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About Robin-42

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  1. Overall shot of starboard tailplane in comparison to Matchbox part..
  2. New trim control, fairing made from aluminium. Rod is not sitting right, a couple of rivet lines will need to be redone as well.
  3. Tail problems. Having achieved outline success on the starboard stabilizer, I started on the elevator, the two sets of drawings I have are suspiciously similar and wrong in details. First the F22 has a trim tab on both elevators, the F24 added a servo tab. The drawings labelled F22 show the servo tab, and on the wrong side! Since I am doing an F22, I removed it. The kit also has the actuator rod fairings at a slight angle to centerline. None of the drawings show that. Took a while, but I finally found a picture of an F22 from dead astern confirming they should be straight. Back to hacking away at plastic!
  4. For it’s time, it was a beautiful kit and remains the only game in town. Unfortunately that time was around 1978!
  5. Next problem.... If I seem to hop around in this build, it is because well, I do! The tailplanes are wrong. The leading edge is actually correct, it just sweeps back too soon. The solution is a diagonal cut so leading edge goes where it should and the trailing edge stays put. The gap is filled with a wedge of plastic sheet, plus a bit more on the tip. The elevator which is glued together at the trailing edge got a chunk of plastic sheet shoved in the tip so I can extend it and re-shape it. Everything has a closer resemblance to the real thing now. Some more shaping, detailing and riveting to go, then repeat on the port side.I have been using thick cyanocrylate glue with an accelerating. Saves waiting for glue or putty to dry.
  6. I have been puttering away on this, nothing photo worthy today, but as I continure to get carried away, I bought a Hasegawa MKVI for the windscreen. I am going to use it and try to make a mold for a vacuform canopy without wrecking It. After I build a vacuform machine........ In any case the kit came with a Warbird Seafire XV conversion kit, so if any of you lot have a hole in your life that could only be filled with it, let me know. I am in Ontario, Canada, so shipping will be a factor. It is missing at least a blade. I don’t know what came with the conversion originally.
  7. 1/48 or 1/72? I don’t think I have read “excellent fit of parts” used in reference to the 1/48th one before!
  8. Very nice! I have one of these on the go. Do you have any references for the fuel line routings? All I can find is the one line out of the gravity tank dissapearing into the fuselage, the kit fuel filter in the cockpit, and the carbs on the engine, but no indication of fuel line routings.
  9. The fun continues. It is my understanding that all Spitfires with internal armor glass had the same windscreen. The one on the left is from my Tamiya kit, Matchbox on the right. One is correct, one is not. No points for guessing the correct one. I cannot find any vacuform replacements. If any of you lot know, please let me know. Secondly, the Gray Matter canopy is much better than the kit one but does not extend far enough down to cover the canopy rails and it pinches in at the front on it’s lower edge, where I believe it should be straight. I think I can deal with those issues, but would like a better windscreen. Vacuforming one myself is a skill I do not possess, and donating the Tamiya one is not going to happen.
  10. You made me look that up! Never thought about it, but if you tried to put all the mainwheels down on the runway at the same time during landing on a 767 it would cause a tail strike judging by photo’s. Personally, I try to avoid events that involve subsequent paperwork. Max pitch with no roll is 8deg, 4-6 would be a normal flare on the -300. You have to try reasonably hard to bang on a 767. Dash-8 on the other hand............
  11. Not a 777. The grownups fly those, I fly the 767, it’s older slightly dumber brother. Funnily enough, if I have flown it, I build the kit like a display model, with no detail, if it is a Spitfire, I want to know what the interior of the retractable tailwheel well looks like. Opposite of this wonderful thread!
  12. You just demonstrated something that surprises non-pilot enthusiasts. If we can’t control it or there is no procedure for dealing with an issue, we study it and promptly forget about it. For example my current work ride can have GE or Pratt engines. Can I tell which one it has by looking at it, nope, not unless there is a decal on the side. Can I fire the fire bottles if required, yup. Procedure is the same. As a modeller, this is appalling. “I just spent more on resin engines than the kit is worth to get the correct ones for the fin I am doing and bloody driver can’t even tell!!!” Long “trivial” posts are why I like it here, especially when they are about trivial aerodynamic devices. Look at the trailing edge of a lot of 40’s 50’s and 60’s rudders for example. There is a thread buried in here somewhere about them.
  13. Looks great! Don’t feel bad about it languishing. Mine, despite being in the disply cabinet, still doesn’t have it’s drop tanks finished after about 20 years!
  14. First pass on sanding, more to remove, but the red circle shows where I am through the Matchbox plastic and hitting the resin cockpit sides, which were paper thin to begin with. I will have to be very careful with that. Yellow circle is the milliput I used for backing. Either it was too old or I did not fully mix it, but it has not fully cured. I will have to use some sprue/liquid cement “goop” to deal with that.
  15. The nose is on. The datums I cared about were the lower fuel tank panel line and center line. I figured if I kept them lined up the nose would wind up in the correct postion. Problem is using cyanoacrylate glue only gives me a few seconds to line it up. I used a razor saw to cut three slots in both pieces and used some dynamo tape in the slots. As long as I lined up the slots it would stay lined up as I drew the pieces together. Note my hi-tech pattern for the nose upper line. Resin wing roots did not survive because they sat way to high. Did I mention there will be putty? Second photo shows the amount of matierial to be removed to match the resin nose. It will have to be blended in past the cockpit because the fuselage sides there should be parallel.
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