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  1. Not sure if this has been done before? A group build of anything that is powered by the Legendary Rolls Royce Merlin, (or license-built Merlin by Packard, or the land based Meteor variant). so production-wise wikipedia tells me that’s… Packard: Avro Lancaster B.III/B.X Bell XP-63 Kingcobra Curtiss P-40F/L/Kittyhawk Mk.II Curtiss P-60 de Havilland Mosquito B.VII/B.25 Hawker Hurricane Mk.X, XI, XII North American P-51 Mustang North American F-82 Twin Mustang Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI Rolls Royce: Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Avro Athena Avro Lancaster Avro Lancastrian Avro Lincoln Avro Manchester III Avro Tudor Avro York Boulton Paul Balliol and Sea Balliol Boulton Paul Defiant Bristol Beaufighter II CAC CA-18 Mark 23 Mustang Canadair North Star CASA 2.111B and D Cierva Air Horse de Havilland Mosquito de Havilland Hornet Fairey Barracuda Fairey Battle Fairey Fulmar Fairey P.4/34 Fiat G.59 Handley Page Halifax Handley Page Halton Hawker Hart (Test bed) Hawker Henley Hawker Horsley (Test bed) Hawker Hotspur Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane Hispano Aviación HA-1112 I.Ae. 30 Ñancú Miles M.20 North American Mustang Mk X Renard R.38 Short Sturgeon Supermarine Type 322 Supermarine Seafire Supermarine Spitfire Tsunami Racer Vickers F.7/41 Vickers Wellington Mk II and Mk VI Vickers Windsor Westland Welkin and the meteor: Cromwell Challenger Avenger, Comet Centurion Charioteer Tortoise experimental assault tank. Caernarvon, Conqueror tank (and of course any real life application not listed above - if someone has a merlin shoehorned into a car chassis sure, if it exists) (but no whatifs) you can also choose to build a model of just the powerplant itself. What’s not to love about that lot?! any takers for this one? 1 @Dansk 2 @Colin W 3 @PhantomBigStu 4 @Bonhoff 5 @Black Knight 6 @TEMPESTMK5 7 @vppelt68 8 @zebra 9 @2996 Victor 10 @franky boy 11 @Andwil 12 @theplasticsurgeon 13 @Marklo 14 @TonyOD 15 @Corsairfoxfouruncle 16 @stevehnz 17 @Jabba
  2. I thought I had finished with this GB but as part of a kit swop with Pat @JOCKNEY this arrived today! I had assumed it would be one of their usual somewhat basic short run injection moulded kits but as you can see it is white metal so perfect for this GB. It is intended to be one of the ones used by the RAF in the Middle East in the inter war period, but they were still in use during the early stages of the war and some even were painted in the Caunter scheme - I will decide how to finish it later as I need to crack on with it. The instructions suggest using 5 minute epoxy glue but go on to say "if you have lightning reactions you might be able to use superglue"! The figures are two aircrew and three mechanics, two of which are meant to be "swinging" a prop whilst the other is meant to carry a can of petrol/oil. This will be interesting as the mouldings are not brilliant, particularly the wheels so there will no doubt be quite a bit of bad language involved and copious amounts of filler! Cheers Pete
  3. Greetings one and all, its time to kick off the next project and this one will be a big un, ooh errr misses. With the Seahawk Smoker in the final throws of completion it was time to dig out the next project. Here I present the great Airfix 1:48 EH101 Merlin Mk3! Only its not going to be a Merlin Mk3, not even a Merlin, infact technically not even a EH101 or AW101 which ever they call it nowadays. I’m going to try and emulate Canadas very own modern Yellow Peril, the CH149 Cormorant! So a bit of back story, I moved to Nova Scotia in 2012 with a Merlin Mk1 background and started work on the CH149 depth maintenance line here in Halifax Airport. This was the first run through for third line Cormorant work and it was thoroughly enjoyable starting on this project. During the last 9 years Ive spent about half my time on CH149 the rest on CP140, now I find myself in Asset Management for the CH149 controlling all the whirly, noisy stuff that make her fly from the comfort (!?!) of my office. So seeing the aircraft nearly every day, I always look at minute details thinking how to replicate them in a kit. I unfortunately missed the initial release of the Merlin however I did have a go at an Italeri 1:72 version which involved a lot of work and turned out not too bad in the end, you can see that build from a few years ago here Linky But it has burned me that I don’t have the 1:48 version so before Christmas I started a big search for a reasonably priced kit and found one on HLJ.com. I didn’t even think they would have it in stock! So I ordered it and waited to see what the postage costs would be. The shipping costs worked out just 5 bucks cheaper than the actual kit!!!! But I though screw it and indulged myself, whats a 95% rise in costs? Just don’t let SWMBO know! The kit only took 3 days to arrive in Halifax from Japan ….. then another 3 days to travel the 20 Kms to my house! but still pretty pronto! I also managed to get a conversion set from Belcher Bits, he had just received a second run so timing was perfect. That was it everything I need to convert this helo. Oh and a shed ton of plastic card, rod, tube and various other