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  1. Do you have any reference photos on the airbrakes? The Airfix 1:48 kit has the openings rectangular, as are the corresponding portions of the air brake well: I have this photo, but it's not the best. For what it's worth, the PE air brakes from Airwaves also have rectangular openings. To correctly model the air brakes open, you'll need the well too. I really like what you've done with the reheat nozzles and the rear fuselage - we Javelin fans are indebted to you for taking the time to do this. Thank you!! Cheers, Bill
  2. Which reminds me - I have that kit along with a bunch of aftermarket. Plus, my kit was from the first lot shipped to the US (prior to any being shipped to the UK) and it does not have the tool damage moulding flaw. Maybe I'll build it after the BT. Yeah, I'm learning that there is a lot of previous aircraft DNA in just about every aeroplane. There is Voodoo DNA (both XF-88 and F-101) in the Phantom too. Heck, the BT-1 I'm building now has a lot of Northrop Gamma DNA which I wouldn't have guessed. But I probably should have. Cheers, Bill
  3. Looks like the real car is still around - we could LIDAR it! (Is LIDAR a verb?) http://www.c-we.com/piranha/page4.htm Interesting that the car was commissioned by AMT as a model before it ended up in the TV show. I would have guessed the other way around. Cheers, Bill
  4. Sure, but I've never had a cause in my life. Colour me perplexed. Oh boy, now I have to start tutoring you in chaos theory. Random events can never have a 100% probability. Haven't you read any of Ian Malcolm's books? Not sure she's ever called me a plonker. I could list off her favourite names for me but then Mike would ban me for life. I will give the beer idea a try, though. Sounds like it might work. Worth trying anyway. So deliver today. Sheesh, and your sign says 24/7. ***** Well, the nine-fingered numbskull did some work. The resin engine is not the nicest 1:72 radial I've ever seen, but I've heard that the masters were made by a relative of Salvador Dali's who had a bit too much sangria whilst on the clock. The Persistence of Cooling Fins anyone? I'll cut him some slack because I like surrealism. And sangria. Other than some careful clean-up (using single-edged razor blades and scalpels - the boy will never learn!) all I did was shoot some Alclad Dark Aluminum and flood with a black Future wash. The engine is a mere 13mm in diameter, and only the front will show (and a bit of the rear bank if you can manage to direct some highly focused coherent beam of energy in-between the front cylinders. Nah, didn't think you would.) I assembled the cowling, doing my best to line up the panel lines but that led to some misalignment at the front and back of the cowling. Instead, I lined up the cowl opening and will sand and re-scribe the lines (they're not very deep). The model has very few panel lines to start with, and the first ones I encounter don't line up! If I didn't already know that each planet is not approximately twice as far from the Sun as the one before, I'd say this doesn't Bode well. Ha! Get it? I crack me up sometimes. I have all of the cockpit parts ready to be aluminized, but I think there needs to be some mods. The kit part for the bulkhead behind the driver is one piece, and extends up into the canopy and includes an integral headrest. I've not seen this in any photos. What I have seen is the bulkhead extending up to the canopy sill, above which there is a roll-over structure which does not incorporate a headrest. We'll need to do some scratching here. Also, Valom have you position the shelf in front of the gunner at a level below the canopy sill. All photos I have show it at the same level as the sill. I received the Steve Ginter book on the BT-1, so I now have a lot of reference material. It's a great book - I am amazed at how many designs and design iterations led to the BT-1. I've cleaned up the main fuselage parts and I suspect this kit was moulded by Sword. It's the same smooth, shiny styrene and it sands in the same way. It wouldn't surprise me if Valom farmed out the moulding. Let's see what other injury I can cause. Cheers, Bill (Mr. Self-Induced Subungual Hematoma)
  5. I had a '66 Corvair Corsa convertible when I was a young lad - here is what it's engine looked like (this photo is from a restoration): I liked the four single-barrel carburettors on the x-shaped manifold (there are two on the other side as well, over by the spare tyre). My car ran pretty good if you could keep the spark plug wires on - you can see in this photo how they pop into the fan housing. Problem was that the air being pushed around by the fan to cool the engine would pop off a wire every now and then. You could instantly tell when you dropped from six cylinders to five...so you pulled over and popped it back on. The air used to cool the engine was also the air used to heat the cabin - sometimes it smelled bad, especially if you had leaky push rod tube seals (which is what caused all the oil stains typically seen on the back end of every Corvair). I had to replace mine every six months or so. Good thing my Dad was the service manager at the dealership. ***** Now, about this kit. I had forgotten all about this car, and I used to watch the show religiously. Thanks for reminding me. Now, I have to make sure that I completely forget all about this kit. Yikes! It's a bad 'un, but you are definitely beating it into submission. Did you ever just think about printing the whole thing? Cheers, Bill
  6. Thanks mates. I took my doctor's anticipated advice (I didn't really go see him) and stuck a Band-Aid on and I'm going to try and do some work on the engine today. Just have to remember to not use that finger. Gawd, it still hurts. And it looks nasty, so I'm glad I covered it up. (I won't ruin anyone's breakfast or supper by posting a photo!) I can't believe I'm such an idiot. My wife can, but I can't. Cheers, Bill PS. Any mathematicians out there? I want to know what the odds are for such a perfect alignment for the chisel strike.
