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John R

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  1. Did you get the nose length right? The one specified in the kit is too long. Anyone building th kit should beware of this John
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    Heinkel He 162

    Thanks. I'll give them a try John
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    Heinkel He 162

    Does anybody have any information on the markings carried by the prototype? All I have is a 3/4 rear view picture showing the swastika on the tail and fuselage cross but no details of the wings John
  4. Trident wing fix? What was wrong with it? I had no trouble but then it was built before I contracted AMS and I was just happy to build things straight from the box without asking questions. John
  5. To those (anybody?) eagerly awaiting the follow up to my earlier on of the British protoypes in January apologies for the delay. I got involved in designing a website for the local branch of a national charity. With that, the P1040 and spring finally appearing in the garden the follow-up took a back seat. Anyway I hope you like them but first a consumer warning. Some go back a long way - hopefully my modelling skills have advanced in the meanwhile John First the Americans Douglas D558-I Skystreak Anigrand resin, not the best of kits. Tail surfaces were very inaccurate and replaced by scratch built items Douglas D558-II Skyrocket Anigrand resin, not terribly impressed with this kit either. A pity as it was one of my favourite a/c. One of my model club members recently produced the Hobbyboss version and it looked ‘right’ whereas mine doesn’t Bell X-1 Hobbycraft kit – awful decals and I didn’t dare attempt to paint the canopy! Lockheed F94C Starfire Emhar kit. I think that there is something not quite right about the nose of this kit. A pity as I used to think that this was a most impressive a/c and I really wanted to model it. Douglas Skyray - No it is not the prototype but it was one of the many weird and wonderful efforts of the US Navy in the fifties that culminated in the Phantom. Tamiya kit - Why can't everybody produce well moulded kits like this? Convair XFY-1 KP kit. Quite a nice but heavy panel lines and undersize decals North American F107 Trumpeter kit. This went together with little trouble except around the intake but for some reason I had dreadful trouble with the paint job. Don't look too closely (Oh yes you will won't you!) Then a grandchild broke the nose probe! I wish all Trumpeter kits were this good. McDonnell Douglas F15 Hasegawa kit. Went together well but kit was old when I got it and the decals were a nightmare to separate from the backing sheet This seems to be a problem with old Hasegawa kits Lockheed YF22 Dragon kit. Some problems with sink marks but otherwise OK Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF23 Italieri kit General Dynamics F16 XL Monogram. One of my most recent completions. The rear fuselage does not have the uptilt of the a/c. I also suspect the a/c wing may not be as simple as the one in the kit. I was unable to find anything to verify this. And now some Russians Yak 23 A simple KP kit. I didn’t know it was a prototype until recently I found a picture of it in the book ‘Early Soviet Jet Fighters’ Mig 1-44 Zvezda kit. First time I have made one of their kits and it went together well. Only real problem was that the colour scheme had the upper and lower colours reversed Su 37 Revell kit. Went together fairly well with a few issues with the fit on the front fuselage and around the intakes. It wasn’t clear (to me anyway) from the instructions how the boundary layer bleeds fitted and of course I got it wrong and had to correct it. And finally a French one SO Trident II Mach II kit.
  6. This started life as an Airfix Sea Hawk which came to a halt many years ago because I couldn't produce a white gloss finish. It hung around the workshop for a number of years being used as a test piece for paints, gradually losing bits until it occurred to me that it might be possible to convert it to the prototype configuration. Out came the painstripper to clean it up and then off to Barrie Hygate's book for reference. A few millimeters were cut out of the fuselage ahead of the wing and new tail feathers were constructed from sheet. The wingspan was shortened and the control surfaces rescribed. A new canopy was moulded (my first attempt at this - what fun that was!), new jetpipes were made from tube and new u/c covers made from sheet. Roundels came courtesy of the IPMS decal bank and the registration letters were home made. The strange 'thing' on the nose is a sighting reference is case pilots couldn't cope with sitting out at the front instead of being behind an engine. It was made from 5mm tube dipped in superglue to make the ball at the end P1040_1 by johnrieley, on Flickr P1040_2 by johnrieley, on Flickr John
