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Tom Cobbley

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    Fleet Air Arm. any era but 50's best of all<br />50's Brit experimental jets<br />polish airforce <br /><br />mostly 1/48 occasionally 1/32<br /><br />Polish armour 1/35<br />and also quite interested in LRDG, no reason just a bit different.

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  1. Hi Melvyn. If Fantasy Printshop are able to print more I would love to have a set. Happy to contribute to set up costs if they are a special
  2. Hi Melvyn. This is a truly inspirational thread, especially in what are difficult times for all of us, but most especially for you. Your cheerfulness is humbling. I wish you all the best for the future, your spirit means a lot for all of us who read this I have been attempting the same project but sadly it had been on the shelf of doom for Rather too long. After reading your thread it is now back on the bench. I got stuck on sourcing the white codes. You mentioned Airscale but I can only see black codes on their website. Do they do specials. all the best Melvyn, keep drinking the apple juice!
  3. Hi Zigster. I think what we are looking at is a one off field modification. This is a non standard liberated vehicle. My guess it that the original wide tyres were unavailable and that someone has used overinflated narrow tyres as a substitute. That would account for the wierd bulge and narrow tread. That said. how to model it? I cant see any of the aftermarket wheel manufacturers going for a one off. I have been puzzling over this one for a while now. It might be posible to turn down the original Tamiya wheels and add tread from something else, the photograph shows a road type tread.
  4. I think this is a harsh view. I am keenly awaiting the new 1/32 P11c. I now know that 3 more 1/32 kits are being planned which is nice Variations on the P11c or diffent aircraft? Dunno. I can wait, and speculate. All part of the fun, after all it is only a hobby!
  5. Where would modelling be without pedantry?
  6. Thank you gentlemen, your thoughts are helpful. Following your advice I took a rule to the Tamiya wheels. The hub diameter is indeed 20" ( near enough) , By one of those funny coincidences Mirror Models have just released a sand tyred version of their Quad wheels which are 10.5x16". A tad too wide and a smidge too small but certainly good enough at this scale and frankly its highly unlikely that anything else will appear. Order placed , lets see what they look like.
  7. I am currently planning to convert the Tamiya 1533 LRDG patrol car to its 1311 little brother. I am aware that the wheels were smaller but am trying to understand by how much. The LRDG website provides some great information but at the same time not quite enough. The 1533 wheels are quoted as 10.5x 20" and the 1311 at 7.5x 17". What do these numbers mean, I am trying to work out wheel diameter, tyre diameter and tyre width? Once I know that I will then have to work out how to make them but that is the next problem!
  8. Thanks Guys. I thrive on encouragement. Work will take me away from home for a week but next task will be the wheel wells. Update in two weeks with luck.
  9. Ok. This is my first work in progress post and , after a lot of thinking about it and putting it aside for another day, my first Canberra build. I have a cupboard full of Airfix Canberras acquired cheap when Modelzone passed away. They seem to be nice kits, basically accurate but to my eyes let down by deep trench lines and simplified detail. No worries, that what’s modelling is all about. The beauty of these Airfix kits is that they have nice thick basic shells that can take a lot of butchery. Top of my list for a long time has been WH793. This was a PR7 that was converted into the aerodynamic prototype of the PR9 - essentially a PR7 with PR9 wings. Following early trials it was converted into a high altitude research aircraft with a long tapered pitot boom and a great silver and dayglo finish. It is featured in Adrian Balch’s book ‘Testing Colours’ and it was those images that finally spurred me to make a start. It is a subject that has already been covered on this site by Canberra Kid, here is my take on it. I have been researching this as much as I can and have identified a lot of unique features which hopefully will make for an interesting build. I will also attempt to add detail where I think it will make a difference. I do not aim for perfect accuracy, I am more interested in adding ‘realism’, the types of details that add interest that maybe the injection process can’t quite capture. So on top of the conversion features I intend to remodel the wheel wells, flaps, vortex generators and the moving tail. I did say I had been planning this for a while. So fine words, let’s see how I get on……. First steps. Here is the PR9 fuselage with the B2 nose added. The vertical mark shows the join line. Bits of B2 fuselage have been used to close the upper fuselage. The join was reasonable but needed a good rub down. Halfords Heavy build primer is great at filling up the bits that weren’t too smooth. I have also filled