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WV908

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  1. I've got one of these in the stash too. It's my first vacform I've actually started but so far it's easy going.

     

    I have the main parts cut out, fuselage halves are sanded to the correct depth and have been 'tabbed' as has the tail. I'm waiting for a contour gauge to arrive so I can cut some bulkheads to avoid too much flexing and cracks in the joins etc.

     

    When I was looking for a Scimitar kit a few years ago it was this extremely impressive build that drew me to find the Dynavector kit and I'm glad I've finally started to build it.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  2. 21 minutes ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

    Nicely done!  You obviously put in a lot of work on these big recips!

    Thanks :) I'm a bit sad I rushed the shackleton (although I did do a full interior) and the Lanc's flaws do show up in the photos, but I am quite happy with them. I was really annoyed though when the Revell Shackleton was first shown as the exterior detail, although not 100% accurate is terrific and the only reason I haven't built my AEW.2 yet is because this one will look pants next to it.

     

    Airfix did a good job on the engineering with the Lanc and Shackleton, but they really need to up their game with exterior detail. The Shackleton was evidently rushed in the tooling stage to beat the Revell model to market as the fuselage especially is very very poorly moulded at the ends.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

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  3. A project I started a good few years ago which featured in the WIP section here;

     

    I did eventually get around to finishing it after stripping it back and spraying it, but I never took any photos for an RFI and I figured it was about time, so here is my rendition of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 'Just Jane'

     

    The modifications to the base kit are as follows;

     

    - Eduard etched cockpit interior

    - Kitsworld decals

    - Modified tailwheel to A340 nose wheel type

    - Treaded mainwheels (Barracuda I think)

    - Modified Astrodome to Lincoln type

    - Canopy aerial bulge removed 

    - Starboard side viewing bubble only 

    - Payload bay door lifeboat cutouts

    - Starboard side fuselage heating vent

    - New, further forward mid-upper turret opening 

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    And with her younger Sister, a rendition of @richw_82's Shackleton WR963. Those of you who attended Telford SMW 2015 may have seen this on the Coastal command table. Admittedly it was rushed to get it there and it did survive the day, unfortunately falling to bits in a house move a few years later. I figured I'd fix it back up for this;

     

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    Both airframes are finished to represent specific days in their history. NX611 is in her faded paint but with new Squadron letters from the Three Lancs event at East Kirkby which I attended and WR963 is modelled from the day she last did a fast taxy at Coventry and is a hybrid MR.2 / AEW.2 to suit with a cut down payload bay.

     

    NX611 and WR963

     

    Edit: Here is the RFI for the Shackleton. She originally had larger fuselage Roundels and the under-wing serials were wonky. The original decals were all Aeroclub and the replacements were Xtradecal;

     

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

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  4. 2 hours ago, Robertjon5 said:

    bit late to this thread as fairly newish member. great result! anybody know where I can get 1/72 just jane decals. can only find in u.s atm. used to hsave the die cast version of this. but had to sell it. so a kit one will be lot cheaper!

     

    thanks.

    Hi Robert,

      The original declas were from CanMilAir who still produce the decals AFAIK and they are based the right side of the pond for you. 

     

    The model was originally brush painted but I stripped it back and finished it off with Kitsworld decals. The nose 'H' is overscale by about 1/3rd but I haven't found something suitable to replace it yet. I don't think I ever did an RFI for this though. Equally I've still not taken any decent photos of it yet;

     

    NX611

     

    NX611

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

     

    EDIT: Please note the model is finished as NX611 with the new serials but prior to the repaint, so the colours are wrong (too worn / dull) to portray her current state. I chose to build her like this as a have a few patches of the old fabric in these worn colours :)

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  5. Hi all,

      Looking at picking up the Tiger Hobbies 1/48 F-5A and I know there are issues with it but nothing online states explicitly what. 

     

    To me, the nose looks a little odd and the canopy looks squashed. Can anyone who has the kit and / or can compare it to other offerings confirm the canopy issue and state what is wrong with the nose please?

     

    I'd much prefer to get a Kinetic or CA F-5A, but they seem impossible to find

     

    Thanks,

      WV908


  6. 9 minutes ago, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

    I will take a look at the spares I have and get back to you, Do you need to off shaped (I made new ones for mine) HF probes that are inboard of the wing tips as well?

     

    I will PM you with what I have and get address details.

    Hi,

      Yes please - pretty much anything spare from the sprue that has the CFM-56 engines on as none of those things are in the base Heller kit.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  7. 7 hours ago, Skymonster said:

    There are a few other differences between the 727-100 and -200 in addition to the fuselage plugs. Noticeably the centre engine intake is round on the -200 whereas it is an oval shape on the -100. Furthermore you will need different number 1 and number 3 engines as G-OSRA and G-OSRB were fitted with upgraded and quieter outboard power plants (JT8D-217s instead of JT8D-17s] that have a different cowl shape and different reversers.

