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hendie last won the day on December 29 2017

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  1. thanks! That's about the most 'square-on' shot I've seen so far. With some luck I should be able to create something resembling a main rotor gearbox from all the info I have now. It's difficult to believe in this day and age that there are no drawings or dimensions available on t'interwebby thing
  2. hendie

    Catching Pictures in the Air

    Nice detailing with the foil. I think you've found a niche market opportunity there. Who needs PE when you got sticky metal sheet?
  3. as much as I dislike italeri, I am liking Fly even less, and the italeri kit does provide some moments of relief
  4. Thanks Ced. He no posty USA. I did find a good supplier who was nice and cheap when I bought my last batches - now I just need to find where I saved the link
  5. hendie

    Vulcan XH558 - Airfix 1/72

    Blood, gore, and lacerations. What an X rated post.
  6. Following a fruitless hunt around the basement and other portions of the house, it would appear I have nothing suitable as a basis for building a new mrgb so I'm kind of stalled on that for the moment. still hunting and hopeful though... Diverting my attention towards the back end of Big Wessi I realized that there was still a fair bit of work to be done on the tail. I might as well attack that now since the fuselage certainly isn't going together until the mrgb is fitted. STabilizer! Easy peasy, let's give that a quick dry fit.... Drats! There's something not quite right there isn't there? That photo above was taken after I had already removed some material from the stabilizer - initially, it fitted way further up the tail... c'mon Fly - what are you playing at? Eventually I got somewhere near where it should be, but not without causing a nice gap around the top edge Once again Fly's lack of any location marks whatsoever lead us into yet another guessing game. I'm sorry, but that is just sloppy design and laziness, nothing more. Poor show Fly! I eventually settled on this location based on panel lines - assuming Fly got that right, which isn't a given - but careful comparison with the kit and the 4+ book led me to this point. Then just to make sure it actually stays in position - cos it only touches in a very few places - Big Pin! while we're on the subject of tails... Little Wessi's tail went on a lot easier - stabilizer in place, all three handles fitted from stainless wire, and the fillet panel made from aluminum tape (still to be trimmed) Now it was time to fit the handles to big Wessi.... nervous drilling episodes and breaking at least one drill in the process (must order more, I'm getting really low on supplies now) Then both handles made from stainless wire and fited Then it was time for the fillet panel - again from aluminum tape, this time in two pieces because of the compound curve FInished! I also added the reinforcing strips long the tail as Fly's rendition is very faint, and these particular strips are quite prominent. For some light entertainment I turned my attention back to little Wessi.... strange.... I never thought I would be pleased to see another italeri kit, but Fly's offering is just so frustrating at times. The lower step got fitted (both sides) and left to set up before I trim them back Then back to big Wessi. Still on the tail area, I thought it may be time to start putting together the tail rotor..... oh my.... What a mess! There's flash everywhere, there's seam lines everywhere. The blades are warped and twisted. The put twin gates on the leading edge of the blades. (This is where we need an emoji of the pepperami guy shredding his noggin to bits on the grater.) On closer inspection, they also got the shape a bit wrong as well. Take a look at the root of the blade - Fly's version is too narrow in diameter. So I decided to chop it off and start scratching.... bits of brass tube coming in handy. I spent ages thinking how can I cut sub 2mm sections of brass tube, keeping them square and all the same size..... then remembered I had a lathe! 'doh! drats.... need to head out now. More frustrations to come no doubt
  7. hendie

    Catching Pictures in the Air

    nice job! Top marks for a job well done and bonus points for using the correct terminology (runner) I wish I could take credit for the method but it's really just plunge molding without the drama, extra effort, and well... plunging. I can be extremely lazy given half a chance and there are times when you just don't need to go to all the effort involved in plunge molding
  8. hendie

    Vulcan XH558 - Airfix 1/72

    Sounds like there would be some interest then. I'll start working on it and post something in Chat (I guess?) when I have something worth sharing. Nice to see you spreading your wings Ced. What a large span you have there!
  9. Well, I've decided that the kit part will not be part of this build. Unfortunately I'm having trouble finding a decent reference drawing/image/schematic/picture of any description which is a decent starting point. The image I showed above is not good enough to use as there just isn't enough resolution or detail. All the photo's I can find of a Wessex gearbox have been taken at an angle that is not conducive to drawing on with any degree of accuracy. I just can't find a mrgb photo that is taken full face on as it were. Still hunting...
  10. hendie

    Vulcan XH558 - Airfix 1/72

    there's absolutely no reason why the old kits cannot be as good (in terms of molding) than the new kits. They might be lacking in detail, but the molding quality should not differ - provided the molder knows what they are doing. I was thinking of doing a molding 101 in the chat section a while back to dispel some of the myths that seem to get propagated around these forums but held back as it could get long and boring for most folks. Start backwards next time. Nice update. The intakes might be a pain but all the effort will be worth it in the end I'm sure.
  11. hendie

    Catching Pictures in the Air

    superb detailing and a nice new and exciting technique. That framing looks excellent and should look even more excellenter under paint. Are you using self adhesive aluminum foil, or just plain old tinfoil or...? I find the self adhesive is great for most jobs but thin strips can be a bit dodgy at times
  12. hendie

    HMAS/m AE2, Scratchbuild

    maybe the ocean was going really fast in the opposite direction
  13. hendie

    Vulcan XH558 - Airfix 1/72

    nice work Ced. (and some great stories too!) as an FYI - flash has got absolutely nothing to do with the age of the molds. It can be a number of reasons, but age is (almost always) not one of them - generally it's the inability of the molder to process properly, or poor mold design. 99% of molders really do not understand what they are doing.... melt, point, squirt, and hope for the best
  14. hendie

    Vulcan XH558 - Airfix 1/72

    can't believe I got a seat on page 1 of a Ced build. excited
  15. to be honest, I have to agree. I don't think I would buy another Fly kit As much as the italeri offering was a bit of an abomination, it was easier to work on