all the panel lines. You will also see that I have amended the wheel bay where it meets the fuselage, again using a spare piece of the B2. On the real thing the inside face of the bay is the side of the fuselage. More on this later. I have also opened up the flare bay. I might regret this later. I am using the Alley Cat replacement canopy. This is a nice add on and does a lot to sort out the mangled Airfix effort. It is a little jam jar like but responds well to a gentle rubdown and a dip in Future. I have also filled the rough panel lines around the nav’s roof windows with Mr Surfacer. Came up nice… These are very clear and give a good view into the interior, so a bit more effort needed here. WH973 was a one off and the interior was obviously an adaptation. There does not seem to be any photographs available so after a lot of head scratching I asked for help on the Canberra Sig website. The redoubtable John Sheehan, aka Canberra Kid, quickly came to the rescue. What you see here is the result. As said previously I don’t pretend that this is 100% accurate but I am trying to recreate what it might have looked like (and if no one has any pictures no one can say it is wrong!). Key points: Big black box at the rear of the Cabin with cables emerging beneath. A weather radar to the right of the pilot, this was cannibalized from a Flightpath Buccaneer etched sheet that was never completed several years ago General cockpit details adapted from the Eduard set. A Pavla pilot’s seat with added wire pull handles. The interior of the Alley cat canopy needs painting on the inside before fixing , very dark grey over a black undercoat. Silver decal strip to represent the canopy supports ( if that is what they are) . After painting the inside of the canopy I discovered that the light into the interior was drastically reduced and much of the detail inside disappeared. Lesson for next time. I did brighten up the interior to add a bit of interest. Cables under the ‘black box’ were painted silver and green. Bits of detail such as red and yellow spots livened up what could be seen and the radar screen was painted with an orange glaze. No idea if it was really like that but it did add a bit of focus to what was an important bit of kit on this aircraft. Not fictitious I prefer ‘alternative facts’. The Pavla seat was worth every penny, the wire handles worth the effort. The Nav seat was the Airfix offering with wire handles, these are all that can be seen once it is all closed up.
  10. http://www.ww1aircraftmodels.com/page40.html Build logs don't get better than this one. WW1Aircraftmodels website will keep you distracted for hours.
  11. I am in need of some advice. I am close to finishing a 1/32 meteor T7 using the beautiful Fisher model conversion. I am finishing mine as an all black 728 sqn FAA based at Hal Far. So Far so good, I have managed most of the markings from standard sheets and all looking lovely but I am stumped on the stencil detail. There are various 1/32 sheets out there but they are all in black. Is there anyway of producing white versions? I am presuming that if I do something clever with a sheet I have purchased for my own use there are no copyright issues but I may be wrong At this scale the stencils make quite a difference. All advice very welcome.
  12. This one caught my eye too, but I suspect not. The Revell Beau has been around awhile and there has not been much produced so far. I think Techmod are making use of a sheet they already have and letting us get on with it. The main issue is the different tail, not too difficult to scratch. It is a nice, reasonably accurate kit but is a 70s moulding and lacks the detail we have come to expect at 1/32. However: Vector produce a nice Hercules engine and Quickboost hedgehog exhausts. A new collector ring and cooling gills would be great. Maybe we can persuade David Parkins to do a short run of his etched Beau details at 1/32, that would sort the cockpits out. All we need then is a decent set of wheels and undercarriage legs. Simples! At this point new Tamiya 1/32 wonder kit enters stage left and all that hard work was for nothing. But maybe Techmod know something we don't?
  13. Looking forward to these Jon, I was hoping for a 19 sqn CO's aircraft so I am a happy man.
  14. Tom Cobbley

    Defiant exhausts

    Thank you 303. I will try an email to MMP. They might know the source of that profile.
  15. Tom Cobbley

    Defiant exhausts

    I have been following this discussion with real interest. I am close to finishing mine as all black EW - H T3991 of 307 sqn using the Modelmaker decal sheet. The exhaust pattern debate has arrived just as I am about them attach them to my model. I have realized that there are very few images of 307 Defiants around, and I have almost every publication on WW2 PAF on my shelf (it has taken 40 years!). Almost all of them have been posted on this discussion. My question is are there any images of T3991 out there that Modelmaker would have used for their sheet? Now I know there is a choice, my pedantry will mean this one heads for the shelf of doom until I know the answer.
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