bits and bobs to do it. Luckily I do have a great reference material as the real aircraft is only a short walk away and I have access to all the tech info I need (although the latter is surprising inaccurate for model making!). Unfortunately it isn’t something I can share with every one! This will be a long term build as every part of the kit I look at needs some work, that’s the peril of knowing the subject well, sometimes you just get dragged down an endless warren. Another kicker to get this going was only just the other night, 4 Cormorants were scrambled to assist a Trawler in the Atlantic. The weather was atrocious and the aircraft were operating at the edge of their limits. When I returned to work next morning, the 4 aircraft were red (unserviceable), one had to cut both rescue hoist wires and another was stuck in Yarmouth after a hydraulic failure. But with the aid of the US Coastguard all 31 souls onboard were saved, the fishing boat sank several hours later. Theres a link to the story here: Rescue link The video shows the conditions and just how tricky the rescue was. So in honour of the Cormorant SAR crews here is my interpretation of Canadas finest. First up the boxtop And the sprues And finally the clear and detached parts, clear parts are nice and clear ..... which is why they are hard to see in this picture And also the Belcher Bits conversion The resin parts are really well done and have some lovely detail on them. Theres going to be alot of cutting, bodging together and scratch building on this so please dont expect an update every 10 minutes . More to follow so stay tuned! Stay safe and have a great weekend! Bob
  4. In early 2013 Airfix released a 1/48th Augusta Westland Merlin HC.3 kit - ref. A14101 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/agustawestland-merlin-hc3-1-48.html Mike's review is here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234933319-augustawestland-merlin-hc3-148-airfix/ And there's another thread here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234927625-merlin-boxart-on-airfixcom/ V.P.
  5. Rightio, I have started a new project, which i have called (on other platforms) ASW Then vs now. i started this project about a week and a half ago, but i have had a little break As a fan of prototype/pre-production helis, i have decided to go with the pre-production Wessex and Merlin, the Wessex being the first Westland Helicopter to be solely designed to be an Anti-Submarine Helicopter, and the Merlin being the latest These are the kits i am using: As far as i can see, the Wessex is practically is the same as the production variant, and so i won't bother doing any scratch building for it. Doing PP5, well that a different story, it would have needed a slight conversion if i was gonna do the earlier or later look, the latter looking more like a production Merlin HMA.1..... so i decided to be mean to my self and take the harder one, and well, the Whirlwind conversion was hard, this will be pushing my limits. This is how i will be depicting ZF649 (PP5) This is a production HMA.1(what the kit is) I do need to do quite a big conversion; i need to do a fair bit of a redesign to the tail aft the fold, make a symmetrical tail plane, sand down the side of the sponsons and cut away at the sides to make it seem like the float bags aren't in place, remove the front float bags, remove the lower rear cockpit window... and possibly more. I have started most of the main bits of conversion before even considering 'starting' the kit if you will. I have sorted out the tail, started the tail plane and sponsons and removed the window As for the interior for both, The Wessex doesn't have one, and the cockpit is just seats. None of the instruments are there, but I'm really not sure if i can be bothered to do any work to the cockpit. The Merlin i am just keeping the same, I'm not sure what the interior of PP5 looked like, so i would rather it look full than empty
  6. As per my Apache, I am probably over reaching, particularly with this build as it looks fairly complex - with the BoB GB nearly apon us and lots planned for that, I thought about putting this back into the cupboard....but then I thought, when would it ever be built! So I will try to get this done, along with the Apache. I have not built a Helo since I was a kid, but did spend a lot of time in them in the time since! My unit was part of the trooping trials and training when they first came into service, the Crab Loadies were flapping that the keen but stupid Paratroopers would pile off the ramp, turn right and splat ourselves into the tail rota!! Picture more recent but you get the idea.... ZJ138 came to a sad end, had a problem and landed heavily at Camp Bastion, only to be dragged off by our American cousins....who damaged it beyond repair... http://www.ukserials.com/losses-2010.htm The Merlins were transferred to the RN after the SDR decided it was the best option to replace the Sea King Junglies....RAF bought some more Chinook. Have to say I really liked the Merlin, was the Rolls Royce of the SH fleet at the time.... Now the Royal Navy Guardforce (aka Royal Marine Commandos) will have them to play with along with their new sexy uniforms in their latest re branding exercise!
