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  1. That is truly beautiful modelling. The best duck I've seen in any scale. I could look at those pictures all day!
  2. I've always liked the Voodoo and that's a very handsome scheme you've done it in. It just looks like it's going Mach 1 standing there. Brilliant work - congratulations!
  3. Thank you all very much! Yes it seemed unusual so I went for it. The kit also has decals for the rollout natural metal scheme. Thank you very much Martin - it was a bit fiddly and I kept dropping it! Much time spent on hands and knees picking up lots of things that weren’t the canopy!
  4. Or a teeny, tiny triangle! Less affectionately, this was known as the Black Widowmaker. Charming. It had a short life, crashing three weeks after its first flight. Fortunately, the test pilot "Ben" Gunn managed to eject safely first (in the process gaining the dubious honour of becoming the first person to successfully eject from a delta wing aircraft). That's him on the right. Looks pretty unflappable to me. He was a Spitfire and then a Tempest pilot during the war and shot down the last V1 of the war over the South Downs so I guess you could say it figures. Also - somewhat unusually for a test pilot from the 1950s - he lived to the ripe old age of 76. He wrote a memoir which I'm trying to track down. This is the Boulton-Paul P.120, the last aircraft that Boulton-Paul designed and built and an evolution of the outwardly very similar P.111 (the main change is in the tail). Both the P.120 and P.111 were testbeds, designed to evaluate different delta wing configurations at various speeds. The P.111 was very tricky to fly because of its power-operated controls gave the pilot little feedback. This was sort of resolved in the P.120, after the controls were spring-loaded - it was a bit more docile but retained some unpredictable handling quirks that could not be ironed out. In preparation for the 1952 Farnborough Airshow this was repainted from its natural metal finish to this sharkish black and yellow livery, though it crashed and was destroyed before the airshow took place. This is the 144th.co.uk kit and it's a little beauty. Resin and removing the parts from the casting blocks takes a bit of time and care, but the overall fit is really good and it's a pretty simple build. I am ashamed to say I started this way back in 2019, and it has sat dormant in its box over various house moves ever since. The reason was that the kit does not have a transparent canopy (but it does have a separate solid resin one) and I stubbornly wanted one... so I made a smash-moulded one which I fitted earlier this week after years of procrastination. I believe it was worth the effort and am frankly delighted with the results - now scratching my head wondering why I kept putting this back in the box again. After that it was a simple question of masking the canopy and painting the whole thing black. The decals are superb - really, really nice. I think they are printed by either Cartograf or Fantasy Printshop and are very sharp and vivid. I replaced the thick undercarriage doors with plasticard and added some aerials and pitots from scratch. But that's about it. A quick build that I just took an appallingly long time over. I've started the P.111a so that should join this in - oh - 3-5 years too. Finally with another, larger British triangle... Thanks very much for looking! Angus
  5. That’s lovely - you’ve done a wonderful job on it. I’ve got one too and hope that it comes out half as nice as yours. Really handsome work. Oh and one more vote for an Xtradecals Hastings sheet.
  6. Brilliant stuff. You’ve done a lovely job. Such a handsome aircraft.
  7. Superb. One of the nicest completions of this kit I’ve seen. Really nicely done.
  8. Very nice! I’ve been wondering about this kit and you’ve convinced me. That’s a lovely little model.
  9. Sensible man. Mine keeps looking at me forlornly from the shelf of shame.
  10. I haven’t had a crack at the victor yet but Mikromir kits are getting better the whole time. The Valiant (one of their first) is pretty difficult but the Hastings is a really beautifully engineered and well thought out kit. And thanks. We do have his log books. I’ll have a look for them (just moved house). He was CO 50 Squadron at Waddington from 63. 50 received 617’s cast off B1s when the latter upgraded to B2s I think I read.
  11. Very nice! Thank you for the detail on how to convert a B2. Very impressive work - a super finish. I too share your frustration at the lack of B1 Vulcans, especially in 1:144 - my preferred scale. My grandfather flew B.1s.
