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The Spadgent

Rigging Hell it's The Bloody Paryliser!!! Handley Page O/400 1/72 RFI (At Last!)

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Hello chums. 

Here at long last is the RFI of my  Airfix Handley Page O/400 that I finished a few months back. I have been working in the Float plane GB since its finale and haven't had the chance to get the photo tent up until that one was finished.

 

Here are some links to the Group build if you're interested.

 

Catalina "BLACKCAT" WIP

 

Catalina "BLACKCAT" RFI

 

And the WIP for this build can be found here.

 

WIP

 

The build is based around the "Last Days" wording that I saw in a reference book during the build.

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This was in reference to the flight performed by Sir Keith Park.

 

"Sir Keith was originally from New Zealand and became an air ace with the Army’s Royal Flying Corps. Initially in the First World War he served as a soldier at Gallipoli and the Somme, but became a pilot and ended the war having shot down 20 enemy aircraft. After the war, at a time when air flight was still in its infancy, he decided to demonstrate what could be accomplished with large aircraft.

Sir Keith and his crew of eight flew their Handley Page 0/400 with two 350 h.p. Rolls-Royce engines at an average airspeed of 66mph. The 1,880 mile flight in 1919 took 30 hours in the then state-of-the-art bomber despite unpredictable weather, and returned four days later."

A wonderful story I'm sure you'll agree.

During the build a few sad occurrences, the death of two of our girls. Belina and Doctor who. ( hens ) below is Belina in her sick pen.

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And the death of one of my favourite Directors. George A Romero who watches me build all this plastic tom foolery.

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So as it happens this build and its FRI are dedicated to them all. Truly the "last Days"

 

Without further ado I bring you many, many, probably too many but who cares its Christmas, pictures of the Handley Page O/400 in all its glory.

Tamiya paints. (acrylic)

Ezline (lots of it)

Flory wash.

RP toolz punch.

and the usual blood, sweat, tears, wine, friends. you get the picture.

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Phew.:guitar:

 

Hope you enjoy the pics.

I'm orf to post this now so I don't loose it all. Have you all a lovely Sunday and Merry Christmas and more than that. Happy modelling chums.

 

Johnny

Edited by The Spadgent

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Tha is a very nice build Johnny it must have taken tons of wine when i look at that rigging job.

You are a hero to me because i never will try that much of rigging.

It is wonderfull to see this with such a nice finish :yes: :yes: :yes:

 

Cheers, Jan

Edited by janneman36

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Ohh, nice! Great model with a wonderful reference story!

 

DennisTheBear

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I think I'd be ready to be one of Mr Romero's extras after that effort... but you'll wait a long time to find anyone with an 0/400 in their collection, and forever to find a better one.

 

Great background info on the great Keith Park, too, later, of course, hero of the Battle of Britain and Malta.  What a life!

 

-Peter (whose eight Isa Browns are doing okay).

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Just tremendous. I followed the build, and the output justifies the input, I think! 

 

Mike 

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Wonderful build Johnny.

I followed this build from the start and it is so great to see her in RFI.

That kit gave me the "I am not touching that with a barge pole" when I first saw in the Airfix catalogue many years ago.

And it still does, but I doff my cap to you , for such a fine build.

Love the story behind it to sir.

Nice base too I must add.

 

Looking forward to the next build.

 

Simon.

 

PS, Who`s round is it next?

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Wow,

 

I followed the build but don't remember seeing the base which is equally impressive. What a stunning display. How this old kit can scrub up in the hands of an expert is vividly shown here :)

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About time, Johnny Late! :D:thumbsup:

 

Just kidding, it's great to see RFI pics of this epic build, so I'm glad you managed it, eventually :clap::clap:

The base is to be commended too, great job!

 

Ciao

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A museum quality build, extremely difficult to surpass.

 

All credit to you and the time and effort put in is reflected in the result.

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That looks great, love the setting. 

Recently made this kit myself with varying degrees of success. My first attempt at rigging and it went ok though didn't attempt any on the tail.

I had more trouble with the wheels/undercarriage - took forever to get them straight. Had to go and have a lie down after. Yours are a work of art. 

All the best, Martin

Edited by Martin Ford

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Happy to see the photo’s of this in the RFI 👍 excellent work on the aircraft and base.

Edited by Corsairfoxfouruncle

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Hello spad,

Glad to see your rigging hell here in RFI !

Blood, sweat, tears, wine and ??? Not some swearing ??

You should try Blue Chimay !

Congratulations chum ! You did great ! once again

Good WiP too, I really enjoyed ! :mike:

Sincerely

CC

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if i go for something like this i already know it would fall me on the floor the moment i'm going to put the very last rigging cable

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Fantastic !

Beautiful !

Extraordinary !

What can you say more ?

I LOVE IT !!!

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Skwizzit.  Assserlootly essquisite.

Poised and painterly work - classic Spadgentrification of the kind that we've come to love and anticipate.

 

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Superb workmanship! I have this kit in my stash, and if I am able to achieve a result half as good as this I'd be a happy man. I loved following your WIP, which I've duly bookmarked for the inevitable moment when I begin working on mine. Bravo!   :)

 

Cheers,

Bill

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in just 2 words - 'Museum Quality' :goodjob:

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Nice model...well painted...looks the part for sure.  This is what modeling is all about.  Built this kit (and rigged it) some15 years ago...I feel your pain.

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