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About Aeronut

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  1. One is indeed the wheel brake the other is the clutch control for the engine to main rotor. Both handles would not look out of place in a 1950s saloon car as they are exactly the same items. The wheel brake handle is unadorned but the clutch lever has small T handles for the rotor brake and the cartridge starter (missing on 813 as she has an electric starter mod.
  2. You are the master of making silk purses out of sow’s ears.
  3. Carve replacements out of pumice, it’s lighter than resin.
  4. I’m still surprised that we don’t find a slip of paper containing a Hornby group share offer when we open a kit’s box. Mind you I doubt Hornby would relish their Shareholder’s meeting being taken over by a determined share holder demanding his favourite, but very obscure/non commercial subject be kitted in some odd scale because it will fit the shelf space he has available.
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    Colour of Rigging Wires

    I had my first physical dealing with RAF wires recently when assembling a Tiger Moth for static display, Oh what fun it was making sure the aircraft was rigged correctly whilst at the same time the wires had no twists and ended up pointed in the right direction to be streamlined. As for locking wire in the fingers my T- shirt is an XL. I also have one for split pin injuries.
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    Colour of Rigging Wires

    Would a twist indicate an unequal amount of thread engagement in the clevises ?
  7. Probably not much help, but the AVRO Heritage museum on what’s left of the airfield at Woodford has a photo of every Vulcan built on the walls of its cafe.
  8. I noticed the over ventilated fuselage when I got my Mk1a, which is why I took a good look at the Wellington being restored at Cosford. Is it the cabin floor or bomb bay roof that needs skinning? The answer from Cosford is that the bomb bay roof has a fabric skin which I replicated by using pieces of the thin (3 thou?) plastic sheet you can find acting as seperators in the sliced meat/cheese you can get from certain German discount supermarkets.
  9. As one of the jobs I have to do later in the year is carry out a repair to the top canopy of XL812 the Historic Army Aircraft Flight's Skeeter, I can assure everyone on this thread that the canopy is a double bubble. The lack of this compound curvature in the kit's canopy was the main reason my kit sat unloved in the stash from the day that John Aero first issued it until last year when it was required for museum move planning use.
  10. The Skeeter's engine was a DH Gypsy Major Type 140 with a rating of 215 bhp by virtue of its fuel injection. Like all Gypsy Majors it was an inverted, air-cooled, in line four cylinder, but years before Sir Alec Issigonis caused a stir with the Mini, the Skeeter led the way by having a transverse mounted engine. One has to remember that the Skeeter was designed (they started in 1944) at a time when all helicopters were marginal performers.
  11. I’d love to think that some of those empty ‘new kit’ boxes contained kits of WW1 narrow gauge rolling stock and track panels.
  12. I completed my Skeeter last year, but, and it’s a big but it was thrown together for a purpose and I could hear the howls of kit collectors as I did it. The Curator at the Army Flying museum, Middle Wallop had asked me to build models of the museum’s aircraft to assist with the planning of moves during the museum’s revamp. My model had to be robust enough to take repeated handling during planning meetings, as a result the rotor blades weren’t fitted (the museum’s are folded anyway), and the cockpit was filled with Milliput to prevent the model being a tail sitter. That said the kit’s white metal undercarriage was used and has survived, which can’t be said for the Gazelle’s skids (another blob of Milliput resolved that). If anyone is interested I have scans of the Skeeter Illustrated Parts AP which is a useful source of detail.
  13. From what I can see the main changes from Cierva C30 and a Leo C30 are confined to the type of engine and the panel lines on the starboard fuselage. Could it be coincidence that the kit’s engine and starboard fuselage are on the same sprue? Are Mini art planning a Leo C30?
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    G.A.L. Hotspur

    Superb. That is by far the best Hotspur build I’ve seen.
  15. Henry wouldn’t know why they called his helicopter an Apache but he would understand the importance of its Longbow radar.
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