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tomprobert last won the day on December 25 2015

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    WWII aviation - especially the Eighth Air Force, Commercial Aviation, Vacforms and Scratch-building

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  1. Ha! Glad to be of service! Must get back to the big Shack one day...
  2. This is coming together really well - you’ve really brought this old vac to life with the extra detail you’ve added along the way. I simply love threads like this - plastic card and filler being the order of the day which, combined with a bit of creativity, produce some superb results the old fashioned way. Great stuff!
  3. This is looking like a mammoth build - I can’t justify spending £600+ on a kit but if someone was to release a vacform instead I’d be all over it. Really enjoying seeing this come together.
  4. Fear not, chaps. I'll be making a trip to Hannants soon and stocking up on multiple tins of Gunship Grey. When the time comes to painting it, I think I'm going to have to do it in shifts as the compressor may well overheat
  5. Afternoon all, Since my last update I've been working on the stabilisers of the B-52. They were first removed from the backing sheet and sanded to the correct thickness, with extra attention being paid to the trailing edges to ensure they were as thin as possible. The stabilisers are very large on this model, and therefore needed a substantial spar structure in order to keep them rigid: IMG_E1266 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1267 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr They were then secured to the fuselage and the joins made good, before they received a coat of primer. I have also made the swivel plates from thin plastic card and added these to the correct locations on the fuselage sides: DSC_0216 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0214 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0211 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr We now have a model that is, more or less, structurally complete: DSC_0218 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0227 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr DSC_0222 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As you can see from the images above I've also been working on attaching the wing fuel tanks. These didn't fit well to the wing, as the shape of the pylon doesn't match the curvature of the wing. I did consider removing parts from the pylon and trimming it so that it followed the wing's curve, but this meant the tank sat too close to the wing. Therefore, I've instead opted to modify and build up the pylon and blend it in with Milliput. The image below shows what I mean - sanding and final blending still to be done: DSC_0225 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr In other news, designing of some soon-to-be printed 3D wheels is progressing well: IMG_E1386 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr Until next time, Tom
  6. That makes a lot of sense - it certainly has taken a beating at some point!
  7. If @k5054nz was planning on using an E model to convert to a standard B-17G, then agreed that it would be a lot of work. However, N3073G is far from a standard G model and has been extensively modded to represent an F model. Indeed paddle-blade props would need to be sourced, but N3703G has the small upper nose windows (as on an E model) and no astrodome either - David Tallichet invested a lot of time in backdating it to an earlier nose configuration - therefore with the nose cone aside, it’s an identical nose configuration to an E. The slightly shorter cowlings fitted to the F/G will be barely noticeable in 1/72 scale - it’ll be barely 1mm difference. A quick session with a drill and file, and hey presto, you have the Tokyo Tank vents. Doing these relatively simple mods to an E model kit to replicate N3703G would be far simpler than backdating a G model kit which would mean heavy mods to the cheek windows, removal of the astrodome, opening of the upper nose windows, potential unstaggering the waist guns, sourcing a new top turret dome, potentially having to find a new tail turret, etc. If I were to be building N3073G, sourcing an E kit would save a huge amount of time and effort, but at the end of the day, it’s each to their own.
  8. The small rudder is one of the many reasons a re-engining programme with just four larger turbofans has been ruled out. The rudder just doesn’t have enough authority in engine-out situations. That’s why, along with the fact that fuel and hydraulic systems are all plumbed for 8 engines, it’ll be a case of using 8 modern turbofans of the 17k - 20k thrust class.
  9. I’m far from being an expert on the BUFF but I’m not aware of the fin being moveable - it is indeed only the rudder that provides any form of steering. Very happy to be corrected on this though if there’s someone more ‘in the know’ than I am. The ‘pivot point’ you can see at the base of the fin is actually part of a folding mechanism that allows the entire fin to fold to the right and thus allows access to low-roofed hangars.
  10. You’d be better off getting hold of an E-model kit and use that as the starting point. The nose window arrangement of N3703G is the same as the E-model with the three small windows either side of the nose. You can easily source an F-model clear nose piece from various after-market providers to complete the look. If you can find the Academy E-model, you’d have the correct waist gun arrangement (although N3703G is a late G-model it’s been modified with opposite waist guns like the E/F/early Gs), the correct ‘stinger tail’, top turret and the Coastal Command version of the kit has the ball turret too. As I said all you’d need to source would be the larger nose cone and decals - which KitsWorld do. The only thing you do have to watch with the Academy kits is the excessive wing dihedral, but this can be easily sorted with a shim of plastic card. I’ve never built an Academy B-17, but I’m sure those who have will chime in with the correct procedure to fix the wing. This would be far more straightforward than back-dating an F or G kit. Tom EDIT: Forgot to add that the E-model has narrower props than the F/G model so you may need to source some paddle-blade propellers (I can’t recall if these are in the Academy E-model kit). I think I have a spare set of the props you need should you require them.
  11. I spent a great day yesterday at RIAT at RAF Fairford, and one of the star exhibits in the static display (at least for me) was this fine specimen of USAF heavy metal: IMG_1319 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr As well as taking lots of reference shots for the current aerial fit and other various lumps and bumps, what really struck me was the state of the thing. I'm used to seeing pictures of the current BUFF fleet in reasonably good condition in terms of paint finish, but this one was really heavily weathered and was showing lots of zinc-chromate primer. It looks like it had flown through a heavy hail storm or the like, as it almost has sand-blasted effect on the leading edges. It was a mess! IMG_1325 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1309 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1311 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr IMG_1305 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr It looks like I can get creative with my paint job when the time comes, and although heavily-weathered finishes are not my thing, it'd certainly add some interest to an otherwise rather bland all over grey if I go down that route. Now - back to the bench... Tom
  12. Good to see some progress on this again, Iain. Slow and steady and all that...
  13. Very, very nice. Just my cup of tea in terms of weathering - lovely and subtle and not ‘in your face’. A beauty!
  14. Yes indeed - although not strictly a ‘large scale plane’, it’s certainly large... Ha! I reckon it’s nearer to 40 paces, but that is still acceptable in terms of a model looking ‘good’ from distance... I did consider doing a video a while back actually - you know the type that appear on YouTube from time to time. I then heard the sound of my voice and decided it was not something I’d inflict on the world. Speaking of internal bracing, I have spent the last couple of evenings making spars to brace the stabilisers and give them some much-needed strength and help get a good attachment to the fuselage. Photos soon!
  15. Cheers. They’re not actually that accurate to be fair - they’re missing the distinctive ancillary fairings on the underside and the intake divider/fairing isn’t quite right, but to be honest life is too short to correct every last detail so if they’re acceptable at 50 paces, that’ll do for me. Oh rest assured that there are plenty of nasty blemishes still to sort - it’s just I’m becoming a pro at avoiding them appearing on camera!
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