  12. Thank you all for the kind words! As always, they are greatly appreciated. Thanks Marcello! Take a look here - it's all 1:144 stuff, which as a scale is afflicted by a bad rash of 1970s-era Crown moulds, for which the more up-to-date offerings of a given type are usually short run Eastern European kits which have their own challenges and quirks. It's been good fun. http://www.kampfgruppe144.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=73
  13. Recently completed as part of a GB on another forum, but posting here as you don't see these finished all that often so thought it might interest some people. This is the US Coast Guard variant of the C-123 Provider. Quite a challenging kit (the GB this build was part of was entitled 'Nightmare Kits'!). This is the third Amodel C-123 I've built. I tried some new approaches this time that made the build significantly easier, but it's still a classic short run kit. Nothing some good old fashioned modelling skills cannot fix, but - at best - tedious at times. You can if you're interested read the build log here. I was intrigued by what the Coast Guard needed the C-123 for - the answer is quite fascinating (or I think so, anyway). The HC-123s were acquired in 1958 to help support the Loran-C network of navigation stations across the world. The USCG took over responsibility for maintaining this global network in 1958. I spent a bit of time trying to understand the Loran navigation system but to no avail. It's pretty complicated stuff. But basically it was a US-led development of the British GEE system used by RAF Bomber Command to navigate accurately deep into Germany. The system relied on ground stations that sent out a low-frequency radio pulse; a receiver on the aircraft (or ship) then measured the time difference between the pulses to get a fix. This GEE system was highly accurate - but only at shorter ranges. The more you 'stretched' the range by lowering the frequency, the greater the margin of inaccuracy (as it were). Successive Loran systems refined the accuracy of the fix obtainable at greater ranges through some Very Clever Engineering (that Angus won't pretend to understand). But there's a good explanation in this Coast Guard film if you want one - and can muscle your way past Siri's narration. The Coast Guard had become interested in the Loran system from 1942 (its dual utility for aerial and maritime navigation appealed) and were a major partner in its wartime development. Classic short newsreel feature on this here. The USAF and USN were actually fairly fickle in their interest post-war - flirting with their own alternative systems or (more complex) inertial navigation systems. With trials proving that Loran-C worked, the Coast Guard took on responsibility for the Loran-C chains from 1958 - it acquired its HC-123s to expand and maintain the Loran chains. Except for an enlarged radome to house the AN/APN-158 search radar, the HC-123B was a standard C-123B in all other respects. The first network of Loran stations was set up in the Mediterranean in 1959 (with stations in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Libya), the Norwegian Sea in 1960 and finally across the Pacific. Coast Guard Providers were scattered to Florida, Puerto Rico, Italy, Alaska, Guam and Hawaii in support of this until 1972. Loran was used extensively by both civil and military aircraft and ships during its lifespan, providing accurate navigation over 12 million square miles of planet earth. Less known, it was used extensively by the allied ballistic missile subs (hence all the repeater stations in the Norwegian sea) to synchronise or update the ship's inertial navigation system without trailing an antenna above the surface (Loran-C signals could be received over 60ft below the surface). With the coming of satellite-based navigation systems in the 1990s, Loran use dropped off (though widespread civilian uptake ensured it lived on longer than most other navigation systems). The Coast Guard ran and maintained the US Loran chain of around 31 stations for 52 years. It has now largely been shut down (the US decommissioned its Loran network in 2010). Anyway more pictures of the real thing... Nothing too difficult really. The undercarriage nosegear needed quite a bit of shortening to get the right sit. If I'm honest, I'm unhappy about the metallic panels in these photos - though the contrast is much subtler in real life lighting. But that one on the wing looks odd. Alas. Anyway... A surprisingly big old girl... And finally with her sister ship. There's a trio of ugly nose jobs the C-123 offered - I've done two of them! Thanks very much for looking! Angus
  14. Beautiful - I’ve often thought about building a flock of Daks like this and you may just have provided the inspiration. It’s hard to find a livery the Dakota doesn’t look awesome in.
  15. Nev - wow this is fantastic, I can’t thank you enough but - all the same - thank you so much for taking the time to reply and upload all this information. This looks like more than enough for my purposes. All sorted! This forum really is the internet at its best at times like this! Im so sorry for the delay replying - I only got a notification of your most recent post so I missed the first one entirely. I’ll work this place out eventually. Thanks again - I will post a photo on here of the Cat when she’s done!
  16. Hi Nev Thanks so much for replying. I’m not much further actually, though I did find a couple of great photos of the 18ft version below which will be helpful. I would love to see any photos you have too if you’re happy to share them. Thanks again Angus
  17. That’s an epic shot. You must be so pleased with this and how it’s turning out. I just think it’s hard to see how you can ever better this build. You’ve set your own bar fairly high now sir!
  18. Brilliant job. Dead impressive conversion. My father in law remembers seeing this one flying in and out of RAE Thurleigh / Bedford. You’ve done a very nice job on the engine too.
  19. This looks interesting. I’ve often wondered about this kit. Will be following your progress.
  20. Hello I wonder if anyone can point me in the direction of any plans for either of Higgins’ air-dropped A1 lifeboats? There was a 27ft version and an 18ft version. I want primarily to scratchbuild the latter to go under a PBY wing but also interested in any info on the 27 footer if anyone has it. Thanks very much.
  21. I’ve seen one of these in real life and they are tiny enough at 1:1. Superb work with this. Truly impressive!
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