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About wallyinoz

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  1. Picture tells a thousand words: DC-7c centresection problem by wallycacsabre, on Flickr
  2. There is no down thrust it is just 3 degrees nose down relative to the wing chord line due to its angle of incidence relative to the fuselage line of flight.. according to the drawings I have anyway. When married to the fuselage with this setting the thrust line looks spot on
  3. Yeah me too! I would like a Convair on my shelf, not fond of the Mach 2 wing planform though, and I dont often see Proteus examples..hating resin these days any way
  4. Hello, the gaps are caused because the upper wing surface is rebated to fit into the curved wing fairing moulded on the DC-6 fuselage halves. The conversion set centre section has straight parallel sides where the wing panels are attached. As there is no material to fill the redundant rebate you have got "airspace" that needs to be filled
  5. Hi There, I am having troubles but it is exacerbated by damage i made previously! well, here we go again!, this battered model was stripped of the awful Contrail resin conversion set pieces, epoxy and super glue letting go only after inflicting more damage then put back in a box. I sent out an SOS to some modelling groups after some DC-7C 3 views explaining I wanted to build the engine nacelles / saddle tank fairings required for the conversion. My mate Neil Gaunt of Aircraft in Miniature responded and suggested that he could design and make resin bits for the conversion if I was willing to put down some cash to help pay for the masters that would then be used to market more conversion sets. I agreed and after a few months I got my new bits. I pulled the mess out of the box a few weeks ago and started rebuilding it. I am having a crappy time of it, repairing damage and regluing cut off bits (which I had kept luckily as the new bits require different cutting points). I find that even though the new bits are miles better in shape and quality it is not a "plug and play" conversion. A 1/72 3 view is essential and a lot of grinding filling sanding and priming is required, Someone with better skills than me starting with a "clean" brand new DC-6 kit would probably find it much easier than me with my war-weary, hangar-rashed example. If you can look closely at these pics (hopefully without vomiting) you can see that there are steps between the nacelle and wing fairings that need to be built up with filler, and evidence of filler between the wing nacelle / saddle tanks pieces and the wing top surface. I found if I laid the pieces on the wing at "best fit" the engines would not end up being "up right" so I had to grind material off on one side and fill on the other. Then I had to glue the engine assemblies parallel to each other and with about 3 degrees down thrust reference the wing chord// you can see my simple stick reference mark to help me achieve this.. man it is all pretty rough and ready... anyhoos, the engines are on the wing, I might have to redo the no 2. engine. After filling and sanding the wing halves and all the resin joins I will then have to attach the wing panels to the centre section and rebuild the top skin at the joint, that too should be fun. This is the first time I was able to roughly put it together.. you know what?... it looks like a DC-7C! 20191118_134121 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 20191119_093033_001 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 20191119_204057 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 20191119_204104 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr
  6. I have been in the modelling doldrums in the past few years with a couple of projects dragging me down however in the last few weeks I dragged down my 1/72 DC-6 to DC-7C conversion from shelf of doom and resurrected it using AIM conversion set parts, finally finished the 4 "power egg" assemblies. The next thing to do is determine the correct fore / aft position of the over wing nacelle / saddle tank pieces on the wing and glue. Then fit and fair the power eggs on to the wings. If and when I achieve that successfully,the next hard bit is to fit the resin centre section, then fit wings at correct dihedral to the centre-section, then build up the gap in the upper wing half, fair and scribe. If I have managed to do that I think I will have slain the beast The other shelf of doomer is my 1/72 DC-4 to Argonaut conversion again using AIM conversion set. I cant say I am a fan of the Revell DC-4 I found it overly complicated, not particularly well fitting with very confusing and wrongly part numbered instructions. Getting RR Merlin engine pods straight and aligned on the wing was quite hard, I had to pull a few off and redo them (hence the reason why it languished on the shelf for so long) still, this one is now rolling along nicely enough. One new start is a Revell 1/72 Eurofighter Typhoon this is the old tooling and the fit is blah! taken far longer to build than I thought. This build was inspired by many hours of Typhoon operations watching and photographing at RAF Coningsby and Waddington a few months ago. This too is now well on the way, it is going to be mounted clean flying on a stand, I have a second one to build (newer tool) to make a pair in echelon formation)
  7. Hi John, Yep the canon 100 400 5.6 II is my usual lens, it is fantastic and I will never complain about its size and weight again since trying out that 200 400 1.4 extender! (Well actually I did complain about its weight when I was climbing a bloody mountain in the stirling ranges last week) Still I had better get used to that as I hope to get on the Mach Loop in next years visit to the UK, a wee bit of climbing required for that
  8. No I wont be buying it some photos werent sharp enough because i was using a low shutter speed to test the stabilisation, then forgot to change it lol great lens ..very expensive but a real handful (Canon 200 400mm USM F4 1.4 x converter built in) weighs a bloody ton, would get serious arm cramps in an airshow environment. couple more in the photostream
  9. Hiya Chris, I just noticed your response, yep I am fine and well, just coming to the end of my 4 month holiday in the UK.. going back home to Perth Tuesday week. I am adding a few more pics here taken yesterday at Waddigton and Coningsby again.. I have carefully edited them to hide any hint of a Lightning for the continued health of your non drool proof keyboard!
  10. Can anyone tell me why Typhoons keep their wheels down during circuit operations following overshoots and touch and goes? Is it just the RAF that do this or other Typhoon ops? Got a surprise today when a pair of Typhoons popped out their drag chutes, is this a practice thing or systems check thing or what? 1P4A7985PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7975PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7955PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7943PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7740PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7775ps by wallycacsabre, on Flickr Quite a few more in the photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87490663@N08/
  11. 1P4A7643 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7637PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7625PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7609PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7503 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7447PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7434PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7381PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7372PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7299PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7262PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7124best by wallycacsabre, on Flickr 1P4A7172PS by wallycacsabre, on Flickr more if you look in the photostream
  12. Hi Guys, Thanks for the kind words, I will be building another soon methinks..this time using an Aircraft in Miniature resin conversion set which includes correctly shaped engine nacelles. A Manxman coming up or maybe a RAAF example
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