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rob Lyttle

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  1. I like this a lot, Andy. The aircraft is really sitting in the surroundings and atmosphere you've created..... I mean, rather than being an artefact with a random background filled in, if you get me. There's plenty of life or liveliness in the colour and marks you make while maintaining the accuracy that's so required. The shadow under works a treat
  2. Great to see you setting about these, CC. It was the gift set of the 2 Mercedes Gullwing cars that got me started on the Uhlenhaut coupe. I have made considerable progress ON THE AMG SLS car...... And then stopped. I'll need to take another look in the box, see if it's built itself by now. As for the SLR, you can see already there are vast similarities kitwise with the race car. I saw it immediately when I looked at your Stirling Moss build. But please go carefully with the boot lid.... I did see a photo, or perhaps 2?- of the coupe fitted with a big awkward silencer box on the outside of the passenger side. I guess the traffic cops were on his case.... if they ever caught up with him
  3. That's quite picturesque.... It gives a real feel of what you're working on .... Wheel Wells, eh? Tsk
  4. Erm..... I just had another look at the sprue pictures etc..... And I'm having 2nd thoughts..... That is scary. I'd understand if you want to spend your time on something else.!
  5. Wow.... Good luck with this one! I mean, I think you should have a go, hone your modelling skills, and see what you can make of it. There's so little reward to be had in assembling a "shake n bake" superkit I've applied myself to a few old crock kits and given them my best shot. They're not going to win any competitions..... Are you familiar with the Airfix Grumman Gosling, for example? The reason I took a look at this thread is I've embarked on the L10 kit by Special Hobby. One of their early products with a short run feel and a couple of issues to sort. But definitely a breeze by comparison to this item. But I love a Lockheed Twin and this little plane is the ancestor of them all
  6. I love this forum.... Seriously, you ask a question, make an enquiry, whatever subject or specific data and... BOOM Fantastic
  7. Hi @richellis. There is a Revell kit in 1.48 of the Lockheed pv1 Ventura that might fit the bill. It's not a passenger aircraft straight out of the box but the planes were bought and converted postwar in numerous styles. I'm doing one as a Bolivian airliner.... You'll have to make the windows etc but it's a very typical looking aircraft of the time I. E. pre jet age. These kits should be a lot easier to find...They have even turned up in discount shops for £15.previously. At 1.48 the fuselage is 12 inches long - 30cm. The thing is, you don't need a whole aircraft. You might not even want a specific accurate representation of a particular aeroplane . You may be more interested in the truck /lorry and just want a load. Probably draped in tarpaulins. So a basis to apply some scratch modifications to may be all you need
  8. This should be good Something about Trumpeters attitude to the modelling world that seems to irk the community. Must admit I've never done one or even own a boxful. But look at you.... "time to fire up the computer for a bit of 3d design and print"...... No stopping you now, Johnny! Don't forget the jolly old walkaround resource on BM, if you haven't already scanned it. Right, let's go....
  9. Glad you enjoyed it, Saso. There's a lot of fun to be had trying some modelling skills on these old kits, and not a lot of money at risk! I don't have much info on the interior but there's probably loads on the net if you keep looking. Most recent I've done the DH Heron with seating (the windows are BIG...) If you try that in the Jersey Airlines styling, the original scheme is bare polished metal on fuselage lower and wings etc. The airframe is now a museum piece and painted light grey and this is what Airfix instructions show. Good luck with the plastic bashing
  10. That's why their kits are always wonky ..... says the guy from Romsey....
  11. Oh, Bronze surely, Windy...... Another little survivor parked up today, like it's not a big deal.... Not even sure if it's a Pride 'nJoy collector's prize possession - could just be a run around that has kept going. J reg suffix, now let me think..... My old Triumph T100S was F reg....... 68 or 69??
