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71chally

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  1. Superb modelling and photographic work, you wouldn't know there are decals on it. Great Naval night fighter trio!
  2. Nice build up there, i always enjoyed building the Matchbox Harriers.
  3. For XH558 it should be Medium Sea Grey.
  4. Absolutely fantastic work, great to see the VC-10 modelled so well.
  5. Are there any updates as to when the set will be released? Seen it listed for quite a while now, and can't wait to get started!
  6. My first thought on seeing pic three is the area where Snoopy was looks fuzzy and maybe even a very slightly different tone. Intake lips are generally speaking red, in line with other USN/USMC aircraft of the era.
  7. Very nice, I do like the FR/PR conversions of British jet fighters, and you've done that Hunter proud!
  8. That is what I started to do many years back, but it was so problematic that I was prepared to just build the vacform! There are so many small differences between the MR.1 and 3 that I was forever chasing corrections. Differences such as the inboard engine nacelles, outer wing section planform, undercarriage, shorter bomb bay were bad enough but the hardest for me to overcome being the deeper nose profile of the 3 which also effects the bomb doors shape, and completely different cockpit glazing arrangement. I'm just glad that the Airfix MR.2 turned up, and I would urge you to use this if you can.
  9. Superb build there. Now https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ROD313, I'm waiting on the RAF variants.
  10. Can you PM me you email address? I scanned the item at work and it has saved it as a PDF file.
  11. My understanding is that EE517 was the first F.IV, first flying April 1945, and that the fatal structural failure to EE518 in may 1946 led to the introduction of the short span wings. I wonder if the first few IVs were finished in camo, before the official introduction of silver, these being mainly used for trails and high speed work. A number of the early machines were also exported.
  12. This is my first WIP, so please point my the right way if there is anything you don't like or would like to see. I'm a casual modeller that usually builds form the box, a young family means that I don't get the time I would like to construct kits or take really good pictures. Having always liked the Shackleton and having worked on the restoration of WL795 at St Mawgan, I was pleased (over joyed!) to see the recent Airfix and Revell offerings of the Mk.2. Apart from the obvious nose and tail additions, I hope to point out here all the subtle modifications that are required to turn the Airfix Shackleton kit into an MR.1 or T.4. Since I started this, Alleycat have announced a resin MR.1/T.4 conversion set, the details here should be relevant for that conversion also. Some of you may have seen my AEW.2 build ( http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998496-avro-shackleton-aew-mk-2-details/page-4) which consists mainly of the Revell kit, but using the Airfix interior. This left me wondering what to do with the rest of my Airfix kit. So, I have decided to convert it to a Shackleton Mk.1 using an old Contrail vacform kit as a donor. This will allow both a Shackleton MR.1 or a T.4 model possible, as T.4s were literally conversions of MR.1 airframes, and the details below are relevant to both variants. The Airfix MR.2 kit absolutely lends itself to this MR.1 conversion for the following reasons; The MR.2 was initially a conversion of the MR.1 airframe, with the addition of a new nose and tail cone. The early MR.2 parts relevant for the MR.1 version are already in the Airfix kit, such as the early 'fish tail' exhausts and DF loop aerial. Big bonus, unusually the ventral ASV radome of the MR.2 isn't molded into the kit fuselage (unlike other Shack kits), making it much easier to convert to the MR.1 which didn't have this feature. There is an upper turret in the kit, as seen on most MR.1s up to c.1957. The kits' surface detail lends itself to being mated with the vacform conversion parts. The Revell AEW.2 could be converted as well, but will require much more work what with removing the ventral ASV radome surround and filling the subsequent large hole, making longer bomb doors, and blending the fine detail of the kit with the basic vacform parts. The early variant parts are not included in the Revell kit, however the vacform kit does include the early acorn style DF loop aerial and fish tail exhausts in white metal. Anyway, on with the conversion Contrail Shackleton MR.1 by James Thomas, on Flickr These are the relevant parts required for the MR.1 conversion removed from the ancient Contrail vacform; the nose section, tail cone, chin ASV radome, bomb aimers glazing, and the white metal fixed tail wheel assembly. If depicting an early MR.1/T.4, this kit also includes a white metal acorn shaped DF loop antenna, the later ones used the saucer shaped type, supplied in the Airfix kit (part G9). Airfix Shackleton by James Thomas, on Flickr This is the Airfix fuselage with the relevant MR.1 conversion parts, the cuts to remove the MR.2 nose and tail sections are made at the front and aft transport joints. These are fine raised lines on the kit and are shown marked in pencil above. The cabin window layout of the MR.1 / T.4 and MR.2s up to the mid 1960s Phase III are completely different to the Airfix kit. Indeed even 'option A' of the Airfix kit should ideally have the windows rearranged as per this conversion to be correct. The rest area windows are lower down on these earlier Shacks, the sills should be in line with the overwing escape hatch sills, and will be re-positioned to the pencil marks shown. Most of the stb'd windows of the kit don't exist on those same variants and were only added during Phase III work, so these will be covered over and filled to be flush with the fuselage. Airfix Shackleton by James Thomas, on Flickr The overwing fuel dump pipes need to be removed (above),these weren't added to Shacks until Phase III. The underwing rocket projectile raised details need to be removed as they didn't feature on MR.1/T.4s. The MR.1/T.4 had a fiixed tailwheel, so the MR.2 retractable tail wheel bay will be covered over using the Airfix closed tail wheel doors part (item F15). I have sanded these smooth to remove the MR.2 humps and to follow the under fuselage contour, compare with the unmodified pair above. The fixed tailwheel will be fitted into a hole drilled in the doors area. Shackleton T.4 WB847 Z MOTU by James Thomas, on Flickr I'm leaving my options open on exactly which Shack I'm going to do at the moment, but it will have to be St Mawgan (preferably) or St Eval based for me, thinking of ASWDU or 206 Sqn MR.1, or MOTU T.4, but am leaning towards building a kit with an upper turret! I'm also really hoping that someone will release a decent conversion set for this, which would really be quite straight forward, maybe this thread will help!
