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  1. After watching a part work HMS victory take shape under the fine hand of my stepfather over the last 10 years or so, and my own dalliances with Railway Modelling, and a completed but not spectacular HMS Dreadnought, I felt that it was finally time for me to try for the age of sail. I have decided to build a 1/96 Revell Cuttysark. I have a fairly well stocked plastic modelling workbench as a result of my railway modelling experience, but that’s it. I’ve never attempted a model of this size and scale before. While I am not focused on 100% fidelity, I would like to keep a level of prototypical accuracy. I am hoping to find any advice for the early stages of building this kit – such as jigs, templates, workholding, or any essential supplies or aftermarket components (i see there are decks, blocks and sails). Does anyone have any advice? ps. I have ordered the books by Longridge!
  2. A really quick build this one taking about a week. Airfix 1964 moulding Boeing 314 Clipper. Decided I had to make this after reading the story of Pan Am California Clipper and her almost round the world trip in Dec 1941 going from San Francisco to New York the long way after her return route to San Francisco was blocked due to the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. If you want to read the story heres the link California Clipper story or Pan Am Historical page The kit is basic with no interior and very few parts but the fit is good. The decals are for NC-18605 Dixie Clipper fortunately research and a very useful picture sent to me from the Pan Am Historical Foundation (pic posted with their permission) show NC-18602 in New York after her arrival in Jan 1942 was of great help which I thank them for. A few adjustments to the original kit in reversing and rotating the 5 to make the 2 for NC-18602, Radio wires from fin to wing- If anybody makes one of these in the future dont be mislead by other models/pictures of the wires going to above the cockpit they are pitot tubes and the wires go to the wings, there are some HD pics of the attachments I found after extensive research. And finally using lots of old decal sheets black edge lines to make up the upper wing markings. (These should be rounded corners but I only had straights) Love the lines of this golden age of aviation bird and has grown on me the more I researched. I just wish she would stay on her stand and not keep banking over! As always thanks for looking and I look forward to yur comments.
  3. Good evening everyone please find below, after a 40 year build ! Berwick Winston Churchill's Boeing 314 Clipper. Here is a photo of the man himself at the controls, with the signature cigar: Below are the pictures of the completed build. The kit was lost in my parents loft until being recovered when we sold the house after I lost my father. I failed to finish in the KUTA IX Group Build so here it is. All comments greatly received and many thanks to all the BM members for the continuing encouragement, it would never have been finished without you Cheers Pat
  4. This is a real blast from the past, the box says 1976 and it's been lost in my parents loft for the last 40 years until the house was sold recently. Amazingly I haven't lost any bits (famous last words !) so with some serious filling of seams to do we should be on our way. Photos below http://s783.photobucket.com/user/Jockney007/media/IMG_3139_zpssfczemec.jpg.html http://s783.photobucket.com/user/Jockney007/media/IMG_3140_zpsf8pkvizc.jpg.html http://s783.photobucket.com/user/Jockney007/media/IMG_3141_zps7jgbxrbt.jpg.html http://s783.photobucket.com/user/Jockney007/media/IMG_3142_zpslpxvb71q.jpg.html Having trouble with photo-bucket copying the images over so that they appear in the posting, any tips given would be appreciated ! cheers Pat
  5. Hi everyone This is the continuation of a failed to complete in time build from the KUTA GB. Having nearly finished in time I found I had a part missing and my pathetic attempts to make the part were well.......pathetic ! However I was rescued from having another member of the shelf of doom by Chris (Stringbag) who sent me the missing part. Link to the WIP below from the KUTA GB Cheers Pat
  6. Apologies in advance if these should be their own individual categories and will adapt if so. Here are a selection of my builds involving Flying Boats and Float Planes since restarting model-making a few years back after a break of around 35 years. 1/72 Airfix Junkers Ju52/3m finished as a WHIF, used by the Regia Aeronautica on Rhodes in late 1940 OOB Build. (I had posted this previously in a Junkers thread but seemed appropriate to include it here as well as it has floats! ) 1/72 Airfix Short Sunderland III with Wrapround Camouflage. OOB Build with slight scratch cockpit. Roundels from Original Kit, Lettering from Revell Heyford 1/72 Airfix Supermarine Walrus in USN Colours. OOB Build, but missing canopy glass. WHIF scheme. 1/144 Airfix Boeing B314 'Clipper' in wartime BOAC Markings. OOB Build. 1/72 Matchbox Heinkel He-115 FloatPlane as a Swedish TB-2. OOB Build. Roundels & Lettering from Airfix Mosquito J30 kit This is my first Airbrushed model and really like the finish that can be achieved over (my) brush 1/72 Airfix Auster AOP (kit #01023), represented in a fictional Swiss Flying Doctor scheme. OOB Build with slight cockpit "clutter" added. Decals raided from spares box Lovely little kit to build 1/72 Matchbox Dornier Do G/Do-18 Flying Boat (Kit #PK-409), finished as a Deutsche Lufthansa South Atlantic Mailplane. OOB with slight mods to convert kit to more accurately represent civilian service.
  7. Summer in Australia seems finally to be over and I'm ready to get back into building. The change in season happily coincides with this group build, which already has some great-looking projects underway. I'm going to build a Boeing 314 Pan Am Clipper in 1/144 from the Minicraft kit. I am thinking about my prototype. There are two particularly famous 314s. The Dixie Clipper, NC 18605, carried Franklin Roosevelt to Casablanca in January, 1943. The other -- and what to call it depends on when you're referring to -- made the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a commercial airliner in revenue service. I didn't know the story, so I will relate it here. In short, NC18602, the California Clipper, was in the air at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On arrival in Auckland, Pan Am ordered the crew to proceed home the long way -- to New York via Australia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil -- after stripping identifying marks from their aircraft. They made it about a month later, and Pan Am renamed the aircraft the Pacific Clipper (and also re-registered it NC18609), apparently to agree with newpaper stories. I'm thinking about how to finish this kit. There are three options: Out-of-the-box: The kit includes decals showing NC18609 and Pacific Clipper -- after the big flight, in other words. The upper-wing registration mark is unfortunately integrated with the international-orange region that Clippers had on their upper surfaces -- a feature I would prefer to paint. Mid-flight: With the markings removed or painted over. I don't know how it was done, but it could make for an interesting depiction. On arrival in Auckland: Designated NC18602 and California Clipper. I don't have decals for this. If I knew how to do figures and dioramas, I'd show Captain Ford on his mobile phone, getting the big surprise from headquarters. Here's the boxtop: Here's where I am already, after only an hour of work: The kit seems to be fitting really well, considering that this is apparently a reworked Airfix kit from the 1960s. These aircraft were natural metal, right, not painted silver? Thanks for looking. Some links: Wikipedia In Search of an Icon
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