  12. A very well turned out Escort 1300 filling up.... Vinyl roof perfect, somebody has put a lot of effort into this. Sounds good too
  13. Oooooo-kay.... Thought I'd pop in and see how the Hawks are going. You know like, "page 162" caught my eye for one thing.... The start date for the thread, etc I'll just quietly close the door again,guys. Don't mind me. Nobody told me you were all put in this room
  14. Just chugging away from time to time as the opportunity arises, getting some foil on. I've done the underside of the wings too. I can't say I'm thrilled with the result, I may revise this area, but it is "only" the underside. I'll see what I think of it later. I decided to revert to my old roll of tape. It's wider, at 75mm, but the edges are quite poor with the adhesive damaged probably from sitting in a damp situation in the past. So I have to pick good areas and discard some parts, but the stuff that's good really performs to my liking
  15. Well, Thierry, that was an emotional read through, catching up with your latest adventure!! "Fearless" is the word that springs to mind You really tested this first example to the breaking point! For the replacement boot lid, I like the plan. The only thing I'll say is, I once fabricated a replacement airbrake panel for a big scale Tornado aircraft. Such a thing is curved but only in one plane. Not a compound curve. I used a combination of of pie-dish Ali and craft grade paper sandwiched in the middle. Held in shape till the glue set, and the laminated structure really gave the piece good rigid quality. I'm just thinking aloud here, but the idea may be of some use in your scratch adventure. Good luck with the new one of course, but I love it when you pull one "out of the Jaws of Doom". Hmmm.... A red one AND a cream one!! With tiny lipstick stain decals......
  16. Yep, that's it. Memory is tested but I'm sure the lady was Mrs Hughes. This car is looking fantastic, a great combination of colours
  17. Ha, well it's just that the doorway is "homemade" and the kit hasn't really been designed to accommodate this. And a step right there is going to look a bit poor, Adrian. 'Elf & Safety would be straight onto it
  18. I started to feel a bit concerned about the alignment of the major components of the airframe here. The assembly surfaces for the wing and tailplanes are a little bit...... uncertain. There's nothing wrong with them as such but attention is required and some finessing to get things right in relation to each other. So, unusual for my build sequence, I've done this.... That bottom joint isn't bad (by my standards... ) This is just the lower wing part. Placing the upper wing and drawing on the fuselage with a scalpel and peeling the foil reveals where the glue joint is along the fuselage. Ali foil is completely impervious to styrene glue. So, if I can get the tailplanes aligned relative to the wings and the fins nice and vertical to the structure, I think we'll be alright
  19. It's great to see this being done, and done so well. It's a blast from my slot racing days past, alright! I haven't got that much surviving from the late 60s heyday but one of the scrapbook survivors, with pages from Model Cars magazines, has 3 turbine types including the Howmet. There really was high hopes at the time for this technology being tamed. As well as the Howmet I have the "prototype parade" drawings and write-up for the STP Paxton Turbine and, who remembers the Lotus 56 Indy Wedge ....?? Just as an aside - some light entertainment as the next session of painting is prepared..... I did some house maintenance work for an elderly lady some years ago and her (long deceased) husband had designed, engineered and basically masterminded the building of a jet turbine engined railway locomotive. Not turbo-electric but a direct drive arrangement. She still had several photos of the loco pulling trains on trial around the North of England! I could tell she was still smarting and disappointed that British Rail had cancelled the project. The noise must have been tremendous as the train ripped through a station I believe she said the machine was saved from the scrap yard and put in a museum, in York maybe? Anyway, it's remarkable who you meet when you're out working with the public, isn't it? I hope these cars are all being looked after in museums and collections. I'm doing my bit with my Prototype Parade cuttings and articles! Right, back to work here, carry on....