  13. I did mention WK800 back at post#25. As i say I was quite interested to see that the area behind the pilot seat was an empty void. Can post up pics of the '800 if wanted, however didn't get any of the aft cockpit area. If you catch Mr Stone & his crew on site, he is extremely helpful and puts himself out for those that are interested.
  14. EE521 was pictured by 'Flight' wearing the WWII camo scheme, it is later pictured in silver as FJ VG of the CGS. Although F.IVs were delivered from late 1946, they didn't see squadron service until early 1948. The F.8 had arrived in squadron service by early 1950. I must admit I thought the F.IV serials started at EE517.
  15. There is also F.4 EE531 at Coventry in the camo scheme, but I don't think it was a RAF squadron machine. The RAF service of the F.4 fell squarely into the period of silver finish (late 1945 to early '50s) for UK based day fighters.
  16. To my knowledge there has never been a 48th Gannet AEW. Classic Airframes had one showing (with nice boxart) as coming soon on their website sometime ago, but never (very) sadly not released. Be great if Sword upscale their 72nd AEW, like they did with the Lightnings.
  17. Sorry if this is a bit late, but back to the original question, there is nothing fitted behind the pilots seat of U.16 WK800, it's just an empty void, though some of the vertical gun feed parts are still there. I really hope that a good U.21/16 conversion set and decals get released, maybe an upscaled Alleycat set?!
  18. I don't seem to have that on the wheels in my kit, I do have mild sinking in the upper wing halves at the flap hinge line, and some in the stb'd fuselage half near the upper alignment pins.
  19. Not that expensive as I'm using all parts to build both kits, just that I want my AEW to be the superior build. I have plans for the Airfix kit where a decent interior won't matter too much. Just out of interest, I bet buying aftermarket parts to detail the Revell interior to above requirement probably wouldn't be far off buying an Airfix kit
  20. The upper turret blank is included in the Airfix FE kit, part C10. Sadly not the broader rudders though.. A question from me, Lancaster kits, whether later variants or not, include all those fuselage windows. Surely these were eliminated on later build aircraft with the fuselage being skinned over with no apertures, or were the windows left in place and simply plated or painted over? edit, Also worth noting that many post-war Lancasters had the later style Lincoln/Shackleton wheels with the cooling fins on one side, Resin Art produced these. The various FE Mks seemed to have used both wheel designs, and both the rudder designs, GR.3s appeared to use the latter wheels and rudders. Which post-war variant will you be building?
  21. In spring 1982 AAR was suddenly in high demand, at that stage the probes were removed from non flying Vulcans (including those in the USA) to speed up the rush fit to Nimrods, and Vulcans with u/s equipment. This was a matter of such urgency that even AAR parts lying around in offices were scooped up for re-service! I built the Airfix Vulcan years ago in the 617 Sqn anti-flash white scheme, I do remember that the jet pipes were the let down of the kit. I have started a Vulcan Victor AAR on a stand affair and will add new jet pipe this time around and will scribe in panel lines, simply because the raised ones in the kit are too obvious. As for what configuration to model it in, really check out reference pics of the particular airframe you are doing, ie did the airbrakes deploy while parked etc.
  22. The interior is now complete. The rear and main floor is Revell, raised cockpit floor and forward weapon bay bulkhead plasticard, forward compartment floor and all interior parts are Airfix. All the seats are Airfix, rear half bulkhead Revell, other two bulkheads Airfix, cockpit all Airfix apart from the Revell main instrument panel, upper pilots panel and blinds Airfix. Painting is a bit rough around the edges, but I knew I wouldn't be able to see it clearly when the fuselage was all closed up, having since closed it up you actually hardly get to see any of it! One thing you do see, through the upper escape hatch glass, is the rest area bench seat, so I used two of the radar area seats, joined them together and fitted aft of the bulkhead. When I build the next one I shall only detail the front gunners position, cockpit, flight engineers and signallers positions. Revell Shackleton AEW.2 kit by James Thomas, on Flickr 463 (1600x1068) by James Thomas, on Flickr Revell Shackleton AEW.2 kit by James Thomas, on Flickr All bits cross kit really well, I had to do some chopping on the front spar center section for the tactical desk and consoles to fit nicely, everything else dropped right in. The way the Revell fuselage breaks down helps a lot for trial fitting all the bits. The main Revell parts fit staggeringly well, in fact I had to open the main entry door aperture out a bit as the door fits so precisely that after painting you wouldn't make out the door.
  23. I count myself very lucky that I knew him reasonably well on the aviation side of things.. If you were in the Cornish Aviation Society, the chances are our paths have crossed! Learstang, same here, to the extent that one of my old MR.3s has the nose and tail removed. It's far simpler with the Airfix kit! Will take up Raymonds' suggestion and message John, we need those decals back. Just for info, the Frog kit is based on the Shackleton MR.3 Phase II.
  24. Very nice, the Frog kit still builds in to a very nice Shackleton model.
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