Given that it's (Just still) 4th Jan 2012, if it's OK with you guys, I'm in with this one:-
For those not familiar, today is the 45th aniversary of Donald Campbell's "total accident" on Coniston just after recording the fastest ever speed on water.
The model is the old Record Models resin kit in 1/72, currently available from A2Zee Models in a slightly modified/updated form.
I started this build about 6 years ago with the intention of finishing it for the 40th anniversary, this is as far as it got and with the deadline well and truly missed it got put on the back burner (OK boxed & shelved gathering dust!)
As can be seen, the kit has been heavily modified in the cockpit and intake area, both having been opened up, a seat, steering wheel and instrument panel constructed, pilot in suitable attire to represent the Skipper found (arms carved away to allow for separate ones to be fitted with the steering wheel), and new decals designed and printed as I wasn't happy with the size and style of the ones in the kit. That's most of the construction hard work done.
Still to do are:- front port spars to carve away to represent the damage from the argument with the PBS in December, rear hull outrigger shape to modify slightly as it looks a bit heavy at the back, some mods to the fin (I cut it off because I wasn't happy with some aspect of it, need to dig out the references to jog the memory as to what that was!) and a new canopy to plunge mould over the solid resin kit part. Then it's paint it, stick it together and mount it on "Coniston, at speed".
I've got a month to do what I've not done in 5 years, before other commitments take over - if I'm not done then, Bill Smith will have Bluebird running again before this is finished!
Rest in peace Donald.
Edited by Dave Swindell, 26 January 2012 - 05:03 PM.