  7. I was in a similar position a few years ago. The father of one of my daughter's friends died suddenly and I was offered his stash as the family had no idea of the value and just did not want to see it go to waste. Alas it was all 'armour', not my scene, but I reckoned it might be worth a bob or two so I sold it for them on E-Bay. What I learned was that people seemed to wary of new sellers. There was hardly any interest in the first kit but once I got positive feedback the rest went with no trouble. John
  8. I built one of these from the Kopro kit a couple of years ago I thought that whilst accurate in overall shape there were a lot of problems. The wing section looked so thick and blunt that it might have been more at home on a Typhoon (the WW2 variety). The fin seemed far too thick. I spent so much time thinning wings and fin that I wondered if scratch building might have been a better option. John
  9. I built one of these a while ago and endorse your comments. I was so pleased with mine I rushed to get their Sea Vixen...
  10. Lost in admiration. I saw the real thing at Monino this summer - what a mighty beast! I appreciate your problems as I have some of their other stuff, an Su 15Tm, an La 250 and a Sukhoi T-49. They are going to keep me busy for a long time John
  11. The FD1? at first sight it looks lovely - all crisply moulded with nice but slightly deep surface detaill but... It ain't the right shape according to Barrie Hygate's book but looks about right when assembled. The most obvious is the tailcone which is far too large according to any photos I have seen and the tail parachute housing resembles one of the rocket pods it was designed to handle. The cockpit needs trimming down to fit inside the fuselage and the glareshield doesn't look like anything in the photos. The air intake splitter needs shaping. It goes together OK but be very careful with the mainwheel bays. They are marked L & R but whether they are wrong, or more likely, I got them mixed up and when I came to fit the u/c legs the mountings were in the wrong place. I then found the lower doors wouldn't go where they were supposed to... What drove me mad was keeping things lined up when the glue was applied. Something I have yet to master with resin and that is what is holding up the 188. For some reason I had great trouble with the Alclad finish. It wouldn't set and was cleaned off and reprimed a couple of times. However the bit on the fin, which was duralumin, went on fine. Nose weight? Can't remember (see what its done to me) but I think not too much. It has to behind the seat as there is not much room in the nose John
  12. Yes - but when is another matter. I was given the 188 as a birthday present a year ago and haven't yet had the guts to tackle it. The FD1 almost had them sending me off to the men in white coats! I also have a Maquette FD2 in the stash...That doesn't look too friendly either Current project is an F16XL John
  13. Lovely work - wish I was that clever. Tell me about the Su15. Was it accurate? I built the 1/72 version and it seemed as if the fuselage had been stretched John
  14. My main interest is in experimental aircraft and prototypes, especially those 'G-Whizz'aircraft of my childhood when new and exciting types appeared regularly. All are 1/72 scale Supermarine 510, Maintrack Vacform (my first vacform) Hawker Hunter prototype, PJ Hunter F6 resin with 'knobbly' bits removed. Anti-spin parachute added and home-made registration letters. The font I used to make the letters didn't match the photo I had, so I spent some time modifying the figure '8' only to find that when the registrations were cut up and spread over the u/c legs you couldn't tell the difference! Saunders Roe SR53 Kit was of Polish origin, bought from Hannants several years ago. I suspect it is a copy of the original Airfix version Fairey Delta One Olimp resin kit, Alclad finish. I thought that I had 'cracked' doing Alclad after the P1 (next pic) but found that I hadn't English Electric P1a Aeroclub vacform fuselage, Airfix F3 wings and tail, RAF roundels from Xtradecal, home made warning stencils More to come ( the foreigners) John
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    Hunter F2

    Aeroclub do a kit to convert a Revell F6 to a Mk 1, which I think should be identical to the Mk2. I've just finished converting a PJ resin F6 to the prototype as the back end looked a bit small for a F6 so all I had to do was sand the excess bits off John
  16. The simple answer is Alclad polished aluminium over gloss black enamel. The real answer involves 'elbow grease'. The first attempt came out looking like silver paint. This was almost all removed by rubbing down with wet and dry, reprimed and then several very thin coats of black enamel were applied, rubbing down between each, followed by a top coat of Alclad which was then buffed. I think that the answer is to get that black undercoat really fine - glassy smooth. Normal gloss is just shiny. John
  17. At last - a man after my own heart! I got a lot of those you showed although I would like to get my hands on that Crusader F8U3. This was my latest John
  18. If you are going for an old kit of the F102 be prepared for some trouble with the decals. I have built several old Hasegawa kits an have had dreadful trouble getting them to separate from the backing sheet. John
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