  20. It's all in... I started with the resin unit epoxied into one of the sides, aligning the V shape with the cockpit opening at the front. I checked the fit of the other side as the epoxy started to grip and small adjustments made for uprightness etc. The fit is vague.... Once that was sorted, I tried the floor assembly and found it was happy to slide under the resin unit. Pushed forward into its position left minimal leg clearance for the pilots but that won't be seen and the fit of the fuselage sides is far more important, along with the rear bulkhead and back seats through the door. Some whittling of the floor panel at the rear was required to let it sit down inside such that the floor met the threshold of the doorway. For final assembly I glued into the port side, ie the side with the doorway.... A small clothes peg type was used through the doorway to hold the floor down in its position. That little scrap of 1mm stock poked in under the floor is a crucial part of process, otherwise the peg pushes the floor down to meet the fuselage bottom, which is way out of alignment for a horizontal floor! Visible there are some of the styrene strips fitted to aid the fit of the sides together. And after a couple of dry runs... Now we're talking aeroplanes Is it worth the extra....?? Well, for the open passenger door - yes. Through the windows, with some effort and a good light, the headrests can be seen (a bit). She'd still look good as a shiny wee plane with nothing in there..... But we know... Now, or soon, I got to get my head around the vacform Canopy. I've got the basic shape cut out of the moulding with surplus everywhere around the edges. I think it's just a steady reduction and many trial fits to the fuselage. Hmmm.... maybe I'll have a look at the wings first
  21. I've got the interior of the Electra to this stage and for what's going to be seen, I think that's about it for me. It's not based on any particular airline styling, but red upholstery seems to be effective for the visual impact, blue floor or carpet sets it off nicely, and the white headrest covers or "antimaccassers" add some detail where it's most needed. (Too many c's, or too many s's??? Where's the smart Alec spell checker when you really need it, eh?!?) I think I can start making a plane here instead of a bunch of furniture...
  22. Not so many of them around @k5054nzbut good luck with the search. Now, something in 1.48 would be a great project wouldn't it?! The nearest thing I can suggest is the Beech model 18 for a little twin engined metal beauty. Revell make it, called the C45 Expeditor, in 1.48.. Lovely build and a good looker.
  23. Interior is coming along bit by bit.... There are distractions though, but in my defence they are Lockheed distractions. You recall that I said the build had "rattled the Lockheed tree"? Well, I've got this big PV1 Ventura that is in the process of being civilianised as a postwar conversion to passenger carrying. The build is well advanced and then ground to a standstill. It has been sitting on the bench patiently watching all the other builds and nagging me from time to time. The stoppage really stems from an error I made quite early on. While the fuselage halves were still separate, I cut a cargo hatch in the port side nose, just like the L14 and the L18 Lodestars. Unfortunately when I built the wings and the large cowlings and nacelles that accommodate the big P&W R2800 Double Wasp engines , it put the prop right in line with the cargo hatch. Imagine the hatch working loose and opening into the prop...... It's a catastrophe waiting to happen So on the back burner she went while I considered my options. Now being back in the Lockheed frame of mind, I think I can minimise the visual impact of this error by making a well-fitting hatch door and gluing it shut, never to mention the design flaw again. So finally I have set about the old girl and hopefully, with the impetus of the little Electra build behind me, I will press on regardless. This is the big Revell PV1 in 1.48 scale and it's quite an epic boxful of styrene joy. To keep the mojo running I may tack the progress onto this thread. Anyone for a BONUS Lockheed Twin?
  24. So, of course I started wondering about opening the passenger door for a bit of interest. I've done it a few times recently, with the Heron and a DH Twin Otter. Actually the ancient Heron kit has the door supplied separately and the stairs and they're needed to support the tail end - it's a very dedicated tailsitter! Anyway, good fun arranging some figures around the doorway..... Looking through some refs it appears that the definition of the Electra door is too square and boxy. It's much more rounded and radiused at the corners. I marked up the centres for appropriate size drill bits.... .... and started drilling, As you can see I'm still a bit nervous about staying inside the lines Well, it's a lot easier taking more off rather than adding it back on again! I got there with the aid of a half round needle file, All I gotta do now is fabricate a new door, and hang it. I'm not happy with the big resin front piece glued to the cockpit floor. There is something wrong with the fit inside the fuselage. I'm going to try a different tack. The resin unit is already removed from the floor and I'll fix it in position such that the fuselage sides are happy to join, and the shortened floor panel will then (be made to) fit to it. I'm calling it Plan B.
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