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Colin W

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  1. Wings fitted. This instructions actually say "dihedral height is 28mm at the wing tips so us a Humbrol tin to get this correct" Can't argue with that! Colin
  2. Wow I didnt realise the French even flew 190's! Did they use them in SEA.
  3. No kidding. I took the information from 'X Planes of Europe" by Tony Buttler. The control column was replaced by 'moveable arm rests that allowed the pilot to control the aircraft with his elbows'. The primary adantage 'was the increased visibility of the instrument panel'. The idea was taken up by North American Aviation and evolved into the side stick controller for the F-107 then the X-15 and ultimately the modern side stick HOTAS controls used in everything from Airbus to the F-16. Fantastic stuff Colin
  4. Excellent little subject. Although its American it looks like it should be French!
  5. Well now I've had a KUTA from the mods so here's an update on the Grognard 11. In my last post I was awaiting a canopy from @Norman in Australia. This arrived at the start of September and is very much appreciated. This will be a massive help and really shows the power of these hobby forums for supporting each other. I have finished the cockpit and secured it into the fuselage. The red 'arm rests' are actually the aileron/elevator controls and the silver levers infront are the throttle and weapons control. One of the unique featuers of the Grognard is the absence of a control column. The pilot actually flying with his elbows. Old NZ 20c coins are secured behind the cockpit over the nose wheel for the nose weight. I had issues with the superglue not making a strong joint between the plastic and resin. (Maybe because the contact areas are too small). I decided to reinforce the wheel bays by adding Milliput sausages between the resin and fuselage sides. That done I joined up the fuselage. Colin
  6. Yes but only because my wings weren't drooping!
  7. Le ouff to see you building another one of these. Good to see you cracking on with the Eggwaffe and plenty of egg yokes for you to poach yet.
  8. I built this kit many years ago after I passed my PPL inone. Soon after finishing though wings started to droop. You should consider adding a spar into each before you assemble them. Look forward to seeing yourfinal scheme. P'S no engine visible but you need it to locate the propeller.
  9. A very ambitious project. I'm sure you can make a good job of this so I'll be watching.
  10. Colin W

