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  1. Hi all. As some of you will know, I particularly like 1/100 scale aircraft. Luckily for me, all three V bombers are available in 1/96 (which is close enough). I've already built a FROG Valiant and I've got Lindberg's Victor and Vulcan in my stash. I thought I'd give the Victor a go in this GB. The kit was originally released in 1959 and throughout its life has suffered from an identity crisis. The main problem is that it combines the shorter nose of the prototypes with the smaller tail of the production aircraft. My 70s boxing has decals for the second prototype WB775, flying in anti-flash white (which I don't think it ever did). Later boxings have the aircraft in green/grey camo. I've decided to modify the tail and build mine as the first prototype, WB771. This first flew on Christmas Eve 1952 and continued until 14th July 1954, when it crashed at Cranfield due to its tail shearing off in flight. Sadly, all four crew members lost their lives I've chosen this particular aircraft as it carried a very smart red, black and silver livery at the 1953 Farnborough Air Show... Cheers
  2. The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing, which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought. By the time development was completed, "pure" jet airliners from France, United Kingdom, and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 aircraft were built before production of the Britannia ended in 1960. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known as "The Whispering Giant" for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil. XN392 ‘ACRUX’ The Royal Air Force Bristol 175 Britannia Fleet. G-APPE / XN392 SERIES 250 – VARIANT 252 / C.Mk 2 Constructors No. 13450 Built at Belfast – First flight 13/10/58 – C of A: 10/11/58 Built to contract 11804 for the Ministry of Supply, dated February 1955. Officially on Ministry of Supply charge from 09 November 1958 and delivered via Filton as G-APPE on 12 November 1958. On 13 March 1959 G-PE carried spare parts for the grounded BOAC 102 Britannia, G-ANBC at Rangoon, in what was then a record time for the route. Royal Air Force Transport Command colours were applied in late March 1959, serialled XN392 she was named ‘Acrux’. Evaluated by A&AEE at Boscombe Down until 24 May 1959, she was damaged by salt spray at Belfast causing her return to Filton for repairs to the underside of the fuselage and the wings. Delivered to Transport Command No.99 Squadron at RAF Lyneham on 18 September 1959 she was subsequently operated within Nos. 99 and 511 Squadrons’ Britannia pool at RAF Lyneham from March 1961. In December 1975 she was withdrawn from military service and stored at Baginton Airport , Coventry. XN392 had flown 12 652 hours and made 10 380 landings whilst in service with the RAF. She was purchased by Aer Turas on 18 December 1975 but only as a source for spares for their Britannia fleet and broken up and scrapped during April and May 1976 after a potential operation by City Airways fell through. Chrism sent this for me to build for the A&NVMSig. This kit was originally issued by Frog in 1957 and is 1/96 scale. Not surprisingly the kit is very basic and crude. The parts really show the kit’s age with pronounced ejector pin marks, steps where the mould has not properly aligned and gaps, presumably where the mould has been damaged. Flash is abundant and some sprue gates are very thick. The propeller spinners virtually needed carving from the runner, so heavy was the flash. Making a half presentable model was challenging to say the least. I made no attempt at fine detailing, I merely filled gaps in the joints and assembled as per the instructions. I added 20g of white metal castings (weighed out) and placed in the nose compartment as indicated on the instructions. The under-surfaces were primed with gloss black prior to airbrushing the natural metal finish. I used several shades to add variation and discolouration. I then masked off the under surfaces and primed with Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer shot through my Model Air Brush 116B. I also used this airbrush to spray Vallejo Model Air 71001 White mixed with a little Klear to make a white gloss finish. This was allowed to fully cure before I sprayed another coat of Klear as a foundation for the transfers. Some small areas of aluminium paint lifted when the masking was removed. These areas were blended in using AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium. The transfers were applied using Microset & Microsol and then the windscreen was slotted into place and the frame marked with a ruling pen. This was all sealed under a protective coat of Klear. I fitted the undercarriage after a little fettling. Despite the nose weight added the model remains a tail-sitter, indicating that the 20g specified is insufficient. To counter this, I scratched a support rod, cut from clear plastic rod and stuck to a disc cut from clear plastic sheet. The last task was to paint the black anti-glare panel and nose. Painting Profile: Vallejo Acrylic 74602 Gloss Black Polyurethane Surface Primer AK Interactive AK479 Xtreme Metal Aluminium AK Interactive AK480 Xtreme Metal Dark Aluminium Alclad2 ACL-113 Jet Exhaust Alclad2 ACL-121 Burnt Iron Alclad2 ACL-112 Steel Alclad2 ACL-111 Magnesium AK Interactive AK456 True Metal Dark Aluminium Vallejo Acrylic 74600 White Polyurethane Surface Primer Vallejo Model Air 71001 White Klear Vallejo Model Color 70950 169 Black
  3. Hello forum, I'm embarking on a modelling project and was looking at the Revell 1/96th scale Spanish Galleon (Revell H-367) and the current 1/96th scale Revell Man O'War (Revell 05429). However, they do not seem to be in scale with one another? Am I missing something here?