  7. For sure the late 30s "yellow wings" are not my usual cuppa tea. But it's good to mix it up once in a while! Plenty of room! Did you being any beer? ***** Today I thought I'd get a lot of work done, seeing as nothing needed to be taken care of in the house or garden, and no grandkids were coming over. Unfortunately, that didn't quite come to pass. Let's see what derailed me. First, I noticed that I had to trim out the aft corner where the lower wing section mates with the wing root of the fuselage side. You can see this clearly in the photo - but this is not flash, this is (in my opinion) a flaw in the mould. No big deal. Easy peasy. Next, those lovely injection (ejection?) (rejection?) towers inside of the vertical fins. We have two of them, and they interfere with each other. These are also no big deal, I remove these all the time. I use a #17 chisel blade in an X-acto holder and carefully slice them puppies right outta there. Sometimes I use the Dremel, but I use the chisel most of the time. This time, I think I'm going to regret using the chisel blade. 'Cause it slipped. Normally, it would just go chattering away across the plastic, until it either stops on its own or it hits something. The something it hit this time was my left index finger. OK, so you cut yourself. Big deal, put a Band-Aid on it and get back to the workbench! Except I didn't exactly cut myself. In one of those extremely rare cosmic coincidences, the blade was perfectly aligned - to slide in-between my fingernail and my finger. To a depth of about 4mm. Have you ever experienced the old torture technique of sliding bamboo under your nails? Have you ever heard a grown man (and an old one at that) scream? Loudly? So loud that wifey was dialing 911 before she even knew what happened? At which point she nearly fainted when she saw what I had done? And let me tell you, it hurt just as much coming out as it did going in. I can't tell, but I believe the skin under the nail got chewed up pretty good. The underside of the nail is all blood, so you can't see anything. I bathed the finger in antiseptic in case the plastic I was trimming had any bizarre gorilla virus on it. Did I tell you that that hurt like hell too? It's been a fun day. I'm typing this with one finger, and it's taken forever. Give me a day or so to recuperate and we'll see if I have to give up modelling or not. (Not.) Cheers, Bill PS. I'd go to the doctor but he would just tell me to put a Band-Aid on it and get back to the workbench.
  8. Ah, I forgot all about Ely. Thanks for the reminder! As always, Tommy, that is a great blog post. Somehow I missed that one - I will have to go back to your blogs and start reading each post again. I'm sure there is more that I've missed. Or - you could put them all in a PDF file and set up an Internet store to collect the money. I suspect you'd get a lot of orders! Cheers, Bill
  9. The fairings don't look too bad when the gear is extended and the aircraft is on the ground. However, this shot of several BT-1 aircraft ready to dive bomb Miami shows why I used the adjective "ungainly." They really ruin the lines of the plane, and make it look like a product of the 30s. No, wait...it was a product of the 30s. I wonder if it could land with the gear retracted and the tyres sticking out like an A-10... Even the Navy thought they were odd - hence the experiments with a tricycle gear on the BT-1. I read somewhere that this configuration was the first tricycle gear aircraft to land on a US carrier - have no idea if that's really true or just some Internet thing. Thanks James. I hope it doesn't take long, as I have way too many kits in the stash! ***** I found it interesting that the BT-1 was one of the planes used to test the disruptive (or dazzle) camouflage designed by McClelland Barclay (a pin-up and recruiting poster artist). I'll stick with the yellow wing scheme, I think it will have less masking! Cheers, Bill
  10. Thanks for the warning! Luckily, that doesn't seem to be an issue with this kit, there is room to spare: Agreed, I've done a lot of colourful subjects lately. I guess I just got tired of low-viz jets and all those standard WW2 camo schemes. They'll come back someday. In the meantime, another naval aircraft - which reminds me of my silly nickname on this forum. ***** I've added the photo of the grey sprue above which I forgot when I first posted this topic. I hope the Ginter volume has some reasonable drawings, as the Valom kit seems almost devoid of surface detail. Major panel lines are present of course, but methinks there should be more. Ugh - I hate scribing. Cheers, Bill
