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Vulcanicity last won the day on October 11 2016

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  1. Thanks for the support everyone! As promised, here's the Heyford up until I did the fuselage join (earlier this week - no pics yet, I'm still recovering!) Having painted the forward fuselage Interior green, I gave it a weathering wash before hammering away at the details. I was particularly pleased with the instrument panel and bombsight. Since you're wondering, yes, you can see them both quite well through the various cockpit openings! The throttle plinth was then painted and installed on the chassis (if you remember, I left the plinth and chassis roof off so I could paint underneath it - no you can't see that bit!). All my refs are black and white but the greyscale tones suggest different colours for the paired throttle/mixture levers. I went with an educated guess - after all they're for port and starboard engines! Back in the dim and distant (almost a year ago!) I mentioned that the kit has the window pattern wrong, and filled the forward window on the starboard side, leaving three. But it's more complex than that! The correct pattern seems to be five round portholes, two to starboard and three to port, with the starboard forward position blanked off (hence my filling above). Matchbox missed the aftermost pair which are level with each other under the upper wing, just behind the joint between the monocoque forward fuselage and fabric covered aft fuselage. Matchbox aren't the only ones to get the window pattern wrong, so does every plan that I've found, including the Ian Stair set for Warpaint (suggests three portholes in a row on the port side only), and another set I have that look like they might have come from some modelling magazine in the 1950s or 1960s (Aeromodeller?)(suggests only one on the port side and doesn't mention the other four). This isn't surprising, as the middle pair are hidden by the engines or in their shadow in most views, and the aftermost pair are almost invariably invisible in deep shade. However the artificially lit photos from the AP, well, shine a light on the situation! (Look just left of the prop blade tip for definite evidence of the aft porthole). This is the sort of head-scratching detective work that has really slowed these build up - I think sorting the porthole arrangement out took most of an evening! I think this is about the right place, although I did move the hole down by a mm or two after taking this. In more window-related frustration, here are the two halves of the "dustbin" ventral turret: But look! Didn't see the windows? Look again, near the top. Dang you Matchbox! I'm not sure how good they'll be, but I cut two tiny sections out of a bit of an old clear plastic turret ring and added them. This job required a great seal of careful sawing and took over an hour. Dang you Matchbox, and dang you again!: Back to the cockpit. In went the seat (cut-down from the Airfix Defiant, with added foil seatbelts). You can also glimpse my very desultory seat for the wireless operator (as I correctly guessed, it's almost invisible) Having painted the brick-red doped insides of the rear fuselage and painted the stringers, frames and floor in that narrow little trough (via many Mark II Swear Words, Modeller for the Use Of), it was time to add the relatively few details here. The starboard side gets a ladder, which is a cut-down and narrowed version of one of the chunky maintenance ladders provided by Matchbox (both of these kits have inordinate numbers of ladders!) To port, a pair of parachutes and a small folding seat for the rear gunner (think I showed this earlier). DSCF9195 by Phil Chapman, on Flickr I also added some of the multitude of Lewis magazines around the top gunner's hatch and around the hole for the ventral turret. That's it for tonight! I'll post some photos of the finished sections tomorrow, but for now it's stressed PhD students' midweek bedtime...
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    Airfix Wimpy for 2018

    Unless the tool-makers made a howler as obvious and difficult to fix as the too-narrow wheels/undercarriage legs/wheel bays/nacelles in the Trumpeter kit, it's hard to see the Airfix coming out the loser! The Trumpeter kit has rather overdone fabric detail as well, I think. To be honest with a Wellington kit the fabric representation is the critical point...
  3. Thanks everyone! Another long wait - these builds are a bit intense for keeping up a WIP as well! A milestone!: Yes that's right folks, I glued a kit part to another kit part! So far a rare circumstance on this build - and finally, the Stranraer's interior is behind me! A few gaps: [/url] [/url] Considering how much homemade, well, stuff I jammed in there, I don't think that's all that bad. Before I did the deed, I made sure to get some good photos of the finished interior, the longest and most complicated scratchbuilding job I've ever attempted in 19 years of modelling. Since the last post, I painted the instrument panel and liferaft, added windows, some control linkages in the roof I'd planned months ago but forgotten about, and added an anglepoise light for the navigator. Inevitably I'll have missed something, but c'est la vie. I'm pretty chuffed with the result, and considering the paucity of reference material available, I think this is about the most accurate Stranraer interior I could have reasonably made without recourse to a time machine.. Some of it was guesswork, but hopefully at least educated guesswork! I've spent much of the last week or two (when not trying frantically to finish my PhD) getting the Heyford to the same stage, but I'll leave that to the next post!
  4. A very handsome 109 indeed, well done!
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    Meteor T.7.5