  7. As someone who made many models as a teenager and then gave up the hobby due to life getting in the way, I have recently started to make a few kits. The quality has moved on significantly from the 70’s and 80’s which is great. Having made a couple of kits that I thought were ok, I decided to go public with this build. I know it will be a long way from some fantastic examples that I see on Britmodeller but I’m genuinely hoping for some constructive criticism, help and advice to improve. Having a few issues with the first photos... URL=http://imgbox.com/cho90qzv
  8. Hi everyone This is my Revell 1/72 EH-101 Merlin HM.1 representing the aircraft ZH860. The Kit had incredibly good detail, it had raised rivets along the sides of the aircraft but not the top or bottom. The fit was very good and required minimal filling and sanding. I drilled small holes into the stairs (if that is what they are called) at the side to try copy how it looked in pictures. The decals where good and conformed well to the surface detail. For weathering, I used panel liner to make the rivets more visible and oil paint to add small oil leaks and exhaust stains. I also used it look like it had been at sea for a while. Thanks for looking
  9. This is my entry, tried to contact the Mods about eligibility and so far had no responce so I will post away and if it isn't a goer one of them can delete the thread. I had started this after the GB started but realised I could have entered it. As it is basically a Merlin I figured it would fit the bill of being constructed in Britain. So the build has progressed from my first request but I will start from the beginning. The build will be basically OOB with a few minor alterations (if I can be bothered). The CH-129 kit does not truly reflect the real thing. first thing was to add an extra axle to the main gear, I will use some wheel from the spares box for the new axles. I got some paint on some seats and rotor blades I started the fuselage assembly as well, Italeri missed the forward observation windows and I will not bother to add them since I don't have anything similar to plonk in the holes. Seats installed in the cockpit and fuselage half. again the interior is not per the real thing, there are stretcher mounting points and some sort of control station down back that I will not worry about. That's all for now.