  11. Before the Dauntless was a Douglas SBD, it was a Northrop BT. Northrop began work on the BT dive bomber back in 1935, but in 1937 the Northrop Corporation was acquired by Douglas, who then ran Northrop as a subsidiary. The BT project continued and the Northrop BT-1 entered service with the USN in 1938 aboard Enterprise and Yorktown. The USN acquired 54 production versions of the new dive bomber, but due to some unpredictable handling characteristics at slow speed it was not an entirely successful design. It was a modern aircraft for the time, being an all-metal monoplane with retracting landing gear (although the gear retracted backwards into a rather ungainly looking housing below the wing). Ed Heinemann and his talented designers at Douglas improved the BT-1, and the resulting XBT-2 flew in 1938. The USN ordered 144 production aircraft, with the last 87 re-designated SBD-1. The rest, as they say, is history with nearly 6,000 SBD aircraft produced during WW2. Here is a great colour shot from Life magazine of a VB-6 BT-1 onboard the USS Enterprise ca. 1937/38: And a flight line of aircraft from VB-5: This next shot I like a lot as it allows one to see the evolution towards the Dauntless. On top is the XBT-1, and on the bottom is the XBT-2: In 1:72 scale there are not many choices to build this aircraft. I didn't consider the old vacuform Esoteric kit nor the resin kit from FE Resin (even if I could find either one of them). That leaves the recent offering from Valom which will be the basis for this build. Here's the obligatory shot of the box top and what's inside: There is a grand total of one (1) injection moulded sprue moulded in grey, containing just 41 parts (assuming I can still count properly). Surely this won't take six months like my last build! (Famous Last Words...) Valom provide resin bits for the engine, cockpit, and bomb casing along with two canopies - one is injection moulded and the other vacuformed. It's nice that both are included so the modeller has a choice, especially if he/she wants to open up the canopy. That would be pretty much impossible with the injection moulded canopy, but doable (with some difficulty) using the vacuform. It wouldn't be a short-run Valom kit without a photoetch fret, and this contains more cockpit detail, but more importantly the perforated dive flaps. A small decal sheet and instrument panel film complete the contents of the box. Markings are included for VB-5 aboard Yorktown and VB-6 on Enterprise. I prefer the former at this point due to the blue stripes and forward portion of the cowling, yellow wings, and red tail. Very colourful! I've ordered the Ginter volume on the Northrop BT and it should be arriving soon. I don't have much other reference material on the BT, and I'm hoping that the Ginter book will live up to the reputation of the rest of the Naval Fighter series. I'm sure it will! I've begun removing the resin bits from their casting blocks, cleaning things up, and so on. I'll build the engine first (a P&W R-1535 Twin Wasp Junior 14 cylinder double row air-cooled radial). Then I'll get to work on the cockpit - hopefully Mr. Ginter will inform me what colour to paint it...I suspect it's aluminum rather than zinc chromate or interior green. Cheers, Bill
  12. Maybe these can be of some help - I took these 97 photos of XH897 in the museum: XH897 Flickr Album Included are several for the rear fuselage and exhausts, plus some for the air brakes. Cheers, Bill C
  13. Thanks! Now get up and give the tribute booty to my assistant here. Isn't that a song? Oops I did it again? I remember because whenever it came on the radio I switched the station. The surface detail on the Sword kit is much better, but the air brakes are closed. A lot of the work I did on the Emhar kit wouldn't be necessary with Sword. But I already had the Emhar kit and its aftermarket, so why not build it? It was only six months of my life that I'll never see again. Thanks David! I forgot a couple: Invent innovative new Anglo-Saxon words to accompany each correction/improvement Use them loudly and often Thanks Bernd. She has a bit of a belly that the prototype didn't have. Not quite the pregnant guppy look, but getting there. ***** Thanks everyone for the very nice compliments. I'm about to start my next WIP thread and you will all be surprised with what I'm building next! Cheers, Bill
  14. I don't know, the Demon isn't that ugly. It kind of grows on you. I do think the prototype XF3H (with its slim fuselage, natural metal fuselage, long test boom on the nose, etc.) is very sleek. Why hasn't someone made a kit? Thanks. Not sure about that last part - I was walking through the aisles at an IPMS USA National Convention a few years back, and the quality of some of the models made me want to give up the hobby. Man, there was some seriously museum quality stuff on display. Same thing when I went to Telford a few years ago. I've got a lot to learn! Yup, an Apache gunship. Or, as Carter calls it, a hoppity-copter. Thanks Martin. It's not up there in the stratosphere with your Zeppelins, but she came out pretty good. True fact. But she does very well on her softball team. She can throw extremely well for her age. Pretty good pitcher, too. Maybe I should find a Cricket league for her. Hey, I like that! I may use that for her the next time she gets a boo-boo. Some kids just seem naturally prone to stuff like this - and they seem to be the most active ones, always trying to push the envelope in what they can do. I like that, as long as there are no serious injuries! ***** You've probably already seen it, but the RFI is up: Cheers, Bill