     

    Plenty of work to do, even on a basic 727 kit then. Thanks :)

    6 hours ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

    WV908:  Keep in mind that the Heller kit has the same cockpit issue, in which the cockpit transparency sits just a bit high on the fuselage (maybe 4mm or so) and appears from the side to be tilted slightly, as if it's looking upward at the heavens.  Best way to correct that is to cut off the nose section from the transparency forward, right on the panel line, lower the whole assembly about 4mm, reset the slope of the cockpit transparency, and build up the cabin roof as necessary with some filler putty or plastic card until it blends seamlessly with the rest of the fuselage.  You'll know you're right when you see that the bottom of the passenger window line is roughly even with, but slightly below, an artificial line drawn horizontally through the cockpit transparency's lowest part (the junction of the two side windows).  Wish I had an illustration.

    On how to make the Heller E-3 an E-3:  I'm not an expert.  Having once flown on the real thing (a U.S. E-3A) and walked around/under it, I can tell you there are several notable detail differences between an E-3 and a 707-320B/C, particularly with vents for the packs in the under-fuselage wing center section.  Nothing major unless you try to build a TF-33-powered version, in which case you'll want the resin conversion engines to avoid headache.  The CFM-56 power plants are available in the "Airfix" kit of the D, but not quite as good as those provided in the AMT/ERTL KC-135R kit.  You should find photos for reference if you can.  Alex T.

    That's interesting about the nose - it's the same issue as the Anigrand VC-10, but this looks easier to correct. Ironically enough, I have some CFM-56's from a scrapped AMT KC-135 to use on this. I still have the mortal remains of that 135 in a box (it used to be hung from my ceiling when I was kid but it took a nose dive) which I may attempt to rebuild and graft to the combat conversions Rivet Joint set, but I know those things are another kettle of fish. 

     

    6 hours ago, Romeo Alpha Yankee said:

    Wow! I did not realise there were cockpit issues with the Heller/Airfix 707/E-3 kits, I have built 2 (E-3D and B707 tanker) and have another waiting to be finished (as an E-8C). I might have to look into the cockpit issue on later builds (another 2 707s and 2 E-3 kits in the stash), who doesn't look to look of the 707!

     

     

    I also have the KMC 727 to attack one day, I know it has a lot of shape issue but I will bumble through them as I build.

     

    Is there any chance you have any spares from the E3-D sprues you have that you'd be able to send my way please? Namely the wingtips and refuelling probe 

     

    1 hour ago, Abandoned Project said:

    Found this helpful about the nose correction

    https://www.airlinercafe.com/forums.php?m=posts&q=9690

     

    HTH

     

    Thanks, that's a lot of help :)

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  8. 20 minutes ago, Space Ranger said:

    I'd suggest you look at these Boeing drawings and compare them carefully before making a decision:

     

    https://postimg.cc/w7cxkc0W

     

    https://postimg.cc/hfbT6YST

     

    Note that the 707 is the -320 variant. 707s had three distinctly different wings. See here: https://www.airlinercafe.com/page.php?id=72

     

    You would be best advised to seek out a 727 kit.

     

     

    I didn't know about the different 707 wings, thanks for that :)

    3 minutes ago, 26Decals said:

    Please be aware that the Welsh Models 727 kit is the shorter series 100 model and not the 200 series.

     

    I'm hoping it shouldn't be too much trouble to add in a fuselage plug or two, depending on extention points? 

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  9. 2 hours ago, TheyJammedKenny! said:

    WV908: This is a tall order.  You simply cannot do what you have described and expect it to look right.  The only thing that the 707 and 727 have roughly in common is part of the upper deck above the lobe crease, and the cockpit area.  The fuselage taper at both ends is different, and the lower deck is significantly shallower on the 727.  If I were you, I'd invest in the Welsh Models kit, or if you have a lot of extra money, see if you can get a copy of Kurt's 1/72 resin kit, which is outstanding.  BTW: I have built the Heller kit twice (as a 707 both times :)and really like it, but it requires some modification to the cockpit area to make it look right.

     

    I've seen a few of that resin kit going for £400, but I'd happily stump up for the Welsh models kit. The problem is every thing me I go on their website I'm drawn to the Comets first.

     

    I'm building the Heller E3 at the minute, converting it to an RAF one (having to do my own decals and 3D printed engines though) - does that have the same cockpit issue? 

