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  1. Hopefully in June - two factors delayed it; covid-19 plus sheer volume, It has involved casting some 15,0000 individual resin parts and that takes a long time!
  2. A 1:48 version is in the pipeline - using CAD it is simple to do other scales.
  3. While waiting for the Argus castings (of which there are hundreds being produced) I wrapped up another project which was in progress at the time of my wife's death, some seven years ago. One major advantage was that we can now produce all the master parts in house using a MSLA (masked stereo lithography) 3D resin printer. This is the first printer I have seen which builds without leaving steps between layers. Anyway here are some screen shots of the completed CAD model, equipped with SNEB pods. General view of the model. The cabin top is cast in transparent resin and includes sockets for the wings, to give a stronger construction for a high-wing aircraft. Those cylinders have individual fins which are 125 microns thick. The Matra pods under the wings have separate SNEB rocket heads supplied to simplify the painting. Cabin top and right wing removed to show interior - instrument panel is based on an actual aircraft
  4. Firstly, the decal sheet shown was a sample of the artwork. Just looking back at the decal artwork above, is says above the graphic "He has sent this scan of the preliminary design for our information - thanks Mike." - to quote from an email from Mike Belcher on Friday last "they are available as BD-34, price $19.99". Yes a 1:144 version is worth considering, but I want to get this one out, plus a 144 Valiant B2 plus other subjects first. I will certainly look at this seriously though.
  5. I have checked with Mike Belcher and he said "they are available as BD-34, price $19.99 and they will be fully illustrated on my website this weekend." I have also spoken to Hannants and they also plan on stocking them. I hope to see the Argus out in March. 22 Feb 2020
  6. tnuag

    Airways vacform moulds

    The Airways moulds were offered to us some years ago but I declined. Aircraft In Miniature did acquire moulds and tools from these ranges: - Skyland Models - Contrail - Formaplane - Blue Rider - Rug Rat Resins Hannants acquired moulds and tools from these ranges: - Rareplane - Airwaves - Aviation Workshop (or something like that name) Combat acquired the Magna moulds and tools. Sanger also obtained some of the Contrail moulds That is all I can remember.
  7. We produce a set of laser printer decals for Loftleidir Icelandic Airlines - I did these because the CL-44J was built by Canadair for and at the request of Loftleidir mainly for North Atlantic services. When the aircraft entered service it reportedly had a greater passenger capacity than the 707 at the time. This is the general arrangement drawing: And this is the instruction sheet - We also include Loftleidir decals for a set of Heston steps. Both decals and steps are available from Hannants and here are the links: Decals: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72090 Heston steps: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/GE72010 I hope this helps and that you are enjoying the build.
  8. Progress Report This conversion has taken a long time and I know many people are patiently waiting. The good news is that the last set of masters are due to be built this coming weekend (1/2 Feb 2020) and unless I decide to change something this is the parts count: Clear resin......................9 parts Resin............................106 parts Cast metal....................31 parts Etched brass.....................1 fret TOTAL PARTS................147 So as soon as the parts are cast (and there are thousands of them) they will be packed and delivered. All I have to do now is finish the instructions. So it isn't far away now !!!! The weapons bay packs have already been delivered to Hannants.
  9. The aft end of the nacelle has flat sides to fit into the wing leading edge by around a quarter inch and have to match the Mach 2 Britannia nacelles. The nacelles have all been cast. However I agree with your comments - I will see what needs to be done.
  10. They were alpes printed, but I may have had to do a few on white decal paper.
  11. Currently in suspended animation because I have been too busy with DC-7, Canadair and Viscount conversions, but it is not forgotten. The plan is only to do it in 1:72 and 1:48 as sales in the other scales do not justify the tooling costs. I hope the Canadair Argus will be out in about a month, and the next two are intended to be the Mandator and then the DH86 Express, but things can change !!!!!
  12. Not until the Argus is finished. That is a big conversion.
  13. MAJOR MASTERS ARRIVE I have just received the SLA masters for the forward fuselage and am delighted with them. These are just as they came off the build, so there is still work to do on them. Anyway here are a few photos. The Argus nose mounted on the Mach 2 Britannia centre section The contours of the Argus nose Weapons bay parts Revised MAD boom Kit fin interface
  14. There were three BAF colour schemes: 1 - Similar to the American Eastern Airlines 'hockey stick'. 2 - White upper half of fuselage and dark blue lower half with diagonal black-yellow-black stripes across the white fuselage and fin. 3 - Red, white and blue colours with red and blue pinstripes on the edge of the dark blue lower fuselage and sweeping up the fin & rudder. Which is the preferred livery for a decal sheet ?