  15. When will we get approval for this group build? I'm anxious to spend countless hours on the Anigrand Crusader III. Cheers, Bill
  16. Great work on those hinges. I like your preferred solution better than trying to scab on small bits of styrene. It looks like some of the AK Extreme metallic colour lifted with your tape (not a problem as you were painting over that anyway). Have you seen that issue before? I've been using Alclad II and the Gunze Super Metallics and haven't had that problem. I'd like to try the AK Extreme paints, but I'm not a big fan of paint lifting with tape. (That's why I always hated Testors Metallizer. Come to think of it, I pretty much hate all of Testors paints, but that's another story.) Cheers, Bill
  17. Thanks. When I first opened the box and looked at the sprues I said "Man, this is a real gem." But I don't think I meant that the same way as you! Thanks. I wasn't intending for the list to be that long, it just kind of evolved. Thanks. I set the model in my display case right next to an F-4 and it's quite surprising how big the Demon is. Pretty much the same size as the Phantom, but with only one engine, and under-powered at that. I'm a serial modeller, one at a time. The only time I have more than one going on is when I'm waiting for aftermarket to arrive for the other. The Demon took longer than usual (I typically finish four-five models per year) due to the amount of work involved plus some other issues, like the pneumonia that took me out of commission for a few weeks. Plus a couple of vacations and the usual babysitting for the grandkids and the next thing you know it's August. Thanks. Even some of the most basic kits can be made into something. Not all of them, of course. In the case of the Demon there was quite a bit of aftermarket available for the Emhar kit. This project would have been easier, I think, if I used the Sword kit but it wasn't around when I bought all the stuff I used to make this model. Thanks. It came out better than I initially expected. However, I reserve the word epic for Homer. And I don't mean Simpson! I agree! The 50s and 60s are when I was born and grew up, so I feel a lot of affinity to those times. The 50s especially, when it seemed like there were new designs and prototypes coming out every few weeks. A lot of really interesting aeroplanes for sure. Thanks. Yes, it's time to restart yours - we need more Demons on the forum. Both McDonnell and Hawker. Cheers, Bill
  18. Thanks Joachim. The ladder has just been requisitioned from stores, so it hasn't been scuffed up yet. Thanks Martin. Not sure about the Voodoo, but I have a colour photo of a Demon with this same ladder. The photoetch bits to make it came from Airwaves in one of their Demon sets. They all sound good to me! I have the Revell 104C kit and the new(ish) Caracal decal sheet with SEA camo and nose art. Should look pretty cool. First things first, though, gotta clean up the workbench. Haven't done that in several models. Thanks Dave. I wasn't aiming for that many bullets, but that's how it worked out. Well, I did leave in at least one mistake, but I didn't bother pointing it out. Got to protect my rep, eh? Thanks Phil. There is quite a bit of the original kit parts used - fuselage, wings, gear struts, gear doors. canopy. I think if I built it out of the box it wouldn't look as nice. Cheers, Bill
  19. I actually like building older kits and seeing how pretentious I can be with my list of corrections/improvements. But this kit needed it! And I will admit to having Zeppelin on the turntable while building it. Thanks mate. Thanks. It's even harder to imagine that I subjected myself to all that work. I must be daft. Wait, I actually am daft. Thanks Giorgio. I have no idea what to build next. I seem to remember that I promised to build the F6U-1 Pirate - at least that kit doesn't have many parts. But neither did the Demon and look what happened with that! I'll have a look through my stash and find something. My latest kit acquisition is the Italeri (ESCI) F-5A - there are some nice Canadian markings. Or maybe an F-104C in SEA camo. How about the old Monogram AD-5 Skyraider with yellow wings? Or maybe a P-51 "Passion Wagon." No, I think a Sea Harrier FA.2 in Oxford Blue would be nice. Or maybe the YF-23? I love Northrop designs. How about the AH-1Z Viper? The CF-105 Arrow! The biplane Helldiver! Arghh, there is no end to the ideas... Cheers, Bill