  10. Hello Chaps, This is my attempt at converting the Revell 1/72 Merlin Mk.1 kit into a Merlin Mk.2. If you've got this far, thanks for looking - I know helicopters aren't as popular as Spitfires and the like, but I'm not very experienced at this and it took me ages, so thank you for having a gander! The main little tweaks to convert include positioning a third pitot tube on the LHS of the nose, another circular aerial on the top of the tail rotor drive shaft, the two homing aerials on each side of the nose wheel bay, the little black protrusion just behind the RHS of the cockpit and a couple of other things on the aircraft's underside. Some of the original instructions were incorrect for a Mk.1 or Mk.2 (such as the window for the cargo door) and some of the decals. The main rotor head folding mechanism was truly, truly awful and resulted in me having to drizzle superglue carefully into the rotor head. The folding tail boom is very loose, so needed magnets fitting to secure it. If anybody has any queries, please do shout out. If you've ever been subjected to a kit which requires over 200 decals within millimetres of each other, please give me a sympathy thumbs up vote! Thanks again for browsing! Here's the build thread:
  11. Hello Guys, I've just started with a Revell Merlin HMA1 kit which I intend to convert to a Merlin Mk2 - externally, anyway, at least. I've added a couple of pilots from an old Puma kit and made a very simple pistol and cartridge stowage, first aid kit and fire extinguisher for the cockpit. Very early days but here it is so far:
  12. Chaps, Would anyone happen to know what grey the current Merlin HMA.2s are painted in FAA service? I am after a good acrylic spray-able paint in perhaps the Gunze/Mr Color or Tamiya ranges but want to make sure it's the right one. Cheers for any help. Andy
  13. Having been lucky enough to see the Norwegian AW101s training in Cornwall during the last 3 weeks I was delighted to see the contents of the impending Xtradecal set https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/X72279 Here are a few of the Helicopters featured in the sheet that I've been able to catch in Cornwall in recent years: ZZ102 ZZ101 ZR342 Xtradecal have ZR337 as the UK serial for the Nigerian, but only ZR344 and ZR345 wore these colours. ZR344 (NAF280) ZR345 (NAF281) ZR343 ZR331 ZJ125
  14. Hello, I have a simple question regarding exhaust pipes (both fish-tail and round), on long-nose Merlin spits (VII/VIII/IX/XVI). Were exhaust pipes from these "Long-nose Merlins" identical to Mk.XII, Mk.XIV, or maybe even both of these Griffon variants? Aleksandar
  15. Inside the front cover of May 17 Flypast there's an ad from BAIV (of Holland) selling Meteors (RR tank engines, not the plane). Apparently refurbished for MOD for the Gulf War but over all too quick to be used. The ad suggests these could be used for Merlins. I know that the Meteor was derived from the Merlin by RR, and at one time there was a ground running one in a Spitfire (replica?), but surely not much could be used on a flying aircraft? I can't imagine there's much actual commonality in parts, as I assume a tank engine can be made from any old steel or whatever, rather than certified materials for each and every component, nor would a tank engine run the same compression ratios and so forth, leaving aside the supercharging , dual ignition systems that I can't imagine were necessary to slug through the North German plains in the Cold War! In their blog it says "Note: this Engine can also be an ideal and relatively cheap basis for rebuilding your Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine!" http://www.baiv.nl/blog/2017/02/09/limited-quantity-meteor-mk-ivb-engines-available-factory-overhauled-power-pack-with-accessories/ Yours Doubtfully Cheers Will
  16. Mosquito FB.VI Engines (632090 for Tamiya) 1:32 Eduard Big Sin Tamiya's big Mossie is an awesome kit, and these new resin engines should take that awesomeness up a notch, as Eduard's use of 3D printing technology is by now legendary, as is their casting skill which IMHO is second to none. This set arrives in a large flat box due to scale and contents, and has a weighty feel that gives a clue to what's inside. Underneath the large instruction booklet and a layer of bubble wrap are nine bags of resin parts, and one containing two frets of Photo-Etch (PE), with a grand total of 180 resin parts!!!! Some of them are tiny, but there are a substantial number of large parts, and the work that has gone into the design and casting must have been phenomenal. Before you start you will need some lengths of wire of 0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm, 0.8mm and 1mm diameters to be able to do this set justice, so pick up either some lead fly-tying wire from an angling shop, or florist's wire and follow the instructions carefully. There are 21 steps in all, beginning with the cylinder heads and blocks with their electrical connections to the spark plugs, followed by the supercharger and ancillary equipment that sits on one end of the engines. The engine's crankcase is then built up with its own ancillary equipment, and the piston banks are added into keyed recesses, as are the supercharger to the rear and the reduction gear housing at the front. Between the two banks of 6 pistons form a V-shape at the top of the engine, and the supercharger feed-tubes run along the space between them feeding the engine with lots of compressed air, along with another bank of spark-plugs (2 per cylinder in total), which are fed by PE wires. With main engine construction completed, attention turns toward mountings and connections to the rest of the airframe. This begins with the engine bearings being constructed along with some additional equipment that is attached now for ease. The cowlings need a little preparation to remove the casting flash across the exhaust ports on the engine sides, which are simple to cut free and are marked in red on the instructions. These are added to the sides of the engine, a bulkhead is built up from a number of parts, additional wiring, hoses and equipment are added all around, including a curved reservoir around the reduction housing, and the propeller shaft is installed at the business end of the engine with a couple of PE parts and another resin part finishing off that area. The lower cowling is then constructed with the chin intake and a PE mesh preventing FOD ingress. The corresponding intake is attached to the underside of the engine, and various additional coolant hoses, actuator rods, wires and the automatic fire extinguisher are glued in place while the engine is inverted. The exhausts are supplied as two types, with the two rear stubs conjoined on the inboard bank of pistons, and an optional surround that slips over the stubs before they are attached to the block. More wire is added, as is the disc in front of the reduction gear, additional struts forming part of the engine bearers, more hoses etc. Then you get to do it all again with the other engine, with some of the parts mirrored, but many identical to the opposite side, as the basic engines were the same. Conclusion Wow! It's not often that I'm blown away by an aftermarket set, but the attention to detail, the sheer clarity and amount of said detail as well as the quantity of parts is breathtaking. Sure it's an expensive set, and it will keep you busy with the glue and paint for a LOOONG time, but the results have the potential for perfection, if only there was a perfect modeller! Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Is this too many blades?
