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#1 Michaelvk

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:02 PM

When I was a lad still in the UK, my dad would take me to old airfields, like Cranfield and such, where invariably there'd be some cold war relic shunted off to the side of the airfield somewhere. For ages I was wanting to do something depicting one of these sad derelict aircraft, and Airfix releases the T.11. It was the dayglow that did it for me. I distinctly remember being at a museum somewhere (Duxford, pre American hangar days, possibly), seeing some large twin engined prop driven aircraft decked out in faded dayglow and aluminium finish, with glazings that were yellowing and turning opaque, standing on flat tyres.. There was something sad about seeing an anonymous aircraft just shunted in a corner..

 

Anyway, the kit is quite lovely, and hopefully I'll get to make another..  But this one is going to be parked in the weeds, so no shiny polished lustre..

 

The cockpit was done with Alclad, Vallejo and Citadel paints, as weathered with AK interactive winter streaking grime and mig pigments.. Still need to install the yokes.. I also took a riveter to the engine bay and nose panels.. I also took the liberty of drilling out some of the instruments..

 

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Airfix kindly pointed out the location of where to drill to position some bang seat pull rings, mad with heavy gauge fishing thread:

 

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Drilled out instruments, as well as some clear fix on the remaining instruments:

 

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Rivets added to the alu panels, and dents applied to the nose:

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:55 PM

I finally saw one of these little masterpieces in the "flesh" today

 

Brilliant model

 

and so is the concept of a sad deserted Vamp ignored in the weeds

 

I like where you are at so far, nice one

 

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#3 martin hale

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:57 PM

Interesting take on the subject!

 

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#4 Duncan B

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:14 AM

Interesting concept. When I was doing my apprenticship at Halton there was the remains of a fuselage pod stripped of the outer protective layer down to the plywood lying cast off in the weeds just as you are intending doing. I have photos of it somewhere so must dig them out.

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:47 AM

Thanks lads.. I'll be using a bit of creative license with this. Essentially it's a test bed for a future project.

On a more related note, I've gingerly removed the port rear quarter window out of the canopy..

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:53 AM

I love seeing "derelict diorama" builds, good luck and please do keep us posted! There seems to be a lot of derelict Vampire photos out there so you shouldn't find refs a problem.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:10 AM

I like the idea of this build Michael. I also have a fascination with delapidated machinery so this is most appealing. I look forward to seeing how the faded day-glo works out and I already like the dented nose cone. Good job. After seeing alot of photos on-line I considered doing something similar with the Airfix gnat.

 

I wonder if a derelict would have still had the seats fitted....? :hmmm:

 

I'm keen to see more. Keep up the good work.

 

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#8 Michaelvk

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:31 AM

Well, Geedubelyer, I reckoned I'd compromise by not giving it any belts ;)

 

..that said, I could still rip 'em out..



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 09:52 AM

Perfect idea banging the nose about. Seems to be the first place Vampires get hit.

I'd leave the seats in but remove the gun sights, they would tend to be tea leafed very quickly



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Ah.. Yeah, forgot about those.. Meh, they're glued in now, soooo......



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

Well, Geedubelyer, I reckoned I'd compromise by not giving it any belts ;)

 

..that said, I could still rip 'em out..

Nah,....leave 'em in for this build. I was thinking aloud more than anything.

Like you said, this is a test piece for a future build. The lessons learnt here can be applied to the next one.

 

I do like the missing instruments on the IP though. Neat idea that.

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:02 PM

I like your thinking behind this build, I'll follow it with interest as I have two more kits to build but now with three new sheets from Hannant's well, where will it end!!

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:04 PM

Look forward to seeing this develop.

Like the idea of making an abandoned aircraft, remember the fire practice Vampire(?) at Spitalgate near Grantham( what was left of it!) and the famous Lightning by the A1 near Newark........one day.....



#14 Michaelvk

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

Gees.. No pressure then! :D



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:41 PM

I'm afraid thats how things work around here, especially if you go and have a good idea: guess how I know!

 

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Gees.. No pressure then! :D



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

Here are a few more pics..

An opened up panel on the port boom, with guesstimated cables.. Not the neatest job in the world, but I am lacking my set of files at the moment..

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Another look into the Pit, yokes still to follow... Rivet detail can be seen on the engine bay cowlings..

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The removed window..

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#17 martin hale

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:36 PM

Shaping up nicely!

 

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:16 AM

It is shaping up nicely but I am a tad worried about the seats

I can't remember seeing seats in derelict aircraft

 

you know what is at the end of that black and yellow handle don't you?  ;)

 

But I really love the concept and the execution

 

(for instance, the rivets. Smashing work)

 

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#19 Michaelvk

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:57 AM

Yeah.. Explodey stuff.. I wouldn't worry though, they're only plastic.. ;)

As mentioned above, it's an excersize in finish, not necessarily accuracy, for a build I've got planned in the future, which will feature a similar concept, yet executed properly. Currently I don't have the real inclination (due to long hours at work) to scratch what's accurately behind the seats, risking the poor thing to bog down.. I do agree, though, that they wouldn't be in there in reality. Who knows? Maybe we're dealing with an old museum display that had lashed up inert seats in there.. The colour's off anyway..

The rivets were laid in with the wonderfully cheap trumpeter tool.. They're maybe not quie in the right place, but again it's more a feeling I'm going for, than true accuracy. Heresy, I know..
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:30 AM

Cool concept and will look forward to the result.

If I may make a suggestion? If it's going to stand on its legs then if the engine is 'missing' the main u/c legs will need extending because it would be considerably lighter. When I was in the Merseyside Aviation Society we acquired WZ553 '40' and when assembled had the odd straight and level stance.

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