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  1. This build was done for the 'Anything but Injection' Group build but for those members who don't venture so far down the page I thought I'd post it here as it was an interesting challenge. This is a resin kit of a famous New Zealndtop dressing aircraft, the Flecther FU24. After WW11 top dressing land with fertiliser was big in New Zealand and huge numbers of war surplus Tiger Moths were used for the task with hoppers of Super Phosphate fitted into the front cockpit. As the Moths began to expire in the early 1950's, an alternative was needed. In typical Kiwi spirit, a group of farmers decided to build their own plane for the task and this was the result. Some were built in the US and assembled in NZ but most of the 300 eventually built were made in NZ. Some are still flying today 40 Years later. Here are the kit components. Note the poor quality resin parts, broken propeller and tiny seats for the cockpit. Unusually for a fixed under carriage model, the kit comes with wheel wells! Instructions are a 3 view drawing. Quite a bit of Milliput needed to correct the shape of the fuselage and fill those wheel wells. The nose and rear fuselage were hollowed out with a power tool to reduce the weight at the rear and make space for lots of lead in the nose. Basic structure completed Final paint scheme completed and passing the nose weight test. The kit supplied main undercarriage was under scale, inaccurate and far too weak for the weight of the model. A new one was made from brass wire with wheels from the spares bin. Ribs have been made for the flaps and the vacform canopy fitted over the scratch built interior. Decals were made on my home printer. Finished article. View showing scratch built hopper with exhaust pipes, nose grear leg and leading edge mirrors added. Full build log and more pictures can be found on this link Colin
  2. This is one of the classic Luft 46 kits that Unicraft is famous for. For anyone unfamiliar with Unicraft kits, here is the work in progress, which as you will see, it's not without its challenges. Here's the finished build, I hope you like it. Cheers Pat
  3. The is a place setter for more pictures etc. to follow. Classic Luft 46 subject, legendary Unicraft quality of parts and fit. I'll post a picture of the parts later on I just need a stiff drink to steady my nerves first Good luck everyone. cheers Pat
  4. The secret to the successful completion of any Blitzbuild is preparation, simplicity of kit assembly, and attention to detail. So it was only natural that Unicraft immediately came to mind. Picture below, along with the history of an aircraft I doubt many of you will have heard of, Info below from Unicraft History In early 1943 when not only there were no captured examples of jet engines and aircraft, but even there was no information at all about German and British turbojet-powered aircraft in the Soviet Union, the designer M.I.Goudkov has completed a prototype design study of the Gu-VRD turbojet-powered fighter. The project documentation was submitted on March 10, 1943. The Gu-VRD project was reviewed at NII VVS (Scientific Research Institute of the Air Force). A resolution of the leadership of the institute dated April 10, 1943 ordered: "Prepare urgently an evaluation review of the superfast fighter-interceptor of M.I.Goudkov design powered by Lyulka engine". Department chief I.I.Safronov wrote in his memo of 17 April 1943: "... Apparently, the aircraft would fly with the claimed speed, but the problem is that as of today there is no engine, just the name of its designer. Hence, the emphasis is to be on the engine". Gu-VRD was a monoplane with the engine placed in the bottom of the fuselage aft of the nose section. The side view of the aircraft had a step behind the engine's nozzle after which the fuselage had a much lesser cross section. Later this layout was named "stepped" and was used in the first Russian jet fighters MiG-9, Yak-15, La-150 and others. Some sources claimed that the stepped layout originated from German design studies of 1944- 1945. It is evident now that the stepped layout appeared in the USSR in 1943 without any foreign influence. The tipped nose of the aircraft had four segmented air intakes. The wing had trapezoid plane with curved tips. The horizontal and vertical tail design was standard. The retractable landing gear had two main legs and a small tail