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  1. Now if I had my thinking head on, I really ought to take that seat/floor assembly and mould it as is .... it would then be a one-piece casting and not 14 x separate seats and a floor to assembly. Thanks for all the comments on these past couple of pages by the way everybody, much appreciated.
  2. Just for a comparison, I temporarily tacked the port wing engines and overwing nacelles in position, and did the same with the starboard wing but using the kit engines. As mentioned previously, the inboard overwing section extends back towards the trailing edge by a couple of milimetres more, and the outboard ones by maybe 3 or 4mm, and they also finish to a sharper 'point'. The locating tab on the port wing is also trimmed so that it does not interfere with the seats when they are installed. The wing trailing edges are massively thick (as are the aileron ones) but I will sort those out later as I have now also decided to drop the flaps for a bit more visual interest. In the cabin portion of the fuselage, the 'corner' junction where the floor meets the sides was Dremelled out a little to make sure that the new floor/seat assembly fits properly. Have also included a front view of the port wing, to campare with the standard kit starboard one. A strip of 0.5mm plasticard was marked out as the new cabin floor, and the seats glued in position. They are all spaced evenly but one thing worth noting is that the spacing for them is slightly more than the even spacing of the side windows, so the seats do NOT line up evenly with each window, something which is quite noticeable on side photo's of Herons. The small light blue object is a piece of loose tooling block with a chamfer on it the same angle as the seat backs, just as an aid to getting all the seats leaning back at the same angle when being fixed in position. Did a dry-run of placing the floor assembly inside the fuselage, just to check that it fits. All hunky dory so far, quite happy with that.
  3. The resin is Sika Biresin G26, easy to use and very little smell to it. To make the patterns/masters you can use pretty much anything. The seat master is a modified kit seat out of the spares box (plastic) and the engine master is a canibalised and heavily modified engine out of the Heron kit, with pieces of tooling block (or tooling board) grafted on in places. The decals arrived last week, and fortunately enough they are just the job, very pleased!
  4. Huh? I have no involvement, and never had any kind of connection with that range of products. They are nothing to do with me.
  5. As a bit of a follow on from my recently finished Boeing 720 'Led Zeppelin' model, I decided to keep things non-military again and build something that I have really wanted to do for a very, VERY long time. This goes back to when I was a very young lad, and was memorable for me bacause it was the very first time that I ever flew in an aeroplane, which was quite an event for me at the time of course, and I can still remember how much I enjoyed it. I was very much into aircraft and model building even then, and since then have always toyed with the idea of building the first aircraft I flew in. The occasion was our first family holiday 'overseas' back in the early 70's, which was to Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and we flew out of Norwich Airport (formerly RAF Horsham St Faith) in my home City. The aircraft in question is the DH 114 Heron of 'Channel Airways' and the kit is the jolly old 1/72 Airfix one. The one I shall be building is G-AXFH, pic in the link below. As a bit of a side-note, the picture below states it is taken at Southend (Channel Airways were based out of Southend) but myself and a friend of mine, Mike H, have a slight doubt about that, and the pic may 'possibly' be taken at Norwich Airport instead. We are still looking into that .... https://www.airteamimages.com/de-havilland-heron_G-AXFH_channel-airways_180161_large.html Being of a certain vintage of course, the 1/72 Airfix kit is obviously not state-of-the-art as of today, so things will be changed/modified/scratchbuilt, and some of the things that will need attention are: Exterior airframe surface: All detail will be removed and rescribed. The interior: There isn't one .... . There are two very basic cockpit seats and instrument panel (no control columns) and pretty much nothing in the passenger cabin, so all 14 seats will be cast in resin and added. Transparencies: Cockpit canopy is of the wrong type for the aircraft I am building (it has the bulged section that protrudes above the fuselage) so this will need modifying. Fuselage windows look to be pretty accurate size-wise, but the corners are too 'square' and should be more rounded, and the clear window mouldings have horrible sink-marks/dimples from the moulding process, so these will be changed. Landing light needs adding under the wing. Also the small square windows on the starboard side of the fuselage and port side passenger entry door, aft of the main passenger windows, are slightly too small and too low. They should be the same centre height as the main windows. Wheels/undercarriage: Kit has the retractable type undercarriage which is wrong for the aircraft I need, so will be changed to the fixed non-retractable type. Wheels are horrible and will be changed. Engines/overwing nacelle fairings: Engines look very basic, small intakes on them are very non-descript 'lumps' and the intake at the front, below the prop hub, is too small. The overwing nacelle fairings do not extend back far enough towards the trailing edge of the wing. The inboard ones need to extend back maybe a couple of millimetres, and the outboard ones maybe around 3mm or so. New engines and overwing fairings will be cast in resin. Wing tips: Need to be squared off. Fin/rudder: Again, the one in the kit is wrong for the aircraft I am building. The rudder will be modified into the taller, 'pointier' type, and it and the fin tip will not have the characteristic bulge on them as per the kit one. No doubt there will be other odds and ends that need sorting along the way too .... Have made an initial start on some of the modifications, and the pic below shows the new overwing nacelle fairings, the 14 passenger seats for the cabin and also the new engines, all cast in resin. With the engines, I added a finely finned section just inside the intake mouth to hopefully simulate the appearance of an engine cylinder/barrel, although it is not really visible in the pic. Hopefully should be more apparent with a drop of paint on it. As we are now travelling back in time to the 1970's, any references to Kipper Ties, Flares, Glam Rock, The Double Deckers, Tiswas, Spangles, Corona, Space Hoppers and Raleigh Choppers are not only tolerated they are positively encouraged. 'Jumpers for goalposts ......'