     

    57 minutes ago, Skymonster said:

    So you’d happily scratch build the centre engine intake and duct, rear fuselage and centre engine exhaust, vertical and horizontal stabs, etc.? If you were already prepared to do all that then maybe the wings wouldn’t be too big of a challenge as well. Otherwise I really think a 727 kit is best.

    Heavens no, I can cheat through the use of a 3D printer though haha :) It's likely it's too much work to the wings and rest of the airframe though. 

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

     

     


  10. Afternoon all,

      I intend on building the Oil-Spill response 727 G-OSRA, which is based only 15 miles from my home. 

     

    I was hoping that I could relocate the wing box, shorten the span of the wings and scratch the tail area. If the wing is way off I'm better just putting my money into the Welsh models kit. 

     

    The idea of using a Heller 707 was for the cost - Nearly 1/6th of any available 727 kit.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  11. Although the Classic - Modern cutoff on these forums is 1968/1969 and the 727 entered service in 1964, it has of course lasted way beyond that and with classic generally being the realm of propliners, I though I'd ask this here.

     

    Knowing very little about the two types, is it possible to convert a Heller 707 into a 727? I know that both types differ in lower fuselage cross section, but I do not know by how much or where.

     

    The primary thing I want to know is can I use the fuselage and wings of the Heller 707 and does the vertical stabilizer have roughly the same planform (ignoring engine No.2 on the 727)?

     

    Cheers,

      WV908 


  12. Holy cow, That's it. @XV107 Thankyou! 

     

    As little as I can remember from being a kid (would have been eight at the time) the Tornado had come from an air display and was on it's return. 

     

    There was also a BBMF Hurricane (LF363 I recall) and when i'm able to get to my Mum's after lockdown I should be able to ID the Sea King too from the photo I have in the photo box there.

     

    Thankyou so much for the help everyone :)

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

     

    EDIT: XR appears to be ZE812?

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  13. Hi @Reparty Thanks :)

     

    Your suggested method certianly is food for thought and i'll weigh up my options when the kit arrives. Your method may well be better as, unlike the Hasegawa kit, the Italeri kit has the other wing panels split into upper and lower, meaning fabricating new single piece slats rather than trying to work with two cut off bits of leading edge.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  14. 10 minutes ago, canberra kid said:

    I do have a photo of WD935 with the Red Dean test vehicle and the pylon is the same as on WD956 but the weapon is silver not black, the underside of the wing is black so I assume she is in standard Medium Sea Grey and Black scheme.

     

    John

      

    Thanks John,

      With the missile being silver I would assume the markings on it are black, or did it looks like the extant example at Cosford?

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  15. Hi all,

      Been on the hunt for a slatted wing F-4E Phantom at a reasonable price for a while and never find anything sub £50. The Italeri (ex-ESCI) Phantom E is readily available fairly cheap but has the earlier 'Hard Wing'. Does anyone have experience in modding this to rebuild it as the slatted wing?

     

    As far as I understand it in modelling terms, I just need to add three bulges to the underside leading edges of the main wing sections to sort those, but can I cut off the leading edges of the outer wing sections, re-profile those, create a new leading edge and affix them with tabs? 

     

    Cheers,

      WV908


  16. 8 hours ago, LostCosmonauts said:

    There are two photos in Dan Sharp's Secret Jets of Cold War Britain of WD956 with under wing pylons for Red Dean trials including one of the missile firing. There is an illustration from the P.12 brochure which shows Blue Jays on underwing stations, wingtip tanks and the ventral gun pack

     

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    43 minutes ago, canberra kid said:

    Sorry I'm a bit late to the party, is this the sort of thing?

     

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    John

     

    What can I say chaps but Thankyou. What you've both provided is absolutely perfect and I have no reason to believe that WD935 would have been fitted out or painted any different. The chequer markings will be interesting to do, but I look forward to scratching the parts for my Canberra build.

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

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  17. Thanks @rossm 

     

    This is the problem - any documentation that is around lists the theoretical P.12 attachment point as the wingtips, mounted on strengthened PR.9 style wings. It sounds like this strengthening was to be built in during production and as WD935's strengthening was retrofitted one would imagine it was external, which begs the question of if the trial pylons / missiles were mounted further inboard. 

     

    I'd also quite like to know how she was painted.

     

    Thanks,

      WV908

     

    EDIT: The Canberra Tribute site lists the pylons as 'underwing carriers' which was much of the basis of my query.


  18. Hi all,

      Does anyone know how the Red Dean missiles and pylons / carriers were fitted to the Canberra trials aircraft?

     

    I'm specifically looking for info on WD935, the nose of which survives locally to me at Doncaster 

     

    Cheers,

      WV908

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