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Navy Bird

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  1. Airfix kit A03073 purports to build into the Hawk 120, 128, or 132...how close are these to the Hawk 115? The color profiles included with the kit look a lot like your photo, but I'm no Hawk expert! Cheers, Bill
  2. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Well, now that I'm in the home stretch, I finally found what must be the only photo in existence of W2531 - my Annie. For completeness, here it is. At first glance I thought the rudder was a different colour, but upon closer inspection I believe it's just turned so it's lit by the sun. (Notice the tail wheel - the aircraft executed a turn prior to parking.) The stripes here are a bit different than the model, but trust me - I don't care at this point. The accompanying text says that the stripes on the wings are "speculative." Ugh. Cheers, Bill
  3. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Finally, the great reveal - the Kabuki tape that's been covering up the clear bits for the last decade has come off! As it turns out, and as @Martian Hale promised, there was no difficulty in removing the tape. I was concerned since there are quite a few layers of paint on the old gal, plus both gloss and matt clear varnishes. What really had me worried, though, was the possibility that the canopy might pop off again. As you may recall it had a tendency to do that in a prior stage of this build. But the tape came off with little force, and the edges look pretty clean. Although there was quite a mess with the paint flaking off of the tape as it was being peeled away! It requires some effort, but you can still see most of the work I did inside the cabin. It appears the "rattle" is due to the front jump seat coming off, but I can't seem to see it inside. I can hear it, and I can see that it's no longer where I remember leaving it, but other than that it's invisible. One of the engines required a good bit of paint and resin removed in order to slide into the cowlings. No doubt due to the exacting assembly tolerances achieved here in Navy Birdland - or perhaps too generous a coat or three of paint slopped onto the mating parts. I have time for a bit more work before my next holiday - on Saturday we leave for a week at the beach house in Delaware. I know, I just got back from London but really, what's to keep a man in Rochester NY? Did I tell you guys about my next overseas trip? In April of 2019, my youngest daughter and I are going to Egypt for two weeks. You can read about the archaeological tour here if you're interested. This has been on our bucket lists forever, so I'm really glad that I'll be able to do this with my daughter. Cheers, Bill PS. Think the gun would have been fitted to a trainer? I hope so, as I have no clue what else to put there. Surely the trainees needed gunnery practice.
  4. Wow, thanks for that! I spent a lot of time searching for that info on-line, but never found anything. I really appreciate you taking the time to dig that out. I thought they might be some kind of control device, but since they appeared to be hollow I couldn't see how they might work. Now it all makes sense, although I understand that the second Black Bullet still suffered from yaw problems. Something about Northrop designs always intrigued me when I was but a wee lad. Probably because Jack Northrop was always pushing the envelope - and, of course, he was the underdog. Gotta root for them, right? I also was a big Grumman fan due to my fascination with carrier aviation - I was so happy that Northrop and Grumman merged during the Great Peace Dividend Aerospace Consolidation of the 90s. Otherwise, they would have been gobbled up by Boeing or Lockheed, and the names would have disappeared. I haven't sprayed Olive Drab in, like, forever. But you can't get it wrong, right? I've read the articles about Olive Drab and its history. Plus, the colour photos of the Black Bullet show a very "splotchy" appearance. Luckily, I have several tins and bottles of Olive Drab (from different suppliers) and they're all different. I shall be having some fun post shading! Cheers, Bill
  5. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    True, but this one is only half a bee. Apologies to Monty Python. Not. Cheers, Bill
  6. Navy Bird