  6. Right oh, that's good enough for me, much appreciated, thanks for the input ...... . I will be popping an order into Nick's website a.s.a.p. This will be a 1/72 DH Heron, in Channel Airways markings. Unfortunately the only decals available in this livery are in 1/144 only (CA144-157) which is a little frustrating to be perfectly honest ...... This is the scheme I intend to do, below: https://www.airteamimages.com/de-havilland-heron_G-AXFH_channel-airways_180161.html However, I have been messing around with, and faffing about with, pics of decal sheets, scaling up and scaling down pics and drawings etc online for a couple of days now, and I think I have solved the problem. The wording Channel Airways in Black above the fuselage side windows 'should' be of the correct size/height/length on sheet No. CA144-095 for the Viscount, and the wording Channel Airways in White surrounded in Black on the fin/rudder 'should' be of the correct size/height/length on sheet No. CA144-108 for the HS 748. A bit convoluted I know, to use two separate 1/144 decal sheets to achieve a few 1/72 words, but it would save me getting all wrapped up in clear decal film sheets, printers, scaling up, scaling down, mis-printing several times, lots of swearing etc etc ..... and generally getting annoyed possibly. You probably get the idea. If it works out, then good, but if it does not, well ......
  7. Funny thing is ..... in most of the pics I have posted, the cockpit main windows and 'eyebrow' windows above the cockpit look totally Black, but in reality they are the kit clear transparencies and not Black at all. The cockpit interior is painted in that colour though, which is giving the transparencies the impression of being that one colour. Which is really, REALLY annoying ...... took so much time to mask up those tiny transparent segments on the clear cockpit section ......
  8. Thank you! ...... but not quite as cool as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John-Paul Jones ...... inside that 'plane ...... in the '70's.
  9. As most of the previous finished pics are taken from above/high-level, here's a few more mostly from a lower down perspective.
  10. Will be starting a new project in the very near future and it looks as if I will need a couple of decal sheets from the Classic-Airlines.com decal range. Been on Hannants site to see if they stock them but it looks as if they do not do so (Hannants are reasonably close to me, so usually get my specialised stuff from them in person at the warehouse). Classic-Airlines do have an ordering facility direct from their website, so looks as if I will need to go that route instead. Are they reasonably efficient/reliable/prompt to order from, is basically what I need to know? Obviously I have never ordered from them before, so just asking, as it were. Or alternatively, are there other recommended stockists I could order their decals from? http://www.classic-airlines.com/airliner-decals.html Thanks for any help/suggestions.
  11. Unfortunately that is not N7224U 'Caesars Chariot'. Thank you.
  12. Oops, sorry Matt, I missed that question! As Romeo Alpha Yankee says, there is a link at the beginning of this thread to the In Progress build, showing the resin engines.
  13. Things like props I leave loose so they can simply be be pushed on/off the model because they tend to get broken when fixed, the same goes for open canopies and speedbrakes (F-15, F-18 etc) they simply clip or balance in place when displayed and removed when transporting them. Large, positionable tailplanes like F-15, F-18, Jaguar etc have their original mounting pins removed and replaced with lengths of metal rod or tube (brass, aluminium, steel or such) makes them stronger and can be fitted/removed for display or transportation. All the individual loose, fragile components fit into their own compartments cut into the deep sponge. Props, canopies, speedbrakes, tailplanes (and ordnance on some not shown etc) are far less likely to be damaged. The loose tailplanes actually fit into slits cut into the foam.
  14. Spot the Boeing 720 ...... now packed in it's box with my other most recent build the 1/48 Fairey Albacore, and with the other built models I have decided to take to the show tomorrow. Just need the upper layers of protective foam placing in the boxes, and taping up, and putting in the car. Should be a good show by all accounts.
  15. A very small one ... . This goes back to when I was only a very, very young lad, and was the first time that I ever flew in an aircraft, for years I have had a sneaky intention to actually build it. I need to dig around and find the exact date, but I think it would of been around 1969/70/71 (.... ish) kind of time frame, it was a holiday flight from Norwich to Jersey, in the Channel Islands, on a de Havilland Heron flying with Channel Airways. Had a tentative dig around and I think it may of been the fixed undercarriage type. I have the 1/72 Airfix Heron ready and waiting for when I do make a start on it. Hope the link works, it is probably one similar to this below (could even be the one .... who knows!!). https://www.planepictures.net/v3/show_en.php?id=832963 There are decals for a Channel Airways de Havilland Heron ...... unfortunately in 1/144, and not 1/72 though.
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