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  1. I was a few days away from my 16th birthday on 8th June 1982, and was mightily upset that I was missing the Falklands Conflict (at the time I was working hard on my O Levels with plans of joining the Royal Navy as an Artificer). I remember well the collective national pride at the time, the "British pride", the "awakened lion" jingoism, I felt it too. A few weeks before in early April I'd cycled the 10 miles or so from Fareham to Gosport which sits on the west side of Portsmouth Harbour to see the task force off, along with thousands of others. I followed intently the updates delivered daily by Ian McDonald, the M.O.D. spokesman who became a minor celebrity in his own right. Some weeks later now, by the 8th of June the conflict was virtually over, and it was clear - it was always clear really - the British would retake the Islands within days. And then this... The RFA Sir Galahad had been left languishing too long in Bluff Cove and the [incredibly brave and skilled] Argentine Air Force found her, and successfully bombed her. Units of the Scots and Welsh Guards were still on board; fifty of them were killed, many more were burned. It was the single biggest disaster to befall the Task Force during the conflict, and only six days later the conflict was over. Two images from that day have stayed with me, vividly; the first was the news footage showing an R.N. Sea King using its main rotor downwash to push life rafts filled with survivors away from the burning ship. The other was this one; In honour of those men, and all that served, I'll be building the Italeri 1/48 kit enhanced with the Eduard PE exterior detail set. I plan to finish it on 08.06.22. This one begins in the cabin. I intend to make this mostly OOB but with one or two enhancements where appropriate. The cabin is the fist candidate as there are some prominent features not included by Italeri. The first is the cable loom running along the port side above the windows. This will be seen through the open doorway so it had to be added. I used an assortment of stretched sprue, wire and brass. Looks quite rough at first. \ Next, I needed to add the sound dampening on the cabin roof and also along the top of the cabin walls. I used some chocolate wrapping foil to make this. Also looks quite rough to start with. I have to sacrifice the ceiling lights somewhat as they are sort of in the way. They aren't visible from the doorway in any case. Next, I offered it all up to check fit and general outlay. As it looked pretty good at this stage, I put some paint in the airbrush and started splashing it around. And then a final dry-fit check to see what it all looked like together. So far so good. Next I need to paint the sound dampening the pale green colour its supposed to be and the base colours will be complete. By the time I detail paint and weather the base finishes I think they'll look convincing enough. Cheers.
  2. Hello everyone... Does anyone know which Mark of the Wessex was used for the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” ? http://www.impdb.org/index.php?title=Full_Metal_Jacket Its just a curiosity thing, but as Im watching the film while writing this. I kind of want to do a dual build now. The real H-34 and the Wessex clone in USMC markings ? Maybe for the upcoming Chopper group build Any info and help would be greatly appreciated. Dennis
  3. Hi All While looking for the promised Barracuda I found this. Will try to finish it and end the woeful streak this year . Bag still sealed so everything should still be there. Martin H
  4. The Westland Wessex trimotor passenger carrier of 1930 is such an attractive machine that caught my attention very early on my modeling endeavors. I started to gather material to do the usual scratchbuild and had managed to fill a pretty portly folder, when I saw that Rugrats released it as a resin kit with accessories. I understand that Rugrats released several batches, and this to me seems to be an early one, since the decal sheet carrier had aged possibly beyond redemption, as you can see in the accompanying images (no, I don't like to put the decal sheet against the window to fix it, it doesn't, really and after you apply it eventually yellows again). The kit portrays one of the variants the Wessex transport spawned, so bear that in mind when you look at your references. It is a great joy that a manufacturer will release these wonderful jewels of the Golden Age, and the effort should be saluted and applauded. They also offer a DH 66 Hercules, a DH 83 Fox Moth, a DH 84 Dragon, DH 90 Dragonfly, DH 86 Express and a DH 91 Albatross. I am familiar with all these planes, but with none of these kits, nevertheless I am happy that someone will make them available to us. Congratulations on that. The contents of the box, with reference material: Many parts are provided, but among the most practical for me: the spare for the transparencies and the inclusion of the resin master to vac more if anything bad happens: White metal parts, decent, but of slightly less quality than Aeroclub items: More white metal parts, some of them with a not so smooth surface: The engine pods and wheels, subtle wing detail: The ill decals. Wonder if the manufacturer may provide good ones: Of great printing quality, though, but as an all-encompassing carrier you have to individually trim. This may not be ideal for the window frames, for example: The fuselage is free of those silly resin bricks that some manufacturers attach to them, necessitating a jackhammer to separate the part from them: The seemingly unavoidable pinholes (very little of them, fortunately) -some of these are not pinholes, but the strut locations: One exhaust survived the de-molding, the other did not: More pinholes:
  5. This one has been sitting on the window sill for years. And I just love the Light Stone/Dark Green of these HMS Bulwark Wessex's. Original Matchbox (box buried in the stash some where so will have to get it out later.) KUTA has literally given me a KUTA to finish some of these that have been sitting around for yonks. Big problem is that the paint job is seriously awful. It's probably because I put a coat of someone's matt Mid Stone on before I realised it was the wrong colour. The Xtracolour enamel is so thin it leaves the surface like a ploughed field, despite sanding and multiple coats. Pretty awful so it will have to come off. I've made a start but something tells me this is going to be a long haul.
  6. I have just been having a look at the sprues of the Italeri 1:48 Westland Wessex HAS.3 kit; mainly the internal flooring area, and then comparing with photo's I took of an actual Wessex HAS.3 currently being refurbished. On the kit, the sonar dipping opening is represented as a rectangle within a larger plate on internal decking. On this photo of the actual aircraft, XM328 currently being refurbished at the Helicopter Museum, it shows that the opening is round, quite large and takes up most of that deck plate area. Also on the kit floor piece, the circular deck plates are raised and prominent but on the actual aircraft they are flush with the flooring. It shouldn't take much effort to: a. cut out the circular opening, although that may also need the vertical plates under the floor adding. b. a little sanding down of the circular plates to a less prominent level. There are more images of this aircraft in our Walkarounds section. The images above, plus many more, will also be added to the WA section in the near future. HTH Mike
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