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nimrod54

DH114 Heron 1 - BEA Red Square

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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.

 

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After giving the parts a wash in some warm soapy water, the next job will be to separate them from the pouring lugs.

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I think it's fair to say you've thrown your all at this GB, this being your 4th build! It's great to see another one from you, and it's another interesting kit. Watching with much interest (again)!

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ooooooh another treat in store methinks. Watching with interest.

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Thanks guys, there aren't too many parts to this kit, but I think that there may be some extras that can be added, even if it is only the aerials. I am quite conscious of the fact that I still owe @Col. a Vulcan for the 70's NATO vs Warsaw Pact GB too, but I am hopeful of completing them both for the respective deadlines. 

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Another one to watch and a Heron cool 

Martin H

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The Heron might not have the sleek lines of some earlier Dh products but still retains its own charm. Another interesting choice of subject John and I'll forgive you the delay on that Vulcan ;) 

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I got this one underway last night and, after tidying up the main components, the first job was to drill a hole along the fuselage length from the nose. I will fill this with some Liquid Gravity and I hope that will prevent the model from becoming a tail sitter.

 

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The wings and fin parts were then added to the fuselage, taking care to line up the wing roots with those moulded on the fuselage to give a best fit and I am hoping that this will minimize any filling/clean up.

 

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However, this left a Grand Canyon sized gap at the forward edge of the wing join which I have filled with a piece of scrap resin from the kit.

 

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Interesting looking project. Good to see it underway. :popcorn:

Kind regards,

Stix

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I don't usually add the sticky-out bits on a build until nearing the end, but I have had add the undercarriage at this early stage. The kit has locating holes for the main legs on top of the nacelle, this gives the model a very nose down stance and I don't feel that this is the correct location. Looking at photos of the Heron 1 the correct location is at the side of nacelle and, to me at least, looks as though it is faired in around this area.

I decided to trim the locating pin and cut away some of the material from the rear face of each leg, material was also removed from the nacelles to accept the reshaped leg. This has improved the stance, although I think that it may be a little high at the back end. I am hoping that if I flatten the wheels a little that this will improve things further.

 

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On the negative side and despite me drilling a hole in the fuselage from the nose back to the leading edge, then packing this with some aquarium plant weight and liquid gravity, the model is still a tail-sitter and hence the reason for the Blu-tack under the nosewheel. That means that I will have to fix this to a base, still, it maybe an opportunity to model a sandy strip at Barra.

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Looking good A sandy strip is a great idea 

Martin H

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Another lovely choice John

 

Cliff

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