  18. It was a very sad day at AugustaWiffliand when the prototype AW191 destroyed itself in a blur of blades but the engineers decided to use some of the wreckage for the prototype AW161 Peregrine AEW. The only problem was that very little survived the accident, but with the Navy chasing them for an update on the conversion programme any changes needed to use as many standard parts as possible.
  19. Collecting various SAR helicopters in 1/72 and have gone from building 1 CH-149 to 2 NAWSARH's! In getting the right parts I've bought 3 kits plus some spare parts to build 2 helo's and I was thinking "what do I do with the leftovers???" Then I had a happy accident. I found a spare radome in my Sea King! Then I thought of this...
  20. Finished long ago, but only now posting images. Go to:
  21. Over the holidays, I was tidying my stash, and discovered a Merlin 1/72 Fulmar purchased in 1991, for £6.95. A product of the early garage-industry limited run injection process, it is molded in a waxy white plastic, with semi-opaque parts that represent the canopies. All surrounded by so much flash that carving the parts to shape is the first thing required, after sawing the parts from the huge sprues. There are decals, but the less said, the better. A good three-view is provided, and it is absolutely necessary if one is to believe this could represent a Fulmar. Easy to understand why it was never started, once the Pegasus version, and then the Vista/Airfix/Smer/Revell appeared. Obviously, this should be one for the bin, but I am possessed occasionally by excited delerium, and in this state of mind I decided to see if anything resembling a model aircraft could be produced. The two fuselage halves do not exactly line up, and the solid wings have a slight bend. The canopies would be useless, except that they are so thick, that inside their form can be discerned something of the original shape. The wings, after hot water treatment and much sanding, were straightened. The fuselage halves were roughly aligned, mating surfaces sanded flat, then glued together. The canopies were sanded extensively to fit their apertures, and lightly glued in place. They were then sanded to match the airframe contours, removed from the model and polished to give a semblance of clarity. Turning to the wings, having decided to try to represent a folded wing Fulmar, each wing was cut into three pieces. The stub wings were pinned with brass rod, and glued in place, as were the horizontal tail and vertical pieces. And that is where we are today. Next up, some scratch built cockpit invention/detail and paint, then re-attachment of the canopies. More to come.........
  22. Prop&Jet is to release a 1/72nd Gribovsky G-28 "Krechet" (Merlin) resin kit Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.905032449585083.1073741870.475396205882045&type=3 V.P.
  23. I decied to build this kit as a what if because the kit is for a prototype and to bring it up to latest standard would involve a lot of work. I did however cut out the window by the front door and even though you cannot see it the seats and consoles are in there. Painted using modelair paints and Kleer with decals cobbled togeather from kit decals, modeldecal and spares box decals. The actual painting was done with a cheap £6 chineese badger 150 copy it hasen't come out too bad. I am pleased with result and reckon that it could actually be done on the full size aircraft. There is presidence as there was a MK5 done in a simaliar scheme a few years ago. Normal 5ft viewing distance please. And with a proper HAS2 Thank you for looking Rodders
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