    A very handsome effort and nice to see a civil Meteor! Perhaps next, the carmine red F4 demonstrator?
  6. Tailplanes, wing parts and underwing stores all on same sprue: looks like you could get an F4/GA11 with one sprue change - no new fuselage needed for these I think? Also - slide moulded cannon troughs!
  7. Not surprised - I'd have thought the engineering needed to put a bomb bay in the centre-section would be major. I was musing about the (comparatively, for its clean lines) low speed of the Albatross the other day, and the power-weight ratio with the Mosquito makes interesting reading: Albatross 4x Gipsy Queen @ 525hp: 2100hp on 21,230lb empty gives a power-weight ratio of 0.098 Mosquito II 2x Merlin 20 series @ 1480hp: 2960hp on 13,356lb empty gives 0.222 Mosquito XVI 2x Merlin 70 series @ 1710hp: 3420hp on 14,300lb empty gives 0.239 So a Merlin-Albatross around 1941 would have similar engines to a Mosquito II but weighed considerably more (although I concede the empty weight with only two Merlins plus ancillaries would probably be somewhat lower than that with four Gipsy Queens). Sounds like Bishop et al. did the right thing by starting over!
  8. Waiting on mine from Poland via the magic of an online auction site - a mere £34.50 posted!
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    Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    Ah I'd forgotten the Sea Hawk - marketed under HobbyBoss! I've built it and would agree. Not done the Wyvern. 1/24 is very much out of my ken!
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    Trumpeter new tool Avro Vulcan