  20. I think the reading material in my build was a couple of pub crawl maps... That's what I did as well. Sometimes the Special Hobby instructions add a new meaning to "vague." They're getting better though. Cheers, Bill
  21. Before there was a Phantom II, there was the Phantom. But after the original Phantom (and Banshee) there was the Demon. Although not as well known as its famous progeny, after some teething difficulties it served well as an all-weather fighter from 1956 to 1964. Due to its excellent pilot visibility, the F3H was often referred to as "The Chair." Pilots were "Demon Drivers" and mechanics were "Demon Doctors." (We won't mention the nickname "Lead Sled" - it's been used too much.) The F-4 Phantom II was initially developed as an advanced, two-engine version of the Demon, kind of a Super Demon, and was originally given the designation F3H-G/H. My build process is detailed in the WIP thread here. As can be seen from my list of corrections and improvements below, the Emhar kit was not shake and bake. Those who are leery of such things may not want to look at the WIP! Project: McDonnell F3H-2N Demon Kit: Emhar Kit No. EM3002 Scale: 1:72 (as required by the Egyptian Book of the Dead) Decals: Xtradecal X027-72 (VF-122 Black Angels), some home-printed, and a few from the kit Resin: Pavla cockpit set no. C72121 (not all of it used); Eduard 632083 AIM-9B Sidewinders Photoetch: Airwaves AEC72060 Interior & Exterior, AC7262 Wing Spoilers, Fences and Boarding Ladder Masks: Made by hand! With a pencil and a pair of scissors! Paint: Gunze H325 FS26440, H11 Flat White, H12 Flat Black, H14 Orange, H90 Clear Red, H94 Clear Green, H317 FS36231 Dark Gull Gray; MRP 127 Super Clear Matt, 048 Super Clear Gloss; Tamiya XF-69 NATO Black; Alclad ALC101 Aluminum, ALC111 Magnesium; Testors 1169 Flat Yellow Weathering: Very subtle post-shading - so subtle you might miss it! Improvements/Corrections Obviously, the Emhar kit is rather old and a bit of a slog. Skip to the photos if you don't want to read such a long list! Add all wing fences using photoetch and card stock Add wingtip skid plates Add wing fuel dumps using flattened brass tubing Add resin cockpit, instrument panel coaming and ejection seat Add photoetch wing spoilers (scabbed on just like in real life!) Fill “worse than Matchbox” panel lines with Mr. Surfacer and sand entire fuselage for days Scratchbuild nose gear bay and detail all wheel wells Add gun camera housing under nose Detail fuselage airbrake wells with photoetch Add photoetch airbrake and add structural detail on the inside with card stock Added photoetch boarding ladder Drill out compressor seal leakage ducts on side of fuselage Thin walls of engine cooling inlets on fuselage sides Thin out intake walls Add intake vanes made from thin card stock and position at correct angles Reshape aft fuselage underside fuel dumps (add a bend - kit parts are straight) Drill lightening holes on inside of nose gear doors Add several linkages to all landing gear Sand and polish all canopy parts to remove molding seams and try to get a smooth surface Add flange to front of windscreen to reshape for proper angle Add pitot tube to front of windscreen Design artwork and print decals for wing fuel dump stripes, all vents, shell ejection chutes and underside antennae Scratchbuild arresting hook bay and reshape hook Add photoetch from spares box to detail all landing gear, arresting hook, and airbrake bays Add tail bumper Add catapult bridle hook Add top fuselage beacon Add resin turtledeck Replace nose wheel (kit part is too small) Kit-bash afterburner nozzle from kit part (thin the walls way down) and exhaust tube with flame holder from RF-4C Phantom II Re-shape the aft end of the beaver tail and add navigation light Lower flaps to normal “parked” position Modify kit AERO4A missile launchers into AERO1A for AIM-9B Sidewinders Drill out cannon holes Add circuit breaker panels to cockpit Squadron markings from the kit and Xtradecal sheet Add static pressure boom to starboard wing Add several tubes of putty and sand for hours Drop the model at least once Spend hours wondering why I didn’t just buy the Sword kit… And a whole bunch of other stuff that I can’t remember because I’m old OK, that's enough. Photos! Whew! Cheers, Bill (who never learns after building these old kits) PS. Here is one of the Super Demon mock-ups: Look familiar? Add a back seat, turn up the wingtips, turn down the horizontal stabs...
  22. I wonder what the gents in the photo on the box top would think to know they've been immortalized in a painting on the cover of a model kit? Cheers, Bill
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