    B-52 H

    Takes me back to RIAT RAF Fairford 1987. A sedate SAC Bomber formation flyby along the runway by B-52, KC-135 and FB-111 was photobombed by a Vulcan taking off and climbing through the formation at 45' then doing a wingover and decending into the formation from above. All accompanied by the roar of 4 RR Olympus's at full throttle and 5,000 car alarms going off. Happy days! That 1/144 B-52 looks to have much better detail than either the 1/100 or 1/72 ones I have built in the past. Look forward to watching the build. Colin
  11. I've heard great things about these Kintic Harriers and now I have 4 of various marks in the stash I decided I'd better build one. This is the GR3 which will be RAF Germany in the mid 80's scheme. 'Everything looks good in camo wrap' Hopefully it will provide a balance to my Fonduri Miniature Grognard in the French Fancy GB. Starting soon. Colin
  12. Some progress on the Grognard. The detail Fonduri put into the resin makes up for the poor overall fit but does motivate you to do a good job. Here is the cockpit. Seat and instrument panel are separate to the main tub. Note the Grognard has no control column but uses 2 arm rests, moulded into the side panel. It seems like the first use of HOTAS but without the stick! She's a bit plane! I started to fettle a canopy but @Norman in Australia has a spare so hopefully I will get a real one soon. Colin
  13. That's an understatement! They sure produced some unique looking machines. I think the SNCASO SE100 was the most esoteric of all the French prototypes but we have not been graced with a 1/48 kit yet.
  14. Late start for this as it took longer than planned to finish the 'Unarmed GB' but I plan to honour the esoteric French Aviation Industry with this splendid machine which really could only be French. Intake in the fuselage spine, retractable rocket pack, superimposed engines, full width flaps and slats and no control column merely add to the character. Derived from the Grognard 1 as a ground attack fighter, the 11 had a longer nose and canopy giving a snake like air to it. First flight was in 1950 but the 2 prototypes lost the fly off competition with the Vaotour and were both scrapped. I bought this in about 2004 when first released. As a French kit of a French aircraft in French service we should be OK for eligability. Of course being a Fondurie Minature I know it will be a challenge. So here's the box, still sealed from the factory..... Inside the box I have 2 big sprues, a bag of white metal undercarriage, a few bags of resin undercarriage bays, wheels and cockpit. All looks jolly nice, apart from the half printed ejection seat decals. Reasonable instructions and US customer feedback form complete the contents. Only the cockpit canopy missing then!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmm, Good old Fonderi Miniature. According to a 2003 review on Hyperscale, there were 2 canopies in the review kit so if anyone built this and has a spare please drop me a line.. Colin
  15. Looking forward to seeing this finished in the 11th hour. Love your Wombles mug!
  16. Dont worry. Like many on here I build aeroplanes but at model show I love to look at the figures and dioramas which have some real interest in them.
  17. And now for something completly different... Bristol Bloodhound Resin and white metal kit in 1/48 scale Here is Bristols most famous venture into the rocket age. I've had this in the stash since at least 2002 so I decided this GB was a good time to get this built. In fact I've had this kit so long I cant remember the manufacturer . Neither the box nor the instructions (single page of A4 with an exploded view) name the manufacturer. Even Scalemates have no record of this kit so if you can remind me then I'd appreciate it. The missile is mainly resin with the booster nozzles in pewter. The launcher is totally white metal so consequently the finished model is quite stable. Quite a lot of detail is missing from the kit and the missile support is totally wrong. I made some modifications around the base of the missile and added the very conspicuous piping. No decals are provided so although the examples in the Swiss and Singapore air Force Museums have warnings, neither the Duxford or Point Cook examples do so I decided to leave it plain. Quite a simple build of a quite unique subject. Overall it took a longer time than necessary due to trying to finish my Andover in the Unarmed GB. Thanks to @rob85 for moderating and for the original idea. More pictures here in the Build log Colin
  18. Well a big push over the last few days saw the decals, aerials and other minor parts added so I'm declaring this finished, 3 days before the deadline. This has been a long but very enjoyable build and I am very happy with the final result. The kit was very comprehensive and the support to get some more markings was superb. A glimpse of the main interior. Radar altimeter squares on the otherwise all black underside. A very enjoyable build of the local plane here in Andover. Thanks to all those who commented during the build and to Brad for the GB idea. Colin
  19. 1/48 scale Hawker Siddeley Andover CC1 One Man Model. 3D printed kit This is my first 3D printed kit so was a bit of a learning curve. A lot time was spent in parts preparation sanding down the squared off surfaces. No instructions were included as these are downloadable from the internet, but otherwise the kit was very comprehensive. A full interior is included with an excellent cockpit, flight engineers station and a full set of paratroop seats along each side. Brass rod, plastic strip and bamboo rods are included along with wet and dry paper and a comprehensive set of stickers. Not decals, stickers. Options include open and closed access doors and cargo ramp as well as standing and kneeling main under carriage legs. Most parts had a rough sheen to them but the worst were the propellers which were quite lumpy! Some parts still needed to come from the parts bin. I used the stickers as masks so all numbers and lettering is actually painted on. National Insignia and rescue arrows are decals from stock. More pictures in the Build Log here Build Log Thanks to @Brad for moderating and running the GB. To Dave Stewart in New Zealand for thr definitive camouflage pattern and Thanks to @Romeo Alpha Yankee and others for the comments along the build. It was a long journey but the motivation to hit the deadline kept me going! Colin
  20. First gloss coat of varnish added and national Insignia. Still a fair few bits to be added!
  21. Well some say it;s all in the preparation so here is where I am now. Final paint came out really well and the stickers used as masks idea worked well, so the stripped down model looks like this. Next step will be a coat of Future and application of the decals. Outer wings are removable for ease of storage and transport! Gloss finish next and then decals and final detail. Colin
  22. You could make a movie 'Herbie crosses the Channel'.
  23. Cracking along now Stone masked and dark earth applied. Masked again for the black Gloss black mixed with a bit of German grey for the undersides and deicing boots done with Mr Colour 125 Cowling colour. Big un-mask later....
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