    Definitely looks like the Airfix to me. Fit issues around the rear fuselage insert, bomb bay etc all look very familiar, and the gear bays are carbon copies. Mixed feelings if this turns out to be a new 1:72nd Vulcan from Trumpeter. Yes, we've needed one for ever, but name me a 1:72nd (or 1/48th!) Trumpeter kit of a British aircraft that hasn't had one or several major errors? If it does turn out OK, fair play to them. If it stimulates Airfix to do the decent thing, then halleluja. I just hope it won't both be duff and clear up the market for a better one....
  11. Evenin’ all! I'm Back from a week at a conference in Paris, plus a pleasant holiday in farthest Cornwall, which has relatively little aviation heritage (save a couple of gate guards at Culdrose, plus the fire dump at RNAS Predannack, which is another story) but on the flip side looks like this. it was time to crack on with detail painting on the Stranraer! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I'm almost done, apart from the dinghy on the starboard side of the aft compartment, which I'm still trying to work out the colours for. Having painted the pilot's, navigator's and wireless operator's seats, I finally stuck them in! The eagle-eyed might notice from the last shot that I've made a start on applying the windows. That's right, I've had to cut some parts of the sprue! I think the last time I did this was several months ago: dust needed shaking off. These have massive flanges around them, which I have been diligently sanding off, at least in the windows which one can see from inside. I'm not used to having to make fuselage windows look good from both sides! The good news is that they aren't very clear, so you will only be able to see detail where I have put it, i.e. where it's visible though holes. No sneaky peering at the blank aft section of the wireless operator's compartment for you! That's all for now, but I'll leave you with the exciting prospect that the Stranraer hull halves aren't far off being ready to stick together. It's only been eight months...
  12. Aww thanks folks! Rob G that's very flattering - although I haven't really got the resources to go into the aftermarket detail industry! However I think I might do a reference thread for BM with all my discoveries and photos from the AP in one place, so others can benefit from my research without expending so much effort! The Heyford in particular is pretty well-served with references, and with the AP photos there's enough to detail most areas. Paint! I mused for a fair while as to the interior base colour for the Stranraer. The RAFM example is Interior Green throughout, however it was gutted and partly restored in the 1960s so I don't really think that's much help. All my references suggest that the pilot's cockpit at least was some kind of matte colour that isn't Alumninium, but most of my contemporary photos of the rest of the interior are less helpful. All the good quality ones I'm at least 75% sure are of the prototype. K3973. They appear to show natural metal or painted aluminium, but I'm not convinced this is representative, as I've also got one or two very poor photos of wartime aircraft that show a darker, or at least less shiny colour. In the end I had a brainwave - Supermarines famously mixed their own green colour which was lighter than standard Interior Green. This is the colour applied to Spitfire cockpits, which is arguably closer to Sky (my usual mix is 50% of each). I've not read whether this was applied to flying boats but given that the Stranraer came along only slightly prior to the early Spitfires, I've decided to go with Spitfire interior green throughout. The Heyford was done in Interior Green, largely on the evidence of the surviving throttle pedestal thingy (see last page), apart from the rear fuselage which was doped and therefore a scruffy red colour. I've never had much luck making the uneven red-stained canvas hue of doped biplanes, it just looks badly painted if I try and do it. So I went for continuous brick red, sacrificing a bit of accuracy for looking neat here is fine by me. I gave the Stranraer's structure a bit of a gentle wash, as although I shall be finishing mine as a silver machine when they were relatively new, I figured flying boats would get mucky and bashed more quickly than most aircraft. A bit of tidying up still needed here, but it looks not too bad. That's all for now! I'm off to Paris next week to talk about tropical rodents at a conference, then an Easter break in Cornwall but I should be back with more painty fun next month!
  13. Thanks all! TheBaron, Don't worry! Was good to meet you at Telford. At the moment I really don't get enough time to follow many other WIPs on BM, so I have no grounds to get offended! 71chally: Maybe! An instructional aid seems the most likely cause for the pedestal's retention, although I'd have though a more modern type, plus a more complete cockpit assembly would have been more useful! Tomoshenko: I'd love to, although as I currently don't have time to be a member of a model club, it'd have to be a show with a BM table. limeypilot and dogsbody: thanks for looking out interior shots, although thanks to years of trawling you might not be surprised to find I've already got them all!!!! The bottom two, of the rear fuselage and radio operator's position are from Flight in about 1933. Unfortunately the top cockpit image is the only really clear shot which is readily available, but I'm 90% certain it shows the prototype Heyford J9130: the small round porthole to the right of the bomb aimer's window don't appear on any production machines, and several bits of cockpit equipment and structure (eg the curved floor surface) are totally different to either the second, rather dark shot (probably a Heyford II or III) or to the Heyford III AP (see image further up). The differences between these two cockpit images gave me a great deal of headache until I realised that! Anyway, on with the build! A surprising amount of empty space is visible on the port side behind the pilot's bulkhead, simply by peering through the cockpit cavity. I've built a few open-cockpit biplanes, but none of this size, and the ease of spotting places where I haven't built any detail is rather unsettling (no, I can't "just ignore it"). Anyway, I ended up building the framework holding up the radios and operator's desk, along with the back and starboard sides of each radio, much as I did with the Stranraer. This was simple to make, as the ribbed floor is easy to drill through accurately! I added a couple more fittings to this compartment. The wireless operator's seat really isn't very visible, even with young eyes like mine, so I cobbled together something roughly right from an old scrapped Airfix Bofors gun and a couple of bits of plasticard. This will do fine in the gloom. The other item is a reconnaissance camera - only the Flight cutaway (25th June 1936, if you're really keen) shows this, mounted in front of the radio rack. I can't find any data showing what mark of camera was fitted, or any clear photos showing the external underside of this section, so I've no idea what kind of window arrangement existed to allow photography through the floor. There was definitely a downward ID light here, and the compilers at Flight may have got confused by this and invented a camera mounting where none existed. However it adds some substance to this otherwise conspicuously empty area, so I copied a WW2 picture of an F24 camera to pad out the space (who says I'm a perfectionist?!) As with the Stranraer, the kit had a vaguely correct instrument panel, although this one bore less relationship to the real thing. My scratchbuilt effort is above - it looks rough but primer has improved matters quite a bit. The large hole is for a compass. Not much remained to do in the forward monocoque. I noticed from the AP that part of the dual control system (the second pilot's yoke) is stowed on the starboard sidewall just aft of the second pilot's seat. Having found to my surprise that the kit proides yokes (when you do this much scratchbuilding you forget what parts are in the box!) I sanded one down to a reasonable thickness and fitted it in the right place. Further forward, I added an attachment spigot for the second pilot's control column, and that was that! On to the rear gunner's cockpit. As you can see from dogsbody's photo above, there are a *lot* of Lewis magazines (6 for each of the upper and "dustbin" gun positions), two parachute holders, plus a ladder stowed there. The odd thing that looks like a capital "N" is the framing for a folding seat which the top gunner sat on to play Solitaire while no fighter pilots were good-naturedly pretending to shoot at him from their Furies and Bulldogs. This lovely "skin off" image from the AP gives you the idea. With those prepared, it was on to primer! I'm *very* chuffed with with way everything looks under the good old grey, until you prime you can't quite be sure how many cack-handed glue runs are present, but on the whole the result looks pretty good to me. I've actually since scraped the dust and mould of months of idleness from my brushes, and done some painting, but that will have to wait until next time!
  14. EDIT, drat, I was a page behind! I'd say the first word is "King" or "King's" and the last is a number ending in 6. Was G-AEKE an entrant in the King's Cup race in 1936? See
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    Airfix 1/48 Meteor

    That Adam Tooby goes from strength to strength!