Falcon 1:48 Supermarine Seafang
Posted 02 May 2009 - 09:50 PM
Colin S-K added a CD of pretty much all the publically available photos of this very shortlived aircraft, and Colin of Freightdog donated a bunch of injection moulded and pewter parts from a leftovers box of Silver Cloud parts that he'd inherited from the previous owner. It turns out that the spinner & prop blades are a perfect fit, so MAHOOSIVE thanks to Col for saving me so much time & effort licking the vacform kit parts into shape
The parts also include the major parts of the cockpit, including instrument panel & the frame onto which the seat (also included) fits. That's going to save me some more major scratchbuilding, or robbing of unused Tamiya Spit parts (although some of that might still happen). He's also thoughtfully included the aforementioned prop bosses, 6 blades (3 on each for the contra-prop version), tail planes & rudder, pewter landing gear, wheels & doors, and exhausts... LOTS of scratch building narrowly averted!
I've taken a couple of photos of the untouched sheet of parts and them cut from the backing, but they're in the workshop and I'm not, so will be posted tomorrow instead. I'm about 2/3 of the way through sanding back the excess plastic, and as always the hardest part (in fact, the only hard part) is getting the trailing edges nice & thin, which always needs more work after the initial sanding. I usually use a combination of scraping with a sharp blade & heavy duty sanding sticks for this part, so my workbench is covered with squiggles of plastic & dust. It's also thick with fumes from a major application of polyester putty on a new master project I'm working on. Boy, does that stuff pong!
If you've not started your build yet, grab one of these from Vince at Modelsforsale.com... they're extremely good for sanding back the excess plastic, and being extra wide speed the job up immensely
I'll attempt a tape-together tomorrow once I arise from my pit, so watch this space
Posted 03 May 2009 - 11:46 AM
After sanding down the excess plastic, the tapeup was attempted, and fit is surprisingly good already. There seems to be a bit of an issue developing at the front wing root, either through bad design or my hacking off of too much plastic. I'll keep an eye on it & see whether it gets worse or better as the airframe firms up.
A quick test fit of the Silvercloud parts reveals good fit between the cockpit parts & the fuselage sides, the spinner is perfectly sized, the horizontal tail is slightly at variance with the kit parts, but close enough for me not to be concerned. The tail is going to be deflected anyway, so a solid tail is a better starting point than vacform pieces.
Not shown are the radaitor baths on the lower wing. These parts have been thinned at the leading & trailing edges to give a more realistic look, and the blocks protruding from the underside of the wings will be fitted with some spare mesh front & rear to simulate the radiator fronts.
There's a reasonable amount of equipment attached to the cockpit sidewalls in the real thing, so I'm not totally off the hook for scratch building, but at least I have a decent seat, rear bulkhead, the beginnings of an instrument panel, and rudder pedals. That'll shave a lot off the build time
Posted 03 May 2009 - 09:40 PM
Here's a quick pic of the partly finished item perched on a penny.
I'm now building up a prominent step that surrounds the contol column, and acts as a base for the rudder pedals. There are also some rudimentary side consoles to make, and I have added internal ribbing from styrene strip to busy things up. Before I called it a night, I also boxed in the wheel bays with strip, which I'll sand to profile to allow the upper wing to fit. Finally, I cut out the carburettor intake under the prop, and it dawned on me that one of the pieces of pewter is meant to detail this area, which will save some scratch building. All I need to do is make a mesh backing plate for it.
More pics tomorrow, hopefully.
Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:48 PM
Actually, I may have them spare somewhere anyway...
Posted 04 May 2009 - 03:23 PM
I'll post some pics in a bit when I've done the 2nd one
Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:43 PM
The gear is attached to some contrail tube, with a brass sheath around it, with a hole drilled for the pin from the gear leg. The edges of the brass are dressed with little circles of fusewire.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:20 PM
Difficult to make out some of the details, so I'll post another batch once the primer's on
Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:47 PM
Posted 08 May 2009 - 04:01 PM
I've also built up the Silver Cloud prop units, with the front prop blades to rotate clockwise, with the rear anti-clockwise. There's a bit of filler needed around the joints, and to ensure that things don't come adrift inside, I've surrounded each white metal prop with a fillet of Milliput, as the plastic/CA/white metal sandwich isn't very secure, despite the nice design of the blade mounting points, which ensures that all blades mount at the correct pitch. I also added some mesh to the front & rear of the radiator baths, and cut out the rear flap, positioning the styrene replacements slightly ajar.
I also got round to spraying up the cockpit with a coat of Alclad Primer (God, I love that stuff! ).
You can see a couple of stiffening plates that should help make the fuselage a little more rigid, and the big one in the chin that will ensure a good strong join between the wing & the fuselage. There's a similar tongue at the bock to prevent the tail edge of the wing from dropping inside the fuselage. Exhausts have been put in place now & secured with plenty of CA, as there's no real option for installing them later. I'll just have to mask them off during painting
Posted 08 May 2009 - 09:55 PM
On another note, Mike mentions the Alclad primer being wonderful and I heartily agree but, I have discovered Tamiya spray primer is the shizzle as well. Its goes on even and nice and smooth. Just an FYI for everyone.
Posted 13 May 2009 - 02:05 PM
The lower wing has now been glued in, and is currently setting up, after which I can begin sanding the seams & making up the small imperfection in mating around the leading edge wing root. Then it's on to detailing the gear bays, which will be fun, as I have almost NO refs
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