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It's been quite a while since I started a new aircraft WIP. A number of things have conspired to explain my absence, in addition to a general lack of modelling mojo during the last year. Family matters, much garden related DIY and I have been building other stuff, just no WIP's on here. Guilty as charged! Obvs, there are two ongoing WIP's with my name against them elsewhere, a 1/72 Vosper, and a 1/72 Gamecock, but also behind the scenes a 1/48 Meteor, a 1/72 P-51H and a couple of 1/144 airliners are all perilously close to paint. Indeed the Meteor has paint and awaits decals. I'll RFI all those in due course, and continue with the Vosper and Gamecock WIP's. Mojo is well and truly restored I'm happy to say, so here we go............ Those who know me well are aware of my love of gliders, and especially those used to train Air Cadets through the ages. Apart from the two I have made, a T31 and a T21 (WIP's and RFI's can be found somewhere in my signature details), I have collected no less than five further models to be constructed, which collectively represent a decent chunk of training gliders used by the Air Cadet organisations over the years. The collection consists of these fine aircraft............. A rather nice resin Mk 1 by CMR, a twin kit injection moulded Grunau Baby from AZ, a resin T53B Phoenix by scale resin and a resin Grob Viking by Heritage Aviation. That last box is not very illustrative, so here is a shot of the "instruction sheet": On a number of occasions in the past year or so, I have hinted to @perdu that I might add to the glider collection, so (long overdue) I'm going to follow in your footsteps Bill and use this thread to as a WIP to build as many of the above that I can cope with! I'll make sure each one gets it's own RFI. I suspect @stringbag, who provided much valuable reference material for the T31 build, might enjoy this thread also. Enough preamble. The chosen first subject off the blocks is the resin Grob Viking. A lovely example by Heritage Aviation: The parts are very nicely moulded with no apparent warping or shrinkage, and only some very minor air bubbles in one or two places. Should be a breeze Had to take a bit of care removing the fuselage from it's resin plug, taking extra care not to spoil any of the wheel, underside moulding. For now I will clean up the wheels and see how they look, but being moulded in, they may not quite look the part. On the T21 and T31, I constructed wheels from scrap spares and embedded them, which might look better here. Here we have everything cleaned up and removed from the resin plugs: I'll need to scan the web for some detailed cockpit shots as I plan to "add a bit" to enhance the very nicely moulded seats and I/P comings. Wings dry fitted, and a quick size comparison with the Viking's older cousins, first the T21 then the T31. Much to do, more soon! Terry
I don’t usually have more than one model on the go as I like everything tidy and compartmentalised, but this one is another build for a client who’s requested it by mid-December, so I need to get on with it while I’m waiting for the F-16 exhaust. It’s an oddly proportioned aircraft, looking like it should be Wellington bomber sized but is actually smaller than a Tornado, despite apparently being a troop carrier! It can’t have been much fun being squeezed into one of these in full kit on your way to get shot at. Massive respect to those brave lads. Oh good, more resin. And vac-formed canopies. Metal undercarriage and lots of portholes. Masking should be interesting. I’ve been asked to build this scheme, so I’ll look at it as good experience for when I get around to making my Canberra TT.18 from the Alley Cat conversion pack. Has anyone built this kit, or have any tips for spraying those stripes!?