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About nexus11

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  1. That's quite a list, indeed. So if I find the idleness to get in, it'd be one of those three exotics: - Bristol 171 Sycamore - Hughes MD 500 or - Aérospatiale H125 Écureuil
  2. And finally (luckily) it made the first place in the competition in 1/72. A little bit proud of it… https://www.flugzeugforum.de/threads/die-gewinner-2019.94605/post-2711325
  3. If anyone here is an active member of the german "Flugzeugforum", I would be happy about a vote... https://www.flugzeugforum.de/threads/umfrage-und-abstimmung-teil-3-1-72.94246/
  4. In case of super urgent need You can use mine… cash is always a good motivation
  5. Hi @JOCKNEY… I am not yet in as I assume the build has to be done in summer, the most unlikely time for modelmaking… anyway, what are the exact rules? I never participated in a groupbuild.
  6. Thank You all for following my republished build report and for bearing with my sparse school English. The finished model can of course be viewed here in the forum.
  7. Yessss… that was my humble goal from the beginning. But aren't You the gentleman with the decals that do not exist? https://www.flugzeugforum.de/threads/wb-2019-bb-hawker-siddeley-kestrel-fga-1-airfix-1-72.91881/post-2658065 your decals were recommended to me, but they weren't available anywhere. But why publish decals if there is no model for them. Which is a pity, because especially the TES roundels are very unusual. And pretty, in a way. Maybe we can bring the Kestrel back in focus together…
  8. And yes, the front wheel is in the wrong position in the pictures. But just there, I made them in great hurry to publish the pictures in time to meet the competition's regulations… In my shelf everything is as it is supposed to be.
  9. And in comparison with a SHAR: Find the differences... there are plenty of them Thank you for your courteous interest...
  10. For the annual competition in the German "Flugzeugforum", I tried to build one of the 9 Kestrel FGA.1 from various Airfix parts. This is the Harrier predecessor, which flew in the TES (Tripartite Evaluation Squadron). In 1961, the United Kingdom, the United States and West Germany jointly agreed to purchase nine aircraft developed from the P.1127 to evaluate the potential of V/STOL aircraft. These aircraft were designated the Kestrel FGA.1 It was purely a test aircraft, but was slightly more advanced than its continental competitors such as the Mirage "Balzac" or VFW VAK191. The Tripartite Evaluation Squadron consisted of ten pilots; four each from Great Britain and the USA, and two from West Germany (Colonel Gerhard Barkhorn and Lieutenant V. Suhr). The Kestrel made its maiden flight on 7 March 1964. A total of 960 missions were performed, including 1,366 takeoffs and landings by the end of the test in November 1965. One aircraft was lost in an accident, six were subsequently transferred to the United States, received the U.S. designation XV-6A Kestrel and were tested there by the Air Force and Navy. The two Kestrels remaining in the United Kingdom went to RAE Bedford for further tests and experiments, and then to museums. The experience gained was so positive throughout that the Harrier Force was launched. The first three GR.1s also looked quite similar to the Kestrels, but were later modified. But of course there is no kit of them (except a long out of stock and a bit clumsy resin block from a manufacturer unknown to me, Aardvark Aviation), but there are plenty of Harrier kits of later versions and one of an early P.1127, the first plane with Pegasus engine. This P.1127 kit is from 1963, but was reissued by Airfix in 2000. Nice retro box, bad contents. The GR.1, the first operational Harrier, was re-released by Airfix in 2013, and this seemed to be a Harrier kit that could have been a lot of fun... If I hadn't cut them both up to make a Kestrel that doesn't have much to do with either the Harrier or the P.1127. Actually, I was building a prototype of an original test model here, Airfix only supplied the skeletons. The whole construction misery is documented here in English and here in German. Don't misunderstand me here, I'm not posting this to advertise the voting. That's only possible anyway if one has been an active member of FlugzeugForum for a longer time. I just think that the Kestrel was a very important part of British aviation history after all, and I think that it actually deserves its own model. And that my realization here is bound to please some people, or maybe motivate them to do it better.
  11. Deadline met, phew! A few remarks later: Not only did I have some paint on the canopy, but I had some thick streaks. It's a real mystery to me how the paint got there, but it was where it shouldn't be. And I couldn't scrape it off with a toothpick either. So I sanded it with 800 paper and then polished it with Tamiya Compound again to a certain transparency. Then I painted a thick layer of Future on it and finally my putty block was ready for rollout. Just for the sake of completeness it should be mentioned that the pitot tube consists of a syringe needle and a pin, the antennas are made of toothbrush bristles. Except of course the white antenna, which is made of sheet, painted white with a red decal strip around it. The decals are partly printed by myself, from xtradecal or from the two Airfix kits used. The angle indicator on the nose is an etched part, that was left from another Harrier kit. I think, that everything is explained comprehensible now. The construction report should always be an exchange of experiences, so that the next one can do better. My personal conclusion is rather mixed. Now, the little jet looks quite nice and I have learned a lot of handicraft again. But for that I did not get another model finished last year, let alone started. That was my Kestrel-year... But it was more expensive than almost any other model. I had bought three basic kits alone, three books, decal paper, the expensive Tamiya polish, a decal set and punching tools, which could not be used anymore, plus all shipping costs. Of course you can still use the tools, but still this build was the reason for it. You can't tell by looking at the little bird, it probably cost 120 €. It is unusual to calculate like this (it is a hobby), but for the sake of completeness one should not leave this unmentioned. Enough of the dark tones, here's the only current model of Kestrel I know of, and that should be reason for some satisfaction. And I like it in the end. I hope you do, too...
  12. Only 5 hours left What a drama again... of course I had paint under the canopy mask again! For a moment the thought came up that it would not work out. It can't be... so I took out the polish and briefly covered my whole desk again with tools and parts... After that I could not take any more pictures, because I had to prepare the "rollout".
  13. Submission date It's getting a little hectic now: I' m just building the pitot tube and putting on the last decals. Antennas and a lot of other small parts are still not done or at its place.
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