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John R

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  • Birthday 03/09/1941

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    Jets - Experimentals and prototypes

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  1. As it was issued around the same time as the 1/72 version it may contain the same errors. Have a look at this thread to see my journey through a 1/72 build
  2. I have had a quick look at my pictures of the Camel at Old Warden and there was not much evidence of staining possibly because it has only a small number of running hours and it is well looked after. The only trace I could find was some darkish areas on the underside of the lower wing. I'll see if I can get some pictures posted - a bit busy at the moment.
  3. Thank you - I should have thought of that. The J57 gave a rocket-like climb.
  4. Nice job on an interesting version of a really good kit. I built one with the kit decals many years ago. I found the colour scheme interesting. Is the blue the same as that used by the USN? If so could that a/c be one of the original protypes, which were blue. If so it would it not have the J40 engine with the smaller jetpipe?
  5. Have you got the camouflage pattern right? I ask because I built a Dragon F1 a few years ago and found, after the decals had been applied that the pattern was incorrect. I appreciate that yours is from a different manufacturer but if one can get it wrong...
  6. I once saw a review of a book called 'Night Fighter' which the reviewer referred to as''Nighter Fighter' and somebody remarked that a Nighter Fighter only went out on very dark nights. John
  7. Thank you. That stripe caused the air to turn blue a number of times! I got my kit off Ebay.
  8. This is the original version of the testbed used to verify the feasibilty of the Draken configuration. The later version had the cut back intakes used on the full size version. Although a simple kit the intake assemblies did not fit well and reshaping meant that much rescribing had to be done - not one of my favourite activities. I was not happy with the canopies provided. Both were too thin at the rear and I did not think that the shape was correct so replacements had to be made. John
  9. It's just down the road from me. I was allowed to crawl under it to see the underfuselage intake.
  10. I forgot to mention the additional inlet under the rear fuselage. I think that it was for cooling the jetpipe. Main post has been modified.
  11. This represents the Hunter used to capture the World Speed Record of 727mph off the South coast in 1953. It was the original prototype modified to have an afterburning engine with an inlet under the rear fuselage presumably for cooling, no guns, a pointed nose and a conical windshield mounted in front of the normal one. I started with a Revell kit and the Pavla modification kit but the latter was a source of problems and a lot of it was not used. A problem with it was that does not represent the a/c in the configuration used for the record flights nor is it correct for its current state as displayed at Tangmere. After the record flights the conical windshield was removed and the aft fuselage modified for experiments with the airbrake configuration and this is how it is at present. The Pavla kit represents this state but with the conical windshield but without any provision for fitting the original screen inside. It also has white decals for the underwing WB188 whereas they are now black (more of this later) The new tail was OK with a bit of fiddling but I did not get the nozzle in the correct place (my fault). It should protrude from the jetpipe. The replacement parts for the gun ports and the pointed nose did not fit but it was a fairly easy job to work around. The canopy presented a real problem as I was determined to build it with the conical extension in front of the original windscreen and ended up with cutting the conical section of the Pavla one and mounting it front of the Revell part. This was not helped by the Revell canopy being too wide. What I should have done, I think, was to have mounted the Revell screen and cut it to fit the Pavla canopy over it. It should be noted that WB188 has a shorter canopy than the production Hunter. It ended up with the Revell canopy being 'bodged' to shape, the conical section being fitted and the whole being sanded and then polished smooth. (why do we do this to ourselves?) After painting, Humbrol Gloss Red, and using Bare Metal Foil for the strip around the tailpipe I discovered a problem with decals. The underwing serials in the kit were white whereas the a/c, in its current state, has them in black. I posted a query on BM which generated much useful information and showed them to be white. Fine, until I discovered that the decals would have covered the main u/c doors on the a/c if they were that size. Big problem as you can't print white when you make your decals. What I did was to produce a decal of the correct with white letters on a red background and print it on a white decal sheet. This was then trimmed to remove any white around the edge and applied to the model. However this leaves a trace of white around the edge where the underlying white decal sheet can be seen so this is carefully brushed with a trace of red paint to hide it. The colour of the red background was determined by painting some white decal sheet with the paint used for the model and then scanning this into Photoshop. A test piece was then printed on the white decal sheet and then the colour adjusted until I was happy with the match. This was a lot easier than I feared it would be. Finally some pictures. I have a problem with white undercoat showing around the masking was. does anyone know a way of avoiding this. Also the red looks uneven. It isn't that bad in real life but I don't yet know if the problem is in the camera, Photoshop/monitor mismatch or the hosting site. Anyway I'm glad it's done. I have wanted one of these for along time. John Seen here with its original form
  12. Thank you for the prompt reply. That's the one I was looking for. I must bookmark it. I had looked in FAQs - couldn't have gone back far enough. John
  13. Mike, there was a post somewhere on BM about all the different photo hosting sites but now I can't find it (the old memory banks are not what they were). I seem to recall someone called Steve was the author and he hosted his own site. Can you tell me where it is please? Also while you are on the line, so to speak, Has Photobucket gone belly-up? It won't respond and pictures do not display on BM John
  14. Thank you for that, Melvin. For anybody following this saga I have managed to create some decals and am now engaged in trying to apply them to the various u/c doors. It might appear in RFI in the not too distant future if I don't get taken away by the men in white coats. What I did was to produce a decal with white letters on a red background and print it on a white decal sheet. This was then trimmed to remove any white around the edge and applied to the model. However this leaves a trace of white around the edge where the underlying white decal sheet can be seen so this is carefully brushed with a trace of red paint to hide it. The colour of the red background was determined by painting some white decal sheet with the paint used for the model and then scanning this into Photoshop. A test piece was then printed on the white decal sheet and then the colour adjusted until I was happy with the match. This was a lot easier than I feared it would be. John
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