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Rod Blievers

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  • Birthday 10/01/1946

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  1. Rod many thanks for your reply, fortunately, the photos you posted include WG486 in the guise I'm doing mine in.

  2. Good luck with this one! Chipmunk stencils seem to have been in a constant state of change; as an example there are numerous variations of the fire extinguisher symbol in colour/shape/angle painted. Hopefully these photos will help: WG420 Bristol UAS (2)_edited by Rod Blievers, on Flickr WG 486 Brisol UAS Filton 1971 (Rod Brown)_edited by Rod Blievers, on Flickr WB627 BUAS Odiham 1968 (Brian Stainer)_edited by Rod Blievers, on Flickr
  3. I've previously banged on about the paucity of photos clearly showing the wing uppersurfaces of 2 FTS Chipmunks - Peter Binks has supplied this postcard. This clearly shows the "aft" positioning of the roundel (notice where the spar and its associated Red/Grey division intersects the roundel). WG470/32 features on Xtradecal 48221; while they've done a commendable job of replicating the oddly truncated "32" on the LHS their version of the uppersurface scheme is incorrect. Best you use the photo! WG470 2 FTS (Peter Binks) by Rod Blievers, on Flickr
  4. I think that's a marvelous rendition of a very interesting subject. Well done, Don!
  5. Memory failures Mike. I can tell you clearly about 30 years ago, just don't ask me about yesterday!
  6. You too? I think it's called "too many birthdays"!
  7. Great review Mike, but with respect, the instructions err here in that they show the lower "blade" mounted vertically - since it was mounted perpendicular to the skin and offset from the centreline it can't be vertical, viewed from ahead it's offset to the left. Here you go: Cheers, Rod.
  8. A great review thanks. I'm a great admirer of Eduard products and this will be a welcome addition to modellers building the Airfix kit. I wonder though just which Chipmunk did Eduard base their depiction of the instrument panel? I've never seen a Chipmunk with the large Turn and Slip indicator that Eduard depict; the normal fitting is the conventional "bat & ball" indicator, similarly sized to the VSI above. The overly large and far too bright yellow rectangular device is a Tiger Moth style oil pressure indicator which only appeared on a mere handful of early production aircraft; the vast majority had a conventional round dial. These photos should help: WG478, front panel. Ignore the GPS (the reflective rectangular screen showing the blue shoulder harness buckles on the RHS), the modern radios and the combination of both a floor-mounted P.11 compass and a coaming mounted "Airpath" compass (it should be one or the other), otherwise this is a bog-standard T.10 panel. WK507, rear panel. Apart from the prominent red button on the LHS, this again is bog-standard. A few further thoughts - it really is black and colourless in there! The two red knobs are the mixture control (LH side) and the fuel cock. Note the prominent wiring looms at the top of the sidewalls, secured by straps and brass buckles (quaint) - the looming is on both sides of the front cockpit but only on the LHS in the front.
  9. You're being a bit harsh on yourself Gazza - errors in the instructions don't constitute your "mistakes".
  10. It really was intended as gentle/helpful "nit pick"! I wasn't aware that XD48221's depiction of WZ872 was based on a restoration, the instructions certainly don't indicate this. Here's WZ872 "back in the day" - notice the black tailwheel assembly: WB652 & WZ 872 5AEF Cambs War Mem Crown 871.47 by Rod Blievers, on Flickr I'm intrigued. When the 1:1 WG478 came back from it's repaint, all four of these stencils were spelled "DIHEDERAL"! In truth nobody commented, nor did I notice, for several years then a sharp-eyed friend pick up on this clanger!
  11. Gazza - that's beautiful! Far better than I could ever build, so please take these comments as being positive: 1. With the black/white prop and spinner scheme, the prop blade face tips were not yellow. 2. On every colour photo of an RAF Chipmunk that I have, the tailwheel assembly is black. That's an error in the kit and decal instructions and does not detract, for an instant, from your superb model.
  12. Yes, I think that's correct, but with extra stencils.
  13. Do you mean the circular port near the "3" of the under wing serial in the WK643 drawing? It's a downward i/d lamp that can be used for signalling; they all seem to have the yellow/orangish-ish cast (although possibly they've aged to this colour). Please note there's been a massive clean-up in the hangar since this photo was taken... P1000502 by Rod Blievers, on Flickr
  14. Drawings of Chipmunks in general are surprisingly rare, let alone those of the DHC-1B. The elevations are from Bill Fisher's "Chipmunk - the first fifty years", plus a few others that might help (notice just how different the panels are). Chip3 by Rod Blievers, on Flickr img260a_zps6ada4680_edited by Rod Blievers, on Flickr img259a_zpsc1353cce by Rod Blievers, on Flickr
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