wheel. In the meantime Goudkov in his explanatory memo to the project wrote that by that time a combustion chamber of Lyulka engine had been tested, a two-stage axial compressor had been built and tested, achieving 1.25 compression ratio in each stage with 0.75 energy efficiency ratio, both figures rendered quite successful. An engine prototype rated at 750kg of static thrust had been designed and built to 70% readiness. Goudkov noted that the engine itself and majority of Lyulka design team were in Moscow. Lyulka planned to begin developing an engine rated at 1,500kg thrust. The engine had 700kg weight, 0.9m diameter and 2.1m length. Due to the Lyulka engine release delays the Gu-VRD was never completed, staying however one of the world's first JET FIGHTER projects. ________________________________ Technical data Crew 1 Engines 1500kg Lyulka...? turbojet Wing Area 11m2 Max.Weight 2,250kg Speed (sea level) 870km/h (calculated) Speed (6000 m) 900-1000km/h (calculated) Climb to 5000m 1.39min Range 700km Endurance 1h Landing Speed 141km/h Take-off Run 222 m, later considered to be too optimistic Armament 1x20mm ShVAK cannon 200rpg 1x12.7mm BS gun 200rpg -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Based on "Samolyotostroyenie v SSSR (1917- 1945)" [Aircraft Development in the USSR], Vol 2, published by TsAGI in 1994. Prepared by Alexander Velovich. Good luck everyone cheers Pat
  5. You would think that after punishing myself building the Unicraft Bird of Prey I would stay away from their kits, but when it is the only game in town what can you do. I have always thought that any kit is build able but this one is stretching my conviction. Anyway as much to test out migrating to Village.Photos from Photobucket, here are some pictures; I am not sure that these pictures fully show the crudeness of the parts. Anyway we will see how far I get.
  6. This kit was built during the "Blitzbuild Group Build" here on BM recently, for those unfamiliar this is where an attempt is made to start and finish a kit over the bank holiday weekend either in two 12 hour sessions or in one mammoth 24 hour session. With photos with time and date proof to show you are playing fairly. I chose to try to build the Unicraft Messerschmitt "Schwalbe" Luft 46 Resin Kit, which being the first resin kit I have ever built, was perhaps not the wisest idea I've ever had. However due to all the support and encouragement from other Modellers here on BM, it was completed within the allowed time. Started 27th August 2017 @ 17:11 Finished 28th August 2017 @ 23:12 Work in progress below This Group Build was brilliant with a really diverse range of models completed within the allowed time, normal Group Build times are months ! If you haven't taken part in a Group Build before I would encourage you to give it a go, it's a great chance to interact with other builders and often build something so deep down in the stash you had forgotten buying it Finished photos below, I still have much to learn with resin, so will not make the same mistakes with the next one, and of course take a lot more time ! Thanks once again for all the encouragement and humour during the build, it was greatly appreciated cheers Pat
  7. Ok here we go, I can't put this off any longer ! Some pictures before I started to extract the parts from the Resin puddle, the final one showing my start time. This kit is displaying all the typical Unicraft traits, i.e. Fuselage is banana shaped, wings look different sizes and you are left to decide where the parts go, as there are no real instructions or alignment points for the parts, however this may be the way things are done with Resin, I wouldn't know ! Right here we go with parts cut out and sanded a bit, but managed to mislay the missiles already ! Good luck everyone, and congratulations to those already finished ! cheers Pat
  8. This is my Unicraft YO-3a, affectionally know by its crews as the Yoyo. The work in progress thread can be found at; The YO-3a was a low altitude silent stealth aircraft designed to observe enemy troops at night without making an audible ground level sound. For more information see: http://www.yo-3a.com/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_YO-3 You can see the build thread for my trials and tribulations, but this is what I had to start with; Given that I am kind of proud about how it turned out, K'velen in fact. Next up is the Airfix O-2 Skymaster. Enjoy.
