an early concern about model eligibility and members showing up with just conversions kits, but it didnt happen, everyone knew the deal and showed up with some amazing models to build. The only issue we did have is what every other GB suffers formnot enough time.though there were a few who couldnt just stop at buildingno they built LOTS!!! So there have been lots of requests to run another one, so here it is! Same deal as before; · The Model has to be made of a material other than Injection Moulded plastic, NO conversion kits! · The spares box can be raided for some of the essential small parts (but as can be seen from all the builds in the last one this wasnt really needed) but to be kept to a minimum. · Subject matter is completely open. · Model material complete open, excluding what was mentioned above. · The final builds will be broken up into three (3) categories based on the main material they are made from; - Resin models - VacForm models - Other material models So have a look at the last GB to see the range of models, then pluck up the courage to have a go at something a bit different from what youre built before and have a go! Plus if anyone has a catchy title for this GB along the dodgy monster theme let me know. Da list.... 1, trickyrich - host 2, philp 3, Black Knight 4, Arniec 5, Pin 6, exdraken 7, Enzo Matrix 8, AndyC 9, BritJet 10, noeyedears 11, whitestar12chris 12, 825 13, kwaterous 14, TrojanThunder - Co-Host 15, RayS 16, SleeperService 17, Kallisti 18, AndrewE 19, nimrod54 20, CliffB 21, jb65rams 22, dazdot 23, Rob G 24, Caerbannog 25, JOCKNEY 26, Basilisk 27, Giorgio N 28, 68 SQUADRON 29, Smudge 30, TonyTiger66 31, Graham77 32, Angus Tuna 33, 34, 35,
  23. Little wins: When it all goes to plan!

    Hi everyone! Just had one of those rare (for me) modelling moments where everything goes to plan with no mistakes. I'm still learning the ropes when it comes to more advanced modelling such as making vacform kits. Anyway, I have just completed my first no mistakes complete removal of a vacform model from its backing sheet. Small and insignificant as modelling milestones go, but a happy little win for me all the same, so I hope you don't mind me sharing this with you fine people! Cheers, and happy modelling! Viv
  24. Two were built and the first one flew in December 1948. Rather similar to the De Havilland Swallow they were designed to investigate transonic flight. Both survived, the first is at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the second is in storage at the USAF Museum. Not a bad little kit. I resisted the urge to add any extras. It really should have had boundary layer splitters in the intake and perhaps more could have been done with the wheel wells and gear doors. Overall it seems about the right size and shape. I'm not too convinced about the canopy size and shape and the nose profile but it looks OK. Stars and bars came from a search through the stash to find some I would not need. USAF and 6676 were home-made. Colour? An interesting question. When with NACA it was white but I wanted to represent the first prototype at first flight stage. Airmodel reckoned it was orange with black stripes but I could find nothing to justify this. Someone on ARC reckoned it was light gray. Looking at pictures gave me the impression that there was a difference in colour between the white of the insignia and the colour of the fuselage so I went with the light gray and used Xtracolor ADC grey. Maybe I should have used a lighter grey for the paint job but it will do until someone comes up with a definitive answer. Build details here - non-injected group build http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234985829-northrop-x-4-airmodel-172/ It was quite a tiny thing - seen here with a Meteor 4 for comparison As usual any comments or extra information welcome John
  25. I find it difficult to build only one model at a time so continuing the trend of building a vacform alongside a resin kit, I'm building this one; It's the Hallam-vac Auster AOP9 produced in the late 80's by the sorely missed Ron Firth. Not many parts to this and I'll be finishing it as XP277 of the Royal Aircraft Establishment Radio Flight using my own decals. The kit decals look ok despite the backing paper having yellowed and the canopies look good - see my Prentice build for a recent unpleasant experience in that area! Steve
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