  4. Hi guys, I will build the 1/96 Revell Saturn V rocket, aka Apollo 11. I will build it staight from the box. The rocket was launched on the 16th of Juli 1969 For the first rocket to the moon with the landing on the moon as well. so now you know that I am from 1969. It is also the birth year of the kit itself. the down side of this kit is that there are no decals for the red letters. They are printed on the plastic. I can't show you jet, because I still need to make some pictures. I hope to do that later this week. There is a set of decals for it and I might get these for the build. Cheers,
  5. Thank you to those that crawled along with me over the many long months over on the WIP pages while this big beastie went together. She's done at last - perhaps I might add some dusty effects later on in the year but I have already wiped the worktops down in my workshop and moved on to other things. The diorama has already been to a few UK shows (IPMS Shropshire and IPMS Poole's shows) which got the kids asking lots of questions, and one member of the public innocently asked me if it was a WWI or WWII artillery piece last weekend ! There's only one word in reply to that.... "OOTINI..!" I've put my 11 yr old nephew on display here to start with to give you an idea of the kits size in 1/96 scale. That's all for now folks, I've got my other new Randy Cooper Avenger Star Destroyer to start thinking about getting started soon which will keep me out of mischief for a good few months after finishing off a few inbetweener quick builds I have lined up. May the Force be with you, always.... John
  6. Hello All, I built the Airfix old mould (1969) Sea King for the Helicopter III GB. It's on a stand measuring 3" by 3 1/2" and there's a picture of the Apollo 11 Command Module on the stand to give it some context: The mission here is to build a vignette of the scene shown in the photo, with the helicopter hovering above. The stand is a 1/4" thick balsa block with plastic card around the sides. So I need a command module, floatation bags and figures, and some ocean! For the command module I have seen some very expensive kits on Ebay, which include the LCM and/or Service Module, which I don't need. So for the capsule itself I thought I might get away with building a plastic card model based on a paper model pattern available freely on the web: It's for a 1/48 model, so I printed it out at 66.7% to get 1/72. Placed on the stand, it looked a bit too big, so I tried making a half-scale copy of the original 1/48 size one to give me 1/96 scale: This looks a lot more manageable and gives a bit of "forced perspective" to the scene. It's also about the same size as the one in the photo, so that works well. For the floats and dinghy I will be using two-part putty I have a choice of two-part advanced wood filler (too fast, no good for modelling), milliput (could do) or a strip of two-part filler in blue and green halves that you knead together until it is a uniform colour. The last one doesn't go entirely rigid and is hard to sand, but I think it would be the easiest to use. I will probably make my own figures for 1/96 scale, and I'd like to put one or two in the helicopter doorway too. Thanks for looking, Adrian
  7. This is my first WIP and it is going to be pic-heavy. The subject isn't a modern hightech model kit. In fact, it is almost as old as some of the real Canberras. I am going to build it for the most part OOB, except for a few details. A short in-box review can be found here: The assembly of the wings and the fuselage had been a pretty straightforward affair. The slit for the display stand was closed with a piece of styrene. And the intake cones were cut off and saved for later. The rest of the parts were simply glued together - without any nasty surprises. The tailplanes, however, were angled in a Beechcraft Bonanza-style. So while I thought that I can get away with some careful bending of the tabs in hot water, I was rewarded with a vicious *Crack!*. Twice. Well done, Trencher! I finally managed to get the tailplanes in the right angle by drilling and pinning them with silver wire. After that, I've sanded off the fool marks and gave it a first shot of primer to see, where some further filling and sanding was required. Unfortunately, the rattle can was a little bit too cold and the result was unsatisfactory. But that's nothing what some careful wet sanding can't remedy. Apparently, the amount of filler needed didn't seem to be much. The bomb bay door has to be engraved. So on to the cockpit. I opened the upper half by drilling, cutting and sanding. A first dry-fit with the canopy showed that the canopy was very brittle. So it has to be handled with care. The missing window needs to be engraved, too. Despite the odd look, the visibility of the canopy is quite good. Well I couldn't resist... I think, this will turn out into a nice little beauty. When completed.
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