  15. Yes, the first six decal sets are already available from Hannants. They are (with links to Hannants site): British European Airways (BEA) Vickers Viscount 701 - Delivery scheme - circa 1953 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72070 British European Airways (BEA) Vickers Viscount 802 - Delivery scheme - circa 1957 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72071 British European Airways (BEA) Vickers Viscount 701 - Red Square scheme - circa 1960 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72072 British European Airways (BEA) Vickers Viscount 802 - Red Square scheme - circa 1960 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72073 Cambrian Airways Vickers Viscount 806 - Circa 1972 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72074 Northeast Airlines (UK) Vickers Viscount 806 - Circa 1972 - https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/TWL72075 I agree that BAF would be a good choice, plus I plan on doing Central African Airways, Air Rhodesia and South African Airways when time permits. Other suggestions are always welcome. I normally try to cover all the airlines which bought the type from new, but this is difficult with the Viscount because so many airlines bought them.
  16. FIRST MASTERS PRODUCED For interest, here are some pictures of the masters for the engine, MAD boom and radomes. First glance As with the DC-7 conversion there is the option of open or closed gills on the engines, and with the gills open the power recovery tutbine housings and rocker box covers of the rear cylinders are visible. The oil cooler matrix is also visible and the breakdown of parts is intended to give the easiest access to this matrix and the engine for painting or detailing. The large radome is the Mk.1 and the slimmer radome is the Mk.2. Test Rings These were produced to confirm that the cross section of the conversion parts match the Mach 2 fuselage before the full full front and rear fuselage are produced..
  17. CANADAIR CP-107 ARGUS DECALS Belcher Bits of Canada are producing a decal sheet (which is printed by Microscale). The Argus conversion will not contain any decals as Mike Belcher is far better qualified to do this subject. He has sent this scan of the preliminary design for our information - thanks Mike.
  18. UPDATE The design of the MAD boom is finished and here are some screen shots: Left front 3/4 exploded view Left rear 3/4 exploded view MAD boom assembled And now the rear fuselage is in work.
  19. LATEST UPDATE - ENGINES AND PROPELLERS DESIGN COMPLETE Here are some screen grabs of the engines. Left front 3/4 view of complete power plant with gills open - a closed gill ring is also supplied. Left rear 3/4 view of complete power plant with gills open - it also shows the plug which locates in the front of the nacelle of the Mach 2 Britannia.. Right front 3/4 view of complete power plant with the cowling removed - this makes painting the engine details much easier. Left front 3/4 view of complete power plant with the cowling removed - there is only one exhaust and power recovery turbine on the right side of each nacelle. Right front 3/4 view of complete power plant complete with propeller - the dark grey section to the right represents the Mach 2 Britannia nacelle. Only the design of the rear fuselage and MAD boom now remains, so the kit is getting close!
  20. Thanks for the offer of help Mark - it is always useful. To answer your questions, yes it will have have transparent resin parts for the windows, canopy, nose and searchlight housing and by coincidence I have just mastered the searchlight (see below). Availability of Mach 2 Britannia kit - The Britannia kit has been issued in six versions (different decal sheets) and Hannants currently have five of these versions in stock. It will not be issued with transfers because Mike Belcher (Belcher Bits) is planning on issuing a comprehensive decal sheet. Anyway, here are the screen shots: Searchlight
  21. The weapons bays are now complete. A typical weapons bay Upper front 3/4 view Lower 3/4 view Three areas remain to be done: - Rear fuselage - Engines - Searchlight on starboard wing. None of which are particularly complicated. The most difficult part of this model were the instrument panels. where it could take a full day to do a panel 15mm long ! Overall it has been fun though..................
  22. Argus forward weapons bay The rear bay is similar.
  23. ARGUS PROGRESS The interior design is now complete and these screen shots show the final design. Interior with left fuselage half removed (with Mk 1 radome - mk 2 will also be supplied) The Pilots positions and instrument panel The Flight Engineer's position and panel The next part is the weapons bays. I have decided not to do a further interior detail set as it will barely be visible and SLA masters are very good, but very expensive. We did some tests to see how well the detail would build and here are two photos of the test pieces: Lower Middle Flight Engineer's Panel Remember that this panel is only 8mm wide. Pilots' Instrument Panel This panel is 27mm wide
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