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    I believe that Brengun bought the Attack Squadron tools and production rights. Cheers, Bill
  7. All the major bits are assembled. Cute little guy. It has a touch or two of Me 163 about it, but I'm sure that's coincidence. Once the spinner and contra-props go on the back, that goes away. What might be more telling is that the shape of the fuselage has a resemblance to the aircraft's namesake - a bullet. Was this design intentional, as the story goes for the later Bell X-1? Not that I've been able to determine, but I haven't found a lot of reference material for the little fella. I'm also intrigued by the bits on the end of the wings, as I have yet to find out what these were for. I have a photo of the second prototype up on jacks (with a P-61 in the background) and the tubes at the wingtips look hollow. That same photo also exists on the interweb in a Photoshopped version - as if it were an in-flight photo, complete with the pilot added. Something just didn't seem right when I first came across that one. It looked too nice to be an actual 1944 photo. Cheers, Bill
  8. Some progress... I've drilled out the exhaust exits in the rear fuselage. The XP-56 had very noticeable exhaust pipes that came out of these holes, so I guess I need to check my supply of tubing and see what can work. The pipes were cut out at an angle, so they appear oval. Special Hobby ask you to add weight to the nose, but don't say how much. I taped everything together (sans the props) and to be honest, I don't think it needs any weight at all. However, I'd rather not take the chance, so I loaded up the nose with some weights. I also added some weight along the side of the nose gear well, because, uh, there was room. The rear bulkhead, that the prop assembly attaches to, was also added. You can see that there are five exhaust ports on the starboard side - there are only four on the port side. So next up is to close up the fuselage, add the wings, and put on the vertical fin. By the looks of things, the wing root join will be fairly clean, but the vertical fin is going to need some filler. Cheers, Bill
  9. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    I know this has all the pace of a snail sprinting through 90 weight gear oil, but we are making progress. The stickers are on, and I've applied a varnish over everything. I decided not to do a panel wash, and whatever weathering gets done with most likely be with pastels. So here she is. You may notice that she's up on her legs, and she's sprouted a pitot or some kind of sensor on the rudder. I had forgotten all about that! Luckily, I remembered in time and a little PPP (thanks @Martian Hale) blended it in nicely. The engines and cowlings are ready to go on next. There's not a lot left - a loop antenna, the forward aerial mast, the aerial wire, an under-the-nose pitot, the props...and I've got to finish the landing light on the port wing. Some other details here and there, plus some weathering. So only about 50% of the job is left. Cheers, Bill
  10. Navy Bird

    Bearcat 1/72: Options?

    There was a crazy all-resin and PE 1:72 Bearcat with a lot of detail, especially in the cockpit, engine bay and wheel wells. Was it Attack Squadron who made it? I saw one in a box once at a show, and was quite amazed at all the parts. I didn't have enough cash to buy it though! Ah, here it is: http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/attacksquadron7201872lp_1.htm I have the Sword kit, and it has two separate fuselage sets, one for the -1 and one for the -2. Test fitting looks pretty good, as does the resin engine. I'll build it one of these days. Cheers, Bill
  11. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    Thanks for the link to the service history. Did I read that correctly, she may have had RAF service prior to RCAF? Or, since it was built in the UK perhaps it had to be first delivered to the RAF prior to its transfer to Canada? In any event, in 1941 she most likely was in pretty good shape. Whilst @Paul J may have had good luck with the Xtradecal sheet's opacity, I didn't. The black/yellow demarcation was clearly visible through the white portion of the roundel. However, the Island of Misfit Stickers saved the day, as I found roundels of the same type and size (sans the outer yellow ring) and stacked them. Even still, if you look really close enough, squint your eyes, and use your averted imagination, you can just make out the demarcation. But since I can't do any of that because I'm so old, it's OK with me! Cheers, Bill
  12. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    How weathered do you think this aircraft might have been? It's an RCAF trainer based in New Brunswick in 1941. Codes are W2531, just in case the service history can be traced. Did Avro build these in Canada? Cheers, Bill
  13. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    I won't be using the kit decals, I'll be using the Xtradecal sheet. The sheet that came with this version of the kit doesn't have the right size and quantity of roundels with yellow borders (for the fuselage size and tops of the wings). To be on the safe side, I'm hunting over at the Island of Misfit Stickers to find some white circles that are the right size. I think I'd rather use stickers instead of painting them on. But one never knows... Cheers, Bill, who neglected Annie the last few days so he could play with his Black Bullet.
  14. Navy Bird

    Out of the Box Models 1/72 Yak-9T (Crowdfunding)

    I received the refund on the shipping (and associated tax as I'm in NY). Thanks Dan! Cheers, Bill
  15. Navy Bird

    1:72 Special Hobby Avro Anson Mk.I

    That's the plan, I've learned that one the hard way. Decals aren't cheating. What made me want to paint the stripes was the lack of sufficient decal stripes in my box of misfit stickers. Oddly enough, I had plenty of yellow stripes of the correct width (why?) but I thought they might not show up well on the yellow fuselage. Cheers, Bill
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