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rob Lyttle

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  1. rob Lyttle

    Douglas DC 7C

    Hi, airline people. I'm kind of drifting into classic airliner territory, and loving it. I'm reaching the end of my little Viscount build, and I've started rummaging my other acquisition... It's dated 2005, but it really feels like an ancient mould that's been revisited. Some big issues with fit and details are obvious already. But I quite fancy giving it a go! I can't find any build threads or even a walk around, (there's a DC 6 though..) Is this because nobody will touch it with a barge pole? Or am I not looking in the right place? Google seems to just throw up pictures of models, ready-mades, and box-art. Any information on dealing with a shonky, quirky kit, WIPs, Pan American Seven Seas liners etc., all welcome!
  2. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    So here's my interpretation of the flaps structures from the picture. Two guide lugs protruding from the edge of the wing, Flap removed in this one ⬆ They got foiled. Then two lines (representing slots?) applied on the top of the main flap. That just leaves the blasted engine fronts and props to sort.. Hmmmm
  3. This is not the build I thought I was going on to next. Everything has kind of gone on hold for some reason, while I get my head around this quirky little kit. I have no idea why..... I just opened the box for a quick look.... ...... and I'm hooked! It's VERY simple, it's very blank, the instructions are Pants, and it's really quite small. Is it the challenge that draws you in?? So, I've got some progress before I ever had a chance to put the box away and carry on with what I'm supposed to be doing - a Frog Javelin in Nmf finish with foil!- and I'll do some catching up here. This is what the model is representing.... The overall plan is rattle can paint on top..... I have some primer and topcoat left from doing Red Arrows Hawks.... and sticky back Ali foil tape just about everywhere else. I removed the rudder pieces before assembly of the fuselage halves, and packed the nose area with plasticine to try and keep the tail up. A couple of threads mention the nose is a bit short, so I dabbed on some humbrol filler and shaped it as drying proceeded. Left overnight and then emery-boarded , I think I stayed true to the Viscount nose. Also the shape behind the cockpit going back onto the main fuselage needed rounding of the angles into a better semicircular arched shape. And I started sketching in some construction lines and datum lines on a totally blank fuselage. The instructions give absolutely no clue as to where anything lines up. Most of my information is derived from the Air Britain photo above. Anyway. .....
  4. rob Lyttle

    Academy 1/72 B-29 "Celestial Queen"

    Does the compressor tank have a little drain tap at the bottom? I haven't got one, or an airbrush, but the compressed air tank on my old Bedford lorry had a drain cock that needed to be used on a regular basis. Wondering if you got a build up? Listen, Sam, Good Luck...! And I'm not talking about airbrush maintenance...!!
  5. rob Lyttle

    Douglas DC 7C

    @noelh, @Skodadriver, @72modeler, @modelldoc, @bzn20, thanks for the feedback! I don't think I'm going to dash straight on to this one. I have a couple of builds pending, pushed aside when I got hooked by the little S&M Viscount. Here's the wee rascal. I'm thinking it's better to get some research in BEFORE I start bashing plastic! That's the words of someone gradually learning..... Speaking of that Era, bzn20, I was parked next to this today... I know it doesn't really evoke London or Manchester, but WOW! And yes, I can see where "Revell Inc. Venice Cali Copr 1955" has been machined off the mould inside the port fuselage side. And I got a staircase+ pilot!
  6. rob Lyttle

    Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-101 A/C «Voodoo»

    A great builder at my club did one in 1/32 scale a few months ago. Wow! Looked fantastic!! So now I think I want to try one, but small.... 48 would be great but probably1 /72 to start. Have a great vacation there, Nikolay
  7. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    Couple of bits done as the opportunity arises. After some faffing around with bits of stretched sprue and plastic, I settled for bent wire antennas on the roof. I had another little blade aerial on top of the cockpit area, and then broke it off again. Same with the HFAerial mast to the side. I'll give them another go, when I'm just about finished! The front gear doors there- I made them from pie dish Ali. The kit part was one piece and very thick. The main doors needed lugs removing and loads of thinning towards the bottom edge. The little rear doors that fit on the back u/c legs were again way too thick to be used, so they're squares of Ali too. Not so easy to photograph, though. Those two black discs on the top are described in my information as D/F Loop Aerials. I can see them on VR-BAX. I think I'm going to make 4 clear disc props
  8. We need to get Tee shirts and button badges printed up with this...
  9. So what I called the elevator previously, that's used as a trim adjustment, and in-flight the whole blade does pitch control? I've been getting my head around the Gloster Javelin tailplane arrangements and that's got the same thing going on. These are great reference pictures and information- lovely to see! Thanks
  10. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    Cargo hatches! On the starboard side.... How come ALL the drawings and most photos just show the port side ?!? These are from the BM walkaround section
  11. Who cares about the cockpit with a décor scheme like that! Just kidding..... I see what you mean in the picture of XB995. What I'm seeing is colour on the fixed tailplane, metal on the elevator, and then you're seeing the port elevator right behind, which gives that strip effect. Still doesn't really tally with the 3view design, but that's my interpretation.
  12. rob Lyttle