  9. This is my Unicraft Boeing Bird of Prey. The build thread for this can be found at Just to restate; The Bird of Prey, (named that because someone thought it resemble the Star Trek Klingon Bird of Prey, there is some documentation that it was designated YF-118G)was a late '90 secret stealth technology demonstrator which first flew in 1996 and after 40 flights was retired in 1999. Due to its secret nature it was not publicly revealed until October 2002. For more details see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Bird_of_Prey. Also to restate; I am sure I have built worse kits then this, but I can't remember when (the absolute best kit I have built is the Airfix A-4 Skyhawk). Not one of my best builds, but I am satisfied considering what I had to start with. Enjoy,
  10. Ok I’m the first to admit I am totally mad and this build will prove it! My work pattern has changed so I will have more time for models!!! So rather than signing up for more GB’s…or actually completing the ones I’ve signed up for on time I decided I needed a new long-term project. The Heinkel He-177Z was a long term project which I loved so instead of building the bigger one I have gone for this project which I had mentioned a few times. I love the look and it’s super cool, plus a nightfighter as well! I had received all the bits sometime ago but after a quick look at them I got very scared!! The reason for this is the add on bits from Unicraft!!! The parts may be a little bit basic which is to say they are basically lumps of resin and not much else! So the basis for the build will be Hasegawa’s 1/48th Arado Ar-234C-3 which will provide the body, interior and undercarriage, though it will probably end up providing a of other bits as well! The wings from Antares are nice and need little work to fit my build. The engines or turbo-props are barely recognisable as engine parts and as can be seen I have had to add sheet plastic to help build them up so they at least may be round in shape! They even come with an internal engine sections if I wanted to leave the engine covers open…or should I say a blob to match the rest of the engine blob! The new nose is….well more or less useless, as can be seen from the photo is much smaller than the canopy section. The mod kit is for the Hobby Craft Arado Ar-234 which is completely the wrong in the nose section compared to the Hasegawa model, it’s way too narrow! So I can either modify the clear section which is pretty well impossible or completely build a new nose section! Plus all the other bits in this mod kit are pretty well useless as well, I will have to use most of the kit parts for this build! I will either have to modify the resin bits I have or make a completely nose section, which at the moment looks to be the easiest path! So I have pretty well given myself a not so easy task for this build. Whether I complete this build or if it is destine for the box of doom is something to be decided as the build progresses. For a start I need to get these engines at least round in profile, hence the addition of card to the engine bodies and spinners. If I can get these sorted there may be a possibility this project will get going. Once the main bodies are round in profile I can work on the nose cones and props. Once these are done I can then start to work on how they will mount to the swept back wings, custom mounts will be needed for this. So this is going to be a crazily big project, nothing that will be completed in a couple of months for sure! Again I must be completely crazy to attempt this build, I had planned it for the WhatIf III GB, but given the work required it’s not possible in the time given. So this Christmas or next I’m not sure when it will be finished so welcome aboard on this crazy adventure. So welcome along for the ride, it will be bumpy and the driver will curse at regular intervals....oh and regular updates are not included!
  11. Sorry for the late arrival to this GB. All the normal excuses, work, kids etc.... The background to this aircraft is that in 1941, following early experimental jet aircraft from Heinkel, which showed the limitations of the propeller powered aircraft that were at that time being built by Messerschmitt. Dr Willy decided he too would build aircraft with jet propulsion. His first attempt was the Me163, this had some plus points, "bleeding Nora that's fast!" And some less positive point BOOM ! during refuelling if you get it even slightly wrong putting both liquids in. What you want it to have wheels to land on ? No let's try landing on a teatray with gallons of explosive liquids and a red hot jet engine behind you instead ! Now unbelievably some pilots thought this design could be improved upon, difficult to believe but true. The Messerschmitt design team while watching a repeat of "Scrapheap Challenge" on Dave TV decided to recycle a pair of tandem jet engines from an Arado 234, the swept wings from a crashed me163, and undercarriage from a P38 Lightning. The result being the Schwalbe. This design wasn't felt to be quite challenging enough, after all it was a lot faster than the me163, that already flew too fast to hit anything with either machine guns or cannons, so how can you enhance the degree of difficulty ? As you can imagine this taxed the design team for sometime before they came upon the decision to incorporate an untried and untested air to air missile system. RESULT ! This came with the added bonus of making the aircraft considerable more unstable on takeoff and the possibility of shooting yourself down with your own missiles. The end result was hugely successful for the Allied cause, as only the best pilots were selected to fly the aircraft and as the fatality rate was so high, this design hastened the demise of the Luftwaffe and played an important part in ending World War 2. A long time ago, a certain gentleman aka TrickyRich offered to be my mentor on a Resin kit should I finally grow a pair and build one. Well said pair have appeared so here I am. The kit is 1/72, but really small, probably around Me 163 size I would guess, but this one is armed with missiles ! Photos below I have never built a Unicraft kit before so any tips, on this and resin in general gratefully appreciated. Good luck to everyone on this GB. Cheers Pat
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