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Jon Bryon

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  1. The latest issue of SAM popped through my letterbox this morning. In the editorial, Chris Meddings announces it's his last issue and is moving on. There's no mention of who's going to take the reins.

     

    A shame, I think, as I liked what Chris was doing (although I was a Gary Hatcher fan as well). Anyone heard who might be his replacement?

     

    Jon

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  2. Thanks all :)

     

    33 minutes ago, zebra said:

    I had been waiting for them to come out with one of the later versions before buying one but my resolve is weakening now!

     

    Yes, an HH-43B/F would be great. However, there appears to be very, very little commonality between them and the early piston-powered Huskies. As far as I can tell, a turbine powered 'Pedro' would need an entire new fuselage, engine and tail. Since it would be basically a new kit, I've no idea if AMP intend to release one, but maybe if they sold enough of these they'd consider it!

     

    Cheers

     

    Jon

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  3. Hello all,

     

    This is my latest finished model, AMP's HUK-1 Huskie in 1/48. It's the most fun I've had building a model in a long time. There's no aftermarket and I only made some small changes to better reflect this particular airframe. Paint is Mr Color 365 and the decals are from the kit (although I replaced the national insignia).

     

    It's a tiny model (excluding the rotors, about the size of a 1/72 WWII fighter) with lots and lots of parts. The close-ups show a much rougher finish than I would like, although in real life it looks pretty smooth.

     

    Comments welcome and a full build article is at https://jonbryon.com/amp-1-48-kaman-huk-1-huskie/

     

    Jon

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  4. You're right that operational RN markings for the FG.1 in 1/48 are very, very hard to come by. I'd have been very happy with the kit decals, but I've got an FG.1 in a special boxing and have been unable to find any aftermarket for a bog-standard 892 aircraft. I've had to settle for an Aeromaster sheet with a 700P example.

     

    RAM Models make this sheet with an eye-watering price of almost £25: https://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/ram-decals-148-early-british-mcdonnell-douglas-phantoms--48001-83748-p.asp

     

    Jon

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  5. On 9/6/2020 at 9:10 AM, ckw said:

    For me the collection is more important than the sum of the parts, and a constant scale is an important factor.

     

     

     

    Me too, except I'm exclusively 1/48.

     

    Jon

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  6. 3 hours ago, Space Ranger said:

    I have one in the stash, an initial release (kit number RR4803002). I haven't looked at it in a while, but I can tell you it is excellent quality and extremely accurate. I provided AIM with most of the basic information on the kit, including official Cessna materials. I'll drag it out and take some photos for posting here.

    Thanks for the reply. Any photos would be much appreciated.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jon


  7. I have a very rigidly defined collection that was started by reading Jonathan Mock's article in SMI on the then-new Airfix 1/48 Buccaneer in 1994 when I was 16. Until then I'd built 1/72 aircraft and 1/35 armour on an ad hoc basis, but the Bucc became the first in a collection that endures to this day. The rules are:

     

    1. 1/48 only

    2. Aircraft only (fixed wing or rotary)

    3. Must be manned (i.e. no drones)

    4. Must be in military markings

    5. Must have been operational (no prototypes, experimental, etc.)

    6. Must have been operational after WWII (i.e. 1946 onwards)

    7. Do not build the same designation of aircraft more than once (e.g. I've built an A-4L so I will not build another, although I have made the A-4B/C/E/F/H/K/M)

    8. The USCG is excluded (a completely arbitrary decision)

     

    This has led to a current collection of 142 completed models (displayed here) and a stash of 170, which is quite reasonable, I think, as at current build rates I can finish them all by the time I'm 67. It also leads to a surprisingly limited selection of kits to buy from. I pretty much have everything out there that I would want - the only item on my wishlist is an Italeri Wessex - although there are about 20 kits that have been announced that I'll buy once they're released. I've also put a stop to buying very large 1/48 models (one C-130 is enough for me; I don't need more) but if I came into significant money I would get the HPH B-52 or B-36.

     

    Jon


  8. MAI was reprinting articles from previous issues well before BG became editor. Admittedly they were usually preview articles, but that and the fact the content had become so thin were still the main reasons I stopped subscribing in 2019. 

     

    Jon


  9. 9 minutes ago, Shorty84 said:

    Hi Jon,

     

    well, your "failure" looks better than my best efforts :D One suggestion regarding the stand, how about a clear acrylic trestle as Ken did for his An-124? Correctly positioned it could cure the tail-heaviness too:

    I admire that you painted all the markings, something I'm drawn into more and more too. I guess you did all the masks yourself?

     

    Cheers

    Markus

     

    I am going to have a simple stand. It's too big for a display cabinet, so it will sit on top and get dusty, but still be on show :)
     

    Yes, I did design all the masks myself. I use Inkscape to draw them and then a Silhouette cutter to make them.

     

    Thanks

     

    Jon

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  10. On 8/13/2020 at 6:18 PM, JohnT said:

    I do feel for you though as I watched an almost finished 1/48 C-130 try a maiden flight off the work top to disassemble itself on the hard landing and not necessarily into the parts Italeri designed. That really was beyond salvage. 

     

    It was actually the Italeri 1/48 C-130 that put me off big kits! I built one (an AC-130) in 1996. When I finished it the fuselage centreline seam split due to the weight of the wings and the insufficient wing spar...

     

    Jon

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  11. 1 hour ago, SAT69 said:

    Steve 27752 you are awesome! Your question prompted me to check the Scale Aircraft Conversions web site (They make metal landing gear.) and their set 48068 is designed for this kit.

     

    32 minutes ago, t15dja said:

    Oh John, please don't throw it away! That is a fantastic kit....a true work of art!

    You can buy some replacement metal landing gear....or convert it into an on-water diorama or something.....or send it to me and I'll do it! 😁

     

    19 minutes ago, JohnT said:

    What the guys are saying above :ditto:

     

    Its way too nice a model to have an ignominious fate. As they say there are options. One not suggested so far is do a diorama base of fairly still water as in her being moored up perhaps. 
     

    Actually the stand isn’t such a bad idea either as you get to see more of the underside.
     

    Perhaps one in robust clear perspex or similar. I know it’s a sickener when something like this happens but it looks very fixable and possibly even something you might turn to advantage. I do feel for you though as I watched an almost finished 1/48 C-130 try a maiden flight off the work top to disassemble itself on the hard landing and not necessarily into the parts Italeri designed. That really was beyond salvage. 

     

    Thank you all for your kind words and concern over the model's fate!

     

    There are several factors here at play:

     

    1. It's huge, to the point where I'm going to struggle to get it even through the loft hatch were I to store it. 

    2. It's very heavy - about 500g. That doesn't sound a lot, but it is!

    3. It's immensely fragile. I cannot replace the gear because I can't remove what's there without breaking a lot of other stuff. I wouldn't be able to get replacement gear in either...

    4. It's a tailsitter - despite an awful lot of steel and lead in the front fuselage (I even stuffed that big football antenna with liquid gravity).

    5. SAC gear is made from soft white metal with a tendency to deform over time.

     

    My wife agrees that I shouldn't bin it, so I think I'll find a way of making a stand for it to sit on on top of the display cases :)

     

    Cheers

     

    Jon

     

     

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