    Kitty Hawk 1/48 F-101 A/C «Voodoo»

    Hi Nikolay. You like the 101 Voodoo, so how about the 104??? I met someone interesting 2 days ago.... Have a read
  13. Okay, sounds promising on the Court livery. Glad to hear that. You'll just have to set up on the kitchen table!!
  14. rob Lyttle

    Norwegian Starfighter

    Met a customer in The Old Fashioned Sweetie Shop in Winchester today, with an interesting Tee shirt. For a minute I thought it was the silhouette of a 101Voodoo, but a better look revealed a104 and the caption..." The need for speed." I engaged him in conversation, obviously! Turns out he's the chosen pilot of the Norwegian Starfighter that's just been given airworthy Certification, and is the only airframe in the air, this side of the Atlantic! I knew nothing about this project! Didn't want to detain him long, but Wow... What a gig! Found it on Facebook under Starfighter.no Any body know any thing about this project? I did ask him about the plane's reputation. He put it down to new flight technologies and young men pilots! Says she's a treat to fly. I think he said it was 13years worth of restoration work to achieve airworthiness. I'm delighted there's one in the air again at last. Those bars of toffee are going to be the fastest bars in the world!
  15. rob Lyttle

    Norwegian Starfighter

    Thanks, @Boman. Saw that. Brilliant, isn't it? What a ride! He said he recently flew at a show in Denmark, something like 17000 people in the crowd, if I remember.
  16. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    The u/c legs are a positive close fit and no glue required. But to my surprise, she's a real tail-sitter. I'd packed the cockpit area before joining, but more required. At least the same again! I drilled underneath to 3mm, ... and fed plasticine sausages in one by one, and packed them forward against the bulkhead. Also visible there is a length of steel nail cut long enough to reach the cabin roof. That was super glued in to finish the job. Just a fraction short, but that's better than too long! Bingo! I'm still slightly surprised that it took so much. But, she's up and standing! And... We have flaps. Well, one flap...
  17. Johnny, this is a bit pushy, for which I apologize, but I know you and this gang of merry men love all sorts of aviation restoration stuff. Well, who dyou think I met today? Who knew anything about that? I didn't!
  18. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    Any body interested in F104 Starfighters?? Norwegian AF has one in the air!
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    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    I've been having a play with the props. As is often said, they are quite clunky, and at this scale, weak. Any thinning will only make them weaker, especially in my hands . Here's something I tried as an experiment... Still not sure about it... Comments? Pressing on with the decals- once you start it's hard to put them away! First time with 26decals product. Very nice. Well behaved!
  20. ⚠⚠ Not specifically Hornet, Riot. They must surely be a standard RAF design and diameter post-war style. What's the diameter. Is the whole sheet rubbish?
  21. Oooooh Yeah!!! Love to see that!
  22. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    ( Tried the light behind, at a glancing angle, right on the sheet, everything)
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    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    Couldn't wait-- I HAD to find out if the cheat-lines would correspond with my demarcation between Paint and foil. Now that, friends, is nothing short of a little miracle! I knew that the tailplanes gave a good datum at the back, but after that, I was Freestylin' !! Anybody used the 26decal sheet supplied? I think I have sussed the cargo doors, but there are two tiny transfers-- they must be white details. I can't make them out without dipping them. Could they be the Eagle Airways writing on the tops of the doors? On the sheet they are invisible but they look the right sizes to fit the two doors. They're right there..... Really!!
  24. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    It's Yes, on the opposite wing, and it should be in red to match the "EAGLE" on the port wing... that I don't have
  25. rob Lyttle

    S&M Viscount - Eagle Airways

    I think I may have a problem. It's regarding the red paint on the nose area. I think I got the masking high.lt goes right down to the tip of the nose. Is this why people do research before they start building and painting?? So hard to know what the decal is going to do in a situation like this before it's applied. I think I need to sort the red paint out using Merlin Jones' fine example as a guide. And this ref It's certainly more information than S&M have supplied!
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