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224 Peter

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  1. My kit of the Morgan Plus 8 is finished. The build story is here... 1. From the Side, bonnet and doors open: note the pistons in the engine: they move when the engine is running! 2. the dashboard: quite realistic. 3. From the Front 4. From the back: the "spare" wheel is the winder for the rubber band driven motor. 15 full turns gives the car enough power for about a 12 feet/3m run. 5. Underneath Construction uses no adhesive, no painting. The parts are laser cut in birch plywood, pushed out and assembled using either 2mm wooden dowels through pre-cut holes, or tabs and slots. Some lubrication is needed, and also some sanding as the there is no margin for rough edges, etc. Even so assembly needs strong fingers. Overall and excellent "kit", if not really a scale model. It looks like a Morgan, capturing all the essential features of the 2012 to 2018 Plus 8 bodied Aero chassis at the front, mated to a traditional 4 seater at the rear. No such car exists, so it is really a "what iff" representation. The UGears kits are fun, I plan another!!
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    A Different Morgan Model

    I found another photo, with the original registration, rather than the one I have now!
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    A Different Morgan Model

    Over the weekend I made good progress.... it is starting to look just like a Morgan. This shot shows the "motor", 16 elastic bands that are wound through 15 complete turns. The gearbox is on the left, three speeds: reverse, neutral and forward, all selected by the gear lever between the seats! The picture also shows how the wings are attached, threaded over 2mm dowels (actually cocktail sticks!!) As a model it isn't very accurate, more a convincing representation of a Morgan. But as a build it is enormous fun, and almost addictive. The next post will be in "Ready For inspection"!!
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    A Different Morgan Model

    I couldn't stop, so this afternoon I completed the chassis and installed the floor and pedal box. The cog at the front of the chassis drives the engine, so the pistons all go up and down! The pedals do have a purpose, but I'm not sure exactly what they do. Between the seat bases is a lever that selects forward - neutral-reverse. From the underside the drive shaft is clear and the rear axle can be seen. The gear box is on the far side of the chassis. I've used less than 20% of the parts... a LOT more to do. Generally the fit is good...some sanding is required and lining up the chassis sides with all the various bits that have to fit precisely is a bit of fiddle. On to the engine!
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    A Different Morgan Model

    OK, Day 1..... 3 solid hours spent building. This "kit" is engineered more finely than a Wingnut Wings kit, great care is needed checking fit and making sure the very fine nibs that hold each piece to the fret are removed. It is crucial to follow the instructions step by step. They are clear and for each stage there is an image of the frets with the parts needed highlighted. The hardest part is tying elastic bands to the correct length, these provide the "spring" for the transmission controls. I've got to page 12 of 47.. This is what it looks like. It does look as in the illustration. A long way to go...but it is addictive... More tomorrow!
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    A Different Morgan Model

    Thanks everyone...after a plastic kit is is a bit daunting! I don't worry about exposing the car registration... the car is all over the web as it was the Morgan Motor Company Show car for 2014. Also, a lot of photos of it over on the 'Talk Morgan" Forum. They are rare... fewer than 60 in the UK, produced between 2013 and 2018. Mine is the only one in that colour. It is based on the Morgan Aero Supersport, but with a traditional body. 4.8L V8, 368bhp coupled to an auto box with paddle shift. So "quite quick". Underneath very modern, ABS, airbags, power steering, A/C, heated seats, DAB Bluetooth radio... First registered in April 2014 it has 38,000 miles on the clock. In the summer a daily drive,
  7. I built the Frog Beaufort back in the day and always rather liked it. A 1/48th new tool from Airfix would be wonderful, but highly unlikely as it is a bit of a niche aircraft with a less than stunning career and less than 2000 built in the UK and Australia.
  8. This is a section of Britmodeller where I'm not normally to be found, but a Christmas present from a demented relative gives me no choice but to report the build of a VERY unusual model. At the beginning, this is my car.... Yes, it is a 2014 Morgan Plus 8, with a 4.8L V8. I was bought a model which is supposed to end up like this ..... It has more than a passing resemblance. Opening the box I found this... Almost 500 parts, laser cut from birch ply. A stunning example of a CAD design and efficient layout of components. The 46 page assembly instructions are clear, no adhesive is used, just wooden dowels and rubber bands. In the end a working model, with three speed transmission, powered by 16 elastic bands. The motor also drives the B8, with working pistons. Steering and front suspension also work. This is a YouTube video of the finish car. Will my model work as well? Time will tell! I'll post reports along the way!
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    Blenheim I

    Looking good.. I had the pleasure of seeing the UK based one in flight and on the ground at the Goodwood Revival Meeting a few years ago. As the kit has those markings I'll be building it, even though the "restored" aircraft is more a Bolingbroke airframe with restored Blenheim Mk I nose section with its "stepless cockpit" than Mk 1 Blenheim! Some brilliant photos here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Warbirdapps/photos/?tab=album&album_id=872552412755500
  10. A working LED Map Light??? Curious to know, how much of the final model is Frog, How much is Airfix and how much is your own work?
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Michael, the two small round tubes protruding from the left side cowl below the first exhaust stub are clearly shown in the photo I posted above. This photo was taken in France in March/April 1940 and shows A/C G (serial unknown) flown by Paul Ritchie of No 1 Squadron RAF. The A/C had a 2 blade prop, so has to be a Mk 1. This suggests that Aero Detail is not correct..indeed it may be that these intakes were discontinued with the Mk II version?
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Another question about the nose of an early Hurricane... This photo is of Paul Richey of 1 Squadron on the nose of his beloved G, taken in France in the spring of 1940. Very clearly on the nose, below the exhaust manifold, are two small pipes. I've reviewed as many photos of the RHS nose of Hurricanes as I can find and some A/C have them, others have something like a small air intake and others have nothing. Can anyone tell me what purpose they serve and why they seem to have been deleted on later aircraft? I'm building a 1 Squadron Hurricane and they are absent from the kit. Thanks... Peter
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    Spitfire 22 "Vintage" Build

    Hi Sean, progress is being made... spraying allover silver is a pain, it shows up every micro blemish.....! Next job is to fix the U/C and take a couple of photos. Then transfer time! Working well...see my previous post!
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    All the Hurricane questions you want to ask here

    Notice the large black number 27 under the wing? No gun ports either and no patches evident. I wonder if this is a very early production model displayed at a pre-war air show?
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    Blenheim I

    I see what you mean about the canopy masks... think I'll get a set. The beauty of the mask is that it is easy to apply a coat of interior green first, visible from the inside, then the external colours. Looking forward to seeing more...